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Texas School Library January Newsletter

School Library News and Updates from the Library Development & Networking Division
December 2014

Len Bryan, School Program Coordinator


TPS Reports

I sent out TexQuest Participation Summary (TPS) Reports on December 11. These customized, full-color reports gave you data on your district's TexQuest participation to date, including your first look at usage statistics. I hope you found this report a useful tool in your communications with your district and campus administration and other stakeholders. These reports were emailed to the primary contact person for each district (the person who signed your district up for the TexQuest program). If you signed your district up for TexQuest but did not receive your report, please let me know!

TexQuest Invoices

A critical part of the process that created TexQuest is cost sharing. To achieve this, each district is assessed a program participation fee of 22 cents per student based upon its October 2013 enrollment as reported to TEA. Invoices for the program will be emailed from the State Library to participating districts on January 15. Please make every effort to help your district pay this invoice by March 15, and let me know if you have any questions, or need any forms, such as a sole source letter or W-9 form. Also let me know if you need a quote to generate a PO. Email me at

TexQuest Stats

We are working on launching the ChalkDUST (Database Usage Statistics Tool) application on our agency web page where librarians can pull usage stats for their district or campus (please remember you would have had to request separate campus logins from the TexQuest Support Center in order to retrieve campus-level statistics) that help tell the TexQuest story to your community. We are tracking three COUNTER 4 measures: Searches, Record Views, and Result Clicks. I sent a message on tlc on December 16 that explains the difference between record views and result clicks, but here's the text of this explanation in case you missed it:

"Still not entirely clear what the difference would be between Record Views and Result Clicks, it sounds like they are both supposed to measure clicks on content that comes up as a result of a Search?

A “Record View” is a very specific transaction where the user has viewed the detailed metadata record from a given database – e.g. to see the abstract and subject headings, etc. A record view could occur from a user clicking on the result list, or navigating detailed records or even linking in from another site – it is about viewing the detailed record. A “Result Click” is about the activity that happens on the search result list and it is tracking any click the user might have made on a result from a give database. Some example of Result Clicks are: a user clicks the “findIt@my library” link; the user clicks to view full text; the user clicks to see the full record; the user clicks to “request article via ILL”; etc. In each case, the user has expressed interest in the result by clicking on something – and since that expression of interest can be attributed to the database that contained the metadata it also serves to indicate the value of the database." Source:

I hope this explanation helps you tell the story of your TexQuest usage to your community. As always, I'm here to help, so please send any questions my way!

Of course, you can also work with our vendors directly to access your usage statistics - please see the TexQuest website for instructions and contact information needed to set up admin access with our vendors.

New Year, New Learning

Here at the State Library, we have been thinking quite a bit about how we can support STEAM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math efforts in all Texas libraries - school, public, academic, and even medical libraries.
TexQuest resources can help you support STEAM on your campus.

Here are a few:

GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) focuses on the physical, social, and economic aspects of environmental issues. Topic, organization, and country portals form research centers around issues covering energy systems, health care, agriculture, climate change, population, and economic development. Portals include authoritative analysis, academic journals, news, case studies, legislation, conference proceedings, primary source documents, statistics, and rich multimedia.

Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module  provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos, and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles.

National Geographic Kids features material (including 264 eBooks) covering topics in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

Of course, TexQuest doesn't have everything! Here is a handy list of 60 apps for STEAM for students in K-12, helpfully broken down by age and subject area.




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