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Texas School Library March Newsletter

School Library News and Updates from the Library Development & Networking Division
March 2015

Len Bryan, School Program Coordinator


School Library Standards Update - Call for Steering Committee Volunteers

The Agency has begun working with TEA to start the process of updating School Library Programs: Standards and Guidelines for Texas! This is an enormous undertaking, and we will be looking for input from all interested Texans. I sent an email to the tlc listserv and TASLA mailing list on Friday, February 27, but here's the text in case you did not get it:

Subject: School Library Programs: Standards and Guidelines Update - Call for Committee Volunteers
Happy Friday!

The Texas State Library is pleased to announce that we have begun collaborating with TEA to start the process of revising the School Library Programs: Standards and Guidelines. Our first task is to jointly appoint a steering committee for this project.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please email me by Friday, March 13 at Please keep in mind the considerable amount of time and energy serving on this committee will require. The committee may also decide some travel is needed, which will be the responsibility of the committee member or member’s organization.

In addition, TEA and the State Library are committed to assembling a committee of highly collaborative professionals that is diverse in geography, district size, individuals, and positions represented. Please note that TSLAC and TEA will both solicit candidates and will work together to appoint committee members who are reflective of these principles.

In your response, please indicate your district, campus (if applicable), previous committees on which you have served, and why serving on this committee is important to you.

If you know of someone who might make an excellent contribution to this project, please forward this email to them and encourage them to respond. As always, please contact me with any questions you may have.

Len Bryan | School Program Coordinator
Library Development and Networking Division
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
512-463-5852 | 512-463-2306 - fax
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TexQuest Invoices

A few weeks ago, the agency's accounting department sent out invoices for the second year of the TexQuest program. Below are some frequently asked questions from districts and our responses:

The legislative appropriation that created the TexQuest program requires the agency to collect program participation fees in State Fiscal Year 2015.
The State Fiscal Year is from September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015. Invoicing in the middle of the fiscal year allows both the agency and districts time to process payments. The participation fee is part of the amount needed to pay for TexQuest content, including the current content from Gale Cengage and additional content from Encyclopedia Britannica.

Yes, this payment of 22 cents per student keeps your district in the program from June 2015 to June 2016.
TSLAC has been careful to inform its K-12 library constituents of the January 2015 invoicing date, and all of the communication regarding the participation fee has included this date, which was also prominently featured in the ESC20 commitment system districts used to sign up for the program. We welcome your suggestions for additional ways in which we can assure that our K-12 constituents are aware of the invoicing/payment process.

For this first invoicing period, if TSLAC does not receive a district’s payment, TSLAC will discontinue that district’s access to TexQuest resources on June 15, 2015. When TSLAC receives payment, access will be re-instated. The primary district contact will be notified via email of the re-activated status.

If a district signs up for TexQuest after January 15, it will be invoiced within 14 business days of signing up. The invoice will be net 60 days. If TSLAC does not receive a district’s payment by the end of the 60 day period or June 15, 2015, whichever is later, TSLAC will discontinue that district’s access to TexQuest resources. When TSLAC receives payment, access will be re-instated. The primary district contact will be notified via email of the re-activated status.

This payment of 22 cents per student keeps your district in the program from June 2015 to June 2016. The TexQuest program includes Adam Matthew Digital, Britannica School (starting June 2015), and Gale content.

The pricing for TexQuest is expected to remain stable for this biennium, which includes the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years. We are currently asking districts to pay 22 cents per student based on their enrollment. Because the data from TEA is not released until March, we are using the October 2013 enrollment figure for the January 2015 invoice, which covers June 2015 – June 2016. The January 2016 invoice will use the October 2014 TEA enrollment data found on , and we expect to continue this pattern throughout the program.

TexQuest Usage Statistics

For the sake of consistency statewide, districts should use the three COUNTER 4 measures the State Library reports to the Legislature: Searches, Record Views, and Result Clicks. We also report full-text documents retrieved on our annual reports. Using COUNTER 4 measures ensures we speak the same language and use identical data sets when discussing usage of TexQuest resources across Texas.

From “While COUNTER has greatly improved the reliability and usability of online vendor usage statistics, there is still much for us to do, not only to help vendors further improve their usage reports and to help librarians to make sense of them, but also to keep the COUNTER codes up to date with changes in the online delivery of information. Our future objectives fall into three broad categories. First, to improve further the reliability of the core COUNTER data and extend scope of the Code of Practice beyond journals, databases and books. Second, to continue to increase the number of COUNTER compliant vendors. Third, to work with other industry organizations to facilitate the implementation of COUNTER and develop metrics based on the COUNTER data that are of practical value to both librarians and vendors. “
The measures the Texas State Library and Archives Commission collects and reports:

Searches, as reported to the legislature, are user-driven by searching a specific resource, or could be produced when a user employs a single interface to search multiple resources simultaneously.
Record Views is a successful request of a record that originated form a set of search results. This means a user sees the record after executing a search
Result Click is when a user clicks on a record as a result of executing a search. This means a user is interacting with an article, image, etc.

One of the more common questions is below, and the answer is from the National Organization Standards Organization, which gives a pretty nice distinction between Record Views and Result Clicks:
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 given 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.





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