Stop in at 2016 OLA Conference booth

ODL will be at the 2016 OLA conference in Tulsa this week – so stop by the booth and grab some bookmarks. The bookmarks feature Britannica School, EBSCOhost,  and EBSCO’s Explora. There is a blank username and password field, providing an easy way to share that vital information with your patrons. The bookmarks can also be downloaded from the Printables page.  Hope to see you in Tulsa!

Britannica Scavenger Hunt

Register now to win prizes for your students and your school! Twenty students will win reference books from Encyclopaedia Britannica, and two lucky schools will receive a great prize as well! It’s our way of introducing K-8 students to Britannica School, a comprehensive online knowledge and information resource from one of the most trusted names in reference: Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Prizes Grades K-5: The grand prize winner will receive three Britannica books: The American Presidency, the Britannica Student Atlas, and World Exploration from Ancient Times. Nine lucky students will receive one of the books above—their choice! And the grand prize winner’s school library will receive a one-year free subscription to Britannica ImageQuest!

Prizes Grades 6-8: The grand prize winner will receive three Britannica books: The American Presidency, the Britannica Student Atlas, and World Exploration from Ancient Times. Nine middle school students will receive a book of their choice. The grand prize winner’s school library will receive access to Britannica ImageQuest, free of charge for one year!

Britannica School is available free to all Oklahoma schools and libraries through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries thanks to federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Students can even access Britannica School from their home computers.

Registration deadline for the Scavenger Hunt is February 16. The hunt will be e-mailed on February 17 to all teachers and librarians who register with The Oklahoman’s Newspapers in Education program.

Get all of the facts about the hunt—including how to register, and how to get Britannica School for your students and colleagues—at this link http://www.odl.state.ok.us/hunt.

Happy hunting to you and your students!

EBSCO moved “retirement” to June 2016

EBSCO has postponed the official “retirement” of Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center.  Originally scheduled for discontinuation in January, these three interfaces will remain available through the end of June 2016. However, all libraries must migrate to Explora before the start of the next school year. Visit EBSCO’s Explora support page for more information or call us at ODL.

New Digital Prairie Bookmarks and Events!

New Britannica School BookmarkThe Oklahoma Department of Libraries just unveiled a new series of Digital Prairie bookmarks.  The new bookmarks feature Britannica School, EBSCOhost, and EBSCO’s Explora and are tailored to students and public library customers. They also include a blank username and password field, providing an easy way to share that information with your students and customers. The bookmarks can be downloaded and printed for free from the Printables page.

The Digital Prairie trainer will be at OTA Encyclomedia in Oklahoma City on October 6th – 7th to distribute the new bookmarks, show off the new EBSCO Explora interface, and answer your Digital Prairie questions.  Feel free to contact us with your Digital Prairie questions and/or training needs.

 

Troubleshooting Database Access

Have you set up access to the Digital Prairie databases in the past, but find that you can no longer log on? The most common cause is a change in your institution’s IP addresses. For example, this can be caused by changing servers. If your IP addresses have changed, contact both Ebsco and Britannica to let them know your new address or range of addresses. To find your IP address, go to Google.com and type “What is my IP address?” in the search box. Your address will appear at the top of the results page. If your institution uses a range of IP addresses, contact your IT staff.

EBSCO Technical Support

Britannica Technical Support

1 (800) 758-5995 1 (800) 621-3900 ext. 7160
support@ebsco.com edsupport@eb.com
Support Hours:
Monday thru Friday: 24 hrs./day
Saturday: 9am to 5pm EST
Support Hours:8:00 am to 7:00 pm, daily

Introducing Ebsco’s new interface- Explora!

explora_poster.inddSome of you may have already heard the news about Explora, EBSCO’s new interface for schools and public libraries. Explora is available now because EBSCO worked with ODL to add it to your account. If you have problems, call Ebsco support at 1-800-758-5995. If you haven’t set up your access to Ebsco yet, fill out this form and an Ebsco representative will contact you to complete the process. Be sure to state that you want remote access in the comments field.

Explora will take the place of Ebsco’s children’s interfaces- Searchasaurus, Kids Search, and Student Research Center, which will retire in January 2016. Please contact us if you have any questions about Explora or the retirement of Searchasaurus, Kids Search, and Student Research Center.

To learn more about Explora, view tutorials, and download promotional materials visit http://support.ebsco.com/explora/. We offer in person training for Ebsco and Britannica School at no cost to you. One-on-one training, small group, and large group sessions can be scheduled at your convenience. We are here to help!

Please contact us through the following web form if you would like more information on the Digital Prairie databases or to request training.

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Make the most of Britannica School

All libraries and schools in Oklahoma have FREE access to Britannica School for the elementary and middle school levels through Digital Prairie. Digital Prairie is a production of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, and is funded with state and federal funds. Federal funds are provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Make the most of this resource by attending an upcoming training webinar hosted by Britannica.

Click here to register for a Britannica School Elementary webinar

Click here to register for a Britannica School Middle webinar

Can’t make a webinar or want one-on-one training? We are here to help! Contact the trainer at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries for more options. We provide in person training for Digital Prairie resources. We can even conduct training sessions for your staff at no cost to you.

Please contact us using the following web form if you have any questions. Hope to see you soon!

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Recorded Ebsco Webinars- Updated 2015

Want to get better acquainted with the Digital Prairie Databases but can’t take time away from your library? Thankfully both EBSCO and Britannica offer online webinars. All these require are an internet connection, headphones, and time. Here is the Ebsco schedule and here is Britannica’s. Of course, even the webinar schedule may not work for you. With this in mind, EBSCO’s Lisa Jones has graciously recorded and shared the following sessions she held for Oklahoma librarians. You can watch them at your convenience!

Digital Prairie/Ebsco: Highschool Resources in your Electronic Library (1 hour, 3 minutes)

Digital Prairie/Ebsco: Middle School Resources in your Electronic Library (54 minutes)

Digital Prairie/Ebsco: Elementary School Resources in your Electronic Library (52 minutes)

Digital Prairie/Ebsco: Basic EBSCOhost using Academic Search Premier and MasterFILE Premier (58 minutes)

Digital Prairie/Ebsco: Advanced EBSCOhost using Academic Search Premier and MasterFILE Premier (1 hour)

Digital Prairie/Ebsco: Finding Online Books for K12 and Beyond using EBSCOhost (26 minutes)

Digital Prairie/ Ebsco: It’s Time for Professional Development (52 minutes)

Digital Prairie/Ebsco: Exploring Your Business Resources (1 hour, 14 minutes)

Digital Prairie/Ebsco: Find Current Event Topics in Newspaper Source (1 hour)

Digital Praire/Ebsco: Your Health Resources (1 hour, 1 minute)

Happy viewing!

Do you prefer one-on-one training? An ODL trainer is available to come to your school or library for in person training at no cost to you. Please contact us by using the following web form if you have questions or to set up a session.

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Oklahoma Digital Prairie is your entrance to online services and resources that help you find books, articles, web content and other useful information.