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News, updates, and general posts about Digital Prairie

EBSCO Mini Sessions

NOTE: the times listed on the online registration form are in Eastern time, so they will be listed one hour ahead!

The recordings do not require a password so please share.

Overview of EBSCO Resources
October 25, 2017    29 min 1 sec  Recording here
All new school librarians will want to join this session to learn about what is available in your online library and how best to search it. Topics include K12 and professional development content. We’ll also review EBSCO’s Help site where you can find materials to promote these great resources. Even if you are a seasoned librarian, join us and you might pick up some new tips and tricks!

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center
October 25, 2017    18 min 27 sec Recording here
Join this 15 minute session to learn about this newest resource for high school students. This fast-paced tour will include a content overview and some of the cool “browse by” tips students can employ to quickly find exactly what they need. These include browsing by author, poem or short story, poem forms or techniques, period, movements and more.

Maker Space Activities in Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
October 26, 2017   18 min 42 sec Recording  here
Have a maker space in your library? Then you won’t want to miss this quick tour of another new library resource. In addition to maker space topics, we’ll showcase how to quickly find projects for all your holiday crafts. Easy access to favorite crafting magazines makes this a wonderful value for students and parents alike!

Psychology & Behavioral Science Resources
November 6, 2017    3:30 – 3:45 PM   Register here.
This resource is an essential tool for students, counselors and researchers studying the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences and related disciplines. This session provides an overview of the EBSCOhost interface and how to use limiters and filters to find relevant articles.

Integrate EBSCO content with Google Classroom
December 11, 2017    3:15 – 3:30 PM      Register here.
If you are a Google Apps for Education user, you already know that Google Classroom allows you to create classes, distribute assignments and communicate with your students all in one place. Now compatible with Google Classroom, Explora makes it easier than ever to share authoritative articles and multimedia content with your students. Join us for this quick “how to” session to see just how easy it is!

EBSCOadmin – Retrieving Statistics and Scheduling Reports
December 11, 2017   3:45 – 4:00 PM      Register here.
Want to see how your EBSCO resources are being utilized in your school? Join us for this micro session on usage statistics and learn how to retrieve and schedule them so they are delivered directly to your inbox. Don’t have an EBSCOadmin account? No worries – we’ll show you how to request one!

EBSCOadmin – Top Customization Features for K-12 Resources
January 23, 2018    3:30 – 3:45 PM    Register here.
Ever wonder if you can change features in your EBSCO resources? If so, then this session is for you! In this quick lesson, we’ll cover the top customization features requested by school librarians – and show you how to enable them in your EBSCOadmin account. If you don’t have an EBSCOadmin account, you can still join the session to learn what’s available and how to request the change via our Technical Support department.

Computer Source Overview
January 25, 2018   3:30 – 3:45 PM    Register here.
Geared to those students interested in technology, this resource covers topics such as computer science, programming, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, information systems, robotics, and software. In this session, we’ll review the EBSCOhost interface and share tips on how to find relevant articles.

Britannica Scavenger Hunt

Hey School Librarians! Teachers!  Join the 5th Annual  Britannica Scavenger Hunt to win prizes!

Did you know? The Oklahoma Department of Libraries has paid for every school in the state to get free access to Britannica School, an online student encyclopedia from one of the most trusted names in reference: Encyclopedia Britannica. To introduce students in grades K-8 to this comprehensive resource, we’re hosting an information scavenger hunt with lots of prizes!

Prizes Grades K-5: The grand prize winning student will receive a $50 Walmart gift card and a selection of free books. Nine lucky students will each receive a $15 Walmart gift card. 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 a $50 Walmart gift card and some free books! Nine middle school students will each receive a $15 Walmart gift card. The grand prize winner’s school library will receive access to Britannica ImageQuest, free of charge for one year!

How to Join
Step One: Get Britannica School. Make sure your school library has online access to Britannica School. Don’t have access? Go to accountsetup.school.eb.com or call Arlene Paschel at 405-522-3505 or email at Arlene.Paschel@libraries.ok.gov.

Step Two: Register by February 14 for The Great Britannica Information Scavenger Hunt. You’ll get online access to the Scavenger Hunt on February 15, plus digital delivery of The Oklahoman!

Step Three: Go on the Hunt! Show your students how to access Britannica School to answer the questions in our scavenger hunt. Collect their answers. By Friday, March 10, send the number of students who participated, and the names of all participants who aced the hunt to: BHuntsman@oklahoman.com. We’ll hold a drawing for the prizes!

Please fax the following information to 405-475-3779 or e-mail it to BHuntsman@opubco.com


Yes! My class would like to participate in The Great Britannica Information Scavenger Hunt! (Register by February 14!)

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Click to register and get access to the print replica and the archives of The Oklahoman for use in your classroom and school library!

Searchasaurus extinct!

Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center will be extinct July 1 and no longer available to your users. If your library website includes direct links to any or all of the three interfaces, you will want to remove them before the end of next week. If your users access EBSCO resources from your Select Services screen, the icons for these interfaces will disappear automatically.

If your library is registered for EBSCO and IP addresses are current, clicking on these will open to the new Explora search boxes: Explora Elementary Student ResearchExplora Middle School Student ResearchExplora Educator’s Edition, and Explora Public Library/High School Search.  Take a look at the Explora User GuideExplora Tutorial and promotion tools. Try Consumer Reports Magazine and explore the Buying Guide in Explora…

Print out these bookmarks to promote the Digital Prairie databases! Each bookmark has a write-in username and password field, allowing you to easily share that information with your patrons. EBSCOhost Bookmark for Schools (pdf)EBSCOhost Bookmark for Public Libraries (pdf), and Britannica School Bookmark for Schools and Public Libraries (pdf).

Have questions? Call ODL at 405-522-3505 and ask for Arlene. For those with EBSCOadmin accounts, here are the directions to enable your Explora interface.

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.