ESC Region 11 Library Services News

May 2022

ESC Region 11 Library Services

Summer Happenings

Happy May!

What a year it has been! You have collaborated, created, and connected! You have read, reorganized, and re-imagined! You have done it all this year, and it is my hope you will take some much earned time to rest, recover and re-energize.

Professional Learning Opportunities

TexQuest Trainings

If you are wanting to improve your knowledge of any of the TexQuest resources, check out the TexQuest Training Calendar. Texas educators can attend any of these sessions at no cost, regardless of the ESC hosting the training. Share this calendar with others on your campus who might be interested in learning more about these valuable resources. It could be a great option for summer learning!

Leveraging Canvas Conference June 15, 2022

Does your district use Canvas LMS? If so, consider attending the Leveraging Canvas conference on June 15, 2022. Sessions will include teaching and learning innovations along with tools and technologies, providing participants with opportunities to learn from their peers and experiment with new and different applications. Even better, consider submitting a proposal about how you use Canvas in your library program!

Register to Attend

Focus on Nonfiction in the Library

Join us for this day focused on nonfiction in the library. During this face-to-face session, participants will hear from three authors of nonfiction books, discover quality nonfiction titles from Lex Anne Seifert and Debra Marshall, and learn ways to promote nonfiction books in the library. You will leave with new ideas, book lists, and ways to encourage inquiry within your library program.

June 20, 2022

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Register to Attend

Collection Development for Beginners

What criteria should a librarian use to select materials for a school's library? How do you know when to weed out items that are no longer appropriate? Join us as we look at policies and best practices related to library materials. This session will be best suited for librarians in districts or charters without established guidelines for collection development.

July 21, 2022

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Register to Attend

Save the Date! PRIME is Back!

Make plans to join us on September 30, 2022 to explore the latest learning strategies, tools, and digital resources in a face-to-face, future-ready learning environment. Experience powerful learning and networking opportunities that will carry you through the school year.

To make this day a success, we need YOU to share your knowledge and experience with other librarians and digital learning educators.

Submit your proposal to present!

Register to Attend

* Date changed due to back to school dates

#ESC11Librarians are doing AWESOME Things!

Don't forget to share the awesome things you are doing in the library and your community. Sharing is a great way to let your school community see how the library supports students and learning on the campus. Remember to tag #esc11librarians so we can all learn from and celebrate with each other. To grow your PLN, connect with these librarians on Twitter!

TexQuest Resources

TexQuest Content Customization

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) works with its vendors to continuously improve the electronic resources offered through TexQuest and the tools to implement and customize those resources. Currently, districts/charters may curate TexQuest e-resources at the resource level and determine what resources will be offered. There is no requirement that every TexQuest resource must be available to every student. Now, districts/charters may further curate Gale resources to meet local needs as detailed in their local collection development policies and processes.

The decision to customize content must be made at the district level as it will impact all resources. Please reach out to TexQuest Support if you have questions about any of the resources.

Discovery Education

May Highlights for Discovery Education

Check out timely and relevant resources provided through Discovery Education in the May Highlights for Discovery Education! This newsletter is full of helpful information for educators. Not only will you find the Activity Calendars, but also content-specific resources by grade level and upcoming professional learning opportunities.

May Activity Calendars

Explore ready-to-use activities for May that provide students with opportunities to explore their curiosity around a variety of topics in the daily activity calendars for grades K-8. View current and past calendars at any time in our Activity Center.

With the "Copy" feature, educators can make a copy and then edit the Activity Calendar to customize it to meet the needs of learners.

DEX for 2022-2023

All Region 11 districts and charters who take the Instructional Solutions and Support contract will have Discovery Education Experience for the 2022-2023 school year. This is exciting news as there are some engaging features that teachers and students will have access to such as quizzing, VOOKS, and ready-to-use activities. As you prepare for this new platform, consider joining us for one of the upcoming Discovery Education sessions!

Technology Resources Education Consortium

In addition to serving librarians in Region 11, our ESC also manages a state-wide consortium for Destiny Library and Resource Manager. Through a partnership with Follett, we host services for more than 140 districts and charters across the state. Benefits for our members include hosted services, ongoing training and support, access to an eBook catalog, and more.

Many of our Region 11 districts are already TREC members, but if your district/charter is not and you are interested in learning more about TREC, you can take a look at the TREC website if you have questions or would like a cost estimate of joining TREC, email

ESC Region 11 Librarians - Stay Connected!

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B.M. 05/13/22