News from South Carolina's Virtual Library

Winter 2015 
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Credo Reference:  Discus Login Breached

It has come to the attention of the SC State Library that the current statewide username and password for home access to the Discus resources has been published on Internet webpages and has led to unauthorized access to Credo Reference.  This is a serious matter that breaches the terms of our vendor contract and has threatened the security of our state's virtual library. 

It is a violation of the Discus licensing agreements to publish this information online where it is freely available to anyone. Sharing the username and password orally and through printed materials is fine and we certainly encourage both of those avenues, but posting this information on the Internet is prohibited.  Therefore, the Discus Office has instructed Credo to disable the Discus login credentials for Credo Reference only.  If teachers, students, or other users do not authenticate remotely using the geo-authentication technology that was implemented last fall or through your institution's proxy server, then they will not be able to access the resource with the current Discus username and password.  

We have repeatedly requested that the login credentials not be placed on the Internet, but there are many people who did not abide by this request.  Therefore, we have no alternative but to place this limitation on this valuable resource.  This happened last year as well and we had hoped that our instructions would be followed this school year.  Since this has not been the case, we are forced to implement this restriction.  The Discus Office is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this unfortunate but necessary measure.

Resource Updates to Know About

Searchasaurus and 
Student Research Centers

Last week the Discus Office was notified by EBSCO that Searchasaurus and Student Research Center: Middle School as well as Student Research Center: High School will remain as active interfaces until June 30, 2016 rather than January 1, 2016.  Please continue to use these wonderful interfaces through June, when they will be removed from the Discus website and will no longer be supported by the vendor.  These interfaces are being replaced by Explora, which is also currently available on the Discus website.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you and your users.

Kids InfoBits Updates

Kids InfoBits has introduced several exciting enhancements.  No action is required to utilize these new enhancements which include:
  • Mobile-responsive pages that adjust to the device size, such as tablets and smart phones
  • All subjects appear in one place on the home page
  • "Browse Topics" view provides the ability to easily jump between topics on a single page
  • Search results can be filtered by content level - Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced
  • Google Drive and Google Classroom are integrated for students and teachers
Credo Reference Content Updates

The Credo Reference Academic Core and Public Core collections have recently been updated with additions, retired titles, and updated titles. Several of the new titles include:
  • 100 Ideas that Changed Street Style 
  • The Christmas Encyclopedia
  • The Essential Workplace Conflict Handbook (Public Core)
  • Palgrave Key Concepts: Key Concepts in Innovation (Academic Core)
Monthly content updates are available for public and school libraries and academic libraries.  If you are interested in downloading the MARC records for these and other Credo titles, please contact Credo Support at

Discus Spring Training Calendar  

The Discus Office is hard at work preparing the spring training schedule.  Please continue to monitor the Training calendar for these informative training sessions conducted by our expert vendor trainers as well as the Discus staff.

Discus Office Holiday Schedule  
The Discus Office will be closed December 24 - 28 as well as January 1.  We hope that your holidays are happy and safe.

In This Issue
Credo Reference: Discus Login Breached
Resource Updates to Know About
Discus Spring Training Calendar
Discus Office Holiday Schedule

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January 5, Hilton Head Island

Library Media Specialist Regional Workshop
February 12, Lexington

Berkeley County School District Instructional Fair
February 12, Berkeley County

March 2-4, Myrtle Beach

March 4-6, Myrtle Beach

March 14, Greenville

Library Media Specialist Regional Workshop
April 29, Conway

Library Media Specialist Regional Workshop
June 13, Rock Hill

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