Gale Technical Solutions: Custom Solutions for Your Library

By. Scott Steward

Gale, a part of Cengage Learning understands that each library has its own set of unique needs, and what works for one library may not work for another.  We know that in many cases the “one size fits all” approach to implementation is a compromise to what is just good enough. Instead of making you settle for what is just good enough, Gale wants you and your users to have the best possible experience using our products, and sometimes that requires a custom solution.

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Content Updates for Gale’s In Context (week of 8/24/2015)

Posted on August 27, 2015

New content and resources have been added to one of your favorite In Context databases. See what’s new!

Global Issues in Context

Two new portals were launched: Al-Shabab and MERS (Middle East Repository Syndrome in addition to 125 portal pages being updated in the last two weeks. Some of the topics included in the updates are:

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Content Updates for Kids InfoBits (week of 8/24/2015)

Posted on August 27, 2015

Take a look at the latest content that has been added to Kids InfoBits:

  • The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia has increased its content with the addition of Quarterly updates.
  • Under the category of Fish, six new entries have been made include Angelfish, Mollie, and the Mullet.
  • New homepage snippets (InfoBits) have been added for September including:
    • Museums feature in the Arts category
    • Back to School in the People category
    • Labor Day, which is September 7, in the Social Studies category
    • Read-A-New-Book-Month which is in September will be featured in the Literature category
    • Football is featured in the Sports category
  • Over 450 entries have been updated, with many of them focusing on marine life, contemporary figures and countries. Some of these that you’ll see are:

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5 Ways to Increase Gale Courses Traffic Online from Greene County Public Library

By Anne Nagrant, Customer Success Manager

Posted on August 26, 2015

Greene County Public Library in Ohio recently renewed their annual subscription to Gale Courses –online, instructor-led classes which are free to library cardholders. Tamar Kreke, Adult and Technical Services Coordinator, shares five things her library does to recruit students to the resource:

  • Gale Courses is posted on their website under Digital Collections instead of the “Research” page where databases are listed. Tamar knows that Greene County patrons are already going to Overdrive, Zinio, and Mango, so she feels that people are more likely to come across Gale Courses in the same area where these other high-trafficked products are found. The library also created its own landing page about Gale Courses, with a description and more information about it.

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Understanding (and meeting) Community Needs
with Analytics On Demand

Mussman, Amber-2By Amber Mussman, Community Relations Manager, Cedar Rapids Public Library

Public libraries in the 21st century are regularly faced with the question of relevance. They fight an ongoing battle for funding, loss of staff, and a constant lack of resources. In 2015, with two brand new libraries open and a very new director in place, the Cedar Rapids Public Library realized that in order to continue to be successful we must focus our efforts on meeting our community needs and telling our story.

In order to be able to accurately respond to the needs of our patrons, we needed to have the right tools. Analytics On Demand offers us the ability to use real data to drive our programming, marketing and strategic planning. Through the use of Patron Profiles, we are able to understand how our library is aligned with the community as well as find opportunities for growth.

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Pick and Grin. Subscribe and Smile. Choose and Wallow.

Whatever way you look at it, when you choose a large print subscription to continually update and refresh your collection, you’ll be glad you did. How? Well, we can think of 36 ways. Thorndike Press has 36 different plans to suit your patrons’ interests: from African-American titles to Christian Fiction to Gentle Romance to Westerns — and everything in between.

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Gale’s Career Online High School Offers a Fresh Start (and Cheerleaders)

Originally published by Library Journal

By Lisa Peet on August 7, 2015

When Gale, part of Cengage Learning, announced in January 2014 that it would offer Career Online High School (COHS) through public libraries, the response was enthusiastic. The program, developed by Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), a Florida-based distance learning company, offers a high school diploma accredited by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission and a career certificate in one of eight specialized areas of study through participating public libraries. Students apply for scholarships and, if accepted, have up to 18 months to complete the program—at their own pace, on their own schedule, from any computer with a broadband connection.

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New Titles Added to the InfoTrac Collections in July 2015

The titles below have been recently added and can be located in the product using Basic or Advanced Search forms. Titles can be found via Browse Publications within two weeks. For complete coverage information please see the product title lists.

Academic OneFile

  • Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae (Polskie Towarzystwo Botaniczne) 0001-6977 Peer-reviewed
  • Chilean Journal of Agricultural Research (Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias) 0718-5820 Peer-reviewed
  • East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine (International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine (EASTM)) 1562-918X Peer-reviewed
  • Journal of Laser Micro Nanoengineering (Japan Laser Processing Society) 1880-0688 Peer-reviewed
  • Onomazein (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Facultad de Letras) 0717-1285 Peer-reviewed
  • Pure and Applied Chemistry (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) 0033-4545 Peer-reviewed
  • Revista Digital de Biblioteconomica e Ciencia da Informacao (Universidade Estadual de Campinas. Sistema de Bibliotecas)   Peer-reviewed
  • Standards in Genomic Sciences (BioMed Central Ltd.) 1944-3277 Peer-reviewed
  • World Organisation, Labour & Globalisation (Pluto Journals) 1745-641X Peer-reviewed

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Cobblers’ Kids, Unite! Resources Just for Library Staff

professional development library science ebooks

Posted on August 12, 2015
By Tina Creguer

We’ve all heard the expression that it’s the cobbler’s kids that have no shoes. Too often, the analogy applies in libraries. Collections are painstakingly developed for all types of community members, but library staff lack the professional development resources that could help them develop new competencies.

Now you can build core competencies with special GVRL eBook collections geared toward professional library staff. The custom collections that deepen job satisfaction were just updated with new titles and include Chandos Publishing, Information Today, Libraries Unlimited, Linworth, and Wiley and is based on the WebJunction’s Competency Index 2014, which is endorsed by the American Library Association. Covered are:

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Widget Wonders: Save Students and Teachers Search Time

Posted on August 11, 2015

There’s a tsunami brewing in the Pacific, and several classes are working on a project to track its movement.  They have one class period to research and report. Ready? Go!  But wait…where do they begin? Can anything be done to help them find information more quickly and directly?

Here’s an idea to make you a hero in your school. Gale widgets.  They can give your students and teachers a shortcut to research on hot topics and ensure that content searched is trusted and relevant.

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