9 Things that Make Libraries Great

Published on February 29, 2016

 

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”

–Albert Einstein

 

Albert knew.  And many people today know.  Libraries are amazing resources, community assets, and treasure troves of knowledge.  But what makes them so amazing?  Here are nine things we think make libraries unique and valuable.

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Keep the Little Deuce Coupe Running Strong

April is National Car Care Month and America has a serious love affair with cars. According to The World Bank, there are 786 motor vehicles per 1,000 people in the US – the highest ratio in the world. The birthplace of mass automobile manufacturing remains its stronghold. And for a large number of car-owners, maintaining and servicing their own vehicle is part of the fun; for others, it’s a necessity.

For patrons looking for do-it-yourself auto repair and maintenance information, you can’t beat the venerable Chilton’s repair manuals. Car-lovers have depended on these sources for dependable, up-to-date information since Kaisers roared down the street. Today auto enthusiasts of all skill levels can access auto repair information in ChiltonLibrary, the continually updated online resource.

ChiltonLibrary provides access to repair, maintenance, and service information on cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs, with videos, photos, and animations, step-by-step procedures, and other in-demand features. Recent product enhancements include:

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Media Is Ubiquitous…So How Do You Find the Right Ones?

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Posted on February 26, 2016

By Tina Creguer

24-hour news cycles.  News radio, news reels, news websites.  Hard news that breaks via social media.  Some say that media has created information overload on all channels of communication – the internet, TV, radio, podcasts,…you name it.

Media just ain’t what it used to be.

So, given the exponential growth of media sources in the Information Age, when people need to connect with broadcast media and publications—the ones that are really appropriate to them, where do they begin?

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Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity: What is It?

Posted February 24, 2016

By Robert L. Lisiecki

As you may or may not know, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, recently released a new primary source collection, Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940This collection brings together approximately 1.5 million pages of primary sources and is perfect for students, educators, and researchers looking for the largest available, accessible collection materials supporting Women, Gender, LGBTQ, and Sexuality studies.

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Kids InfoBits Product Update week of 2/22/2016

Posted on February 24, 2016 You’ll see a few new updates and features added to Kids InfoBits starting March 9th. Here is what you’ll find: Are your students struggling with the meaning or definition of words in articles? Kids InfoBits now has easy access to the Merriam Webster Elementary Dictionary within the product. To assist students … Read more

When News Breaks, Library Users Can Stay Informed with Gale’s Periodical Collections

Posted 2/24/2016

By Sara Constantakis, Senior Content Developer, Journal Aggregation, Gale

When news hits the headlines, the flood of information begins immediately. Gale’s InfoTrac collections–like Academic OneFile, General OneFile, and InfoTrac Newsstand–rise above the rest to bring users timely and curated content from the world’s leading magazines, journals, and news sources. When a hot topic is racing around the headlines, InfoTrac’s highly responsive subject indexing quickly connects users with the most up-to-date and relevant information.

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The Encyclopedia of Senior Health Deemed an “Essential Resource”

Posted on February 24, 2016

Did you know that families – not health care professionals – provide 80% to 90% of care for the elderly, and about 75% of all care-givers are women. – Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide

 For all your questions regarding senior health, turn to The Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health: A Guide for Seniors and their Caregivers. Featuring more than 650 entries on a variety of issues related to aging, including diseases, treatment, rehabilitation, preventative lifestyle choices, and community caregiving options. Available in print and eBook.

In February, Booklist reviewed the Encyclopedia. Read what they had to say!

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DK Eyewitness Travel Top Architectural Cities for 2016

Posted on February 23, 2016

Originally Posted by Helena Smith, DK Eyewitness Travel Blog

Steeped in history, effortlessly stylish, loud, or lavish – a city’s architectural highlights build its very character. From New York City’s geometric skyscrapers to the ancient wonders of Rome, discover some of DK’s Eyewitness Travel top cities for 2016 one fascinating building at a time.

Below are just the top three.

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We Love Analytics!

Posted on February 19, 2016

We love our work on the Gale Databases team, as we continuously add informative and engaging new content – this includes keeping up with the latest current events (World History In Context, Global Issues In Context), health news (Science In Context, Health and Wellness Resource Center), business developments (Business Insights), and topics being studied in school (Student Resources In Context, Research In Context, Kids InfoBits), to name just a few.

But we also love finding out how the content is actually used in these databases once we load it – and we look at many metrics, including:

  • Top Searches
  • Top Media
  • Most Popular Articles and Journals
  • Number of Users
  • And many others

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Introducing…Nancy’s Pearls!

Posted on February 22, 2016

Nancy Pearl’s Large Print Picks!

The World of Collection Development Is Your Oyster with Nancy’s Pearls

The large print section is one of the most popular areas of any public library – serving readers of all ages and reading abilities.  But when budgets are limited, choosing the right titles can be difficult.  How can you know which new titles will be the most sought after and beloved?  Sigh…if only you could tap into the expertise of the nation’s most recognized librarian known for her particular insight into reader tastes and interests….

Oh, wait.  You totally can.

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