Carnegie Medal Winners in Large Print

Thorndike Press has all three of the shortlisted fiction titles for the  2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence.  The American Library Association’s Andrew Carnegie Medals, now in their 7th year, recognize outstanding fiction and nonfiction for adult readers. One of these authors, from a longlist of 46 titles, will be selected for a medal on … Read more

Writing on the Día de Muertos

Día de Muertos, Day of the Dead, is observed in Mexico on 2 November, the final day of a celebration that begins on Halloween. Though practices differ from city to city, the holiday is generally an opportunity to honor deceased loved ones, for whom families prepare ofrendas, or altars, which are decorated with candy skulls, … Read more

New! BBC Videos Added to Popular Gale Resources

We’re excited to announce the acquisition of 2,250 videos from BBC Worldwide Learning for use across a number of Gale databases, including Academic OneFile, Gale Researcher, and the In Context suite of products. Developed and produced by talented creative teams at the BBC, these videos offer unique and lively insights and perspectives on such wide-ranging … Read more

Success Story: Gale eBooks on GVRL

Lasell College, a coeducational school with over 50 academic programs, struggled to ensure honors students had access to research materials that meet academic standards.  Recently, they acquired GVRL, Gale’s eBook platform, offering more than 13,000 academic titles. Here’s the astounding results:   To learn more about offering Gale eBooks on GVRL to your students, visit gale.com/ebooks.

Keeping Pace in Your Career (and Life) with Gale Courses

Gale Courses online learning for public libraries

| By Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner |

Personal and professional development is one of the least-served but most important aspects of anyone’s job. This is especially true in the world of libraries. Serving library patrons depends on library staff being up-to-date in a variety of subjects. Ask any librarian out there on the front lines of service and all will agree that keeping up to date in everything from technology to the latest best seller is essential!

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Introducing First-Year Seminar Students to Academic Research & Career Exploration

| By Michael Hooper & Christina Chester-Fangman | Gale’s General OneFile has consistently been one of the most popular research databases offered by Felix G. Woodward Library at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.  It ranked in the top five most frequently searched databases at APSU for the last five years, with 21,238 searches … Read more

Vampires, Skeletons, and Monsters

As Halloween approaches, readers with an interest in the eerie and macabre side of literary history can find plenty to keep them up at night in Literature Criticism Series. Volume 200 of Short Story Criticism, for example, is a triple-feature of horror, with entries on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella Carmilla, William Faulkner’s “A Rose … Read more

Library Journal Weighs in on Gale Small Business Builder

The new database Gale Small Business Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit. The program’s intuitive dashboard walks users through five areas of exploration in order to develop a business plan focused on long-term success. For patrons exploring the idea of small business ownership, this resource provides a … Read more

Keeping Current on Citation Changes

Beginning in October, the option to export MLA 7 citations will no longer be supported in Gale resources. Why is this happening? It has a lot to do with what our customers tell us and what features are being used. We sat down with Gale eBooks on GVRL product manager Kristin Fust to better understand: … Read more

Seven Reasons to Secure LegalForms in Your Library

| By Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly |

A common reference question received at public library reference desks is whether the library has legal forms. When you get that question as a generalist reference librarian (ie. not a law librarian…), it is very comforting to know that the Gale LegalForms resource is at the ready.

State-Specific
My library has access to the Michigan legal forms, so we know they are relevant to our state laws. There are categories like divorce, bankruptcy, power of attorney, and incorporation (among others). You simply choose a category and then choose from a list of available forms.  Each form gives a full description to help laypeople choose the right one. With one click, the form opens with spaces to click and fill in your own information like your name, city, and even case number. Forms are available in a variety of formats, including Microsoft Word, Rich Text, PDF, and sometimes even Word Perfect. The forms included in the database are official forms that law firms use, so you never have to wonder if they will be accepted by the court system.

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