Library Research Forever Changed My Son’s Life

By Dana G. 

Last May, my 18-year-old son had a motorcycle accident and severely fractured his left clavicle. After two visits to local specialists and surgeons, I was disappointed by their prognosis…one said do nothing even though my son’s bones were bayoneted, almost poking through his skin; and the other said he should have surgery with a hip graft and 5” metal plate with six screws. This would leave a huge scar, his one arm would be shortened and he would most likely have back pain in his forties. …as a medical librarian, I said to myself, “I wonder what InfoTrac could tell me?

Read more

Getting to Know U: Elizabeth

By Melissa Rayner

Hey, you! Have you had a chance to check out Gale U yet? We’re very excited and are pretty sure you’ll like what you see! If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to drop by our virtual campus, we encourage you to take a quick peek at www.gale.com/university.

There, you can browse our unique campus, find the people to whom you most relate, or those who remind you most of the people who use your library. Each of these people has a story to tell you about how he or she uses Gale resources to address challenges and further scholarship. We hope you will then take their shared experiences and apply them to the real-life people your library serves everyday.

Every Monday, we’ll pick one Gale U resident to explore in depth as part of our Getting to Know U blog series. Today, let’s talk with Elizabeth, who is a professor of English Literature.

Read more

In Other News: Scotland

A look at a current news item through the lens of different titles available on GVRL.

By Michelle Eickmeyer

Long live the Queen! Or at least, long live the Kingdom. The Scottish people have spoken and they, and their country, will maintain their place as part of the United Kingdom. Why did they decide to join in the first place? What are some of the motivators for separation now? What does it mean to me, or you, or a student coming through your library door?

Here are five titles that look at Scotland from different perspectives:

Read more

19th Century Nitty-Gritty: The Indian Exhibition

By Melissa Rayner

The previous posts in this series have explored Western life through a Western lens. This week, I’d like to mix it up a little. Let’s take a look at the East for a change, and let’s look at it through… a Western lens–well, you can’t change everything at once, can you?

The World’s Fair, what would you give to be able to travel back in time and attend it for yourself? If you just lend me a few moments of your time, I can take you to this marvelous, majestic, mysterious, and otherwise m-ridden land. Close your eyes…

Read more

Partner Interview: Elsevier

Through December 31st, Gale is offering exclusive discounts on Elsevier titles on GVRL. Contact your Gale Sales Representative to take advantage of these great offers:

– Receive 30% off 25-50 titles with promo code 30FELS14.

– Receive 35% off 50-69 titles with promo code 35FELS14.

– Receive 42% off 70 or more titles with promo code 42FELS14.

In this post, Cory Polonetsky, Marketing Director with Elsevier Science and Technology Books, provides some background about Elsevier, their publishing strategy, and why Elsevier titles on GVRL are valuable to your library.

Read more

Creative Marketing + Customer Care = The Perfect Match for Any Library

By Dale Prentiss

Cathy Jones, a relatively new Instructional Services Librarian at Florida Southern College’s Roux Library, has been creative and ambitious in reaching out to faculty and promoting Gale digital resources on the college’s website—and we’d like to take a moment to celebrate that with the hopes that her experiences can also help you!

Read more

Getting to Know U: Naomi

By Melissa Rayner

Before you turn to your closest colleague and whisper, “Hey, Bethany, either Gale forgot how to spell or is about 5 years behind the times when it comes to cutesy text speak,” let us explain ourselves.

While we’re always striving to better understand our customers, this isn’t about getting to know YOU. It’s about helping you understand U—Gale U, that is. And Gale U is about helping you better understand and meet the needs of your library’s users.

Still not making much sense? Allow me to break it down…

Gale U is our answer to an evolving academic landscape. It’s our way of putting real names, faces, and stories to the kinds of people who frequent the library, explaining their needs and challenges, and providing creative solutions.

And this post marks the first in a new weekly blog series that will introduce the people of Gale U one at a time. We believe there’s no better place to start than with Naomi, our resident Undergraduate Services Librarian.

Read more