Keeping the Conversation Going

Malala Yousafzai, Svetlana Alexievich and Shakespeare

I think of literary criticism as a conversation: an author speaks to an audience, which responds with comments, questions, sometimes praise, and sometimes disparagement. The discussion can last for centuries. In the case of Shakespeare, for instance, in 1592, early in his career, he was dismissed by fellow writer Robert Greene as an “upstart crow beautified with our feathers” and mocked as a “Shake-scene” (whatever that is).

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The Evolution of the Newspaper Industry

By Kevin Kohls While the newspaper industry is trying to adapt to a future where the physical newspaper is a thing of the past, Gale and The British Library are bringing the digital revolution to the 18th century. In an effort to preserve and expand access to the history of the newspaper industry, The British … Read more…

eBook Search Tips on Travel Specifics

eBook Search Tips

GVRL is a unique eBook platform—the only one designed specifically for research—but sometimes it’s difficult to explain exactly what makes it great. So let’s show you, using four timely examples of how patrons can use GVRL to research exactly what they need to achieve the outcomes they desire.

With summer well under way, you may have a vacation right around the corner! Your next vacation could also still be down the road—it’s never too early to start planning. For this example, we’ve chosen Amalfi.

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Travel Back in Time with Historical Artifacts

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By Traci Cothran

Quick: What do these objects all have in common?

  • Feed-sack Dress
  • John Brown’s Sharps Rifle
  • Edison Talking Doll
  • Psychedelic Lunch Box
  • A Monkey listening to the Scopes Trial

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Studying the Classics with a Little Help from Technology

by Meghan Bogardus CortezTwitter Meghan is an associate editor with EdTech: Focus on Higher Education.   In this featured article in EdTech Magazine, proponents of digital humanities are discussed with the combination of art and literature and modern tech. At universities across the country, all types of students, whether they are majoring in literature or engineering, usually have … Read more…

Binge-worthy Primary Sources You’ll Love

The public library is a place for creativity and innovation, a place for civil discourse and debate, a place for dialogue, and conversation. It’s where diverse groups of people can pursue curiosity.

Be the top-of-mind resource for all of your patrons’ discovery needs and empower learning and discovery.

Better support your patron’s curiosity about LGBTQ history and activism, nineteenth-century America, and American prose fiction from 1774-1920 with one-time purchase archives.

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And the Charleston Conference Scholarship Winner is…

Gale is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2016 Charleston Conference $1,000 Travel Scholarship is….. Karna, a Faculty Engagement Librarian at the University of Kansas. Keeping with Gale’s mission to connect learners to libraries and libraries to learners we asked applicants to submit an essay addressing the following topic, “How can librarians make the most out of … Read more…

San Diego Public Library Revitalizes Community with COHS

First published on City TV, the San Diego government access channel

In an emotional ceremony at the Central Library, several adults were honored for graduating from high school. For some, it was a celebration decades in the making.

Cindy Juarez dropped out in 10th grade and decided, at the age of 56, it was finally time to get her diploma and advance her current career in the City of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department. “It was always in the back of my mind, for years.” said Juarez. “I wish that I had done it sooner.” Juarez works as a pump station operator and recently applied for a promotion, to become a certified wastewater operator. She was told a high school diploma is required. “School was tough, I have a hard time in school,” said Juarez. “Now that I’m older, I enjoyed every minute of it. I appreciate that I could do it on my time and it was very convenient, I could do the program at home or come to the library.”

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Now Available: 2017 Gale eBook Catalog for Academic Libraries

The 2017 Gale eBook Catalog for Academic Libraries is now available to download or in print by request. Browse the latest eBooks on GVRL and add authoritative titles from Gale and select partner imprints to your library’s collection today.  Ensure your students are equipped with the best resources in Business, Education, Engineering, Medicine & Nursing, History, Literature, … Read more…

Discovery: It’s More Than a Service; It’s a Way of Thinking

By Karen McKeown

Librarians learned long ago that the Field of Dreams adage “If you build it, they will come” does not apply to library resources.  Obtaining great resources is only the first step.  To be truly effective, library resources must be placed clearly and deliberately in the path of the intended users – and that means being where students, educators, and patrons go to find information.  To the user, what matters most is finding the right content at the right time with ease.

As we work to blaze new trails in the area of “discovery,” Gale is finding innovative ways to put information in the path of potential users – integrating it into the classroom, providing pathways to it on the open web, and expanding the reach of the library.  And we’re doing this with a very broad perspective – which means working with partners such as Google and Google Scholar; working with library services providers such as ProQuest, EBSCO and OCLC; and working with our own Cengage teams to enhance course materials and courseware such as MindTap™.

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