Archives of Sexuality & Gender: A “Recommended” Resource

Support scholarly researchers, students, and educators with LGBTQ history and culture with Archives of Sexuality & GenderLikewise, LGBTQ community, allies, and families can also gain a deep understanding with this resource of approximately 1.5 million pages of primary source content. Covering social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world, Archives of Sexuality & Gender  is a “recommended” resource for all researchers.

Curious? Read a review from Cheryl LaGuardia, a Research Librarian:

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Advocating for study of the humanities

The STEM field, (science, technology, engineering, and math) has been promoted as the way to go for students seeking careers that are growing and in-demand. The value of humanities is often lost in that conversation. But in a recent trip to Seoul, South Korea,  William D. Adams, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities … Read more

LGBT History Looking Forward

This October we have been honoring and celebrating LGBT History Month by taking a deeper look into the Archives of Sexuality & Gender and learning more about fascinating and often under represented LGBT historical milestones and icons. In our post “LGBT in America — The Journey Thus Far,” we highlighted some of the most important … Read more

How Digital Technology is Changing 21st Century Student Research

The college years are a transformative time marked by hours spent studying, researching, and collaborating with peers. Studies evaluating the research habits of academics reveal how students are researching and the impact technology has in satisfying the growing demand for high-quality digital content accessible anytime, anywhere, and from any device. In fact, 86% of students … Read more

Librarian on a Mission Increases Access and Awareness of Library Digital Resources

Mark Gottschalk is a librarian on a  mission. His mission is to increase the value that the library provides to the South Plains College campus, located in Levelland, Texas. “My personal mission is to find ways to make the library a more used and integrated part of the college community,” Gottschalk said. By increasing usage … Read more

Keeping the “Human” in Digital Humanities

Cory Rasmussen, graduate student at Chapman University, had the opportunity to read historic, handwritten letters of U.S. soldiers as part of a class assignment, and digitize them.  The letters, housed in Chapman University’s Leatherby Libraries, give a window into the lives of soldiers, going as far back as the Revolutionary War, until the present day … 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

Digitizing Early Arabic Printed Books: A Workshop

In partnership with Brown University Middle East Studies, Gale is excited to present Digitizing Early Arabic Books: A Workshop.  The event will feature presentations and talks with scholars of Middle East and Arabic Studies. Gale will also present a demonstration of  Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library  , the new DH Sandbox, and text … Read more

Celebrate the Freedom to Read

By Traci Cothran

Reading is central to everything we do here at Gale—and whatbbw you do at your library every day—so it’s a good bet the majority of us use Banned Books Week to rally around the works that cause a little controversy.  This year’s Banned Books Week focuses on celebrating Diversity, and runs September 25 – October 1.

I’m an avid reader of middle grade and young adult fiction, so it drives me a little batty when parents ban amazing novels that speak to youth. Some authors are even dis-invited from appearing at schools to talk about their books and the issues affecting kids today.  For instance, the graphic novel Drama, by Raina Telgemeier, has caused grumblings for two gay characters kissing, but I’ve yet to meet a middle school girl who doesn’t love this series.  Author Meg Medina faced scrutiny with her novel about high school bullying, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, because the title has a swear word in it—and you know such language is never spoken in school hallways!  Kate Messner was dis-invited from a school speaking engagement while on tour for her book, The Seventh Wish, because the main character’s sister struggles with a heroin addiction, affecting the whole family.  But there’s no reason to talk about the real-life heroin epidemic affecting kids in high schools and middle schools across the U.S., is there?

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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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