Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day!

By Traci Cothran I visited Greenfield Village last weekend – an outdoor historical museum in the Detroit area—and was amazed by the intricate Jacquard Loom, invented around 1800.  It’s a weaving loom with a continuous loop of 622 punch cards that directed the intricate pattern to be woven into the cloth; the cards could be … Read more…

Getting to Know U: Hiroshi

By Robert Lisiecki

Welcome back for another edition of Getting to Know U. Today, we’re going to meet Hiroshi, a tenured professor of Materials Since in the Engineering Library.

Before we get into Hiroshi and his needs, let’s define materials science. It’s an interdisciplinary field that deals with discovery and design of new materials. And, as a tenured professor, Hiroshi teaches, conducts original resource, and heads a lab with several graduate students working under him. He deals with both undergraduate and graduate students.

Let’s be clear, labs and experiments are a major focus for Hiroshi and his students. They need to do physical research through experimentation to make discoveries, engage in practical learning, and become immersed in materials science. This part of the job doesn’t necessarily require any kind of database help from the library.

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Howard County Goes Big with STEM for Teens

Teen STEM public library

By Valerie Gross

Two years ago, when Howard County Library System (HCLS) began planning a 50 percent space increase for its Savage Branch, a team of HCLS visionaries proposed an opportunity: Why not design a cool, jazzy space to serve as headquarters for HiTech, HCLS’ cutting-edge STEM education initiative for teens?

This idea led to the HCLS Savage Branch & STEM Education Center, opening this summer. The venue will boast an Einstein Classroom, George Washington Carver Science Lab, Oscar Micheaux audio/video room, Curie Café, Leonoardo DaVinci Conference Room, and Gallileo Laptop Bar — all perfect for HiTech!

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Featured Partner: Springer

An ongoing look at the partner publishers available through GVRL.

By Michelle Eickmeyer

This week, Gale was proud to announce our partnership with Springer, bringing nearly 3,000 titles dedicated to STEM disciplines to GVRL. The addition of this fantastic content from Springer is a great benefit to academic libraries.

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Look out, Schools! Exciting Changes are Coming to GVRL

By Geoff Schwartz

At Gale, we are committed to providing schools the necessary tools to provide the best possible education to their students. Yesterday, we announced the addition of STEM content to GVRL, starting with nearly 3,000 eBook monographs from Springer and hundreds from Elsevier. That’s just the beginning, however, as we’ll soon add grade-appropriate STEM content for the K-12 market as well.

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From Robot Races to Maker Spaces: STEM at the Public Library

By Harmony Faust

Public libraries can and do play a strong role in fostering an interest and developing skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)—among children, teens and adults alike. Gale’s announcements yesterday afternoon mean that libraries of all types will soon have additional support in delivering research assistance in these key disciplines.

Classes, workshops and events related to STEM concepts are already prevalent at libraries nationwide. Even with catchy names like Legopalooza, DevDev, HiTech and MakerLab, it’s clear that these programs pack some serious punch when it comes to boosting STEM skills.

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