So a Non-Librarian Walks into a Library Full of Librarians…

By Kelly Torpey 

As I walked into the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library to attend Library Journal’s Transformative Power of Community Engagement workshop, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew where I was, and what I was attending, but I wasn’t entirely sure what I (a non-librarian) would glean from the experience.

I joined Gale as a marketing team member just over six months ago. I’m new to the world of libraries, and in truth, I was hoping to listen. To listen to what libraries and librarians go through on a daily basis; their conversations, struggles, and triumphs. I was also hoping to add some type of value to the conversations I was a part of, even though I knew (or, at least I thought) my own professional and personal experiences may not be 100% relatable.

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Introducing Gale EduCast

Introducing Gale EduCast, innovative solutions, ideas, and perspectives for faculty and librarians leading the charge in education. Join us as we identify a problem, provide a solution and the story behind the solution, and answer your questions.

Upcoming Gale EduCasts:

October 14 @ 1:30 pm ET 

Gale Virtual Reference Library is the platform for building an online collection of specialized reference sources and scholarly monographs, also known as eBooks, for multidisciplinary research. In addition to being the premier research environment for the Gale published imprints, such as Macmillan Reference USA, Charles Scribner’s Sons, and St. James Press, and others, GVRL offers an ideal user experience for content from more than 100 partner publishers, including Sage, Lippincott Williams & Wilkens, and Elsevier.

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The Education Advantage in a Matter of Words

By Bethany Dotson

At the end of January, I had the unique pleasure to travel to snowy and frigid Chicago to interview Valerie Gross, President and CEO of Howard County Public Library (MD). We were there to discuss Valerie’s ideas, laid out most prominently in her book, Transforming Our Image, Building Our Brand: The Education Advantage.

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Libraries: Critically important or critically endangered?

By Harmony Faust

Join us for a live Twitter Chat with Valerie Gross, president & CEO of the Howard County Library System in Maryland (Library of the Year 2013) and author of the provocative new title Transforming Our Image, Building Our Brand: The Education Advantage.

Hear Valerie’s thoughts on how to keep your library essential, not optional, and chat with your colleagues about important issues like funding, branding and the perceived value of libraries today.

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