Mesa County Libraries Offers High School Diplomas to Adults

| Originally published on The Daily Sentinel | For the first time in nearly 10 years, Rosalva Martinez is going back to school. Since dropping out of Central High School during her sophomore year, Martinez has often thought about how a high school diploma would make a difference in her life. The 25-year-old Grand Junction … Read more

Why Semantic HTML Matters to Accessibility

| By Matt Long, Gale Software Engineering Manager | Web accessibility is about ensuring equal access to content on the web to people with and without disabilities. At Gale web accessibility matters. And while for a variety of reasons equal access can be challenging in certain situations, there are some simple things developers and designers … Read more

Gwinnett County Public Library Helps Adults Achieve High School Diploma

| Originally published in the Gwinnett Daily Post by Cailin O’Brien | This past week, eight adults donned caps and robes for the first time and arrived at the Lilburn branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library to receive their high school diplomas. “They were certainly thrilled to have their families there cheering them on,” … Read more

How to Manage 71 Experian Mosaics as Library Patron Profiles

| By Heather Hoffman, Digital Content Coordinator, Toledo Lucas County Public Library | In 2016, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library developed a new strategic plan with three focus areas: Support essential literacies Foster a culture of innovation and leadership Strengthen our community engagement Strengthening our community engagement had always been a focus for the Library, … Read more

Inside Look: Gale Primary Sources Digitization Process

Ever wonder how primary sources are selected and digitized? Here’s a brief overview showing that, while the task at hand is arduous, the flawless results are worth the attention to detail. Request a trial or demonstration at gale.com/gps17

Five Star Will Rogers Medallion Award Winners 2017

Originally created to honor outstanding volumes of Cowboy Poetry, the Will Rogers Medallion Award soon expanded into other categories as interest and reader demand increased. Will Rogers was an accomplished author as well as a cowboy entertainer, and the purpose of the Award is to honor this facet of his legacy as well as to … Read more

Get Information You Can Trust with a Simple Search

Question:  When research often starts with a Google search and dubious results, how do we get online library reference materials in the hands of those who need it? Answer:  Opposing Viewpoints In Context’s Google Chrome Extension! Melinda was doing her Social Studies homework the other night and needed facts on gerrymandering.  Instead of using her … Read more

An Inside Look at ChiltonLibrary and Care Car Programming Ideas

| By Holly Hibner |

Here in Michigan, we take our automobiles pretty seriously; it is very common for laypeople to perform routine maintenance and basic repairs on their own vehicles. My husband wouldn’t dream of paying for an oil change or a tire rotation!

But when both got new vehicles in 2016, general maintenance wasn’t as easy and—although we didn’t want to pay the high costs for a mechanic—we wanted to do it the right way. That’s where ChiltonLibrary comes in! This 24-hour on-call “mechanic” provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today. The oil filter was just a bit different on my new car, and ChiltonLibrary explained its location, how to remove it, and how to replace the new one. The best part of using the database is that you can get to the specific information you want quickly and easily, without lugging around a giant tome. You can print just the relevant page and go!

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Bring the Movember Movement to Your Library

As the men in your community forgo shaving for the month of November to bring awareness to men’s health issues, your library has the perfect resource to answer questions and shed light on these very serious topics. From authoritative information on prostate cancer to peer-reviewed journal articles on the latest research, Health & Wellness Resource … Read more

Writing on the Día de Muertos

Día de Muertos, Day of the Dead, is observed in Mexico on 2 November, the final day of a celebration that begins on Halloween. Though practices differ from city to city, the holiday is generally an opportunity to honor deceased loved ones, for whom families prepare ofrendas, or altars, which are decorated with candy skulls, … Read more