Norfolk Public Library Offers Adults a Second Chance

| Originally Posted on 13 News Now | NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) — Norfolk Public Library is now offering a free program that will help adults age 20 and over earn a high school diploma for free. Kelly Straub, the spokesperson for the Norfolk Public Library, says currently more than 19,000 Norfolk residents over the age … Read more

Books Bring People Together

| By Lisa Joyce, acquisitions editor, Thorndike Press | “I live with some of the most interesting people, but never know until I read their obituary.” I always remember this comment from a senior patron. As the Outreach Librarian at Portland Public Library (Maine) for nearly 25 years, I spent a great deal of time making deliveries at a senior residence and … Read more

Superior Tools at Your Fingertips

As digital demands continue to rise, the emphasis on creating a seamless workflow becomes all the more important. Developing efficiencies in how materials are prepared and distributed, building a collaborative environment with students and peers, and eliminating multiple logins are all essentials to today’s educators. Your institution or library can play a pivotal role in connecting … Read more

The Power of Perusal

| By Catherine DiMercurio | While reviewing entries for Contemporary Authors, Vol. 403, I stumbled across the name of a poet, francine j. harris. Note: she renders her name this way; it isn’t a typo. The poet’s rejection of uppercase letters is not what snagged my attention, though. Words from her biographical sketch leaped out at … Read more

Impacting the Community One Graduate at a Time

| By Michelle Jeske, City Librarian, and Viviana Casillas, Librarian/Program Manager, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO | In 2015, the Denver Public Library (DPL) began providing Career Online High School to address needs identified in an earlier community assessment survey. According to the survey, 14 percent of Denver residents did not have a high school diploma … Read more

Empowering Newsmakers

| By Brian Risse, Vice President, Public Library, Wholesale, and Large Print Sales | As I think about the impact that libraries have on the community, it’s hard not to reflect on the 2018 federal budget that proposed to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the advocacy efforts needed to defend … Read more

Celebrate Banned Books Week

| By Traci Cothran | This past year has given us numerous examples of the power of words—both to inform and to mislead, to document real events and issues and to create fake news.  We here at Gale appreciate and respect the power of words and their ability to educate, entertain, and enable people to … Read more

Using Search Quality Metrics to Fix a Problem Part 2

| By Charlie Close, Gale Data Scientist | Most of Gale’s products are built around users searching Gale content. For example, a user might search World History In Context for “Bastille Day” to find articles about the French Revolution. Giving high-quality search results is a big part of taking care of our users. In a previous … Read more

New Content Added to Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History

Newly added to Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History: 175 primary sources (text and images) with curriculum correlations for easy integration into the classroom workflow. Content has been added across the eras, but especially boosts coverage in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. New text items include: U.S. responses to the Holocaust during World … Read more

Developing a Faster Roadmap to Your Patrons

| By Liz Mason, Vice President of Product, Gale | At Gale, we understand that it’s important for today’s libraries to bring trustworthy digital content into the natural workflow. To help you achieve that goal, we are rolling out a number of new releases designed to make it easier for discovery and access to Gale content … Read more