Learning Financial Development Award Recipient Named

| Originally published by the American Library Association | CHICAGO — Mid-Continent Public Library, the largest public library system in the Kansas City metropolitan area—serving nearly 800,000 people across its three-county district—is the 2017 winner of the prestigious Gale, a Cengage Company Learning Financial Development Award. The award is presented annually to a library organization for exhibiting … Read more

Health Wellness & Reference Center Gains New Features and Updated Content

Beginning September 28, users will find a new interface and a wide array of enhancements in Health & Wellness Resource Center. The new homepage will feature four major topic portals making it easy for users to search for the information they need. Additionally, there will be seventy-five portals overall, with new portals regularly added. Diseases … Read more

Fostering a Global Perspective

| By Mary Ruby |

Global perspective. These words are increasingly uttered by educators and employers who understand that this combination of mindset and acquired skill is a critical element for interacting, working, and succeeding in the 21st-century world.

As a senior content developer at Gale, my goal is to bring people information not only to meet their needs but to spark curiosity and encourage further investigation and learning. In recent years, the challenge has expanded to building international coverage, appealing to a global audience, and aligning content with topics studied at the collegiate level.

This latter ambition is tied to trends in education, from the nearly 40% increase in International Baccalaureate schools over the past five years1 to the growth of global studies degree programs, ranging from associate to doctoral levels. Common links among these curricula are an interdisciplinary approach, a focus on global issues, and the cultivation of cross-cultural awareness. For instance, at the University of California, Berkeley, a learning goal of its Global Studies program is “apply[ing] an interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary global issues,” while the College of William & Mary notes that students will explore “the ways in which global forces are realized in and through local contexts, and the interconnections between global regions.”

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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 and Notable eBook Titles

Our catalog features some of our new and notable eBook titles in the most studied academic disciplines. Along with what you see here, Gale offers more than 13,000 (and counting!) academic eBooks from industry leading publishers. Our GVRL eBook platform offers unlimited, simultaneous access on virtually any device and is integrated with collaboration tools, such … 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

Big Read, Big Print, Big Impact

|  By Mary Smith, Editorial Director, Thorndike Press |

Thorndike Press is happy to announce The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien will be available in large print, October 10, 2017. This book was named one of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read books.

This would be a great community read title as it appeals to a very large segment; community reads always add excitement and energy to any library program.  Many high schools use this title in their curriculum and for those of us over 50, the Vietnam War was a defining moment in our life.

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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

Supporting Information Literacy Through Credible Resources

Established in 1837, Davidson College, a private liberal arts college in North Carolina has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars, serves 1900 students, and is a recognized leader in undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative work across all academic programs. Van Hillard is director of the college writing program. To provide his students with access to research resources … Read more

San Jose Public Library Celebrates First Class of Graduates

| Originally posted on The Mercury News | For most high school students, August is a back-to-school month. But 11 adults in San Jose have just completed their journey toward a high school diploma — through the San Jose Public Library. Library Director Jill Bourne, Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilmen Sergio Jimenez and Lan Diep … Read more