The Curious Case of Puerto Rico: Neither a U.S. State nor an Independent Country

| By Mark Mikula | As we pay tribute to the many Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation this Hispanic Heritage Month, let’s reflect on commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which has, throughout its history, held a unique position in its relationship to the United States. Puerto Rico was “discovered” in 1493 … Read more

Celebrate the Freedom to Read

| By Jason Everett | Book banning, one of the oldest and commonly performed practices of censorship, has gone on for centuries. Governments, religious authorities, and other groups have banned books and other works of literature they deem to be offensive for one reason or another. These groups often initiate large-scale book bans. With the … Read more

New Content Added to Testing & Education Reference Center

Dependable Guidance and Research Tool on Careers and Education  With recent updates, Testing & Education Reference Center, powered by Peterson’s, continues to be the most reliable resource for test prep, college readiness, and career development. These supportive eBooks, practice tests, and study guides are enhanced with increased functionality to help students, users and job seekers alike … Read more

School Library Connection Reviews: UXL Ignition Science: Collaborative Projects

UXL Ignition Science: Collaborative Projects addresses the changing landscape of how students assimilate content. This collection stands apart in the world of science education with nearly 70 projects that include step-by-step instructions, budget, and timetable estimations, expected outputs, and measures for evaluating success. Later this year, School Library Connection (SLC) will publish their review of UXL Ignition Science in … Read more

Understanding Suicide Awareness & Prevention Through Gale Resources

| By Tracie Moy | Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and suicide rates have increased by more than 25% in the last two decades1. Acknowledging for every suicide there are 25 attempts that aren’t fatal, you realize the extent of our current mental health crisis. Suicide awareness and … Read more

Maine State Library Provides Residents Free Access to New Digital Resources

The mission of the Maine State Library is to help people, make their libraries stronger, and transform information into knowledge. To further their mission, the Maine State Library recently teamed up with Gale to provide free access to Gale digital resources to all Maine citizens. Watch as James Ritter, Maine State Librarian, speaks to the new partnership, bringing access … Read more

Upland High School Boosts Student Performance

As the landscape of education is shifting to support changes in curriculum, the need to access the most up-to-date information becomes all that more important. To answer this need and achieve state performance standards, learn how Upland High School used digital resources like Gale’s Student Resources In Context and Opposing Viewpoints In Context to help improve … Read more

Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools: Putting Young Learners on a Path to Discovery

Getting kids excited about research is no easy task! But library media specialist Angie Jameson is working hard to create a dedicated space for research that keeps students engaged with content in every subject. Located just outside of Cleveland, Ohio, Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools focuses on individualized education for every student and strives to … Read more