Today, we announced some exciting changes at Gale, live from our headquarters in Farmington Hills, MI. In case you missed it, you can watch a recording of the event and read the press release. As the needs of libraries of all kinds evolve, so too, does Gale. Here’s a short recap of the exciting changes we are making to better serve learners of all types.
WHAT IT MEANS TODAY
- More Research Support for STEM Subjects: The study of STEM subjects has never been more important to libraries. From the demands of common-core curriculum alignment, and maker-spaces in your public library, to oncology research in medical school, STEM is everywhere. And now it’s here too! Through new partnerships with leading STEM publishers Springer and Elsevier, we are supporting some of the largest and fastest growing fields of study. In the coming weeks, GVRL will see the addition of almost 3,000 eBook monographs from Springer and hundreds from Elsevier. These partnerships bring two of the top publishers in STEM to one place for your students, patrons, and users.
- New eBook Collections: We’ve created new collections, allowing you to purchase subject- and discipline-specific eBook titles for all subjects. Whether you’re serving a high school junior working on a history project, a college senior working on a term paper, or supporting the local gardener, acquiring the right titles should be straight-forward. We’re launching 70 new collections today – with more to come as YOU need!
- Education-focused Programs: In addition to expanding beyond traditional reference in terms of the content available on GVRL, we’re also launching new solutions dedicated to the advancement of learning through programs like Career Online High School, an accredited high school completion program now available for our public libraries. What’s more, our first partner Los Angeles Public Library officially launches their program today.
WHAT IT MEANS IN THE FUTURE
It’s been nearly a decade since we launched the Gale Virtual Reference Library. What began as a way to bring our reference content into your library in a more accessible way soon became a way to bring ALL reference content to your library. And now, we’re looking past reference to include proprietary monographs collections and other multi-media content.
Tomorrow, more information will be added to this blog speaking directly to what these announcements mean to your specific library type. Be sure to subscribe to see the updates on these and other updates as they happen. We’re very excited about this news – and can’t wait to talk to you more about it.