| Originally Posted on The Daily Advertiser, March 13, 2017 |
Lafayette Parish students now have access to nonfiction eBooks in all major disciplines. Titles also are available to help high school students with college and career readiness.
The eBooks are available through the Gale Virtual Reference Library, or GVRL, a platform from Gale, one of the main providers of library resources and a part of Cengage Learning.
The titles cover a wide range of topics, including science, geography, history, language arts and other subjects. Elementary-level titles will be available for younger students, as well as more challenging texts for middle school students.
“As the Lafayette Parish School System continues to embrace and expand Vision 2020 in regards to academics and technology, electronic resources are an essential component,” Chief Academic Officer Annette Samec said. “Gale’s eBooks are the perfect complement for schools with 1:1 devices.”
The resource library can be accessed with a web browser. There are no special software requirements. Features include read-aloud technology, article translation into Spanish and other languages, and the ability to download articles for offline access. Multiple students can access the same eBook at once. Students also can access the eBooks directly onto mobile devices or via Gale’s app.
Because the library is integrated with G Suite for Education, students and teachers can also log into their Google account to save, share and download content, highlights and notes. Through Google Classroom, educators can link Gale content to classroom assignments.