Product Update: Gale eBooks on GVRL

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Early August, users of Gale eBooks on GVRL can benefit from several platform and search improvements. Our product team is always considering ways to improve the user’s experience, and after reviewing feedback from customers, we’ve made updates to Gale eBooks on GVRL that will greatly benefit users of all types.

Take a look at some of the most recent enhancements:

Enhanced book viewer – a new and improved cover-to-cover book viewer will replace the Flash-based viewer, increasing browser compatibility and supporting use of the book view on all mobile devices.

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K-6 support – Gale Admins will have the option to set the cover-to-cover book view as the default view, making it simpler for younger users to get into a book and immediately start reading. Gale Admin users can also choose whether to default this view to a 1- or 2-page spread.

Reading level indicators – the addition of three reading levels (Lexile, Guided Reading Levels/Fountas & Pinnell, and Accelerated Reader¹) allows users to more easily find content suitable to their reading level.

Users of Gale eBooks on GVRL can search (or limit search results) by reading level, and Gale Admins can choose which (if any) reading levels to display.

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Topic Finder – the addition of Topic Finder to Gale eBooks on GVRL helps users narrow their research and offers a visual way to explore their library’s eBook collection.

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Other updates:

  • recommended articles – “More Like This” suggestions help users continue to find relevant content once they are in an article, supporting their exploration of the topic
  • improved search – updates to the search formula increase the relevancy of results and emphasize the most important elements, letting users quickly find what they need
  • updated MARC records – eBook MARC records will utilize direct linking, helping users get into a book more quickly from your library’s catalog (currently they are taken to the “About this Publication” page; GVRL will now take them to the book’s Table of Contents) ²

For more detail about this update or if you have questions, please contact the Gale Customer Success team. Not a Gale eBooks on GVRL customer, but would like to know more? Contact your Gale Representative today.

1These reading levels will be available for 3rd-party titles only and only when the publisher has provided this information.
2 MARC records must be reloaded to incorporate the new and improved URLs.
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