Posted on March 2, 2016
Kris Jacobson is a teacher/librarian at a busy high school outside of Chicago. With 3,000 students and a campus that recently went 1:1 with Chromebooks, Kris stays busy, but is constantly striving to make the library more useful for patrons.
Kris found that helping students conduct research in multiple information silos proved time consuming and the library was not seeing steady growth in database activity. As a Google School (and part of a Google District) Glenbrook High School prefers to utilize resources that work well with all things Google. This—and some of the library’s other challenges—became easier for Kris and her colleagues when they discovered Gale’s In Context family of online resources.
With In Context now integrated with Google Apps for Education tools like Drive and Docs, students can easily share database content and can focus on their research and synthesizing information rather than getting bogged down in the process of figuring out how to disseminate information via email or making multiple copies of articles to annotate separately. Additionally, Kris explained, the In Context portals are efficiency boosters because they can get feedback from a lot of different sources on a particular topic by visiting one place. The ability for students to be able to access the In Context databases from their Chromebooks anywhere, anytime was a huge factor for Glenbrook High School.