Comics: From Pulp to Educational Reading

| By Jennifer Stock | It should come as no surprise that kids love comic books and graphic novels. After all, when modern comic books first emerged in the 1930s, their main readers were children. During the Golden Age of Comics, kids embraced Superman (1938), Batman (1939), Captain America (1941), and Wonder Woman (1941), as … Read more

Gale’s VP of Marketing & Communications Shares Why Libraries are Awesome

Gale’s Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Harmony Faust, has always been a leading advocate for libraries, opening the door anytime opportunity knocks. She channels her passion into daily efforts, serving as a member of the steering committee for the Corporate Committee for Library Investment and on the Board of Directors for EveryLibrary, the only … Read more

Experts Weigh in on Amateur Newspapers from the American Antiquarian Society

The forthcoming digital archive, Amateur Newspapers from the American Antiquarian Society, features publications written, edited, and published by young people aged 12-20 in the second half of the 19th-century. This extensive collection offers an abundance of resources, featuring tens of thousands of issues, and includes editorials, original short fiction, essays, poetry, and more that provide compelling … Read more

Champaign County Library Offers Free Automotive Repair Help Online

| Originally published on Urbana Daily Citizen | Champaign County residents can access reliable automotive help online 24/7 through ChiltonLibrary, a resource available on the Champaign County Library website. Trusted by automotive enthusiasts for more than 100 years, ChiltonLibrary supports “do-it-yourselfers” of all skill levels. No other source contains more years, makes and models. “ChiltonLibrary … Read more

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.—50 Years After His Assassination

| By Deb Kirby | If, like me, the 1960s was your coming-of-age decade, you were witness to and shaped by many history-making events. Some were positive and inspiring, like the moon landing and the enactment of civil rights laws, while others were tragically sad, including the assassinations of President John Kennedy, his brother Bobby … Read more

American Reference Books Annual Praises Three GVRL eBook Titles

How your users research is just as important as what they research. While other eBook platforms direct users to title-level results, Gale eBooks on GVRL is designed to cross-search all of your eBooks to pinpoint relevant material. The result? They spend less time looking for credible information, and more time diving into it. Earlier this month, American Reference … Read more

New to GVRL: Leveled Content with National Geographic Ladders Series

|By Nicole Albrecht | Picture this: A classroom filled with students reading various books and a teacher closely monitoring them. At first glance, you may think they are all reading the same text at the same level because all the books look the same. As you look closer, you will see that the three kids … Read more

Gale Introduces Digital Scholar Lab for Mining Primary Sources

Gale is developing a research experience that will provide critical infrastructure for digital scholarship research. By combining digital text and analytical tools on one intuitive platform, researchers and instructors will be able to gain insights through both distant reading and close analysis—along with the ability to configure the tools and content set to meet their specific … Read more

Do Computers Understand Our Emotions?

| By Misam Abbas | No. But computers can make guesses about our emotions, or sentiments, based on what we write and say. Sentiment analysis is the categorization of pieces of text as having varying degrees of  positive or negative sentiment using computational methods. For example, humans can easily see the sentiment of each of … Read more

Libraries and the Business Community: A Success Story

| Originally published by EveryLibrary | Libraries exist to help people succeed, and the business world is no exception. Many aspiring business owners got their start in a public library, whether through researching how to write a business plan, attending a class on Quickbooks, or developing a marketing list using the library’s electronic resources. The following … Read more