Building a Digital Directory Library

| By Holly Hibner | Some of the most commonly-asked questions at library reference desks can be answered quickly and easily with Gale Directory Library. In Michigan, we are fortunate to have access to three very useful directories through the Michigan eLibrary, but any library can build a collection of directories from an impressive list. In … Read more

GALE DIRECTORY LIBRARY UNDERGOES SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS!

Gale Directory Library has undergone significant updates to improve its user experience which will take effect on the 17th of April. The addition of essential workflow tools and expanded data sorting, filtering, and exporting will make this popular collection of online directories easier to use than ever before. We’re excited to introduce the following enhancements to Gale … 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

McHenry Public Library District Helps Residents Earn High School Diplomas

| Originally published in the Northwest Herald | McHenry resident Adam Lowrey wanted to further his career, but a lack of a high school diploma made pursuing his goals impossible. After only completing three years of high school, he turned to McHenry Public Library District to earn his diploma. He wants to achieve a higher education … Read more

Wosets, Wockets and Waskets

| By Debra Kirby |

The wild, wacky and wonderful world of Dr. Seuss has been the salvation of many an exhausted parent who, ready to call it a night, succumbs to their child’s plaintive cry for just one more bedtime story. The easy rhyming flow in Dr. Seuss stories always made it easy for me to read just a little longer.  There’s a Wocket in my Pocket was a favorite of both my daughters, who could recite word for word, page by page well before they were able to read – providing an opportunity for a little fun with unsuspecting relatives and friends who were amazed at how advanced my 3-year-old girls were.

I’ve been fortunate enough to continue to enjoy Dr. Seuss through my grandchildren and various mentoring programs through the years. The student I’m currently mentoring is a second grader who says Dr. Seuss is her favorite author, and Green Eggs and Ham her favorite book, though we recently both found Fox in Sox a little trying.

In honor of the National Education Association’s Read Across America, which kicks off on March 2, and is also Dr. Seuss’s birthday, I decided to learn a little more about the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, whose real name was Theodor Geisel. There are many interesting and some surprising facts to be found in Gale databases. Here are a few:

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From Ship Driver to Library Space Entrepreneur

Recently, Deziner Software partnered with Gale to launch Gale Small Business Builder in the public library space. This self-guided online resource is designed to help budding entrepreneurs and seasoned small business owners create a business plan and discover more about themselves and their finances. It seems now like such a natural path, given the thousands … Read more

Career Online High School Gives Tucson Residents a Second Chance at a Diploma

| Originally posted on This is Tucson | Yvette Moutran’s royal blue graduation gown swished around her legs as she marched forward to “Pomp and Circumstance,” shaking hands and accepting her diploma. Finally, she had a high school diploma in hand. Finally, she could flip that tassel from one side of her cap to the … Read more

Naperville Public Library Offers Small Business Support

| Originally posted on American Libraries Magazine | Launching a Small Business in Naperville User: Kent Palmer, business librarian, Naperville (Ill.) Public Library Product: Gale Small Business Builder Description: Gale Small Business Builder is a software platform designed to help libraries support business planning for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and other small business ventures. How do you use Gale Small … Read more

California State Library Triples Investment in Career Online High School

Career Online High School,  a nationally accredited program allowing adults the opportunity to earn high school diplomas, has helped California solve their dropout crisis since 2015. The California State Library has had so much success with the program, they recently signed another three-year agreement—tripling their original investment. “Investing more funds in this program was an easy … Read more

Pikes Peak Library District Honors First Group of Career Online High School Graduates

| Originally posted on the Pikes Peak Library District website | When she was in 9th grade, Crystal Reavis dropped out of high school. Now a married mother of two, Reavis is part of the first group of graduates from Pikes Peak Library District’s Career Online High School program. A graduation ceremony will be held from 6 – 8:30 … Read more