Another day, another partnership in Libraryland. This one will result in the addition of Wiley’s well-known Dummies® series to Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL). It also serves to remind us that “reference” continues to blend with “nonfiction” in digital environments. Those days when the word “reference” was synonymous with A-Z, encyclopedias, and dictionaries are behind us. It is safe to predict that the trend of blending “other formats” with traditional reference will continue not just for Gale but for other vendors as well and that GVRL will include many different types of books in the near future.
Press release below.
Gale Adds Hundreds of Wiley Titles to e-Book Platform
Continues Transformation of GVRL with New STEM and Self-Help Titles
Farmington Hills, Mich., June 3, 2014 — More than 400 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. e-books are coming to Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL). GVRL is the e-book platform offered by Gale, a leading publisher of research and education resources for libraries, schools and businesses and part of Cengage Learning. The new titles include monographs covering in-demand subjects such as business and economics, medicine, computer science, and psychology, and are part of Gale’s recently announced effort to expand its e-book offerings for the growing STEM market. In addition, nearly 180 titles from the popular “For Dummies” series such as Stock Investing For Dummies®, Paleo Cookbook For Dummies®, and Pinterest For Dummies® will also be added.
“The addition of the Wiley titles adds enormous value to GVRL in both STEM and in general education,” said Jim Draper, vice president and general manager, Gale. “This expansion underscores Gale’s commitment to researchers of all kinds as we work to become the largest e-book provider for libraries.”
Gale will combine the reference content from its more than 100 publishing partners with monographs and multimedia content, such as videos, to make GVRL the only library platform delivering this broad cross-section of research support. In addition, the company is launching a new proprietary monograph publishing program that will combine the best works from its partners covering the humanities, philosophy, religion and social science disciplines along with Gale’s core strength across these content areas, including more than 350,000 historical monographs. GVRL provides a unique opportunity for libraries to house their reference and monograph collections in the same place — meaning that students and researchers can get the background on a topic at the same time they dive into deeper research.
GVRL is the only e-book platform to offer InterLink technology, which allows users to link directly from their InfoTrac periodicals to contextually relevant articles within GVRL, as well as offer the converted HTML version of e-book monograph titles alongside the PDF, making possible features such as ReadSpeaker technology (text-to-speech functionality), article translation, and easy integration into LibGuides and curriculum. GVRL also allows for unlimited concurrent users and downloads, online book browse, and the ability to download articles as PDFs to e-readers or MP3 players for offline access.
For more information on GVRL or to request a free trial, visit http://www.gale.cengage.com/gvrl.
About Cengage Learning and Gale
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology and services company, empowering educators and driving learner engagement through personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world’s information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs – from homework help to health questions to business profiles – in a variety of formats. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.cengage.com.
Wiley is a global provider of content-enabled solutions that improve outcomes in research, education, and professional practice. Wiley’s Professional Development business creates products and services that help customers become more effective in the workplace and achieve career success. It brings to life the ideas and best practices of thought leaders in business, finance, accounting, workplace learning, management, leadership, technology, behavioral health, engineering/architecture, and education to serve these communities worldwide.
Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa, JWb), has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace. Wiley’s global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company’s website can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com.