Category Archives: School Libraries

NLW – Free access to Gale Resources

In honor of National Library Week, Gale is providing free access to 5 databases.  They include:

  • Archives Unbound – A vast new electronic resource that combines the best of legacy microfilms from Gale and Primary Source Media along with new, never-before-published collections of historical and scholarly documents sourced from institutions worldwide.
  • Career Transitions – A new electronic resource offering a comprehensive guide to career change.
  • Global Issues in Context – An electronic resource that offers global news and perspectives on issues and events of international importance.
  • GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) – A new electronic resource offering authoritative reference content on the environment, energy, economic development and natural resources.
  • Grzimek’s Animal Life – An interactive, media-rich online resource, with information on more than 4,000 species.

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Gale offers Account Management Tool

Gale announced a new account management tool for libraries this week called “My Account.”

Using “My Account,” libraries are able to easily –
•    Manage account contact, billing and shipping information
•    Order print and eBook titles from the Gale catalog
•    Renew subscriptions of electronic resources
•    View detailed pricing, including any freight
•    Build, save, print and email a “Wish List” to aid ongoing collection development
•    View and print invoices and order history
•    Track the status of print, eBook and electronic orders

The launch of My Account is coupled with a contest for $500 product credits.  More information on the contest can be found online.

For more information, please contact Linda Busse at linda.busse@cengage.com.

ebrary Announces School Library Collection

Last week ebrary announced the addition of a 6,000+ eBook collection for school libraries.  The collection, selected by a librarian, is designed for high school, vocational schools, and college prep schools and the public libraries that support them.  The collection is subscription based, allowing for unlimited simultaneous use – which will be much needed in a classroom environment.  A list of titles is available online.

ebrary’s long time partner, e-Libro also announced a Spanish language eBook collection to support school libraries.  Their title list is also online.

More information is in the press release.

Gale and Infobase Announce eBook Deal for GVRL

Middle and High School librarians looking for eBooks will be happy to hear that over 250 titles from Facts on File and Ferguson Publishing will now be available through Gale’s GVRL platform.  The titles will cover the areas of careers, teen health, global warming, and science.  For more information and a list of titles please visit www.gale.com.

NE Boarding School library goes digital – with Kindle

Interesting article in USA today about the Cushing Academy, a New England Boarding School, that has bypassed the print library for a digital one, using the Kindle.  Here’s a couple of quotes from the Headmaster, Jim Tracy.

“It was really to save libraries five, 10, 15 years down the road,” he says. “What the students are telling us is: ‘We’re not using the print books. You can keep giving them to us, but they’re just going to collect dust.’ So we’re saying, ‘Let’s be honest: Let’s give them the best electronic information available.’ ”

Actually, he says, he has hired more librarians to help students navigate the electronic stacks and tell “what is valuable information or reliable from what is junk.”

There are tons of comments on the article, which are always just as fun to read.

Librarians – CIBER Global Library Survey open through October 18th

Tish Wilson from ebrary just emailed me this press release:

CIBER Opens Global Library Survey in Conjunction with Charleston Conference, ebrary, and YBP
September 28, 2009 – London, UK – The CIBER research group at University College London (UCL) today invited all libraries to participate in an international survey examining challenges, trends, and best practices in tough economic times. Based on input from nearly 200 librarians worldwide, the questionnaire is now available and will remain open through October 18. Results of the survey, which is co-sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s YBP Library Services and ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, will be announced at the Charleston Conference, November 4-7 in Charleston, SC, USA. Continue reading

Booklist launches new reference blog

CHICAGO—Booklist Online announces the addition of Points of Reference to its growing family of blogs. Mary Ellen Quinn and a team of front-line experts from academic, public and school libraries post about reference sources and trends in reference publishing and services. Continue reading

Widgets Increase Use of eReference Collections

From the Gale/Cengage RE:sources blog, May 2009

Widgets pack a wallop

Results from K-12 school, academic and public libraries confirm that usage soars when you add the ability to search all or part of your Gale Virtual Reference Library collection with a widget. Comparing the number of user sessions before and after the addition of a widget on the pages of a high school in Minnesota, a college in Texas and a public library in Ohio, Mark Springer, a data analyst from Gale, documented gains of 178%, 167% and 140% respectively. Read more results like these in the RE:sources blog next week.

Results of widgets in three libraries

Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness – this is what I call a Reference Experience

I recently attended the School Library Journal (SLJ) Summit and had the pleasure of working with Roger Rosen, of Rosen Publishing, on a panel about the future of digital reference.  Roger spoke about Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness product.  I finally had a chance to look it over.  WOW, this is what I call a reference experience!

Some highlights:

  • Thousands of resources for teens on topics relevant to them, and written for them – like sexuality, dating, stress, alcohol/drugs, eating disorders, and even acne
  • In The News – a snippet of data from a published news story, with links to additional information in the database.
  • Cast Your Vote – Polls on relevant topics, to see how other teens feel/act.  After viewing the poll results, links to articles on a relevant topic are included
  • HOTLINES (Get Help Now)- easy to find access to a variety of national hotlines (Suicide, AIDS, Alcohol/Drugs, Eating Disorders, etc)
  • Ask Dr. Jan – a place to ask a question and get an answer from a licensed Psychologist
  • Personal Story – a teen story written about a particular situation, like cyberbullying.  Users may then SHARE THEIR OWN STORY by submitting it to Rosen.  Don’t worry, lots of confidentiality controls are in place.
  • Did You Know? – factoids on various health/wellness topics, with links to related articles
  • RSS Feeds of new content from “In The News,”  “Dr. Jan’s Corner,” and “Did You Know?”
  • Each entry is signed, and includes the name of the MD or other medical professional who reviewed the article.
  • Email, print, and cite this source options
  • Links for resources, glossary, and further reading
  • Date last updated for each article
  • Images

Besides the amazing amount of information in the Teen Health & Wellness database, teens have the opportunity to ask questions, write/share their own feelings, and find out how other teens are dealing with situations.  The RSS feeds, polls, and Q/A make this interactive.  The attention to detail in citing, writing, reviewing, and updating make the information very authoritative.  This should be in every household, not just school.  Congrats Rosen!

Gee, reading all of this makes me want to be a teenager again…..NOT!

But, it does make me wonder why these great features aren’t in other databases.  The product seems to build a community.  Can our generic reference ebook collections possibly do that?  I don’t see why not.�