Gale’s wins CODiE Award for Best Online General Reference Service

June 6th, 2009 · Comments Off

Farmington Hills, MI, June 5, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced that ( was named the 2009 CODiE Award winner for Best Online General Reference Service. The Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) 24th Annual CODiE Awards, the only peer-reviewed honor in the industry, celebrate achievement and vision in software, education […]

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Widgets Increase Use of eReference Collections

May 28th, 2009 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Increase eBook Product Usage, Ideas from GVRL Clients

October 17th, 2008 · Comments Off

Gale/Cengage has collected a growing list of 18 ways to increase usage of your ebook resources.  They are listed below.  Or, visit the site for the full story. How to Increase Product Usage Here are a few “best practices” as defined by your colleagues. Many of our customers have already discovered and implemented these ideas for […]

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Infobase to release eBook platform this Fall

September 19th, 2008 · Comments Off

Attention public, school, and community college libraries. Infobase, publisher for Chelsea House, Facts on File, Ferguson, and Bloom’s Literary Criticism will release it’s own eBook platform this Fall.  However, titles will still be available from previously established interfaces. Current titles and backlist titles will be available at launch (1800+) and forthcoming titles will also come […]

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DRM – What is it and why should libraries care?

September 17th, 2008 · Comments Off

What is DRM? DRM stands for Digital Rights Management, coding added to digital content to control access.  DRM prevents copying, editing, and sharing of digital files.   You may have come across DRM in your personal use of digital music or digital video recorders.  More importantly, if your library offers or plans to offer ebooks, audiobooks, […]

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Gale and Greenwood eBook Partnership Expands

September 16th, 2008 · Comments Off

Gale and Greenwood eBook Partnership Expands Current Greenwood Titles Now on Gale Virtual Reference Library Farmington Hills, Mich., September 12, 2008 – Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, and Greenwood Publishing Group have enhanced their partnership to include more high-demand Greenwood titles, including more than 130 titles released in 2008 as eBooks on Gale Virtual […]

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eBooks – Wouldn’t One Platform Be Nice?

May 13th, 2008 · 2 Comments

If you’ve ever heard me give a presentation about eBooks, then you’ve probably heard my soap box rant about the plethora of eBook platforms.  I can’t stand it.  I look forward to the day when all of my e-content – reference, monographs, textbooks, whatever – will be on one consistent platform, fully searchable by keyword […]

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Interview with Gale/Cengage – Updating eBooks

May 8th, 2008 · Comments Off

May 6, 2008 I had a nice conversation with Frank Menchaca, Executive VP and Publisher of Gale/Cengage Learning.  We discussed the importance of updating eBooks and what plans Gale has in place to do this, including Smart Reference and GVRL 2.0 – both forthcoming. I recommend you download the file first, then listen. May 2008 […]

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Gale’s National Library Week Celebration – Free Access

April 1st, 2008 · Comments Off

Cool idea! Thanks Gale/Cengage. I hope this isn’t an April Fool’s joke To celebrate libraries and their resources, Gale is offering you free access to Books & Authors, our new and innovative online readers’ advisory resource for the entire month of April. Its browesable menus and advanced visual search technology allow readers to discover authors […]

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XReferplus – Credo Reference

February 19th, 2008 · Comments Off

Xreferplus – (Credo Reference) First published November 1, 2006 (Booklist). Xreferplus is an online reference service with more than 2 million entries from more than 207 reference titles. With a focus on ready-reference content, Xreferplus includes subject-specific dictionaries, biographical data, statistics, quotations, and audio and image files from more than 50 publishers. There are two […]

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