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.
Continue reading NLW – Free access to Gale Resources
Gale announced a new account management tool for libraries this week called “My Account.”
Using “My Account,” libraries are able to easily —
â€¢ Manage account contact, billing and shipping information
â€¢ Order print and eBook titles from the Gale catalog
â€¢ Renew subscriptions of electronic resources
â€¢ View detailed pricing, including any freight
â€¢ Build, save, print and email a “Wish List” to aid ongoing collection development
â€¢ View and print invoices and order history
â€¢ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seems each day someone else announces more cross searching of content. This is great news for users as overarching discovery layers are formed to search individual silos of content. Today, OCLC and Gale announced that Gale’s Academic OneFile and General OneFile, representing millions of records, will be indexed in OCLC’s WorldCat Local. Users who subscribe to both services can search WorldCat Local (and the Gale metadata) and be linked to the full text of millions of peer reviewed journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles, and podcasts and transcripts.
Gale is the 3rd vendor to add content to WorldCat Local. JSTOR and EBSCO content are already available for subscribers.
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.
From a Gale/Cengage Press Release:
Gale Announces New iPhone Application
Library research? There’s an application for that!
Farmington Hills, Mich., Dec. 16, 2009 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of the AccessMyLibrary (AML) mobile application for the iPhone — making access to library research just a click away on a mobile phone. Continue reading Gale Announces New iPhone Application
From a Gale Press Release:
Farmington Hills, Mich., Dec. 1, 2009 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and Portico, part of the not-for-profit organization ITHAKA, announced today an agreement in which Portico will digitally preserve archival versions of a number of the Gale Digital Collections.
“We chose to work with Portico because they are a trusted, reliable archive,” said Frank Menchaca, Gale’s executive vice president for publishing. “In the unlikely situation that Gale and the scholarly community will need their services, the agreement with Portico puts into place the preservation of a number of the Gale Digital Collections, creating a secure, permanent back-up.”
Continue reading Gale and Portico collaborate to preserve historical collections
I’ve gotten a flurry of press releases in the past 2 weeks from a variety of reference publishers. Some are offering mobile search, others are teaming up to distribute content, or they are offering new products. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on (in no apparent order):
- Oxford University Press launched Oxford Handbooks Online
- SAGE Reference is making nearly 70 of their top Social Science encyclopedias available in Credo Reference
- Alexander Street Press announced the streaming music and video collections are going mobile in 2010
- EBSCO Publishing announced the “going mobile” version of EBSCO host
- Facts on File (Infobase Publishing) launched a new curriculum video on demand subscription service
- Rosen and Gale have teamed up to distribute one anothers online health resources – Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness and Gale’s Health & Wellness Resource Center
- Gale’s Powersearch and InfoTrac now support the MLA 7 format
Received a press release from Gale/Cengage today. Baker and Taylor will now distribute the GVRL e-book collection, Lit Crit, and the Directory Library. B&T is the first wholesaler to sell GVRL. See the full press release below.
Continue reading Baker & Taylor partners with Gale/Cengage to sell eBooks
From a Gale/Cengage press release:
Farmington Hills, Mich., Oct. 12, 2009 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of the digital version of Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia as an interactive, media-rich online interface.
Based on the 17-volume print encyclopedia, long regarded as a leading source of information on “everything animal,” this digital resource is part of the next generation of resources from Gale, designed as a new knowledge portal to bring “power to the user.”
This knowledge portal includes information on more than 4,000 species, covering topics such as evolution, habitat, behavior, ontology, conservation status and more. Continuously updated, the image-rich content provides a true educational experience, where users can find answers to specific questions, discover new details about animals they are familiar with, and learn more about little-known animals in new and exciting ways. Continue reading Grzimek’s Launches
A press release from Gale concerning Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia is below. I suspect this transformation from multi-volume print sources to interactive subscription based “databases” will be the norm from here on. I really hope they have animal sounds, you never know when you might need to have lions roaring in your office.
Farmington Hills, Mich., July 10, 2009 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the transformation of Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia into an interactive, media-rich online interface. This new digital version will be available this fall. Continue reading Grzimek’s transformed to interactive, media-rich online product
Farmington Hills, Mich., June 24, 2009 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of PowerSearch 2.0, an enhanced version of the original PowerSearch platform which provides the library community comprehensive access to authoritative reference, periodical and primary source information, providing greater “power to the user.”
PowerSearch 2.0 simplifies browsing through Gale’s more than 20,000 publications, providing the ability to search across more than 150 million documents. The new interface provides users a Web-like experience and includes added features that will appeal to and empower library patrons, students and other researchers. Continue reading Gale’s PowerSearch 2.0 launched with several new features
Farmington Hills, MI, June 5, 2009 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced that Encyclopedia.com (http://www.encyclopedia.com) 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 technology and digital content.
Continue reading Gale’s Encyclopedia.com wins CODiE Award for Best Online General Reference Service
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.
Farmington Hills, Mich., May 5, 2009 — In support of National Women’s Health Week, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is providing one month’s free access to Health & Wellness Resource Center, an electronic resource providing a comprehensive array of medical reference and periodical materials. To obtain access to the resource center, libraries can download a specialized widget throughout the month of May at http://access.gale.com/widgets/whm. Continue reading Gale Offers Free Access to Health & Wellness Resource Center
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Apr. 20, 2009 — In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is offering free resources on its completely updated Environmental Resource Web site (http://www.galeschools.com/environment/).
Continue reading Gale offers free resources for Earth Day
Concerning my previous post on Gale/YBP, I had a chance to talk with John Barnes at Gale/Cengage regarding the pricing of GVRL titles through the YBP service. According to him, GVRL prices will remain the same using various tiers, based on FTE. Within the next month, YBP will load all of the Gale patron data into their system and this data should indicate each library’s tier level. While searching YBP for GVRL titles, the title price, based on your library’s tier, should be displayed. Thanks to Nader Qaimari from Gale/Cengage for commenting with the same.
Great news from Gale/Cengage and YBP (Baker & Taylor). GVRL, LitCrit and Gale Directory titles can now be purchased through YBP services. This is wonderful news and comes on the heels of the recenet B&T and ebrary partnership. Clearly publishers and aggregators are finally working together to make purchasing ebooks as seamless as the print book. It’s about time! What is unclear in the press release is the pricing of Gale titles. Typically these are sold on a Tier model, based on FTE. I’ll post more once I hear about the pricing.
From a Gale/Cengage email I received:
Free Access on our Women’s History Web site
From women in politics to women in the environment, start planning your Women’s History Month events now with great resources from Gale.Farmington Hills, Mich., Feb. 17, 2009 — In recognition of Women’s History Month in March, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is offering free resources and activities on its Women’s History Month Web site.
Supporting the theme “Get to Know the Women Who’ve Changed Our World,” the Women’s History Month Web site is accessible at http://www.gale.com/free_resources/whm/ and offers free resources including activities, quizzes, biographies, a timeline, links and more to complement classroom topics.
Activities & Ideas
The site includes activities that can make Women’s History Month more meaningful. Activities are arranged by topics and include history, geography, music, science, literature and a number of other categories, showing the influence of women in those areas. New downloadable bookmarks, calendar and screensaver are also available.
One of the most used and enjoyed features of the Web site is the quiz. Each week, a new quiz based on women throughout history and their achievements will be posted.
Examples of the types of questions:
She helped bring provisions to soldiers on the front lines and set up the Bureau of Records. She is:
Best known for her series of well-loved children’s books, this writer published her first book at the age of 65. Her books, still popular today, are autobiographical tales of her own childhood as a pioneer girl.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
J. K. Rowling
(Correct answers are Florence Nightingale and Laura Ingalls Wilder)
From women of the past like Abigail Adams and Joan of Arc, to present day notables including Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama, biographies of many influential women are included in the site’s biographies section (http://www.gale.com/free_resources/whm/bio/). Each entry gives detailed information including birth date and location, details on personal life and career, and resources for further information.
For the Classroom
Free lesson plans, activities to engage students and the latest Gale tools for the classroom are available at Galeschools.com.
Visit http://www.gale.com/free_resources/whm/featured_titles/ for a list of Gale titles that will help students gain a deeper appreciation for Women’s History.
The timeline available at http://www.gale.com/free_resources/whm/timeline/ features milestones in women’s history from ancient times through the present, commemorating such events as Queen Isabella creating a unified Spain, Susan B. Anthony crusading for women’s rights and the founding of fashion magazine Elle.
Click on http://www.gale.com/free_resources/whm/links/ for links to other Web pages created by and for women and girls.
For more information, please contact Linda Busse at email@example.com.
I just had a nice conversation with John Barnes, Executive VP Strategic Marketing and Business Development, at Gale/Cengage. I asked John if Gale would be introducing new business models directed towards end users with their recent acquisition of HighBeam. Below is a brief summary of our discussion. Thanks John.
HighBeam’s clients are a combination of students and small businesses.
Gale/Cengage for several years has offered Goliath: Business Knowledge on Demand, which consists of business information, targeted to small business clients.
With the acquisition of HighBeam, Gale now owns encyclopedia.com, which John says, “has untapped potential to connect users to the library.” Their mission, to place “high quality embedded information in front of end users.”
So, rather than a new business model for end users, Gale will continue to make information more discoverable to end-users through encyclopedia.com, Goliath, and their existing AccessMyLibrary product. AccessMyLibrary allows a small slice of InfoTrac to be indexed by search engines. When users “want to see more” they are prompted to enter information about their library, which in turn takes search engine traffic to libraries.
Discoverability. It’s all about end users discovering our content, trapped in that invisible web. I’m anxious to see how Gale can embed quality content into encyclopedia.com. Wishful thinking, but maybe in time this could rival Wikipedia, with links to scholarly resources and digital and special library collections.
For more on discoverability, read John’s (and other reference publishers) comments in these articles in Booklist Online:
The Future of Electronic Reference Publishing: A View from the Top, Part 1
The Future of Electronic Reference Publishing: A View from the Top, Part2
Gale/Cengage recently acquired HighBeam Research Inc. If you are unfamiliar with HighBeam, they are an online reference source with access to over 3500 resources from magazine/newspaper articles to journal articles to popular reference sources. HighBeam provides it’s services to companies, small groups, and individuals rather than libraries.
This is a very interesting acquisition to me. I anticipate many publishers will begin (or pump up) services direct to the end user or smaller organizations. Makes sense since most research is done on the open web rather than via a library database trapped in the invisible web.
From the press release: “The acquisition of HighBeam is a natural extension of our user-focused strategy. Gale has had a presence on the open Web for many years now, particularly with AccessMyLibrary, which brings users from search engines into a library environment to explore their vast content riches. Now, with the added expertise of HighBeam, Gale will have a greater opportunity to learn more about user behavior and research trends, and will use that information to further develop and enhance the user experience for all our products” said Sommers.