Gale Efficacy

From Print to Digital, from Library to Classroom: Using Gale Resources to Support Student Learning and Skill Development

As the economy and society becomes more information-intensive, it is imperative that today’s students develop strong research skills that will enable college and career success. Increasingly, educators, employers, and policymakers see the effective use of digital content within instruction as a cornerstone for the development of these research skills. Despite the enhanced use of digital resources within many K-12 schools, a gap still exists between classroom and library usage. To explore how to close this gap, Project Tomorrow® collaborated with Cengage Learning to examine the use of traditionally library-based digital content within classroom instruction. The resulting study during the 2014-15 school year specifically focused on how the Gale Resources databases from Cengage Learning supported student research projects at two independent high schools in the greater Philadelphia area.
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Gale’s Integration with Google Apps for Education Creates New In Context Fans

Librarians understand that today’s digitally connected students are put off by resources that are cumbersome to use. And, as more schools turn to Google Classroom to create a paperless learning environment, teachers
are looking for ways to connect seamlessly to a variety of online databases and resources needed for classroom projects.

As co-librarian at Prosper High School in Texas and leader of the Library and Instructional Technology Team for her school district, Richelle O’Neil always has the interests of K–12 students and teachers in mind. These days, that means showing them how productive they can be when they use Gale’s In Context integrated with Google Apps for Education.

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Librarian Uses Virtual Reference Solution to Engage Students and Teachers on Sizable Campus

Kim Hooper, the Library Media Specialist at John Jay High School in Hopewell Junction, New York, feels like a small fish in a big pond at times. The school is home to more than 2,100 students and two hundred teachers. While Hooper is able to reach students during study halls and regular library walk-in hours, the sheer size of John Jay High poses logistical challenges with which even a nine-year high school library veteran like Hooper struggles. On one hand, she confronted the logistical challenge of reaching and persuading hundreds of teachers spread across a large campus to better Read More…

Librarian Uses DemographicsNow to Give Students Edge in Ultracompetitive Global Business World

Cara Cadena, the Business Liaison Librarian at Grand Valley State University, can see the future and knows exactly what budding college-aged entrepreneurs are in for: a highly competitive global business world that demands an edge to get ahead. It’s Cadena’s job to help students develop that edge despite a workload that requires her to juggle multiple responsibilities, like teaching library instruction courses, managing the library’s growing collection, and assisting students with research projects. Today’s college students have terabytes of data at their fingertips. However, that data is not always trustworthy, accessible, or housed in formats that best position Read More…

Entrepreneurs Lack the Resources Necessary to Start Successful Businesses

Librarians can find themselves in difficult positions when budding entrepreneurs, in search of answers that may determine the fate of their businesses, rush into the library.

Steven Assarian, a business librarian at Grand Rapids Public Library, is well familiar with this scenario. Not only is it Assarian’s job to provide consultation for entrepreneurs in need of business plans, but he’s also responsible for teaching business research techniques to classes of between ten and twenty people. The ability to locate and use relevant information during the formation of a startup is a determining factor in whether the business will succeed. The pressure on librarians like Assarian to link entrepreneurs with current and rich data can be great.
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Digital Solutions Promote Pre-K Literacy Development and School Readiness

Many research studies have shown the positive effects of quality early childhood education on future academic development, educational attainment, and earnings later in life. Yet, 59% of preschool-aged children across the nation—approximately 2.5 million—are not enrolled in publicly funded preschool programs through state preschool, Head Start, and special education preschool services.

Although as many as 30% of three- and four-year olds are fortunate to attend private preschools and child care centers, hundreds of thousands of children have no access to the programs that can help them build literacy skills and prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. The U.S. Department of Education’s 2015 report, “A Matter of Equity: Preschool in America,” notes that “while both states and the federal government invest in early learning, these efforts have fallen short of what is needed to ensure that all children can access a high-quality early education that will prepare them for success.”

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University Librarian Seeks Research Materials with International Perspective for Beginning College Students

Sara Rizzo is a reference librarian at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. She is also the lead advocate for the school’s library and a key conduit between new college students and a well-rounded global perspective.

As a subject librarian, professors often ask Rizzo to provide their first- and second-year students with reference materials needed to complete research projects and multipage essays. To ensure students have the materials and perspective the university desires, Rizzo turned to Global Issues in Context (GIC) database from Gale. GIC is a cloud-based platform designed to promote global awareness by supplying authoritative multidisciplinary and multimedia rich content that spans continents and cultures.

The GIC database, which integrates news, global viewpoints, and primary source documents in a single search, connects students at Nazarbayev University with content and perspectives they might not otherwise acquire due to them just beginning to learn about academic research and its importance. GIC also helps ensure that these students, who generally lack academic investigatory skills, can easily find, access, and use reliable and trusted research sources.

In this success story, you’ll see how Rizzo has seen usage levels improve dramatically as new students choose Global Issues in Context resources over free online alternatives. You’ll also see how GIC’s ease of use and high-quality sources save faculty’s time and

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GVRL Helps Students at an IB School Meet High Standards for Research Proficiency

Klaudia Janek is the librarian at the Bloomfield Hills campus of the International Academy (IA), a nationally recognized public high school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The IA is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, and as such, offers a unique program featuring rigorous academic standards, student-centered learning, and an emphasis on global citizenship. Demonstrating research competence is a fundamental requirement at any IB school, and the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is ideally suited to support IA’s students in developing a sound set of skills.

In this success story, you’ll read how Gale’s easy-to-use search features and high-quality, credible resources enable students to develop skills in online research. You’ll also discover how a full suite of Gale resources (including Gale Virtual Reference Library, History In Dispute, Global Issues in Context, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, and others), as well as Questia, empower students to develop critical-thinking skills and to broaden their perspectives through exposure to in-depth analyses as well as to non-U.S. and pro-con viewpoints on compelling issues.

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Librarian Tasked with Integrating New Reference Materials Platform to Improve Student Learning Experience

Among his responsibilities at the Tascosa High School library in Amarillo, Texas, librarian Richard McGowan oversees the sixty computers available via two computer labs to more than two-thousand students spread across the relatively large campus. What’s more, he also has the job of successfully integrating the district’s new technology purchase: Cengage Learning’s Gale suite of products, a cloud-based platform that provides digital content, tools, and services designed to promote learning and information discovery in libraries.
First, McGowan took the step of gathering the school’s English teachers and department chairs for a week-long ‘get to know Gale’ training session. During the session, he built their awareness and understanding of the the new tools at their disposal, which helped them see the ways that Gale’s reference materials platform can help them produce improved student outcomes.
Once instructors grasped the power of their Gale resources, McGowan had to communicate the benefits to students. He engages students early and often, running sessions during which he demonstrates the new databases and research tools. Thanks to his efforts, students have become more comfortable accessing and using these resources, which has ultimately resulted in improvements in the quality of their work.

In the following success story, you’ll read how Gale’s solutions have helped improve students’ academic performance, by helping them narrow the focus of their research and produce more thorough and balanced work. You’ll also see how engagement has surged, as students access reference materials at home and regardless of where they travel within the district. What’s more, you’ll learn how McGowan “marketed” the services to students, continually boosting their awareness of all that Gale (and, of course, his library) has to offer them.
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Large-Campus Librarian Uses Digital Tools to Emphasize Research Skills

Anne Abney, teaching librarian at Creekview High School northwest of Atlanta, faces key challenges as she leads students through the process of working on their assigned research projects, which are structured through a joint effort among Abney and the course instructors. For one, she must determine how to emphasize key research and critical thinking skills in the school’s large, and often crowded, library. Secondly, she also must organize the library and its new resources in a way that meets the student population’s needs.

In the following success story, you’ll read how Cengage Learning’s Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), a cloud-based platform that provides digital research and educational resources to libraries, helps Anne Abney accomplish her goals. Abney describes how students’ research skills are becoming more effective, as well as more efficient, as they learn to use GVRL for their projects. You’ll also read how GVRL supports the development of students’ analytical and critical thinking skills.

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