Gale Success Stories

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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Entrepreneurs (and Others) Gain Valued Insights with DemographicsNow

Public libraries continually seek cost-effective ways to make their patrons’ user experience more convenient; finding demographics information can often require searching multiple sources, which can be time-consuming.

Bloomfield Township Public Library meets the information needs of a wide variety of businesspeople, jobseekers, and individuals by using Gale’s DemographicsNow to deliver convenient access to highly detailed demographic information on any U.S. geography — in a single, easily searchable database.

DemographicsNow provides users with access to highly detailed demographic data that can span the entire U.S. That makes it ideal for gaining consumer and market insight for anyone considering opening a business and wanting to create a business plan or conduct a location analysis. It also serves a variety of other needs and users. Small business owners can rely on it to identify competitors in their area or help relocate their business; marketing and sales people can develop targeted customer leads and mailing lists; students can research companies and regions for assignments; and jobseekers can find information on a company before a job interview.
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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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Librarian Uses Digital Collection to Provide Higher-Quality Learning Experience for Students

Kristin Douglas, one of three librarians and seven paraprofessionals at Hempfield High School in Pennsylvania’s Dutch country, knows that the key to being able to teach and support students is having a well-staffed library.

She also knows exactly what she’s up against when it comes to students’ online expectations. As the district transitions from a print to cloud-based library collection, Douglas and her colleagues understand the library will be compared to popular online destinations students have become accustomed to using outside the classroom. It means part of Douglas’ job is to break poor student research habits and replace them with behaviors that will help students excel regardless of whether they plan to attend college.
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World History in Context Brings the Past into Focus for Danish Students

Tue Gaston is a librarian at Borupgaard Gymnasium, a college preparatory school in Ballerup, Denmark that prepares students for advanced academic study.

Tue was introduced to Gale databases when he began working at the library, which has a subscription to several In Context online knowledge portals (World History, Biography, Opposing Viewpoints, Global Issues, and Science) as well as the Literature Resource Center and Contemporary Authors: Contemporary Literary Criticism® Select. He quickly became an advocate for their use.

World History in Context in particular is front and center in many of his interactions with students. This online portal provides access to an overview of the most-studied events, periods, cultures, civilizations, religions, conflicts, wars, ideologies, cultural movements, people, and more — reaching back to the ancient world and forward to today’s headlines. Rare primary sources, reliable references, and multimedia content put world history into context for students as they complete their assignments.

In this success story, you’ll see how Gale’s powerful, easy-to-use search features help students develop information literacy as they access high-quality, credible resources through their online research. You’ll also learn how Tue’s students broaden their horizons and build critical thinking skills through exposure to World History in Context’s varied resources, including rare primary sources, multimedia content, news items, and more.
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