Gale Success Stories

GVRL Supports Eager High School Students Across the Disciplines

Connie Young puts her twenty-three years of experience as an English teacher to good use at Frontier High School (FrHS) in Bakersfield California, where she’s in her seventh year as a teacher librarian. Before coming to FrHS, Connie used reference products from Gale, so she was pleased to inherit a small but well-conceived Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) collection, which she has continually expanded.
 
GVRL’s intuitive interface and powerful search features help Frontier’s students–many of whom have little or no library training find what they need, and its citation tools enable students to document their sources with ease. Furthermore, students can access GVRL at school or from the convenience of their home computers, which promotes their engagement with their course work.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library Supports Online Research Proficiency

Promoting development of online academic research skills is a must to prepare students for success in college and beyond, but today’s digitally connected students can be put off if resources are cumbersome to use.

In the following Success Story, you’ll learn how Pamela Pinkerton, Library Information Technology Educator at Mansfield Legacy High School in Texas, has used GVRL to promote student success. GVRL provides students with quality research tools and materials, and supports Pamela in her goal of teaching students how to conduct proper academic research. You’ll also see the enthusiasm that Pamela’s students have towards GVRL… and how their success has inspired four other schools in the district. Read More…


OVIC Delivers High-Quality, Accessible Resources to NYC High School Students

Michael Dodes is an active member of the library community. Among other positions, he serves on the Advisory Committee of the American Library Association’s Office of Information Technology. In his current day job, Michael is a Library Information Specialist at A. Philip Randolph Campus High School (APRCHS) in Manhattan, New York. When students and instructors head to the library, Michael helps them get the most out of available resources—and one he often recommends for its quality and accessibility is the Opposing Viewpoints in Context (OVIC) from Gale. Read More…


GVRL Helps Writing Students Explore Words and Ideas in Depth

Van Hillard is Director of the College Writing Program at Davidson College, a private liberal arts college in North Carolina. Established in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars, serves 1900 students, and is a recognized leader in undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative work across all academic programs.

To provide its students with access to research resources in virtually every academic, scholarly, and professional discipline, Davidson uses Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL). With its vast collection of authoritative, yet readable resources, as well as its user-focused navigation, GVRL supports Van’s teaching efforts as well as students’ learning efforts. GVRL also supports information literacy and reinforces the difference between authoritative resources and consumer-published content on the web. Read More…


Gale’s Global Issues in Context Supports IB Curriculum at the International Academy

Klaudia Janek is a high school librarian at the International Academy (IA) in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She is a certified school librarian. As an authorized IB (International Baccalaureate) World School, the IA offers the Middle Years Program and Diploma Program to all students in grades nine through twelve. The IB curriculum requires that International Academy provide student resources that have a global reach so students can seek out and understand sources from outside the U.S. viewpoint. To support their students’ needs, International Academy subscribed to Global Issues in Context (GIC) shortly after it was released in 2009. In Read More…


Oregon City Schools Uses CLiC to Replace Textbooks and Engage Diverse Learning Styles

Jan Snyder has been the district media specialist for Oregon City Schools (OCS) in Oregon City, Oregon, for 25 years. The media center plays a critical role in the curriculum and
teaching process, so Jan is a linchpin who works closely with teachers and administrators to find high-quality, trustworthy resources that will help the students be successful. Not
surprisingly, her mission at the center is to put the best resources possible into the hands of teachers and students. Oregon City Service Learning Academy (OCSLA) is the city’s charter high school. OCSLA enrolls approximately 170 students in a “1-to-1 Program,” Read More…


Ninteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) Improves Engagement in Lucy Morrison’s Literature Class

Dr. Morrison teaches a 300 level course at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD, called Literature of a Decade. “It is a course that any Literature instructor can teach, and I was teaching it from a British Romantic perspective. I wanted students to use more than a text in isolation,” said Dr. Morrison. One of her primary goals is to have the literary, social, and historical background on a topic. She used Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) in class, and students were required to use it in writing a research paper. Each of them had to do an oral presentation and write-up on the months of their birthdays and the year that was assigned to them by Dr. Morrison. “For example,” Dr. Morrison elaborated “the King losing his head – how was that reported in January 1793? What was the media saying? What was of interest to the students that happened during their birthday month?” Read More…