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Encourage Your College Students to Use the Library’s Electronic Resources

Modern college students are used to information being available at their fingertips. So how do you persuade them that the best way to search isn’t to only use Google, but to also check out all the electronic resources available from the college library? In addition to the expert advice available from reference librarians, library resources at your college likely include a number of online resources and e-journal titles, often hosted in a database like Questia. Get familiar with the electronic resources offered to your students, and help them learn how to incorporate those resources into their Read More…


Gale Training Webinars: March 2016

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What’s Ahead for Edtech: Cengage Learning Leaders Weigh In

What might be the ultimate impact of today’s trends, insights, and innovations on the students in your classroom? And, what can you do to ensure that the technology you use has a positive effect on student engagement, outcomes, and success?

As an educator in today’s environment, we’re sure you ponder these questions from time to time—if not all the time. We recently asked several members of Cengage Learning’s leadership team to give us their thoughts on the top edtech trends. See what they had to say below!
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In Context Helps Busy Librarian Improve Her Library and Prepare Students for College and Career

Kris Jacobson is a teacher/librarian at a busy high school outside of Chicago. With 3,000 students and a campus that recently went 1:1 with Chromebooks, Jacobson stays busy, but is constantly striving to make the library more useful for patrons.

Jacobson found that helping students conduct research in multiple information silos proved time consuming and the library was not seeing steady growth in database activity. As a Google School (and part of a Google District) Glenbrook High School prefers to utilize resources that work well with all things Google. This—and some of the library’s other challenges—became easier for Jacobson and her colleagues when they discovered Gale’s In Context family of online resources.
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Librarian Employs Unconventional Marketing Tactics and DemoNow to Reach New and Underserved Residents

If you’re looking for Kathryn Lynip, Manager of Technical Services at Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield, Colorado, don’t assume she will always be stationed at the reference desk waiting to help. Instead, you might find her out among new developments in her city, at a table in a public place, reaching out to gain potential cardholders. Her tactics help reach the people in her community who may not be aware of the library’s resources or how they can be used to make smarter decisions that can improve lives.

While Lynip still takes a few shifts at the library’s reference desk, she won’t likely run out of new parks to visit anytime soon as the city of Broomfield is growing rapidly. If current projections hold, hoards of new residents are expected to move to town without any firsthand knowledge of the library.

Besides being a conduit between the library and underserved populations, Lynip also helps the city plan for the future with Gale’s DemographicsNow: Business & People (DemoNow), a highly customizable, cloud-based collection of rich business and demographic data that provides patrons easy access to real-time demographic, purchasing, and consumer behavior data.
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Libraries Nationwide Rely on DemoNow to Deliver Extensive Sources of Business Data for Students and Entrepreneurs

Whether it’s a student enrolled in a college business course or an executive navigating the complexities of global commerce, the business community is looking for an edge. Increasingly, that means a trip to the library regardless of whether it’s on or off a college campus.

Cara Cadena, a Business Liaison Librarian at Grand Valley State University, knows this firsthand, as does her public library colleague, Steven Assarian, who heads the public library in Grand Rapids. Each is responsible for connecting information seekers with data that can determine whether their next homework project or business decision is a success. They, along with other Michigan librarians like Karrie Yukon of Bloomfield Township Public Library, encounter patrons who are looking for business resources every day. To help students and other patrons on their quest for information, the librarians point them to what’s quickly becoming a secret weapon for business—the the library’s highly customizable business and demographic data reporting through Demographics Now: Business & People (also known as “DemoNow”).
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Gale Training Webinars: December 2015

Discover all the tips and tricks that will help you and your researchers get the most out of your Gale resources.

View the Gale training webinar calendar for December 2015, and register for a free session today!

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Why College Students Choose to Use Library Resources

In a previous post, we noted that a portion of college students opt not to use the college library and its resources as the starting point for their research projects. But under what circumstances do students choose to use resources available to them?

To better understand their reasoning, we recently asked thousands of college students: “What do you like about using library resources to do your research?” Below, we’ve summarized the top reasons that they choose to use library resources for assignments.

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Conducting Research in Textbooks and Google Search

When beginning a research project, where do you think your students typically look for resources first? We recently surveyed over 5,000 college students to discover that 41% of them begin their research in their textbook or course materials. Another 40% start with a Google search. After this, 11% use the library, 5% use Google Scholar, and 1% start with Wikipedia. Each of the resources listed above have their merits at various stages in the research process. Given that “Textbook/course materials” and “Google” comprise 81% of students’ starting points, are your student utilizing these two effectively?

Google for research

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Google Tools Now Integrated into More Gale Products

Gale is constantly looking for new ways to enhance users’ experience and meet them wherever they begin their research. To this end, Gale recently expanded the integration of Google Apps for Education™ (such as Gmail™, Google Classroom™, Google Drive™, and Google Docs™) into many of its most popular solutions for academic, public, and school libraries. Currently, Gale products with integrated Google Apps for Education include: Research in Context and other In Context resources; InfoTrac; GVRL; Contemporary Authors Online; LitFinder; the MLA International Bibliography; Book Review Index Plus; and the Literature Resource Center. The integration will be added to Kids InfoBits this winter. The integration Read More…