Gale November Webinar Schedule

If you’d like to get to know our Gale products a little better, please talk to your Supervisor about making time in your schedule for one of these free webinars.

Biography Resource Center

Current, comprehensive and easy to use, this online biographical reference solution is designed to meet the needs of academic libraries in the areas of literature, science, multicultural studies, business, entertainment, politics, sports, government, history, arts and newsmakers.

Nov. 4, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST)


Gale Directory Library

Gale Directory Library takes authoritative directory references — including Ward’s Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies, Gale Directory of Print and Broadcast Media, among others — off the shelf and brings the data to life with search, sort and export capabilities.

Nov. 17, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST)


Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale’s eBook platform provides your students with unlimited 24/7 access to thousands of electronic reference titles — eBooks — in virtually any subject area.

Nov. 4, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)

MLA 7 is now available on Gale PowerSearch Products

Be aware of these most visible citation changes found in MLA 7:

• No more underlining — publication titles and the name of the online product accessed are now italicized

• No more URLs — MLA no longer requires URLs, but encourages writers to provide a URL if the citation information does not easily lead readers to the source

• Continuous pagination — this is no longer an issue for scholarly journal citations; both volume and issue numbers are required, regardless of pagination

• Publication medium — since all documents are accessed from an online Gale resource, the citation will always include the medium “Web.” In addition, MLA has eliminated the requirement to include the name of the service (“Gale”) and the name of the subscribing institution

• New abbreviations — when certain metadata is missing, such as publisher or page numbers, there are suggested abbreviations to display denoting that fact

Changes to ValueLine Online Access

We’ve just been notified that we will no longer have access to ValueLine’s electronic product as we’ve had in the past.  The company evaluated library subscribers use of their services and determined that they cannot support access to both print and electronic products in a single subscription.

We will be seriously considering a move to the electronic product with our 2011 renewal.

360 Search Maintenance

scheduled to upgrade our systems on Saturday, October 24, from 12:01 am PDT (Saturday, October 24, from 0701 GMT). As a result of this upgrade, all services (Serials Solutions 360 services, Client Center, Ulrich’s, and Summon) may become unavailable. Our work will be completed in 2 hours. After the work is performed IP addresses are spawned across the world by network providers and services will return as networks are updated. Since network providers vary in their responsiveness we wanted to alert you to a worst case outage of 4 additional hours for a total of 6 hours. I believe your window of downtime will be much less, probably 2 to 3 hours total.

I appreciate your patience and understanding.


Robert Mercer
General Manager

Top GVRL titles in September

It’s always interesting to see what makes the top ten:

The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine  3rd ed. 4v 2009
The Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health: A Guide for Seniors and Their Caregivers 5v 2009
The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets: A Guide to Health and Nutrition  2v 2008
Acronyms Initialisms  & Abbreviations Dictionary  41st ed. 4v 2009
Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy  2v 2009
The College Blue Book  36th ed. 6v 2009
Environmental Science: In Context  2v 2009
Encyclopedia of Drugs Alcohol & Addictive Behavior  3rd ed. 4v 2009
Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States 5th ed.  5th ed. 4v 2007
West’s Encyclopedia of American Law  2nd ed. 13v 2005

CultureGrams & World Conflicts Today Updates

Did you know that CultureGrams now offers recipes that reflect the cuisine of each U.S. state and Canadian province?

Log on to try gumbo from Louisiana, red chili from Texas, seafood chowder from Nova Scotia, and more. Perfect for cultural events in your school, plus home economics and social studies courses.

Check out the new content on CultureGrams. We’ve just added scores of new photos, 66 new video segments from around the globe (China, India, Peru, Senegal, and more), and 20 new slideshows on topics that include the mosques of Iran, the traditional art of South Korea, and futebol fever in Brazil.