Founder of Gale Passes Away

Frederick Gale Ruffner Jr., who founded the Gale Research Co. in 1956, passed away on August 12 at the age of 88, following a long illness.

The company, which Ruffner sold in 1985 for $66 million to International Thomson, published more than 2,000 books. It operates today as a division of Cengage Learning.

“The impact of Gale Research cannot be overestimated in both commerce and library services and science,” Fred Ciporen, former publisher of Publishers Weekly, told the Detroit Free Press.

A memorial service for Ruffner is planned for September.

Intranet Changes!

It was bound to happen–the intranet pages for reference services needed an overhaul.  And it has begun.  Some old pages have been deleted, some have been edited, some have been renamed.  Here’s a brief synopsis:


  • Annual/Biennial List by Call Number
  • Annual/Biennial List by Title
  • Developing References Procedures That Are Unique to Each Building
  • Model Reference Behaviors Checklist
  • Reference Collection Responsibilities
  • Reference Procedures
  • Reference Referral Network
  • Reference Referral Network Flowchart
  • Subject specialties for Reference Centers
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL)



Many pages have been edited with the name change to Information Services from Adult/Teen Services.


Renamed and edited:

What was once the Prisoner Letter is now the Prison Inmate Letter.   It also no longer starts with Dear Mr–not all prison inmates are men!

We will continue to work on this as the Information Services Project progresses, so keep your eye out for more changes in the near future.

Top GVRL Titles in July

Looks like the travelers have found us!

The Rough Guide to Los Angeles & Southern California e2 2011
Maui, Moloka’i & Lana’i 2012
Iceland 2012
Religions, 1st American ed 2008
Physical Science Experiments 2009
The Rough Guide to The Lake District e5 2010
Boston 2011
Wounded Knee Massacre 2011
Alaska, 1st American Rev. ed. 2012
Business Plans Handbook, vol. 30