Free Gale March Training Webinars

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Library Journal’s “Best Overall Database” for 2012! See what made Gale Virtual Reference Library the readers’ choice: 8,000+ authoritative eBooks, improved navigation, a colorful new interface, cross-searching ease, and much more.

March 6, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

March 12, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

March 18, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Gale LegalForms

Law students, professionals, and general users will find officially approved, professionally written documents, downloadable in multiple formats. Take the guesswork out of legal research with this one-of-a-kind resource that delivers the same forms used in actual legal practice.

March 7, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

March 18, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

March 29, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

From climate change to immigration, find thousands of thought-provoking pro/con arguments in Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Balanced overviews and fact-based opinions from curriculum-focused references combine with multimedia to deliver an engaging way for students to develop critical-thinking skills. Join this webinar to see how you can integrate Opposing Viewpoints in Context into your library or lesson plan.

March 4, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

March 21, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

February EBSCO Training Opportunities

2013 begins with some unique online training opportunities for librarians!  These free one-hour WebEx sessions will include an introduction to the database, searching tips, special features, and will include time for questions and answers.  All you need is a computer with internet access and a telephone or computer speakers/VOIP headset for the audio.  These will be recorded for viewing at your convenience if you are not able to join the live session(s) and will be available on our training site (  To register, please click the link below the date.  If the class is full, please register for a future session on our training site. 

After you register, you will receive an immediate confirmation from  If you register for a class and do not receive an email, please check your spam filters.  If you still cannot locate your confirmation email, please contact us at

Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC)
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 @ 10:00 am
To Register:  Click Here

Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC) contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1954.  In this session, we will discuss the new interface and how easy it is to access drawings, step-by-step photographs, technical service bulletins and wiring diagrams for specific vehicles. We will also explore AutoIQ, a complete interactive guide to vehicle ownership and maintenance.

Legal Information Reference Center
Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 12:00 pm  
To Register:  Click Here

Legal Information Reference Center contains more than 310 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms.  We will discuss the interface designed specifically for this database and browse many top consumer-interest areas of law, including: business law, financial planning, family law, real estate, immigration and travel, patents, wills and estate planning.

Small Business Reference Center
Friday, February 8, 2013 @ 8:00 am 
To Register:  Click Here

Small Business Reference Center provides up to date information on topics such as starting a company, operations management, and sales.  We will discuss the interface designed specifically for this database and browse top business categories and a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section and creating business plans that lead to successful funding. We will also look at the business videos that provide critical information for business owners: interviews, ‘lessons learned’ features, lectures and ‘how to’ videos.

More EBSCO resources available mobile w/new interface!

The following products are shifting from their unique interface to the standard EBSCOhost platform:
• Home Improvement Reference Center
• Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
• Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Take a look, I think you’ll find that the content is still easily accessible and the new interface better highlights special content features.
Here are some other things that the new platform provides:
• The PDF Viewer easily navigates to other records within the same publication
• Image Quick View authority to view images in an article right from the Result List
• Upgraded MP4 videos and new inline video player
• Book carousel in Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
• Text-to-Speech functionality for HTML records
• All standard EBSCOhost tools, e.g., Citation Tool and Bookmark
• Interface translation
Mobile device compatibility is included!!!!

ANOTHER Must-Read Article About Libraries Today

Thanks, again, to Penni Vogel for sharing!

The Future: Public Libraries as Local Centers For Book Discovery, by David Vinjamuri

“Libraries support three core missions: promoting reading, offering access to information and anchoring communities. Although individual library systems may communicate these priorities differently, most of the librarians I interviewed broadly agreed with these goals. All three missions contribute to make a library of the twenty first century the ideal place to discover new books.”