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Statewide Database Licensing News

From the Washington State Library:

The Washington State Library and the Statewide Database Licensing Project Advisory Committee are pleased to announce that ProQuest has again been selected to provide a suite of database products to the nonprofit libraries of Washington State. The package includes a periodicals collection, a collection of Washington and national newspapers, and resources for children and students. This new contract with ProQuest is set to begin on July 1, 2016.

A complete listing of the content in the new ProQuest package is available along with links to detailed descriptions of the individual components on the ProQuest Package Product Descriptions page.

The SDL Advisory Committee had a key role in the selection process, advising on the RFP itself, and subsequently assisting with the scoring, and making vendor recommendations. Feel free to contact members of the Advisory Committee, or SDL staff, with your comments or suggestions.

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Changes Ahead for National Geographic

The National Geographic Society has sold the troubled magazine and its book, map and other media assets to a partnership headed by 21st Century Fox, the Murdoch-controlled company that owns the 20th Century Fox movie studio, the Fox television network and Fox News Channel.  We’ll have to see what that means for the publishing side of things.  In the meantime, don’t forget that we have National Geographic Online!

Mango Languages in August

For the first time in a long time, another language has taken the #1 spot:

Japanese
Spanish, Latin American
French
Italian
German
Chinese, Mandarin
Greek
ESL Spanish (Latin American)
Spanish for Librarians
Pirate

Mango Top Ten in June

Swahili hasn’t been in the top ten for a while!

Spanish, Latin American
Italian
Japanese
German
Russian
Swahili
French
Greek
Chinese, Mandarin
Korean

New Content in LearningExpressLibrary™

From the vendor:

We are pleased to announce that new resources will be added to LearningExpress Library™ on July 7, 2015. Here are the highlights:

 

 
New Practice Tests
Eight (8) complete MCAT® practice tests are now available in the College Center to help students prepare for the new MCAT® 2015 test.

 

New eBooks
We’ve added a new series that focusses on workplace skills. It includes Mastering Workplace Skills: Math Fundamentals, Mastering Workplace Skills: Grammar Fundamentals, and Mastering Workplace Skills: Writing Fundamentals. There are also new GED® test preparation eBooks in English and Spanish, a new edition of California Police Officer Exam, and a new “501” eBook—501 Questions to Master Everyday Grammar and Writing.

 

New Common Core Resources
Thirteen (13) new practice tests and a new tutorial are the latest additions to the Common Core State Standards resources. They feature technology-enhanced item types and interactivity, and are completely aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

 

MARC Records

MARC Records are available to help your patrons easily discover LearningExpress resources! Download and update your custom MARC Records today! New files will be available in mid-July. Access them through the “Librarian Resources” link on your LearningExpress Library homepage.

 

Coming Soon
New and revised resources will be added over the next two quarters for the PCAT®, PSAT/NMSQT*, AP*, ACT®, and the new 2016 SAT* test.

 

 
If you have any questions, please contact Customer Service at libraries@learningexpressllc.com.

 

For a complete list of these additons and other changes, click Product update >>.
Your LearningExpress Team

 

 

 

Gale Webinars in June

Biography in Context

Discover how Biography in Context can enhance assignments (and improve outcomes) through multidisciplinary content on notable figures and the societal forces that shaped their lives.
June 1, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)
June 11, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

 

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Library Journal’s “Best Overall Database”! See
what made GVRL the readers’ choice: more than
15,000+ authoritative reference titles, improved
navigation, a colorful new interface, cross-searching
ease, and much more.
June 3, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)
June 16, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)
June 25, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Balanced overviews and fact-based opinions from curriculum-focused references combine with multimedia to deliver an engaging way to develop critical-thinking skills.
June 8, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET)
June 19, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

 

To register–click on the link with the date and time.  Librarians–remember to add your external training in Cornerstone!

Tweaks and Changes to Research Page

The Reference Services Committee has made some changes to the Research page:

Research redoWhat’s new?

  • We’ve added 2 levels of Homework–one for kids, one for teens
  • We changed Business to Business & Finance
  • We changed Healthy Living to Health & Science
  • We changed Legal Info to Legal
  • We changed Your Money to Consumer
  • We moved the Magazines & Newspapers from the green buttons on top to the category blocks below.

Hope that you like the changes–big thanks to Mike Longley for getting them done so quickly!

New Images in Science Reference Center

From EBSCO:

Science Reference Center™ now features an additional 250,000 high-quality images, including stunning pictures of landscapes, plants, animals, rock formations, fungi and more from Nature Picture Library. Based in the U.K., Nature Picture Library provides photographs from more than 300 of the world’s best nature and wildlife photographers.

These images have been selected for inclusion in Science Image Collection, a database that accompanies Science Reference Center. The addition of Nature Picture Library brings the total number of images in Science Image Collection to more than 280,000. The collection also includes images from National Geographic, UPI, Getty and NASA as well as hundreds of proprietary illustrations, charts and graphs.

Gale Webinars in May

Remember, each one hour webinar counts as 1 CE credit for this year–but only if you remember to log this training in Cornerstone.

The hyperlinks below will take you to each webinar.  All of the times are EASTERN, so remember to take off 3 hours for PACIFIC.

Student Resources in Context

This ever-growing collection of premium cross-curricular content promotes learner engagement while fostering critical-thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and creativity skills. Uncover how this resource removes the risk of unverified sources on the open web while delivering an authoritative, multimedia selection of essential content.
May 13, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Balanced overviews and fact-based opinions from curriculum-focused references combine with multimedia
to deliver an engaging way to develop critical-thinking skills.
May 7, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)
May 15, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)
May 26, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET)

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Library Journal’s “Best Overall Database”! See
what made GVRL the readers’ choice: more than
15,000+ authoritative reference titles, improved
navigation, a colorful new interface, cross-searching
ease, and much more.
May 7, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)
May 12, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)
May 22, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET)
May 27, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Biography in Context

Discover how Biography in Context can enhance assignments (and improve outcomes) through multidisciplinary content on notable figures and the
societal forces that shaped their lives.
May 12, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)
May 29, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET)

The Top Learning Express Computer Courses in 2014

Computer Basics 1: Roles of Computers
Microsoft Excel 2010 Course 1: Basic
Microsoft Excel 2013 Course 2: Basic
Microsoft Word 2013 Course 2: Basic
Microsoft Access 2013 Course 1: Basic
Microsoft Word 2010 Course 1: Basic
Microsoft Windows 8 Course 1: Basic
Computer Basics 2: Personal Computer Fundamentals
Microsoft Outlook 2010 Course 1: Basic
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Course 1: Basic
Microsoft Windows 7 Course 1: Basic
Microsoft Publisher 2007

No surprises, are there?

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