As of mid-February 2014, the Britannica Online Library Edition (also known as the Public Library Edition) has been renamed Britannica Library and redesigned to take advantage of “responsive design.” Responsive design, meaning that the display is maximized to take advantage of whatever device (pc, smartphone, tablet, etc.) the patron is using to access the product, was introduced to the Britannica School Edition, released in the fall 2013. Britannica Library now has 3 levels: Children’s (formerly Kids; 3rd-4th grades), Young Adult (new; 6th-8th grades) and Reference Center (9th grade and up), all searchable as one with search results divided into tabs for the 3 levels, or individually.
As far as linking to the new version of Britannica Library, Massachusetts libraries will not need to make any changes to their links for the Britannica Library suite of 3 levels. Your current link will take you there. If you created a separate link for the Britannica Kids section of the former Britannica Online Library Edition, your current links will also continue to take you to the new Children’s section. However, since the Young Adult module is new, while it is accessible from the Library Edition, if you wish to set up a direct link to that module, you will find the correct link in our MBLC Link Generator. If you link to your libraries “Galesites” page, the Britannica links and database names have already been updated for you.
One other change to be aware of is that Britannica’s World Data Analyst, formerly available either as part of Britannica Online Library or School Editions Edition and Britannica formerly with its’ own standalone link on our link generator or from the Britannica Online Library Edition or School Editions, will now only be available through the stand-alone link. So, in the event that you did not link to it previously, you will need to link to it in the future. The link is on our link generator and our Galesites pages for your library.
To summarize, you can use your Galesites page to link to all of the statewide resources from Gale Cengage, Britannica and ProQuest. If you choose to set up separate links to Britannica products so that your users have access to everything we license from them, but want to keep that number of links to the minimum, you just need to set up a total of five links to:
Britannica Library (covers children, young adults and reference center)
Britannica School (covers elementary, middle, high and learning zone from inside elementary level)
Spanish Reference Center (covers Escolar, K-8, and Moderna, 9-12)
World Data Analyst
Annals of American History (primary sources)
This post was written by mheroux on February 21, 2014