Gale Pages replacing Galesites August 3, 2016

Our Ready-Made Statewide Electronic Resources Web Page For Your Library (Galesites), created for each MLS member library, was released in December 2012.  We’re happy to announce that it is getting a makeover to be more user-friendly and mobile responsive based on a new platform called “Gale Pages.”  It is hosted by Gale, who currently hosts our Galesites web pages for our Massachusetts libraries.

Comments  from the recent database survey, Massachusetts Statewide Databases Evaluation: Now and the Future” informed the makeover, as did many librarians who provided feedback to the new design.  The new template will be released on August 1,  when the development has been completed.  However, we want to share a preview of the upcoming changes with our Massachusetts libraries now,  before many of you on the academic calendar enjoy a much needed summer break.

You can get a good sense of how it will look and the easier navigation to find products by subjects and age groups.  Check out the  preview  today.  As with Galesites, each library will have a Gale Pages webpage specific to their library and location ID.

Major enhancements include:

  • Default screen opens to a subject based screen, so users will see fewer, but more relevant products by subject.
  • All Gale and non-Gale statewide licensed resources are intermingled in the list, so for example,  the A-Z list includes The Boston Globe (ProQuest) and Britannica products.
  • Better linking to BPL e-resources.
  • K-12 resources and E-Reference books  will be even easier to find, identifiable by separate tabs at the top of the page.
  • A special tab will have quick, user-focused quick video tips for instant guidance
  • Libraries can still opt to customize their new Gale page by adding their own licensed content links from multiple vendor.
  • Mobile responsive.

What do I need to do and how will this affect my library?

  •  My library uses the Galesites page created for our location ID and we have not made any changes to the template.

You don’t need to do anything. On the changeover date, you will be automatically switched to the new template.

  • My library has customized our Galesites page by making changes to the standard template (or perhaps set one up before the template even existed).

You will NOT be switched over to the new Gale pages automatically.  When you are ready to make the switch, you can                contact Gale directly at:

  • My library has never used the Galesites page created for our location ID.

This is the perfect time to start linking to the single page with all of statewide licensed resources listed with your library’s unique location ID.  To set up a link, you will be able to go to our link generator page and cut and the paste the link from there (new link is not active yet), or simply create the following link from Gale’s website:

Tip:  Give your users a heads up so they have an idea of why they should click on the Gale pages  URL.  Use text such as:  “Search full-text magazines, newspapers encyclopedias and e-reference books” hyperlinked to

Reminder:  Although the URL reads “Galepages” the new Gale Page website, like the previous Galesites includes links for ALL of the statewide licensed resources.

Global Issues in Context Improved Functionality

Global Issues In Context will be migrating to a user experience that mirrors the same functionality, look,  and feel as the other Gale “In Context” resources to provide streamlined, mobile responsive platforms for research and learning.  This migration also enables users to take advantage of mobile responsiveness, new tools such as Google integration (sign in, download, Classroom), Highlights and Notes, more translation languages, to name just a few.

To provide consistency for school users through the end of the school year, we’ll move all of the MLS member libraries over to the new platform on July 1, 2016.  The new version has the same product code as the old version, so no changes to links are necessary.

Gale adds Browse by Discipline to Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile.  In late April, Academic OneFile will be rolling out a unique new browsing experience targeting undergraduate students taking introductory-level courses. This enhancement, called “Browse by Discipline,”  has no effect on your Academic OneFile URL.

This feature is designed to address your students’ primary searching needs, including:
Curriculum–aligned topics
Students won’t need to guess what to enter in the search box—we’ve identified the topics for them.  To guide students to the periodical content most relevant to their coursework, Gale has combined its superior indexing with engage Learning’s rich background in creating learning objectives.

Navigating advanced searches
This feature does the searching for you, making it ideal for the undergraduate student who struggles with effective Advanced Search strategies and overwhelming results. Students can drill down within one of six disciplines–like

Psychology, Economics, or Criminal Justice–to view relevant results in their topic of interest.

Focused and relevant results
Content is tailored to their specific discipline and topic. Smaller and more targeted results will empower students to quickly find relevant content.  Publications are hand-selected by subject-matter experts to ensure content is

focused on the selected discipline.

This new browsing feature adds to the current Academic OneFile experience.  All the familiar searches–like Basic, Advanced, Subject, and Publication–are still available options.

Contact your Gale Customer Success Manager at

GVRL Update: Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America, 2014

Gale has replaced our 2000 edition of the Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America,  with the 3rd edition published 2014.    When you log into your GVRL titles you will automatically have access to the updated title.  If you created direct URL’s to the earlier editions, you will need to update your URL with the new EISBN.  For libraries that use geolocation, we’ve already updated our link generator with the new editions.  If your library does not use geolocation, but uses their own authentication mechanism, you can find the updated URL on Gale’s support site . Go to Direct URL’s and then select eBooks.  You can also download new MARC records for these titles from Gale’s support site by going to MARC records and selecting the updated titles.  Please note that the GVRL list will include the older edition as well as the 2014 ed. until the end of June 2016 to give libraries time to update their links.

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America, 3rd ed., 2014

new EISBN:   9781414438061