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: consortium.installs@Cengage.com
- 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: http://galepages.com/yourlocationID/
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 http://galepages.com/yourlocationID/
Reminder: Although the URL reads “Galepages” the new Gale Page website, like the previous Galesites includes links for ALL of the statewide licensed resources.
This post was written by mheroux on June 8, 2016