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Posted May 4, 2016

LearningExpress Catalog Lists Practice Exams, Tutorials, and Other Content

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LearningExpress has provided a 96-page PDF that organizes and lists the content available in each LEL module. Sometimes it’s easier to look quickly at a print or electronic copy of the contents, especially when you’re at the reference desk and someone wants to know if you have any books on taking the ASVAB or other test. LearningExpress Library is purchased through GALILEO by public libraries and technical colleges.

LearningExpress Base Product Catalog

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Posted April 15, 2016

Top Libraries for Increased GALILEO Usage

There’s no better time than National Library Week to showcase the public libraries whose GALILEO usage has increased most in a year’s time. In a comparison of logins to GALILEO in 2014 and 2015, Chestatee Regional Library System increased 70%. Another good indicator of usage is the number of links chosen from the GALILEO website, and Chestatee also led this category with a 40% increase. Colby Hunter, Information Specialist, says a number of factors may have contributed to the increase. Library staff include GALILEO in their patron classes, including genealogy and Mango sessions. They also include GALILEO in their promotional items, including email blasts, their newsletter, and bookmarks that they create in-house. Colby said they also include GALILEO promotion in their outreach visits to schools, the Women’s Club, and other organizations.

Ohoopee Regional Library is number two with a 27% increase in logins to GALILEO and a 38% increase in links chosen. Director Cameron Asbell gives a lot of the credit to previous director, Martha Powers-Jones. In particular, Martha adopted positive, informative signage to raise awareness of resources and services among their patrons. Cameron also said Martha saw value in GALILEO training for library staff. Like Chestatee, Ohoopee includes GALILEO in their promotional materials. The Vidalia library is partnering with an immigrant program to serve seasonal workers in the area, and Cameron is working on a flyer that includes Mango Languages. the Spanish-language resources in LearningExpress, and other useful resources.

Speaking of Mango, Ohoopee takes advantage of the Mango Market promotional site to create flyers and bookmarks. Mango Market is an online tool where library staff can download and customize flyers, posters, bookmarks, and other materials. Contact GALILEO for your own administrator’s login.

LearningExpress Library promotional materials can be found on the EBSCO promotion website.

Congratulations to Chestatee and Ohoopee, but kudos also go to staff in all the libraries who are helping patrons every day to create a resume, learn a language, study for a critical test, write a business plan, ace a research paper, improve a skill, and transform their lives in many other ways.

Posted April 13, 2016

Celebrating Bookmobiles in Georgia

According to the American Library Association, National Bookmobile Day is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.

As fans of bookmobiles and the staff who run them, we wanted to share a few wonderful images of bookmobiles from the Digital Library of Georgia. Enjoy!

Posted April 9, 2016

Celebrate National Library Week 2016 with GALILEO

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This week, GALILEO joins schools, campuses, and communities in Georgia and nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries. April 10-16 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing roles of libraries and the people who work in them.

The NLW theme this year is “Libraries Transform,” a very appropriate description of what takes place in libraries today, both in buildings and online. Libraries are helping job seekers, language learners, students studying for exams, entrepreneurs writing small business plans, family tree researchers, readers, STEAM educators and students, and scholarly researchers. GALILEO has been helping libraries meet the needs of their users for over 20 years with online resources and services available to all Georgia’s citizens and students 24/7. Transformation means that not only do libraries provide traditional spaces and print resources but engage with the user in the virtual library where they have access to more journals and magazines, encyclopedias, media, primary sources, and ebooks than could be housed logistically in one building. Transformation also means that new technologies are developed and adopted to improve the library research experience. GALILEO stays at the forefront to keep libraries continually transforming for the communities we serve.

So put on your party hats for National Library Week 2016. It’s time to celebrate!

Posted April 8, 2016

GALILEO Resources for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and if you’re looking for resources to create a display, host an event, or find some other way to explore poetry or share poetry with others, GALILEO has a few resources that can help.

From the ancients to recent Pulitzer Prize winners, patrons can find poetry criticism, poet biographies, full-text poems, and more in Literary Reference Center. And if you can’t remember what iamb or dactyl means, Literary Reference Center also includes a literary glossary for that.

For a broader search, just type a poet’s name, a type of poetry, or the words, poet* or poetry criticism, into the Discover GALILEO search box to find articles and more.

For institutions that purchase it, Encyclopædia Britannica includes a great article about poetry with links to famous poets. If you’re interested in poetry in other languages, take a look at the foreign language encyclopedias in Global Reference Center.

Find plenty of interesting Georgia poets in the New Georgia Encyclopedia. Click Topics > Arts & Literature > Literature > Poetry to see Georgia poets and journals.

If you work with children and teens, you can find activities and lesson plans in ERIC. Search for “poetry and activity” and limit by grade level in Advanced Search. Check both ERIC@eric.ed.gov and ERIC@EBSCOhost – each may have different items in full text. Professional Development Collection also includes research articles and practical guidance for the teaching of poetry. Just search for poetry study, poetry slams, or a favorite poetry-related term or type of poetry, such as haiku.

Students of all ages (yes, even the grown-ups!) can write a poem about their own hometown and create a digital story to share their personal narratives in the activities outlined by the Where I’m From in GALILEO lesson plan. See the GALILEO site for the lesson plan, poem template, GPS alignments, guides to resources and tools, and an example video and poster.

Some links may not work off site. Log in to GALILEO first for access.

Image from Encyclopædia Britannica

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