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INSPIRE will soon feature a totally redesigned user interface for Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) – an online ebook platform. After extensive user analysis and market feedback, the interface has been overhauled with improved navigation and organization, and a vibrant and engaging display to draw in students, researchers, professionals and general readers. The newly designed GVRL is easy-to-use, and even easier for researchers to find exactly what they are looking for with new features and functionalities that encourage users to stay longer, search deeper, and find what they need faster.
The redesigned GVRL homepage now displays eye-catching book cover images that replicate a familiar in-library browsing experience. The interface is available in 34 languages and its ReadSpeaker technology (text-to-speech functionality) is available in another 19 languages. The new GVRL interface also offers a multi-page viewer that allows users to choose either a one or two-page view and features a new page flipper that allows readers to page through a section or an entire book. GVRL titles can be downloaded as article-level PDF’s that may be uploaded to most readers and MP3 players, making it easy for patrons to download the articles they need.
GVRL hosts more than 7,000 full-text titles from Gale and more than 80 other publishers. Recently named a 2012 “Best Database” by Library Journal, GVRL contains full-text interdisciplinary content on virtually any subject area to tackle assignments, papers, projects and presentations. GVRL offers titles for all audiences and can be cross-searched via Gale PowerSearch.
For more information on GVRL, including free marketing materials and interactive online tutorials, visit www.gale.cengage.com/gvrl. Additionally, Gale will be hosting a "Gale Virtual Reference Library Interface Updates" webinar on Thursday, March 8 at 2:00 PM (EST). The one-hour class will introduce you to the new GVRL interface, as well as titles available through INSPIRE and the content that is available in them. The webinar will also focus on tips and tricks for using these on the reference desk and integrating them into the classroom.
Paper Conservation Workshops March 8 & March 22
The Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board will host paper conservation workshops, "Paper Con 2012," at the Indiana State Archives on March 8, 2012 and March 22, 2012. Volunteers and professionals can take part in these workshops, which provide valuable information to those who work with, and care for historical records. Paper Con will focus on preservation, environmental considerations, exhibiting paper based materials, mount making, and hands-on mending and dry cleaning.
Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Program: March 27
Volunteers and professionals responsible for managing and preserving digital content are invited to a digital preservation workshop at the Indiana State Library on March 27, 2012. The workshop is based on curriculum developed by the Library of Congress' Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Program (DPOE), whose mission includes fostering national outreach and education to encourage individuals and organizations to actively preserve their digital content. The Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board, in conjunction with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Commission on Public Records, are hosting and teaching the workshop.
This workshop introduces fundamental concepts for managing your digital content over time through a series of six modules:
Both events are free and include a complimentary lunch courtesy of Indiana SHRAB. Certified public library professionals are eligible to receive multiple Library Education Units at each event. Registration information for both events may be found on the SHRAB.IN.gov conferences page or by contacting Jennifer Harrison at 317-591-5222 for more information.
Teen Tech Week 2012 website will be celebrated March 4-10, 2012 and has a theme of Geek Out @ your library, which encourages libraries to throw open their physical and virtual doors to teens and showcase the outstanding technology they offer. As you plan for Teen Tech Week, the Teen Tech Week Committee has a collection of useful toolkits, including event and activity ideas and event planning and publicity recommendations, to get the most out of your local programming. Official Teen Tech Week products, including posters, decals, bookmarks and digital downloads, are available at the ALA Store.
LEU Opportunity Days
Register today for one of four remaining LEU Opportunity Days at a location near you. While the LEUs are for public librarians, the workshops are available to all librarians and school library educators statewide.
February 28 @ 10:00AM
March 14 @ 10:00 AM
March 21 @ 10:00 AM
March 29 @ 10:00 AM
Welcome New Library Directors
Please join the State Library in welcoming the following new public library directors:
Rachel Ziegler, Director, Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library
Monica Casanova, Director, Monticello-Union Township PL
Bonnie Holman, Director, Joyce Public Library
Best of luck to you all!
Online Readers Advisory Resources
Gale Virtual Reference Library Interface
Paper Conservation Workshop
Discovery to Delivery
III: Resource Sharing Core Service
Advanced INSPIRE K-12 Resources
Advanced INSPIRE Medical Resources
Paper Conservation Workshop
Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Program
9th Annual Copyright Conference
Evergreen International Conference
Society of Indiana Archivists Annual
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