Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a publisher of research and reference resources, and the Smithsonian Institution announced a licensing agreement to distribute Smithsonian assets into the library and academic space.
The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums, nine research centers and more than 140 affiliate museums around the world. The complex houses nearly 137 million objects, works of art, and specimens and its facilities see nearly 30 million visitors per year. Under the agreement, Cengage Learning will have access to the complete archives of Smithsonian Magazine and Air and Space magazine, as well as collections covering American history, science, world cultures and more.
Cengage Learning will have rights to develop Smithsonian branded products created for the library and academic markets using Smithsonian assets. Immediate plans in the library space include the creation of a digital archive of the complete back files of both Air and Space magazine and Smithsonian Magazine, and will incorporate new issues on an ongoing basis.