Gale has announced new and updated resources as well as new features and an enhanced ordering process.
Libraries that choose eBooks from the Gale Virtual Reference Library will have free access for the first year if they purchase by Oct. 31, 2003. The eBook platform, due to launch at the end of October, is designed to provide library users with 24x7 access to reference content from more than 85 reference sources.
Gale has also announced expanded services designed to meet the needs of the Hispanic population.
¡Informe!, Gale's full-text electronic reference tool, created for Spanish-speaking users is a Spanish-language database that now includes the full text of more than 130 Hispanic magazines and newspapers for both public and academic libraries, including images and indexing using a Spanish vocabulary. The ¡Informe! vocabulary and interface are designed for Spanish-speaking users, but the product also offers an English interface to help non-Spanish speaking staff assist users.
American Decades Primary Sources is a 10-volume set covering important events, people, and issues of the 20th century through full-text or excerpted historical documents. Each volume covers a single decade, representing a diversity of views on issues, themes, movements, and events through speeches, oral histories, letters, cartoons, newspaper articles, and more.
The Title Changes for InfoTrac Web and Resource Centers allows users to link to the most current Title Change Lists, where they can track new journal additions, title changes, cessations, and rights changes.
Gale has also made an effort to simplify the online ordering process. Customers can sign up for the Gale Order Center and can: Place an order from the online catalog; Check the status of orders, to know at a glance what's on order (or what's not); Track orders; or Request and print an invoice immediately. To take advantage of these features, customers will need to sign in as a registered user of the system and create their own password.