Thomson Gale, part of The Thomson Corporation, has announced a program to provide relief to Florida schools damaged by the recent hurricanes with free or discounted access to its databases and reference books through the end of the 2004-05 school year. Thomson Gale has also announced that it has entered into a partnership with San Diego City Schools to provide instructional resources that will be used in 180 school libraries to support the district's curriculum requirements.
The Florida program is available to media centers at K-12 schools that have been damaged or destroyed by the storms. The Thomson Gale program, in collaboration with the State Library and Archives of Florida, will provide the following: All high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools damaged by the hurricanes will receive free access until the end of the 2004/2005 school year to the Thomson Gale online subscription databases Student Resource Center Gold, Kids InfoBits, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, and Science Resource Center, in addition to the current Thomson Gale subscription products hosted by the State of Florida Library. All public libraries damaged by the hurricanes will continue to receive access to the online subscription databases offered by the State of Florida Library. In addition, they will have access to the same Thomson Gale subscription products as the schools in their communities. All school and public libraries damaged by the hurricanes will receive an additional 20% discount (for a total discount of up to 50%) off the price of any Thomson Gale reference books to replace damaged books. This offer will be available until the end of 2004 or, if a library has been completely destroyed, until it has been rebuilt. These databases can be accessed via a link from the State Library and Archives of Florida Web page at: http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/disasterrecovery.
The Florida Library Association has set up a library disaster recovery fund to help restore library services in the affected Florida counties. Individuals or organizations wishing to contribute can make checks payable to the Florida Library Association Hurricane Relief Fund and send them to Crow Segal, Inc., 1133 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, FL 32789, attention: Florida Library Association Hurricane Relief Fund or, for more information, call 407-647-8839.
Thomson Gale's partnership with San Diego City Schools is intended to provide instructional resources including databases, curriculum support, standards aligned materials, and training of library media teachers and library staff. The Thomson Gale databases were selected specifically to meet the needs of elementary, middle, and high school students in the San Diego City Schools, and contain a range of cross-curricular material. Content consists of primary sources, periodicals, proprietary reference materials, and multimedia sources. The databases are: Kids InfoBits, Student Resource Center Junior, InfoTrac Junior Edition, Student Resource Center Gold, General Reference Center Gold, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, Biography Resource Center, and Gale Virtual Reference Library. In addition, Thomson Gale will assist with the training of San Diego City Schools staff on how to use the cross-curricular resources and embed them into classroom instruction in order to meet state curriculum standards.
(www.gale.com, www.sandi.net, www.thomson.com)