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Gale Announces New iPhone Application for School Libraries

Every once in a while I just burst with happiness with some of the stuff my colleagues at Gale Cengage Learning are doing.

Gale Announces New iPhone Application for School Libraries

Farmington Hills, Mich., May 18, 2010 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of AccessMyLibrary School Edition, a mobile application for the iPhone – making access to school libraries just a click away.

In December 2009, Gale launched its first iPhone application, helping iPhone users find their local public library. The new K-12 version allows students to find their local school library – (grade schools, middle schools and high schools) and access the vast array of Gale resources the school library has purchased on their behalf. Students can use the application to locate their school and then will be required to authenticate for the school year, using a password provided by the school.

“With this new AccessMyLibrary iPhone application, the school library is available anytime remotely, helping to make library resources even more easily accessible,” said John Barnes, Gale’s executive vice president of strategic marketing and business development. “This application is making research accessible to students in the way they prefer to learn, taking advantage of the latest technology. Students are able to access their school’s Gale databases in order to finish homework, work on a project or do research.”
Using vetted sources including magazines, journals and newspapers, students can research a variety of topics including:

Environment – unearth facts on conservation and sustainability
Biographies – discover the stories of remarkable people of yesterday and today
Career choices – uncover interesting career paths and industries
Literature – read commentary, criticism and context on literary works and their authors
Science – find current, credible research and experiments that allow for first-hand experience
History – explore past events and their impact in shaping the world of today

The AML School Edition app can be downloaded at the iTunes store today. The iPhone application is free, and the content is paid for by the school that is accessed. Also available at the iTunes store, is the AML public library application.

For more information, please contact Linda Busse at [email protected]

Check out these postings from the esteemed Joyce Valenza at her great School Library Journal blog, Neverendingsearch:

AccessMyLibrary School Edition

Gale and Buffy (a little more on the AccessMyLibrary app)

And there’s nothing stopping students from using the Public library version of AccessMyLibrary on iPhones:

AccessMyLibrary: The App

Stephen

Posted on: May 19, 2010, 5:12 pm Category: Uncategorized

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