Farmington Hills, MI and Austin, TX, May 13, 2014 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and education resources for libraries, schools and businesses, and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission have a contract to provide access to Gale research databases to all public school libraries throughout the state. More than 5 million Texas public school students in more than 9,000 schools will have online access to 15 Gale databases and a collection of ebooks from Gale Virtual Reference Library.
"Texas students now have a wide variety of resources to help with their research needs but also to engage them in their coursework, better positioning them for academic success," said Nader Qaimari, senior vice president, sales and marketing for Gale.
"The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is very glad to be able to partner with Gale Cengage to offer Texas K-12 students and faculty this rich collection of online information resources," said Mark Smith, Director and State Librarian, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Gale will provide elementary, middle and high school students with access to its award-winning databases which include multimedia, periodical and reference content on a wide range of topics. According to a recent independent study conducted by Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit organization, students in classrooms that integrate Gale databases, including many of the same databases being made available to Texas students as part of this agreement, demonstrated increased engagement in learning and greater academic achievement.
The Gale databases will be available to Texas students starting June 15. To review the complete list of resources available, visit https://www.tsl.texas.gov/k12/e-resources. Gale and the Texas State Library will make training and support material available to Texas school librarians so they can best leverage the databases with students. In addition, students can access Gale resources directly on their mobile devices via Gale's AccessMyLibrary (AML) application which connects students directly to their school's Gale databases, making research accessible in the way they prefer to learn.
For more information on the Gale resources and services available to Texas students and librarians, please visit http://www.galesupport.com/texas. For more information on Gale, please visit http://www.gale.cengage.com or contact Kristina Massari at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Cengage Learning and Gale
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology and services company, empowering educators and driving learner engagement through personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world's information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs – from homework help to health questions to business profiles – in a variety of formats. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.cengage.com.