November 20, 2009

Gale Provides Free Access to H1N1 Information

from Gale:

Gale is providing free access to Global Issues in Context and dozens of eBooks from the Gale Virtual Reference Library in an effort to make reliable information regarding the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu, available. Librarians can install a free widget - found at to their homepage, Facebook page or blog.

This free widget will be available to your community for as long as H1N1 is considered a national emergency. We will attempt to notify all accounts prior to the trial's expiration.

EBSCO's Continuous Pandemic H1N1 Coverage

from EBSCO:

Early in September, as public concern about Pandemic H1N1 and the upcoming flu season began to grow, the medical and nursing editors from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) responded by offering the latest evidence-based, flu-related information for free.

As the pandemic expands, we continue to offer free flu information resources, located at We are pleased to provide public support via continuously updated, evidence-based clinical information from DynaMed and Nursing Reference Center, EBSCO's clinical and nursing point-of-care databases, along with patient education information in 17 languages from Patient Education Reference Center. Please visit this site often, post links to the site on your home page, and feel free to share, post, and email this link to your colleagues, patrons, family and friends.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank those who have provided such positive feedback from this effort. To learn about EBSCO's editorial processes for systematically identifying, evaluating and selecting evidence, visit this page.

July 1, 2009

New Statewide Databases Now Available!

July 1st is here, and never have we been so excited about the beginning of a fiscal year. As of today, all 45 ELM databases are now available to be linked to directly by Minnesota library institutions. For links and instructions on how to set them up on your website, see: These databases will be organized into the ELM portal at as soon as possible.

In the meantime, consider signing up for an intro to "What's New in ELM?" on our upcoming training sessions page.

Happy database searching!

January 24, 2008

New Feature on Minnesota Reflections!

The Minnesota Digital Library is pleased to announce that people may now comment on the images in our “Minnesota Reflections” collection. The MDL designed a wiki site that allows us to provide this resource. Look at a photo, map or document, click on the “comment on this item” and leave your comments.

We are looking for public support in providing information on the items in our collection and we would like people to ask questions and share stories.

Here’s what you need to do:

• Visit Minnesota Reflections ( )

• Search for items you want to view.

• When you are looking at an individual photo, document or map, you will see a button in the blue menu bar above the image. The button is red with yellow type.

• Click on that button and you will go to a wiki page. From there, comment as you like on that particular object.

No registration is required. We do ask people to focus their comments on the item in the collection.

The Minnesota Digital Library will monitor comments. This is still a prototype service. We are still designing it and answering questions about how to share the information people provide.

If you have general comments, suggestions or insights to offer regarding the Social Side of Reflections, please send them to Marian Rengel, MDL outreach coordinator (

Thanks for helping the MDL with the project and have fun.

Visit the Minnesota Digital Library’s collection site at and our home at

April 18, 2007

Free Lesson Plans

Check out a full selection of free Thomson Gale lesson plans, including primary and secondary-level Earth Day lessons and MANY MORE.

September 11, 2006

Gale offers free resources to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, 2006, Thomson Gale will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by offering free or trial access to a variety of online resources, educational activities, and authoritative information about the history, influence and achievements of the Hispanic culture.

Check the Gale Web site to find free activities, biographies, links, music, and more.

August 7, 2006 (H.W. Wilson), a clearinghouse of free tools for collection development, is being offered by H.W. Wilson as a free service for librarians. The site includes "best" lists, editors' picks. Hot topics, periodical lists, best professional books, librarian home pages and blogs, and more. The Editor's Picks feature focuses on notable titles from Wilson's Children's Catalog, Public Library Catalog, Fiction Catalog, Senior High School Library Catalog, and Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog. (Source: H.W. Wilson; edited)

Teacher Reference Center, a free resource from EBSCO

Teacher Reference Center, an index of over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books, is now offered free via the EBSCOhost platform. This database provides coverage on key education topics such as Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, Science & Mathematics, and more. (Source: EBSCO; edited)