FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, and Library Journal/School Library Journal magazines today announced Librareo (http://www.librareo.com), a free web-based community that supports the future of libraries and librarianship by providing students enrolled in Library and Information Studies (LIS) programs with free access to the professional resources they'll rely upon following graduation.
LIS students in the U.S. and Canada who sign up for Librareo will get free, unlimited access to the most-requested online Gale resources throughout their library school career, such as Academic OneFile, Gale Virtual Reference Library – including access to 115 ebooks commonly used in libraries today, Powerspeak Languages and several In Context products, among others. Before starting their library careers, students will be able to explore and master in-demand resources currently being used in libraries around the world. LIS students will also have access to the Librareo message board and forum, operated by library thought-leaders and LIS faculty, giving them the opportunity to make contacts and solicit timely advice and best practices from experts.
"We are very pleased to fund and create Librareo, which will power future librarians to interact as a community and learn from each other," said Nader Qaimari, senior vice president, marketing, Cengage Learning. "Students will be a step ahead for their dream job by getting exposure to the resources most libraries offer their users today, while also engaging in ongoing discussions on the future of libraries with peers and experts in the industry."
In addition to the free electronic resources from Gale, up to 3,000 LIS students will also receive a free one-year subscription to either Library Journal, which offers librarian-to-librarian reviews of books, databases and other media as well as coverage of library news, technology and best practices or School Library Journal, a monthly magazine providing similar coverage but with a focus on the needs of librarians serving youth and teens.
"We are delighted to partner with Gale on this important initiative," said Andrew Thorne, vice president, marketing, Media Source Incorporated, parent company of School Library Journal and Library Journal. "By supporting future librarians we are supporting the future of libraries."
Students can gain access to all of the great resources housed on Librareo without any fees or commitments – they only need to register. The complete list of selected Gale resources available to LIS students who sign up for Librareo include:
- Academic OneFile
- Biography in Context
- Career Transitions
- Culinary Arts Collection
- Educator's Reference Complete
- Gale Business Insights™: Global
- Gale NewsVault
- Gale World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean
- Global Issues in Context
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
- Health Reference Center Academic
- Literature Resource Center
- Opposing Viewpoints in Context
- Powerspeak Languages
For more information on Librareo, visit http://www.librareo.com. Please contact Kristina Massari at email@example.com if you'd like more information on this partnership or to schedule an interview.
About Cengage Learning and Gale
Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. 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.
About Media Source, Inc.
Media Source, Inc., serves school and public libraries by bringing together the most-trusted experts and highly-respected brands in the library community to provide publications and services that provide, support, advice and guidance in all aspects of acquisitions and library management. The Media Source companies include: Junior Library Guild, The Horn Book, School Library Journal, and Library Journal. More information can be found at each company website or at www.mediasourceinc.com.
SOURCE Cengage Learning