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Thanks, Gale. And I want more of these.

Thanks to a Cathy Oxley’s post on our TL Diigo group, I just discovered Gale Cengage’s new YouTube video promoting AccessMyLibrary School Edition.

Here’s why this matters.

It matters because the market for this little video is not librarians.

The market is kids.  The story is why kids need reliable information and how easy it is to get it.

Load that password in one time and shazammm, you are ready to go!

Sure, I am going to show this professionally-made video to my students to get even more interest brewing.  Many of my kids (and our teachers) are already sold.

I can use this at assemblies and PTA meetings and faculty meetings.

And I hope Gale uses this outside of the library market to explain how valuable it is going to be to truly hold a library in your pocket.

And I hope our other vendor friends get on board.

And I hope that efforts like these will help sell the value of easy-to-access databases before even more of us lose funding to support them.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. sandy miller says:

    Thanks. Got this just in time to include it in a inservice workshop for teachers yesterday.

  2. I applaud Gale’s efforts, but was not impressed with the app at all. Users have to zoom in if they want to actually read the text. Before the app was released, I often accessed the database on my phone just by using Safari and logging in like normal. It basically looks the same. I think they need to update it and make the interface easier to use and easier to read.

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