Gale in California library STEAM info deal

FARMINGTON HILLS—The information services company Gale announced a new agreement with the California State Library and the Riverside (Calif.) County Office of Education to provide California’s six million-plus K-12 students and more than 300,000 educators with access to science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) digital resources from Gale.

These new resources are part of California’s K-12 Online Content Project and are available at all 10,000-plus schools and 1,100-plus public libraries in the Golden State.

The California K-12 Online Content Project is a joint program between the California State Library and Riverside County Office of Education to enhance learning environments through digital resources. The project provides teachers, school librarians and students with a variety of digital information and tools that include: magazines, books, scientific research, newspaper articles, photos, videos, educational tools and more — all aligned with California educational standards and student data privacy laws. Gale is the fourth provider to join the project.

“This investment in California’s future is part of Governor Newsom’s ongoing work to close the opportunity gap, ensuring that all Californians regardless of circumstance are connected with the tools they need to succeed,” said California State Librarian, Greg Lucas.

Gale’s STEAM resources include:

With geo-authentication, Californians can access Gale’s STEAM resources 24/7 from any computer or mobile device without the use of a library card or password. This enables users to seamlessly access Gale’s authoritative content, eliminating barriers to access resources. Additionally, the resources feature integrated workflow tools from Google Workspace for Education and Microsoft Office 365 tools, as well as language translation, downloadable audio and easy ways to share and save content. The resources can also be integrated into districts’ and schools’ aligned learning management systems, abiding by current California law regarding student data privacy.

“Libraries play a crucial role in making knowledge accessible to empower learning and to enrich lives,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “The California State Library’s K-12 Content Project is a game-changer for students and educators in the state, and we couldn’t be prouder to participate in bringing the library to learners.”

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