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Support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives with Gale Literature Resource Center

This webinar will provide valuable insights and practical strategies for leveraging the power of Gale Literature Resource Center in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within K12 curriculum and Public Library programming. We will explore how this comprehensive resource can be utilized to foster and celebrate diverse voices, and facilitate critical conversations around race, gender, disabilities, and more. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the platform's features, such as its extensive coverage of diverse literature, author biographies, critical essays, and powerful research tools.

Duration: 30 Minutes
Today, we're talking about how you can support

your diversity, equity and inclusion

initiatives with Gale Literature Resource

Center. My name is Amber Winters

and I am a senior training consultant

here with Gale

and I've got a brief agenda. So first I want to

just go over the basics of

Gale Literature Resource Center just to make sure

we're all familiar. Then we're going to talk

about some of the different tools and features that are

going to help your users and you as well.

If you're pulling content, find content

about diverse groups of people, about

diverse works about all

that great stuff. We're going to talk about some of the different tools

that you have available and then we'll actually

walk through the platform. So you can see the tools in action.

We can take a look at different workflows that might be

beneficial to you or to your users.

And then the very end of the session, we have

a little bit of a wrap up and we will have a bit

of time for questions. So if I don't hit

all of the questions that are in the Q and A as

we move through the session, I'll make sure to get

them all answered by the very end.

But again, if you do have questions as we move

along, please feel free to put them in the Q and A

as you have them, I should be able to answer

them as we move forward. And again, worst case,

the question will wait until the end of the session. But please

ask away as you think of your questions.

So let's just first talk about the

basics of Gael Literature Resource

Center. So this resource has been

designed to help you

kind of learn about a


huge range of works and authors from

all genres, movements and times. So

we're talking about from ancient all

the way to contemporary works. We

have some great browse and search

options available that are really going to help you

narrow down to the exact content that

you need and not only is

our content itself diverse, we also

have a huge diversity in content

types. So if your users are looking

for maybe a biography about certain individuals,

they can also see work overviews if they're working

on you know, a specific novel

or a short story. They want to kind

of get an overview, they can do that right here

on this platform. We also have a huge

collection of literary criticisms. We

do have primary sources and

select full text, literary

works available here. And we have

news and magazine reports.

So it's really a kind of holistic approach

to learning about literature. Your

users are not only going to understand just the

basics about the work itself, but they're also

going to get

an understanding of the context

of the work, you know, what was going around, what was going

on in the world around this work. When it was written,

they're going to understand the authors, what the authors

went through and how they got to the point of writing

their short story, their poem, their novel,

whatever it is that they're taking a look

at and with our news and magazine

content, they're also going to see how that is

um kind of

being incorporated in today. So they're going

to see how works from the past

or maybe still impacting different

political movements, things like that. So

they're really going to get that full view of

whatever literature they're looking at.

And in addition to the content, we've got some great

research tools that we'll take a look at that are going

to help make sure that this

content is being utilized appropriately and

it's being discovered easily. So users

can use things like highlights and notes if

they want to find key pieces of information.

highlighted notes are especially helpful if I have anyone

from kind of the K 12 arena and you're

going to have your users maybe talk to the text

or kind of um dig deeper into

the text using highlighted notes is a great

way to do that. We also have Google Microsoft

integration. So if your users want to save

content, maybe look at it later or maybe

they want to share it out with peers or with colleagues,

they can use our Google Microsoft integrations

for that. We've got great citations for

those coming in for homework help or

project development. They can copy and paste

citations for all of our information, right

on the platform.

Got a great topic finder that can help make

connections between different topics for your

your researchers or your users who may kind

of be stuck in their research. We'll take a look at that

in a bit. We've also got some great accessibility

features. So we do have the option

to translate both the text of

the entries as well as the platform

tools themselves. And we have the option to

change font color

size type, all that good

stuff to really make this resource as accessible

as it possibly can be for

your users.

And I want to talk about some different ways that you can

uncover this content.

So first I want to point out our browse

topics option and this is

going to let your users really point and click

through to find content. So if they're not exactly

sure what they're looking for, maybe they're not

confident in building a search term. This

browse topics option may be the way for

them to go.

They can also at the top use our jump

to topic section. This is going to be really

handy if they want just a quick

view of the different topics we have available, they

can pull this forward

and I've kind of pulled out and highlighted

here. Cultural Identity is one of our topics

that includes some different subtopics

within it.

It's a great way for your users to start if they are

trying to find diverse voices or di diverse

authors to click into that cultural

identity section.

And we do have a lot of different key de

I topics that they're going to find if they do decide

to point and click through this browse topics option.

And we have kind of a broad

topic you'll see this year, I've pulled forward Cultural

Identity. And then within that we

have some kind of subtopics that are getting

a lot more specific. So

this is really going to guide your users to directly,

directly where they need the content to be. And they may find

something you know, they didn't even think about

previously that they can now dig into.

And this is also really helpful for you as a librarian

or as a teacher. If you're pulling content

to share with your users, sometimes

you can pull content again that you didn't even think about

that could be really beneficial for them.

So this is a great way to

browse if they're just looking for a specific

topic as opposed to um an

author or work.

So moving forward from that browse topic,

we've got a really powerful person search

available within this resource. So if

your user research or learning needs to

start with finding an individual, they'll

be able to do that by using our person search here.

We've got some really advanced filters

that I absolutely love. Honestly when I'm

using these resources, I, I really utilize

these filters a lot. But they're going to

help your users find individuals

based on some different key characteristics

like gender or ethnicity.

If they're part of a specific literary

movement, they can take a look at that as well.

So this is handy if you know, they're studying,

studying a group of

authors. So maybe they're

in a women's lit class and they want to pull

a list of authors related

to women's lit. They'll be able to do that

here. You'll see they can narrow it down

and then they get this nice list that they'll be able

to click directly into, to learn about

these individuals. So they'll be pull forward

all of the content we have in the resource

related to those individuals. So again,

this is a great way to pull just

a list of authors in a specific

demographic. So maybe it's women, maybe

it's individuals in the LGBT

Q community, maybe it's

Asian Americans. They'll be able

to quickly narrow down to that group of people

to really find information in a simple

way. In

addition to that person search, we also have a work

search that functions pretty much the

same. But this is going to be beneficial

if instead of starting with

an author, they really want to just focus in on

a specific type of work. So

again, we have filters that look very, very

similar to the person search, but these are

slightly different,

you'll see we can choose a type of work. So if I may

be looking for a poem or

a short story or a play, I can

narrow that down here.

I can also enter in an author. So maybe

I have an author name and I want to see all

of the entries we have related to that author,

all of the works I can enter the author name.

I can also search by different

author characteristics here

as well. So you see, I have author,

gender and author nationality here down

at the bottom.

And again, just like the person search, you get this

nice list with hyperlinks attached.

So users could just click directly into any

of these works that they think could be interesting

or could be beneficial. Also

great for you. If you're building

a program, you know, in the public library, you're building a program

and you're trying to, to find works to include

in that program. Maybe to highlight, maybe you want to shoot

out as a social media post. Hey,

learn more about, you know, this novel

or learn more about this author. This

is a great way to do that to quickly pull those

links and then share them out

with your learning community.

Now, I want to spend the rest of our time actually in

the resource walking through these great features.

while I switch my screen over, does anyone

have any questions just about the basics

of Gale Literature Resource

Center? Ok.

I don't see any. So let's go ahead and

keep moving then. So this is the home page here of

Gale Literature Resource Center. I already signed in.

I just want to give you a quick look at the home page

just so we kind of understand where we are

here. So at the very top,

we're going to have a featured works section.

So if your users do want to click through

by work and maybe just see some of the top

studied top used works within this resource,

they can hit our browse works here and be launched

into a list of works

underneath that we also have a few different

feature topics here. So

excuse me.

so if any of these are are interesting

to them, they can click directly here again without even

running a search. This is a really nice way for them

to point and click and kind of browse

to those different topics, different categories

back up here at the top of the page.

We've got this really excellent toolbar here

with all of our different navigation tools

as well. And we're going to really utilize

this today so you can see how we can pull content.

So we've got our browse topics listed

here. Both our person and work searches

are listed here. We've got our Titleist link,

a search history, our get link, we're going

to take a look at a bit later, but it's a great tool

that's going to follow us along.

So let's just start at the very beginning of this toolbar

here. And let's see how we can browse through different

topics. So when I click into this

here, just let

me scroll down really fast. So you can see it's a pretty extensive

list. And of course, this is an

an exhaustive list of every single topic

we have within the resource. But these are

some of the most searched and utilized

within public and K 12

0 academic library. So we've pulled

forward the most popular here for

your, your users. And as I mentioned,

I could hit this jump to, to find specific

content. So today, since we're talking about


voices, things like that, we're going to go

ahead and click down to cultural

identity here.

Be section is really, really great. You'll see if

you start to kind of look through here. A lot

of it is going to be about

you know, different groups of people. So you're going

to find things like Australian or Canadian

literature or Caribbean literature.

even the Chicago Renaissance, we also

get more specific like

Canadian women writers, British

working class literature. So you see,

it gets pretty specific here in this list

and we can start to kind of scroll down. You'll see this

is a good amount

for users, but they can kind of click through

and see if they find anything interesting. If

they do see something that I care when they click into

it, they're pulled to these topic pages

which I personally think are so handy.

especially when you're starting a new topic

and you don't really know what you should be searching

what you should be looking for. I just click

here into Japanese women short

fiction writers. So, you know, maybe

I know I want to learn more about Japanese writers,

but, you know, I don't know where to go from there.

These topic pages are, are really

great. So at the top, they're going to get a full

overview. So

if it's about, you know, a group of writers, they're going

to get a little background about,

you know, the history of female

Japanese writers. They may see some

key individuals, some key works will be mentioned

in that overview.

And then next to that, we have some related topics

here. So if we want to move forward, we can certainly

do that. Maybe we want to

go a little bit more broad and just take a look

at modern Japanese literature as

a whole as opposed to just taking a look at, at

women short fiction writers.

And we can start to scroll down on this topic page

and this is where we're going to get all of

our related content here. So you

see, I have it listed in this gray bar. It's going to tell

me the different bits of content I have

and then scrolling down here. It's going to break all of

that up

so I can easily see what I have available

here. Again, we've got a huge selection

of biographies within this resource. I do want to point

this section out. So if you're,

if your users are actually looking for content

related to individuals as opposed

to just looking at um you know, different

works and overviews of works, these biographies

are going to be really powerful for them. They can

easily click into any of these here.

Let's click and just look at all of them.

They can easily click into any of these

and just take a quick look at this author

and they'll get some about this person information

up top here. They'll get a nice explore

panel that's going to give them some more

like this options as well

as related subjects

and it's nice and chunked out for them. So

even if your users are maybe struggling

readers a bit. This isn't excessively

heavy. You'll see, we do try to chunk it out and piece

it out as much as possible. So it's really

simple for them to kind of read through.

Now, I'm actually going to jump all

the way back to that topics, browse that we were just

at and I'm going to do that by using a little

breadcrumb trail up top here. So

I'm gonna go back to topics

because in addition to having the option

to browse by topics like that, I can

also use my drop down here and choose to browse

by works instead.

So again, this is not an exhaustive

list of every work we have within this resource.

Um That honestly, that would be impossible

because we cover a huge

collection. But again, these are the most

studied the most searched, the most utilized

within this resource we've chosen to

pull forward and highlight here

and they can click into any of these

and just like the topics we have

topic pages created for books

themselves. Ok. So we give a basic

overview of the, the book or the,

the poem, whatever it is, we have our related

topics here again and then scrolling

down here.

Got that great content

and a lot of our works have the

option to read the full work.

So if your users are clicking through and they see this

blue read work button, they'll be able to click into


and kind of get an understanding of the work

and read through the work itself.

Now, I'm going to jump back to home just so

we have a nice landing point for everyone.

So if users are maybe not so much interested

in looking through a specific topic, but they just

want to look at a group of individuals.

They may want to take a look at our person search, which is

listed right here next to our browse topics.

And what's great with our person search is I don't have to

enter a search term here. So if I don't

have someone in mind, I just want to take

a look at a group of someone's, I can just

leave this blank. So I'm gonna do that today. I'm going to leave

my search results blank and you

see, I can start to scroll down here. I've got a, a bunch

of different options. So if I choose

to narrow down, let's say to ethnicity, maybe I want

African American individuals,

I can choose a gender here if I wanted to.

We also have this Great LGBT Q plus


So we can click into that. Let's click that today. So

that's going to pull forward individuals

um that have been specifically

identified as being part of the LGBT

Q plus community.

And of course, um this is updated frequently.

So as authors are,

you know, coming out as things

change with different authors. This is going to be consistently

updated here as well. So let's go ahead and

do that. Let's just, we'll put in our ethnicity,

we'll hit our LGBT Q plus limiter

and we are gonna run our search.

Now, I've got a huge collection here of individuals.

You'll see, as I scroll down here, I can click

into any that I think are interesting. You'll

see some of these individuals, you

know, will write under pseudonyms or just are

known under two different names. So sometimes

they'll kind of be forwarded

along to other entries here. So they're

all kind of found in one spot.

But let's just click into one. Let's click into Audrey

Lord here, so we can take a look.

So now when I click into this, you'll see, it's starting to look

more like a standard search results page

as opposed to a tit page. And

we default to showing literature criticisms

first when you run through and search for

an author. So we have her literature criticisms

here right next to that where we'll find

those great biographies.

Next, we'll find her topic in work

overview. So if we do just want

a basic about something she wrote in the past,

we can certainly take a look at that here. We

have reviews and news.

If we have any primary sources, you'll

find those here. It's good. A lot of primary

sources could be things like interviews

or maybe you know, a lecture

that these individual authors completed.

So we'll be able to take a look at those. You'll see, we also have

um some full text works here. It looks like we've got

a poem listed here that we can

click into

some of our primary sources are going

to be audio files. So

just to add that layer of understanding,

we have that listed right here

and you do see you see, we do include multimedia

here as well. So if we have some multimedia

content, of course, for the most

part, multimedia content is going to be

more focused on more contemporary

individuals and contemporary works

where they're going to kind of have that


that coverage here.

So let's go ahead and click back. We'll

click into literature criticisms today.

I'm just gonna click into the second one

just to click. So just like I clicked

in that biography previously, we still

have this nice explore panel on this right

hand side here if we want to use it.

But I do want to show you some of the different tools we have

at this document level that's going to help you and

your users get this information where it needs

to go and to keep it organized. So

again, we have our citation tool always available.

So this is going into homework,

you know, if you're working with a student or it's going into a

project, we've got mlaap

a Chicago and Harvard versions all available

here. We can

also use the send to button to save this content.

So you see, I can send it over to my Google Drive, my

Onedrive or I can email it. And this

is really handy. Again. If it's

a student working on a project, they're working in a group,

they can send it over to their drive and they can share

it with their peers that way. This is beneficial

for you as an educator, as a librarian,

if you just want to save some contents

to integrate into your programming or integrate

into your curriculum. This is a nice way for you

to save that content as well. Just

so you don't have to kind of come back and find it again.

You can also download and print all of our information.

And now I want to point out this gut link and this gut

link is found on

almost every page within the resource.

And this is going to provide a persistent URL

to whatever page you're on.

I love using this um

as something to put into a syllabus. You know,

if you're having students

read about different individuals and you want

to give them some samples, copy

and paste this into a syllabus is persistent.

So it's not going to break again,

if you have social media blast going

out or maybe you've got some sort of programming

and you want to have some documents available for

your users.

Again, this is a great way to do that. You copy

this persistent URL and you can easily get it

out to wherever you want it to go

scrolling down here. As I mentioned, we have some great

accessibility features as well,

so we can translate this article. So if you have

users who need specific languages, you'll

see they have quite a few different options

to translate.

They can also translate our interface which

is going to translate all of our tools

here. You'll see my tools are switched over

down here as well.

We've got a quick question. So I'm just going to read through

this. Will the persistent link take the patron directly

to the page or will it first bring the patron

to the library sign in page Rebecca? That's a great


So the persistent link will take

the user to the actual

page. So whatever document you link to,

if they decide to move forward

from there, they want to, you know, continue on with

their research at that point, they'll be asked

to authenticate, but that direct link will take

them into whatever article, image

video you shared with them.


So again, quickly, I just want to mention here

um In addition to our translate, we can

increase, decrease the font size,

we can also change some of the different colors

that are found in this to really make it as accessible

as we can, you'll see, we have a great

dyslexia font, we can change our line

letter and word spacing, all that great stuff.

And we also have a listen tool that's going to

read this article out to your users. So again,

if you have struggling readers who maybe just need to

have this read to them, this listen tool

is the way to do that.

And I do just want to show just one more

way to find um different

diverse voices using our advanced search

before I do. Are there any questions on

the things that I just went over? Anything? You

wanna quickly take a look back on?

No. OK,

no problem. So let me jump back to home.

First, I'm not going to go through it because

it works the same as person search, but your work

search is found here as well. So it's

going to look just like person search, but of

course you're putting in the information

about the work itself. But I wanna go

into advanced search here

because we've got a great limiter. Let me

scroll down

that I think is just really helpful, especially

when we're talking about finding diverse voices.

Um And actually connecting with that content.

A great way to do that is to take a look at our primary

sources and literary works here. So we've

got a nice collection that's going to come,

you know, right from the author's mouths, we're going to



speeches, poems, discussions,

podcasts will most likely find, unfortunately,

a lot of podcasts are old enough to be considered

primary sources, which is

a little bit depressing to think about. But

we may find those under primary sources as well.

So these primary sources are great

way to find that content really simply

and you can go down even further from there as well.

So if we want to get even more specific,

you'll see. I've got all these different document

type entries here that are going to be helpful in

finding content as well.

So just another really quick way to find

content and to easily find that

the diverse voices that we have

really integrated all through

Gale Literature Resource Center.

Now, I've got some wrap up information for you all.

So I wanted to go ahead and jump over to that while

I do. I haven't seen any questions coming aside

from that one. So I will ask again if anyone has

any questions or wants to take a look

at anything that I may have you know, maybe

jumped over today.

OK. Again, I don't see any.

So let me give you some wrap up information.

If you have more questions that you think about. Once

we're off the session, I want you to be able to reach out to someone.

So if you have questions about the session today,

you can reach out to me. Again. My name is Amber Winters.

My email is just

[email protected]

If you want to talk a little bit more specific about

content you're looking for, for your learning community,

you know, if you have a specific program and

you want to pull content, you want to talk to someone at Gale,

you can reach out to your customer success manager.

If you don't know who that is, you can just send an email

to [email protected]

and we can forward you to the correct individual

if you don't have access to Gale Literature Resource Center

right now, but you want to talk about it

Reach out to your sales consultant. If you don't know

who that is, just go to,

you'll put in your information and we'll give you the contact

info for the correct individual.

And I also want to mention our support site.

So our support site which is

has pre created webinars for you, but we've

also got a huge collection of activities

that are going to be beneficial both

for public libraries and for K 12

individuals who are on the line, we've got premade

lesson plans, um Things like

scavenger hunts, escape rooms,

all that good stuff, as well as additional training

information like training slide

decks and things. So if you need something like that, if you're

trying to get this resource into your classrooms

or out to your public library community,

take a look at the support site and you'll most likely

find some helpful information there

and we've got about four minutes left. So

if you all don't mind taking that four

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covered, but just want even more. Let

us know that as well please.

But again, no questions have come up in the Q

and A. So I'll go ahead and end our session.

I appreciate you all for being on the line. Hopefully

we'll see you in future sessions.

Enjoy the rest of your day.
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