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    March 1st, 2016LISWire aggregatorUncategorized


    Kat Kamp
    Backstage Library Works
    Phone: 801.356.1852

    PROVO, Utah, February 29, 2016 –– In a recent pilot project with Drexel University, Backstage Library Works ( developed a unique service that solves the challenge of deconstructing MeSH authorities. Backstage’s innovative program is designed to follow the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) practices for faceted headings, allowing libraries that participate in Backstage’s service to update medical subject headings consistent with NLM’s recently modified CATFILE and SERFILE databases.

    Drexel University offered to collaborate with Backstage to explore the conversion process. Drexel provided Backstage with 60,000 bibliographic records containing MeSH terms and provided valuable suggestions and feedback to help improve the service. Backstage also worked very closely with NLM to ensure Backstage processes follow NLM’s specific guidelines. NLM provided insight on the methodology behind its database structure as well as the logic for deconstruction.

    Holly Tomren, head of metadata services for Drexel University Libraries relates:

    “I was pleased to partner with Backstage Library Works to test its Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) deconstruction service, following the National Library of Medicine’s announcement that it would be re-formatting its headings using a faceted approach. I provided Backstage with a file of approximately 60,000 bibliographic records that contained MeSH terms, which Backstage processed according to NLM’s instructions. Backstage’s processing correctly separated out geographical terms and publication types to their appropriate MARC fields, as well as re-ordered the fields according to NLM’s guidelines.

    “After reviewing Backstage’s work, I made additional suggestions about de-duplication of headings, as well as detection of coding errors in the source data that would impact the processing. I was thrilled that Backstage was able to incorporate all of my suggestions to improve their service. Overall I am very satisfied with Backstage’s quality of work, responsiveness to feedback, and willingness to collaborate with Drexel University Libraries on this project.”

    Ms. Tomren will be presenting: Unlocking the Fresh Air Archives with APIs and URIs at the Metadata Matters seminar in Philadelphia on March 30, 2016. Metadata Matters is part of a series of one-day seminars hosted by Backstage Library Works.

    Nate Cothran, vice president of automation services at Backstage states:

    For more information on NLM’s Change to Subject Headings in Distributed NLM CATLINE and SERLINE Products, see:

    For more information on Backstage’s one-day seminar, Metadata Matters see:

    About Backstage Library Works

    Backstage’s objective is to provide the most technologically advanced, high quality, yet efficient means for delivering professional library services. With over 25 years of experience, the company is known for its expertise in handling complex and unique projects. Backstage specializes in solutions for cataloging, authority control, digitization, preservation microfilm, and on-site needs. In providing services to more than a thousand libraries, large and small, public and private, and in locations across the globe, Backstage has cultivated an understanding of libraries, their mission, their operations, and the challenges they face. Backstage offices are located in Provo, Utah, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


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    March 1st, 2016LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Gale Content Now Discoverable through Google

    Company hits milestone indexing scholarly content with Google for easier researcher access

    Farmington Hills, Mich., February 29, 2016 — Gale, a leading provider of library resources and part of Cengage Learning, has reached a major milestone in its quest to improve discoverability and researcher workflow, completing indexing work with Google. Researchers can now easily discover scholarly content from Gale and its partners on Google or Google Scholar, through a pathway that leads directly to their institution or local library.

    “We know researchers begin searching in Google before they are ready to delve into their library’s resources. With this collaboration we’re making it easier for them to quickly and easily connect with quality content, and in the workflow they’re accustomed to,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager for Gale. “This is only one step in our approach to improving discovery. We’ve also increased our work with library discovery services, and have initiatives underway to put library resources on the student path with the integration of Google Apps for Education in our products, and making Gale primary sources available to faculty and students from within Cengage Learning's MindTap e-learning platform."

    Google Scholar, a free search engine for scholarly research often used by students and instructors in higher education, has indexed full-text scholarly content from Gale Academic OneFile, an online resource that aggregates peer-reviewed articles from the world’s leading journals covering physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, literature, and more. Users beginning their research in Google Scholar or Google can find content from Gale and its partners, and subsequently be taken to the full-text of an article (if authenticated users of a subscribed library) or directed to an abstract and information on how to access the article through their institution or local library. This integration helps researchers more easily discover Gale content and will bring more users directly into the library.

    In addition, Gale has integrated Google Apps for Education – Gmail, Classroom, Drive, Docs, and more – with more than 70 of its products, making it easy for schools to leverage Gale library content directly in the classroom.

    For more information on Gale’s efforts to increase discovery, please visit For more information on Gale’s work with Google, please visit

    For questions, please contact Kristina Massari at

    About Cengage Learning and Gale
    Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has been a global provider of research resources for libraries and businesses for more than 60 years. Gale is passionate about supporting the continued innovation and evolution of libraries by providing the content, tools, and services libraries need to promote information discovery, enable learning, and support economic, cultural, and intellectual growth in their communities. For more information, visit or

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