Gale In Context: Biography

I recently helped a group of middle school students find information about Roberto Clemente.  Gale In Context: Biography is an excellent, age appropriate resource for middle school students.  The database has an easy to use interface, and search results are displayed with a comprehensive biography and a box of quick facts.

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The search also provides links to images, articles, book excerpts, and encyclopedia entries.

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These can be downloaded, emailed, and saved to Google drive.

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If you have a middle school student who needs biographical information for a paper or project, Gale In Context: Biography is a fantastic resource.

Kate Straccia, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main



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Hoopla: Always New

Are audiobook wait times on Overdrive/Libby getting you or your patrons down? Be sure to let your most fervent audiobook listeners know about the “Just added to Hoopla” page on Hoopla, which is updated with new titles almost daily.


There are similar pages for each offering Hoopla has (movies, music television, comics, and ebooks).

Highlighting this to patrons shows how much new content is added to Hoopla all the time–all without waiting!


Jeff, South Park

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Drumroll please…

The Digital Resources Committee would like to thank all those who submitted ideas for our “Virtual Lexicon” rebranding contest. After a big discussion and vote, the winner is…

eLibrary Backstage   !!!

Congratulations Carnegie Library of McKeesport for your winning submission! Look for your awesome “swag” coming in the mail…we know you can’t wait.

For everybody else, there’ll be some exciting changes coming in the next few weeks. New name! New look! All the same awesome you’ve come to expect from the blog-formerly-known-as Virtual Lexicon.

Not registered for our blog? Here’s your ticket backstage! Sign up for our weekly emails and get the VIP treatment – all the tips, announcements, and behind-the-scenes info you need to know about your Allegheny County eLibrary.


Heather Auman
Western Allegheny Community Library
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Promoting Hoopla


Having recently met with a Hoopla rep, I was amazed to discover the plethora of marketing materials available to promote the collection – including Highlights Storytime.


Many other marketing materials can be found here. If you cannot find something to fit your library, Hoopla’s marketing team is happy to help create just the right promotional materials!

Looking for social media content? Try Hoopla’s ready made editorial calendar – there you will find pdf and jpegs that feature areas of the collection for many days of the month.


Gabrielle Bolland – Youth Services

Robinson Township Public Library


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