November 19, 2014

Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

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Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. He launched enduring reference works including the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Authors, and the Encyclopedia of Associations

Gale Releases Analytics On Demand, a Demographic GIS for Libraries

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Gale today launched Analytics On Demand, a new geographic information system (GIS) that combines local demographic data with information from a library’s ILS to generate real-time reports on circulation trends and patron lifestyles. Powered by business analytics provider Alteryx, with regularly updated demographic and consumer lifestyle segmentation data from Experian Mosaic, the foundation of the new service is built on the same tools as Gale’s DemographicsNow: Business and People.

Q&A: Cengage Learning CEO Michael Hansen on Coming Out of Bankruptcy

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Cengage Learning announced today that it has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, having completed its financial restructuring, eliminating approximately $4 billion in funded debt and securing $1.75 billion in exit financing. LJ caught up with Michael Hansen, Chief Executive Officer of Cengage Learning, to find out what this means and what’s next for the company.

Cengage Creditors Sign Off on Pre-Negotiated Bankruptcy

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Cengage Learning reached an agreement with an ad hoc committee of first lien lenders to reduce approximately $4 billion of the company’s $5.8 billion of outstanding debt, the company announced yesterday. In conjunction with the deal, and as the company announced it might in May, Cengage and its domestic, wholly owned subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 in the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York. (Cengage’s non-U.S. subsidiaries are not included in the filings and “will continue to operate in the ordinary course without interruption,” the company said in a statement.)

Westerns Thrive at Five Star | PubCrawl

Westerns may represent only a tiny piece of the larger genre pie, but the staying power of Five Star Publishing, a Gale/Cengage Learning company whose primary audience is libraries, indicates a small but dedicated audience still exists. This July, Five Star launched a new line, Frontier Fiction, which will publish 12 titles a year. “Frontier […]

Behind the Scenes with Gale Publishing Stories

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 2:00-3:00 PM ETEvery book has a story. Peak behind the scenes…learn the secrets, curiosities, and fun facts about two essential reference series from Gale. Register today to reserve your spot in this informative session brought to you by Gale, Cengage Learning. This archive is no longer available

Auraria Skateboard Marketing Program Wins Gale Contest

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Auraria Library in Denver won the Out-of-the-Box Marketing Contest, launched by Gale, part of Cengage Learning, at the inaugural R-Squared Risk and Reward Conference this September.

Giving HarperCollins’s Ebook Model Some Credit and More Thought | Editorial

The stultifying confusion over library ebook lending would benefit from a more empirical approach, and I would like to propose that for at least the short term HarperCollins’s 26-loan cap model, while far from perfect, should receive more careful analysis.

ALA Midwinter 2012 Tech Highlights: iPad Kiosks, Social Integration, Freading, and More

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At the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, held January 20-24 in Dallas, LJ was on the exhibit floor taking a look at library tech companies’ latest wares. Here are a few of the highlights.

Gale Offers Scholarships for Small and Rural Library Staffs to Attend PLA Conference

Gale/Cengage Learning, in partnership with WebJunction, is offering scholarships that will pay for the library staffs from two small and rural libraries to attend the 2012 Public Library Association (PLA) annual conference in Philadelphia, PA. As part of its Small Library Support Program, Gale will provide travel, lodging registration and all related expenses for library […]