Reference–eBook Style

“Upgrade technology.”  Those words were spoken resoundingly by the public when the Library administration asked them what changes they wanted at the Delaware County District Library.  We couldn’t agree more with that assessment.  The technology at the Library was behind the times, with old, persnickety computers in the lab, along with a lack of print and time management; no color copiers; and, a paucity of online subscription databases.  The passing of the Library levy in 2009 has help us to remedy many of these technological challenges.

You will now see new, state of the art computers in each of the branches; Envisionware (time/print management software) installed at the Delaware Branch and soon to be installed at the other branches including the Orange Branch; color copiers and printers ready for use or soon to be; and several new online subscription databases such as “Morningstar” and “Consumer Reports” added to the Library’s research arsenal.  We recently added yet another reference tool that I think you will find user-friendly, efficient and helpful:  “Gale Virtual Reference.”

You will find the link to the Gale Virtual Reference collection on the Library’s home page ( and when you click on the link, you will open a welcome page with a bookshelf of titles currently available through DCDL.  Each of the covers is a hyperlink to the actual resource, and there is additional links on either side of the page that will take you to other eBook reference materials.

Gale Publishers has long been a trusted source for information, and the eBook reference collections has the added advantage of having their titles available 24/7 and to multiple users at the same time, along with these features:

  • ReadSpeaker technology (text-to-speech) allowing text to be read aloud to users and downloaded in MP3 format
  • Cross-searchable with select periodical databases and Gale Resource Centers
  • No special reader or hardware required
  • Unlimited simultaneous use
  • Ability to print, e-mail and download articles
  • On-demand content translation into 11 languages

Log onto the Library’s web site today, and explore the search features of Gale Virtual Reference collection.  I think you’ll find it handy and easy to use, but as always, if you have any questions regarding this exciting new electronic addition to the Delaware Library or any other electronic database, please don’t hesitate to ask one of the librarians.

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