Peterson’s Test and Career Prep has added content and updated tests and lessons.

Updates have been made to the following tests: AP Computer Science, AP Physics C, HESI, NCLEX-PN, NCLEX-RN, and Physical Therapy Assistant (Exam C). In addition to test updates, the following also have lesson updates: AFOQT, HSPT, and TACHS.

Additionally, flashcards have been added to the following practice tests: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics (1, 2, and C), CLEP Biology, CLEP Chemistry, CLEP Information Systems, CLEP Natural Sciences, DSST Computing and Information Technology, DSST Environmental Science, DSST Geology, and High School Chemistry Practice.

Peterson’s Test and Career Prep requires an account to begin practicing. Instructions on creating an account can be found here.

The full title list for Spring 2022 can be found here.


In the fourth “Lunch and TEL” webinar, we discussed TEL4U, a website through TEL where kids can safely access games, information, eBooks, and more.

An exciting update: TEL4U now has 22 eBooks covering topics around coding and digital readiness! These can be found in TEL4U’s comprehensive “coding club” section.

In case you missed this webinar, here is a recording. Here is a slide deck with speaker notes. Feel free to use or modify this for your own trainings on TEL4U!

Here is a scavenger hunt with questions meant to help your students explore the databases in TEL4U.

There are five weeks of pre-made social media posts and suggested captions about TEL4U. Feel free to use these on your own account!


In the third “Lunch and TEL” webinar, we compared three databases from Gale which are useful for high school students: Gale OneFile: High School Edition, Gale In Context: High School, and Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints. For anyone who missed the webinar, a recording can be found here.

To help you train your own students or patrons on databases from Gale, here is a PowerPoint with speaker notes.

This chart compares the three databases and is a helpful reference sheet for students.

Here is a scavenger hunt to help familiarize you and your students with researching across these resources.


The ACTs are coming up! This spring, the ACTs are offered three times: April 2, June 11, and July 16. The registration deadlines for each are March 11, May 20, and June 24. 

Peterson’s Test and Career Prep has eleven full-length ACT practice tests to help you study. In addition, there is an ACT Online Course and an ACT Prep Guide eBook. Each includes four practice tests.

This resource can be found in the green “test prep” link on the home page of TEL. Once there, the ACT practice tests can be found by going to “Improve Your Score, “College Prep," and “ACT.”

There is also a helpful page under the “Articles” tab on the ACT home page with tips and strategies for taking the ACT. (Don’t cram the night beforehand!)


Thank you to everyone who attended the second Lunch and TEL session on genealogy resources!

Here are some links to a variety of supplemental materials on HeritageQuest and the historical Tennessean.

Here is a link to a recording of the webinar.

Here is an abbreviated PowerPoint with speaker notes.

Here is a scavenger hunt for finding information in the historical Tenenssean.

Here is a scavenger hunt for finding information in HeritageQuest Online.

Here are links to social media posts on the two databases from the 2022 TEL Social Media Calendar.


Thank you to everyone who attended today’s Lunch and TEL session on Transparent Language!

Here are some links to a variety of supplemental materials on Transparent Language.

Abbreviated slideshow with presenter notes

Videos on how to sign up for an account:

Downloadable materials:

A poster for the "Lunch and TEL" Webinar Series

Join us for “Lunch and TEL!” This monthly webinar series is oriented towards librarians and educators who provide training to their patrons on TEL. A variety of databases will be covered, from those with recent updates (such as World Book Discover) to those which may not be covered extensively in other trainings (such as the Digital Library of Tennessee). In addition to explaining the resource and how to use it, each session will come with supplemental materials to help you train your patrons.

There will be six sessions in total from January until June. Each session will take place on the last Tuesday of the month at 12 PM CST/1 PM EST and last about half an hour with time for questions. The sessions are as follows:

1 - Getting to Know Transparent Language - Tuesday, January 25

2 - Using Historical Tennessean and HeritageQuest Online - Tuesday, February 22

3 - Comparing Gale Resources for High Schoolers - Tuesday, March 29

4 - Exploring TEL4U and its Resources for Kids - Tuesday, April 26

A screenshot of the new World Book Discover home page.

World Book has completely redesigned Discover, its database for differentiated learning. World Book Discover features much of the same encyclopedia entries as Student and Advanced but is aimed at students who may be reading below or above their grade level. The new Discover features a clean new look, games, awards, and much more. Users can easily toggle between different reading levels within an article.

Brand-New Features

  • Two levels of content for each article
  • Hundreds of Trivia Games to play, with dozens of awards to win!

Enhanced Features and Content

  • Enhanced search results
  • Browse by Topic
  • My Research
  • How to Do Research
  • Life Skills
  • Double-click dictionary
  • Integration with eBooks in search results and on article pages

Marketing and More Information

A screenshot demonstrating how audience information has been added to the description of each database.

Searching has been made easier on the All Resources page.

The subject categories Health & Medicine, Public Policy, and Science have been expanded to include more resources.

New subject categories Home & Garden, Gender & Diversity, and Government have been created.

In addition, database descriptions have been edited to include convenient audience information. The following audience names, when typed into the search bar, will now return a list of relevant resources: Children, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, Research, Educators, Public, Genealogy, Spanish.

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New practice tests, videos and other test prep materials have been added to Peterson’s Test and Career Prep. Peterson’s Test and Career Prep provides free access to practice tests, career information, a college catalog, and much more.

The following tests have been added: 


  • Praxis Early Childhood Education Exam Prep
  • Praxis Elementary Education: Content Knowledge Exam Prep
  • Praxis Middle School: Content Knowledge Exam Prep
  • Praxis Parapro Exam Prep

Advanced Placement (AP)

  • AP Art History Practice Tests

Journeyman Plumber 

TEL4U Homepage Screensht is the Tennessee Electronic Library’s website for Tennessee’s youngest learners. The website has been updated with a new look, new resources and a new computer/coding section. As more students are learning on the go from phones, tablets and computers, this site is easy to use! Whether you are at the library, at school or at home, you can always find great info, fun and games on

  • Improved design and navigation that works on all devices
  • New resources added to each section
  • New Coding Club resources to introducing coding and other digital literacy topics


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Time to tell us how the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is doing and what you would like to see added to TEL in the future! Question 7 allows you to suggest databases or types of resources that you’d like to see in TEL.

Thank you for your time! This feedback is essential to help improve TEL!

Test and Career Prep homepage

Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep is a great resource for students in middle and high school and job seekers of all ages. There are so many great resources within Peterson's Test and Career Prep. You just need to sign up for a free account! Most popular resources include: 


Students have access to:  

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Tenn-Share is a member-driven organization serving Tennessee libraries by providing cost effective resources and services that help them better serve their communities. Every fall they organize a DataFest and Fall Conference for libraries to learn more about great resources and share best practices and ideas. This year's event are online and free to everyone. Learn what's happening in different libraries across the state of Tennessee. 

Register for DataFest at Sign up for Fall Conference at

TEL Training Sessions


Transparent Language Online: Overview and New Features

Wednesday, October 28 at 12 PM - 12:30 PM CT

Student Mock Election - Secretary of State logo

In 2016, the Secretary of State’s office conducted the first-ever statewide Tennessee Student Mock Election. Your school may have even participated in that mock election and it was a joy to see students across Tennessee excited about voting and engaging in the electoral process. We hope it was a memorable experience that they will take with them as future voters and leaders of our great state. We are conducting another Student Mock Election this fall for the 2020 Presidential Election. We hope this will again be a chance for your students to learn more about the voting process and the importance of participating.

The Secretary of State's office is also conducting their annual Civics Essay Contest, where students have the opportunity to earn scholarship money. Eligible students aged sixteen or older will be asked to work as a Poll Official in their county on Election Day and submit an essay on their experience and the importance of performing our civic duty by November 25, 2020. Please find more information about the Civics Essay Contest on our website at

Career Prep sample resume templates

In the next month, TEL will be switching over to a new career tool, Gale Presents: Peterson's Career Prep, that can help job seekers and students with all aspects of the career and job hunting process; Career Transitions will no longer be available as of September 30, 2020. 

Gale Presents: Peterson's Career Prep helps users learn about job paths using O*Net career exploration tools and receive personalized career and college recommendations. By creating a free account, users can create resumes and cover letters and search for positions. Students looking for a career or people looking to switch to another industry can explore schools and training programs and obtain advice on both finding a job or advancing an existing career.

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TEL will no longer be providing online access to some literary criticism databases including Gale's Literature Resource Center, Twayne's Author Series and the Scribner Writer Series.

There are still a number of resources that are available within TEL that can help you learn more about literary works and authors including:

Screenshot of Gale In Context Elementary

Kids InfoBits has been a great resource for K-5 students and teachers to explore age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related topics covering a broad range of educational topics. Newly named Gale In Context: Elementary, this introductory database will be the first step to teaching students how to research before moving on to Gale In Context series: Middle School, High School, Opposing Viewpoints and College. 

In addition to an updated product name, Gale In Context: Elementary will also receive the following product enhancements:

  • Kid-Friendly Interface
    A completely redesigned user experience created specifically for young students that encourages exploration through a visual topic tree.
  • Topic Pages (previously known as portals)
    Topic pages provide students with short, age-appropriate summaries for topics and organize resources for easy use in research projects.
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Looking online for information can be overwhelming. Where should I look? What should I be searching? What resources can be trusted? We've put together a list of resources that you can return to again and again to find trusted information about coronavirus or other health and wellness topics.

DISTANCE-LEARNING  - Tools for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers

Many organizations and publishers are opening up their content and lesson plans to help teachers, parents and caregivers with homebased learning. This list is in no way comprehensive but we have highlighted some resources and activities that can accessed for free. 

Compiled by TEL and TSLA staff -- Printable List of Resources

Other suggestions/resources for Distance Learning at home from our TEL partners --



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TumbleBook Library - K-6 children's ebook database

TumbleBook Library is a curated database of children’s e-books, available by subscription to Elementary Schools and Public Libraries around the world. TumbleBook Library has over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes our unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite!


TumbleMath- Grades K-6 math ebook database

Screenshot of Resume Templates

A new resume tool within Testing and Education Reference Center (TERC) is now available through a partnership with VisualCV, a well-established consumer service for facilitating the creation of resumes and cover letters. Through this integration of VisualCV Resume Creator, TERC users now gain access to:

1920-2020 Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment and Tennessee’s important role in helping women gain the right to vote!  How can you and your students get involved? The Official Committee of the State of Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial and the Tennessee Department of Education, the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the Tennessee State Museum, the First Lady’s Office, and the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office are sponsoring a statewide competition for grades K-12 to help students engage and reflect upon this momentous commemorative event.  It is the goal of this committee to have as many students and teachers learn about women’s suffrage and Tennessee’s unique role in the ratification of the 19th amendment.

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On December 20th, Gale Literature databases including Gale Literary Sources, Literature Resource Center and LitFinder will have the same look and tools that the majority of Gale databases received during July of 2019. It’s the same great content but it’s easier to find information and use it in your research. All databases are still located at the same urls.

Impacted databases include:

Gale Literary Sources -  Get biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 150,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

Gale Literature Resource Center - Features author biographies, bibliographies, and critical analysis of authors and their works from every age and literary discipline.

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Through Testing & Education Reference Center, students can take timed practice ACT tests, a self-paced online prep course (with more practice tests) or work their way through the ACT Prep Guide (even more practice tests!).  All the following resources are available anytime and on any device for Tennessee residents.

ACT Online Course

The ACT Online Course starts with an initial diagnostic pretest to determine your strengths and weaknesses.  Based on your results, interactive lessons with quizzes provide you the information you need to build your skills. The ACT Online Course contains three full-length practice tests.

ACT Practice Tests

Take one or all of the three timed full-length practice tests. For each question, you can review detailed answer explanations. Tests are divided into English, Science, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, and Writing sections to mirror the real testing experience

Peterson's ACT Prep Guide Ebook: The Ultimate Guide to Mastering the ACT 2018

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Access has been restored as of 9/26/2019. 

Access to articles from The Tennessean beginning on September 21, 2019 is currently limited. This is also impacting today's issue of the Tennessean. We are working with our vendor and the publisher to restore access as quickly as we can.   

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Early Learning by World, formerly Early World of Learning, now has new name and new features for our youngest learners!  If you were familiar with Early World of Learning, the same great stories and topics are still available to guide your young learner as they explore different age-appropriate topics and activities, but now there are even more stories, videos, games and activities to keep them engaged!

Topics range from animals in Dinosaurs, Sea Creatures, Wild Animals, and Creepy-Crawlies to transportation in Tough Trucks and On the Move to early childhood themes in Rainbow Colors and Counting Numbers. These different topics feature a wealth of expository content and serve as a child’s first interactive, visual online encyclopedia.

Early Learning also is a great place to start honing digital navigation skills.  All navigational buttons, instructions, captions, and titles are automatically read aloud on Early Learning when moused over or when tapped on a tablet or mobile device to help young users with reading comprehension.

Resource outage 8/22/2019

As of 8/27/2019 at 11:30 AM CST - All of TEL's resources are operating normally.

If you are still seeing error messages, please clear your browser's cache.  

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete.
  2. Select cache, cookies, temporary internet files, history (exact wording varies) – and click delete.
  3. Close and re-open your browser.



UPDATE - 8/23/2019 at 12:25 PM CST

Access has been restored to most of TEL's databases. We are still working to restore access, HeritageQuest and Tennessee Records on  There is also limited access to support documentation from databases provided by Gale.



We are currently experiencing access issues for TEL resources. We are working to restore access to the resources.

Resource outage 8/21/2019

Access toTransparent Language has been restored.

Dios mío! Transparent LanguageOnline is currently unavailable. The vendor has been contacted and we hope to have this resolved as soon as possible.This message will be updated as we learn more about the issue.

Online Resources for Tennessee

On July 26th, many of TEL’s databases are getting an updated look and name. Some of the databases being upgraded include Research in Context, Student Resources in Context, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Academic OneFile, General OneFile, Infotrac NewsStand and any Gale database ending in Collection (Agriculture Collection to World History Collection). These changes are to improve user experience and accessibility as users go from database to database. Some databases are scheduled to be enhanced over the next year and more information will be found here as those databases are scheduled for improvements.

We are excited for the enhancements to improve:

Visual Accessibility

  • New page colors to improve visual accessibility
  • Text size options are included on each page
  • Header size is reduced to allow for more content on the screen view and to improve the mobile view

Research Tools

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On June 20th, the ability to search across collections was restored.   

Currently we are experiencing issues with being able to search across multiple collections of Tennessee Records.  You may see an error message that state "Whoops, no search form! Please refresh the page to try again." We are working on getting that fixed as soon as possible. 


In the meantime, you can click on the direct link to a specific collection just below that "Whoops" message and you will be able search for records within that collection.

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[Originally posted on the Tennessee State Library and Archives Blog on 3/5/2019.]

Did you know that everyone in the state of Tennessee has access to a language learning program that includes more than 100 different languages? Through the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL), you can sign up for a free Transparent Language Online account and start learning a new language! Not only can you take lessons in French, Spanish and Chinese, but you can also learn languages that are less commonly taught like Balinese and Denesuline. There is even an Introduction to Latin Vocabulary and Introduction to Latin Grammar that are similar in content as a first-year Latin course.

List of languages

World Book Online portal screenshot

This month, World Book is retiring the following databases: World Book Info Finder and World Book Reference Center. Don’t worry, the content from those databases will still be available in the other TEL resources including World Book Kids, World Book Student, and World Book Advanced.


If you currently have direct links to World Book Info Finder and World Book Reference Center, users will be redirected to the World Book Online screen where they can choose an alternative World Book resource. We recommend removing links and icons for Info Finder and Reference Center by the end of the month.

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The Tennessee State Library and Archives is pleased to announce that Tennesseans will have free online access to the full run of The Tennessean (1812 to today) through the Tennessean Electronic Library (TEL). 

Previously, Tennesseans were only able to access full-text articles from The Tennessean back to 2002. With the addition of the historical Tennessean, Tennessee residents will be able to search and view news articles, photos, advertisements, classified ads, obituaries and cartoons from 1812 to 2002.  The Tennessean began in publication 1907 but this service includes earlier titles such as the Nashville Whig and the Daily American. These papers reported not only Nashville-area news, but carried stories from around the state and the nation.

Tennessean Databases Selected

The Nashville Tennessean (1812-2002)

Nashville Tennessean front page on Armistice Day

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is pleased to announce that starting October 1st, Tennesseans will have free online access to the full run of The Tennessean (1812 to today) through the Tennessean Electronic Library (TEL). 

Previously, Tennesseans were only able to access full-text articles from The Tennessean back to 2002. With the addition of the historical Tennessean,Tennessee residents will be able to search and view news articles, photos, advertisements, classified ads, obituaries and cartoons from 1812 to 2002.  The Tennessean began in publication 1907 as the Nashville Tennessean but this service includes earlier titles such as the Nashville Whig and the Daily American. These papers reported not only Nashville-area news, but carried stories from around the state and the nation.

The Tennessean (1812-2002)

Why your patrons and students will love The Tennessean:

Screenshot of ACT Online Course

ACT season is just gearing up. Before taking the ACT for the first time or improving your score, the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) has free resources to help you out if you live Tennessee

Through Testing & Education Reference Center, students can take timed practice ACT tests, a self-paced online prep course (with more practice tests) or work their way through the ACT Prep Guide (even more practice tests!)  All the following resources are available anytime and on any device for Tennessee residents.

ACT Online Course

The ACT Online Course starts with an initial diagnostic pretest to determine your strengths and weaknesses.  Based on your results, interactive lessons with quizzes provide you the information you need to build your skills. The ACT Online Course contains three full-length practice tests.

ACT Practice Tests

Newspaper and magazine titles

Did you know that you can keep current with your favorite newspapers and magazines through the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL)? From TEL, you can read articles to the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today or peruse articles from the Economist, the New Yorker, WIRED and more.

These newspapers and magazines are mobile-friendly, so you can take your news with you wherever you go – over your morning coffee, on the bus, on campus or at home! Below is a list of the most popular newspapers and magazines that TEL offers online. If you don't see anything you like, don't worry; this is just a sample of what is available.We have something for everyone.

Popular Newspapers

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Coming soon! On July 24th, Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) will be launching a new website -- complete with a fresh look and feel, clear navigation, and even a new logo.  Don’t worry, though; TEL still has the same great, free resources available for all Tennesseans! Although we are still in development, you are currently previewing the new website at

Exciting improvements include:

  • Responsive web design
  • New logo and branding
  • Supportive information and guides for all resources
  • Easier navigation to resources
  • Improved web accessibility

On July 24th, TEL will be found at  Any previous TEL urls will redirect to the new website so if you have shortcuts or links to the current/previous TEL site on your computer or website, you will not need to update them.  Links to specific databases created using the TEL Link Generator will not be impacted.  The current TEL website will no longer be available to the public as of July 24th. 

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Now available in Testing & Education Reference Center on TEL is the following content additions and updates. 

Test Prep

  • Nursing Practice Tests: PAX, PSB-RN, TEAS


  • Master the ASVAB
  • Master the NCLEX-PN Exam Ebook
  • Master the PCAT
  • Peterson's ACT Prep Guide Ebook
  • Peterson's SAT Prep Guide
  • Master the GRE Ebook
  • Catholic High School Entrance Exam Ebook
  • Master the HiSET Ebook

Study Guides

  • AP Biology Study Guide
  • AP European History Study Guide
  • AP World History Study Guide
  • AP Calculus AB Study Guide
  • AP Calculus BC Study Guide
  • AP Chemistry Study Guide
  • AP Statistics Study Guide
  • AP U.S. Government and Politics Study Guide



On April 30, 2018, TEL access to LearningExpress Library will end. Beginning on May 1st, testing prep and other educational training will be provided through Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC).  

What will TEL do?

April 25, 2018 - URLs for TERC will be available on TEL Link Generator.  Logos can be found at

April 30, 2018 - TEL will remove links to expiring resources from TEL's website and our All TEL Databases page.

May 1, 2018 - TEL access to TERC will begin. 

What do I need to do?

Please remove all links to LearningExpress Library from your library website by May 1st and update Testing Prep resources to TERC.  

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On Sunday, April 1st, Tennessee residents will be able to use Transparent Language Online to learn over 100 different languages through the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL)! Transparent Language Online is replacing Gale’s PowerSpeak which will not be available after March 31st.

Transparent Language Online --

  • Builds all four core skills of a language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • 100+ languages to choose from
  • English lessons for speakers of over 25 different languages
  • KidSpeak has kid-friendly lessons and interface in 6 languages
  • Mobile apps are available
  • Save progress on lessons completed

Transparent Language requires all users to sign up for an account with a user name and password. Email is optional but recommended to access account and reset passwords.

Opposing Viewpoints Chrome Extenstion screenshot

On November 8, an Opposing Viewpoints In Context extension will be available in the Chrome Web Store. When added to Chrome browsers, it will display results from Opposing Viewpoints alongside Google search results.

The Gale Chrome extension puts your library resources in the everyday workflow of researchers. Library users can view and retrieve high quality content from Opposing Viewpoints In Context that includes academic journals, reference content, and viewpoints on today’s hottest social issues.

The extension can be installed by individual libraries with the library’s Location ID and password or pushed to shared computers via the Google admin tool.

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TEL is pleased to announce the release of a new and improved Health and Wellness Resource Center with an updated user experience and tools available in other popular Gale digital resources. Enhanced functionality includes: 

  • A mobile responsive design
  • Google and Microsoft integration
  • Citation tools
  • Readspeaker technology
  • Language translation
  • Accessibility compliance

The new homepage features four major topic groupings: Diseases and Conditions; Drugs; Diagnostics and Tests; and Therapies, Treatments, and Surgeries. This rich digital resource offers access to thousands of full-text medical journals, periodicals, reference works, multimedia and more, covering a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorders to in-depth coverage of alternative medicine. Also, to address the need for access to authoritative medical content for Spanish speaking patrons, the resource offers a search limiter by Spanish content.

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Enhanced book viewer – a new and improved cover-to-cover book viewer has replaced the Flash-based viewer, increasing browser compatibility and supporting use of the book view on all mobile devices.

K-6 support – Libraries have the option to set the cover-to-cover book view as the default view, making it simpler for younger users to get into a book and immediately start reading. Libraries can also choose whether to default this view to a 1- or 2-page spread.

Topic Finder – the addition of Topic Finder to Gale eBooks on GVRL helps users narrow their research and offers a visual way to explore their library’s eBook collection.

Other updates: