Farmington Hills-based Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and the Smithsonian Institution have reached a licensing agreement to make Smithsonian assets available to libraries and schools.
Gale publishes research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses.
“We’re elated to be working with the Smithsonian Institution,” said Frank Menchaca, executive vice president, research solutions for Cengage Learning. “This agreement puts us closer to our goal of becoming the largest humanities research experience for the academic library. Through our extensive distribution channels throughout the world, in classrooms as well as in libraries, we’ll put into the hands of students, teachers and researchers, a universe of materials that is structured for research in a way never before possible.”
The Smithsonian Institution, with 19 museums, nine research centers and more than 140 affiliate museums around the world, houses nearly 137 million objects, works of art and specimens. Under the agreement, Cengage Learning will have access to the complete archives of Smithsonian Magazine and Air and Space magazine, as well as collections covering American history, science, world cultures and more.
Immediate plans include the creation of a digital archive of the complete back files of both Air and Space magazine and Smithsonian Magazine for libraries, with new issues incorporated on an ongoing basis.
“Gale’s digital research solution offers the Smithsonian a new, comprehensive way to reach the library and academic markets,” said Carol LeBlanc, senior vice president, consumer and education products for Smithsonian Enterprises. “We look forward to working with Gale to create a compelling series of Smithsonian collections, enhanced by Gale’s delivery system, to meet the needs of library markets worldwide.”
Source: Gale press release