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Let the countdown begin!

On Friday, May 29, 2020, Gale Kids InfoBits will receive product enhancements and become Gale In Context: Elementary. These product enhancements are designed to increase access to library resources and have a greater impact on user success, both in the classroom and online.

The updated product name—Gale In Context: Elementary—reflects Gale’s commitment toward supporting the full progression of a student as they develop their research abilities. It also empowers educators with additional clarity around which product best fits the needs of their students.

In addition to an updated product name, Gale Kids InfoBits 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.

Leveled Content
Leveled topic overviews provide users with both a basic and advanced version of the same overview, allowing educators to differentiate instruction.

I Wonder . . .
"I Wonder" questions that engage young users’ curiosity and draw them into topics. Continuously updated, the I Wonder question on the home page encourages daily exploration.

Rich Content
Search through over 16,600 indexed images, 600 videos, and 1,700 charts and graphs.

Powerful Platform
The migration to a new proprietary platform will allow users to:

  • Search by Lexile range or find content based on basic, intermediate, or advanced learning levels to support differentiated learning styles.
  • Use ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology and on-demand article translation into over 20 languages—on-screen and read-aloud.
  • Use citation tools to easily create a bibliography for their research.
  • Use the Highlights and Notes feature to annotate and track their questions and ideas.

Gale Primary Sources and Gale Literature Product Enhancements Launched in December 2019

We’re thrilled to announce that Gale released the second phase of experience and design enhancements in December 2019.

Nearly 50 Gale Primary Sources and Gale Literature products received enhancements with this release. Visit support.gale.com/product-enhancements to view a complete list of products that received updates.

Gale Primary Sources and Gale Literature customers automatically received these benefits with this update: 

  • An enhanced product platform that provides a unified experience across Gale products. 

  • A contextual and “sticky” toolbar that ensures that the most important research tools are always in the user’s view. 

  • Upgraded search results that highlight important information to help users discover relevant content. 

  • New functionality that lets users make multiple selections within each facet when limiting search results. 

  • An updated presentation of search facets providing an at-a-glance view of filtering options when navigating search results. 

  • A streamlined user interface delivering an engaging experience that allows quick access to search tools, relevant content, prominent library co-branding and collaborative features like Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. 

  • The new Explore panel that groups supplemental support tools, including “More Like This” article suggestions, to promote further exploration of the resource. 

Training and support materials will be available in the coming months to help make this a smooth transition for libraries. Stay tuned! 

Gale Product Enhancements

In summer 2019, Gale began the release experience and design changes across its portfolio of products.

These product enhancements are designed to increase access to library resources online, in the classroom and have a greater impact on user success. Many of the early enhancements are foundational in nature, laying the groundwork for an exciting future of ongoing iteration where user insights are captured and applied with greater agility. 

  • Support multiple points of access: As libraries employ centralized search via discovery and other catalog systems, Gale recognizes that users increasingly take different paths into Gale products. The product homepage is no longer the universal starting point. These new, intuitive design modifications empower users to quickly orient themselves within a Gale product, so they can spend less time orientating to the resource and more time thinking critically about the content. 

  • Foster digital literacy and enhance usability: Digital resources simplify the research process by consolidating a high-volume of information into online databases, but they also cast a wider net, presenting users with access to extensive amounts of content. This exposure can be overwhelming at times. Gale’s new search UI focuses the experience on the data points needed to help users identify content relevant to their needs, encouraging critical evaluation and selection.

  • Research smarter, not harder: Gale products are predominately centered on users, not tools or content. Product features are carefully selected and designed to drive user outcomes, not detract from them. The thoughtful design promotes a positive research experience by emphasizing elements users find most valuable. This approach is consistently applied across the core Gale product suite, which can be introduced at grade school or grad school or at a point of need for any public library patron.

  • Promote engagement and collaboration: Gale’s new interfaces incorporate a familiar and modern product experience on par with other sites users visit in their day-to-day, designed to build comfort and confidence in traversing a library database. We’ve also incorporated new tools and supports to help make users more likely to choose Gale products. Interactive search tools like Topic Finder are now given more prominence, encouraging further exploration and discovery of content. The new “Explorer” panel highlights “More Like This” document recommendations and other supporting information without detracting from the reading experience. A streamlined and “sticky” toolbar maintains easy access to collaborative features like Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, so users can continue to engage with Gale content even after they’ve left the product. Coming soon, new innovations such as “Related Search Terms” will make smart recommendations based on other users’ search behaviors.

Enhancement Timeline

Visit our customer support site to understand what products will be affected and their enhancement release date.