Gale U is our answer to an evolving academic landscape. It’s our way of putting real names, faces, and stories to the kinds of people who frequent the library, explaining their needs and challenges, and providing creative solutions.
So, find the people to whom you most relate, and learn how they use academic databases and digitized primary sources to enhance research, learning, and teaching. Select the learning hub buildings to know more about the people who visit and the digital resources they use.
We build our products with specific users in mind. Now it’s time for us to put them front and center for you, the way they always have been for us.
Start with the campus map, then click into one of our ten learning hubs. Inside each unique hub, you’ll find a number of users—librarians, faculty, and students, all of whom represent unique backgrounds, interests, and challenges. Each would like to tell you his or her story and to tell you about how they use Gale resources to further their scholarship.
Whether you choose to browse by user, learning hub, or subject area, we’ve got a list of our best resources to meet your specific needs.
Our challenge to you is this: Think about the types of people who come into your library and find the Gale U personas who best relate to them. What are their needs? Their challenges? And how can we help you meet them today?
The Writing Center helps student learners of all levels and from all fields of study to become more effective—and more confident—writers. The staff believes that teaching students how to conduct research, plan theses, organize outlines, and put together grammatically correct and flowing essays is immeasurably more beneficial than simply spot-checking their latest works. To that end, the Writing Center provides free individual tutoring sessions and regular writing workshops for all members of the university community.
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The Graduate Library strives to promote and perfect information literacy in all students by enabling efficient and effective 21st century researchers, providing faculty the preeminent environment and opportunity to advance scholarship in and outside of the classroom, and by furthering scholarship, the mission and standing of the university.
The Law Library’s primary aims are to develop its collections and to support the research and instructional needs of both students and faculty within the law school. The Library also serves the legal information needs of the expanded University, practicing members of the bar, and the public at large when needed, providing expert information access and expert research assistance to all who request it.
The Business Library, through its staff, is committed to providing accurate, appropriate, and current information to students, faculty and administrators, in the formats which they need it, in the quickest and most reliable manner.
The Community College Library is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the varied community it serves, by providing student-centered instruction and support services which are affordable and accessible, creating empowered, impassioned learners, and leaders.
The Medical Library strives to be a center of excellence for healing, education, and discovery. Its primary aim is to support the health and healthcare information needs for teaching, learning, research, and patient care. The library is committed to ensuring access to clinical information for members of the medical school, the expanded university, practicing physicians, and the community at large.
The Cultural Center offers a student-centered environment that celebrates diversity, fosters leadership opportunities, and provides a safe place for students of all backgrounds. It is a community that promotes the appreciation of the unique blend of cultures, traditions, and histories represented in our campus community, thus enhancing students’ experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.
The Fine Arts Library believes that a student truly becomes an artist when education, practice, and contextual knowledge combine to create a broader awareness of the art and its practice. The library houses both music and visual art collection as well as a wealth of audio and video content while also dedicating a large amount of space to studio and collaboration areas, thus offering its students and faculty comprehensive and well-rounded support.
The Engineering Library offers fully integrated services, state-of-the-art technologies, and a wealth of literature on engineering and related disciplines. Its primary aims are to support the educational and research activities of both faculty and students as well as to play an active and innovative role in the development of the larger college of engineering.
The Undergraduate Library serves to provide access to and delivery of information and services to students, faculty, and administration by encouraging and engaging students in the research process, promoting exploration, deductive reasoning, and critical thinking; pairing with faculty to promote their goals both in classroom work and personal research; and supporting the instructional and research mission of the university, propelling capable, honorable, and learned graduates into the world.
Frederick Gale Ruffner Jr., who founded one of the largest reference book publishing companies in the world, Gale, from a rented desk in Detroit’s now-vacant Book Tower, died August 12, 2014 following a long illness at 88.
Working as a market researcher in 1954, Fred attempted to locate a directory of trade associations. He discovered there wasn’t one and seeing an opportunity, quit his job and with his wife, Mary, produced the Encyclopedia of Associations in 1956 and began the Gale Research Co.
“The impact of Gale Research cannot be overestimated in both commerce and library services and science,” said Fred Ciporen, former publisher of Publishers Weekly.
Gale Research was sold in 1985 to International Thomson. Gale, along with several other Thomson Learning companies, was sold a private equity consortium, forming the reference arm of Cengage Learning.
Mr. Ruffner was brought up in Akron, Ohio, and served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II, seeing action in the battles of Saipan and Okinawa, for which he received the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
He graduated from Ohio State University in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
For a full obituary, please visit here.
To learn more about our history, click on the statue of our founder, Fred Ruffner.