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Free for National Library Week

Two CIL exhibitors are offering “freebies” for National Library Week: Gale and ProQuest. Gale’s focus this year is advocacy. After you download a widget, you can search Career Transitions, Global Issues in Context, GREENR, and Grzimek’s Animal Life. ProQuest will provide free access to six databases: PQ African American Heritage, PQ Historical Newspapers, cultureGrams, eLibrary, SIRS Discoverer, and SIRS Issues Researcher.

Other companies are also observing National Library Week, although not by exhibiting at CIL (And Why Not??).  ABC-CLIO offers free access to all its databases in what it’s calling a Virtual Open House. Alexander St. Press will provide free access to American History in Video until April 30, 2010. Sage is extending its free access to its journals until May 15th!

If you’re at CIL, go see Gale and ProQuest in the exhibit hall. If not, visit all of these online and tell them the CIL bloggers pointed you towards these special offers. Oh, and take a look at this week’s Newsweek (on newstands April 12th) for Gale’s full page ad celebrating libraries. Very cool.