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Gale approached TAL with an offer for Gale Primary Sources for all Albertans to access. This is a one-time purchase price for perpetual access for the entire province to access via Geo-location authentication, meaning all people accessing the collections from an Albertan IP address would receive access without any need for a login and password.
The Gale Primary Sources collections are multi-disciplinary primary source collections that post-secondary institutions, particularly universities, are more likely to purchase. The idea behind the offer is for TAL member universities to purchase their "gap" collections, or purchase the rest of the Gale primary source collections they have yet to purchase by March 31, 2017 at a deep discounted rate. If the target amount is reached, then access to all collections is granted to all TAL members and all Albertans, via geo-location authentication. This serves to benefit all Albertans from the contributions of those institutions that are able to do so.
This was an unsolicited offer. Given the discounts involved and the potential to grant access to all Albertans to a broad, rich collection of primary source documents, TAL is pleased to coordinate this to TAL members. A similar offer in B.C. was initiated by the universities themselves that resulted in all British Columbians with access to the Gale Primary Sources suite.
The response deadline has been changed to Friday, March 10, 2016. Responses will be collected and it will then be determined if there is enough interest and commitments given to proceed.
Gale will be presenting this offer after the TAL Board Meeting, Friday, November 18th. The purpose of this presentation is to heighten awareness to this offer, the contents of the collections offered, and the potential benefits it may bring to Alberta's post-secondary institutions and the greater community in general.
Gale is offering two options to purchase.
Option 1: Indigenous Peoples Studies Bundle (10 collections, 25 GVRL titles)
Indigenous Peoples of North America
British Newspapers I-V
19th Century North American Newspapers
The Burney Collection of 17th/18th Century Newspapers
25 eBook titles from Gale Virtual Reference Library
Option 2: Includes all of Option 1 plus an additional 64 multi-disciplinary collections (see attached document below)
If your institution is interested in participating in this exciting offer and purchasing Gale Primary Sources, please contact Christa Foley as soon as possible, no later than March 25th, 2017.
This is not an annual subscription. This is for purchase with perpetual access.