Gale, part of Cengage Learning and the Smithsonian Institution today announced a licensing agreement to distribute Smithsonian assets into the library and academic space.
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums, 9 research centers and more than 140 affiliate museums around the world. The complex houses nearly 137 million objects, works of art and specimens and its facilities see nearly 30 million visitors per year. 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.
As part of this partnership, Cengage Learning will have rights to develop Smithsonian branded products created for the library and academic markets utilizing Smithsonian assets. Immediate plans in the library space include the creation of a digital archive of the complete back files of both Air and Space magazine and Smithsonian Magazine, and will incorporate new issues on an ongoing basis.
Direct From the Smithsonian, Already Online and Ready to Use
When talking about the Smithsonian and research resources it is essential to mention their wonderful Collections Search Center catalog/database launched several years ago. It’s an infoDOCKET favorite.
The database currently provides access to 8 million catalog records and close to 820,000 (and growing) images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources. This resource is free to access and search.
Btw, responsive design allows the database to be accessed with any problems from a mobile device.
Learn more about the database and items in it via the Smithsonian Collections Blog.