January 21, 2022

Gale Cengage/Smithsonian Institution Partnership News & a Spectacular Database Available Now, Direct from the Smithsonian

From Today’s Announcement:

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.

Learn More About Today’s News From Gale and SI at Library Journal

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.

It is searchable by keyword or can be browsed by category. Many more search options are available. Here’s a rundown.


Here’s a look at a couple of search results page. First, for ‘railroad station’ and second for ‘Abraham Lincoln’.

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.

See Also: Learn About the Technology that Powers the Database


About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.