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Gale wins ISG Reference Award from CILIP for the second year


For the second year running, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is the recipient of the Besterman/McColvin Award in the ‘Outstanding works of electronic resources and e-books’ category at the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals’ (CILIP) ISG Reference Awards (

The Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2006 has won the Besterman/McColvin Award in the ‘Outstanding works of electronic resources and e-books’ category and the National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994 was voted Highly Commended in the same category. The awards were judged by a panel of librarians from across academic and public libraries in the UK who selected Gale from the eligible 2011 entries. The award ceremony, which took place at City Business Library in London on October 18th 2012, celebrates best practice in the information and reference sector and sets industry standards.

Since 1822, The Sunday Times has provided thoughtful analysis and commentary on the week’s news and society at large. World-famous for its cutting-edge investigative journalism, the newspaper broke many of the key stories of the twentieth century. The Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2006 enables users to search, retrieve and browse articles from the complete run of this historic newspaper. With nearly 600,000 pages, The Sunday Times Digital Archive is a gateway to the greatest crimes, careers and culture of the last 180 years.

National Geographic magazine is the official journal of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest non-profit educational and scientific organizations. Recognised for some of the highest-quality photojournalism and cartography in the world, this award-winning, iconic magazine is famous for providing unparalleled, in-depth coverage of cultures, nature, science, technology and the environment. National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994, features the complete archive of the magazine to the mid-1990s and includes every article of this vast knowledge base, all fully searchable through an intuitive interface.

Linden Harris, Publishing Director, Cengage Learning EMEA, comments:

“We are delighted to have been recognised once again for the excellence of our digital archives programme from such an eminent organisation as CILIP. Working with such iconic and ground-breaking publications is a privilege and being able to bring these archives to researchers around the world, in a fully searchable environment, enables new insights, relationships and research to be uncovered which we look forward to sharing.”

The CILIP ISG Judging Panel comments:

“The Sunday Times Digital Archive lets users search, retrieve and share articles easily and is a welcome addition to their collection of online newspapers. We are delighted to present the award for electronic resources and e-books to Gale for making this invaluable resource available. National Geographic is a well recognised journal; known for its high quality photo journalism. There’s plenty to get lost in here, both for serious researchers and the general reader so we are pleased to award it highly commended”.

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About Gale, part of Cengage Learning

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About Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

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About CILIP ISG Reference Awards

The CILIP Information Services Group (ISG) celebrates best practice in the information and reference sector. Since 1970 the ISG Reference Awards have recognised excellence; promoted awareness of outstanding reference books and products; encouraged quality and set industry standards.


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