To give teachers free, full-text access to their favorite professional journals.
Through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, MA residents have free (and password-free) access to a wide variety of Gale databases.* I recently went to the Gale Academic Search Premier database > Browse Publications page, and found that this database carries the full text of School Library Journal, Booklist, and Library Journal. From each journal’s page, I got a RSS Feed URL that sends all full text articles from this professional journal to my feed reader. Now I don’t need a subscription, nor do I have to remember to visit a library to browse these journals. Beautiful! (and props to Amy Short, who taught me how to do this)
This could be a fabulous in-service training that a librarian could do with teachers in each subject area. Librarians would simply need to find out first which professional (and/or student-interest) journals are available through Gale for each subject area.
*If your computer is within MA state borders, go to the Mass Libraries website and press the “search” button under the heading “Search Our Library Resources.” This brings you to the Gale Power Search. To switch databases, click on “Change Databases” at the top left of the page.