Gale Continues 40+ Year Tradition of Providing Buses at ALA

Farmington Hills, Mich., July 10, 2009 – Frederick G. Ruffner, founder of Gale, has always been clear that it was his wife’s idea to supply the buses at the American Library Association Annual Conference, not his.  More than 40 years later, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is proud to continue that tradition.

In 1965, the ALA Conference was held on Gale’s home turf in Detroit, Michigan.  It was Fred’s wife Mary who observed that “it’s a pretty good hike from these hotels to Cobo Hall.”  And it was Mary who said it would be a good idea to get some transportation for those librarians.

The idea stuck.  What started out as four or five buses has expanded to 50, transporting thousands of librarians from hotel to convention center and back.

“We are thrilled to continue the long tradition of providing the bus transportation during ALA,” said John Barnes, executive vice president, strategic marketing and business development for Gale.  “As a publisher, library advocate and partner, Gale has always provided high-quality service to library customers.  We are happy to have the opportunity to serve our library partners in one more way during ALA.”

For more information, please contact Linda Busse at [email protected].

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