Jane Burke, a well-known name in the library automation industry, has been appointed vice president of ProQuest Information and Learning and will serve as the general manager of Serials Solutions, a company it acquired in July 2004. In her role as VP, Burke will participate in strategy at ProQuest.
Serials Solutions built its reputation as a small company with deep expertise in assisting libraries in managing their holdings of electronic journals. The company provides libraries data sets of their electronic journals based on profiles of their subscriptions. The company went on to develop tools and products related to managing electronic content, including an OpenURL-based link resolver, an electronic resource management system, and a federated search environment. Since its acquisition by ProQuest, the company has continued to operate as an independent subsidiary. Burke comes to ProQuest with significant experience in the library automation industry. She was a co-founder of Endeavor Information Systems and served as president and CEO from March 1995 through December 2002. Burke also was president of NOTIS Systems Inc. and previously had worked with CLSI. Additionally, Burke serves on the advisory board of Talis, a company that provides library automation software in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
With Burke at the helm, expect Serials Solutions to become a strategic technology force within ProQuest.