SEATTLE – March 6, 2014 – Cooperating Libraries in Consortium (CLIC) of St. Paul, Minnesota, is the first academic library consortium to subscribe to ProQuest's cloud-based library services platform, Intota. The CLIC libraries will be taking full advantage of the transformative nature of the Intota library services platform, implementing in phases beginning with the Summon discovery service this spring. During 2014 they also plan to implement Intota for assessment and for e-resource management, with other components to follow.
"We are thrilled to be on the cutting edge with ProQuest's new technology," said Ruth Dukelow, executive director, CLIC. "Our libraries will be able to leverage the sizeable investments they have made in print and electronic collections, audio and visual content, and institutional documents by making these resources readily discoverable and accessible to our users through Intota's integrated management and discovery tools."
Trends in library usage and collections, and in higher education overall, point to a need for more innovative solutions that will re-invent and surpass, not just match, traditional systems. Intota is a library services platform with services designed to address the real needs of today's libraries and help them transform how they manage increasingly digital collections and how their users discover those collections and interface with the library. With Intota, ProQuest is focused not on just replacing the status quo, but on transformation by addressing the needs for the future. It's a platform built for workflows of tomorrow that addresses libraries biggest needs today.
According to the Director of University Libraries at Bethel University and CLIC Board President, David Stewart, "When our libraries began the process of selecting a next-generation system, we focused on finding a solution that would provide the maximum benefit to our users. After a thorough investigation of the available options, our Board concluded that ProQuest's discovery and management services best matched CLIC's requirements for outstanding and innovative solutions to serve our communities."
CLIC member libraries subscribing to the services include: Augsburg College, Bethel University, Concordia University, Hamline University, St. Catherine University, University of Northwestern-St. Paul, and University of St. Thomas.
Intota is a library services platform designed to address the key needs of today's libraries – managing electronic collections and supporting the expectations of the modern patron. Intota combines discovery, linking, collection management and assessment in one system built on a single knowledge base. With Intota, ProQuest is focused not just on replacing the status quo, but on transforming library management. Intota is built to accommodate the evolution of workflow, yet also address the biggest pain points libraries face today.
Cooperating Libraries in Consortium (CLIC), a consortium of private colleges and universities located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, was founded in 1969 to support cooperative collection development, interlibrary loan, and document delivery in and among its member libraries. Since then, CLIC has expanded its mission to support a wide range of library services, including a shared automation system, digitization of selected library collections, and access to electronic resources. CLIC's Vision is to create a world-class research library experience for its academic communities.
ProQuest (www.proquest.com) connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company's products are a gateway to the world's knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information.
The company's cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students and researchers through the ProQuest, Bowker, Dialog, ebrary, EBL and Serials Solutions businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon discovery service, the RefWorks Flow collaboration platform, the Pivot research development tool and the Intota library services platform. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.