ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 21, 2014 – A diverse group of library leaders are today participating in a forum that will provoke discussion regarding the emerging trends affecting libraries. Rapid changes in technology, education, economics and societal trends are contributing to new challenges and opportunities for libraries of all types to transform themselves. In response to these changing dynamics, ProQuest is hosting a forum to explore solutions and help library leaders prepare for the future.
The agenda including expertise brought forward by the speakers can be viewed here.
The one-day forum is designed for sharing ideas and building connections among innovators and subject matter experts. The goal is to foster exchanging practices and considerations for creating a future where libraries will flourish. Distinguished author Bruce Rosenstein, and highly regarded leaders from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries, and the Virtual Library of Virginia will share their insight and lead discussion groups during the forum.
Committed to empowering information seekers, researchers and librarians, ProQuest's information solutions and technologies enable greater outcomes and workflow efficiencies. Similar to the transformation needed by libraries, the company recognizes the importance of continued innovation, and responsive collaboration with libraries today will drive sustainability in the future.
"Libraries of all types are facing the complexity of societal changes and it's critical to protect this essential resource. ProQuest joins libraries, academic institutions and other vital organizations in a quest for the transformation needed to thrive in this changing environment and respond to what the future will bring," said Richard Huffine, senior director, U.S. federal government market, ProQuest. "Our forum provides an opportunity for nurturing collaborative thought and action to help libraries shape their future."
"ProQuest's Library Futures Forum has brought together so many librarians and library supporters in an important conversation, with special attention to the role of collaboration in envisioning our future," said Miguel A. Figueroa, Center for the Future of Libraries, American Library Association. "It is so encouraging to have valued partners like ProQuest supporting librarians' work and providing these opportunities to boldly envision our future."
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, EBL, ebrary and Serials Solutions businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon discovery service, Flow, Pivot and the Intota library services platform. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.