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October 9, 2014

California Library Consortium evaluates usage of millions of monographs to create collaborative library collections. ProQuest

Libraries worldwide are transforming their spaces to better align with the changing needs of their communities. The Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) has initiated a collection analysis project to gain insight on collection overlap and usage as a basis for establishing a sustainable shared collections program among its members. SCELC chose ProQuest Intota Assessment for comprehensive analysis of more than 4.5 million monographs across nine member libraries participating in the pilot project.

October 6, 2014

ProQuest and The Economist Intelligence Unit Collaborate on New Country Reports Digital Archive. ProQuest

ProQuest and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) have teamed to create the first online archive of the EIU’s global economic analyses – a single source for unbiased, comprehensive reports and statistical data on approximately 200 countries. Economist Intelligence Unit Country Reports Archive will combine ProQuest’s expertise in digitization, search technology and data manipulation to make nearly a half-century of the EIU’s acclaimed Country Reports and Quarterly Economic Reviews accessible and searchable on the ProQuest platform, improving research outcomes in history, political science, international studies and economics.

October 5, 2014

ProQuest provides valuable Title Matching Service to University of Leicester. ProQuest

Over the summer, University of Leicester in the UK had a project reviewing their short-term loan (high demand titles) collection with a view to disbanding this as a separate collection and re-using the space for study areas.

October 2, 2014

NC LIVE Turns to ProQuest to Enrich Service to Libraries and Users. ProQuest

NC LIVE, a renowned consortium that provides digital content and services to public and academic libraries in North Carolina, is replacing a significant portion of its cadre of databases with ProQuest resources, enabling it to work within tight budget parameters without sacrificing quality to its member libraries. A new three-year agreement provides popular ProQuest databases such as ProQuest Central, the world’s largest aggregated collection of full-text academic content, and an extraordinary selection of ebooks via ebrary’s Academic Complete™ and Public Library Complete™ to more than 200 libraries serving users throughout the entire state.

Free resource for libraries provides authoritative reviews of serials titles. ProQuest

Librarians frequently utilize reviews of books, serials and other research materials to determine what to include in their collections. Essential to research at all levels, new open access and niche serials titles are often missed by librarians because these types of titles are not included in trusted sources. Magazines for Libraries™ Update closes this gap with online in-depth reviews by Cheryl LaGuardia, a research librarian at Harvard University. These timely and informative serials reviews appealing to all library types are available for free from ProQuest.

October 1, 2014

ProQuest meets discovery needs at Saint Peter’s University Library. ProQuest

Saint Peter’s University will meet the research needs and expectations of its library users with an integrated suite of ProQuest discovery services – the Summon discovery service, the 360 Link link resolver and Syndetic Solutions.

September 29, 2014

ProQuest Collections Are Now Indexed and Discoverable through the Central Index of Ex Libris Primo. ProQuest

ProQuest and Ex Libris announced that over 200 of ProQuest’s most widely used databases have been indexed in the Ex Libris Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic resources, making the content easily discoverable via the Ex Libris Primo discovery service.

September 25, 2014

Mobile Optimized K-12 Resources Empower Educators and Engage Students. ProQuest

Educators and students this fall are benefiting from online resources from ProQuest that are mobile optimized, include new instructional tools and features, and vetted content aligned to national standards. Now formatted for easy screen reading on a variety of smart phones and tablets, today’s anytime-anywhere learner can access full-text and image information in the SIRS Issues Researcher research resources. Delivering a more seamless experience for the student using a mobile or desktop device, source information is displayed, making it easy to select articles, media or website links. Additionally, prominent one-click link features foster collaboration with other students and make citation effortless with direct export to the EasyBib citation tool.

September 24, 2014

University of Canterbury simplifies library collection management with Intota Assessment. ProQuest

The University of Canterbury recently selected Intota Assessment from ProQuest as the best solution to address challenges in evaluating usage of their libraries’ collections and making collection management decisions based on evidence. Detailed overlap analysis helps a library determine what resources to renew, acquire or weed to generate greater return on investment of their collection. Additionally, quantitative and qualitative analysis helps identify trends or spot other collection development opportunities.

September 16, 2014

ProQuest Establishes Key Ebooks Partnership with Leading Irish Booksellers. ProQuest

ProQuest Ebooks has partnered with O’Mahony’s, Irish booksellers and library suppliers, to deliver key content from leading publishers to institutions across Ireland and the UK.

September 9, 2014

ProQuest enhances Intota Assessment collection analysis with new Title Linking functionality. ProQuest

Academic libraries building their collections with core titles from Resources for College Libraries can stretch their collection budget further, making smarter acquisition and deselection decisions. Using the enhanced Recommendations and Deselection reports in Intota Assessment, libraries can simply compare by subject area their collection to RCL core titles, quickly determine a match to their current holdings, and easily identify alternative formats in their collection or in market.

September 8, 2014

Self-Publishing Continues to Grow in U.S., Says Bowker. ProQuest

new analysis of U.S. ISBN data by ProQuest affiliate Bowker reveals that the number of self-published titles in 2013 increased to more than 458,564, up 17 percent over 2012 and 437 percent over 2008. Print titles were up a very strong 29 percent over 2012, indicating the format’s continuing relevance to self-publishers. While self-publishing continues to grow, the pace appears to be normalizing after several explosive years.

September 3, 2014

Ingram and ProQuest Expand Ebook Collaboration. ProQuest

Ingram Content Group and ProQuest announced an expanded e-book collaboration that benefits libraries worldwide. Earlier this year, the companies teamed to make titles from Ebook Library available through Ingram's OASIS content platform. Ingram has now added ebrary’s vast range of titles, integrating all ProQuest e-book titles within the platform, simplifying acquisition for the companies’ shared customers. In addition to adding titles to the OASIS platform for firm orders, EBL has also been integrated with Ingram's e-book approval plans and Demand-Driven Acquisition services.

August 22, 2014

Florida Institute of Technology Transforms their Library with Intota Assessment. ProQuest

The Evans Library at Florida Institute of Technology has been a long-time customer of ProQuest solutions using Summon, 360 Link, MARC Updates and others. With a new director onboard, FIT was looking for ways to modernize the management of their resources and make the library more relevant to researchers by enhancing the value of services and experience for their patrons. That is when they turned to ProQuest.

August 19, 2014

Managing research and authoring is now seamless with Google Docs add-on for ProQuest Flow. ProQuest

ProQuest Flow, a cloud-based research management solution, has released an add-on to interoperate with Google Docs. The new add-on expands the collaborative writing capabilities of Google Docs by integrating the document management tools of Flow during the authoring phase of research. As a result, researchers can find, share and annotate documents in the cloud, then author as a team in a common virtual workspace, supported by automated citations and bibliographies. The free add-on is available in the Google Add-on Store.

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