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August 24, 2015

(ProQuest) ProQuest (http://www.proquest.com) introduced an enhanced platform interface that makes it easier for users to complete their research tasks. Driven by deep analysis of researcher behaviors on the ProQuest platform, extensive testing with users and librarians, beta testing with a variety of customer development partners, and large scale A/B testing, the enhancements make discovery and access of ProQuest’s rich, diverse content more intuitive and effective.

August 11, 2015

(ProQuest) ProQuest has marked another milestone in ease of access to its rich research content. The full text of its scholarly content – including journals and working papers – is now indexed in Google Scholar, enabling Google Scholar users to seamlessly discover and access their library’s ProQuest collections. Efficiency and productivity for both ProQuest and Google Scholar users is improved, while libraries benefit from increased usage for their subscribed collections.

July 30, 2015

(ProQuest) Since launching earlier this year, the Access to Research initiative has grown quickly to include the majority of local authorities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This means that researchers, students and members of the public across the UK can now access more than 10 million of the world's leading online academic papers covering a wide range of disciplines, including health and biological sciences, technology, history, medicine and social sciences, just by walking through the door of their local library. So far, over 14,500 individual users have utilized the service.

July 22, 2015

(ProQuest) Clay McDaniel joined ProQuest as Vice President Global Marketing. In this role, Mr. McDaniel will oversee the teams responsible for the company’s comprehensive integrated go-to-market strategies, including product and field marketing, corporate communications, brand, and marketing operations.

July 7, 2015

(ProQuest) Warren Wilson College selected the Summon service from ProQuest. Designed to boost discovery and information literacy, the addition of the service will ensure access to the content available at their library. Providing the easiest search experience with the most relevant results, Summon helps to reinforce the library’s pivotal role in meaningful research at Warren Wilson College.

June 26, 2015

(ProQuest) ProQuest has named John "JG" Chirapurath as its new Senior Vice President and General Manager of ProQuest Workflow Solutions. In this role, Mr. Chirapurath will lead strategic development of the company's technology business that focuses on empowering academic researchers with solutions that improve research outcomes, and providing librarians with transformative cloud-based workflow solutions that enable the library to deliver greater value to their institutions.

(ProQuest) ProQuest will debut functionality of Intota v2 at the American Libraries Association annual conference in San Francisco. Capabilities in development for Intota v2 address how users think about what they do, and enable progressive academic and research libraries to evolve in a rapidly changing knowledge economy. Intota v2 is a library services platform that will encompass management of both print and electronic resources across the entire collection lifecycle. Libraries who select Intota v1 now will have special “preview access” to Intota v2 in the Spring of next year.

(ProQuest) Since the introduction of Intota last June for electronic resource management, close to 80 libraries worldwide have selected ProQuest’s cloud-based library services platform, which also includes industry-leading discovery, linking, assessment and unified intelligent workflows across the lifecycle of collections. Libraries are responding favorably to ProQuest’s phased approach to developing a transformative service that immediately solves for inadequacies in the traditional ILS. Unlike other services in the market, Intota simplifies workflows and addresses the major challenges libraries face today: collection assessment and e-resource management. With increasing pressure on budgets, libraries using Intota can focus on service to end users and deliver greater value to their institutions.

(ProQuest) Later this summer, family history enthusiasts and genealogical experts around the world will have access to more than two billion new records in HeritageQuest Online. This popular and authoritative resource—powered by Ancestry and distributed by ProQuest—is one of the largest genealogical databases available to libraries and will include records from more than 60 countries.

(ProQuest) ProQuest supports the National Information Standards Organization and ProQuest leaders such as Steven Guttman, Senior Director of Product Management, have long standing participation in efforts including the Open Discovery Initiative Standing Committee to help the library industry improve the research and discovery experience.

June 24, 2015

(ProQuest) ProQuest continues to innovate the ebook research and management experience with the launch of the beta program for its eagerly anticipated new ebook platform. ProQuest Ebook Central ™ integrates key elements from both ebrary and EBL - Ebook Library, along with all-new functionality, eliminating the complexities surrounding ebooks and delivering a superior experience for end-users and librarians.

(ProQuest) Through its robust partnerships with university presses, ProQuest has launched an inventive new option that helps libraries quickly build comprehensive e-book collections in one of the most valued content areas in academic libraries. ProQuest’s new University Press Ebook Subscription offers the most authoritative university press content from one convenient source. The new collection is an example of ProQuest’s commitment to enable libraries’ to build diverse, digital collections that stay ahead of the needs and expectations of students, faculty and scholars.

June 23, 2015

(ProQuest) ProQuest aims to improve outcomes of research on 20th century events and the people who made them happen by expanding its visionary ProQuest History Vault collection of digitized primary sources. Three new modules provide online access to hard-to-find original documents chronicling the Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century (Federal Government Records supplement); the New Deal and World War II (President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Office Files and Records of Federal Agencies); and critical intelligence efforts during wartime from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS-State Department Intelligence and Research Reports, 1941-1961). History Vault is part of ProQuest’s expansive digitization program that enables students and scholars to explore history as it happened and from diverse, often personal vantage points.

June 18, 2015

(ProQuest) As Americans once again scrutinize elements of the Patriot Act, the National Security Archive and its publishing partner ProQuest are providing new avenues for research on government spying. The Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) has expanded to include CIA Covert Operations II: The Year of Intelligence, 1975, a collection of 1,000 declassified documents that reveal the inner-workings of America’s spy agencies during a season of intense public inquiry. With this collection, DNSA becomes available on the ProQuest platform, enabling all DNSA documents to be cross-searched with the diverse content that students and faculty require to fully explore their area of research, such as newspaper archives, working papers, journal articles, ebooks, and other unique primary sources.

June 15, 2015

(ProQuest) ProQuest names Samuel Dodson, an MLIS student at the University of British Columbia, the recipient of the 2015 Roger K. Summit Scholarship. For more than 20 years this prestigious scholarship of US$5,000, named in honor of Dialog founder Roger K. Summit, a pioneer in developing online information retrieval services, has been given to a promising graduate student in library and information sciences. Mr. Dodson was presented the award June 14 at the Special Libraries Association's annual conference in Boston.

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