According to a press release, ProQuest recently surveyed academic librarians about their needs regarding non-English language content. The results demonstrate a strong interest in making Chinese-language content available to address the needs of researchers:
- 47% of respondents purchase Chinese-language content.
- Nearly 30% say Chinese-language content is among users’ most requested non-English language content
- 24% say they are not adequately supporting patrons’ needs for Chinese-language content.
- When asked what non-English digital format resources they would like to offer, 30% said frontlist ebooks and 25% said backlist ebooks.
From the same press release:
ProQuest is collaborating with Asian Studies scholars, librarians and Chinese-language publishers to offer a selection of Chinese- language ebooks, enabling libraries to provide resources demanded by researchers. The growing collection spans thousands of titles available on the Ebook Central®, ebrary® and EBL platforms. The platforms’ multi-language interfaces accommodate readers of traditional and simplified Chinese, and other languages. Continue reading ProQuest’s mission to keep up with the high and growing demand for Chinese-language content