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ProQuest’s mission to keep up with the high and growing demand for Chinese-language content

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

More ebook choices for OASIS users

OasisProQuest has just announced it has joined forces with De Gruyter to make De Gruyter’s 26,000 ebooks (from over 15 international imprints) available for purchase through the OASIS® system. This prompted us to revisit OASIS—ProQuest’s free web-based system for searching, selecting, and ordering print and electronic books for academic libraries—and provide a quick update on its growth.

Indended for academic, corporate, and government libraries, OASIS (Online Acquisitions and Selection Information System) supports multiple ordering and selection workflows for print and ebooks, including approval plans, firm orders, standing orders, demand driven acquisition, EDI ordering and MARC ordering. It now provides libraries with access to over 1.5 million unique ebook titles and 25 million print titles. Continue reading More ebook choices for OASIS users

Western Sydney University makes etextbooks available for free to all first-year students

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A ground-breaking collaboration between Western Sydney University and ProQuest provides digital textbooks for commencing university students through the University’s library, reducing the overall cost of education to students and increasing access to required learning materials.

One of the world’s largest initiatives of its kind, Western Sydney University is differentiating itself from other universities by making etextbooks from 60 academic publishers available to students via Ebook Central, ProQuest’s ebook platform. Continue reading Western Sydney University makes etextbooks available for free to all first-year students

ProQuest’s new white paper explores obstacles and opportunities in managing collections (print and electronic)

ProQuest white paperThe white paper, titled “Obstacles and Opportunities: Ebooks, Print and the Impact of Choice on Libraries and the Users They Serve,” explores the complexities of balancing print and ebooks, highlighting opportunities for collaboration between librarians and content aggregators. Focusing on the U.K. higher-education book market, the paper combines commentary from U.K. librarians with global data to draw attention to the complexities of managing book collections in multiple formats, focusing on:

 

  • Similarities between managing print and digital books.
  • Collection management obstacles—and opportunities—introduced by ebooks.
  • How librarians can work with content aggregators like ProQuest to simplify the management of collections comprised of content in multiple formats.

Continue reading ProQuest’s new white paper explores obstacles and opportunities in managing collections (print and electronic)

ProQuest launches free access to its databases for researchers affected by travel ban

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Kudos to ProQuest for this.

From a ProQuest press release:

No-charge access to ProQuest databases helps individuals continue their research and learning

ProQuest has launched a program to provide no-cost access to its databases for students and researchers who have been separated from their universities and libraries because of travel bans or other immigration changes. The company has an email hotline ContinueMyResearch@proquest.com where these displaced researchers can arrange for access to the materials they need to continue their work.

“ProQuest is an open and inclusive organization that takes its role in supporting research and learning very seriously,” said Kurt Sanford, ProQuest CEO. “We’re doing whatever we can to mitigate the interruptions facing our community of students and scholars around the world.” Continue reading ProQuest launches free access to its databases for researchers affected by travel ban

ProQuest acquires Alexander Street Press, leading provider of streaming video and music resources

ProQuest has just announced the acquisition of Alexander Street Press (ASP), known for high-quality curated resources with streaming media for learning and research. ASP hardly needs an introduction in the library world. The company was founded in 2000 by Stephen Rhind-Tutt (who will remain the company’s President) and has grown to over 100 employees since then, with offices in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, China, and Brazil.

ASP’s electronic resources are made available via several business models (including PDA, subscriptions, and perpetual licenses) and include: Academic Video Online (50,000 video titles), Music Online (over 8 million tracks of music, plus scores and reference works), and well over 100 primary source collections featuring 60,000 video titles.

Full press release below:

alxander streetANN ARBOR, MI, and ALEXANDRIA, VA – June 22, 2016 – Alexander Street, a leading provider of streaming videos and music as well as award-winning primary source collections to libraries around the world, has joined the ProQuest family of companies. The companies’ complementary content assets will enable libraries, faculty and students to improve research and learning outcomes.  

The acquisition brings together Alexander Street’s valuable video, music and unique primary source collections with ProQuest’s extensive aggregation of content, which encompasses nearly a billion searchable items in 20 academic disciplines as well as 270 million pages of historical primary source collections. Together, the companies will deliver an extraordinary and diverse range of content that will seamlessly connect text and video, improving contextual and serendipitous discovery.  Continue reading ProQuest acquires Alexander Street Press, leading provider of streaming video and music resources

ProQuest reimagines RefWorks, reference management service for students, faculty and librarians

RefWorksProQuest has launched its newly improved RefWorks® reference management platform, simplifying and improving research and collaboration workflows.  With full-text management and tools for collaboration, the new RefWorks  platform addresses the needs of students, faculty and librarians with an innovative feature set. Libraries that offer this service to their constituents have access to administrative controls that help their institutions respect intellectual property rights, professional support for themselves and their end-users, and analytics that provide a consistent source of information on patron and content usage. From the rest of the press release: Continue reading ProQuest reimagines RefWorks, reference management service for students, faculty and librarians

ProQuest completes digitization of rare books at Wellcome Library

Early European BooksProQuest’s Early European Books (EEB) program now includes nearly 10,000 digitized titles and more than four million pages from the Wellcome Library, the pre-eminent collection in Europe devoted to the history of medicine and related topics.

This project is part of ProQuest’s program that makes available early printed books from five major European libraries, including Danish Royal Library, the National Central Library in Florence, the National Library of the Netherlands, the National Library of France, and the Wellcome Library in London.

The rest of the press release: Continue reading ProQuest completes digitization of rare books at Wellcome Library

ProQuest Scholarly Content Now Discoverable in Google Scholar

Seamless access from Google Scholar to full text in libraries’ ProQuest collections simplifies user workflows

ANN ARBOR, MI, August 11, 2015 — 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. Continue reading ProQuest Scholarly Content Now Discoverable in Google Scholar

ProQuest launches new University Press Ebook Subscription

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 24, 2015Through 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.  

“At ProQuest we are committed to creative product development that combines our strengths in ways that benefit libraries and their users,” said Kevin Sayar, ProQuest senior vice president, Books. “In this case, we’re leveraging the breadth and quality of our partnerships along with our renowned subscription model to enable any academic library to get the best university press content in a budget-friendly way.” Continue reading ProQuest launches new University Press Ebook Subscription

ProQuest Ebook Central Enters Beta, Debuting New Features That Enhance User Productivity

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 24, 2015 — 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 â„¢ 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.

“Going live with our beta program for ProQuest Ebook Central means that we’re on the doorstep of offering librarians and researchers the complete solution they’re seeking,” said Kevin Sayar, vice president and general manager, ProQuest Books. “We’re taking a collaboration-focused approach to our launch, working closely with those who will be using the platform to ensure it fits seamlessly into their workflow. The response is very encouraging.” Continue reading ProQuest Ebook Central Enters Beta, Debuting New Features That Enhance User Productivity

ProQuest expands History Vault, three new modules

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 23, 2015 — 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.

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New Online Collection of Declassified Documents Chronicles America’s “Year of Intelligence”

ProQuest and National Security Archive team on CIA Covert Operations II,now on the ProQuest platform

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 18, 2015 — 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.

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ProQuest Completes Acquisition of Coutts Information Services and MyiLibrary

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 1, 2015 — ProQuest has completed the acquisition of Coutts Information Services and MyiLibrary from Ingram Content Group. ProQuest is beginning to integrate assets such as Coutts’ expertise in collection development, broad catalog of print and digital titles, and platforms that include not only MyiLibrary but OASIS as well. They are being added to ProQuest’s Books unit, which encompasses the widest selection of ebooks supporting research and a rapidly evolving technology framework for discovery, access and management of book content. ProQuest’s vision is to combine these collective strengths, creating an integrated workflow for print and digital content that will save librarians time and provide a superior book experience for end users.

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ProQuest to Acquire Coutts Information Services and MyiLibrary from Ingram Content Group

Libraries will gain widest selection of titles, integrated print and ebook systems, plus continued access to Ingram’s fast print fulfillment and delivery

ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 30, 2015 — ProQuest has signed an agreement to acquire Coutts Information Services from Ingram Content Group, adding Coutts’ renowned expertise in collection development, broad catalog of print and digital titles, and platforms MyiLibrary and OASIS to ProQuest’s vast selection of ebooks and innovative technology framework. The move paves the way to combine Coutts’ acquisitions strengths with ProQuest’s inventive digital tools to deliver a superior end-to-end workflow across print and electronic. Ingram will play a continuing role in print fulfillment in North America, supporting ProQuest with its extensive print inventory, fast on-demand print capabilities and delivery network. The acquisition is expected to close within weeks.

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ProQuest Acquires SIPX

ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 8, 2015 — ProQuest (through its affiliate Bowker) has acquired Palo Alto-based SIPX, creator of a unique digital course materials solution that addresses a variety of copyright and costs concerns for universities. SIPX eliminates duplicate spending on course packs (collections of assigned readings) by connecting students to materials already purchased and available to them through their university library.   Continue reading ProQuest Acquires SIPX

ProQuest and Google collaborate with full text indexing

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 24, 2015 — ProQuest will enable the full text of its scholarly journal content to be indexed in Google Scholar, improving research outcomes. Work is underway and the company anticipates that by the third-quarter of 2015, users starting their research in Google Scholar will be able to access scholarly content via ProQuest.

“At ProQuest, we design our solutions for ease of access for our end-users and customers. That often means teaming with other providers of research tools to make our solutions more valuable and compatible,” said Kurt Sanford, ProQuest CEO. “Our relationship with Google is the latest example of actions we’re taking to make it simple for researchers to access content in their libraries no matter where they start their research.” Continue reading ProQuest and Google collaborate with full text indexing

Bibliografía de la Literatura Española now available on ProQuest

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (February 25, 2015) — ProQuest is improving research outcomes for scholars of Spanish literature by amping the power of the classic Bibliografía de la Literatura Española (BLE). The resource is now available on the ProQuest® platform, enabling users to apply content tools and cross-search with their library’s larger ProQuest collection, including PRISMA, for a smoother, faster workflow. Continue reading Bibliografía de la Literatura Española now available on ProQuest

ProQuest continues collaboration with YBP

ANN ARBOR, Mich., February 20, 2015 ProQuest will continue its longstanding relationship with YBP, enabling libraries to purchase its selection of more than 730,000 ebooks through the GOBI platform. ProQuest titles will continue to be offered through all available purchase models, including Perpetual Archive, Short-Term Loans, Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) and Extended Access. Customer contracts with ProQuest will be unaffected by the recent change in YBP’s ownership and account contacts will remain the same as before. Continue reading ProQuest continues collaboration with YBP

ProQuest releases rare, historical works from Bibliothèque nationale de France

ANN ARBOR, Mich., February 12, 2015 — Researchers can now explore early European history and culture as it happened with ProQuest’s release of the first 2 million pages in its massive digitization project with Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) in Paris. When complete, the project will give researchers cover to cover access to more than 28,000 rare European books printed from 1400 to 1700 — 10 million pages — in crisp, fully searchable images. Approximately 5,800 titles are now available in Collections 4 and 6 of ProQuest’s Early European Books, enabling researchers around the world to benefit from the Library’s centuries of acquisition, curation and preservation.

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