Earlier this week, ProQuest announced a partnership with OCLC to automate ebook collection management. Today, they expand that announcement to include Summon and 360. The project is currently in beta testing. More from the press release below:
ANN ARBOR, MI — November 7, 2013 — ProQuest is streamlining librarian workflows by automating holdings updates for its ebooks businesses, ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library in the knowledgebase supporting the Summon® service as well as its 360 discovery and management services. The process, which is currently in beta testing, eliminates the need for librarians to manually load records and set holdings. Data that supports Demand-Driven Acquisition models will be automatically updated, making it simple for libraries to improve “just in time” collection development strategies.
“We are consistently looking for ways to simplify librarians’ tasks by integrating within ProQuest and with other organizations,” said Kevin Sayar, ProQuest Senior Vice President, Workflow Solutions. “This initiative has a dual benefit: it relieves the burden for librarians to maintain holdings and also enables more efficient marketing of collections by shortening the time between title availability and its discoverability. It’s an important step in achieving the ultimate goal of completely seamless holdings management and future services such as Intota will expand on this concept, delivering even more value.”
In addition to titles acquired through ebrary subscription and both businesses’ perpetual archive models, ebrary® and EBL® demand-driven titles will be automatically updated, simplifying access to ebooks within the Summon service, the most popular discovery layer in ARLs. The Summon service has a track record of innovative collaborations that enable rich, precise discovery of library collections. The service is the first and only service to work directly with publishers to build a single, unified index for delivery of fast, unbiased search results.
Optimization of ebook processes is also occurring on another front at ProQuest as it creates a single, unparalleled ebook solution encompassing both ebrary and EBL. Leveraging ebrary’s and EBL’s 24 years of combined experience helping libraries, publishers and researchers around the globe, the new solution will offer robust content selection, paired with the most flexible and innovative acquisition models. Libraries will have many options, making the best use of their budgets while effectively serving users.
Used by more than 700 libraries in more than 40 countries, the Summon service is the first and only discovery service based on a unified index of content, leveraging its unique match-and-merge technology to combine full text and rich metadata from multiple sources to ultimately make items more discoverable. In just three years, the Summon unified index has grown from 200 million items to more than one billion items — with the vast majority of article and book content full-text searchable. Proven to increase usage of library resources, the Summon service consistently meets user expectations by delivering innovative new features for enhancing discovery.
About ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library
ProQuest empowers researchers and librarians with solutions that make ebooks easier to discover, lend, acquire and use. Its two pioneering companies – ebrary and EBL-EBook Library – enable works from the world’s most authoritative publishers to be accessed electronically via libraries and delivered to users where they are.
More than 450,000 works that uniquely serve the research needs of students, scholars, business and industry professionals and other information seekers are available through the platforms renowned for flexibility and innovation. ebrary and EBL are currently being integrated, creating an ebook solution that leverages the companies’ 24 years of combined experience in helping libraries build collections that maximize and provide superior service to their users.
About ProQuest (www.proquest.com)
ProQuest 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®, ebrary®, EBL® and Serials Solutions® businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon® discovery service, the RefWorks® Flow™ collaboration platform, the Pivot™ research development tool and the Intota™ library services platform. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.