Eric Hellman has a really nice article describing why ProQuest bought ebrary. It’s available on his blog, Go To Hellman, but here is an excerpt:
“Take a look at the New York Times homepage. Then take a look at CNN.com or MSNBC. How do you tell which website belongs to a newspaper and which ones belong to a television network? All of them have video. All of them have text. All of them have blogs and forums. As media moves onto the internet, the boundaries between old media genres begin to blur, and new forms emerge, optimized for the purposes they’re being used for.
Just as delivery of news is being transformed by the Internet, the needs of students, researchers, and scholars are driving a similar boundary-blurring transformation in libraries. It’s also driving a transformation in the companies that serve the library industry.
Marty Kahn, President of ProQuest, used the Times-CNN analogy to explain to me why his company had acquired ebrary, a leader in providing ebooks to academic, corporate, and other libraries. It no longer makes sense for a company to specialize in only journal articles, databases, or eBooks if it wants to be able to provide coherent and evolving solutions.”
January 11, 2011 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) – ProQuest will digitize more than 30,000 rare early books from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), the National Library of the Netherlands, capturing every volume in high-resolution color scans. This is the third major European national library to participate in ProQuest’s Early European Books project after the Danish Royal Library, Copenhagen and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze in Italy. As with the agreements in Denmark and Italy, the material will be free to access in the host country. Continue reading
Great news for reference discoverability, Credo Reference will soon be available on ProQuest’s Summon discovery service. From the press release:
With this new agreement, the Summon™ service will now include results from Credo’s reference content—together with Credo Topic Pages—providing the overview and background information that researchers need when beginning to explore a new topic. Continue reading
January 6, 2011 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – As its content-unifying new search platform rolls out to libraries around the world, ProQuest has acquired acclaimed e-book pioneer ebrary, setting the stage for significant acceleration of the process of serious research. The agreement will marry both companies’ inventive, user-centric technologies and add a growing pool of a quarter-million e-books to ProQuest’s monumental content offerings. The combined collection will enable users to search seamlessly across multiple formats – books, journals, dissertations, newspapers, video, and more – and across eight centuries of the world’s knowledge. Continue reading
From an OCLC Press Release: In addition to the 200 million records contributed by OCLC member libraries worldwide, 500 million items from leading publishers, aggregators and mass digitization efforts are also now accessible through WorldCat Local.
OCLC has recently added content to WorldCat Local from EBSCO; Gale, part of Cengage Learning; Modern Language Association; ProQuest and the U.S. Department of Energy. There are now more than 400 million articles, 170 million books, 10 million eBooks and 1,100 databases accessible through the WorldCat Local service.
Additional agreements have been signed with ABC-CLIO, American Psychological Association, Association for Computing Machinery, BioMed Central, BioOne, Cambridge University Press, Emerald, IGI Global, Sabinet, Sage, Taylor & Francis and World Bank Publications. Continue reading
From a press release: Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest LLC, announced today a pilot project that will allow students and researchers at institutions subscribing to the Summon™ web-scale discovery service to automatically find their library’s Summon™ service search box when they use JSTOR. In addition to the content available on JSTOR, users will be able to easily continue to search the breadth of their particular library’s collection for additional materials, enabling faster, simpler research. The collaboration furthers the Summon™ service’s mission to make library content easier to discover by researchers and students.
With more than 1,300 scholarly journals and more than 1 million images, letters and other primary sources, JSTOR is one of the world’s most trusted sources for academic content, serving nearly 7,000 institutions in 159 countries. With this pilot, JSTOR users from institutions subscribing to the Summon™ service will be recognized through IP authentication, prompting the appearance of their institutions’ Summon™ search box on JSTOR. That will allow them to run a search across the other resources available at their institution’s library, providing an uninterrupted and accelerated research process.
The pilot will involve a small number of institutions and will run through June, 2011. The goal is to make the service available to all Summon subscribing libraries thereafter.
From a Bowker Press Release -
Bowker and AAP Will Host Webinar on Consumer Book Buying
“The Big Picture” Will Highlight 2009 Consumer Demographics and Behavior
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ–(Marketwire – September 22, 2009) – Who is today’s book consumer, where are they shopping and how successful are we at reaching them will be the subject of a forthcoming hour-long webinar for industry professionals, a first-of-its-kind sneak peek into book buying trends for the first half of 2009. Set for Thursday, October 22, from 2:00 p.m – 3 pm EDT, the webinar will be co-hosted by Bowker and the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Continue reading