September 22, 2014

Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

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In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources.

Serials Solutions Launches Collection Analytics Tool Intota Assessment

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ProQuest subsidiary Serials Solutions launched Intota Assessment, a collection analytics service designed to give libraries a holistic view of their serial and monograph holdings in both print and electronic formats, facilitating a comprehensive, data-driven approach to collection management. Intota Assessment is the first launch of the Intota cloud-library services platform (LSP).

Nielsen To Acquire Bowker Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions

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ProQuest affiliate R.R. Bowker, a bibliographic information provider, today signed a definitive agreement to sell its Bowker Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions products to global information company Nielsen.

OCLC WorldCat Knowledge Base Supports Demand Driven Acquisition

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OCLC has begun supporting demand-driven acquisition (DDA) through the WorldCat Knowledge Base. DDA pioneer and ProQuest subsidiary EBL will be the first ebook service to provide data, with sister company ebrary to follow soon. Interest in DDA is well established, but there are still challenges facing adopters of these programs.

OCLC, ProQuest Collaborate to Enhance Discovery

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ProQuest and OCLC have announced the launch of a data exchange program that will share metadata across OCLC’s Worldcat Local, ProQuest’s Summon service, and the full text of ProQuest Central and ebrary e-books, enriching discoverability for users of each of these services.

ProQuest Acquires EBL, Will Merge with Ebrary

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ProQuest on January 18 signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ebook Library (EBL), the companies announced today. They plan to merge EBLs platform with ebrary, which ProQuest acquired in January 2011. In a statement to the press, ProQuest CEO Kurt Sanford said that the company viewed EBL’s business models and acquisition tools as complementary to ebrary’s core platform technology, subscription service, and content selection.

Safari Books Online Seeks to Simplify Tech Collections

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Begun back in 2001 by O’Reilly Media and Pearson Education, Safari Books Online was something of a pioneer. It now contains some 25,000 ebook and video titles from more than 75 publishers, with new publishers added regularly. Its main strength is its specificity: rather than try to cover every possible subject, Safari Books Online concentrates largely on technology, business, and especially programming, on a subscription basis.

ProQuest Launches Graduate Education Program For Library Schools

ProQuest has announced the launch of Graduate Education Program (GEP), a new service that combines several of its popular development programs for library schools into a single resource. GEP includes programs from ProQuest and business units such as Dialog, and offers a single point of access to teaching tools, training and development opportunities, and awards and internships within a free social networking site called “Discover More Corps.”