October 20, 2014

Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

Michigan State SearchPlus logo

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.

Library Journal and ALISE Partner on Excellence in Teaching Award

The editors of Library Journal and the leadership of ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) are proud to announce a partnership to create the new LJ/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award. The new award, sponsored by ProQuest, will be given annually to the top LIS educator of an ALISE-member program or an ALA-accredited master’s program.

ProQuest Launches Free Version of Flow, a Cloud-Based Document Management Platform

ProQuest Launches Free Version of Flow, a Cloud-Based Document Management Platform

A version of Flow— ProQuest ‘s cloud-based collaboration and document management tool—is now available for free to researchers, including those affiliated with non-subscribing institutions. Launched in mid-2013 as an alternative to Mendeley and Zotero, the platform helps researchers discover, store, and organize academic articles, citations, and metadata downloaded from electronic databases, and collaborate with other researchers in a cloud-based environment.

Supporting Data-Driven Academic Library Collections and Services: Q&A with ProQuest’s Mark Tullos

Mark Tullos

LJ, in cooperation with ER & L (Electronic Resources & Libraries), is presenting a series of three free webcasts focusing on best practices for Data-Driven Academic Libraries. ProQuest is the presenting sponsor of the series, and LJ reached out to Mark Tullos, ProQuest’s Director of Product Management, as well as a credentialed librarian, for a vendor perspective on this essential best practice.

Serials Solutions Launches Collection Analytics Tool Intota Assessment

Serials Solutions Launches Collection Analytics Tool Intota Assessment

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

Nielsen To Acquire Bowker Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions

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

OCLC WorldCat Knowledge Base Supports Demand Driven Acquisition

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

OCLC, ProQuest Collaborate to Enhance Discovery

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

ProQuest Acquires EBL, Will Merge with Ebrary

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.

Next Gen OCR Project Reaches Back into Early English History (and Databases)

Next Gen OCR Project Reaches Back into Early English History (and Databases)

The eMOP project led by Texas A&M will use page images from ProQuest’s Early English Books Online and Early European Books, Gale Cengage’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online, and other sources to create a database of early typefaces used in English books and documents, and then train optical character recognition (OCR) software to read these documents.