The Ann Arbor information and database publisher ProQuest said Thursday it is streamlining librarian workflows by automating holdings updates for its e-books businesses, Ebrary and EBL Ebook Library in the knowledgebase supporting the Summon service as well as its 360 discovery and management services.
ProQuest is streamlining research by enabling Ebrary and ProQuest content to be discovered within a single search. Now, researchers can surface e-books side-by-side with relevant reports, videos, journal and newspaper articles and more in one step.
The Ann Arbor database company ProQuest and Dublin, Ohio-based Online Computer Library Center Inc. are launching a far-reaching data exchange program that will enhance the library discovery experience for users of OCLC’s WorldCat Local service, ProQuest’s Summon service, the full-text of ProQuest Central and ebrary e-books.
When The Annual Register debuted in 1758, libraries were still scarce around the world and protective of their holdings, which were often chained to desks as a safeguard. During the ensuing 254 years, the chains were broken; libraries evolved even further by pushing content outside their walls, providing patrons with around-the-clock remote access via computers. That “liberation” continues as the 253rd edition of The Annual Register, one of libraries’ most trusted references, makes its debut as an e-book via ProQuest business unit Ebrary.
Just over five months after acquiring e-book innovator Ebrary, Ann Arbor-based ProQuest launched technology that will link the companies’ search platforms, enabling users to discover e-books in the context of their libraries’ ProQuest content and use tools from both environments.
As its content-unifying new search platform rolls out to libraries around the world, Ann Arbor-based ProQuest has acquired acclaimed e-book pioneer Ebrary, setting the stage for significant acceleration of the process of serious research.