ProQuest Books Delivers More Content and Technology Innovation
New subscriptions, publisher partnerships, inventive acquisition models and platform improvements
help libraries support user research
ProQuest continues to enrich its book offerings with new print and ebook titles and with advancements that simplify access to content. In addition to launching its innovative Access-to-Own acquisition model on the Ebook Central® platform, the company has debuted new ebook subscriptions, an online ebook catalog and expanded acquisition options for both print and electronic titles on the OASIS® platform – all designed to improve librarian workflows.
“At ProQuest, we’re enabling better research outcomes for users and facilitating greater efficiency for the libraries and organizations that serve them,” said Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President and General Manager, ProQuest Books. “The new content for libraries and their users — paired with the technology improvements that make acquiring and accessing this content easier — are great examples of how we’re making that happen in 2016.”
In the past few months, ProQuest has launched new ebook subscriptions from renowned publishers that enable libraries to build targeted, valuable collections. Its University Press Subscription offers nearly 24,000 titles of premium content from more than 193 publishers, including Harvard University Press, Catholic University of America Press and Johns Hopkins University Press. Reference Ebook Subscriptions increase access to high-demand reference content by combining more than 500 reference-only ebooks, handbooks, encyclopedias, manuals, guides and dictionaries, many of which are available in subscription for the very first time.
ProQuest has also added titles to its flagship ebook subscription offerings, including over 3,000 to Academic Complete. These new titles include 18 Choice Outstanding Academic Titles and nearly 1,000 ebooks from Wiley. More than 1,000 titles were added to College Complete, over 800 to Public Library Complete and 30 to Schools & Educators Complete. These collections are curated by ProQuest’s on-staff librarians with a quality-over-quantity approach to ensure usage of all titles.
To help libraries using ebook content to reclaim shelf space, ProQuest is making ebooks from more than 110 publishers available for half price if the library already owns the same book in print. Reference titles from a growing roster of publishers, including Sage, IGI and Princeton University Press, are also available at a 15 percent discount.
To further streamline ebook acquisition and access, ProQuest launched Ebook Central Preview, an online catalog that allows librarians and end users to search more than 850,000 authoritative titles from leading publishers, as well as a wide selection of focused or multidisciplinary pre-packaged ebook collections. Through Preview, users can easily download a complete list of titles in any of ProQuest’s subscription products or view them in LibCentral Preview. Content can also be filtered and displayed in lists of recently added titles by subject, featured titles and promotions and by publisher.
OASIS, ProQuest’s free web-based system for searching, selecting, and ordering print and electronic books, has new enhancements to its acquisition platform that improve the user experience and streamline book acquisition workflows. Improvements include faster ebook order processing, better user interfaces and an integration of OASIS with Alma via API to facilitate faster transfer of order information and processing. Oxford’s UPSO, Wiley and IGI Global will soon offer their ebook platforms through OASIS, and discussions are underway with additional publishers to do the same, which will offer more ebook platform options to libraries.