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The ProQuest Summer of Service has wrapped up its fifth year since the volunteer initiative launched in 2009 as a response to the American Library Association’s national “Summer of Service”. The ProQuest Library Volunteer program, sustained and run entirely by employees has continued to grow each year, making this year the most successful to date. A total of 91 employees dedicated over 600 hours combined by hosting 21 projects to help at 10 different organizations.
Stanley Bowling is an example of how dedicated ProQuest employees are all year round, with 88 total hours of service and 2460 images scanned throughout his volunteer efforts at the Chelsea District library. Alone, Stanley digitized more than 25% of the Ralph Guenther Photographic Collection, which spans 1950-2000. His work helped the CDL provide online access to local history collections that tell the stories of Chelsea. Other volunteers also donated their time to the CDL by helping at their annual “Dig Into Reading” Summer Reading Program Kick Off Event.
The Library Volunteer Program again collected donations for the Community Action Network (CAN) and the Perry Nursery School, which are education-related organizations serving low income children in Ann Arbor. This year they were able to collect and donate 64 backpacks, 15 calculators, 6 PCs and monitors, over 200 notebooks, 500 pens and pencils, crayons, books, puzzles and other craft supplies.
“ProQuest's contribution over the summer helped ensure that every CAN child was able to select a new backpack filled with school supplies. Having the right tools to begin school is the first step to a successful school year. Thank you, ProQuest, for making this possible!” commented Derrick Miller,
The outreach of the ProQuest Library Volunteers extends beyond the communities in the Ann Arbor area. Becky Beville, ProQuest Editor, was inspired by the impact that the Summer of Service has had in the local libraries and she decided to organize her very own summer of service in Safety Harbor, FL. The program has also spread to New Jersey, where ProQuest employees volunteered to help weed the collection at the Berkeley Heights Public Library.
ProQuest has a history of advocacy in support of libraries and its local communities around the world. The company encourages community give-back by enabling every employee to spend two full, paid days per year at the volunteer program of their choice.
n 2009, a team of volunteers at ProQuest responded to the American Library Association’s national call for a “Summer of Service” with a volunteer program to support local libraries.
ProQuest has been involved in the Summer of Service program since 2009, by organizing events from June through September each year. The program, prompted by the Executive Director of the American Library Association as a nationwide call to service, has been carried out locally by a passionate team of ProQuest employees, through the ProQuest Library Volunteer Program.