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Article Linker subscribers take advantage of free enhancement from Serials Solutions

Serials Solutions announced the release and immediate, widespread adoption of Google Scholar as an OpenURL-enabled source for Article Linker, the industry’s leading hosted link resolver. Working in close collaboration with the Google Scholar team, Article Linker has enabled more than 100 libraries to link from Google Scholar to full-text content within their collection.

"Google Scholar offers a collection of full-text and non-full-text citations, with a focus on scholarly content," said J.R. Jenkins, MLIS, product manager for Article Linker at Serials Solutions. "Article Linker is the bridge that leads patrons from citations in Google Scholar to full text within the library’s collection. It plays a critical role introducing patrons to the full depth, breadth and richness of their library’s collection."

Susan MacArthur, Electronic Resources Librarian of Bates College, one of the participants in the original pilot project, said that Article Linker’s new enhancement "definitely adds value to Google Scholar. Using the links can certainly help students discover and make use of the quality resources we have already chosen for our collection…and that is very important."

As part of the collaboration with Google, Serials Solutions built proprietary activation and data transfer tools to streamline the process and ensure quality linking. Libraries can activate linking from Google Scholar with just a few mouse clicks in Serials Solutions’ Client Center. A customized XML file, designed and developed by Google and Serials Solutions, enables Google to highlight links if the full-text is known to be in the library’s collection. The creation and on-going maintenance of the XML files is handled by Serials Solutions so that Article Linker subscribers incur no additional work or cost.

"Our goal is to keep Article Linker at the forefront of OpenURL linking technology," said Steve McCracken, vice president of Serials Solutions. "This collaboration shows our commitment to lead the way in applying OpenURL technology for the benefit of librarians and their patrons, while shielding our subscribers from the burden of complex local configuration projects."

About Serials Solutions:

Serials Solutions, part of ProQuest Information and Learning, provides complete e-journal access services to over 1300 libraries worldwide. Founded by a librarian for librarians, Serials Solutions helps librarians and patrons find and use electronic content through its Access & Management Suite, Full MARC Records service for e-journals, Article Linker™ - Serials Solutions’ comprehensive OpenURL link resolver, and Central Search - a powerful federated search engine. 

ProQuest Information and Learning

ProQuest Information and Learning is a world leader in collecting, organizing, and publishing information worldwide for researchers, faculty, and students in libraries and schools. Known widely for its strength in business and economics, general reference, humanities, social sciences, and STM content, the company develops premium databases comprising periodicals, newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books, and other scholarly information from more than 8,500 publishers worldwide. Users access the information through the ProQuest® Web-based online information system, Chadwyck- Healey™ electronic and microform resources, UMI® microform and print reference products, eLibrary® and SIRS® educational resources, and XanEdu® online faculty and student resources. For more information about ProQuest Information and Learning, visit

ProQuest Information and Learning is a business unit of ProQuest Company, which was recently named one of the top 100 fastest growing technology companies in the United States by Business 2.0.

ProQuest Company (NYSE: PQE) is based in Ann Arbor, Mich., and is a leading publisher of information solutions for the education, automotive and power equipment markets. We provide products and services to our customers through two business segments: Information and Learning and Business Solutions. Through our Information and Learning segment, which primarily serves the education market, we collect, organize and publish content from a wide range of sources including newspapers, periodicals and books. Our Business Solutions segment is primarily engaged in the delivery in electronic form of comprehensive parts and service information to the automotive and power equipment markets.

17 May 2005

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