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"It can be challenging for public libraries to maintain a print collection of the latest technical books in a wide enough range of topics to accommodate customer needs," said Todd Fegan, vice president of publishing for ProQuest.  "One ProQuest public library advisory board member referred to her IT collection as a 'black hole' because they can't keep up with the changing technologies and the cost of constantly getting new print books. ProQuest listened and worked with Safari Books Online to develop a solution that specifically addresses this issue."

With Safari Select, public library patrons can search for and find online answers to the most routine or complex technology questions in hot subject areas such as computing, desktop applications, digital photography, home entertainment, the Internet, Windows, Macs and PCs.  Safari Select will continuously evolve, adding about 100 titles annually that keep libraries up to date on the latest technology developments.

Safari Select includes the bestselling authors, titles, and series that patrons know and ask for by name, including these leading series:

  • For Dummies
  • David Pogue's Missing Manuals
  • Visual QuickStart Guides
  • Microsoft Press Step by Step
  • Head First and Hacks from O'Reilly Media
  • Scott Kelby's Digital Photography books
  • Classroom in a Book from Adobe Press
  • QUE's Absolute Beginner's Guides

Safari Select contains best-selling titles from the world's top IT publishers, who together represent more than 80% of all computer book sales in the U.S., including O'Reilly Media, John Wiley & Sons, Microsoft Press, and imprints from Pearson Technology Group such as Peachpit Press, Addison-Wesley, Prentice Hall, Sams Publishing and, QUE. 

"We've selected bestselling titles from our 5,000 plus title library that make the computer and popular technology more worthwhile in the everyday lives of customers from 8 to 80 years old. Whether you're learning to use Windows Vista or Office 2007 for the first time, send digital photographs to grandma,  book a trip online, master a new videogame, or just put your self on MySpace or Facebook, you'll find how to do it easily and quickly on Safari Select," said Mike Violano, VP Reseller Management at Safari Books Online.

Safari Select is now available to public libraries everywhere. For more information about Safari Select or any ProQuest product visit

About ProQuest
ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that propel successful research, discovery, and lifelong learning. A global leader in serving libraries of all types, ProQuest offers the expertise of such respected brands as Chadwyck-Healey™, UMI®, SIRS®, and eLibrary®. With Serials Solutions®, Ulrich's™, RefWorks®, COS™, Dialog® and now Bowker® part of the ProQuest brand family, the company supports the breadth of the information community with innovative discovery solutions that power the business of books and the best in research experience.

More than a content provider or aggregator, ProQuest is an information partner, creating indispensable research solutions that connect people and information. Through innovative, user-centered discovery technology, ProQuest offers billions of pages of global content that includes historical newspapers, dissertations, and uniquely relevant resources for researchers of any age and sophistication—including content not likely to be digitized by others. Inspired by its customers and their end users, ProQuest is working toward a future that blends information accessibility with community to further enhance learning and encourage lifelong enrichment.

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22 April 2008

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