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Acclaimed publishers join expanding ranks of content providers embracing Summon™ web-scale discovery

The expansive, authoritative content from Wiley-Blackwell and Royal Society of Chemistry are the latest additions to the Summon™ web-scale discovery service from Serials Solutions. Their publications join those from 6,000 content providers that represent the most prestigious brands in academia, including ProQuest, Gale, Ingram Digital, LexisNexis®, IngentaConnect™, ThomsonReuters ISI Web of Science®, ABC-CLIO, Springer, Taylor& Francis, MLA, SAGE, and thousands of others. Nearly 100,000 journals—covered at the article level, with most of them full-text searchable–-are integrated with books, videos, DVDs, and every format in between in Summon™ service’s single search box. The service enables library users to explore the breadth of the library, just as simply as they explore the Open Web. 

Wiley-Blackwell is the world’s largest publisher for professional and scholarly societies and is best known for its scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals that support global research, hosted on Wiley InterScience. The U.K.-based Royal Society of Chemistry houses one of the largest and most dynamic publishers of chemical science information in the world, with content that dates from 1841. The Summon™ service will index all journals from both providers, using its rapid multi-threaded ingest process. 

Introduced just a year ago and adopted by academic libraries worldwide, the Summon™ service has driven a sea change in content discovery by providing single search box access to the breadth of the library collection. Older services have repurposed their existing technology in the attempt to mimic the Summon™ instant search, accomplished by Serials Solutions by building new, web-scale technology architecture from the ground up. This architecture can handle massive amounts of content types and sources, along with heavy usage, reliably and with speed. In fact, recent tests proved that the Summon™ service’s remarkably fast response times will meet the expectations of users who have grown accustomed to the pace of services from consumer companies such as Amazon and Google. 

Pronounced by Online magazine as having “the potential to change how end users perceive the searching of library materials,” the Summon™ service can transform a library’s search experience in a proven, six-week set-up. The service provides simplicity and portability (with a new mobile interface) for users and exposes the breadth of the library’s content, allowing more resources to be discovered – a boon for libraries, who want to get more from collection investments, and publishers, who want to drive greater usage.

About Serials Solutions

Founded by a librarian for librarians in 2000, Serials Solutions is the global leader in E-Resource Access and Management Services (ERAMS) that serves more than 2,000 libraries of all sizes and types. Serials Solutions® KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase, is the foundation for Serials Solutions® 360, the only complete and integrated e-resource access and management solution. Serials Solutions recently introduced the Summon™ web-scale discovery service, a revolutionary tool that provides instant access to the full breadth of the library’s collection through a single search.

Serials Solutions also is the exclusive source for™ and Ulrich’s Serials Analysis System™ worldwide, and represents the AquaBrowser® Discovery Layer in the academic market in North America and Australia. The WebFeat® federated search service is also part of the Serials Solutions family of access and discovery services.

Serials Solutions provides fast implementation, easy customization, and outstanding value to libraries throughout the world.

Serials Solutions is a business unit of ProQuest LLC.

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 CSA™, UMI®, Chadwyck-Healey™, 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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15 January 2010

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