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Seattle, Wash. – June 20, 2011 – Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest LLC, today announced an agreement with Bridgeman Education to enable discovery of Bridgeman’s vast visual arts collection from the Summon™ service. Bridgeman’s digital art collection provides a central source of fine art images for users and features content from more than 8,000 collections and more than 29,000 artists, representing a diverse archive of images from international museums, galleries and artists.
“Ensuring that our vast collection of visual and artistic materials is easily discovered and accessible for every user is one of our top priorities,” said Pandora Mather-Lees, managing director of sales at Bridgeman Art Library. “We are pleased that our content is now available for researchers across the world through the Summon service, which has delivered proven value to libraries everywhere.”
Many researchers rely on Bridgeman Education to provide the most accurate and relevant visual materials and references for their projects. With the Summon™ service, researchers will be able to easily discover imagery from the Bridgeman collection such as fine art, cultural and historical images spanning every subject, concept, style and medium. Bridgeman Education represents thousands of image suppliers including: artists, museums, galleries, libraries, institutions, universities, stately homes, auctioneers, photographers, picture libraries and private collections.
“As our long list of library customers continues to grow, so does the demand for a wider variety of content required for each of the libraries’ specific users,” said Mike Buschman, director of product management for the Summon™ service at Serials Solutions. “Whether a library caters to scientific researchers, medical researchers, artistic researchers and everything in between, they know their users need relevant information that is easily discoverable via the Summon service. We are proud to offer the most comprehensive discovery service available today.”
The agreement with Bridgeman Education is the latest content announcement from Serials Solutions. More than 250 libraries worldwide subscribe to the Summon™ service because it provides a clear starting point for research, and consistently demonstrates a substantial increase in usage of library materials. Currently, the Summon™ service allows researchers to search the full text of content from more than 7,000 providers and contains more than 750 million records.
Bridgeman Education is a division of The Bridgeman Art Library, which was founded in 1972. Bridgeman Education is a subscription image database which was created for teachers and students to allow them access to high-quality, copyright-cleared images for teaching and study. The Bridgeman Art Library works with museums, art galleries and artists to make the best art available for this resource as well as commercial reproduction. The result is an outstanding archive of images drawn from collections throughout the world, all of which are available for licensing. For more information, please visit: www.bridgemaneducation.com
Serials Solutions® is the global leader in essential discovery and e-resource management solutions which are powered by a comprehensive knowledgebase. Its popular suite of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions helps improve access to and use of collections, eases librarian workloads, and ultimately reduces operating costs. Solutions include: the world-class Summon™ web-scale discovery service, providing instant access to the full breadth of the library’s collection through a single search; the AquaBrowser® discovery layer, making navigation more accessible; 360, the only integrated e-resource access and management solution; KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase and foundation for Serials Solutions 360; and Ulrich’s™, the world’s most authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information for serials and the most comprehensive source of print and electronic serials data available. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Serials Solutions is a member of the ProQuest® family of companies.