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Program provides no cost, simplified access to digital textbooks from more than 60 publishers to first year students

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, February 12, 2017 – A ground-breaking collaboration between Western Sydney University and ProQuest provides digital textbooks for commencing university students through the University’s library, reducing the cost of education to students and increasing access to required learning materials.

One of the world's largest initiatives of its kind, Western Sydney University is differentiating itself from other universities by making etextbooks from 60 academic publishers available to students via Ebook Central, ProQuest’s innovative new ebook platform.

Working with ProQuest simplifies the provision of etextbooks to this large set of students and faculty. ProQuest manages connections with publishers to curate needed textbooks, managing rights and licenses. Delivery through Ebook Central provides a simple, modern user experience for students and faculty. The etextbooks can be used online or they can be downloaded onto the students' preferred devices, including smartphones and tablets.

Committed to improving learning outcomes for all students, Western Sydney University’s model removes a significant financial barrier to educational materials. “We put our students at the heart of everything we do here at Western Sydney University. Our students told us that purchasing the textbooks they needed was one of the bigger financial hurdles to studying, so we’re helping in a practical way,” said Angelo Kourtis, Western Sydney University’s Vice-President, People and Advancement.

“ProQuest is committed to partnering in creative ways for our customers to support the broader goals of their institutions. In this case, it’s a very real impact on student outcomes and accessibility to education,” said Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President and General Manager, ProQuest Books. “By curating the textbook content, simplifying access for students and enabling the connections between the library and publishers, ProQuest is helping to build the foundation for extraordinary achievements.”

About ProQuest (http://www.proquest.com)

ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company’s products are a gateway to the world’s knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information.

The company's cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students and researchers through the ProQuest®, Alexander Street™, Bowker®, Dialog®, Ex Libris® and SIPX® businesses – and notable research tools such as the RefWorks® citation and reference management platform, the Pivot® research development tool and the Ebook Central®, ebrary®, EBL™ and MyiLibrary® ebook platforms. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.

12 February 2017


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