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The Charleston Annual Conference wrapped up a few weeks ago and ProQuest is thrilled to have participated in the event. It was a wonderful opportunity to communicate with our peers who share our passion about information. Ashley Bass, Product Manager, Serials Solutions, ProQuest, attended the conference and was part of the panel presentation, Uncork Your Licenses! How ONIX-PL Can Help License Data Flow. Representing ProQuest, Ashley’s goal was to bring to the conversation the perspective of how a company that provides a critical distribution path for content and information can leverage standards to deliver value to the library and help libraries succeed. Here is an overview of what Ashley presented at Charleston.
The ecosystem that connects libraries with their users and users with valuable content is increasingly complex. Ultimately, libraries must manage and make discoverable a vast number of resources in order to meet their goals. Serials Solutions and ProQuest and industry standards all play critical roles in this end-to-end supply chain. One example of effective standard utilization is 360 Counter, which successfully leverages the Project COUNTER standard (http://projectcounter.org/) to address challenges with the end to end workflow of gathering, analyzing and reporting on electronic resource usage. With the COUNTER standard as an underlying framework, 360 Counter is heavily used in libraries today to save libraries time by aggregating vast amounts of critical data in one platform so that they can be used for reporting and decision making.
Industry standards often provide an opportunity to streamline the critical path of information from one “place” to another or from one user to another, via technology. At Serials Solutions, our role in the ecosystem is to aggregate vast amounts of data from many different content providers in order to support more efficient e-resource management workflows. This efficient management also increases data-driven decision making and discovery across the breadth of the library’s content. Publishers, content providers and libraries often realize their greatest value with the help of 3rd party partner library technologies and the better use we can make of standards as a way to transfer and provide framework for data and information, the more successful all parties involved will be.