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The UKSG Annual Conference and Exhibition 2014 held April 14-16 at the Harrogate International Centre was a huge success. Some of the highlights:

-- The ProQuest Reception with “Lightning Talks” featured such themes:

•    How flexible models enhance ebook acquisition strategies
•    Maximizing the benefits of the transition from print to electronic
•    Supporting teaching and research outcomes with access to valuable digitized content
•    Improving research outcomes – interactive and collaborative tools for researchers
•    Showcase the value of your library – Brand new Intota Assessment and Intota

-- ProQuest was in the spotlight in the Research Information magazine, which was distributed at the conference as well; check out this article to review the ebooks use trends study conducted by Michael Levine-Clark and ebrary/EBL, or learn more about ProQuest’s involvement in the Access to Research project as well as the recent Ex-Libris integration. Kari Paulson, ProQuest Vice President and General Manager, Ebooks was also interviewed, and finally check out the new LibCentral acquisitions and administration platform that EBL unveiled.

-- Damyanti Patel from Jisc and Phill Hall from ProQuest discussed how ProQuest workflow solutions can work with KB+ in a presentation on the 14th and 15th.

-- On the 15th, Kari Paulson and Jane Burke both from ProQuest presented an update on the EBL & ebrary integration project during a Lunch & Learn session. They hosted a lively discussion on current and emerging trends in ebook acquisitions, and gave a demonstration of the first major launch in the new integrated ebook platform: EBL’s LibCentral acquisitions and administration platform.

-- The conference wrapped with Summon Camp on the 16th, a customer-driven user group meeting which was engaging and informative as usual.

If you missed this great conference, don’t worry, a lot of the materials are posted on UKSG’s Slideshare, YouTube, and the UKSGlive blog. The next UKSG will take place in Glasgow, March 30 – April 1, 2015.

It’s exciting to anticipate what new trends and technologies will be featured next year!

30 Apr 2014

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