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We hope you had as much fun as we did at the ACRL 2015 Conference recently held in Portland. One of our most exciting highlights was hosting a special lunch that discussed Digital Migration and E-Collection Services from ProQuest.
Some highlights of this event included:
>> Kevin Stehr from ProQuest shared how proud we are to host such an event, given the tremendous need and interest in digital migration. We have been digitizing content for 77 years and the interest in our services has significantly increased over the last couple of years. In the last year alone, we have digitized 12 million pages of content – all of which is discoverable and accessible to users. Read more here.
>> Stehr also touched on how our program plays a critical part of our overall portfolio. We are seeing considerable interest in the Digital Archiving and Access Program and the Video Preservation and Discovery Service from ProQuest. For instance, one university will be partnering with us to convert 100 hours of historical video into transcription, an exciting project!
Presenting at this event were two speakers from different corners of the library world, but with the same goal of disseminating research to the widest possible audience:
• First was Audrey DeFrank, Associate Professor of Library Science and Associate Dean of Libraries at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She shared that her migration project was driven largely by a lack of space for students to collaborate and use the library. She emphasized that she had great success with the conversion of microform. As a result of their successful migration work with ProQuest, the library has seen a tremendous increase in gate traffic, and usage of the new spaces that they were able to create for student study, faculty space, including movie rooms, and even a museum!
• John McDonald, Associate Dean for Collections at the University of Southern California Libraries, who shared similar challenges his institution faced with space. They also had the need to enhance their institutional repository, plus create better opportunities for student access to key content via mobile devices. He shared how his staff was able to free up considerable room by focusing on dissertations. He commented that he was very pleased with the level of detail and communication he had throughout the process of partnering with ProQuest.
We’re thrilled by the response to this lunch event, which has been very positive. Our booth was abuzz with attendees wanting to learn more about digital migration.
For over 75 years, ProQuest has worked with libraries to efficiently build and enhance their electronic collections while digitizing and preserving their own materials—including dissertations and theses and video—making them more accessible to researchers.