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The annual conference of Professional Information Resources, INFORUM, took place at the end of May, with two information-packed days of inspirational and informative speakers from across the world.The event is key for the Czech and Slovak region and saw librarians from those countries attend.
ProQuest has supported and participated in the event for many years, and was there to meet with customers and friends throughout the two days, discussing our newest regional initiatives and key product updates.
During the event, ProQuest had the opportunity to talk about the highly anticipated launch of the new ProQuest Ebook Central™, which is due to happen this autumn. Bringing together ebook businesses ebrary and EBL, the new platform will bring the very best ebook solution to our customers and end users across the globe.
Also part of the fully-charged program was guest speaker Dr. Pål H. Bakka, Senior Academic Librarian from the University of Bergen Library. Dr. Bakka presented his findings on “Document Delivery as Collection Development,” which was his evaluation between 2012 -2014 of the library’s ebrary PDA trial. Dr. Bakka’s major finding was that ebrary usage – Academic Complete™ as well as PDA – accounts for a substantial and growing proportion of scientific monograph circulation, and has totally supplanted the printed compendia (of book chapters) on student reading lists at their university. See his full presentation here.
Another of the key guest speakers was Michael Levine-Clark, who talked about his recent studies on “Measuring Discovery: The Impact of Discovery Systems on Journal Usage,” and his most recent ebook study, “Making Sense of Ebooks: Navigating Models of Access and Ownership.”
We would like to thank everyone who came and spoke to us at this year’s INFORUM event. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!