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We hope you had as much fun (and stayed as warm) as we did at the ALA Midwinter 2015 Conference recently held in Chicago. One of our most exciting highlights was hosting a special breakfast that discussed Digital Migration and E-Collection Services from ProQuest.
Some highlights of this event included:
>> Providing a sneak peek into exciting new services planned for 2015
>> Matt Reis from ProQuest introduced how ProQuest is improving research outcomes for students, researchers, and libraries through our content, services, and workflow tools. For instance, in the last year, we have digitized 12 million pages of content – all of which is discoverable and accessible to users. Read more here.
>> He also touched on institutional pain points when it comes to digitization and how ProQuest Digital Migration and E-Collection Services help address those problems, like Digital Archiving and Access Program, Video Preservation and Discovery Service, plus our digitized historical collections, and all of the other resources we have to move your print to electronic formats.
>> 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 Polly Thistlethwaite, Chief Librarian from The Graduate Center, CUNY, who shared her experiences launching ProQuest’s Digital Archiving and Access Program in the midst of heated debate on open access. And Gary T. Johnson, President of the Chicago History Museum, who discussed how partnering with ProQuest to digitize The Claude Barnett Papers, supports his institution’s mission of “sharing Chicago stories.”
Thank you to Laurie Borman of American Libraries who summarized the session quite well here, in this blog post.
We’re thrilled by the response to this breakfast event, which has been very positive. Our booth was abuzz with attendees wanting to learn more about digital migration.
As we shared at ALA Midwinter, libraries can partner with ProQuest to tackle digitization projects. 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.