ProQuest is a longstanding supporter of libraries and librarianship. Outreach and advocacy efforts extend deep into the library community and include varied programs such as tools and services that help librarians connect with their communities, free database access and scholarship support for library students, and sponsorship of a range of awards that recognize outstanding library school educators.
ProQuest is also a corporate member and premier partner to numerous library organizations, including American Library Association's short list of Library Champions, and their division, Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations. Involvement with these organizations is part of ProQuest’s commitment to the role of libraries as cornerstones of healthy, informed communities.
Other active support for charitable causes spans large organizations, such as United Way and March of Dimes, to grassroots efforts that support local needs, such as Washtenaw Literacy. ProQuest, and its employees around the globe, commit both time and dollars to improve the lives of the world's citizens.
ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash & Ron Clowney Spectrum Scholarship
ProQuest is the major sponsor of this popular ALA Annual event, which funds scholarships for minority library students as part of the American Library Association's Office for Diversity Spectrum Scholarship Program. The scholarships help address the specific issue of under-representation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession while serving as a model for ways to bring attention to larger diversity issues in the future. ProQuest also sponsors its own Spectrum Scholarship to honor the life of longtime-employee, Ron Clowney, former Vice President of US Higher Education & Government Sales, who passed away in May 2010.
Graduate Education Program
The ProQuest Graduate Education Program (GEP) is a suite of programs available worldwide to faculty and students in accredited graduate degree programs in library science and related disciplines. It includes complimentary resources that assist information professionals in teaching and mastering competencies in library science, information science, competitive intelligence, and knowledge management. And, makes freely available a social network, where members can connect with a global community of current and future librarians, and where LIS professionals can access the Quantum2 professional development series resources.
Library Journal Teaching Award
The LJ Teaching Award, sponsored by ProQuest, recognizes excellence in educating the next generation of librarians. The award is bestowed upon an educator who has a record of communicating core principles of librarianship, integration of theory, practice, and research, mentorship, and forward thinking. ProQuest is proud to recognize the women and men educating and inspiring future librarians, ensuring that the profession grows and evolves in meaningful ways.
Library Marketing Toolkits
Librarians face the fundamental challenge of creating awareness about their library's value and role in meeting information needs. How do you remind your user community about the great online resources you offer, when they think all they need is the open web? ProQuest can help show you how. We've collected best practices in marketing, crafted templates, and compiled them for leverage by busy librarians. ProQuest has created marketing toolkits specifically tailored for academic, public, corporate, military and military base libraries.
Library Volunteer Program
The ProQuest Library Volunteer Program was launched in the summer of 2009 in response to the American Library Association's "Summer of Service" initiative. Since then it has become an annual volunteer activity operating under the theme "Live, Learn, Laugh, Love Your Library." The program seeks to promote service to our local communities and fosters positive relationships with our library customers, while providing ProQuest employees with opportunities for leadership development, team-building, and connecting with each other.
Roger K. Summit Scholarship
The Roger K. Summit Scholarship, awarded annually by ProQuest, was established to honor Dr. Roger K. Summit, the founder of Dialog, a ProQuest business, for his outstanding contributions to the field of information science. The award is open to all LIS student worldwide and is awarded to someone has demonstrated outstanding interest or performance in electronic information services.
Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award
The Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award, recognizing distinguished contributions to serials, is presented by the Continuing Resources Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). ALCTS, a division of the American Library Association, is the national association for information providers who work in collection and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation, and continuing resources in digital and print formats.