ProQuest is celebrating National Library Week by encouraging libraries to take advantage of the company's popular advocacy program. The program includes tools and services that help librarians connect with their user communities, free database access and scholarship support for library students, and awards to recognize outstanding library school educators and those who protect intellectual freedom.
“As a company we are committed to doing more than providing great products and service – being a trusted partner to libraries is a core value,” said Lynda James-Gilboe, ProQuest senior vice president of marketing and customer care. “To us, that means continuing to work closely with libraries to support their mission. Now, in these challenging economic times, we want to find ways to help libraries to make use of the tools and support programs we’ve created. ”
While libraries are struggling with the economic downturn and budget crunches, they are also experiencing an intensified need for their services. ProQuest is helping its customers get more from their investments with marketing toolkits specifically tailored for academic, public, corporate, military academic and military base libraries, and K-12 schools and libraries. ProQuest topic experts collected best practices in marketing, crafted templates, and compiled them for leverage by busy librarians. The toolkits are available for free at http://www.proquest.com/en-US/utilities/toolkits/default.shtml
ProQuest's Library School Program is aimed at supporting library education, allowing students to learn essential search skills with the reference tools they are likely to encounter after graduation. The company’s acclaimed deep web resources are available to information science students at no charge during the school year. All ALA-accredited library schools in North America, and all other comparable schools in the rest of the world, are eligible for free access to these research staples. For more information, visit http://www.proquest.com/en-US/aboutus/advocacy/lsp.shtml.
In addition to the support provided through the marketing toolkits and Library School Program, ProQuest is a proud sponsor of the ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash, the Library Journal/ProQuest Teaching Award, and the ProQuest Intellectual Freedom Awards program, among other regional and national library organization sponsorships. To learn more about ProQuest's advocacy efforts visit http://www.proquest.com/en-US/aboutus/advocacy.
ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that propel successful research, discovery, and lifelong learning. A global leader in serving libraries of all types, ProQuest offers the expertise of such respected brands as Chadwyck-Healey™, UMI®, SIRS®, and eLibrary®. With Serials Solutions®, Ulrich's™, RefWorks®, COS™, Dialog® and now Bowker® part of the ProQuest brand family, the company supports the breadth of the information community with innovative discovery solutions that power the business of books and the best in research experience.
More than a content provider or aggregator, ProQuest is an information partner, creating indispensable research solutions that connect people and information. Through innovative, user-centered discovery technology, ProQuest offers billions of pages of global content that includes historical newspapers, dissertations, and uniquely relevant resources for researchers of any age and sophistication—including content not likely to be digitized by others. Inspired by its customers and their end users, ProQuest is working toward a future that blends information accessibility with community to further enhance learning and encourage lifelong enrichment.