ProQuest, an information company central to global research, is combining the best of its popular development programs for library schools to create a single, wide-ranging source that connects students and faculty with free resources designed to advance education and careers. The new Graduate Education Program (GEP) captures programs from ProQuest and business units such as Dialog, and includes access to products and services, teaching tools, training and development opportunities, along with awards and internships, all packed into a social network that enables users to connect with one another.
"ProQuest's and Dialog's outstanding programs have provided critical support to professional searchers as well as students and faculty in LIS programs for many years,” said Maria Ziemer, Global Manager, ProQuest Graduate Education Program. "That's a tremendous legacy to expand on, and we're confident that we've added more power and effectiveness by putting it all in one spot. It's now simpler for librarians – and librarians in training – to access the breadth of what we offer. And, we were inspired to add more options because we saw gaps we could fill."
The ProQuest GEP is housed within a free social networking site called Discover More Corps. Once LIS faculty register for the GEP, they and their students can freely access the GEP's spectrum of resources, which includes:
Michigan's Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science has been testing the new GEP throughout its development "with great success," according to Associate Professor Hermina Anghelescu "I highly appreciate the customized webinars that I have requested for my classes and that the ProQuest trainers have so graciously provided with professionalism and in a timely manner."
The ProQuest GEP is available now by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. It's part of ProQuest's commitment to advance and evolve professional librarianship around the world. ProQuest is also sponsor of Library Journal's Teaching Award, which is presented annually at the Midwinter Conference of the American Library Association.
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ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company has forged a 70-year reputation as a gateway to the world's knowledge — from dissertations to governmental and cultural archives to news, in all its forms. Its role is essential to libraries and other organizations whose missions depend on the delivery of complete, trustworthy information.
ProQuest's massive information pool is made accessible in research environments that accelerate productivity, empowering users to discover, create, and share knowledge.
An energetic, fast-growing organization, ProQuest includes the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Dialog®, ebrary®, and Serials Solutions® businesses and notable research tools such as the RefWorks®, and Pivot™ services, as well as its' Summon® web-scale discovery service. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.