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Enhanced metadata will improve search, selection and acquisition for libraries

ANN ARBOR, MI, July 25, 2019 – Today, ProQuest announced the enrichment of its OASIS catalog with bibliographic information from the Bowker Books In Print service. Bowker, a ProQuest affiliate, is the world's leading provider of bibliographic information. With the enrichment of Books in Print metadata, the vast OASIS database has grown to more than 39 million print titles, 2 million electronic books and 36,000 streaming videos.

The addition of Bowker’s bibliographic data to OASIS will give librarians higher quality search results, improved linking between formats, and more accurate and consistent data for publication date, author and more. The complete Books In Print service will continue to be offered as a separate subscription for librarians who enjoy its full features – only its metadata has been incorporated into OASIS.

OASIS is a powerful collection development tool for academic libraries to find and buy print and electronic books, streaming video, DVDs and more.

"By making Bowker's Books In Print bibliographic information the preferred source of metadata for OASIS, we are using the resources available from the ProQuest portfolio to create the best products for today's librarians,” said Beat Barblan, Vice President, Publishing & Data Products at ProQuest.

"We are delighted to use the rich metadata in Books In Print to enhance OASIS,” said Audrey Marcus, Vice President, Books Product & Operations at ProQuest. “It’s part of our commitment to ongoing improvements in streamlining the collection development workflow for our customers.”

Benefits of the Books In Print enrichment in OASIS include:

  • The addition of 1.8 million Dewey and Library of Congress classifications
  • 6.7 million new titles
  • 12.7 million new or updated authors
  • Updates to 18 million book titles

With comprehensive information about books and authors, Bowker Books In Print combines the most trusted and authoritative source for bibliographic information with powerful search, discovery and collection development tools designed specifically to streamline the book discovery and acquisition process. Libraries worldwide subscribe to Books In Print to find titles and create lists for collection development.

About ProQuest (https://www.proquest.com)

ProQuest supports the important work in the world’s research and learning communities. The company curates six centuries of content – the world’s largest collection of journals, ebooks, primary sources, dissertations, news, and video – and builds powerful workflow solutions to help libraries acquire and grow collections that inspire extraordinary outcomes. ProQuest products and services are used in academic, K-12, public, corporate and government libraries in 150 countries.

Along with its companies and affiliates Ex Libris, Alexander Street, and Bowker, ProQuest helps its customers achieve better research, better learning and better insights. For more information, visit our ProQuest and Extraordinary Stories blogs, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

25 July 2019


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