ALA Midwinter kicked off Friday evening with a reception at the Serials Solutions’ offices in Fremont. Guests journeyed to “the center of the universe” for an inside look at our office space via a guided tour, had the opportunity to meet the great people behind our services and connect with key staff focused on other ProQuest products. Oh and let’s not forget mixing and mingling over delicious food and tasty libations.
Saturday morning began with the ProQuest Breakfast, featuring a keynote presentation from Temple University’s Associate University Librarian, Steven J. Bell. Steven spoke about a new wave of entrepreneurially minded higher education ventures which are leading to the unbundling of the college experience. He discussed how traditional colleges and universities must retool and explore how to best reboot themselves in the face of this disruption. Later that afternoon, we had a full house at our Intota session, The Next Steps on the Road to Intota™, where a panel of ProQuest employees including Jane Burke, SVP of Strategic Initiatives, and Mark Tullos, Sr. Product Manager, spoke about Intota Assessment. The much anticipated Intota™ web-scale management solution will debut later in 2013 with Intota™ Assessment, a library collection analytics service that provides book and serials analysis and consolidated usage.
Sunday was all about the Summon® service! Librarians gathered for SummonCamp, a 3-hour client-only session led by Serials Solutions product managers Andrew Nagy and Eddie Neuwirth. Librarians learned about the latest features of the Summon service, including Summon Suggestions – a suite of features designed to help lead users to better research outcomes by delivering contextual research assistance at the point of need – and shared their experiences in lively roundtable discussions.
The day wrapped up with an afternoon session, Lead Users to Better Research Outcomes with the Summon Discovery Service. Eddie Neuwirth kicked-off the session with a quick overview of updates and enhancements to the service before handing it over to our panel of clients who shared real world examples of how the Summon service is positively impacting resource usage at their libraries and discussed the opportunities implementing discovery provided to re-think service models, re-tool research instruction. On the panel we were honored to have Brian Gray from Case Western Reserve University, Carrie Forbes from University of Denver and Rosalind Tedford from Wake Forest University.
ALA Midwinter is always a great way to kick-off the New Year and we are looking forward to the many important developments and exciting events that we know 2013 will bring!