Nevena Zorova, Marketing Events Executive
ProQuest recently hosted three collaborative ProQuest days across the UK and Ireland. Librarians from various universities participated in the events held in Swansea, London and Dublin which enabled them to discuss ways to improve library services and how ProQuest is working with librarians to continue to improve research outcomes.
All three days provided the opportunity to discuss how libraries are showing leadership and enabling research and discovery services that better meet users' creative needs. Some of our recent studies have shown that a very high percentage of faculty assignments rely on non-journal content. Comprehensive research requires content diversity where primary sources, combined with secondary sources such as ebooks, enable researchers to develop critical thinking skills by examining evidence, identifying questions, and drawing conclusions.
Mark Hughes, Head of Collections at Swansea University said: 'We found the ProQuest day to be a chance to bring staff together and be able to see and discuss some great resources and key contemporary collection issues with the hugely enthusiastic and expert ProQuest attendees. A great opportunity for engagement all round, and something that helps build networks and understanding across both library and ProQuest staff that I have no doubt will benefit all sides going forward.'
Fiona Greig, Head of e-strategy and Resources at the University of Surrey commented: 'Attending a supplier day like this is always a valuable way to learn more about the company, products and additional services that are highlighted, but they should be thought of as so much more. These are invaluable opportunities for customers to have the time and space to discuss what pressures and challenges we are facing and to ensure the supplier is on the right track. As a customer it is also up to us to take advantage of all the channels of communication we are given. ProQuest is one of the most engaged of the "library suppliers" and we need to take them up on their offer to listen. I was very honoured to be asked to speak at this event as building partnerships with suppliers is one of my greatest drivers and being able to share that mind-set with others - and yes to challenge ourselves as professionals - is something that I believe will really make a difference to our users and our services.'
During the events ProQuest shared news on a number of developments and updates on recent acquisitions including:
These events present a great opportunity for ProQuest to keep up to date with customers, understanding the challenges they face and how we can continue to work with them as partners. We believe it is important to build on the knowledge the community shares to be able to meet the demands of researchers and students in the region together.
We're planning similar events in the coming months. Check our events page for dates and locations and register your interest.