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The annual UKSG Conference is wrapped up for another year. Held in Glasgow, Scotland, this year, it was a great opportunity as always for us to catch up with customers and find out what else is being discussed in the industry.
One of the most exciting highlights for us this year was hosting a special lunch to discuss the brand new ProQuest Ebook Central platform, which we are due to launch later in 2015. Kari Paulson from ProQuest provided a sneak peek into the exciting new services planned for 2015, and reviewed how the new ProQuest Ebook Central platform will feature a user-centered design and use the strengths of both the EBL and ebrary platforms. Paulson explained how we are working in close collaboration with researchers and librarians to create an exceptionally responsive resource that aims to improve ebook research and management experiences from end to end.
We also presented Enhancing the visibility and impact of electronic theses and dissertations – where Cathy Boylan, Senior Manager, European Theses and Dissertations for ProQuest, and Dr. Ian Rowlands, Research Services Manager & Bibliometrican at University of Leicester, explored both facilitating research and helping authors and universities to enhance the global discoverability of their electronic theses and dissertations. A key takeaway from this presentation came from Dr. Rowlands, who stated that at the University of Leicester, "theses are easily the most popular item in terms of downloads." To view a recording of this session, please click here.
During the last day of the conference, Jane Burke reviewed the innovative approach we are taking in developing a true next-generation library management system. Intota, our transformative library services platform, addresses the key needs of today's libraries – managing electronic collections and supporting the expectations of modern users. The service is built to accommodate the evolution of workflows, while improving the way libraries manage all types of resources and how they’re delivered to users.
We were also part of two BreakOut sessions, which you can view the presentations of:
-- E-book Usage on a Global Scale: Digging Deeper into the Data - Michael Levine-Clarke, University of Denver
-- In and Out: How Does that Metadata get into a Knowledgebase Anyhow? - Heather Sherman, Dawson Books, and Benjamin Johnson & Dave Hovenden, ProQuest
We’re thrilled by the response we had to our events, presentations, and demonstrations during the conference. Our booth was abuzz with attendees wanting to learn more about our products and services.
We continue to value your input and to show you how we can support your institution we’re eager to share the ways in which ProQuest can become your partner in digital migration and e-collection services.