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AquaBrowser becomes top discovery layer for libraries

Press Release: Medialab Solutions [July 21, 2009]

July 21, 2009 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – In a single year, more than 400 libraries have chosen AquaBrowser Library. With 700 participating libraries, AquaBrowser Library, the original discovery layer offering visual, faceted searching that connects to any data source, is used at more libraries around the world than all other discovery layer and next-generation user interfaces combined.

"Providing the best collection of search and discovery products available to libraries is our organization’s principal focus," said Boe Horton, Senior Vice President of Research Solutions, ProQuest. "AquaBrowser Library gives users an intuitive web-like experience, with the precision needed for discovery, and meets librarians’ need for a resource that digs deep into their holdings. It’s this combination that makes AquaBrowser Library an excellent choice for libraries around the world."

The AquaBrowser Library is designed to harness the power of common search behaviors to deliver immediate results and relevant content from a variety of sources. Its unique "search, discover, refine" methodology provides visualization and faceting features that help users quickly and easily uncover relevant results and inspires them to explore more of a library’s resources.

First, AquaBrowser searches all available content using a single query. Results are ranked by relevance and enhanced through associations displayed in a "word cloud". Then, the "word cloud" encourages broader explorations and discovery using context sensitive association, word variations, spelling alternatives, translations, and synonyms. Associations are automatically generated from the library’s resources and link users to new paths that can help them zero in on the answers they’re looking for. Finally, faceted navigation further exploits the library’s resource metadata to help users zoom into specific result sets and refine searches. Relevancy rankings and facets are flexible to meet the library’s unique needs.

SerialsSolutions is the exclusive provider of AquaBrowser Library to academic and special libraries in North America . AquaBrowser North America provides the service to public libraries.

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About Medialab Solutions BV and AquaBrowser North America

AquaBrowser is the world leader in ILS vendor-neutral, visual faceted search that connects to any number and type of data sources. Medialab Solutions focuses all efforts toward creating successful discovery solutions so libraries are viewed as superior sources of information and knowledge. AquaBrowser can be found in libraries around the world, including over 250 libraries in the U.S. as well as libraries in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Italy and 100% of all libraries in the Netherlands. Nearly 2,500 library locations are serving over 60 million citizens worldwide with the visual AquaBrowser search and discovery experience.

AquaBrowser Library provides unique benefits and quick implementation to libraries. Medialab Solutions BV is dba AquaBrowser North America in the U.S. and is a business unit of R. R. Bowker. For more information about AquaBrowser, visit or call 1-800-546-9816.

About Serials Solutions

Founded by a librarian for librarians in 2000, Serials Solutions is a global leader in e-resource access and management services (ERAMS) with more than 2000 client libraries of all sizes and types. Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase, is the foundation for the Serials Solutions 360 e-resource access and management solution which includes 360 Core, 360 Link, 360 Search, 360 MARC Updates, 360 Resource Manager, and 360 Counter.

Serials Solutions also is the exclusive source for and Ulrich’s Serials Analysis System worldwide, and the AquaBrowser Library interface is exclusively represented by Serials Solutions in the academic market in North America. The WebFeat federated search service recently acquired by ProQuest soon will be incorporated into the Serials Solutions family of access and discovery services.

Serials Solutions provides fast implementation, easy customization, and outstanding value to libraries throughout the world. For more information, please visit or call 1-866-SERIALS. Serials Solutions is a business unit of ProQuest LLC.

About ProQuest

ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that propel successful research, discovery, and lifelong learning. A global leader in serving libraries of all types, ProQuest offers the expertise of such respected brands as CSA, UMI, Chadwyck-Healey, SIRS, and eLibrary. With Serials Solutions, Ulrich's, RefWorks, COS, Dialog and now Bowker part of the ProQuest brand family, the company supports the breadth of the information community with innovative discovery solutions that power the business of books and the best in research experience.

More than a content provider or aggregator, ProQuest is an information partner, creating indispensable research solutions that connect people and information. Through innovative, user-centered discovery technology, ProQuest offers billions of pages of global content that includes historical newspapers, dissertations, and uniquely relevant resources for researchers of any age and sophistication—including content not likely to be digitized by others. Inspired by its customers and their end users, ProQuest is working toward a future that blends information accessibility with community to further enhance learning and encourage lifelong enrichment.

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Publication Year:2009
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:July 21, 2009
Publisher:Medialab Solutions
Company: Medialab Solutions
Products: AquaBrowser Library
Record Number:14117
Last Update:2023-09-30 07:16:54
Date Created:2009-07-21 19:01:18