Cambridge, UK, 6 November 2014 - Institutions across the UK are choosing to transform their library management systems using the new cloud-based Intota, from ProQuest. Designed to address the needs of today's libraries, Intota manages electronic collections and supports the expectations of modern patrons.
Intota combines discovery, linking, e-resources management and assessment in one solution, fueled by a single, authoritative knowledgebase. With Intota, ProQuest is focused on not just replacing the status quo, but on transforming the library and building upon the capabilities of existing systems.
The five institutions that have selected Intota vary in size and in experience with ProQuest solutions. They include the University of Huddersfield, Staffordshire University, and De Montfort University, all of whom have used earlier solutions from ProQuest, whilst Edge Hill University and Queen Mary University of London are new to ProQuest workflow applications.
The University of Huddersfield is expanding its relationship with ProQuest by becoming an Intota Beta Partner. The Intota Beta Partners provide invaluable advice to ProQuest as Intota evolves. Graham Stone, Information Resources Manager at Huddersfield said, "The University of Huddersfield is pleased to be able to partner with ProQuest as one of the six Intota beta partners. We believe this is an exciting opportunity to help develop Intota as a product and to establish what would be needed in terms of interoperability with other systems both internal and external."
Alan Brine, Head of Archives and Resource Management at De Montfort University said, "We are looking forward to developing our services using Intota in collaboration with our existing provision."
A concern for libraries today is the amount of unnecessary hours spent trying to manage vast collections of electronic resources. Intota eliminates inefficient workflows around the management of electronic resources, allowing staff to focus on more important activities. The integrated platform streamlines the entire e-resource lifecycle including evaluation, acquisition, assessment and renewal. Resources acquired through Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) are instantly and seamlessly updated within Intota's discovery and assessment modules. Intota greatly enhances the discoverability and access to content for users while enabling librarians to perform detailed collection assessment across print and electronic holdings.
"The effective management of e-resource subscriptions is an increasingly complex and vital role within library services. We see Intota as helping to provide the framework for an integrated process that will allow our staff to explore and exploit the resources available to us and promote quality academic research material to our students." Paul Johnson, Information Landscape Librarian at Staffordshire University.
Intota delivers an unprecedented discovery experience that enables easy, efficient and unbiased access to the library's collection. Patricia Simons, Assistant Director (Academic Services and Resources) at Queen Mary University of London said, "We chose Intota because we can make the biggest impact for users with a single search and discovery layer and for library staff with much improved resources management."
ProQuest (http://www.proquest.com) connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company's products are a gateway to the world's knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information.
The company's cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students and researchers through the ProQuest, Bowker, Dialog, EBL and ebrary businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon discovery service, Flow, Pivot and the Intota library services platform. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.