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October 16, 2019

(ProQuest) According to the latest report from ProQuest affiliate Bowker, self-publishing grew at a rate of 40 percent in 2018 – and shows no signs of slowing down. Bowker’s annual study, “Self-Publishing in the United States, 2013-2018,” highlights self-publishing trends based on the number of ISBNs registered in the Bowker Books In Print® database. A book’s ISBN is a 13-digit product identifier used by libraries, booksellers, publishers and internet retailers for ordering, listing, sales records and inventory.

October 5, 2019

(ProQuest) The International ISBN Agency has elected ProQuest’s Beat Barblan as chair of its board of directors, where he’ll provide counsel and guidance on issues related to identifier standards in the book supply chain.

August 22, 2019

(ProQuest) ProQuest has named Pep Carrera as President of its Books business unit. Mr. Carrera leads the team focused on providing innovative, flexible models and integrated technologies that make the acquisition and management of books cost-effective and efficient.

August 21, 2019

(ProQuest) Real Times Media announced that it has extended its agreement with ProQuest to grant exclusive worldwide rights for the education and library markets and non-exclusive worldwide rights for all other markets to reproduce, transmit and distribute the newspaper archives of the Chicago Defender, New Pittsburgh Courier and Atlanta Daily World. With the extension, RTM and ProQuest are expanding the partnership to include the media company's Michigan Chronicle archives through 2029. RTM receives royalties from licensed content.

August 19, 2019

(ProQuest) ProQuest and EBSCO Information Services have extended their existing ebook partnership, which will continue to enable librarians to acquire ProQuest ebook titles through EBSCO’s GOBI Library Solutions platform, as well as EBSCO ebook titles through ProQuest’s OASIS platform and – in the future – the ProQuest Rialto marketplace, currently under development.

August 9, 2019

(ProQuest) A group of renowned global academic publishers have announced that they will contribute their expertise to the development of ProQuest Rialto. Rialto is a comprehensive marketplace that enables libraries to acquire content from a variety of publishers and platforms. Emerald Publishing, Oxford University Press, SAGE Publishing, Taylor & Francis Group and The University of Chicago Press will work with ProQuest to shape the new product. These publishers join a group of 10 academic libraries who have also signed on as development partners, ensuring a three-way, content-neutral conversation between libraries, the publishing community and ProQuest, a leader in educational technology. Rialto will be initially available to its development partners in December of this year before its broader launch.

July 25, 2019

(ProQuest) ProQuest announced the enrichment of its OASIS catalog with bibliographic information from the Bowker Books In Print service. Bowker, a ProQuest affiliate, is the world's leading provider of bibliographic information. With the enrichment of Books in Print metadata, the vast OASIS database has grown to more than 39 million print titles, 2 million electronic books and 36,000 streaming videos.

June 18, 2019

(ProQuest) Students can now immerse themselves in their studies through the power of virtual reality. ProQuest announced the launch of virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree viewing functionality for select videos on the ProQuest search platform, as well as in ProQuest One™ Academic and on the newly redesigned Alexander Street video interface. ProQuest is the first academic streaming video platform to offer VR and 360-degree video.

June 13, 2019

(ProQuest) ProQuest announced the upcoming launch of its new National Theatre Collection, a collaboration with the U.K.’s National Theatre to offer a range of digital performance resources never previously seen outside of the National Theatre’s archive.

May 17, 2019

(ProQuest) ProQuest and Atairos, an independent private company focused on supporting growth-oriented businesses, announced that Atairos will acquire an ownership position in ProQuest. ProQuest will use the proceeds from the transaction to repurchase most of the shares owned by entities affiliated with the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, which will retain a minority interest in the Company. Cambridge Information Group will maintain its majority ownership of ProQuest. CIG has been the majority owner of ProQuest since 2007, overseeing a period of growth through new product innovation and strategic acquisitions that have helped ProQuest customers respond to changing environments.

April 24, 2019

(ProQuest) The library at Liverpool John Moores University – a leading research university in the U.K. – has selected ProQuest One Academic as a single solution to improve research, teaching and learning outcomes for faculty and students.

April 18, 2019

(ProQuest) Western Sydney University announced the extension of its partnership with ProQuest to offset one major piece of that cost – textbooks. Through WSU’s digital textbook program, all 10,000 first-year students at the university’s 10 teaching campuses located across the Western Sydney region in Australia receive access to textbooks through Ebook Central, ProQuest’s ebook platform. More than 200 titles from 60 leading academic publishers are available electronically at no cost to students via the WSU library.

April 9, 2019

(ProQuest) ProQuest, a leader in educational technology, has named Marian Roberge as its new Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources. Ms. Roberge will oversee organizational development, talent acquisition, total rewards, talent management and development, and employee experience for the company, whose employees are based in nearly 40 countries around the world.

March 27, 2019

(ProQuest) A cinematic visual experience, intuitive design, innovative search, and recommendation capabilities are now available to faculty and students who use video on ProQuest’s Alexander Street platform. ProQuest announced the launch of a new interface for its Alexander Street streaming video products, including Academic Video Online, the world’s largest academically focused streaming video collection. The new interface is simpler and faster with a continued focus on content and features for the academic market – including on-screen transcripts, clip-making abilities and single-sign-on technology for seamless use with learning management systems.

March 7, 2019

(ProQuest) More than 450 documentaries, interviews and special films originally released by CNN are now available to academic libraries through the Academic Video Online streaming video collection, marking the first time CNN content is available in a video database for the library market.

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