March 25, 2010 (PORTLAND) -- Bowker, a business unit of ProQuest, has added new features to its popular OPAC-enrichment tool Syndetics that make it easier for library users to choose catalog titles and get ideas for new titles that match their interests. Syndetics, valued by librarians for its ability to enhance the bibliographic content found in library online catalogs, now enables libraries to provide video clips, book reviews from The New York Times and searchable fiction profiles to their users through their OPACs. Bowker announced the new features at the Public Library Association's national conference in Portland, Oregon.
"Our goal with Syndetics is to help libraries easily create a compelling, modern catalog experience for their patrons," said Sy Inwentarz, Bowker Senior Vice President. "Streaming video clips, New York Times reviews, and fiction profile topic linking are examples of the in-demand, high-interest preview content and reader's advisory services that patrons have come to expect of book, music, and video information on the Web. Now, it's easy for libraries to deliver that."
Syndetics integrates more than 11 million content enrichment elements that can enhance just about any library online catalog. Syndetics users' OPACs will now include book reviews from The New York Times, one of the most influential and widely read book review publications in the industry and Searchable Fiction Profiles will integrate reader's advisory within the catalog. Users can discover their next book by linking through character profiles, genre, topics, setting, and time period related to their favorite titles. More than 100,000 book profiles are available, primarily across fiction, but also for nonfiction and children's books. Finally, DVD selection becomes more compelling with integrated video trailers for more than 35,000 U.S. and international movies and television shows.
Syndetics offers a wealth of descriptive information and cover images relating to videos, DVDs, CDs, and all types of books from juvenile chapter books to conference proceedings. Much of this data can't be found from any other source. Various elements of content are added weekly for more than 100,000 new titles each year. The new elements launch on the heels of the new Syndetics Plus, which includes a simple, easy-to-use widget that automatically integrates data into a library's catalog and allows customization of Syndetics content to neatly match the look and feel of the OPAC.
To learn more about how Syndetics revolutionizes library OPACS visit www.bowker.com/syndetics.
Bowker is the world's leading provider of bibliographic information management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. The company is focused on developing various tools and products that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience, as well as providing services to publishers that help them better understand and meet the interests of readers worldwide. Bowker is a member of the ProQuest family of companies and is headquartered in New Providence, N.J., with additional operations in England and Australia. For more information, please visit www.bowker.com.