Mobile access is a becoming an increasingly essential component in library service to users, especially researchers. Research from ProQuest's business unit ebrary shows that 60% of student researchers rate downloading e-books onto mobile devices as "very important" – a 20 percent increase over 2008. And beyond e-books, researchers expect connections to content, wherever they work.
ProQuest and its businesses are committed to helping libraries meet the mobile needs of their users with a variety of options.
At ProQuest, the ability to discover, manage and share the company's unique content via smart phones and tablets launches in beta as the company completes the first phase of its platform roll-out. The ProQuest interface will automatically optimize for the access device.
At ebrary, a new dedicated mobile app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch will enable researchers to access authoritative content from a number of sources – both online and offline. With the ebrary free app, researchers have an optimized way to experience e-books from leading publishers. Further, content that is uploaded by their library and integrated on the ebrary platform with DASH! (Data Sharing, Fast) -- a feature of many ebrary products including Academic Complete -- and their own PDF documents can also be used in a mobile environment.
Bowker is developing Stacks, a mobile app for iPhone that will allow subscribers to Books In Print and RCLweb to scan a barcode or enter an ISBN, link to basic metadata in Books In Print and add items from their existing lists in Books In Print or RCLweb. Using the Stacks app, book buyers in a store, faculty office or at a trade show will be able to simply scan and save titles from Books In Print on the spot to their device. And collection weeding in libraries will happen right from the stacks, eliminating the need to cart books back to a desk for evaluation.
Serials Solutions Summon award-winning discovery service is mobile optimized, creating powerful single point access to the breadth of library collections. Users can search virtually the entire library – print, electronic and everything in between – from their phones or tablets with near full discovery functionality including faceted navigation, pre-scoped searches, advanced searching and "did you mean?" spell check.
And at RefWorks, the RefMobile interface enables students and scholars to use the popular writing and citation tool anywhere through a mobile login that optimizes the RefWorks servicesfor the small screen.
ProQuest (www.proquest.com) connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company has forged a 70-year reputation as a gateway to the world's knowledge – from dissertations to governmental and cultural archives to news, in all its forms. Its role is essential to libraries and other organizations whose missions depend on the management and delivery of complete, trustworthy information. ProQuest's massive information pool is made accessible in research environments that accelerate productivity, empowering users to discover, create, and share knowledge. An energetic, fast-growing organization, ProQuest includes the ProQuest, Bowker, Dialog, ebrary, and Serials Solutions businesses and notable research tools such as the RefWorks,and Pivot services, as well as its' Summon web-scale discovery service. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.