August 6, 2013 (New Providence, NJ) – Serving "gamers" at the library just got a little easier as a new addition to ProQuest Syndetic Solutions enables these often-loyal users to access rich content on video games right from the library OPAC or discovery layer. Video Game Enriched Content contains game covers, user ratings, the Maturity Standard Rating (such as "Everyone" or "Teen") and more for 70,000 U.S. titles and nearly 20,000 U.K. titles.
"Library patrons visit their local library to access more than books, and it's important that OPACs and discovery systems include enriched metadata on the expanding variety of resources that make up the library collection," said Sharon Lubrano, Vice-President, ProQuest Workflow Solutions. "Through the new video game elements in Syndetic Solutions, libraries are able to provide comprehensive information to the library patron interested in games."
Syndetic Solutions' video game profiles include not only basic background information, but also content that allows users to make informed decisions on which game to choose. A star rating, game reviews, screenshots, along with game descriptions and features provide users with in-depth knowledge on the next game to borrow.
Syndetic Solutions is one the most popular ways libraries around the world are providing their users with a modern discovery experience. Syndetic Solutions offers more than 40 million unique descriptive data components, powered by Books In Print, with content for books, CDs and DVDs that makes OPACs and discovery layers richer, more informative and far more useful for library users. With content added weekly -- totaling more than 100,000 new titles each year – the flexible and customizable Syndetics keeps pace with rapid collection evolution.
Syndetic Solutions is a service of ProQuest, developed and maintained through its affiliate Bowker. To learn more click here.
75th Anniversary of Landmark Innovation
ProQuest is celebrating the 75th anniversary of microfilm and the legacy of innovations that have supported researchers and librarians for more than a century. The launch of University Microfilms, Inc. (UMI) introduced a new era for libraries, enabling preservation and sharing of large document collections.
To commemorate this pivotal milestone, the company created a comic book that tells the story in true superhero fashion of how microfilm became the gold standard for information preservation. Eugene B. Power and the Wild Beginnings of UMI is available in print and e-book format.
ProQuest (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 e-books. 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, ebrary, EBL and Serials Solutions businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon discovery service, RefWorks Flow, Pivot and Intota, a new library services platform. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.