SEATTLE, WA, October 9, 2014 – Academic libraries building their collections with core titles from Resources for College Libraries (RCL) can stretch their collection budget further, making smarter acquisition and deselection decisions. Using the enhanced Recommendations and Deselection reports in Intota Assessment (http://bit.ly/1CGvlKq), libraries can simply compare by subject area their collection to RCL core titles, quickly determine a match to their current holdings, and easily identify alternative formats in their collection or in market.
RCL's recommendations are specific to a title at the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) level. This 13-digit number establishes a unique identifier for every edition published, regardless of format (hardcover, paper, audio, "e," etc.) Until now, the process of matching all formats of a core title to a library's current holdings was manual and time consuming.
Powered with authoritative bibliographic data and enriched metadata from Books In Print, the enhanced reports from Intota Assessment give libraries a more comprehensive view of their holdings. The process of matching RCL core title recommendations to current holdings is essentially simplified. The new "Title Linking" functionality will now reveal if a core title is held by the library in a different format than what is recommended by RCL.
"The data we have pulled in from Books In Print not only enhances the reporting capabilities in Intota Assessment, it enables the library to make better decisions based on evidence," said Mark Tullos, director, product management, ProQuest. "These enhancements are unique to ProQuest and not available in other collection assessment tools. This release of Intota Assessment is also another example of how ProQuest is successfully creating integrated solutions that deliver more functionality to help libraries transform their workflows and improve the researcher discovery experience."
With the growing trend to reallocate space within the library and the shift in format from print to electronic, libraries are challenged with determining which resources to relocate or weed, how to manage their collections more efficiently, and new ways to demonstrate greater value to their institution. Libraries using Intota Assessment gain a holistic view of their collection and collection management decisions are based on real evidence. Quantitative and qualitative analysis automated with many report capabilities significantly streamlines the previously arduous task of collection assessment.
Developed for comprehensive assessment of today's collections, Intota Assessment is a robust suite of business intelligence tools that generates the evidence needed for data-driven collection decisions. As a result, library staff can focus on higher value services to their patrons.
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 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, ebrary, EBL and Serials Solutions businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon discovery service, the RefWorks Flow collaboration platform, the Pivot research development tool and the Intota library services platform. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.