MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., January 19, 2015 — ProQuest has introduced an integration of the Summon discovery service with the SIPX course materials solution that delivers libraries an innovative, cost-saving approach for the seamless sharing of library collections and open access content into course materials workflows. The sophisticated Summon-SIPX connection bolsters the relevance, visibility, and value of the library across campus by making it easy for instructors to discover and assign any readings they want to use in traditional and online classes, including showcasing library holdings and open content.
The new integration represents another example of ProQuest bringing together its services to benefit libraries, researchers, educators and students, by integrating best-in-class content and discovery tools with the curriculum tools that faculty and students want. Faculty and staff can quickly set up and share course readings by adding items to SIPX from Summon search results, taking advantage of seamless single-sign-on flow that eliminates any need to train users. Available as an additional purchase option, activating the SIPX integration into Summon is simple and requires no local development effort – it turns on with a single click in the Summon administrative module.
"We're excited about this next step towards making education better and more affordable," said Franny Lee, SIPX General Manager. "The Summon-SIPX Integration not only highlights savings that can be achieved for students by using library and open resources, but also streamlines formerly manual processes for preparing course materials. This combination offers schools an easy and rewarding first step into a scalable curriculum solution with the flexibility to grow with the campus as education and technology needs keep rapidly evolving, even into LMS environments and campus bookstores."
For more details or information about this unique integration, take part in an upcoming January or February webinar by registering at Summon-SIPX integration webinar. Contact ProQuest SIPX at firstname.lastname@example.org for introductory pricing, available for a limited time.
About ProQuest SIPX
A growing leader in digital content and online education, ProQuest SIPX provides proven cost-saving and scalable technology solutions to manage and share course materials under the SIPX and ProQuest brands. Developed from a Stanford University research project, the system draws together open access and OER materials, comprehensive publisher content and library holdings into an intuitive web interface that allows faculty or support staff to set up and share course readings with students.
ProQuest SIPX's unique technology makes access to course materials cost-efficient, easy and transparent, including recognizing individual user contexts that permit free or reduced cost access because of factors like library subscription affiliations or a student's geography. The solution supports many use cases, including seamless integrations with Learning Management Systems, library course reserves services, bookstores and copyshops, coursepacks, distance education, continuing studies and global open online courses/MOOCs.
Students and schools have saved more than $3.67M to date using the ProQuest SIPX solutions. Reported results: average savings of 20-35 percent for students on course materials, over 50 percent savings for library reserves and institution-pay permissions budgets, increased productivity and more visibility in LMS/teaching environments for campus curriculum services to support more courses, copyright-compliance for the university, and flexibility to support a wide range of faculty's preferred teaching platforms. Valuable analytics insights are also created for instructors and libraries on student engagement and campus course material needs, as well as new opportunities for sharing school- and instructor-owned content.
ProQuest 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, Coutts information services, Dialog, Ex Libris, ebrary, EBL, and SIPX businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon discovery service, the RefWorks citation and document management platform, MyiLibrary ebook 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.