ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 30, 2008 – ProQuest has appointed John Law to the newly created position of Vice President of Discovery Services. Mr. Law will oversee business, technical, and project leadership for building information solutions aimed at getting librarians and end-users to their information "discovery moment" effortlessly.
"Librarians and end-users want simple, intuitive ways to connect with information and ProQuest intends to make that happen," said Marty Kahn, ProQuest’s Chief Executive Officer. "John has been a vocal advocate for the end-user, pressing for and developing consistently better ways for ProQuest to serve their needs. It’s his passion. Translating that to an executive level position that will influence the entire company fits exactly with ProQuest’s direction."
Mr. Law is widely-known in the industry for leading ProQuest’s "Student Research Behaviors Study," which examined the discovery process and identified common barriers in access to library resources. The study has provided critical information on the competitive advantages libraries hold, insights into how students choose databases, the most powerful influencers on those decisions and the environment in which students conduct research.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Law managed the ProQuest brand online platform, with responsibility for strategic planning, user research and definition of new features. He played a key role in the creation and implementation of ProQuest® Smart Search, OpenURL linking solutions, authentication and a variety of innovations supporting federated search applications.
Mr. Law is a popular speaker on topics related to technology, user-centered design of applications, and product development, both from a library market perspective and in relation to new product management practices. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Technology Management from Columbia University.
ProQuest provides seamless access to and navigation of more than 125 billion digital pages of the world's scholarship, delivering it to the desktop and into the workflow of serious researchers in multiple fields, from arts, literature, and social science to science, technology, and medicine. ProQuest is part of Cambridge Information Group (www.cambridgeinformationgroup.com).
ProQuest's vast content pools are available to researchers through libraries of all types and include the world's largest digital newspaper archive, periodical databases comprising the output of more than 9,000 titles and spanning more than 500 years, the pre-eminent dissertation collection, and various other scholarly collections. Users access the information through the ProQuest and CSA Illumina online information systems, Chadwyck-Healey electronic and microform resources, UMI microform and print reference products, eLibrary and SIRS educational resources, Ulrich's Serials Analysis System, COS Scholar Universe, and Serials Solutions resource management tools. Through the expertise of business units Serials Solutions and RefWorks/COS, ProQuest provides technological tools that allow researchers and libraries to better manage and use their information resources. For more information, visit www.proquest.com, www.proquest.co.uk, and www.csa.com