March 24, 2010 (SEATTLE) -- Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest, has updated, enhanced and released a new SaaS (Software as a Service) of AquaBrowser – the world’s bestselling discovery layer for libraries. The new AquaBrowser continues to provide a fresh, modern interface for library collections, enabling library customers to use and find library resources independently. However, as a hosted service, it is now accessible to more libraries, with set-up, implementation and consistent updates that have little impact on library resources.
"As the demands on libraries continue to grow, it’s even more important that libraries provide ways to meet the increasingly diverse needs of their communities. The AquaBrowser’s SaaS model is designed to make that simpler for libraries of all types, even those with limited resources," said Rob Mercer, Serials Solutions General Manager. "We’ve maintained the strong suits of previous AquaBrowser products – the great interface, the intuitive search paths – and designed a solution that provides a rich development framework, while eliminating the implementation, maintenance, and hosting barriers found at many libraries."
The SaaS model allows AquaBrowser customers to keep pace with rapid technological advancement with no intervention from their staff. Upgrades will be rolled out consistently and automatically via Serials Solutions, a company renowned for its sophisticated, hosted library technology solutions. Set up and implementation are also streamlined through the SaaS model, making upgraded service to the community a turn-key operation. Further, AquaBrowser easily integrates with the library’s existing ILS system so that existing circulation information can be leveraged.
AquaBrowser’s interface is simple and intuitive, enabling customers who walk in off the street (or tap in from home) to search the library’s catalog and local collections immediately and independently. Libraries that want to expand the interface to include their subscribed electronic content have the option of integrating AquaBrowser with a federated search product.
However, it is AquaBrowser’s features, which are designed to make all searchers successful -- that have made it a hit with users. For example, Word Clouds suggest paths and help library customers find information even when they aren’t sure of the right words to query. Similarly, faceted searching allows users to start with a broad term and then hone to precisely the information they want. AquaBrowser also includes Web 2.0 features in "MyDiscoveries," a community-building function that enables users to interact with content and each other, making the library a central portal for information exchange.
Used in more libraries than any other discovery layer or next generation catalog, AquaBrowser has built a reputation for encouraging library customers of all types to explore more of their library’s resources. Accessible via mobile devices, AquaBrowser is designed to increase customer independence and success, freeing staff to engage with customers in new ways, taking customer service to new level. AquaBrowser is hosted by Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest. To learn more visit www.serialssolutions.com\aquabrowser.
About Serials Solutions
Founded by a librarian for librarians in 2000, Serials Solutions is the global leader in E-Resource Access and Management Services (ERAMS) that serves more than 2,000 libraries of all sizes and types. Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase, is the foundation for Serials Solutions 360, the only complete and integrated e-resource access and management solution. The company also recently introduced the Summon web-scale discovery service, a revolutionary tool that provides instant access to the full breadth of the library’s collection through a single search.
Serials Solutions is the exclusive source for the AquaBrowser unified discovery interface as well as Ulrichsweb.com and Ulrich's Serials Analysis System. It provides fast implementation, easy customization, and outstanding value to libraries throughout the world. For more information, please visit www.serialssolutions.com or call 1-866-SERIALS. Serials Solutions is a business unit of ProQuest LLC.