Nov. 4, 2010 – SEATTLE – Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest LLC, announced today a pilot project that will allow students and researchers at institutions subscribing to the Summon web-scale discovery service to automatically find their library's Summon service search box when they use JSTOR. In addition to the content available on JSTOR, users will be able to easily continue to search the breadth of their particular library's collection for additional materials, enabling faster, simpler research. The collaboration furthers the Summon service's mission to make library content easier to discover by researchers and students.
"Our partnership with JSTOR is one more example of how Serials Solutions is closing the loop on resource discovery," said Michael Gersch, senior vice president and general manager of Serials Solutions. "With the JSTOR integration we're enabling users with a powerful means to not only engage with the content on JSTOR, but to return to their home library resources."
With more than 1,300 scholarly journals and more than 1 million images, letters and other primary sources, JSTOR is one of the world's most trusted sources for academic content, serving nearly 7,000 institutions in 159 countries. With this pilot, JSTOR users from institutions subscribing to the Summon service will be recognized through IP authentication, prompting the appearance of their institutions' Summon search box on JSTOR. That will allow them to run a search across the other resources available at their institution's library, providing an uninterrupted and accelerated research process.
"More and more academic libraries are evaluating and implementing discovery services such as Summon," said Bruce Heterick, Vice President of Outreach & Participation Services for JSTOR. "While we continue to build JSTOR into a research platform aimed at the complete lifecycle of discovery and fulfillment, there is an opportunity to help libraries leverage the investments they are making in these systems, and reveal those discovery systems in a more significant way to their end-users. We feel this is an important step in supporting libraries as they pursue a more comprehensive set of solutions for exposing researchers to the myriad of incredible resources that the library offers."
The pilot will involve a small number of institutions and will run through June, 2011. The goal is to make the service available to all Summon subscribing libraries thereafter.
JSTOR is a preservation archive and research platform for the academic community. Through JSTOR, faculty, researchers, and students are able to discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive of over 1,300 academic journals, as well as conference proceedings, monographs, and other scholarly content. Nearly 7,000 libraries and cultural heritage institutions and hundreds of the world's leading publishers of scholarly literature participate in and support JSTOR. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to advance scholarship and teaching in sustainable ways. ITHAKA also includes two additional services—Ithaka S+R and Portico. For more information, please visit http://www.jstor.org or http://www.ithaka.org.
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 3,000 libraries of all sizes and types. Serials Solutions' comprehensive suite of discovery tools and management services helps improve access to and use of collections, eases librarian workloads and ultimately reduces operating costs. Solutions include: 360, the only complete and integrated e-resource access and management solution; KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase and foundation for Serials Solutions 360; Ulrich's, the world's most authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information for serials and the most comprehensive source of print and electronic serials data available; AquaBrowser, a discovery layer that makes navigation more accessible; and most recently the Summon web-scale discovery service, a world-class tool that provides instant access to the full breadth of the library's collection through a single search.