ANN ARBOR, Mich., January 28, 2015 -- ProQuest has become a partner in the Library of Congress' Electronic Cataloging in Publication (ECIP) Cataloging Partnership and BIBCO Programs. The company is the first publisher ever to partner in the ECIP program and joins academic libraries in cataloging pre-publication galleys of U.S. imprints received at the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress selects candidates for these programs that have demonstrated expertise in and commitment to cooperative cataloging.
"We're honored to have our adherence to the high standards that build quality metadata be recognized in this way," said Jane Burke, ProQuest vice-president, Market Development. "ProQuest has been a very active member of CONSER and we're eager to expand our contribution to the library community as a partner in ECIP and in BIBCO."
ECIP and BIBCO partners create high quality catalog records for digital products and monographs in advance of publication as a service to American libraries. ProQuest's role will be to prepare pre-publication metadata that conforms to the highest standards of the Library of Congress for at least one major publisher and may add additional publishers in the future.
ProQuest has been a longstanding collaborator with the Library of Congress with a unique public/private partnership. ProQuest assigns one of its employees to the Library's U.S. ISSN Center to perform work for the benefit of both organizations. The work that ProQuest donates has assisted the Library in keeping up with new ISSN assignments and moving forward on innovative projects and activities. ProQuest is also the official off-site repository for the Library of Congress' collection of American dissertations.
ProQuest (http://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's 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 and EBL businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon discovery service, the 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.