ProQuest has been chosen by Jisc to continue to provide key ebooks to Further Education (FE) Institutions across the UK. Following its 2014 tender announcement for provision of ebooks for the UK Further Education community, Jisc elected to renew its existing contract with ProQuest, which has been in place for over five years. The new agreement runs through 2016 and enables more than 400 colleges across the UK to access more than 400 key ebooks at no cost via ProQuest's ebrary platform.
Lorraine Estelle, executive director content and discovery and divisional CEO of Jisc Collections, said "E-books for FE are an essential resource for the sector and we aim to provide the most relevant e-text books possible."
The collection has now increased by 160 titles, topping 408 ebooks across a variety of subjects including fashion, design, childcare, health & social care, automotive engineering and hospitality; all of which make up various parts of the curriculum for Further Education studies. Now, libraries will have far more flexibility in acquisition and delivery to their users of these highly sought works.
"We are committed to providing essential resources to faculty and students at all levels of studies," Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President, General Manager of Ebooks at ProQuest. "By teaming up with Jisc, we can ensure wide access to ebooks to those in the UK's further education community to meet their content and budget needs. This is a great service of Jisc and we're proud to play a role."
The books are accessible through ProQuest's ebrary platform, which provides full integration of search results with many third party federated search products.
With more than 14 years of input from librarians, publishers and end-users, the ebrary platform enables researchers to easily find answers, 24/7, from all devices including the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and all Androids.
Currently integrating with EBL - Ebook Library, fellow ebook pioneer and ProQuest business, the two companies will offer an unparalleled ebook experience in the new ProQuest Ebook Central service. Debuting in 2015, ProQuest Ebook Central will offer an exceptionally wide content offering, innovative and flexible acquisition models, and complete end-to-end workflow solutions. Customers are benefiting from the ongoing enhancements to both the ebrary and EBL platforms, including the new LibCentral administrative and acquisition module and the new ebrary Reader.