Houston TX (May 15, 2000) - Questia Media, Inc., today named Carol Ann Hughes, Ph.D., an experienced academic librarian, as director of collections development. Dr. Hughes and a staff of librarians are helping to define and develop the company's online research service in meeting the information needs of a wide range of Questia service users who, for the first time, will be able to search the full text of thousands of books, journals and periodicals.
"Dr. Hughes is an important addition to the Questia team because of her extensive background in managing substantial library collections and digital technologies," noted Troy Williams, Questia founder and CEO.
In her new position, Hughes will direct Questia's collections development strategy, manage a team of collection, catalog and reference librarians, and communicate with key library, scholarly and technological associations. She will also work with an advisory board of university librarians and faculty in shaping the Questia collection.
"The transition from an academic setting was an easy one because Questia is building a first rate online book and journal collection and the company is committed to supporting the learning process," commented Hughes. "Questia will help meet the needs of librarians, students and researchers by augmenting their local library collections with unlimited, simultaneous access to a broad number of titles in the liberal arts."
Questia will facilitate librarians' goal of helping students find the right information quickly and easily. It will expand access to thousands of titles currently only available to students using libraries with larger budgets (and, therefore, larger collections) and give them access to books, journals and periodicals that may not be available because they are out-of-print, checked out, or on reserve.
The search function will be free and available 24 hours-per-day, 7 days per-week via the Internet. The subscription-based Questia service has a unique integrated research environment equipped with a suite of research tools that includes linked references between the full-text books and journals in the collection.
"Questia is looking forward to building partnerships with librarians because we believe they are essential to the research process," Hughes added. "We'll work with librarians to review our collections development strategy, participate on our library advisory board to determine the information needs of students, and help evaluate the Questia service as a research tool."
Hughes was most recently the Interim Director, Information and Research Libraries, University of Iowa. Previously, she was the Member Services Officer of Research Libraries Group; assistant to the director, University of Michigan Library; and director, University Center at Tulsa Library. Hughes received her doctorate from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Also joining Questia's collections development staff will be Suzan McGinnis, assistant head of information service for liaison and collections development, Texas Tech University, and Nancy Buchanan, coordinator of electronic resources, University of Houston.
Questia is a member of the American Library Association and will exhibit (Booth #4625) at the ALA Conference in Chicago, July 8-11, 2000.
Founded in 1998, Questia Media, Inc. is building the first online service to provide unlimited access to the full text of hundreds of thousands of books, journals and periodicals, as well as tools to easily use this information. For millions of college students and researchers, the QuestiaSM service will enable them to efficiently research and compose papers at any time, from every connected corner of the world. Based in Houston, TX with over 200 employees, Questia is delivering on the true promise of the Internet by providing access to the wealth of human knowledge. Information can be found at www.questia.com. Questia and the Questia logo are service marks of Questia Media, Inc.
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