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ProQuest

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789 E. Eisenhower Box 1346
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106-1346
United States
Toll free: 800-521-0600
Phone: 734-761-4700
Fax:
Web site: http://www.proquest.com/
Email: info@proquest.com


Board of Directors

  • Robert N. Snyder -- Chairman and Founder, Cambridge Information Group
  • Andrew M. Snyder -- Chief Executive Officer, Cambridge Information Group
  • Matti Shem Tov -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Executives

  • Matti Shem Tov -- President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Robert VanHees -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Roger Valade -- Chief Technology Officer
  • Kevin A. Norris -- Chief People Officer
  • Yair Amsterdam -- Senior Vice President and General Manager, Customer Experience and Operations
  • Rich Belanger -- Senior Vice President and General Manager, Books Division
  • Rafael Sidi -- Senior Vice President and General Manager, ProQuest Information Solutions
  • James Holmes -- Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing

Company Ownership

Part of Cambridge Information Group. Cambridge Information Group is owned by the family of Robert N. Snyder. ProQuest is majority owned by Cambridge Information Group with minority investment by Goldman Sachs.


Library automation systems

ProQuest offers the following Integrated Library Systems:

  • Intota (0 libraries, 0 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 0
    Academic libraries: 0
    School libraries: 0
    0 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 0 library facilities included in libraries.org use an ILS provided by ProQuest.

ProQuest offers an OpenURL Link Resolver:

  • 360 Link used in 340 libraries, 499 facilities in libraries.org)

Corporate Chronology

Dec 15, 2015   Ex Libris acquired by ProQuest.
Apr 30, 2015   Ex Libris acquires oMbiel, a leading provider of mobile campus solutions.
Jan 28, 2015   Ex Libris launches Leganto course list management platform.
Jun 24, 2014   ProQuest releases foundation version of Intota, providing management of electronic resources.
Jan 20, 2014   ProQuest retires Serials Solutions brand.
Nov 21, 2013   Initial version of Intota Assessment launched by ProQuest.
Nov 4, 2013   Goldman Sachs makes minority investment in ProQuest with ABRY Partners selling its stake in the company.
Aug 20, 2013   Nielsen acquires business intelligence and commerce solutions products from R. R. Bowker.
Jun 25, 2013   ProQuest appoints Matthew Brine as Vice President and General Manager of Serials Solutions.
May 14, 2013   ProQuest acquires EBL.
Jul 13, 2011   Kurt Sanford named Chief Executive Officer of ProQuest.
Jun 22, 2011   Serials Solutions announces strategy to build Web-Scale management solution, later branded as Intota.
Jun 1, 2011   ProQuest acquires British Nursing Index.
Jan 6, 2011   ProQuest acquires ebrary.
Dec 10, 2010   Serials Solutions launches 360 Access Control hosted proxy service.
Sep 6, 2010   Michael Gersch has been named ProQuest Senior Vice President and General Manager of Serials Solutions.
Jan 22, 2009   Ex Libris launches bX Web 2.0 Usage-Based Scholarly Recommendation Services.
Jan 19, 2009   Serials Solutions launches Summon discovery service.
Nov 1, 2008   ProQuest announces RefWorks-COS as a unified brand.
Jul 1, 2008   ProQuest acquires Dialog.
Mar 17, 2008   Serials Solutions assumes responsibility for AquaBrowser Library from Bowker.
Feb 14, 2008   WebFeat acquired by ProQuest and merged into Serials Solutions.
Jan 18, 2008   ProQuest acquires RefWorks.
Jan 10, 2008   Serials Solutions renames AMS as 360 Core Basic E-Resource Access and Management.
Jan 10, 2008   Serials Solutions brands its e-resource knowledgebase as KnowledgeWorks.
Nov 15, 2007   Serials Solutions launches the 360 Counter E-Resource Assessment Service.
Jun 30, 2007   Remnant of ProQuest Company changes name to VoyagerLearning following sale of ProQuest Information and Learning to Cambridge Information Group.
Jun 21, 2007   R.R. Bowker acquires Medialab Solutions, developer of AquaBrowser Library.
Jun 2007   Serials Solutions takes responsibility for Ulrich’s products.
May 4, 2007   ProQuest CSA renamed to ProQuest.
Mar 29, 2007   Serials Solutions re-brands its products under the Serials Solutions 360 suite.
Feb 9, 2007   Cambridge Information Group completes acquisition of ProQuest Information and Learning.
Dec 15, 2006   Cambridge Information Group announces intent to acquire Proquest Information and Learning with ABRY Partners, LLC as minority investor.
Dec 12, 2005   CSA acquires Community of Science.
Oct 4, 2005   Serials Solutions launches E-Resource Management System.
Jun 9, 2005   Jane Burke Named General Manager of Serials Solutions.
Jan 13, 2005   Serials Solutions launches Central Search federated search product.
Jan 1, 2005   ProQuest acquires of Voyager Expanded Learning.
Sep 27, 2004   R.R. Bowker acquires Syndetic Solutions.
Mar 9, 2004   Serials Solutions acquired by ProQuest.
Jul 23, 2003   ProQuest acquires SIRS Publishing from EGEG Holdings Corp..
Dec 5, 2002   Serials Solutions launches OpenURL link resolver Article Linker, later branded as 360 Link.
Jan 31, 2002   ProQuest acquires Micromedia.
May 2001   RefWorks founded with the backing of Cambridge Information Group in partnership with CSA..
2001   Bell & Howell launches ProQuest Company.
2001   Cambridge Information Group acquires Bowker.
Mar 2000   Serials Solutions founded.
Oct 1999   Bell & Howell acquires Chadwyck-Healey.
Aug 1999   Bell & Howell acquires Electric Library from Infonautics.
1990   Medialab Solutions founded.
1989   Community of Science (COS) founded.
1985   Bell & Howell acquires University Microfilm International from Xerox.
1985   Reed Holdings Inc. acquires University Microfilm International from Xerox.
1973   Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey founds Chadwyck-Healey.
1971   Cambridge Information Group founded by Robert N. Snyder and Philip E. Hixon.
1967   Xerox acquires R.R. Bowker.
1962   Xerox acquires University Microfilms International for $8 million.
1955   Cambridge Scientific Abstracts founded.
1938   Eugene B. Power founds University Microfilm International.

Selected Articles from Library Technology Guides

The following are a sample of articles related to the major events in the corporate history of ProQuest, or you can view all articles related to the company from Library Technology Guides.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (July 2017). New Leadership for ProQuest and Ex Libris

The board of directors of ProQuest has announced that Matti Shem Tov, President of Ex Libris, will assume leadership of the entire ProQuest organization, succeeding current CEO Kurt Sanford. This change comes a year and 4 months after the acquisition of Ex Libris, a move that significantly expanded the position of ProQuest as a content, services, and technology company for libraries. This move represents an interesting change in ProQuest where the top leadership comes from the technology sphere rather than the publishing industry.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (November 2015). ProQuest to Acquire Ex Libris

In a move that alters the business dynamics of the library technology sector, ProQuest has announced that it will acquire Ex Libris in a deal expected to close later in 2015. Ex Libris, under the ownership of Golden Gate Capital since November 2012, will become a wholly owned business of ProQuest. This merger significantly extends ProQuest's offerings of technology-based workflow and resource management tools and places a broader portfolio of products under the responsibility of Ex Libris. While this merger represents a major step in the evolution of the industry, it is not anticipated to compromise the availability of current product offerings. Longer-term product strategies will be developed over time in collaboration with the company's customer base.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (August 2014). ProQuest Launches the Intota Foundation Release

ProQuest has released the initial version of Intota, its library services platform that has been under development since 2011. Fully integrated with the Summon discovery service, this version of Intota builds on Intota Assessment, released in November 2013. It adds to the package management tools for electronic resources; the new ProQuest global knowledgebase of metadata describing the holdings of electronic, digital, and print resources; and specialized functionality to support new models of resource procurement, such as demand driven acquisition of library materials. ProQuest designates the current package as the “foundation” release of Intota, upon which will be layered additional modules and functionality


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2014). ProQuest Unifies its Business, Drops Serials Solutions Brand

In a move that reflects a strategy of a more unified corporation structure with more cooperation among its products and services, ProQuest has officially discontinued the Serials Solutions brand and made other organizational changes in recent months.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (February 2014). Flow: Proquest’s new Platform for Citation Management and Research Collaboration

Building on the longstanding success of RefWorks, ProQuest launched Flow in April 2013 as its new generation platform for citation management and facilitating collaboration among researchers with analytics on the use patterns of resources. As a tool that sits between content and the researcher, Flow can be seen as a critical product for libraries and for ProQuest in its role as a content provider. Through RefWorks, ProQuest and its parent company CIG have been involved in citation management for more than a decade. Flow is positioned to move beyond basic citation management, providing an environment to foster engagement among researchers and a new layer of end-user interactions across its product lines. ProQuest announced in January 2014 that it is offering of a free version of Flow to qualified researchers.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (May 2013). Serials Solutions to Launch Summon 2.0

Serials Solutions will launch Summon 2.0, a major update of its Web-scale discovery service, expected to be available in June 2013. Summon 2.0 brings in a number of new major features, as well as optimizing some recently added capabilities. As part of the transition to Summon 2.0, Serials Solutions will make improvements to its underlying technical platform. Serials Solutions launched the genre of Web-scale, index-based search, announced in January 2009, with its first live implementation in July 2009 at Grand Valley State University.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2013). Serials Solutions Announces Intota Assessment

Serials Solutions announced that it plans to provide Intota Assessment for use in 2013, prior to the entirety of the product. This strategy reinforces one of the key principles underlying the data-oriented design of Intota. To support more informed decision- making in areas such as collection development, Intota Assessment will use operational data and metrics from all aspects of the library's systems in addition to data drawn from the company's knowledgebases and bibliographic products.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (December 2012). Serials Solutions launches Summon Suggestions for enhanced research assistance

Serials Solutions has added a new cluster of features to its Summon discovery service, announced in November 2012, designed to provide additional research assistance to library patrons beyond the presentation of search results. These features, based on the context provided by the user's search query, provide automated tools that can be customized by the library as well as real-time assistance capabilities.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2012). Serials Solutions: Summon and Intota

Serials Solutions continues to expand the reach of its Summon discovery service, both in terms of the content addressed and the number of library subscribers, as it prepares to enter the realm of library automation.


(January 21, 2012). Web-Scale management solution has a new name: Intota

The discovery and management family of services from Serials solutions has a name: it will be called Intota


(June 22, 2011). Serials Solutions announces development of New Web-Scale Management Solution to improve the efficiency of library operations

Serials Solutions announced the development of a new web-scale management solution that will dramatically improve workflows for librarians, further increasing productivity and quality of service to their patrons. Built entirely new from the ground up, Serials Solutions will provide librarians with a single, comprehensive service that will eventually eliminate the need for integrated library systems, improve efficiencies and address the challenges libraries experience today when managing their physical and electronic content and collections. The new Serials Solutions service will address the industry’s fundamental shift to electronic content, while still supporting librarians’ needs to manage their print and local collections. To do this, Serials Solutions will develop a solution that enables the cohesive management of a libraries’ collection, including the ability to select, purchase, catalog, circulate, compare, manage, fulfill, assess and report on their content, regardless of format. The service will also tightly integrate into the discovery process, working with the Summon™ service as well as other discovery solutions, creating an integrated, end-to-end solution.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (August 2011). Serials Solutions to Build Web-Scale Management Solution

Serials Solutions has announced that its project to develop a new platform to manage all types of library materials, spanning both electronic and print resources, is underway. This new product will extend the company's existing services that focus on electronic resources into a comprehensive platform that addresses all types of content. Serials Solutions has temporarily dubbed the new product Web-Scale Management Solution, but will ultimately coin a new product name. In the same way that Serials Solutions considers Summon a Web-Scale discovery service, this new product will apply the same characteristics to internal library management. These characteristics include a highly-scalable platform addressing a comprehensive view of library collections, delivered through software-as-a-service with Web-based interfaces.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2009). Summon: A New Search Service from Serials Solutions

Serials Solutions announced a new discovery service called Summon that aims to provide a unified search tool for library users. The goal of this tool is to provide access to all of a library’s content, print and electronic, through a single search box.

At the heart of summon lies a very large index of content that the company is building from a variety of sources. This index includes the full text of a large body of articles provided by many different publishers as well as open access content. Summon aims toexpand its index to include all of the content represented in a library’s collection of subscriptions, its local print holdings and other resources.


(July 9, 2004). ProQuest acquires Serials Solutions

ProQuest Information and Learning has acquired Seattle-based Serials Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of e-journal management and linking services.



ProQuest News

Monday Nov 19, 2018

All 630 Press Releases from ProQuest

10 most recent items:


November 8, 2018. ProQuest launches online community for customer ideas. Librarians who use the OASIS system or LibCentral , the administrative portal for the Ebook Central platform, have a new way to influence the future development of these services. ProQuest has announced the launch of Idea Exchange, an online community enabling customers to shape the products and solutions they invest in and use every day. <<more>>


November 7, 2018. Newspaper citations on the rise in scholarly research. The use of newspapers in academic research is growing, according to a recent study commissioned by ProQuest and conducted by Dr. Eric T. Meyer, Dean of the School of Information at University of Texas at Austin. <<more>>


November 6, 2018. ProQuest announces the development of Rialto. ProQuest is commencing the development of the Rialto service, a ground-breaking approach to unify selection and acquisition in academic libraries. Through benchmark analytics, recommendations, and a comprehensive marketplace with content of all types – books, ebooks, video and more -- from many sources, libraries will have the tools to become more effective and efficient <<more>>


October 10, 2018. New record: more than 1 million books self-published in 2017. According to the latest report from ProQuest affiliate Bowker, self-publishing grew at a rate of more than 28 percent in 2017, up from an 8 percent increase during the prior year. The total number of self-published titles grew from 786,935 to 1,009,188, surpassing the million mark for the first time. <<more>>


October 9, 2018. Hungarian Researchers Gain Access to Powerful Genocide Testimonies. More than 55,000 interviews with survivors of and witnesses to genocide are now available via streaming video to members of Hungary’s Electronic Information Service National Programme (EISZ) – providing researchers an evocative, deeply personal view of the impact of the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity. <<more>>


October 3, 2018. New Videos Prepare Incoming Students for College Life. The new Student Success video series, available through ProQuest’s Academic Video Online subscription product, was designed to meet this demand. Based on the Cognella Series on Student Success, a collection of books from academic publisher Cognella, Student Success videos offer practical, research-based advice to help college students develop the skills to support a happy, healthy and productive higher education experience. <<more>>


September 26, 2018. 36,000 Alexander Street streaming videos now on OASIS platform. From Broadway plays to training videos, the Alexander Street platform’s vast online library of high-quality streaming video has transformed the way people teach, learn and research. Now, 36,000 titles from this ProQuest collection are available on the OASIS® platform, allowing academic librarians to acquire videos in the same workflow they use to order books. <<more>>


August 9, 2018. OASIS platform adds 5,000 SAGE Knowledge Ebooks. Academic libraries can now search for and acquire SAGE Knowledge content directly through the OASIS platform, ProQuest’s search, selection and ordering system for print and ebooks. <<more>>


July 31, 2018. Hachette teams with Bowker to enrich customers’ web experience. Hachette Book Group has teamed with Bowker to integrate tens of thousands of reader reviews of adult, youth and audio books featured on its website, making its visitors’ experiences more productive and engaging. Bowker is a ProQuest affiliate and acts as the retail agent for content and technology from ProQuest and partners such as LibraryThing. <<more>>


July 26, 2018. Stunning HD films from BBC Studios – now available to libraries. From the Atlas Mountains to the Cape of Good Hope, from the Antarctic icecaps to the evolution of a species, the BBC Landmark Video Collection from BBC Studios offers a unique HD view into the beauty of our world. Now, a partnership between BBC Studios and ProQuest enables educators and students to access the collection through academic and public library customers globally. This partnership enhances the service to end users by providing streaming access to cutting-edge series like Planet Earth and Blue Planet. <<more>>