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Serials Solutions is pleased to announce new Japanese-language enhancements for the Serials Solutions 360 services. These developments feature improve search results through enabling alternate kanji character matching in Japanese-language title searches, added support for many new databases unique to the Asia-Pacific region, and Japanese-language localization for the New Serials Solutions 360 Search federated search service.

“Now, libraries will be able to greatly enhance the discovery experience of their Japanese- speaking patrons,” says Serials Solutions Senior Product Manager Tim Fujita-Yuhas. “With improvements to language localization and recognition in the search interface, users now can access a tremendous amount of content.” For example, when a patron uses the E-Journal Portal to search for a title with kanji characters, and the patron uses one or more kanji characters that has “alternate” characters, the E-Journal Portal will return the desired results. For example, searching 國際 will return both 鈴鹿国際大学紀要 and 二松学舎大学國際政経論集.

These enhancements add to a series of 2009 developments within the 360 e-resource access and management services that provide greater support for Japanese libraries. Previous enhancements include language localization in the 360 Link OpenURL link resolver service and enhanced Japanese language title sorting in 360 Core and the Library Managed Holdings interface.

“Serials Solutions has committed to meeting the needs for our international clients,” says Rob Mercer, General Manager of Serials Solutions. “We’re extremely pleased to offer greater access to and improved management of Japanese-language content.”

Today, subscribers can customize Japanese-language sorting and alphabetization options for tracked resources in both patron and client-facing interfaces, provide their discovery interfaces in Japanese, facilitate accurate kanji searches, and enable access to a large repository of Japanese-language databases.


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 2,000 libraries of all sizes and types. Serials Solutions® KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase, is the foundation for Serials Solutions® 360, the only complete and integrated e-resource access and management solution. Serials Solutions recently introduced the Summon™ web-scale discovery service, a revolutionary tool that provides instant access to the full breadth of the library’s collection through a single search.

Serials Solutions also is the exclusive source for™ and Ulrich’s Serials Analysis System™ worldwide, and represents the AquaBrowser® Discovery Layer in the academic market in North America and Australia. The WebFeat® federated search service is also part of the Serials Solutions family of access and discovery services.

Serials Solutions provides fast implementation, easy customization, and outstanding value to libraries throughout the world.

Serials Solutions is a business unit of ProQuest LLC.

About ProQuest

ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that propel successful research, discovery, and lifelong learning. A global leader in serving libraries of all types, ProQuest offers the expertise of such respected brands as CSA™, UMI®, Chadwyck-Healey™, SIRS®, and eLibrary®.  With Serials Solutions®, Ulrich’s™, RefWorks®, COS™, Dialog®, and now Bowker® part of the ProQuest brand family, the company supports the breadth of the information community with innovative discovery solutions that power the business of books and the best in research experience. 

More than a content provider or aggregator, ProQuest is an information partner, creating indispensable research solutions that connect people and information. Through innovative, user-centered discovery technology, ProQuest offers billions of pages of global content that includes historical newspapers, dissertations, and uniquely relevant resources for researchers of any age and sophistication—including content not likely to be digitized by others. Inspired by its customers and their end users, ProQuest is working toward a future that blends information accessibility with community to further enhance learning and encourage lifelong enrichment.

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17 December 2009

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