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Enhancements for medical libraries improve e-resource access and management

Serials Solutions has enhanced the 360 services to improve e-resource access and management at medical libraries. Users now can browse and find resources using the 2009 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) through the 360 Core E-Journal Portal.

This enhancement supplements recent medical-focused features. In 2009, Serials Solutions added 1.2 million National Library of Medicine eBook MARC records and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) data to KnowledgeWorks. Serials Solutions also integrated the PubMed LinkOut service with the 360 Link OpenURL link resolver.

“We’ve been very pleased with the services we receive from Serials Solutions,” says Bob Pisciotta, Associate Director and Head of Technical Services at the University of Kansas Medical Center Archie Dykes Library. “Medical libraries are usually smaller operations, and Serials Solutions has allowed us to make the best use of the staff we have. Our clientele have gotten comfortable with the use of the E-Journal Portal and 360 Link, which are our main discovery tools for online content. I believe that our clientele will also embrace the MeSH browsing service. Altogether, we’re very happy with our relationship with Serials Solutions.”

In 2010 Serials Solutions plans to update the current MeSH vocabulary in KnowledgeWorks with 2010 descriptor data and to enhance the Serials Solutions® 360 management tools for MeSH data.

“We are continually gathering suggestions from medical librarians as to how we can enhance our services to better meet their needs,” says Leslie Lapham, Serials Solutions Product Manager for the KnowledgeWorks knowledgebase. “We are committed to improving the resource discovery experience in medical libraries and providing better access to and value from the resources that medical libraries purchase.”


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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05 January 2010

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