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Peking University Goes Live with Serials Solutions’ Award-WinningWeb-Scale Discovery Service to Enhance User Experience

SEATTLE – Nov. 22, 2011 - Serials Solutions®, a ProQuest® business, announced today that Peking University, a top university in China, has launched its implementation of the Summon® service to improve the discoverability and usability of its vast collection of digital resources and library materials. Recognized for its academic achievements and modern Chinese education, Peking University is one of the top research and teaching centers serving more than 45,000 students, and is the first library in China to adopt the Summon™ service.

“After careful reviews and trials of discovery services, we selected Summon because of its comprehensive coverage of our resources, Serials Solutions’ strong commitment to Chinese-language searching capabilities, and our mutual agreement and confidence on the future development of this product,” said Ms. Nie Hua, deputy library director at Peking University Library. “With more than seven million library catalogue records, more than 450 databases and many prestigious institutional repositories such as the ancient Chinese materials databases in our library, the Summon service provides an easy and user-friendly way for our users to conduct important research.”

Founded in 1898, Peking University is the first national university and the most prestigious educational institution to cover comprehensive disciplines in China, embracing diverse branches of learning such as basic and applied sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and sciences of medicine, management, and education. As the largest library of its kind in Asia, the Peking University Library subscribes to tens of thousands of electronic journals and boasts a wealth of local and international content in its physical library. The Summon™ service will enable Peking University’s researchers to receive the most relevant information from the full breadth of content found in the library’s licensed collections, and ensure that these invaluable resources are more easily found and used.

“We are very pleased that a prestigious university such as Peking University chose our Summon service,” said John Law, vice president of discovery solutions at Serials Solutions. “This validates the work we have done to optimize Chinese-language searching capabilities, ensure the Summon unified index covers the vast majority of Chinese scholarly journals and provide a superior user experience for researchers worldwide.” 

Recognized as the Best Enterprise Search Solution at the 2011 CODiE Awards by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the Summon service offers the most compelling user experience by providing an easy and open discovery experience. Peking University joins more than 300 libraries worldwide subscribing to the Summon service, many of which are seeing a substantial increase in the use of their library’s collections. With a single unified index, the Summon service provides instant access to the breadth of authoritative content that is the hallmark of great libraries.

About Peking University

Peking University is a comprehensive and national key university. Peking University is proud of its outstanding faculty, including 53 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), 7 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and 14 members of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). The university has effectively combined research on important scientific subjects with the training of personnel with a high level of specialized knowledge and professional skill as demanded by the country's socialist modernization. It strives not only for improvements in teaching and research work, but also for the promotion of interaction and mutual promotion among various disciplines. Thus Peking University has become a center for teaching and research and a university of a new type, embracing diverse branches of learning such as basic and applied sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and sciences of medicine, management, and education. Its aim is to rank among the world's best universities in the future.

About Serials Solutions (

Serials Solutions® is the global leader in essential discovery and e-resource management solutions which are powered by a comprehensive knowledgebase. Its popular suite of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions helps improve access to and use of collections, eases librarian workloads, and ultimately reduces operating costs. Solutions include: the world-class Summon® web-scale discovery service, providing instant access to the full breadth of the library’s collection through a single search; the AquaBrowser® discovery layer, making navigation more accessible; 360 services, the only integrated
e-resource access and management solution; KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase and foundation for Serials Solutions® 360; and Ulrich’s™ services, the world’s most authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information for serials and the most comprehensive source of print and electronic serials data available. Serials Solutions, a ProQuest® business, is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. 

21 November 2011

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