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Users will get ratings, screen shots, descriptions and more directly from the catalog

Serving “gamers” at the library just got a little easier as a new addition to ProQuest Syndetic Solutions™ enables these often-loyal users to access rich content on video games right from the library OPAC or discovery layer. Video Game Enriched Content contains game covers, user ratings, the Maturity Standard Rating (such as “Everyone” or “Teen”) and more for 70,000 U.S. titles and nearly 20,000 U.K. titles.

"Library patrons visit their local library to access more than books, and it's important that OPACs and discovery systems include enriched metadata on the expanding variety of resources that make up the library collection," said Sharon Lubrano, Vice-President, ProQuest Workflow Solutions. "Through the new video game elements in Syndetic Solutions, libraries are able to provide comprehensive information to the library patron interested in games."

Syndetic Solutions' video game profiles include not only basic background information, but also content that allows users to make informed decisions on which game to choose. A star rating, game reviews, screenshots, along with game descriptions and features provide users with in-depth knowledge on the next game to borrow.

Syndetic Solutions™ is one the most popular ways libraries around the world are providing their users with a modern discovery experience. Syndetic Solutions™ offers more than 40 million unique descriptive data components, powered by Books In Print®, with content for books, CDs and DVDs that makes OPACs and discovery layers richer, more informative and far more useful for library users. With content added weekly — totaling more than 100,000 new titles each year — the flexible and customizable Syndetics keeps pace with rapid collection evolution.

Syndetic Solutions is a service of ProQuest, developed and maintained through its affiliate Bowker. To learn more click here.

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ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company has forged a 70-year reputation as a gateway to the world's knowledge — from dissertations to governmental and cultural archives to news, in all its forms. Its role is essential to libraries and other organizations whose missions depend on the delivery of complete, trustworthy information.

ProQuest's massive information pool is made accessible in research environments that accelerate productivity, empowering users to discover, create, and share knowledge.

An energetic, fast-growing organization, ProQuest includes the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Dialog®, ebrary®, and Serials Solutions® businesses and notable research tools such as the RefWorks®, and Pivot services, as well as its' Summon® web-scale discovery service. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.

06 August 2013

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