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Marist College tests new library collection management service

Marist College, a recognized leader in the use of technology for enhanced teaching and learning, began using Intota™ Assessment, a library collection analytics service from Serials Solutions®, a ProQuest business. Marist is the first Intota development partner to deploy Intota Assessment, and will be followed shortly by the other five partner libraries. Vital for today’s academic institutions, Intota Assessment offers libraries the ability to simplify collection maintenance, calculate its return on investment and showcase the value of the library.

Intota Assessment is the first production service of Intota, the Serials Solutions library services platform. Intota Assessment provides comprehensive assessment capabilities for both monographs and serials in both electronic and print formats. Uniquely developed for assessment purposes, the service leverages authoritative data from Resources for College Libraries (RCL), Books in Print (BIP), Ulrich’s and Serials Solutions highly-regarded knowledgebase. The combination of these assets gives librarians a holistic understanding of their holdings, including consolidated COUNTER and aggregated usage reports; providing views into data which are not possible with any other solution.

Libraries for the first time ever will be able to deploy "smart weeding" of their collections using such data as RCL, historic circulation data, print/e-book comparisons, and more. Intota Assessment provides libraries a broad spectrum of easy-to-generate reports to identify usage gaps and overlaps. Intota Development Partners will actively use Intota Assessment to address many collection management and usage challenges facing libraries.

"The valuable feedback from our development partners is validating our solution and underscores the market demand for a more holistic solution for collection assessment," said Mark Tullos, director of product management, ProQuest. "We are confident our thoughtful approach to addressing the associated pain points will enable libraries to clearly demonstrate their value."

Intota Assessment provides innovative views and metrics of a library's collection, including a number of reporting and analysis tools designed to improve collection management, making it possible for library staff to focus on delivering higher value services to their patrons.

Educational sessions about Intota and Intota Assessment are available at the American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 27-July 2 in Chicago.

The six Intota development partners reflect a broad spectrum of visionary institutions and academic research libraries; from public and private, community college and university, to single university and consortia systems.

The development partners committed to collaborating with Serials Solutions, actively using and providing feedback on the features to shape the development of Intota, include:

  • Ball State University
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Marist College
  • Oklahoma State University
  • The State University of New York at Geneseo
  • University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

About Intota
Intota is a new Software-as-a-Service, web-scale collection management solution that supports the entire resource lifecycle for libraries, including selection, acquisition, cataloging, discovery, and fulfillment — regardless of resource type. It embraces the principles of linked data, inherent interoperability with discovery, and lower total cost of ownership. Intota addresses the pain points libraries face, and represents a truly unique solution. Developed using open systems and standards, Intota provides relief to librarians by helping them work with greater efficiency so they can devote more time to mission-critical activities.

About ProQuest (
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.

26 June 2013

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