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New additions to recommendations feature makes Catalog Enhancement even more useful to patrons

ANN ARBOR, MI, November 4, 2014 – Library users will find it easier than ever to discover what to read next as LibraryThing for Libraries™ expands its Book Recommendations feature to include a broader selection of “if you like this, then read that” elements. The new, free and automatic upgrade to current subscribers to LibraryThing for Libraries’ Catalog Enhancement Package will display book recommendations by the same author, similar authors, genres and more, all based on the library’s current holdings. The upgrade enhances LibraryThing for Libraries’ unique tag-based discovery and links to other book editions and translations, creating more ways for users to find books they will love.

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Input from readers, librarians and professionals -- via ProQuest’s Syndetic Solutions and Books In Print – are combined to generate the recommendations in LibraryThing for Libraries, creating an unusually rich and balanced service.

  • Recommendations are included for more than 8 million ISBNs.
  • Community engagement is built as users rate the quality of each recommendation with a simple vote up or down.
  • Book searches are more powerful and flexible with LibraryThing for Libraries’ 112 million tags – individually vetted and weeded by librarians for quality and relevance. For example, new tags include "Steampunk," while "Read this Summer" has been retired.

LibraryThing for Libraries is created by LibraryThing, a community of 1.8 million book lovers, and distributed by ProQuest. In addition to Catalog Enhancement, LibraryThing for Libraries offers multiple enhancement packages such as the Book Display Widget, Book Psychic and a variety of others. All are available to libraries via ProQuest.

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ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company’s products are a gateway to the world’s knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information.

The company’s cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students and researchers through the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Dialog®, ebrary®, EBL® and Serials Solutions® businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon® discovery service, the RefWorks® Flow™ collaboration platform, the Pivot™ research development tool and the Intota™ library services platform. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.

04 November 2014

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