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Data and analysis informs usage and value of library resources

SEATTLE, WA, September 24, 2014 – The University of Canterbury recently selected Intota™ Assessment ( from ProQuest as the best solution to address challenges in evaluating usage of their libraries’ collections and making collection management decisions based on evidence. Detailed overlap analysis helps a library determine what resources to renew, acquire or weed to generate greater return on investment of their collection. Additionally, quantitative and qualitative analysis helps identify trends or spot other collection development opportunities.

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“We are putting more emphasis on the use/value of resources we purchase and using this information to inform decision making. This is a complex area and involves considerable work for staff,” said Tim Stedman, Resource Acquisition Manager at the University of Canterbury. “From what we have seen of Intota Assessment, we believe this tool will help us do this work more effectively. It also considers print holdings as well as electronic, which we hope will be useful for us in our physical collection consolidation work.”

The university also renewed its subscription to the Summon® discovery service and 360 Link. The library is driving research forward by ensuring access to the full breadth of the library’s collection with unbiased search results and providing students with a better discovery experience. The addition of Ulrichs™, 360 MARC Updates and 360 Resource Manager is increasing workflow efficiency in gathering serials information and managing the entire e-resource lifecycle.

“We recognize the importance of helping libraries demonstrate their value and streamlining workflows enables staff to focus more on patron-facing activities,” said Kevin Stehr, vice president global sales, workflow solutions, ProQuest. “With increasing pressure on budgets, libraries need evidence data to show usage and cost for all resources, regardless of format. Intota Assessment addresses multiple collection management pain points and favorably positions a library to successfully transform its workflows.”

Intota Assessment is the market leading library collection analysis and assessment service that provides a holistic view of a library’s collection and enables libraries to make accurate decisions based on real evidence. Supported by the authoritative Books in Print®, Resources for College Libraries™, Ulrich’s, the ProQuest knowledgebase, and ingested library data including COUNTER reports, its robust suite of business intelligence tools help libraries make informed decisions regarding collection development. With innovative views and collection management metrics, library staff can focus on delivering higher value services to patrons.

About ProQuest (

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.

24 September 2014

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