07 June 2006 News Releases

Serials Solutions awarded CONSER membership

Serials Solutions awarded CONSER membership

Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest Information and Learning, announced today that it has received CONSER Affiliate member status as selected by the Library of Congress’ Serial Record Division. This honor recognizes Serials Solutions’ contributions to the library industry and enables the company to improve the quality of CONSER records used worldwide.

As a CONSER member Serials Solutions can enhance and edit certain parts of the MARC records that are often overlooked and require attention. For example, Serials Solutions will make corrections to Library of Congress record control numbers and also transcribe ISSN data for non-US/non-Canada serials on appropriate CONSER records. It is envisioned that Serials Solutions’ own catalogers will be able to make other changes to records, including those that require more precise verification and other record enhancements based on data supplied by Serials Solutions.

"In linking bibliographic records with metadata from electronic resource vendors, Serials Solutions has been able to detect record control number errors in linking fields and identify other issues of concern pertaining to CONSER records," commented Les Hawkins, CONSER Coordinator for the Library of Congress. "As a CONSER member, Serials Solutions can now make corrections directly in OCLC and make other significant contributions benefiting libraries."

"Our attention to data accuracy, interest in serials cataloging, and commitment to quality service played an important part in our application’s acceptance," commented Peter McCracken, MLS, Serials Solutions’ director of electronic content management. "We are proud to be a CONSER member and we’ll continue to deliver accurate serials data and improved access for libraries worldwide.&quot:

Demonstrations of both clustering and COUNTERcounter are available at Serials Solutions booth 1424 at ALA Midwinter.

About Serials Solutions

Serials Solutions, part of ProQuest Information and Learning, is the industry leader providing complete e-resource access and management solutions to over 1600 libraries worldwide. Founded by a librarian for librarians, Serials Solutions helps librarians and patrons find and use electronic content through its Access & Management Suite (AMS), Full MARC Records service for e-journals, Article Linker - Serials Solutions’ comprehensive OpenURL link resolver, Central Search - a powerful federated search engine, and ERMS - a lifecycle manager for electronic subscriptions. 

About ProQuest Information and Learning

ProQuest Information and Learning is a world leader in collecting, organizing, and publishing information worldwide for researchers, faculty, and students in libraries and schools. Known widely for its strength in business and economics, general reference, geneology, humanities, social sciences, and STM content, the company develops premium databases comprising periodicals, newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books, and other scholarly information from more than 9,000 publishers worldwide. Users access the information through the ProQuest® Web-based online information system, Chadwyck-Healey™ electronic and microform resources, UMI® microform and print reference products, eLibrary® SIRS® and Voyager Expanded Learning educational resources. For more information about ProQuest Information and Learning, visit www.il.proquest.com.