10 January 2008 News Releases

ProQuest Becomes First Worldwide Distributor of Critical Mention in the Library, Education, Corporate and Government Market Segments

ProQuest has signed an agreement with Critical Mention, Inc. to distribute its real-time TV and radio search engine , Critical Mention, exclusively to public library and education market segments and non-exclusively to corporate and government market segments worldwide. 

"ProQuest understands the distinctive and changing needs of students and researchers," said Rod Gauvin, senior vice president of publishing for ProQuest.  "We are pleased to partner with a proven leader and innovator serving leading companies in every sector of the economy with real-time intelligence gathered from broadcast news coverage. Our agreement with Critical Mention builds on ProQuest's comprehensive news offering, and focuses on meeting the evolving needs of researchers." 

Doug DeSimone, SVP Operations of Critical Mention added, "The partnership with ProQuest simply makes sense. Internally, CriticalMention focuses on delivering our services in the corporate communication, public relations, investor relations and news rooms markets. Understanding there is a very large market for our services in the general business intelligence and research markets we looked for the best partner to open that part of the market with. As a market leader in the delivery of research products to the libraries within the Education Corporate and Government verticals, ProQuest is an ideal partner."

Critical Mention provides continuous monitoring and gathering of more than 300 US network and cable stations, as well as more than 100 international networks from the Middle East, Europe, and Canada, searchable on one interface using basic or advanced searching.  Users can track companies, people, and issues in real-time, viewing news clips and reviewing transcripts. 

Critical Mention gives academic libraries the ability to provide access to multimedia content of particular interest to political science, journalism, communications and media studies departments.  Corporate libraries can continuously monitor their organization and competitors' coverage on broadcast media in real-time. 

Critical Mention Basic and Critical Mention Pro compliment ProQuest's current news offerings including ProQuest Newsstand, NewspaperDirect PressDisplay, U.S. Hispanic Newsstand, and more.  Now, researchers can start with ProQuest for coverage of both print and televised news mediums. 


About ProQuest
ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that propel successful research, discovery, and lifelong learning. A global leader in serving libraries of all types, ProQuest offers the expertise of such respected brands as Chadwyck-Healey™, UMI®, SIRS®, and eLibrary®. With Serials Solutions®, Ulrich's™, RefWorks®, COS™, Dialog® and now Bowker® part of the ProQuest brand family, the company supports the breadth of the information community with innovative discovery solutions that power the business of books and the best in research experience.

More than a content provider or aggregator, ProQuest is an information partner, creating indispensable research solutions that connect people and information. Through innovative, user-centered discovery technology, ProQuest offers billions of pages of global content that includes historical newspapers, dissertations, and uniquely relevant resources for researchers of any age and sophistication—including content not likely to be digitized by others. Inspired by its customers and their end users, ProQuest is working toward a future that blends information accessibility with community to further enhance learning and encourage lifelong enrichment.

For more information, visit www.proquest.com or the ProQuest parent company website, www.cig.com.