09 April 2009 News Releases

ProQuest Offers Free, Open Access to ProQuest Student Resources during National Library Week

ProQuest will provide free, open access during National Library Week to three of its most popular student resources—CultureGrams®, eLibrary®, and SIRS Discoverer®.

ProQuest will provide free, open access during National Library Week to three of its most popular student resources—CultureGrams®, eLibrary®, and SIRS Discoverer®. These online resources connect learners of all ages to media-rich content that helps with homework, course study, and research. 

“We believe that libraries are vital in helping their communities find and use information, and are essential to supporting student achievement,” said Marty Kahn, CEO of ProQuest.  “That belief is at the core of what we do every day.  And during National Library Week, we’re especially pleased to celebrate the contributions libraries and librarians make, and encourage everyone to take advantage of the tremendous public service they provide.”

From Monday, April 13 through Friday April 17 CultureGrams®, eLibrary®, and SIRS Discoverer® will be freely available at www.proquestk12.com/go/celebrate.  CultureGrams®offers concise, reliable, and up-to-date country reports on the cultures of the world—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.  It goes beyond basic facts because local experts document the unique, intimate details of each country’s customs, traditions, and daily life. Videos, slideshows, images, statistics, and local recipes offer, authentic views into everyday life.  eLibrary® delivers high-quality, high-interest, and highly usable full-text and multimedia content—all via an engaging, contemporary interface. Users can tap into 70 million documents from 2,900 sources that align to more than 20,000 hot topics.    SIRS Discoverer® provides a safe, kid-friendly online discovery environment for young learners.   SIRS Discoverer® connects users to a wide range of topics, articles, graphics, and websites editorially selected from more than 1,900 sources worldwide. 

 Anyone with an internet connect can access these highly regarded deep web resources for free during National Library Week.  The link will provide direct access to the products with no username or password needed.

ProQuest’s celebration of National Library Week is rooted in its longstanding support of libraries and librarianship.  ProQuest's outreach and advocacy efforts extend deep into the library community.  Among its varied programs are tools and services that help librarians connect with their communities, free database access and scholarship support for library students, and sponsorship of a range of awards that recognize outstanding library school educators and honor local efforts to protect intellectual freedom.   ProQuest is also a corporate member and premier partner to numerous library organizations including the American Library Association's short list of Library Champions, corporate membership in the Urban Libraries Council, a sponsor of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, as well as many others. Involvement with these organizations is part of ProQuest’s commitment to the role of libraries as cornerstones of healthy, informed communities. 
ProQuest's active support for charitable causes spans large organizations such as United Way, March of Dimes, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to grassroots efforts that support local needs, such as the Washtenaw Literacy Campaign.  ProQuest, and its employees around the globe, commit both time and dollars to improve the lives of the world’s citizens.  To learn more about ProQuest's advocacy efforts visit http://www.proquest.com/en-US/aboutus/advocacy.


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.