26 October 2009 News Releases

Ingram Digital is Newest Partner to the Summon™ Web-Scale Discovery Service

Ingram Digital, an Ingram Content Group Inc. company, has become the newest major content player to sign with the Summon™ web-scale discovery service, from Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest.

Ingram Digital, an Ingram Content Group Inc. company, has become the newest major content player to sign with the Summon™ web-scale discovery service, from Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest. The Summon™ service is a pioneer in providing instant searching of library collections – from books and videos to e-resources at the article level, integrated and accessible from a single search box.

With the Summon™ service, Ingram Digital will provide metadata for all the titles in its MyiLibrary e-Book platform. MyiLibrary is a fast-growing and comprehensive online e-content solution that currently includes 185,000+ titles, covering all major disciplines, with an additional 5,000 titles being added each month. Ingram Digital is part of a burgeoning movement of publishers and aggregators who are choosing to make their content more discoverable to students and faculty via this groundbreaking service. Each new partner adds to the service’s ability to fully represent the library collection. 

“We are always exploring new methods of helping content reach its destination,” said Rich Rosy, Vice President and General Manager, Ingram Library Services and Institutional Solutions. “We are delighted to expand our work with Serials Solutions Summon™, and to include information on the broad range of MyiLibrary e-book titles offered to libraries.”
The Summon™ service launched worldwide beta testing in January with key content providers ProQuest and Gale, plus other contributors such as Springer, Taylor & Francis, and SAGE. Since then, the program has continued to accelerate with major publishing additions such as LexisNexis®, Publishing Technology – provider of the scholarly research platform IngentaConnect™ – ThomsonReuters ISI Web of Science®, ABC-CLIO, IEEE, Emerald, Scitation publishers, the Royal Society, scores of scholarly publishers and university presses, and more.  The service is now available commercially and has been adopted by universities on three continents.

The Summon™ service is built with all-new technology aimed at addressing a fundamental barrier between libraries and users:  the lack of a simple, obvious starting point for library research. This web-scale discovery service overcomes that obstacle, by allowing users to enter a search term in a library-branded search box, triggering an instant single search against its massive content store and the library’s local catalog. It then rapidly delivers relevancy-ranked results in one integrated list. The Summon™ service provides simplicity for users and exposes the breadth of the library’s content, allowing more resources to be discovered – a boon for libraries, who want to get more from collection investments, and publishers, who want to drive greater usage.

The Summon™ web-scale discovery service is hosted by Serials Solutions.


About Ingram


Ingram Content Group Inc. provides a broad range of physical and digital services to the book industry. Ingram’s operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Ingram Digital, Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, Coutts Information Services, and Ingram Marketing Group Inc. For more information, visit www.ingramdigital.com or www.ingramcontent.com.

About Serials Solutions

Founded by a librarian for librarians in 2000, Serials Solutions is the global leader in E-Resource Access and Management Services (ERAMS) that serves more than 2,000 libraries of all sizes and types. Serials Solutions® KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase, is the foundation for Serials Solutions® 360, the only complete and integrated e-resource access and management solution. Serials Solutions recently introduced the Summon™ web-scale discovery service, a revolutionary tool that provides instant access to the full breadth of the library’s collection through a single search.

Serials Solutions also is the exclusive source for Ulrichsweb.com™ and Ulrich’s Serials Analysis System™ worldwide, and represents the AquaBrowser® Discovery Layer in the academic market in North America and Australia. The WebFeat® federated search service recently acquired by ProQuest soon will be incorporated into the Serials Solutions family of access and discovery services.

Serials Solutions provides fast implementation, easy customization, and outstanding value to libraries throughout the world. 

Serials Solutions is a division of ProQuest LLC.

About ProQuest LLC

ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that propel successful research and lifelong learning. A global leader in serving libraries of all types, ProQuest offers the culmination of experience from many respected brands, including CSA™, UMI®, Chadwyck-Healey™, SIRS®, and eLibrary®. With Serials Solutions®, Ulrich’s™, RefWorks®, COS™, and Dialog® brands now in the ProQuest family, the company continues to build on its legacy of responsive people in partnership with librarians.

ProQuest consistently seeks new ways to support researchers and quality research. 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 technology, ProQuest offers a depth and breadth 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 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.cambridgeinformationgroup.com.