01 March 2010 News Releases

Iceland Steering Committee Selects ProQuest Central for National Provision of Electronic Resources for Next Three Years

The Steering Committee of Iceland Consortia for electronic subscriptions has selected ProQuest Central to provide electronic resources nationally for the next three years.

“The Steering Committee was very pleased to upgrade from ProQuest 5000 to ProQuest Central thus securing access to valuable content across major disciplines for the research community, students and businesses, as well as for the general population of Iceland,” said Birgir Björnsson from The National and University Library of Iceland, and the administrator of Iceland Consortia. “This will result in increased end-user satisfaction and higher usage year-on-year. We are very pleased to resume our successful collaboration with ProQuest and greatly value its excellent service going back more than a decade. We are confident that, through our continuing partnership with ProQuest over the next three years, the needs of all our end-users in Iceland will be served”.

ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated full-text database in the market today totalling nearly 13,000 periodical titles as well as unique sets of additional resources from thousands of full-text dissertations and working papers to market research data from industry and company reports to nursing procedure videos and cultural competency reports to assist health service professionals. ProQuest Central is designed to be the single most-used database, covering more than 160 subject areas including business, science and technology, medicine and health, literature and language, society and culture, the arts, history. Its size and scope makes it an unparalleled multidisciplinary resource for all researchers, at all levels, and a groundbreaking collection for libraries of all types.

Moving from ProQuest 5000 to ProQuest Central will provide Icelandic information users with more than 3,000 additional journals, an additional 10,000 full-text dissertations, 700 newspapers, thousands of valuable company profiles and industry reports, and videos. With its broad subject coverage and diverse content types, ProQuest Central will service the needs of various users from universities, colleges and research institutes, as well as distance students, patrons of public libraries who seek online quality information, corporate users, and secondary school pupils.

ProQuest Central will migrate to the all-new ProQuest platform in 2010, enabling cross-searching with a library’s entire ProQuest collection and empowering end-users to get the most out of their research experience.

For more information about ProQuest Central or any ProQuest product, visit www.proquest.com.

About the Steering Committee of Iceland Consortia for electronic subscriptions
The Steering Committee of Iceland Consortia for electronic subscriptions was appointed by the Icelandic Minister of Education, Science and Science in 2000 with the mission to make accessible selected electronic resources to all libraries, schools, institutions, companies and homes in Iceland. A five-member committee, the Steering Committee is formed by representatives from five sectors: university, health, research, secondary schools and public libraries, plus one from the National and University Library of Iceland.

About ProQuest

ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that provide the most successful ways for people to search, find, use, and share information.

A global leader in serving libraries of all types, ProQuest offers the expertise of such respected brands as UMI®, Chadwyck-Healey™, 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 level and sophistication—including content not likely to be digitized by others.

The company is nearing launch of an all-new platform that will transform delivery of several highly-regarded individual platforms into a consolidated research experience that will encompass all ProQuest family products over time.  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, please visit www.proquest.com.