26 May 2011 News Releases

The Summon™ Service Wins Top Honors from Software & Information Industry Association

The Summon™ discovery service took top honors at the 2011 CODiE Award ceremony in San Francisco today when it was named the Best Enterprise Search Solution.

The Summon discovery service took top honors at the 2011 CODiE Award ceremony in San Francisco today when it was named the Best Enterprise Search Solution. Highly competitive and much coveted industry prizes, CODiES are presented annually by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and are designed to recognize exceptional products and services. Information industry professionals named the Summon service winner after a rigorous evaluation using a standardized set of criteria, including usability, content, technology and visual interface.

"The Summon service’s innovative approach and unique technological architecture were driven by an intense focus on the needs of customers and as a result, it has redefined 'discovery' for the library and its users," said Michael Gersch, ProQuest senior vice-president and general manager of Serials Solutions. "Customers tell us about the impact it's making in their institutions and now to have our peers in the industry recognize it this way is really the icing on the cake. We're absolutely honored."

The Summon service was launched in 2009, bringing the simple, easy, fast and familiar searching found on the open web to library searching. A cornerstone of the Summon service is its unified index, which makes the full breadth of a library's collection–from print to e-resources at the article level–easily discoverable from a single search box and allows a user to be presented with single set of relevancy ranked search results. Now in use in hundreds of major academic libraries around the world, the Summon service is bringing students back to the library as the starting point for research and is enabling libraries to earn a greater return on their collection investments through significant increases in usage of their library collections.

The ProQuest family of businesses has received nine CODiE Awards since 1986, making it one of the most honored enterprises serving the library community. The CODiE Awards are the industry's only peer-reviewed awards program. Now in its twenty-sixth year, the CODiE Awards program has raised the standard for excellence and serves as prestigious representation of outstanding achievement and vision in the software and information industry.

To learn more about the Summon discovery service visit www.serialssolutions.com/summon. To learn more about the CODiE awards visit www.siia.net/codies/2011/.

About Serials Solutions (www.serialssolutions.com)

Serials Solutions is the global leader in essential discovery and e-resource management solutions which are powered by a comprehensive knowledgebase. Its popular suite of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions helps improve access to and use of collections, eases librarian workloads, and ultimately reduces operating costs. Solutions include: the world-class Summon web-scale discovery service, providing instant access to the full breadth of the library’s collection through a single search; the AquaBrowser® discovery layer, making navigation more accessible; 360, the only integrated e-resource access and management solution; KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase and foundation for Serials Solutions 360; and Ulrich’s, the world’s most authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information for serials and the most comprehensive source of print and electronic serials data available. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Serials Solutions is a member of the ProQuest® family of companies.

For more information, visit www.proquest.com.

About ProQuest (www.proquest.com)
ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company has forged a 70-year reputation as a gateway to the world's knowledge — from dissertations to governmental and cultural archives to news, in all its forms. Its role is essential to libraries and other organizations whose missions depend on the delivery of complete, trustworthy information.

ProQuest's massive information pool is accessible through the all-new ProQuest® platform, which moves beyond navigation to empower researchers to use, create, and share content—accelerating research productivity.

This energetic, fast-growing organization includes the Summon web-scale discovery service, the new ProQuest Dialog service, and business units ebrary®, Serials Solutions®, RefWorks-COS, and Bowker®.