02 February 2011 News Releases

Serials Solutions Summon™ Service to Enable Rapid Discovery of Images from the ARTstor Digital Library

Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest LLC, today announced an agreement with ARTstor to enable the discovery of its visual materials collections from the Summon™ web-scale discovery service.

Seattle – Jan. 2,  2011 – Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest LLC, today announced an agreement with ARTstor to enable the discovery of its visual materials collections from the Summon™ web-scale discovery service. ARTstor Digital Library provides more than one million images in the areas of art, architecture,  humanities and sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.

“We are thrilled about the ability to integrate the metadata from the ARTstor Digital Library into the Summon service index,” said Stephanie Krueger, associate director for library relations for ARTstor. “Libraries value their subscriptions to ARTstor and want their students to be able to easily discover and access the collections. We are excited to improve discoverability of visual materials through the Summon™ service and within the context of a library’s entire collection.”

ARTstor Digital Library’s collections, which include contributions from museums, individual photographers, scholars, libraries,  artists, artists’ estates and photo archives, have been widely accessed by teachers and students of art history, architecture, literature, world history,  humanities and other related fields of study. However, with the integration of ARTstor’s data in the Summon™  service index, users from all disciplines will soon be able to discover a more comprehensive wealth of visual materials they may not have even known existed within their library’s collections.

“The Summon service acts as the digital front door to the vast information available in the library, which allows students to find and access all the relevant material in the library’s collection simply and easily,” said Michael Gersch, senior vice president and general manager of Serials Solutions. “By including the fast and easy discovery of the full breadth of ARTstor’s visual materials, we are continuing to ensure researchers have access to the most comprehensive search functionality available on the market today.”

Gersch continued, “Imagine you’re working on a paper about the French Empire and Napoleon, and you begin your research from the Summon service. You’ll get a list of relevant books and articles. In addition, if your library has an ARTstor Digital Library subscription, you’ll also get a list of relevant visual materials, perhaps images of Napoleon on his imperial throne or in battle. Clearly, this will give you a much more comprehensive starting point for your work.”

The agreement with ARTstor is the latest content announcement from Serials Solutions. Today, the Summon™ service provides one of the most customizable, all-inclusive digital starting points for access to a library’s serials resources. Currently, the Summon™ service allows researchers to quickly and easily search content from more than 6,800 providers with more than 600 million records. The Summon™ service provides proven value to more than 200 libraries worldwide who subscribe to the service because it provides a clear, comprehensive starting point for research, and it helps ensure material in the library is easily discovered and used.

About ARTstor

ARTstor, an independent nonprofit organization, makes available the Digital Library, which shares 1.2+ million images in the United States and 1+ million images internationally with 1,300+ institutions in 42 countries. ARTstor collaborates with content owners such as archives,  libraries, artists, photographers, scholars, and museums to make image collections available for educational and scholarly purposes. All individuals affiliated with subscribing institutions may use the ARTstor Digital Library.  ARTstor is also available to unaffiliated "walk-in" users at library workstations, where licensing institutions support such access to online library resources. Subscribing institutions support the ongoing development of collections and software for the ARTstor Digital Library. To learn more about ARTstor,  please visit www.artstor.org.

About Serials Solutions

Serials Solutions® is the global leader in E-Resource Access and Management Services (ERAMS) that serves more than 3,000 libraries worldwide. Our comprehensive suite of Software as a Service (SaaS)  discovery and management services helps improve access to and use of collections,  eases librarian workloads and ultimately reduces operating costs. Solutions include: the Summon™ web-scale discovery service, a world-class solution that provides instant access to the full breadth of the library’s collection through a single search; AquaBrowser®, a discovery layer that makes 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.

Serials Solutions is a business unit of ProQuest LLC.