10 October 2013 News Releases

Bowker® Focuses on Discovery for 2014 and Beyond

ProQuest affiliate Bowker, the world's leader in bibliographic data management, is turning the heat up on its role as an essential partner in book discovery, providing solutions that help publishers, booksellers and libraries better serve their customers.

"As the richness of the Books In Print database has grown so has the uses for this database as a metadata spine for discovery," said Sharon Lubrano, ProQuest Vice-President and General Manager, Bowker. "Within ProQuest, Books In Print is used as a key bibliographic component for a variety of services, from Intota Assessment to Syndetic Solutions to building the new ebook platform for ebrary and EBL. The database has also become a powerful asset to retailers to sharpen discovery of their book inventory."

Bowker founded Books In Print in 1948, moving the publishing industry forward with the first go-to resource for finding books published. The database has continued to grow and develop, becoming a rich source of bibliographic data that enables discovery for a wide variety of libraries and retailers. The company compiles the data directly with publishers and through its essential role in the registration of ISBNs.

For more than 40 years, Bowker has been the official registration agency for ISBNs in the United States and its territories, as well as Australia. Working directly with the spectrum of publishers – from the largest to the growing numbers of self-published authors - Bowker enables organizations and individuals to market their works more effectively. The company's role in standardizing information to enrich metadata continues to expand. In 2012, Bowker was named an official registration agency for ISNIs (International Standard Name Identifier), which is enabling greater accuracy of information about public identities by disambiguating similar and alternative names of authors, illustrators, scholars, and more.

To learn more about Bowker and its ability to accelerate discovery through bibliographic management, visit www.bowker.com.

About Bowker® (www.bowker.com)
Bowker is the world's leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. Creators of products and services that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience, the company also generates research and resources for publishers, helping them understand and meet the interests of readers worldwide. Bowker, a ProQuest affiliate, is the official ISBN Agency for the United States and its territories. The company is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey, with additional operations in England and Australia.

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 made accessible in research environments that accelerate productivity, empowering users to discover, create, and share knowledge.

An energetic, fast-growing organization, ProQuest includes the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Dialog®, ebrary®, and Serials Solutions® businesses and notable research tools such as the RefWorks®, and Pivot services, as well as its' Summon® web-scale discovery service. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.