ProQuest Solutions Help Libraries Reclaim Space

Over 80% of U.S. librarians have deemed space reclamation a priority or stated that it will be in the near future, according to research conducted by ProQuest. In response, ProQuest is combining content solutions with digitization, assessment and discovery services to help libraries transform spaces and bring more value to their users.

To free space …

  • ProQuest offers its Digital Archiving and Access Program (DAAP), a cost-effective way to digitize libraries’ native research, which can reclaim miles of shelf space and boost discovery of the content.
  • ProQuest curates the largest and most diverse portfolio of digital content and offers flexible acquisition models for greater affordability and accessibility. ProQuest’s Assessment Services team simplifies decision-making by providing the data libraries need to determine which titles to weed, which to retain in print and which to convert to “e.” Once content is acquired, discovery tools connect users to the resources they need no matter their format, when and where they need them.

STEM makerspaces

Over 1/4 of libraries that are reclaiming space aim to offer users more opportunities for hands-on exploration into new STEM skills, with 59% of surveyed librarians saying a makerspace-focused collection would be useful. To support that goal, ProQuest’s newly launched Makerspace SELECT delivers 150 pick-and-choose titles that cover the most popular research topics in these collaborative spaces, from 3D printing and electronic production to machine design, application programming and project management. Works from premier publishers such as Maker Media, Inc., Packt Publishing, Apress, O’Reilly Media are included.  Some notable titles include Tools and Techniques for Programming Wizardry, Geometry of Design, The Annotated Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory: Build Over 200 Pieces of Science Equipment! and Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your Mini 3D printer.

“Our approach to space reclamation is simple: We curate, simplify and connect to help libraries extend their value and prove return on each and every resource investment,” said James Holmes, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Marketing and Customer Experience at ProQuest. “With close connections to librarians, publishers and technology developers, we’re  positioned to support libraries as they evolve their physical spaces and services to meet users’ changing needs.”

Learn more about the ProQuest Space Reclamation Survey 2016.