ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Information industry veteran Rafael Sidi has joined ProQuest as General Manager, ProQuest Information Solutions. In his new role, he will lead strategic development of the company's content-rich solutions for academic markets globally.
"Rafael has deep industry expertise, a rich history of collaboration with users and a strong vision for how information solutions can advance the mission of libraries and improve users' research experiences and outcomes," said Kurt Sanford, ProQuest CEO. "ProQuest is delighted to have such a capable industry leader join our team and lead the enhancement and expansion of our information solutions and services to our customers."
Mr. Sidi comes to ProQuest after a dozen years at Elsevier, where he held several senior positions, including head of product management and development for many of the company's largest, most successful and innovative products, including ScienceDirect, SciVerse, Engineering Village, illumin8 and Elsevier's first e-book platform, Referex. He also led efforts that created the first STM online application marketplace and developer network. His product management roles served customers globally in academic, corporate and government markets. Prior to Elsevier, Mr. Sidi was Director of e-commerce operations for Bolt Media Inc., a teen-age social network platform.
Mr. Sidi holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Istanbul's Bosphorus University and an MA from Brandeis University.
75th Anniversary of Landmark Innovation
ProQuest is celebrating the 75th anniversary of microfilm and the legacy of innovations that have supported researchers and librarians for more than a century. The launch of University Microfilms, Inc. (UMI) introduced a new era for libraries, enabling preservation and sharing of large document collections.
To commemorate this pivotal milestone, the company created a comic book that tells the story in true superhero fashion of how microfilm became the gold standard for information preservation. Eugene B. Power and the Wild Beginnings of UMI is available in print and e-book format.
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ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company's products are a gateway to the world's knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and e-books. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information.
The company's cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students and researchers through the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Dialog®, ebrary®, EBL® and Serials Solutions® businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon® discovery service, RefWorks® Flow, Pivot™ and Intota®, a new library services platform. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.