SEATTLE, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Intota™ Assessment, a best in class library collection analytics service from Serials Solutions®, a ProQuest® business, is now available. It is the most comprehensive assessment solution that gives libraries a holistic view of both monographs and serials in both electronic and print format, enabling data-driven decisions regarding collection development. Intota Assessment is also the first production service of Intota™, a new cloud-based library services platform (LSP).
Developed for comprehensive assessment of today's collections, Intota Assessment is a robust suite of business intelligence tools that makes it possible for library staff to focus on higher value services to their patrons. Using the library's historic circulation data, as well as qualitative data such as Books in Print®, Intota Assessment provides evidence data regarding usage to make better collection decisions.
"Intota Assessment knocks down the data silos," stated Tim Bowersox, access services librarian, SUNY Geneseo, development partner for Intota. "Data that has traditionally been housed in separate silos is available on a single screen. We now have the ability to evaluate usage based on a number of critical data points – but it's presented in a way that makes evaluation and de-selection much simpler and more accurate."
Libraries can now analyze their entire collection using one solution. The service offers dozens of reports with multiple views of the data, including Cost per Use (CPU), cost by subject and peer analysis. Overlap and gap analysis for both print and electronic resources enable "smart weeding." Libraries can now acquire, renew or deselect resources more efficiently while making more informed collection decisions.
"The graphic capabilities are easy to use and very meaningful," said Kathryn Silberger, senior librarian, digital content services, Marist College, development partner for Intota. "They help visualize trends and new developments in a way that is easy to share with stakeholders outside the library."
During development of the service, the company gained powerful insight from the Intota Development Partners. Features and functionality by design address the challenges libraries face extracting data from the ILS and other disparate systems. Pre-filtered accreditation reports are one example of the efficiency gained with the service. What used to take hours to complete is available in minutes.
"The expertise our development partners bring forward is highly valued and they are an exquisite resource helping us make a comprehensive assessment solution a reality," said Matthew Brine, vice president and general manager, Serials Solutions.
ProQuest is powering the transformation of libraries to serve a world that demands content in all its forms – print, digital, video and the next emerging format. The innovative Intota Library Services Platform (LSP) addresses a key issue in library operations: the lack of integrated systems that capture all the formats contained in library collections. Intota is an integrated suite of services delivered via software-as-a-service, and helps the library meet its goals and serve its users while offering critical workflow efficiency by streamlining selection, acquisition, cataloging, fulfillment and assessment of resources. Intota tracks library resources – regardless of format – throughout their lifecycle, connecting disparate processes and eliminating redundant tasks to make resources more discoverable and manageable.
About ProQuest (www.proquest.com)
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 ebooks. 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, the RefWorks® Flow™ collaboration platform, the Pivot™ research development tool and the Intota™ library services platform. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices worldwide.
SOURCE Serials Solutions