ProQuest Books Week 2020



Join us 7th - 11th September 2020. All online. All free.




We're Bringing Our Experts Live to You

This year, our Books Days are moving online. Over 5 days, you will hear from the ProQuest team of experts and library professionals. We'll discuss the latest industry trends, upcoming product developments, cutting-edge edtech solutions and share best practices and ideas on supporting digital-first strategies.

Aine Rice


"We're excited to bring our popular Books Days online in 2020. This year, we're hosting 5 sessions over 5 days and bringing experts live to you. We'll discuss everything from reading lists, streamlining workflows, transforming digital education and more to support you and your institution as you face new challenges and opportunities" - Áine Rice, Books Sales Director

Here Is What You Can Expect

5 sessions over 5 days. We've picked the latest trends and key themes library professionals told us they want to learn more about. Join us and other library colleagues for practical and inspiring sessions and walk away with ideas to help your everyday work. Get a head start for the new academic year and learn what you can expect from ProQuest as a partner in 2020 and beyond.

Our daily sessions will run from 7th - 11th September 2020. Each session is scheduled for 1h and 30 minutes with Q&A/chat time at the end.

To book your place, please register via the links below.

Schedule and Topics. Jump to Each Session

7th September | 8th September | 9th September | 10th September | 11th September

We're still making tweaks to the schedule. Please check this page regularly for the latest information.

Can’t attend all sessions live? Not to worry, just register and we’ll send you a recording after each webinar.
And if you've missed any of the session and would like to get the recording,
please get in touch.

Day 1 Diversifying reading lists and content acquisition

Diversifying reading lists and content acquisition

Date/Time: 7th September - 2:00pm BST

Duration: 1h 30 min

We're seeing more and more libraries and academic staff adapting reading lists to include more culturally inclusive content to complement the curriculum. Many have published policies to diversify reading lists and decolonise the curriculum but there is still ongoing debate on how to achieve diversity of both author and viewpoint in reading materials.

A panel of librarians, including Sam Piker, Brunel University London and Simon Collins, Anna Englund, Kingston University London and Davina Omar, University of West London will discuss their experience working with faculty and other university staff to create inclusive reading lists. And Natasha Edmonds, Sr. Books Specialist and Leigh Wright, Books Product Manager at ProQuest will share the steps we're taking in championing diversity, equity and inclusion in our content curation and aggregation to provide a platform for diverse and underrepresented voices, cultures and communities.

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Day 2 How Rialto is changing essential library workflows

How Rialto is changing essential library workflows

Date/Time: 8th September - 2:00pm BST

Duration: 1h 30 min

With Rialto, we took a very collaborative approach to resolving pain points in the selection and acquisition workflow for academic libraries. By working with librarians around the world, we identified the most pressing issues - such as lack of data for decision-making and scattered work processes - and utilized our technology to resolve them.

For this session we are delighted to be joined by, Lee Blyth, Discovery & Access Librarian, Library Collection and Digital Services at Northumbria University. Lee leads the implementation of new cross-team digital workflows and will give an overview of how the library is using Rialto and how transformative the marketplace can be going forward. We also have the pleasure of welcoming Esther Arens, Head of Resources at the University of Leicester, a Rialto development  partner, who will talk about her experience of using Rialto and how it's changing traditional library workflows. In addition, we'll hear from Alistair Millar, Acquisitions Supervisor University of Edinburgh who'll discuss the workflow efficiencies gained at the university since adopting Rialto into the library's workflows.

Finally, you will hear from Yuval Kiselstein, Sr Dir Product Management at ProQuest on exciting new developments planned for Rialto with a sneak peek into "Faculty Feeds".

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Day 3 - OASIS: Opening The Door to Primary Publishers

OASIS: Opening the door to primary publishers

Date/Time: 9th September - 3:00pm BST

Duration: 1h 30 min

As we continue to partner with leading publishers and partners and expand the ability to order ebooks and streaming video from their platforms on OASIS, we are opening even more ways for librarians to save time and resources using one-stop selection and invoicing.

It is our pleasure to welcome Neil O'Brien, Acquisitions Librarian at National University of Ireland Galway and Wendy Walker, Senior Assistant Librarian at the University of Glasgow who will share their top tips for streamlining workflows using Publisher Direct on the OASIS platform and best practices in content acquisition.
And we are delighted to be joined by Mark Majurey, ‎Commercial Director & VP, Digital Publishing at Taylor & Francis who will discuss the ongoing partnership with ProQuest in automating the marketplace and supporting librarian choices. Finally, Audrey Marcus, VP Books Product & Operations; Jean Ward, Lead Product Manager and Rosalie Stackpole, Product Manager Books at ProQuest will take you through some exciting upcoming platform enhancements that can help you streamline ebook selection and acquisition.

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Day 4 - Using subscription at the center of collection development strategies

Using subscription at the center of collection development strategies

Date/Time: 10th September - 2:00pm BST

Duration: 1h 30 min

As library buildings closed and access to print collections was interrupted, many users turned to ebook content for their remote learning, teaching and research needs. This sudden shift exposed a significant vulnerability but also an opportunity for libraries and many are re-discovering the vital role unlimited ebooks provide.

Whitney Murphy, Senior Manager, Strategy & Market Support and Radhi (RJ) Jagirdar, Product Marketing Manager, will explore usage trends and market data across Academic Complete to reveal the new reality for ebook subscription collections.

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Day 5 - Ebook Central: Accessibility and optimising the research experience

Ebook Central: Accessibility and optimising the research experience

Date/Time: 11th September - 2:00pm BST

Duration: 1h 30 min

In this session, we will “speak  accessibility”, user requirements and the steps we are taking to make accessibility an integral part of Ebook Central and the research experience. Brandy McNamara, Director Product Management at ProQuest, will reflect on the progress we’ve made to date (including achieving 100% ASPIREscores Gold on Ebook Central) and the work our Accessibility Council is doing to ensure we’re meeting the highest accessibility industry standards. 

We're delighted to welcome Huw Alexander, Managing Director at textBOX, who will discuss the ASPIRE project for improving the quality of accessibility statements from publishers, digital content platforms, and universities and colleges. He’ll walk us through the results of the recent ASPIREeducation survey of higher and further education institutions, focusing on the new Public Sector Bodies accessibility regulations. And will also outline the expansion of the free searchBOX service that addresses the issue of third-party accessibility statements for librarians and institutions.

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ProQuest Books Week
7th - 11th September 2020

Join us for 5 inspiring sessions. No Travel. No Cost. ProQuest experts and fellow library professionals will discuss insights, strategies and trends in achieving better workflows and delivering better research outcomes.

See what some of our past attendees said:

  • Mark Hughes, Head of Library Services  - Cardiff Metropolitan University
    “At the ProQuest Day I enjoyed the variety of content and the updates on some of the bigger ProQuest developments. It was great to be able to pick up all the information in one place and on one day.”
  • Tom Wicks, Content & Digital Resources Officer - Plymouth University
    “The ProQuest Days are useful to hear updates on future plans for already used services and resources, as well as speaking with relevant ProQuest staff and hearing experiences and practices of other libraries.”
  • Carol Barker, Senior Assistant Librarian - De Montfort University
    “The ProQuest Days are great for finding out what is new and coming up, as well as hearing about the range of products/resources. It’s also good to meet colleagues and discuss trends and libraries in general.”

Join us for ProQuest Books Week!


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