Introducing ProQuest Rialto

Universities are partnering with ProQuest to create a next generation solution that bridges selection and acquisition for an efficient, effective, timely system that increases value to users.

ProQuest Rialto

ProQuest is commencing the development of Rialto, a ground-breaking approach to unify selection and acquisition in academic libraries. Through benchmark analytics, recommendations, and a comprehensive marketplace with content of all types – books, ebooks, video and more – from many sources, libraries will have the tools to become more effective and efficient, and to buy what they need, use what they buy.

Partner universities have signed on to guide the development of Rialto. These institutions include:

ProQuest Rialto Development Partner universities include...

See our vision:

"This is about reimagining how libraries select and acquire content in ways never before possible, solving longstanding pain points
and inefficiencies in the library."
-Oren Beit-Arie, ProQuest Chief Strategy Officer

Here's what our development partners are saying about Rialto

“We know there are a lot of inefficiencies and a lot of things that just get tied up in manual processes when we’re doing selection and acquisition work at our library. When we learned there was a new product that might be able to solve some of those issues, we figured this is the next generation of the products we’re going to be using day in and day out for the next 10, 20, 30 years. I decided I’d like to be involved in making sure that works for libraries. I look forward to testing it.” Sarah Haight Sanabria, Head of Collections and Technical Services, Southern Methodist University, Texas

“I thought it was really exciting when they first proposed the idea. It felt like this wholesale kind of change had not happened yet. Everyone was improving their own silo, but no one had put it all together yet. That’s really exciting to me. As a tech services manager one of the most frustrating things is to tell my people that ‘I know we should be able to do this, but I’m sorry this is all we can do.’ I like the idea of unified, not just integrated.” Carole Correa-Morris, Director of Technical Services, San Jose State University, California

“When we were asked to become a development partner, we didn’t think long about joining this group. We know there are pain points in our acquisition process for selectors and purchasers. We’re eager to solve these to provide quality service for our patrons. I’m really excited about having a streamlined, unified interface which will have an immediate impact on my colleagues and our services.” Esther Arens, Content Discovery & Data Librarian, University of Leicester

"As an academic institution, we strive to ensure that every dollar spent will enhance our students’ experience and academic outcomes. Unfortunately, in some cases, the materials purchased to circulate in libraries go unused. Having access to reliable data, evidence and analytics will allow librarians to make more informed purchasing decisions when selecting future material for collections. Our team has many great ideas and recommendations to bring forward that will assist the library acquisition improvement process. We are excited to be part of this ground-breaking initiative." Pascal Calarco, University Librarian, University of Windsor, Canada

“I’ve been talking to folks at ProQuest and Ex Libris about the problems we have around selection. For the people who are doing the work, the processes are inefficient, and they have little confidence that they are choosing the right options or even seeing the right books. The environment is getting so much more confusing. This system would bring it all together--giving people confidence in what they are doing and how things are being done.” Steve Smith, Head of Collection Development, Boston University, Massachusetts

“For us, it goes back about three years when we began to work on more effective acquisition processes. Initially that was looking internally, but also working with our suppliers to support this. When ProQuest said to us, ‘let’s not just do what you need now, let’s do something much better’, I actually felt slightly obliged to join the development process. You don’t often get a supplier who says ‘yes’, let alone ‘yes and more’. I’m very keen to address acquisition process issues but what is more exciting is where we might go with analytics, with recommendations and how we might bring in our liaison librarians and other colleagues to get their input and ultimately improve decision making for resource acquisition.” Gavin Phillips, Imperial College London

"The University of Leicester is very pleased to become Development Partners for Rialto. Having heard about Rialto and the ambitions to create a new end to end process for acquiring content I could immediately see the benefits for our liaison activities with Faculty; our acquisition workflows; and our Collection Development. Rialto will provide better evidence-based, data-driven acquisition of content, both physical and digital, in an integrated and faster process to support our collection provision, development and management.’ Joanne Dunham, Associate Director Resources and Information, University of Leicester

“The problems ProQuest and Ex Libris are addressing by creating Rialto are very real to us at Imperial, and I’d imagine to every library. We want a seamless, end-to-end selection and acquisitions process where as much as possible takes place within one system, with far less need for copying and pasting, back up spreadsheets and multiple systems open at once on multiple screens. We need one user-friendly system which makes it easy for our liaison librarians to find the best content for their subjects, and offers an intuitive and efficient workflow for our Acquisitions team, making full use of data and analytics to help us supply and use material. We hope Rialto will deliver this and more, helping us realise potentials we haven’t thought about yet. That’s why we’re excited to lend our expertise to ProQuest as development partners, and we know both parties can learn a lot from each other.” Katherine Rose, Head of Content and Discovery, Imperial College London

“As both a teaching and research-intensive institution, we have multiple workflows, and becoming a development partner on Rialto will help us to transform our current processes, to explore new areas, and to ultimately deliver efficiencies. To work on Rialto from the outset gives us a unique opportunity to help shape some of the practical workflows, and to leverage the power of analytics, which will benefit the wider community. It will be really interesting to see how far we can push the type of functionality we'd want in the end product.” Elize Rowan, Content Acquisition & Access Manager, University of Edinburgh

The Pillars of Rialto

Selection and acquisition process have remained largely unchanged for decades. ProQuest Rialto will be reimagining these workflows in 7 key areas.

1. Unification

Selection to dissemination will flow automatically within a single environment.

2. Recommendations & Analytics

Librarians will discover insights, value, and overall higher ROI through an algorithm-informed system that provides analytics and recommendations.

3. New Models

The right balance of just-in-time and just-in-case, print and digital, self-serve and mediated buying models will allow libraries to have the resources available when needed.

4. User Experience

Users will explore single marketplace through a transformative shopping experience.


5. Self Service

Librarians can manage their collection strategies and actions as needed on their own.

6. Comprehensive

Rialto will feature a comprehensive marketplace of diverse publishers and expanded content types.

7. Collaboration

Community building tools will offer new models for sharing and engagement among librarians.

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