|Swets Blackwell and ProQuest Information and Learning have announced
the beginning of a partnership that will allow both companies to provide
their customers with broader access to journal literature in electronic
form. The partnership is effective immediately.
In the first of two simultaneous agreements, seamless linking from the
ProQuest online information system will be provided to the nearly 6,000
full-text e-journals available via Swets Blackwell's SwetsnetNavigator
service. ProQuest CrossLinks technology and Swets Blackwell's multilevel
linking technology will enable direct linking to articles in e-journals
available via the SwetsnetNavigator system. Library customers who subscribe
to both ProQuest and SwetsnetNavigator will be able to access their e-journal
subscriptions directly through ProQuest.
"This linking agreement brings together two of the most widely used
content-delivery systems for libraries around the world: ProQuest for full-text
subscription databases and SwetsnetNavigator for e-journals," said Joe
Reynolds, president and CEO of ProQuest Information and Learning. "Both
companies provide quality sources, and the partnership is a great and natural
fit. Libraries—our mutual customers—will soon be able to seamlessly link
between the two systems to find the full text. This ability will greatly
enhance the library user's experience. Finding information in one search
rather than multiple searches in multiple sources makes for a more efficient
and effective research process. This is a big win for ProQuest; Swets Blackwell;
our customers; and their patrons, students, and faculty."
According to the announcement, customers who subscribe concurrently
to ProQuest's ABI/INFORM database and SwetsnetNavigator will gain seamless
access to nearly 200 more business and management journals. Subscribers
to ProQuest's Medline with Full Text who have a concurrent subscription
to SwetsnetNavigator will be able to link directly to some 1,500 additional
health science journals.
In the second step of the partnership, Swets Blackwell has been appointed
to distribute the ProQuest online information system to the corporate market
in the U.S., Canada, and most countries in Europe, the Middle East, and
Africa. Swets Blackwell will also have broader nonexclusive distribution
rights in the academic library market in most countries in Europe, the
Middle East, and Africa.
Geert Visscher, CEO of Swets Blackwell, said: "By entering into this
distribution agreement, we can further advance our ability to make available
all the information required by our customers. Such a strategic partnership
brings Swets Blackwell another step closer to fulfilling our goal of offering
the highest level of quality services of any agent in the industry."
Source: Swets Blackwell, Lisse, Netherlands, 011-31-252-435-111; http://www.swetsblackwell.com
and ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/761-4700; http://www.il.proquest.com.