Company asks Facebook friends why libraries rock and opens access to popular databases April 10 through 16
ProQuest, an information firm central to research, is celebrating National Library Week (April 10-16) by giving libraries new opportunities to market their rich online database services to their communities and giving citizens a chance to share their love of libraries on the company’s Facebook page. ProQuest will provide free internet access to a variety of popular resources found exclusively through library web sites. ProQuest has also created new web icons, banners, and a screensaver to help libraries highlight the online research databases available through their websites year-round.
“Libraries have a wealth of unique, online resources that address all sorts of questions challenging their communities. Whether people are building a family tree or completing a homework assignment, their library can help, and it’s open 24/7 through any internet connection,” said Lynda James-Gilboe, ProQuest senior vice-president of marketing and customer care. “National Library Week is a perfect opportunity to take a look at the reliable information that’s available online through the library.”
During National Library Week, ProQuest will open databases that support some of the most common information questions posed to libraries. Resources for genealogy, history, general reference, and homework help will be open at www.proquest.com/go/celebrate. Among the resources are patron favorites such as ebrary’s Public Library Complete and School Collection, ProQuest African American Heritage, ProQuest Civil War Era, CultureGrams, eLibrary, SIRS Issues Researcher, and SIRS Discoverer. All of the databases are filled with carefully selected content that passes ProQuest’s high standards for quality and reliability. None include advertising.
April 11-15, ProQuest is gathering comments from Facebook friends, asking them to fill in the blank in “My library rocks because…?” The company will post a short video each day on Facebook, asking a question about libraries. Fans are encouraged to respond to the question in the comments section. To enter, users “Like” ProQuest on Facebook at www.facebook.com/proquest, then click the Sweepstakes tab, and fill out the entry form for a chance to win one of five $50 Amazon.com gift cards or a grand prize of an iPad 2.
ProQuest’s celebration of National Library Week is rooted in its longstanding support of libraries and librarianship. ProQuest’s outreach and advocacy efforts extend deep into the library community. Among its varied programs are tools and services that help librarians connect with their communities, free database access and scholarship support for library students, and sponsorship of a range of awards that recognize outstanding library school educators and honor local efforts to protect intellectual freedom. In 2009, ProQuest initiated the Library Volunteer Program, which organized volunteer efforts to support Washtenaw County (MI) libraries and community groups. The Library Volunteer Program will kick off its third year this spring.
ProQuest is also a corporate member and premier partner to numerous library organizations including the American Library Association’s short list of Library Champions, corporate membership in the Urban Libraries Council, a sponsor of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, as well as many others. Involvement with these organizations is part of ProQuest’s commitment to the role of libraries as cornerstones of healthy, informed communities.