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ProQuest Enhances Multimedia Discovery

ProQuest’s new Video Preservation and Discovery Service (VPDS) is designed to make it easier for university library patrons to find and access an institution’s multimedia collections.

VPDS combines rich indexing with metadata, preservation, and dissemination services. It integrates multimedia content with the rest of a library’s collections, making the content visible in the catalog and in the discovery layer.

“This service addresses a genuine frustration for libraries,” says Jane Burke, ProQuest’s VP of strategic initiatives. “There’s growing demand by users for multimedia research content and libraries have it. However, it’s highly siloed and scattered. … Libraries can now put more of their collections to work for their users.”

Academic institutions can sign up for VPDS to increase audio and video collection discoverability through conversion or transcription and to gain support with storage or hosting/streaming initiatives. VPDS works with a range of institutional media and file formats, including tapes and hard drives.

Source: ProQuest

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