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Serials Solutions Announces New Ebooks Metadata Normalization Process

Serials Solutions (, a division of ProQuest, LLC (, announced the development of a new ebooks metadata normalization process for Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks, its e-resource knowledgebase. It is designed to provide more accurate and consistent ebooks holdings information to improve access and management of ebooks.

To enable normalization of ebooks metadata, Serials Solutions metadata librarians have developed algorithms that efficiently aggregate and authoritatively link data from all available sources. For each ebook in the library's collection, KnowledgeWorks aggregates holdings data from all subscribed databases and normalizes them into a single record. This makes it easier for patrons to find and access the ebooks in the collection, thereby increasing usage and return on investment in ebooks content.

Serials Solutions acquires ebooks metadata from all available resources without preference or exclusion. This comprehensive approach means that Serials Solutions services provide the broadest collection coverage for libraries of all types and sizes. Ebook records harvested by Serials Solutions populate the Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks knowledgebase and are distributed to patrons through the patron-facing interfaces of Serials Solutions 360 access services and the library's OPAC via 360 MARC Updates. Each Serials Solutions 360 service shares the same KnowledgeWorks data and administrative interface to eliminate redundancy and to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of each service. The new ebooks normalization process will be implemented and available in Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks knowledgebase in January 2010.

Source: Serials Solutions

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