Library Management

ProQuest Unveils New Online Library Catalog Enrichment Service

ProQuest, in partnership with LibraryThing, has debuted Syndetics Unbound, a new online service designed to provide libraries and their patrons with dynamic information and interactive, guided discovery through the online catalog.

Syndetics Unbound combines two of ProQuest's online library catalog enrichment products: ProQuest Syndetic Solutions and the LibraryThing for Libraries system. According to the company, the subscription-based service is designed to help libraries "transform the traditional online catalog into a dynamic, attractive showcase" and provide patrons with "a modern, convenient experience that includes expansive coverage of global books and media."

Librarians can use the system out-of-the-box with no customization, according to ProQuest. The administration tool offers element configuration and holdings management, as well as coverage and usage reports.

With Syndetics Unbound, library patrons can access the online catalog from their smartphone or tablet with the help of the tool's mobile-optimized user interface. They can also tap into LibraryThing for Libraries' reader tools to rate, share and review books.  

Some of the "enrichment elements" included in the Syndetics Unbound subscription service include:

  • Premium cover service with auto-generation;
  • Book summary;
  • Author biography and photo;
  • Look Inside feature that offers a preview of first chapters, book excerpts and table of contents for millions of titles;
  • Series feature that displays titles in a book series in the proper reading order;
  • Book recommendations from the library's catalog;
  • Professional book reviews from publishers such as School Library Journal, The New York Times, The Horn Book, Publishers Weekly and others;
  • Reader reviews and ratings. and
  • Information for patrons about other available formats and versions of a title, including paper, audio, e-book and translations.

Further information about Syndetics Unbound can be found on ProQuest's site.

About the Author

Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].