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Early European Books is migrating to the ProQuest Platform!
ProQuest is pleased to inform you that Early European Books will be moving from its legacy Chadwyck-Healey interface, to the powerful, newly-enhanced ProQuest Platform, starting in September 2018! With its clean interface and responsive design, the ProQuest platform delivers a modern research experience that guides users’ discovery, access and management of rich, diverse content sources. As a result, the collections of Early European Books will be more discoverable as users will be able to cross-search its content along with scholarly journals, news, historical documents and other relevant sources.
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Dual access will start on September 30!
Access the new instance of Early European Books.
What this means for you, is that you can explore Early European Books in a new environment – the ProQuest Platform! Check out how it will look!
New Home Page:
New Visualization Tool — An Interactive Historical Map
Newly enhanced metadata has extended search, retrieval and discovery capabilities to deliver an improved user experience for students, scholars, faculty and library staff alike. Through a combination of amending and fully standardizing metadata across Early European Books collections, it's now possible to demonstrate the Place of Publication of the majority of titles as pinpoints on a scalable historical map. The data points may be further filtered by Source Library, Language, USTC Subject Classification and Date of Publication. Clicking on these pinpoints accesses title page thumbnail images beyond which the user may drill down further to the full record. Such functionality works to provide not just a novel means of searching the product but delivers the potential to visualize and interpret its contents in new and exciting ways.
Visualization Tool on the ProQuest Platform
Improved Search Features — the same search indexes are available in a more user friendly style
Narrow Search with Specific Subject Classifications Overviews — help the scholar to narrow down results
The book view with thumbnails also offers easy to download PDFs of the book and related results.
The many meta rich fields provides context for the book as well as opportunities to explore related items
- Newly-enhanced ProQuest platform. The modernized interface will consider the devices users are accessing the platform with, and the display will match the device (large monitors, standard desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones).
- Modern research experience, guiding discovery, access and management of content sources. In addition to on overall modern research experience, browsing the A-Z list of authors and book downloading into a PDF will be faster, and post-processing tasks, such as citing, saving and sharing materials into workflow tools is greatly enhanced.
- Cross-searchable with other entitled ProQuest databases.
- New data visualization functionality.
Read about the ProQuest Platform Makeover.
What To Expect
- Access the new instance here: Early European Books.
- Now that dual access is starting on September 30, 2018, you will have between now and the end of 2018 to acclimate yourself to Early European Books in its new environment! We encourage you to create new bookmarks, update you’re A-Z list and download new MARC records. You may also want to update your discovery tools to point your users to the new URL. Very early in January, 2019, we will decommission the EEB legacy URL and all redirects will point to the new instance.
- Legacy Early European Books COUNTER compliant usage data will be available from both platforms during the dual access period. Once the dual access period has come to an end, “legacy usage” will be available for approximately one year after the legacy platform shuts down. Institutions are recommended to download copies of their usage during the dual access period for their records.
- MARC records Frequently Asked Questions:
- Will there be new EEB MARC records for PQIS to download?
New Marc records will be available for download from PAM – the administrator module on PQIS.
The only update to the records as result of the migration will be the 856 field (the URL). As a result, customers of EEB will need to update their MARC records for their collections to replace the old MARC records at some point during the dual access period.
- What will happen if we do nothing, if we don’t update the existing EEB MARC records?
Once the dual access period comes to an end, the redirects will resolve to the new platform version for any bookmarked pages. Even if catalogue records are not updated, they will still link through to the relevant EEB records.
- What would be the advantage of updating records in September when they are available?
The advantage of updating the records early is that an institution can choose to point patrons to the new ProQuest Platform version of EEB above the legacy instance.
- Can we have a sample MARC with for the new EEB on PQIS?
Yes, but only AFTER the migrated version of EEB has actually gone live.
- What will happen at the end of the dual access period?
At the end of the dual access period when the legacy EEB product redirects from the legacy site to the new, migrated version of EEB on the ProQuest platform, then all document-level durable URLs contained in existing EEB MARC records will be handled by the redirection mechanism.
- What will happen to EEB bookmarks?
There will be an automatic redirect at the end of the dual access period for any durable URLs to EEB documents that users may have saved / bookmarked through using the EEB product itself, i.e. not via the MARC records.
- How about new collections that do not exist on the EEB legacy product?
From the next new collection – Collection 13 onwards – content will only be made available on the ProQuest platform version of EEB, so the durable URLs in the MARC records that will be issued at some point for the documents in that collection will point directly to the relevant document on the new version of EEB on the ProQuest platform.
- Will this be the same procedure for EEB Premium MARC records for collections 1-3?
The redirects will also apply to these MARC records.
- Discovery services – Both Ex Libris PRIMO and SUMMON will enable the new feed to the new access URL at the time of launch so they can support queries to both the legacy and the new sites until the end of the dual access period. At that time, the instance on the legacy site will be disabled and customers will have to select the new instance in their discovery tools.
- All Early European Books trials will be on the ProQuest Platform only, once dual access begins.
- Early European Books Collection 13, which will launch at the same time as the start of the dual access period, will only be available on the ProQuest Platform instance. This will also be true for Collection 14, when that launches in December 2018. In order to take advantage of this new content, you must direct your users to the ProQuest Platform.
ProQuest offers best-in-class customer service and technical support, so you can hit the ground running.
If the above information does not answer your questions feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist.