ProQuest launches online Idea Exchange for librarians

ANN ARBOR – ProQuest LLC, the Ann Arbor-based information and content manager, announced the launch of Idea Exchange, an online community enabling customers to shape the products and services they invest in and use every day.

The company said the new community is for librarians who use ProQuest’s OASIS and  LibCentral products.

Current OASIS and LibCentral customers are invited to propose ideas or vote or comment on their favorite ideas, allowing groups of colleagues to shape suggestions together. ProQuest will read, monitor and respond to customer submissions, and those with the most votes will move to the top of the queue for ProQuest leadership to review and – when possible – move toward implementation. Each time an idea is implemented or included on the development roadmap, ProQuest will share the news with Idea Exchange users.

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has been using its own Idea Exchange forum for several years and has successfully implemented customer suggestions originally shared via the community. The company said the engagement between customers and Ex Libris product managers that began with the Idea Exchange has forged many long-standing relationships.

“Customers are one of our best sources for new product ideas,” said Rich Belanger, senior vice president and general manager. “The Idea Exchange is a simple, informal channel we can use to communicate with the customers who use OASIS and LibCentral and give them a stronger voice in product development. What Ex Libris has done with its online community is amazing. I’m looking forward to building on their success.”

More at www.proquest.com.

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