Stacey Volanto

Introducing Bowker Book Data

Introducing the new Bowker Book Data website. ProQuest and LibraryThing, the co-developers of Syndetics Unbound, have announced Bowker Book Data, a new website for anyone interested in high-quality book data. Check out the website here: https://bowkerbookdata.proquest.com. Find out More The power of Syndetics Unbound comes from a combination of detailed, comprehensive data delivered and a simple, easy-to-implement architecture. A single line of code added to a library catalog or other book-world system brings everything alive, from enhancing records with data to rich exploratory features, such as similar books, series lists and professional reviews.

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Syndetics Unbound in Ebook Central

Did you know that if your library subscribes to Ebook Central’s Academic Complete, your instance of Ebook Central contains elements of Syndetics Unbound to help highlight the titles in your Ebook Central Collections? Many libraries use Academic Complete as the beginning foundation to their ebook collection. Syndetics Unbound displays some elements within Ebook Central to highlight and enrich those titles. Academic Complete subscribers get the added value of 7 of the 18 available enrichment elements within the Ebook Central Platform, which include You May Also Like, About the Author, Awards, Reader Reviews, Tags, AltMetrics and RCL Core Titles.

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ProQuest Celebrating World Book Day

In recent years, April 23rd has been a special day for the employees of ProQuest. It has been a time to recognize and celebrate World Book Day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day. This annual event first started on April 23, 1995, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. As a company whose entire business revolves around books and libraries, ProQuest has celebrated this day in years past by encouraging employees to dress up as characters from their favorite books.

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Book Profiles and How They’re Made

Syndetics Unbound’s Book Profile is a dynamic tool that lets users browse for titles using clickable profile terms, like character names, genres, topics, locations, and more. There are two kinds of Book Profiles—those created by editorial staff, and machine generated profiles. Today’s blog post is a dive into how Book Profiles are created. Fiction and Non-Fiction Profiles are curated manually by Syndetics Unbound editorial staff members, who refer to descriptions and reviews found in Industry journals to create a profile for a given title, using standardized terms.

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Top Rated Elements in Syndetics Unbound

Last year, we queried our customers about what their favorite Syndetics Unbound elements were. Not surprisingly, Recommendations were at the top of that list, but let’s take a deeper look at what you love the most about Syndetics Unbound. Public and Academic Libraries alike rated our You May Also Like recommendations as their favorite element. The recommendations provide the opportunity for serendipitous discovery of new titles and are based on both user suggestions from LibraryThing for Libraries and big data algorithms.

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