Syndetic Solutions™ Will Add Facebook Access and New Content Elements in Early 2013

Syndetic Solutions™ Will Add Facebook Access and New Content Elements in Early

OPAC enrichment tool's new features expand the service of the library catalog

PR Newswire

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., Jan. 16, 2013

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --A series of new features
will be added to Bowker Syndetic Solutions™, the popular OPAC and discovery
layer enrichment tool, significantly enhancing the utility of library OPACs.
The new features include enhanced content elements for video games, music,
movies, TV shows and journals, as well as a new Syndetics app for patron usage
within Facebook.


"OPACs and discovery layers are the primary gateway for patrons in to the
library collection. Syndetic Solutions has a mission to continually improve
discovery, connecting users with the information they need in their borrowing
or purchasing decisions," said Sharon Lubrano, Vice-President and General
Manager of Bowker®, a ProQuest affiliate.

In early 2013, Syndetic Solutions will make its Facebook application available
at no additional cost for all subscribers. The app will enable libraries to
provide catalog access within Facebook, connecting the library to the social
networks of its users. Library patrons will be able to search for titles,
review cover art, summaries, reviews and share or comment on titles they find
with their Facebook friends. 

New enriched content will also become available in the first quarter of 2013.
In the U.S. and U.K., video game covers, title, rating number, Maturity
Standard Rating (think "Everyone" or "Teen") will deepen the information
available to patrons through the OPAC. Syndetic Solutions' cover image options
will expand to include premier Serial Cover Image content from Ulrich's, the
acclaimed global serials directory. Further, new U.K. audio/video content will
be available through Syndetics A/V elements. Through Syndetic Solutions,
patrons will be able to find reviews and descriptive information about
entertainment content for more than 4 million TV shows and movies. Further,
music titles will be enriched with reviews, annotations, profiles and covers.

Syndetic Solutions is a service of Bowker, an affiliate of global information
company ProQuest. To learn more click here.

About Bowker® (

Bowker is the world's leading provider of bibliographic information and
management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries
better serve their customers. Creators of products and services that make
books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience, the
company also generates research and resources for publishers, helping them
understand and meet the interests of readers worldwide. Bowker, a ProQuest
affiliate, is the official ISBN Agency for the United States and its
territories. The company is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey, with
additional operations in England and Australia.


Contact: Beth Dempsey, for Bowker, +1-248-349-7810,
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