A group of renowned global academic publishers have announced that they will contribute their expertise to the development of ProQuest Rialto. Rialto is a comprehensive marketplace that enables libraries to acquire content from a variety of publishers and platforms.
Emerald Publishing, Oxford University Press, SAGE Publishing, Taylor & Francis Group and The University of Chicago Press will work with ProQuest to shape the new product. These publishers join a group of 10 academic libraries who have also signed on as development partners, ensuring a three-way, content-neutral conversation between libraries, the publishing community and ProQuest, a leader in educational technology. Rialto will be initially available to its development partners in December of this year before its broader launch.
ProQuest announced the development of Rialto in November 2018. Built on the Alma® library services platform, Rialto streamlines purchasing workflows by enabling libraries to acquire content of all types – ebooks, print books, video and more – from many sources. Advanced analytics from Rialto will help libraries make data-driven selection and acquisition decisions.
“This is a unique opportunity for publishers to provide input into the strategy, development and testing into a major new initiative,” said Julie Carroll-Davis, ProQuest Senior Vice President, Global Content Alliances. “By working with ProQuest to create Rialto, these publishers are helping to define the future of selection and acquisition of academic content.”
“We’re excited to introduce this incredible group of colleagues who will be helping shape solutions for academic libraries,” said Audrey Marcus, ProQuest Vice President, Books Product & Operations. “Each publisher has a unique and important position in our industry, and their broad perspectives and diversity of thought will be key to the progress of Rialto.”
Publishers on their decision to work with ProQuest: