ProQuest has acquired Palo Alto-based SIPX, creator of a digital course materials solution that addresses a variety of copyright and costs concerns for universities. SIPX eliminates duplicate spending on course packs (collections of assigned readings) by connecting students to materials already purchased and available to them through their university library.
'SIPX’s contributions to the higher education community align with ProQuest’s mission to connect libraries more deeply into the day-to-day research and education needs of students and faculty,' said Kurt Sanford, ProQuest CEO. 'Its service enables universities to further leverage the investments their libraries have made in their research collections. With our support, customer relationships and investment, we will rapidly increase the availability and richness of SIPX’s services.'
Developed from Stanford University research, SIPX became an independent business in 2012. Educators, librarians and support staff at leading schools — including the University of Illinois, the University of Notre Dame, Stanford University, the University of Texas-Austin, and others — use SIPX to set up course readings and benefit from the system’s automatic check for works that are available at no cost to students via library subscriptions or open sources. Students are said to have experienced an average of 20 to 35 per cent in savings.
'We are thrilled to join forces with our long-time partner ProQuest, a true industry leader that believes in and supports our vision to provide users with content quickly, easily and cost-effectively,' said Franny Lee, co-founder of SIPX. 'In joining ProQuest’s ranks, SIPX is better positioned to continue working with valued partners and customers to deliver unparalleled service, both now and as new developments in higher education arise in this ever-changing digital and global era.'