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Ex Libris campusM mobile app adopted at 50 UK campuses
- 01 Nov 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that its campusM higher-education mobile app platform has already been adopted at 50 university campuses in the UK and many more worldwide. The campusM app supports many aspects of student life, in addition to the teaching and learning processes. On many campuses, the app is integrated with wider campus systems such as learning management, student records and administration, and library services.

Launched in 2009, campusM has rapidly grown to become an integral part of life for hundreds of thousands of students. The flexibility of the app enables it to be integrated with learning management systems such as Blackboard, Canvas, and Moodle. These integrations, used in combination with the analytic data that the app provides, are helping learning-support professionals identify students in need of assistance to improve their learning outcomes.

Universities are also using the app to support the recruitment of undergraduates, to improve retention and course completion through student engagement in university life, and to increase university income streams by strengthening alumni relations and philanthropy development.

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ProQuest enhances Ebook Central platform user experience
- 11 Oct 2017

ProQuest has again teamed with students and other researchers to make the experience of using the Ebook Central® platform more efficient, effective and valuable. The popular ebook platform has enhanced its book detail pages to boost usability with simplified workflows, more chapter-level capabilities, and improved file naming conventions that make it easy to organise downloaded resources.

Libraries that offer Ebook Central will deliver an enriched experience to their users. For example, users can now connect to the exact content that is important to research or classwork-at both the chapter and subchapter level-allowing them to make better use of the ebooks available on the platform. The book detail pages feature detailed availability, descriptive and bibliographic information. Tables of contents can be expanded to quickly view chapter subsections and zero in on the section of the ebook needed.

Once users find the chapter or subsection they need, they can read online or download a DRM-free file using a new streamlined login process. New automatic file naming conventions mirror book and chapter titles and help users keep track of the content that they download.

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University of Montana celebrates first anniversary of campusM mobile solution implementation
- 17 Aug 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Ex Libris campusM mobile solution and portal has powered the University of Montana's campus app for a full year, with resounding success.

The University of Montana (UM), an early North American adopter of the internationally popular campusM solution, launched the app in August 2016 and has received nearly 12,000 registrations in just one year. The solution's ease of use and robust administration interface led to a rapid implementation brought about by only a small core team of four people, a few student employees, and IT colleagues across campus to assist with some of the development.

According to analytics available through the campusM solution, the most popular services and functionality provided by the app include the LMS integration with Moodle, food menus through the Food Zoo option, and personalized class schedules and grades. Food Zoo, which was developed with the campusM App Extension Kit (AEK), displays cafeteria menus, nutritional information, and daily updates for students.

In a particularly successful campaign, the UM team used the campusM app, leveraging its push notifications mechanism, to host voting in the annual student government elections. This voting system, which resulted in an extremely positive turnout, replaced the Ellucian Banner® system used previously.

Upcoming developments for the UM campusM app include a tutoring service to help connect students with tutors on campus, an International Development Studies (IDS) service to connect students in the IDS program with scholarship, internship, and program information, and integration with the university's Cascade Content Management System so that content owners can more easily manage their service content.

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Sheridan builds mobile app for the International Society of Managing&Technical Editors
- 25 Jul 2017

Sheridan, a provider of print, publishing services and technology solutions to publishers, recently worked with ISMTE to develop and launch a robust mobile app for the Editorial Office News (EON) newsletter for ISMTE. Members can now access EON through the app, anytime, anywhere.

The EON mobile app gives users full search capability, as well as the ability to download issues, access past issues, and toggle between full-page views and text-only views. Active URL and email links within facilitate deep content exploration and the potential for member-society interaction. Members also receive automatic 'new issue' alerts. ISMTE can manage subscriptions easily through the app, and gain important insight into member preferences through detailed usage analytics.

Members can visit Google Play or the App Store to download the EON app.

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IOP Publishing and IPEM celebrate launch of first ebook collaboration
- 18 Jul 2017

IOP Publishing and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) have marked a new milestone in their 40-year relationship, with the publication of their first ebook together.

The book is the first in a new ebooks programme by IPEM and IOP Publishing, specifically designed for the medical physics and biomedical engineering communities.

It was written by IPEM Fellows Professor Patrick Horton, Honorary Consultant Physicist at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, and David Eaton, chair of IPEM's Radiotherapy Special Interest group, from Mount Vernon Hospital, Middlesex.

Titled Design and Shielding of Radiotherapy Treatment Facilities, it is the heavily updated second edition of IPEM Report 75, first published in 1997 as part of IPEM's reports series, which provide consensus guidelines on a wide range of topics.

The new edition contains numerous updates, including guidance on new radiotherapy treatment techniques such as IMRT, VMAT, and FFF linacs, which impact on shielding requirements; special treatment techniques covering Gamma Knife, TomoTherapy, and CyberKnife; new shielding materials such as Magnetite concrete/ Nelco, Ledite and Verishield blocks; new bunker designs; and new calculation techniques.

It also aims to capture experience from the expansion in bunker construction in the National Cancer Plans, and to reflect current UK ionising radiation regulations.

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