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OCLC extends Digby mobile app to libraries worldwide
- 22 Feb 2018

OCLC is extending its Digby mobile app to libraries worldwide, offering student library workers, volunteers and staff greater efficiency, accuracy and independence working with WorldShare Management Services. The move follows a successful launch in the United States.

As a suite of web-based applications, WorldShare Management Services (WMS) allows library staff to do their work in the library, at home, or on the go. The intuitive design of the Digby app provides clear instructions for handling pull-list and re-shelving tasks. Digby lets workers scan library materials in the stacks, saving them time and reducing their reliance on paper slips.

OCLC worked closely with member libraries in the PALNI consortium to develop and pilot the Digby app to ensure that it delivered the right experience and simplified their work. PALNI's input was invaluable in making the Digby app user-friendly.

WMS is built on the cloud-based WorldShare platform that supports a suite of library services and provides flexible access to library data through APIs and other web services. With WorldCat as its foundation, WMS enables individual libraries to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows. WMS also offers interoperability with third-party and campus systems, including financial management, learning management and student records systems as well as self-check technologies.

To get started using Digby, WMS libraries should complete an activation form available at oc.lc/digbyform.

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Miami Dade College selects Ex Libris campusM mobile app to provide mobile information and communication services to students on the go
- 12 Feb 2018

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has announced that Florida's Miami Dade College (MDC) has chosen the Ex Libris campusMTM mobile solution to help consolidate information from the college's learning management system (LMS), student information system (SIS), and other campus services and display that information on students' mobile devices.

Among the key factors in MDC's choice of the campusM app was its extensive personalization, which increases the relevance of campus information for the diverse user community; the consolidation of campus systems under one mobile umbrella; and the availability of an App Extension Kit (a software development kit), which will enable additional data sources to be integrated into the app in the future.

Through the campusM solution, members of the MDC community will be able to access numerous general and personalised services, including class schedules, grades, courses, advisor services, financial aid status, events, personal data, library services, and more. The native apps and responsive web portal will also act as key entry points to additional services, such as the Blackboard® platform, MDC News, campus help topics, and FAQs.

Leveraging the app's capacity to engage multiple stakeholders, such as students, instructors, staff, alumni, and prospects, as well as to host dedicated interfaces, MDC will be able to effortlessly deploy additional profiles for special events, such as Visit Days, Student Days, and Welcome Week.

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ProQuest provides access to print and ebooks for Institutions across Scotland
- 25 Jan 2018

ProQuest has announced that the academic institutions across Scotland, together with special libraries, will now have access to an extensive collection of resources following its appointment to the print and ebook framework agreements for the Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC) for LIB1007 AP Print Books&Standing Orders and LIB1004 AP eBooks&eBook Collections.

APUC is the procurement centre of expertise for all Scottish universities and colleges, selecting the best suppliers to partner with member universities, colleges and special libraries.

Under the new agreement, APUC members can acquire print and ebook materials through the OASIS® and Ebook Central® platforms. Using a variety of acquisition models, including Access to Own (ATO), institutions can access the industry's best and broadest book offerings, including more than 25 million print titles and 1.5 million ebooks. Print fulfilment will be managed through ProQuest's established distribution centre in the UK, which provides customised services including shelf-ready books, and speeds the time from order to delivery.

APUC members who also have the Alma® solution can simplify their Books workflow utilising this library services platform helping librarians manage their entire collection through a simple interface. They will also have access to ProQuest's collection development consultants and UK-based customer and technical services teams for expertise on content curation, technical integrations and other operational efficiencies.

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Ex Libris and HighPoint announce strategic partnership to deliver enhanced student mobile experience
- 12 Jan 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, and HighPoint Solutions have announced a strategic partnership that will provide a student app for the digital-native generation at institutions of higher education. The joint product will deliver consolidated functionality covering administration and student life and will facilitate teaching and learning via users' mobile phone and, simultaneously, a web portal.

The partnership brings to market a comprehensive suite of products, including the Ex Libris campusM mobile campus solution. This cross-platform native mobile app and web portal consolidates campus-wide services such as learning management systems, library systems, and information guides. The HighPoint product set focuses on the PeopleSoft Campus Solutions platform and extends it, enhancing the user experience while offering significantly more features to support student success and retention.

The combined Ex Libris -HighPoint offering brings best-of-breed solutions from each vendor and is specifically designed to help institutions solve current student engagement challenges and other unique pain points. The personalised campus app platform, which consolidates systems from academic affairs to student life, will leverage the extensive HighPoint app to maximise an institution's PeopleSoft investment.

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ProQuest Ebook Central platform enhances accessibility for researchers
- 19 Dec 2017

ProQuest® Ebook Central has enhanced its accessibility support to make content, including scholarly ebooks, easier to read and navigate, ensuring all researchers have equal access to its interface and content regardless of challenges, such as visual impairment.

Developed in collaboration with specialists and designed for AA conformance level to W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0), Ebook Central promotes simplified access to all users with features such as: formatted book content to be readable online and offline; certified for use with major screen readers (JAWS and VoiceOver); browser magnification increasing the entire screen to make the content more visible; keyboard navigation so that pages can be negotiated without the use of a mouse.

Patrons are empowered to turn on this functionality themselves with their screen reader - no librarian or tech support is needed - ensuring that students and researchers have convenient access to the tools they need for success, any time, and anywhere.

With increasing legal mandates for accessibility in countries including the US, Canada, the UK, and the European Union, ProQuest simplifies compliance with innovative functionality built directly into its platforms. Patrons are empowered to turn on this functionality themselves with their screen reader - no librarian or tech support is needed - ensuring that students and researchers have convenient access to the tools they need for success, any time, and anywhere.

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