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ProQuest's Ebook Central platform to feature DRM-free titles
- 21 Jun 2018

Researchers who use ProQuest's Ebook Central® platform will soon be able to download more than 100,000 DRM-free full books and DRM-free chapters from nearly 1 million books for access on any device. The move is part of ProQuest's ongoing commitment to improve usability and remove obstacles to access.

These books come from leading academic publishers like Cornell University Press, NYU Press, Harvard University Press, IOS Press, and dozens more. They also cover nearly every discipline - including arts, humanities, business, medicine, education, science and technology.

The Ebook Central platform's DRM-free titles will be available on a concurrent user basis with no sign-in or special software required to retrieve them. Patrons will not be subject to print, copy, or download limitations, and they can download both chapters and full titles from the book's landing page or the reader.

ProQuest's ever-expanding offering of DRM-free ebooks also includes 237,000 titles available via publisher platforms on the OASIS web-based search, selection and ordering service. The addition of these Ebook Central titles gives ProQuest customers access to more than 300,000 DRM-free titles.

Libraries can purchase these books on a title-by-title basis, via subscription, or through usage-based acquisition models like demand-driven acquisition (DDA) and access-to-own (ATO) from preferred ordering services - including the LibCentral®, OASIS® and GOBI services. They will also have the additional option to purchase a DRM-free unlimited user version of a title, or a limited user model with standard DRM protection, to maximise their budgets and develop more flexible collections.

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University of Cergy-Pontoise opts for Ex Libris campusM mobile platform
- 20 Jun 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Cergy-Pontoise (UCP) in Paris has selected the Ex Libris campusMTM mobile platform to enhance communication and services for students and staff across its six campuses. The platform will enable the university to deliver dynamic, personalised content and apps on smartphones, tablets, and web browsers.

The university made the decision to replace its static browser-based web portal with campusM in response to input from a diverse student body comprising digital natives, who expect instant access to campus systems, services, and content regardless of time and location. With the campusM platform, the university will have the tools to provide real-time, on-demand access to information that will help students succeed. UCP will also use campusM to create innovative student services in order to increase student satisfaction, engagement, and retention.

The Ex Libris campusM mobile app platform has been implemented by leading universities across Europe, the US, and the Asia-Pacific region to deliver personalised services and content. A flexible platform, campusM can be integrated with various campus systems, including student records systems, learning management systems, and library solutions. Non-technical administrators are easily able to create and publish dynamic content and real-time information and deliver it to specific groups of users, while IT professionals can use the campusM Application Extension Kit to develop new mobile apps on the iOS and Android platforms.

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IET launches first-of-its-kind mobile e-learning platform for engineers
- 12 Jun 2018

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has launched a first-of-its-kind online learning platform which offers engineers and employers comprehensive, yet flexible engineering courses.

With the IET's latest skills survey showing that nearly two thirds of employers struggle to recruit engineers with the right skills, the IET Academy has been developed by industry experts to support engineers who want to improve their technical skills and knowledge while fitting training around their day job.

The online courses, which are fully interactive and broken up into manageable 'bite-size' chunks, will also benefit engineering companies who want to upskill and retain their workforce. Available via a handy App, the IET Academy can be accessed 'anywhere, anytime', providing easy access to in-depth training across a broad range of engineering fields.

The mobile courses are suitable for all engineers at any career stage, from apprentice to senior engineer and will support CPD as well as career development.

Initial specialist courses will cover key subjects in Power Systems Engineering, Mobile Communications and Management and Leadership with further courses being developed in Engineering Ethics, Entrepreneurship in Engineering, Professionalism, Risk Management, Transport, BIM, Cyber Security and the 18th Edition IET Wiring Regulations.

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The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine partners with Unbound Medicine to digitise and distribute medical nutrition guidance
- 08 Jun 2018

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has announced a partnership with Unbound Medicine, an innovative leader in digital healthcare content management.

In 2017, after twice publishing their book, Nutrition Guide for Clinicians, the PCRM was eager to modernise their content and distribution. They intended to make their guide more readily accessible to members by sharing it online and as a mobile resource. They also needed a platform that was easy to update, easy to manage, and affordable. The move to partner with Unbound Medicine is to achieve this.

Delivering healthcare knowledge by using their exclusive digital publishing platform, uPub, Unbound Medicine makes digital publishing accessible and affordable. uPub allows users to efficiently design, develop, manage, and distribute their valuable content on the web and mobile devices. With uPub, PCRM can control their content publishing updates as they become available, and mobile app and web distribution mean that information can be accessed by their members anywhere at any time.

PCRM is a non-profit coalition of over 12,000 physicians and over 175,000 members worldwide. Among other causes, they promote preventive medicine through nutrition. Nutrition Guide for Clinicians draws on evidence-based research and details nutrition's role in causing or curtailing disease. Since its launch in March 2018, over 5,000 users have downloaded the app and accessed its information over 30,000 times. Other organisations have also turned to Unbound Medicine for their expertise successfully employing uPub for content management and distribution including the American Pediatric Surgical Association which launched web and mobile access of their very popular Pediatric Surgery NaT (Not a Textbook) in 2017.

PCRM's Nutrition Guide for Clinicians is available for free on the web and in the Apple App Store and Android's Google Play Store.

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Macquarie University Library in Australia opts for Ex Libris campusMTM mobile solution
- 15 May 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that Macquarie University has joined an increasing number of institutions in Australia that have opted for the Ex Libris campusM mobile solution.

Powered by the campusM platform, the Macquarie University Library's libMQ app provides access to vital library information and services on any device, on or off campus, thus helping students make the most of their library interactions. The Library is leveraging the campusM in-depth integration interfaces to offer native mobile-friendly access to library services, including the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution.

Students can use the app to search for library resources; access their library loan status; request library materials; obtain information on fees; reserve computers; access library and campus maps; and receive alerts about availability of library resources. Through the app, the Library will strengthen its role at the heart of teaching and learning.

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