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All-New ProQuest Platform Goes Live—In France
France’s Université Lumière Lyon II has migrated to the all-new ProQuest platform, making it the first institution to enable students and faculty to search, discover, gather, and share content using the new technology. Users are able to access all the University’s ProQuest resources in a single, unified search—on campus or remotely—and work with the content using the platform’s sophisticated tools. Université Lumière Lyon II was among the first wave of ProQuest customers around the world to preview the platform. Each is setting its own schedule for migration to enable a smooth transition.
The new ProQuest platform was created from the ground up. Its experience-based design has been informed through studies of student research habits, surveys of more than 6,000 end users, focus groups, and individual interviews, plus ongoing interactions with users, librarians, administrators and faculty worldwide. “Personas”—a dozen highly detailed user profiles—were created from the research enabling the agile development process to be guided by users throughout. Ultimately, the platform became a blend of new technologies and user-favorites from other legacy ProQuest and brand family platforms. The platform has been in a preview period since August.
SirsiDynix Launches BookMyne 2.0 iPhone Application
SirsiDynix, a provider of library automation solutions, announced the 2.0 release of the BookMyne iPhone application. BookMyne features mobile access to in-demand library information, holdings, and services.
New features include the following:
- Barcode scanning capability, so library users can scan the barcode of a book at a bookstore or friend’s home and retrieve availability information on the book at the patron’s library of choice
- Social recommendation engine powered via Goodreads, enabling iPhone or iPod Touch users to search library holding for friend-recommended reads
- New York Times best seller list cross-referencing, enabling users to immediately cross-check the best seller list with library holdings and place holds remotely
- Enhanced account interaction, including the ability for library users to view fines and fees in addition to other account information from their Apple mobile device.
Current customer libraries running the SirsiDynix Symphony ILS with an installation of SirsiDynix Web Services can offer their patrons the full BookMyne application functionality. The BookMyne iPhone app can be downloaded free of charge from the iTunes App Store. More than 1,350 libraries around the world have registered their libraries to be discovered on the iPhone application.
The British Library Adds 12 Million Records to WorldCat
OCLC announced that the British Library has added 12 million bibliographic records to WorldCat. OCLC staff worked closely with British Library staff to add the records over a 4-month project. As a result of the cooperative effort, OCLC and the British Library have enhanced the process to add these valuable records to WorldCat for the benefit of researchers worldwide.
Prior to this latest data load, some 4.5 million British Library records had been added to WorldCat over the last 25 years. Not only has this volume now effectively tripled, but the quality and accuracy of the records has been significantly enhanced. Ongoing automated batch loads will further improve the quantity and quality of British Library records in WorldCat.
WorldCat is a database of bibliographic information built continuously by OCLC libraries around the world since 1971. Each record in the WorldCat database contains a bibliographic description of a single item or work and a list of institutions that hold the item. The institutions share these records, using them to create local catalogs, arrange interlibrary loans, and conduct reference work. Libraries contribute records for items not found in WorldCat using the OCLC shared cataloging system. Once records have been added to WorldCat, they are discoverable on the web through popular search and partner sites, and through WorldCat.org.
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