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Weekly News Digest

November 22, 2010 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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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.

Source: ProQuest

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