ANN ARBOR — The Ann Arbor information and research firm ProQuest Monday rolled out a new platform interface that the company says makes it easier for users to complete their research tasks.
ProQuest said the new interface was developed through analysis of researcher behaviors on the ProQuest platform, testing with users and librarians, beta testing with a variety of customer development partners, and large scale A-B testing.
“ProQuest’s goal is to continually improve users’ research experiences,” said Allan Lu, ProQuest vice president for research tools, services and platforms. “We’re committed to deeply understanding their research workflows so we can identify barriers and bottlenecks that delay their success. We’re very excited about these enhancements because they make the user experience simpler and more productive.”
Pages have been redesigned with simplified layouts that enable users to focus on the content and tools they need to complete their research tasks no matter what type of device they’re using. Displays will automatically scale to the size of the user’s device and remove non-essential functionalities to ensure ease of use and access to content.
Improved document viewing delivers a better reading experience and search results are now easier to navigate, especially for those users accessing ProQuest content from other discovery services such as Google Scholar and Ex Libris’ Primo.
One such user, Sandy Barstow, head of collection development at the University of Wyoming, defined the interface as “cleaner and more responsive.”
And the enhancement, according to Stephen Ayre, clinical librarian at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, “don’t disrupt users” familiar with the former interface.
Throughout 2015, ProQuest is streamlining and innovating numerous products that touch the spectrum of research, from point of funding through discovery, accessibility and management, evolving the research experience as only ProQuest can. All the changes have been developed in consultation with librarians and tested by users to ensure meaningful, significant advances.
ProQuest includes the ProQuest, Bowker, Coutts information services; the Dialog, Ebrary, EBL and SIPX businesses; and notable research tools such as the Summon discovery service, the Flow collaboration platform, the MyiLibrary ebook platform, the Pivot research development tool and the Intota library services platform.
More about the Ann Arbor-based company at www.proquest.com.