There have been a couple of changes that we want to alert you to, a new interface for MnPALS Plus and PALSdiscover, and an upgrade by ProQuest to their 360 Core A-Z Journal and Database list pages, as well as announce a MnPALS Plus/PALSdiscover Office Hour for Wednesday, August 3rd.
New MnPALS Plus and PALSdiscover Interface
PALS staff have been working hard this summer to implement a new user interface for MnPALS Plus. In anticipation of our upgrade of the underlying Vufind software to version 3.x, we need to move to an updated interface based on Bootstrap 3, a standard open access interface originally developed for Twitter. Our original Blueprint-based interface is being phased out, and will no longer be available in Vufind 3.x. This new interface’s most beneficial feature, at least for PALS staff, is its responsive design that allows us to only need to maintain a single interface for whatever sized screen you have, from smart phone to tablet to desktop.
At this time, the new interface is only available on your development servers. We ask that you take a look at the interface and report any issues that you find where functionality is not working as expected or as it works in the original interface. We hope to move this new interface to our production server sometime in early August.
ProQuest upgrade to 360 Core A-Z Journal and Databases pages
ProQuest has announced an upgrade to their 360 Core (A-Z Journal and Database lists) that will be available to our libraries starting the end of July. The new features include:
New A-to-Z Home Page and Enhancement
New A-to-Z Home Page layout
Integrated Journal and eBook Search configurations possible
Autocomplete for Journal Title Searching
Expanded Browsing for Subjects and Databases
New A-to-Z Results Page and Enhancements
New A-to-Z Results Page layout
Mobile Friendly -Responsive Design
Open Access & Peer Review Indicators
Search Inside Publication with Summon (not sure if this will work with PALSdiscover at this time)
Integrated Journal Details from Ulrich’s (with an Ulrich subscription)
Integrated Cover Images from Syndetic Solutions (basic covers available, more functionality available if you subscribe to Syndetic Solutions
More Customization Options and Flexibility
New Administrative Tab for Activation/Configuration
The release is scheduled for late in the day on July 28, 2016. To take advantage of the new interface and integrations you will need to activate them through the ProQuest/Serials Solutions Client Center. In addition to the webinar recording we encourage you to review ProQuest's release overview or review ProQuest's release datasheet. Support documentation for 360 Core will be made available after July 28 and will be accessible here (ProQuest Support Portal answer #14003).
MnPALS Plus/PALSdiscover Office Hour
A MnPALS Plus/PALSdiscover Office Hour will be held on Wednesday, August 3rd at 10:00 am to answer your questions about the changes. The Adobe Connect Webinar session will be at: https://connect.shot.smsu.edu/palsdiscover/ and the PALS Conference Line will be 507-389-1014
If you have questions or comments that can’t wait until August 3rd about our new interface for MnPALS Plus/PALSdiscover, or how to activate or customize the new 360 Core A-to-Z list, please send in your questions via the PALS Support Center, http://pals.custhelp.com/