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Informit shares platform enhancements at ALIA Information Online 2019

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) held its annual conference at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney last week, 11-15 February, 2019. This conference brings together information professionals and library industry experts from Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific. 

The program theme this year was “Infinite Possibilities”, focusing on exploring challenges, opportunities, solutions and possibilities presented by the current environment and future trends in GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums). Digitisation, and how libraries are advancing due to new technologies, emerged as a key topic for discussion at the event.  

Informit was represented at the conference by newly appointed Director, Michael Tully, and his team, who were thrilled to be part of a major industry event. Michael said of the event, “ALIA provided a great opportunity to talk to our customers in person and we really got a sense of the market climate and how Informit can continue to support them.”  

With the entire industry gathered to discuss the opportunities presented by digital disruption, the Informit team announced some exciting platform enhancements and provided some insights into the future product roadmap. The first of these comes in the form of a complete overhaul of the platform via the Informit Upgrade Project

This project will increase platform functionality and create a seamless user experience, allowing Informit to evolve as digital technologies change and provide more services to its customers. “We received valuable feedback about the needs of our customers and we were able to validate many of the requirements for the platform upgrade,” said Michael.

The Informit team also celebrated an important milestone at ALIA, with the EduTV media database reaching 50,000 records. This year, Informit will further its resources with more than 200,000 articles, videos and chapters added to the platform.  In addition, Informit continues to promote Open Access content via its extensive partnering with discovery services. 

Excitement is building around Informit’s new Policy database. Through a partnership with the Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO), Informit customers will soon have access to over 35,000 public policy records within Informit, including research reports, articles and other forms of grey literature. This new database will enable access to hard-to-find Australian policy content and grey literature in one place.

Lastly, Informit EduTV begins the year with new features including self-service MARC (MAchine Readable Catalogue) records, simple and intuitive program citation, adaptive bit rate to the customer’s connection speed and greater search functionality. 

Informit EduTV’s focus on improvements to media functionality centre on providing greater value for customer spend and addressing more sophisticated technological needs of the market. “We will continue to invest in our media solutions beyond the platform upgrade,” said Michael.

Informit is a leading provider of information management services to the education, government and corporate sectors. It exists to preserve, enhance and distribute hard-to-find content for students, researchers, educators and professionals. 
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