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  1. Add the option to force Summon to load over https

    In October, Google Chrome release 62 will begin labeling any website loaded over http and containing a form (i.e. every library webpage ever) as "Not Secure." You can read more about that here: https://security.googleblog.com/2017/04/next-steps-toward-more-connection.html

    We currently have all our links to and search forms use HTTPS to access Summon, but we can't force all our users onto HTTPS. Since the *.summon.serialssolutions.com wildcard certificate covers every instance of Summon, why not add an option to force all Summon connections to use HTTPS? (Or just make it the default.)

    While you're at it, why not add your exlibrisgroup wildcard certificate to your…

    87 votes
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    • Add option to force 360 Link to load over HTTPS

      In October, Google Chrome release 62 will begin labeling any website loaded over http and containing a form (i.e. every library webpage ever) as "Not Secure." You can read more about that here: https://security.googleblog.com/2017/04/next-steps-toward-more-connection.html

      We currently route traffic from Summon and other services we control to 360Link over HTTPS, but we can't force all our users onto HTTPS (especially those coming from Google Analytics). Since the *.search.serialssolutions.com wildcard certificate covers every instance of 360 Link, why not add an option to force all connections to use HTTPS? (Or just make it the default.)

      72 votes
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      • Make Open Access facet statistics available in OBI

        It would be great to be able to look at usage stats for Open Access facet(s) in Summon searches. Since the "Is Open Access" facet is already available in the OBI interface, it makes sense for this functionality to be added to the enhancement list. Considering that Open Access materials are becoming more important globally, and in our library we are looking into raising the profile of our Open Access resources in general, being able to report on statistics would be great for us.

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          3 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
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          • Make "Best Bets" show up when tag keywords are present in search, not just when there's an exact match

            Right now, Best Bets show up when there's an exact match on tags, e.g., our job search assistance information shows up when someone searches "jobs" or "job search," etc., but not when someone searches "how can i look for jobs," etc. (unless we anticipate every situation where that tag word might be used). Could the Best Bets be brought up whenever keywords are present in the search, not just when there's an exact match?

            59 votes
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            • Add ability to share via SMS items in "Saved Items" folders

              Please add the ability to share via SMS items saved to "Saved Items" folders, (either temporary or permanent folders). Right now it seems we are limited to using Print and Email. SMS would be helpful for quick transactions, and finding items in the physical collection.

              See this support page and the attached mockup image for more detail.
              https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Summon/Product_Documentation/Searching_in_The_Summon_Service/Using_Results/Summon%3A_Saving_Items_(Citations)

              Thanks for considering this idea.
              -Chris

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              • Expand Best Bets Characters to include :

                This would enable best bet recommendations for book and article titles that have a subtitle.

                At the moment tags for best bets have limitations on the types of characters that can he used i.e. letters, numbers or any of the following symbols (-_ .&/'@#). Colons (:) cannot be used. It would be very helpful to be able to use colons because of how common they are in titles. Our zero result usage stats show that our users are searching article titles that include a colon.

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                • Add Mendeley on 'Export to...' drop-down list of reference managers

                  ...instead of using the web importer, just like RefWorks.

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                  • Add a Searchable Author Affiliation Index for Summon (Advanced Search)

                    Most commercial databases offer a searchable author affiliation index. Summon does not in the Advanced Search screen, nor is this information indexed in the Author field contents.

                    Since they must already have this information in their records, why not create a separate searchable index for Author Affiliation??

                    For our current awareness, we would like to create RSS feeds for journal articles written by professors from other engineering universities.

                    Thanks!

                    21 votes
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                    • Relevancy rankings

                      Change relevancy rankings to push articles above books and e-books (or at least not favor books). Most Summon users want articles more than books.

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                      • 4 votes
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                        • Expand the 500 row limit on usage reports in Summon OBI

                          Hello all,

                          I have recently had to extract some statistics from the OBI interface and found out that there is a limit of 500 rows at a time. This seems like a tiny amount of rows, given that I used to extract 50,000 - 100,000 at a time from the old stats platform. For libraries that have to extract statistics in order to do analysis, etc, it seems like a good idea to expand this limit from 500 to a much higher number.

                          When extracting statistics for March 2017 for one particular report (Zero Search Results), I had to extract…

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                            1 comment  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
                          • Would love to be able to change the order of the content types on the left sidebar of the results page

                            Instead of content type facet displaying the content types with the highest number of results, make it customizable so admin. can decide which ones show (and in which order) in the abbreviated list.

                            9 votes
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                            • Index GDC Vault in the Summon index

                              Please could we add the content from GDC Vault to the Summon index. GDC Vault is an online repository of video talks from the computer gaming industry.

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                              • Make OA Content excludable

                                Right now you can include OA content, which we like. But can we make a way to exclude it for the users who get confused when they expect to see an article and (for most OA articles) are dropped at the home page of the website?

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                                • add OverDrive to Summon

                                  A lot of universities are using OverDrive[https://www.overdrive.com/].
                                  Please add this to Summon's KB.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support the use of French boolean operators

                                    Searching using the French boolean operators - et/ou/sauf -- is not currently fully supported in Summon. This would be a useful addition to those libraries who provide a French interface to their instance of Summon.

                                    34 votes
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                                    • Initiate Best Bets from the Resource.

                                      It would be simpler to add a check-box for Best Bet and text box to insert the description to the resource activation, than to enter that same information separately. Also, the Best Bet would then use the same version of the URL that the link resolver uses, and it would be updated when that URL changes in the Knowledge base.

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                                      • Be able to search Journal/magazine titles consistently

                                        It would be really helpful to search for journal/magazine titles like we do books. Sometimes we need the title not the articles within.

                                        34 votes
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                                        • "Exact" search for certain fields

                                          Add the functionality to do an "exact" search on certain fields. For example there are very short titles which can be search much better this way. Also signatures in the LCCallNumber field could be found much easier. We are api users (Backend Summon, Frontend VuFind) and are helping ourselves at the moment with "constructed" values for the (for example) LCCallNumber to simualte the possibility of an exact search - but this is far from optimal.

                                          31 votes
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