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  1. ability to add custom announcements to main page of our summon instance

    ability to add custom announcements to main page of our summon instance. For example, a planned outage for 360 services

    20 votes
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  2. Display edition and publication year in brief results, for books and ebooks

    I have been told by Ex Libris support that Summon only exposes the edition in the short summary for records that have a content type of 'Book'. This makes it difficult for patrons to determine which edition is the most recent, where both books and ebooks are available. See attached image for an example of how both can be displayed, to reduce confusion.

    15 votes
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  3. open the "search within a journal" results in a new tab or window

    Clicking on a journal title to use the "search within a journal" feature eliminates the original search. It would be helpful to have this open as a search in a new window or browser tab so that the original search is not lost.

    6 votes
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  4. Customising LibGuides integration so they only appear in the right-hand column and not in the results

    We are just looking into integrating our LibGuides with Summon, but we would like to just have the librarian and guide link appearing in the right-hand panel and not at the top of the search results. It doesn't appear to be possible to have one without the other at present. Although we would like to promote our guides, we don't want to distract the students from their results by making them the top result. Please vote if you would find this useful too!

    23 votes
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  5. Better Summon display for serial publications

    In Summon, series titles and volume numbers are not being displayed for publications from monographic series with content type such as ebook, book, and Government Document. To display the series title and volume number, users have to click on the Preview link.

    Users often identify or search series publications by the title and number of the series and not necessarily by the title of the monograph publication within that series. This is particularly true with grey literature or when a publication is being published annually or periodically under the same or very similar title. By not showing this information on…

    26 votes
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  6. Indicate when content is freely available (but not tracked)

    When searching with 'add results beyond your library's collection' ticked, all non-tracked content is labelled 'Citation Only'. However some of this content is in fact freely available, for example lots of content in institutional repositories.

    Summon should have a way to indicate that content may be freely available even when not tracked, for content in non-tracked open access journals or open repositories. If it's too difficult for Summon to know when something is available, maybe we could have a third label (other than 'full text online' and 'citation only') for content from repositories where there is a high probability of…

    18 votes
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  7. Add a custom JS/CSS field to simplify UI customization

    If you want to apply custom CSS currently, you need to use the Summon 2.0 External Script URL field in the Admin Consol, then call the CSS from that script. The files then need to be hosted somewhere. A better solution for us would be to incorporate a custom JS/CSS field in the Summon Admin Console to allow you to directly enter your script or CSS; or a file upload facility like the Springshare products (see attached screenshot from the LibGuides admin area). This would speed up our ability to fix issues and make usability changes.

    93 votes
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  8. Displaying all links available in Summon results page

    We would like to suggest ExLibris to enhance in Summon results page by displaying all fulltext links subscribed in the knowledgebase. Having only one fulltext link available when there are multiple sources available to choose from can help maximize the use of the library’s resources and most important offer users a solution when the 1st link presented doesn’t work. EJP is already doing this.

    It’s kind of a problem also. The situation happened this week when the Proquest research platform was experiencing connectivity issue and performed a temporary maintenance. Because Proquest fulltext links are direct linking, the user was not…

    63 votes
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  9. Language selection

    We have received complaints about the difficulty in changing the language on the Summon-page. It's not intuitive to have to click on the language you already see in order to get the other alternative/s. We would like the alternative you click on first to be called Change language or maybe just "language". As it is now, if I want to change language from Swedish to English, I first have to click on Swedish to get to the Language-menu and be able to chose English.

    30 votes
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  10. Better Branding Options

    Current option to add a logo is a recommended 312x53 size for the large logo. This seems like an odd size, but it also limits a library's ability to brand their Summon instances. It would be nice to offer a more flexible option so we can better brand our Summon instance so its clear to the user what they are searching and make our admin happy because we can use our official library/campus logo.

    28 votes
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  11. Summon results not displaying custom coverage dates

    On Summon results, show custom coverage dates next to links so researchers know what they should have access to before clicking on an e-Resource. The EJP seems to do this. Without this feature this is causing much frustration and confusion for users.

    67 votes
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  12. Giving some Ahead of Print citations in Summon a status of Citation Online

    To date there is no way to give "Ahead of Print" citations in Summon a status of Citation Online for institutions that do not subscribe to the journal via the publisher's website. For instance, the following citation is listed in Summon:

    Sizing Up Skaters: An Interrogation of Body Discourses in Elite Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby
    by Draft, Amanda
    Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 02/2017
    Permanent Link:
    http://duke.summon.serialssolutions.com/#!/search?bookMark=ePnHCXMw42LgTQStzc4rAe_hSmGAHKcDLCD1y4F5JAu0mspUF5SWmMDzvcA-jKkFMEdxAvsmxsCOjJkhB3yFhompBSdDYnBmFbAUVwgtUAjOTgQdOWml4JinAB4wK8pPB7tfIT9NwSk_pVLBJbM4OR-8-kEhM0_BFbSNVwF8FeSjhpnFCm45iSUKwDogOVsBdOR1apGCC9DtwMaYvptriLOHLqxiii-AnPQQD24hGxnHg10eD3I5-CxNY9J1AAAFqlTS

    From Duke University, this links to a "Your initial search query did not yield any results" message in EBSCOhost. This occurs because this article is Ahead of Print content on…

    15 votes
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  13. Abilty to customise default search screen

    The default search screen is currently empty other than the search box and our logo. We would like to add some custom content to the screen - e.g. info boxes suggesting some resources to try that are not discoverable in summon or some help guides. also to flag up new resources or future training events (e.g. on how to search summon and ebooks. When we set up Summon last year we were told that it wasn't possible to put any of this info on the default search screen.

    18 votes
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  14. Add "sent from" box in "email this item."

    Currently, if you want to email an item to another person, there is no space to indicate who the sender is.

    1 vote
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  15. Language-dependent custom panels

    It would be a great addition if custom panels were language dependent and you can set that in the Client Center directly and easily. This way German contents would be displayed on the German side and English contents on the English side. The tool with Wikipedia already works like this.

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  16. Have the "search within" work for magazine or newspaper titles in the same way as it does for journal titles

    We just learned that only journal titles are linked in the results records to allow for easy "search within". I would like the same functionality for magazines and newspaper titles. This would support easier classroom instruction.

    3 votes
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  17. Make it possible to construct a search box for all online material plus physical material from one location only

    At present it is possible to construct a search box which excludes all physical material from one or more library locations. Unfortunately it also excludes physical material found at both those library locations and others, when these share a bibliographical record in the LMS. Make a truly location-specific search box possible.

    2 votes
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  18. Usability of Advanced Search

    Certain elements of the advanced search screen are very difficult to use on mobile devices, particularly the 'Content type' and 'Discipline' multiple check-box options, where scrolling through a long list is problematic.
    Is there a way to improve this, perhaps by using a larger pop-out box that can be scanned at a glance?

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  19. Consistent link back to search results

    The user leaves the search result and goes to detail page, advanced search or saved items. Then when the user wants to return to search results this is done in three different ways. We would like the link back to search results look the same in all three situations. The one we prefer is the one in the detail page.

    2 votes
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  20. Include the journal impact factor in the results display

    To help our students judge the quality of the results it would be good if the journal's impact factor could be displayed in the results. Or even better, provided as a sorting or limiting option so that students could view results in those journals with the highest impact factor, in the same way they can limit by peer review. Although impact factors are not a perfect tool, it would help get the message across that not all journals are equal. This feature would probably need to be restricted to those libraries with a subscription to JCR.

    2 votes
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