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  1. Add 'date last updated' to database details

    In the Data Management section of Serials Solutions, it would be useful if the database details screen displayed when the metadata was last updated for each database. This could be accomplished by having a 'date last updated' field in the database details screen.

    This would be helpful for finding out how current the database's included titles, URLs, etc. are in the knowledgebase.

    173 votes
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    • Provide the ability to separate books and ebooks when searching.

      Currently, we cannot search print books only. We can separate ebooks/books if we want ebooks only be either selecting the full text limiter or the electronic books subject limiter. However, we can't do the same for print (hard copy books).

      135 votes
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      • Add public note text to Summon results

        Display public note text onSummon results to show users access restrictions or special instructions that users should be aware of before clicking on an eResource link. This same info on the preview pane may be an option.

        99 votes
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        • Add Unpaywall database to the Summon index

          Unpaywall is a service which harvests Open Access content directly from over 50,000 repositories. It's rapidly becoming the leading source of information about legal OA content across the web.

          Unpaywall offer a 'database snapshot', a complete dump of everything we know about every Open Access DOI that exists.

          I think it would be a great idea for Summon to incorporate this data in its index. It would allow a much greater level of direct linking to Open Access content for all Summon users.

          (It's already possible to integrate Unpaywall's API with 360link for individual, article-by-article requests.)

          98 votes
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            4 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
          • Exclude Newspaper Articles and Book Reviews in default basic search

            The ability to configure the exclusions of either newspaper articles, book reviews or both from the default search for an institution. Any search conducted would begin with these excluded, and the user could turn off these filters via the user interface.

            90 votes
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            • 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.

              90 votes
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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?

                84 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.)

                  80 votes
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                  • More cleary identify between full-text articles and full-text abstracts

                    As an electronic resources librarian, I often get patron-confusion reports when they believe they cannot access a full-text article; often enough the full-text of the article is not available online, but the article's abstract is. Icons in Summon often represent these abstracts as full-text articles.

                    74 votes
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                    • Integrate LibGuides Database A-Z list into Summon search

                      We add all our databases and library resources as Best Bets so that users can find them when they search Summon. This doesn't work particularly well as the Best Bets search and display functionality is minimal.

                      We also maintain a complete Database A-Z list in LibGuides. It would save staff time and provide a better user experience if these could be indexed in Summon using the LibGuides API (as our LibGuides are indexed in Summon), instead of relying on Best Bets which isn't suited to this task.

                      67 votes
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                      • 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…

                        56 votes
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                        • 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.

                          55 votes
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                          • Better Facet controls

                            The ability to set expand or collapse as default by facet; ability to add facets, remove facets and change facet order

                            54 votes
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                            • Facets usage - request to view 'excludes' as well as 'includes'

                              A while back I was looking at our facet usage stats for 2017 to date, and I noticed that although we have Newspaper Articles excluded from searches by default, this facet has the highest amount of 'uses'. I asked Ex-Libris Support if this was because every search a user runs is, by default, including the exclusion of Newspapers as a facet use. I also asked if there was a way to get stats on the number of people who remove the exclusion of newspaper articles after running their first search.

                              For an example, this was our top-used facet at the…

                              51 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
                              • Make Link Out(Summon Direct Linking) statistics of each database available in OBI

                                We would like to be able to see the click-through (or call it Link Out) usage of each database via Summon IEDL in Summon OBI and the total click-throughs so that we can understand how Summon contributes to the usage of the e-resources we subscribe to.

                                51 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
                                • "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.

                                  45 votes
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                                  • Exclude Content Type Newspaper Article should include Online Newspaper Content

                                    The Newspaper facet in Summon should also include/exclude online content from newspapers. Online newspaper content is currently coded as a Web Resources

                                    If you do a search for "Devos education" with newspaper articles excluded, 25 of the first 30 citations are from:

                                    Washington Post - Blogs

                                    Washington Post (Online)

                                    New York Times (Online)

                                    44 votes
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                                    • Add "Apply" button at the bottom of the facet selection window

                                      Add another "Apply" button at the bottom of the facet section on the left of the Summon screen along with the current location (found at the top of the facet selection).

                                      Users have a habit of not applying facets because they forget that they must apply the changes at the top. Typically most "apply" buttons are found at the bottom of filter/facet selections.

                                      43 votes
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                                      • bX Recommender statistics

                                        We would like to be able to see analytics for the bX recommender tool to evaluate usage and return on investment (given that the is an additional fee on top the the Summon subscription).

                                        At minimum, we would want to know how many times the "Related articles" link was clicked on, but ideally also, how many times an article in the right-hand panel was subsequently clicked on.

                                        42 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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.

                                          40 votes
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