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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.

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  • Suzy Bailey commented  · 

    We use the database recommender in Summon, but also the Database A-Z list in LibGuides. There is quite a bit of work in maintaining both. I think we'd happily give up on the LibGuides Database A-Z if the database options (particularly browsing by subject) in Summon were better. So I agree with the rationale behind this idea, though I can see there are many ways to get a good outcome.

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