The Summon Discovery Tool @ Fort Valley State University


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On overview of Hunt Memorial Library @ Fort Valley State University's use of the Summon Discovery Tool.

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  • FVSU is one of Georgia’s only two land grants, with UGA being the other. We are the state’s 1890 Land Grant institution. Our signature programs in agriculture are food and animal science, with a particular emphasis on goat research.We also have the distinction of being one of only three public historically black universities in the system.We actually have three sites, our main library, a curriculum materials center which is located in our education building, as well as a small library at our graduate studies center, located in Warner Robins (15 miles from the main campus)
  • Multiple information resources – books, articles, videos,Varied platforms – vendors change interfaces often.
  • Better return on investment Frustrated users especially first-year students and adult learnersObservations from information literacy classes and observing students working in the library
  • Provided by Serials Solutions.Question: what’s the difference between a discovery service and federated searching?Discovery service delivers pre-harvested content. Search does not have to go out and “get” the results; results are already there. Response time is much faster, search results are de-duped in most cases.
  • Unified index – enriched as more Summon clients are added. You’ll see in the demo how users can extend their search beyond their libraries collection
  • The Summon Discovery Tool @ Fort Valley State University

    1. 1. Shaundra Walker<br />Head of Reference ServicesHenry A. Hunt Memorial LibraryFort Valley State University<br />GUGM 2011<br />Macon State College<br />May 19, 2011<br />The Summon Discovery Tool @ FVSU<br />
    2. 2. About Us<br />FVSU<br />1890 Land Grant<br />HBCU<br />Hunt Memorial Library<br />Collection<br />152,000+ volumes<br />Approximately 84 Databases (GALILEO + Independently Purchased)<br />Ebrary, NetLibrary and IEEE ebooks<br />Three Sites<br />Main Library<br />Curriculum Materials Center<br />Warner Robins Center<br />
    3. 3. Why the Discovery Tool?<br />Multiple information resources<br />Varied platforms<br />Old Way<br />Purchase it and hope they will find it<br />New Way<br />Make it easy for them to find<br />
    4. 4. Why the Discovery Tool?<br />ROI<br />User Expectations<br />User Experience<br />Too many “clicks”<br />Too many open windows<br />“Where am I?”<br />“How do I get back to where I was?”<br />
    5. 5. About Summon<br />Hosted Serials Solutions Product<br />Pre-Harvested Content<br />Catalog Records + E-resources<br />Books and e-books<br />Journal Articles<br />Media<br />LibGuides<br />
    6. 6. About Summon<br />Publisher vs. Database specific<br />Covers over 90% of our full-text scholarly content<br />Nightly updates from the catalog via cron job<br />Next day updates for e-resources via Client Center<br />
    7. 7. Summon Features<br />Single-search box<br />Faceted refinements<br />RSS feeds<br />Citation-formatting<br />Results folder<br />“Did you mean?” suggestions<br />Database recommender<br />Mobile and tablet friendly<br />
    8. 8. Implementation<br />Phases<br />GIL Export<br />360 Core Configuration<br />Tweaking, Tweaking, Tweaking!<br />Soft Launch<br />
    9. 9. Student/Professor Quotes<br />"The process is a lot easier than how I conducted research during my first semester..." - ENG 1102 Student<br />“I like this way much better!” – ENG 3343 Student<br />“How long have y’all had this?!” –ENG 1102 Student<br />“I like it. I will be encouraging my students to use it.” – English Professor<br />
    10. 10. Demonstration<br /><br />
    11. 11. Summon @ FVSU Action Plan<br />Marketed to first and second year students<br />Best for discovery searches vs. exact searches<br />Databases will still be taught!<br />Summon at the 1000-2000 level<br />Summon + subject-specific databases at the 3000 – 4000 level<br />Enhancement of not a replacement for GIL and GALILEO<br />
    12. 12. Looking Ahead<br />Integration of institutional repository<br />Customizing the Link Resolver Page<br />Exploring the API<br />Integration with other resources<br />LibGuides<br />BlackBoard<br />HathiTrust integration<br />Indexing of some full-text should enhance searching of print books<br />