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    Quicklinks in Primo and Primo VE

    The CDI Quicklinks feature enables you to embed links to the PDF and HTML full text directly into the brief display in Primo and Primo VE to provide a convenient and quick way for users to access full text from CDI with a single click.

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    Quicklinks in Brief Results

    Libraries often have access to several platforms for the same item. However, with Quicklinks, we only show one link of each type (PDF and HTML). Users who are familiar with the different platforms and prefer to select a link themselves can continue to do this from the full view of the record.

    Quicklinks is initially available for a selected list of content providers who are working with us to create and test the links to achieve a high level of quality. The list of providers will be extended over time. For a list of providers who currently support Quicklinks, see Quicklinks Provider List.

    Quicklinks will be released in December 2021 for Primo VE and in February 2022 for Primo.

    Instead of using a link resolver, Quicklinks use a link that is centrally generated, based on your rights.

    Quicklinks appear for a record under the following conditions:

    • The record has sufficient metadata including a DOI or a provider ID to support reliable links.

    • You have full text rights for this record and at least one provider that supports Quicklinks from a collection in Alma/SFX that has a DBID. If your activation source in Alma is a collection without a DBID (for example, a locally created collection, which is displayed on the Primo UI as Alma/SFX local collection), the Quicklinks do not appear. This restriction is enabled to provide close quality control for Quicklinks and may be removed at a later stage.

    Default Settings

    With the first release, the following settings are used for Quicklinks:

    • On/off: This feature is disabled by default, but you can enable as needed per view:

      • (Primo VE) Set the Display Quick Links parameter to true on the General tab of the View Configuration page (Configuration Menu > Discovery > Display Configuration > Configure Views).

      • (Primo) Set the enable_quicklink_icons parameter to true in the View Properties mapping table (Primo Home > General > Mapping Tables).

    • UI changes: The labels that display in the UI can be customized and translated.

    • Link prioritization: If you have access to several links for the same item and more than one of them are from providers supporting Quicklinks, the links are prioritized alphabetically by (CDI) collection name.

    • Proxy settings: Because of inconsistent open access indications, we cannot always identify at the link level which links lead to free to read material. To avoid a problem with users hitting paywalls, all Quicklinks are proxied in this first release whether they are open access or not. In the longer term, we are working on more accurate ways to identify free to read links and will proxy only those that are paywalled.

    • Analytics: The clicks on PDF and HTML Quicklinks are tracked separately for Analytics reports.

    Based on the feedback from our testers, we are planning to add configuration options in future releases, specifically:

    • Prioritization of providers – you choose which providers you prefer over others if there are several Quicklinks available for the same item

    • Set on collection level when to use a proxy and when not

    For both cases, we are considering using your current link resolver settings on Alma/SFX to avoid duplicating work.

    Restrictions

    In some cases, you may see Quicklinks for one record and not for another record from the same provider, which is due to metadata differences. We chose to be conservative with this initial release, and if it is not certain whether a reliable link is available, none is shown.

    Some providers do not support direct links to a PDF version of an article or book and support only links to the HTML version of the full text. In addition, the HTML full text version may offer additional functions and content such as videos that are not available in PDF. If both are available, we will show one PDF link and one HTML link. For providers who support only HTML links, we provide Quicklinks only to the HTML version. In the UI, the HTML links are labeled Read online.

    It is possible that the PDF link may go to a different platform than the HTML link for the same item. For example, this may occur if a provider does not support direct access to both PDF and HTML versions of the full text.

    In some cases, we have found that some providers indicate that they support HTML links, but instead these links take the user to a website where a PDF can be downloaded. These links are neither a Quicklink to a PDF nor a Quicklink to the HTML full text. Unfortunately, we cannot detect these cases easily ahead of time and may display them as Read online Quicklinks.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What happens if we are currently using Unpaywall in Primo to embed direct links to PDFs?

      Quicklinks complement links provided by Unpaywall. While Unpaywall focuses on content that is free to read for users, Quicklinks shows links to both free to read content and paywalled content. When the Quicklinks feature is enabled in Primo and Primo VE, it takes precedence over Unpaywall links and displays Unpaywall links only if there are no Quicklinks available.

    2. What happens if we are currently using LibKey?

      We will continue to support your LibKey integration so that you can continue to use LibKey as you do today. If you use both Quicklinks and LibKey, you may see duplicate links in the UI.

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