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Libraries often have access to several platforms for the same item. However, with Quicklinks, we show only one link for each type (PDF and HTML), which provides a convenient and quick way for users to access full text from CDI with a single click. Users who are familiar with the different platforms and prefer to select a different provider can continue to do so from the full view of the record.
Instead of using the link resolver, Quicklinks uses a link that is centrally generated, based on your rights and 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/VE 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.
If Quicklinks is enabled and PDF and/or HTML full text is available, the links appear in the UI for both the brief and full displays:
The display of Unpaywall links is configured separately. For more information, see Using Quicklinks with Other Methods to Embed PDF Links.
For a list of providers who currently support Quicklinks, see Quicklinks Provider List.
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) Select the Display Quick Links checkbox 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, you can choose which providers you prefer over others. For more details, see Link Prioritization in the Merged Record.
Proxy settings: Proxy settings are applied based on whether Quicklinks have the Open Access indication configured at the link level. For more details, see Remove Proxy Prefix for Open Access Links.
Analytics: The clicks on PDF and HTML Quicklinks are tracked separately for Analytics reports.
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.
Automatically Enable Quicklinks
Our plan is to enable Quicklinks automatically for all customers with the May 2024 release. To facilitate this change, we added a customer parameter that automatically enables Quicklinks in the May 2024 release only.
Primo: Set the new auto_switch_quicklinks parameter to false in the Institution Properties mapping table (Primo Home > General > Mapping Tables). The default value is true. If you have enabled Quicklinks in the View Properties mapping table, you will continue to receive Quicklinks regardless of this setting. After the May release, this parameter will have no effect on your Quicklinks settings.
Primo VE: Set the new auto_switch_quicklinks parameter to false on the Discovery Customer Settings page (Configuration > Discovery > Other > Customer Settings). The default value is true. If you have enabled Quicklinks in a view, you will continue to receive Quicklinks regardless of this setting. After the May release, this parameter will have no effect on your Quicklinks settings.
Primo: Set the enable_quicklink_icons parameter to true in the View Properties mapping table (Primo Home > Advanced Configuration > All Mapping Tables).
Primo VE: Select the Display Quick Links option in the General tab on the View Configuration page (Configuration Menu > Discovery > Display Configuration > Configure Views).
Using Quicklinks with Other Methods to Embed PDF Links
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/VE, it takes precedence over Unpaywall links, and Unpaywall links are displayed only if there are no Quicklinks available. For configuration information, see Enabling Unpaywall PDF Links.
The Unpaywall PDF link appears in the same location in the brief and full display as QuickLinks.
In case LibKey has been integrated with your environment, you can continue to use LibKey as you do today. If both Quicklinks and LibKey are enabled and links are available for both, duplicate links will appear in the UI for both the brief and full displays.