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    Summon Roadmap Highlights


    The Summon 2024 roadmap details the discovery features expected to be released throughout the year. The roadmap is based on community feedback, ideas from the Idea Exchange, NERS voted enhancements, and strategic enhancements that serve longer term goals. This published roadmap focuses on the highlights. We may add other development items over time, which will appear in the release notes.

    As always, the roadmap strikes a balance between necessary infrastructure investment and resolving issues reported by the community. Each quarterly release will include new features, problem resolutions, and infrastructure work and will be detailed in the release notes. The roadmap is subject to change based on community feedback as well as shifting challenges and priorities.

    Important Dates

    • February 14  – no preview 

    • May 4  – Preview April 17 

    • August 7 – Preview July 24 

    • November 6 – Preview October 23

    2024 H1

    What's New? Highlights Impact Status

    Canvas + LTI Integration – Support for the Learning Tools Interoperability 1.3 (LTI) standard has been added to Summon for Canvas.

    • Allows libraries to point to and showcase Summon resources from within the Canvas LMS.

    • Will be extensible to other LMSs in the future.

    Increases resource usage and meets students where they are already working.

    Included in the February release.

    Notes in Advanced Search – Notes is a new, individual field in the Advanced Search interface.

    • Libraries can optionally configure a discrete Notes field to display in the Advanced Search menu.

    • The search string may be an exact match or “contains” search.

    Enables users to search valuable and unique notes metadata curated by the library.

    Included in the February release.

    Auto-enable Quicklinks – Enables Quicklinks automatically for customer who have not opted out.

    • Defaults the user experience to showing Quicklinks one-click access to PDF or HTML documents. 

    • Available for 1.5B records from 50 providers.

    • Takes effect in May 2024.

    Promotes frictionless access to the resources that users are seeking.

    Included in the February release.

    Bulk export results list – Ability to export a large number (thousands) of search results.

    • Introduce a new option in the user interface to support the bulk export of search results.

    • Patrons can select to export search results in CSV/ Excel, RIS or BIBTEX formats.

    Users can save and maintain a large literature review outside the context of Summon.

    Planned for 2024 H1.

    Display full title on mouseover – Display the full title to the user when hovering the cursor over a search result

    Enables users on mobile devices or devices with small resolutions to view the entire title of a resource.

    Provides clarity in search results to help identify useful content.

    Planned for 2024 H1.

    2024 H2

    What's New? Highlights Impact Status

    Replace auto-scroll with pagination

    Enables users to page through search results rather than using the current “infinite scroll” method.

    Complies with accessibility recommendations and provides a better user experience.

    Planned for 2024 H2.

    Scrolling improvements for facets

    • Currently, facets are not visible and cannot be refined if the user scrolls beyond the length of the facets pane.

    • This feature enables libraries to configure whether the facets pane scrolls independently from the results or is always visible.

    Enables users to view and apply facets regardless of which search results they are viewing.

    Planned for 2024 H2.

    Customize content type

    • Currently, the content type facet orders values by the according to how many results each has.

    • Libraries would like to make this more configurable, both by deciding which values appear and in which order. Requires discussion with the community to decide on an approach.

    Enables the library to customize the facet results display to best meet the needs and expectations of their users.

    Planned for 2024 H2.

    Makes saved items permanent – Saved items become permanent once the user authenticates.

    Allow saved items to persist in the folder if a patron is authenticated, rather than deleting the saved items when the session ends.

    Patrons can retain saved resources past the session timeout period as part of their research process.

    Planned for 2024 H2.

    Showcase carousel widget – A new Showcase widget will highlight a visual “carousel” of Summon resources on external library web pages.

    • Library can configure records/search results to display to users using existing query syntaxes.

    • A code snippet is all that is needed to add the widget to desired pages.

    • Patrons will see the titles and cover images (if available) on the specified pages.

    Promote unique or new content, encouraging exploration and traffic to the library discovery system from sites such as university and faculty pages.

    Planned for 2024 H2.

    Open search within journal in new tab – Open “Search within [journal]” in a new browser tab.

    • Currently, the “Search within [journal]” feature executes the new search in the same tab/window.

    • This feature will open a new tab for the secondary search.

    Users preserve the original search context and results.

    Planned for 2024 H2.

    Improved support for custom JS/CSS

    • Incorporate a custom JS/CSS field in the Summon Admin Console to directly enter a script or CSS.

    • And/or upload a file.

    Summon administrators have easier configuration methods in the Customizer.

    Planned for 2024 H2.

    CDI-Related Enhancements


    What's New? Highlights Impact Status

    Add geographic names and personal names to normalized subject headings in CDI.

    • The first phase of normalizing CDI subject headings disambiguated and deduplicated topical terms.

    • That same infrastructure & processing will add personal and geographic names.

    • Non-normalized personal and geographic terms will still be retained as “keywords.”

    Enables users to search for, view, and facet by, normalized personal and geographic name headings.

    Planned for 2024 H1.

    Evaluate “Online First” or “Ahead of Print” resources for better identification

    Analyze CDI metadata (or lack thereof - e.g. no volume and issue information) that can be used to indicate that the article is available through the primary publisher as "online first" (has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication) but is not yet available through an aggregator.

    Show users that a citation is available online, but the full text may not yet be available from an aggregator.

    Planned for 2024 H2.

    Book Reviews that were previously categorized as Articles by the match & merge process will now reflect their correct Content Type.

    • Match & merge process logic will be refined to better distinguish Book Reviews from Articles.

    • Facets and result ranking will improve the user experience.

    Easier, more accurate identification of desired resources.

    Planned for 2024 H2.

    In Press articles that do not have sufficient metadata for linking (for example, volume and issue) will be handled with special logic.

    • Identify rules that may be applied to early articles for a more desirable user experience.

    • The rules will be tailored to individual providers & collections as necessary.

    Prevent broken links to content and avoid user frustration.

    Planned for 2024 H2.

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