Matthew Reidsma

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Course Reserve Instructor UI updates

This week I’ve made some small (but hopefully effective) changes to the user interface of the Instructor side of our Course Reserves website. Todd, Brian, Kristin, Mary Morgan, and I have been working to improve the workflow of faculty adding items to Course Reserves over the past few months, and we’ve made some headway with other user interface changes as well as the addition of a whole category of help topics for faculty.

Todd has reported several instances of faculty creating new classes when they meant to copy items from a previous course. Ares, the software behind Course Reserves, doesn’t make this especially easy, so I changed a few things in the user interface to make it a bit more intuitive.

Clone course button now sits in the last column of each class table

First, I added a “Clone course” link to each class in an instructor’s list. This way an instructor doesn’t need to select a course to get the course menu before cloning. I also updated the help entry on cloning to match this new workflow, although the old way still works for folks who are used to it. (For the curious, here’s the jQuery function that adds the new links.)

Alert on new course screen helps faculty know whether to clone or start from scratch

Next, I added an alert at the top of the “Add a New Class” form letting faculty know that they can copy a previous course to the new semester.

In the coming weeks, I’ll also be modifying the “Add New Class” button and link to help direct faculty to either cloning an existing course or to creating a new one from scratch. Since this isn’t an operation that happens frequently, an extra step in the workflow shouldn’t be too troublesome, especially when the alternative might be support phone calls to Course Reserve and waiting days for the team to manually copy your items over.

Help menu now front and center in the navigation

Last, I wanted to make sure that faculty to easily access the new help content for adding items and courses. I haven’t crunched numbers, but Todd and Brian have said that the small changes we made in how we communicate Course Reserve instructions has led a lot more folks to manage their courses from the website, but that will mean a lot of new questions as people explore these workflows for the first time. Having help front and center is essential to making this transition, and we hope that a prominent “Get Help” menu will be the first step in integrating this help.

In the next few weeks I’ll also be working on a few other changes to Course Reserve:

  • OpenURL links from Summon and the Catalog to automatically add items to a Course Reserve list.
  • Improved usability on the “sources” panel for adding new items, especially for items that are purchase or scan requests.

In October or November we’ll be conducting our first faculty usability test of Course Reserve, to see where else we can improve. If you know of anyone who is interested in participating, let me know!

Website Updates, Summer 2017

LibAnalytics is now LibInsight

On Monday we migrated to LibInsight, the replacement tool for LibAnalytics. I’ve sat down with most of you to make sure bookmarks and such were updated, and I’ve likely explained some of the new features of the tool. Right now, all of the data we have in LibInsight has been manually recorded (Instruction statistics, reference consultations, desk questions, tours, etc.) In the future we hope to collect and share more data, such as database usage, search tool usage, and so on. Having this data in one place will help folks make better decisions about collection development, and also help with our public data sharing initiatives (like the Library by the Numbers page) by automatically sharing relevant and up-to-date data. (The LBTN page is already a year and a half out of date at least.)

Check out my previous post on LINK for relevant links to common data entry forms. (I am redirecting our LibAnalytics site to LibInight, but just to the LibInight homepage.)

Journal Finder 2.0 is live

This morning we updated our eJournal Portal to version 2.0. If you use the Find Journals tool on our website, you’ll now see a more modern look and feel to the search results, as well as some new indicators that can be useful to novice and experienced researchers, like Open Access badges and Peer Review indicators. The new tool integrates with Ulrich’s for journal information, so you can understand where it gets its information on peer review and such.

Search results now show whether a journal is Open Access or Peer Reviewed

The 2.0 tool also allows for a new eBook search platform, but we haven’t turned that on yet. It doesn’t seem to offer much more than what we would get in the catalog or Summon, but I’m always looking for volunteers to test these things out to see if they would provide improvements for our users. Drop me a line if you’re interested!

Log in to LibApps with your GVSU username and password

Mary and I have also worked with IT to set up all of our Springshare tools to work with our institutional login, so you don’t have to worry about what your LibGuides or LibInsight (or LibChat, LibAnswers, LibStaffer, LibWizard, LibCal, or LibWhatever) password is anymore. You can still use your LibApps login, but you also have the option to use your campus ID.

The link to log in with your GVSU ID is after the search form

To log in with your GVSU username and password, click the link that says “Log in with your GVSU username and password” to the right of the normal login form (or below it if you’re on a phone or small tablet). That will take you to the GVSU login screen. The best part is that if you’re already logged in to the campus login, you’ll just sail through into LibGuides. So if you’ve already logged in to EZProxy or another tool that uses GVSU’s single sign on, you won’t have to log in to LibApps again.

That’s it for migrations this summer! Stay tuned for more details about projects coming up this Fall.

LibAnalytics migration updates

We’ve been using LibAnalytics for a few years, but Springshare has a new and improved version we decided to upgrade to this summer: LibInsight. LibInsight offers some features not found in the older tool, like automatic harvesting of COUNTER data through the SUSHI protocol (yes, that sentence is a real thing and not something out of an episode of Dr. Who), integration with LibApps, and unlimited datasets.

I’ll be taking over the technical administration of LibInsight, since I already manage all the other Springshare tools. A lot of you are using LibAnalytics to enter data, and many of you come from bookmarks you’ve saved in your browsers to specific data entry forms. All of these URLs will change when we migrate, so we’ll have to do some updating. Here are more details about the upcoming migration:

  • Tomorrow, August 11, I’ll do the first of a few manual backups of all the data sets. We shouldn’t need them, but I like to be safe.
  • Late Sunday night, early Monday morning on August 20/21, Springshare will migrate our data from LibAnalytics to LibInsight. Any data entered after 6pm on Sunday, August 20th will not migrate! So Sunday is not the time to catch up on entering summer instruction sessions or tours. Just have a drink and watch the Great British Baking Show instead.
  • Monday morning, August 21st, I will start working my way through the migrated data to see if everything we had in the old data sets is there. I will also be asking a lot of you to help me! After all, you work with these data sets and know them better than I do! (So if all the entries turn to emoji, you can let me know something went south.) Lots of other folks have done this migration with no problem, so I expect things to go smoothly.
  • Also Monday morning, August 21st, you won’t enter anything into LibAnalytics or LibInsight until I give you the go ahead! ;) I will probably cry if you do. I have a lot of stuff to work through first thing in the morning, including doing a final backup of all our LibAnalytics data, redirecting the old LibAnalytics forms to the new site, sharing out new form URLs for everyone, double-checking the data, and stopping first at Frey, then Steelcase and the CML, and then Mary I and Seidman, to check in with folks who use the forms and help them update bookmarks. If you have data to enter, please just make a note for one morning. I’ll work as quickly as I can, but we need to make sure the migration worked before we start piling the data on!
  • I wanted to migrate first thing Monday to make sure that we could get updated URLs and any tweaks to forms before classes started. This gives us a whole week!

I had also planned on migrating to 360 Link 2.0 (for the third summer in a row), but frankly, the tool just has too many problems. tl;dr: we’re not migrating to 360 Link 2.0 this year. (We have never planned on using the 360 Link 2.0 sidebar (PDF), which is an absolute mess. Our plan was to use the static pages, which, incidentally, were copied from our 360 Link 1.0 redesign. Go figure.) The accessibility issues alone are enough to shut down the migration. It has enough problems that once again I saw our only solution was to create a script that completely rewrites the entire page to give semantic, accessible HTML as well as an intuitive, flexible design. And since I already have a nicely working script that gives us everything we want, the added features of 360 Link 2.0 (basically, index-enhanced direct-linking) just doesn’t justify the amount of work it would take to get the tool up to snuff for our users. So, we’ll take a look again next year. When I asked last summer about improvements to the non-sidebar pages, I was told that since most customers use the sidebar, they weren’t planning on putting any more resources into the non-sidebar pages. We’ll see if that changes in the future. I sure hope so! (Or not. 360 Link Reset works very well.)

On Wednesday, August 23rd, we’ll be pushing the eJournal Portal 2.0 live. I wrote the other day about the Journal Finder migration and asked for feedback (and included instructions for testing). I’ve heard from a few folks, but fully 33% of the respondents are currently in Australia on sabbatical, so I’m hoping to get a few more Michigan-based folks to take a look.

As always, let me know if you have any questions!

Journal Finder Updates Coming Soon

A few of our tools have updates that we’d like to take advantage of, and now that Spring/Summer semester is upon us, we’re preparing to test and roll out these upgrades. The schedule for updates is currently:

  • Monday, August 21: LibAnalytics will migrate to the full version of LibInsight (details coming Thursday)
  • Tuesday, August 22: 360 Link will be upgraded to version 2.0 (details coming tomorrow)
  • Wednesday, August 23: The Journal Finder (ProQuest’s EJP) will be upgraded to version 2.0 (details below)

I’m still working out the final details and tweaks for some of these updates, but I should have had all the conversations and worked out the various kinks in the migration plans by the days listed above. I will be posting more work notes with these details (and instructions for previewing or testing the upgraded versions) on the dates listed. Today, I will tell you about the Journal Finder update!

Journal Finder Upgrade

In 2016, ProQuest released the eJournal Portal 2.0, an updated journal search tool that replaced the legacy Journal Finder we’ve been using for years. In the early days, they had quite a few kinks to work out so we didn’t switch right away, but over the past year the tool has been quite stable. I’ve customized the user interface of the tool to match the rest of our site, and have activated a few of the new features that could make things a bit easier for our users:

New features activated
  • Open Access and Peer Review indicators, as well as the ability to filter results by either Open Access or Peer Review flags (this data comes from Ulrich’s, I believe.)
  • The ability to customize the order of the database listing for journal holdings. In the current version, database holdings are listed alphabetically. The new version allows us to customize the order (for instance, to put more reliable databases before flakier ones) but more importantly lets us use the database rankings we’ve already set up in 360 Link.
  • Autocomplete functionality in the search box
  • Expanded browsing navigation for subjects
  • “More intuitive page navigation for large results sets”
  • Cover images from Syndetics
  • Search inside the publication feature, creating a scoped Summon search for indexed journals right in the results set

Sample EJP2.0 results page

New features I have not activated
  • Integrated (or separate) eBook and Journal searching. Currently we only have it set up to search journals. We could turn on the eBook functionality and either have an integrated search of eBooks and journals or we could have separate pages for searching eBooks and Journals.
  • Ability to add integrated Ulrich’s Journal History and Details (if we have a current subscription)
  • Ability to add PubMed and DOI search boxes

If any of these features seem useful, let me know! We can talk with Sarah and Jeffrey about how they might be implemented.

You can read more about the eJournal Portal 2.0 on ProQuest/Ex Libris’s website.

A question about where to begin a journal search

Currently we have a page in the CMS that has an embedded search box that takes the user to the Journal Finder. This is because the current default Journal Finder homepage is so dreadful that I couldn’t bear to show it to anyone! (Think multiple search boxes, buttons, and drop down menus, like the love child of Lexis Nexis and Alta Vista circa 1999.) The new Journal Finder homepage isn’t bad, though, and we have the ability to decide what gets added there, if we wish.

The question is, which of the two should be our home page? The old one gives us the ability to customize, but doesn’t offer autocomplete or a dynamic list of browsable subjects. The new homepage makes customization a tad bit more difficult, but offers the benefits of browsable subjects and autocomplete. I’d love to hear your thoughts on which of the two you would prefer.

Previewing the changes

You can preview the new Journal Finder by installing the bookmarklet below. Drag the button to your browser’s toolbar, and when you are in the existing Journal Finder click the bookmarklet and the page will reload in the new 2.0 interface. From there, you can browse around in the new interface until you close the tab or leave the Journal Finder (but you can always get back by clicking the bookmarklet on a Journal Finder page again.)

Journals 2.0 Preview

I have a little help page on installing bookmarklets, including instructions by browser.

Here’s a ittle animation of the Journal Finder bookmarket in action:

Animation of the bookmarklet in action

It is slow, but some of this is from using the bookmarklet. Other institutions have said that running the service live made it quite a bit speedier. (Although it will likely stil be slower than the old version, since it is built with a slightly bloated framework (for a tool with such a limited scope, IMO).

If you see anything that isn’t working well, or that has changed for the worse from the previous version, please let me know. (Better yet: use the “report a probem” link at the bottom of the preview page you are on!) I’ll do my best to investigate and figure out what’s happening.

Tomorrow I’ll have details on the new version of 360 Link, and then Thursday look for more details about the LibAnalytics migration! As

Upcoming Summon Improvements on July 26

The Summon user interface will get an update on July 26th. Below is information about the changes, as well as details on how to preview them. Please let me know if you have any questions.

We are pleased to notify you of an upcoming Summon® release scheduled for Wednesday, July 26. Below you will find highlights of user-facing improvements and bug fixes. These changes are live today in the Summon Preview Environment and will be accessible until July 25. You will find instructions on how to access this preview environment below.

Enhancements

For more details on the enhancements described below you may wish to review our recent Summon Update and Q&A webinar (.pdf or recording). Pay particular attention to slides 21 through 41, which are covered between the 11:00-32:30 portion of the recorded webinar.

  • Controlled Vocabularies Search: subject terms are now enabled as search links, in the preview pane and on the catalog details page, enabling users to generate a new search with all elements of the subject term applied
  • Expand search results to 1,000: you can configure Summon to generate 1,000 search results for your users, beyond the current 200
  • English Search Improvements: improved handling of punctuation and special characters, use of synonyms, and stemming
  • Improved Faceting: new enhancements improve usability of the include and exclude functionality in the primary and more facets panes
  • Improved Header, Icon and Background Color Support: You can now set custom colors for your icons and background in the header of the results page and set the right hand column background to white; note: you do need to configure these features for them to take effect
  • Preview Link Hover: a preview is displayed when the user hovers over the preview icon, eliminating the requirement to click on the link to see the preview
  • Permalink placement improvement: permalinks are now both in the preview section and as an icon at the top of the result with a tool tip

Beyond these notable items, we are also making accessibility improvements and numerous fixes.

Preview Environment

The preview environment for the July 26 Summon release is available now through July 25.

Please remember that because some of the new functionality require some configuration, particularly the ability to change background and icon colors; you will need to change the configuration options in your Admin Console if you’d like to see these changes in the preview.

You can view your instance of Summon via the following URL: http://gvsu.preprod.summon.serialssolutions.com

Between now and July 25 we would like you to look at both the preview environment itself and provide feedback.

Here’s what you should look for in the preview environment:

  • The preview should work. (This is probably my favorite request. Ha! -MR)
  • Your preview should include your customizations (logos, link and background colors, etc.).
  • The search results on the preview site should be reflective of your configuration for the index in production (rights mirror live site).
  • The preview should include link rules so you can test links to content.
  • You should be able to see your custom scripts in place.

Newly Indexed Content Highlights

We’ve recently added or updated the following content packages in the Summon Index:

  • McGraw-Hill - F.A. Davis PT Collection: Physical therapy resources
  • McGraw-Hill - HarrisonMedicina: Clinical medicine resources (Spanish)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): Books
  • Elsevier - ClinicalKey ES guides and Techniques: Guides and Techniques currently Fisterra content only (Spanish)
  • Chemical Society of Japan: Journals
  • SOLIS: Updated for new format (Dublin Core) of research projects from the Federal Republic of Germany, Austria and Switzerland

LibChat Updates

Springshare released a few updates to LibChat and LibAnswers today, which is the tool we use to power our chat widget with integrated self-help features. Since many of you have LibChat accounts connected to chat widgets on your LibGuides, and others use chat at the UX desk perch, I wanted to share these updates with you.

Summary of Changes

  • For those who use chat widgets that allow multiple operators, LibChat now has redesigned the status bar to make it clear whether anyone is logged in to your LibChat queue, and whether you are logged in.
  • You can now add a profile picture to your LibChat account so that your chats will show your face to the patron. You don’t have to do this, but LibChat will show a sort of generic icon next to all your chats unless you update it to something else. I’d recommend using whatever you have as your LibGuides profile picture. To update your LibChat photo, click on your email on the upper right hand side of the screen when logged into LibAnswers.
  • The message display for the patron has been redesigned, so it looks more like typical chat or SMS displays. Messages are toggled to the right and left of the screen to indicate who sent them, rather than the rather confusing list view LibChat used to use.
  • At the end of each chat, the system injects a follow-up and feedback form, allowing the user to rate the chat, leave feedback or comments, and request a follow-up message (see the screenshot below:)

LibChat now asks for feedback at the end of each chat

There are a few other updates, but they’re either not enabled on our system or for administrators. Read the whole update announcement for details.

Course Reserve Updates

Yesterday I met with Kristin, Todd, Mary M, and Brian to work on improving faculty workflows in Ares, our Course Reserve software. The Course Reserves team is bogged down with lots and lots of manual requests to enter content and classes, and we need to do something to improve the situation. We did a user journey exercise, which involves walking through every step in a user’s attempts to complete a task, exploring confusing labeling and instructions, and what happens when you click something unexpected. We didn’t get very many post-its up on the board before we were drowing in issues to work on.

Photograph of our user journey map

The biggest take-away for us is updating all of our instructions across all of our various systems, which still encourage faculty to print out paper forms and turn them in to the Course Reserves folks (!). Back in 2012 I redesigned Ares’ Instructor tools to make it super easy for faculty to add their own courses and items, as well as clone courses for upcoming semesters. But our messaging has lagged behind.

In addition to working on improving our instructions by updating our instructional content to promote the self-service features of Ares, we identified a number of small pain points in the Ares user interface that we addressed to make the process of adding content easier. Yesterday I made the following changes to the website:

  • We added an “Add New Course” button below the existing courses table to make it easier to add new courses if you already have at least one course in the system. To balance the design, I moved the other two buttons over a bit.
  • When creating a course, the Faculty members’ name is prepopulated with the name of the logged-in user.
  • If Course Reserve isn’t waiting for any items from a faculty member, we hide “Awaiting Supply by Instructor” table on the home screen.
  • I added new styles for table captions (an accessibility feature they’ve recently added).
  • Changed the link to see more information about a course to just be the Course Name. (Before there was a separate column with the repetitive link “Course Home” for each course, which is both a poor design choice and a bad ready of how to properly enact accessibility guidelines.)
  • Fixed a positioning issue for the save button when creating a new class with a password. Before, it would suddenly move off to the right side of the screen when the password field was shown.
  • I added a descriptive note about what the URL is for in the Create Class screen, since it was a bit unclear what the URL was for.
  • I fixed an issue when cloning a class to ensure that any previously-set URL was brought over into the new class.
  • I added language on both the Add Items screen and the upload page about scan quality, so that faculty uploading their own items don’t submit illegible content (see below).

Screenshot of supply items page with note about upload quality

(Interested? You can browse the recent changes to the code on our Github page.)

We have some other ideas to improve things for Course Reserve, too, that will be coming in the next few months. Items I’ll be working on are:

  • Activating Ares’ OpenURL functionality to make it easier to add items right from Summon or the Library Catalog results screens.
  • Redesigning the editing links when Instructors look at a list of all items in their courses. It’s super cluttered and confusing now.
  • Creating help pages specific to faculty using Course Reserve, along with short video tutorials on adding courses, items, and moving a class to a future semester.
  • Running some usability tests with faculty later this summer.
  • Bringing the ability to move a course to a future semester out to the home screen so it isn’t so buried and confusing, in a sub-menu behind system jargon (“Clone Course”).

There will also be some training sessions and a lot of content updates, so stay tuned for more updates! If you have suggestions from your faculty for Course Reserves, pass them along, I’d love to hear new ideas.

OPAC Renewal and Login Updates

I’ve been noticing some reports lately of folks who thought they had renewed items in the catalog expressing frustration at receiving bills for overdue and lost items (including some very rude messages to our long-suffering UX team). From what I can tell, these folks all clicked the “Renew All” or “Renew Selected” items on the catalog account screen, but failed to notice the second confirmation screen that follows:

Silly confirmation screen for renewals
(This is what it looks like after I applied a little styling to the confirmation earlier today. Before that it was red text with two identically styled buttons. Thanks, Innovative!)

I’ve always hated that confirmation step. It’s completely unnecessary to confirm that you want to renew a selected group of items. I mean, what’s the worst that could happen if you accidentally renew something you didn’t mean to? Nothing! We have unlimited renewals on most items here, and its not like renewing a book is the same as deleting some crucial data. Deletion is a case where you really need to make sure you’re doing the right thing (although I can tell you from experience not everyone reads those warnings, either!). Once a user clicks Renew All or Renew Selected in our catalog, the items should be renewed.

So, I wrote a little script that looks for that renewal prompt, and puts up a little message for the user saying that renewals are being processed. Then, it submits the confirmation form without any intervention by the user. Voila! You click one of the renewal buttons and your items are renewed for you. (Or it fails and you get a message that you can’t renew the item.)

Animation of the new renewal process

The code is pretty simple, although it relies on a few things being customized in the patronview_web.html template in Sierra.

I also made some tweaks to the way information is displayed on the list of items you have checked out. It’s mostly adding some space around things and splitting different kinds of information onto separate lines, but I also added code to highlight items that have been successfully renewed:

Screenshot showing highlighted renewal

One other change I made today to the OPAC was to fix yet another silly hard-coded error message encouraging you to “see a librarian” if you can’t log in to your account! I appreciate the folks at Innovative sending folks to librarians for every possible problem they might have. We’re pretty capable folks, but honestly, we’re not always the right choice. So I changed the wording a bit with a single line of code in our already heavily-customized login screen.

New better OPAC login error message
Thanks to Lindy for pointing this one out!

I have a few more tweaks to the catalog coming soon, and tomorrow I’ll post an update on a bunch of changes I made earlier today to the Course Reserve interface for faculty.

**UPDATE 5/18/2017 10:00am*: This update has made it harder to see if some of your renewals fail (like MeL items that have reached the renewal limit), as the code was interfering with another function that makes failed renewal messages more visible. I’m working on an update that should go live shortly.

UPDATE 5/18/17 2:10pm I’ve fixed the issue with failed renewal messages not showing up by replacing the unhelpful default message with one that explains to users why a renewal might fail.

New failed renewal message

Summon Updates for May 3

This is from the Summon Listserv today, on some upcoming changes to Summon:


These changes will be live in the Summon Preview Environment from now to May 2. You will find instructions on how to access this preview environment below. Changes will go live in your Summon instance May 3.

Enhancements

Through the preview environment you will see that we have made the following updates to improve performance and usability with Summon:

  • bX Recommender – Related Articles feature
    • You can now provide usage-based scholarly article recommendations to your users via bX Recommender.
    • Display related articles based on usage and relevance in the right-hand column.
    • You can turn the service on or off via the Summon admin console. To see it in the preview environment, follow the instructions provided later in this email to access your admin console. On the Settings tab, you will find a section titled “bX Recommender – Related Articles.” Turn this on and save the settings.
    • This service will be complimentary for at least a year (through your next renewal date) as part of your Summon instance. Continuation beyond this initial period will require a subscription, with the service included as part of the overall cost of Summon for longer renewals.
    • Syndetics Unbound
    • You can now easily add dynamic enrichment elements to your catalog detail page using Syndetics Unbound.
    • You can configure and utilize any of the available Syndetics enrichments with Summon. Available elements for enrichment include Title Recommendations, Author Information, Look Inside the Book, Series Information, Professional Reviews, Reader Reviews, Tags, Book Profiles, Awards and more.
    • You can see what this feature would look like in the preview environment without a subscription. To do so, follow the instructions provided later in this email to access your admin console. On the Settings tab, you will find a section titled “Syndetics.” Turn this on and save the settings. You’ll also need to turn on the catalog Detail Page. To do this, click on the Detail Page tab of the preview environment admin console, set the page to “Enable” and save the changes.
    • This service requires an additional license fee beyond the standard Syndetics Summon subscription, but the license can also be used to power Syndetics Unbound in your traditional OPAC or other supported service. For more information on how to subscribe to this feature, visit https://proquest.syndetics.com.
  • Open Access Identification and Filter (v1)
    • You can now choose to identify and filter Open Access content in the User Interface with a new Open Access indicator/icon and Open Access filter.
    • Open Access content will be marked with an Open Access icon.
    • Users can limit results to only Open Access content via a facet/filter.
    • Filtering by Open Access is also available as an option on the Advanced Search form.
    • Additional documentation and recorded information on what Open Access content is currently available in Summon and how this content has been identified will be made available shortly.
    • There are currently over 200 million items in the Summon index that are identified as Open Access. We will be continuously updating this content on an ongoing basis based on feedback from the customer community and as we cooperate with more providers to properly identify open access content within their collections.
  • Resource Recommender Improvements
    • Searching on a database name should now return the database as a recommendation, regardless of capitalization or spacing.
    • Fixed issues related to capitalization and alphabetical ordering of database names in Resource Recommender.
  • Best Bets Improvements
    • Best Bets bulk imports now allows for importing of tags.
    • Improved handling of some punctuation and special characters (-_ &/’@#) in Best Bets tags, and support for special characters (“-_.&’@#/~!$%^()+={}[]:;?,|\<>.*) in the description field.
    • Better error handling for adding Best Bets.
  • Discipline scoped searching
    • User can now limit and pre-filter searches to specific disciplines using the Advanced Search form. (This, of course, has been available in my Scoped Summon Search Generator since 2011.)
  • Additional Enhancements
    • You now have access to the Chicago 16th Edition (Notes & Bibliography) footnoting citation format in Summon.

Bug Fixes

Beyond the improvements listed above, we have resolved the following issues:

  • Translated the Help Page into German
  • Any changes made to the translations fields for citation format names will now be reflected in the UI
  • Addressed issues related to dynamically rendered views that were preventing Zotero from importing citations from Summon
  • Addressed issues that were causing the A&I Details Page to show Available in Print when there’s no print or electronic access
  • Titles that were appearing in the user interface without spaces between the words now have proper spacing
  • Improved HTTPS support so that thumbnail images that were not appearing in the UI due to redirects of the URL are now displaying
  • Improved accessibility so that tabbing through elements in the user interface now highlights the menu options when expected

Reviewing the Release

Between now and May 2 we would like you to look at the preview environment and provide feedback.

Here’s what you should look for in the preview environment:

  1. The preview should work for both API and UI institutions.
  2. Your preview should include your customizations (logos, link and background colors, etc.).
  3. The search results on the preview site should be reflective of your configuration for the index in production (rights mirror live site).
  4. The preview should include link rules so you can test links to content.
  5. You should be able to see your custom scripts in place.

For the most part, the user interface for the preview release should look identical to what is currently live in production. If you identify any issues with the preview release, please be sure to open a case with customer support using our customer support portal, and be sure to let them know you’re referencing the preview environment. (If you see an error, please report a problem to the GVSU library, and we’ll batch any reports to customer support.)

Newly Indexed Content Highlights

We’ve recently added or updated the following content packages in the Summon Index:

  • New York Public Library, New York Public Library Digital Collections (Open Access)
  • American Psychiatric Publishing, American Psychiatric Publishing – books
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) (2009) – books
  • Elsevier, ClinicalKey ES guides and Techniques
  • Korea Scholar, Korea Scholar – Journals

Status App on a New Server

Last week, we moved the Status app to a new home on our new server. We’ve redirected all the old links for now, and are working on updating the links in the footer of every site throughout the Library. You shouldn’t experience any issues with the app on the new server, but if you do, let us know!