Matthew Reidsma

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OPAC Versus Summon

As I spend more time tinkering with the new Summon interface, I keep thinking about how our discovery service differs from our catalog. Today, while looking for something else, I came across a tool I built a few years ago on my lunch break that makes it easier to compare the two: OPAC Vs. Summon.

Screenshot of OPAC vs Summon tool showing the results of the search for batman
OPAC vs Summon: Which is better? Only you can decide!

Basically, you do a search in the search bar and the tool will run the search in both the catalog and Summon and display both results on the screen. It can be interesting to see how the tools differ.

If you’re nerdy and want to see the rather gnarly code I slapped together to make this work, it’s available on Github.