ArticlesPlus: Article Discovery on MLibrary Site

September 27, 2010

Our Articles search is now even better. The University of Michigan Library is now using Serials Solutions Summon article discovery tool for the new improved ArticlesPlus tool. Now, when you search the ArticlesPlus tab on the library web site, you are searching across 190 million full-text and citation-only records available to the University of Michigan community through the University of Michigan Library.

ArticlesPlus Search Box (screenshot)

Rather than using either Summon's default interface or VuFind (which we use for Mirlyn, the library's catalog), we built the tool in the library's web site in Drupal. We did this using a custom module that interacts with Summon's Solr index through their API to retrieve search results and facets. (If you are interested in the Drupal module we developed, please contact us -- we're putting together a version for public release later this fall.) The site's design was created by the library's User Experience Department working with a group of librarians.

Just as with any Summon installation, anyone can search ArticlesPlus and see citations. It is at the point of clicking through to the full text by clicking the "MGet It" icon, taking you through to our link resolver, that you must authenticate.

In the next few months, we'll be adding articles searches to our one-search MLibrary search and adding librarians to the articles results pages. We're also soliciting feedback from ArticlesPlus users through a survey link on the site. If you try ArticlesPlus, let us know what you think!

Posted by Ken Varnum at 02:46 PM. Permalink | Comments (1)

New List of Digital Collections

September 17, 2010

The Digital Library Production Service or DLPS (part of our MLibrary Library Information Technology division) has created and hosted a very large number of digital collections over the last 10+ years. We have been working for many years to integrate those collections into MLibrary services, and we are now ready to present the next link in this chain-- a more easily navigable and more fully featured list of these collections:

The road to building this collection list has been long and sometimes difficult. Four years ago, Suzanne Chapman and John Weise discovered the Exhibit tool (part of the SIMILE set of tools from MIT Libraries). They worked through many of the initial hurdles regarding how, where, and what we host using this tool. After a languishing period, it was revitalized by Kat Hagedorn, Jose Blanco, Roger Espinosa and Saurabh Koparkar to its current state. We would not have gotten half so far without two ULAs who kindly volunteered their services to help categorize, describe and find image thumbnails for each collection-- Ellen Wilson and Lorelei Rutledge. Many hearty thanks to all involved in the process of putting this tool together.

The new collection list replaces the the old, which was created originally to gather administrative information about each collection, including the responsible party, and statistics about size and usage. Public discovery and usage of the list was not intended nor anticipated, but the list became a popular public access point for DLPS collections. The old list can still be seen: Better, no?

Posted by Kat Hagedorn at 02:09 PM. Permalink | Comments (0)