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New discovery service helps achieve a greater ROI on library collections

Seattle, WA – August 2, 2012 – Syracuse University Library today unveiled their new website highlighting the Summon web-scale discovery service from Serials Solutions®, a ProQuest® business. Librarians expect the robust search solution to improve access to the library’s vast collection. Students and staff will experience simplified discovery of many types of resources across multiple disciplines.

“The intuitive approach for discovery of materials will be invaluable for our undergraduate students searching for scholarly information,” said Suzanne E. Thorin, dean of libraries and university librarian, Syracuse University. “A single relevancy-ranked results list and the ability to easily facet and filter the entire results set makes Summon a great place to start. Improved access also helps us achieve a greater return on investment for our collection.”

With the Summon service, researchers will be able to search the Syracuse University library catalog, digital collections, and the SUrface repository, plus nearly 80,000 electronic journals, over 500 research databases, newspapers, images, government documents, digital audio and video in the library’s collections. Digital repositories from other colleges and universities, as well as other open-access archives on the web included in the Summon index, will be easily discoverable using the single search box.

“Summon was designed to bring students and researchers back to the library by enabling discovery of the most relevant information across the breadth and depth of a library’s collection,” said Pam Cory, vice president marketing, Serials Solutions. “Unlike any other discovery service, our unique match-merge process brings together metadata and full text from multiple sources to create a single record optimized to ensure a library’s content is discoverable.”

Founded in 1870, Syracuse University embodies education that transcends traditional boundaries through a combination of innovative thinking, daring choices, and entrepreneurial attitude. As an active partner in the university’s mission, the library is a center of discovery – entrepreneurial, knowledge driven, and timeless. The library’s collections and services enable learning, scholarship, and knowledge creation. Whether onsite or online, the library is a resource for Syracuse University students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as the broader community of users beyond the university.

The Summon Service
Used by more than 450 libraries in more than 40 countries, the Summon service is the first and only discovery service based on a unified index of content, leveraging the richest possible metadata from multiple sources to improve discovery across the breadth of a library’s collection. In just three years, the Summon unified index has grown from 200 million items to more than one billion items – with the vast majority of article and book content full-text searchable.

02 August 2012

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