Institutional repositories and digitized special collections are unique and valuable resources. These collections, created to capture and preserve the intellectual output of your academic community, are increasingly becoming important tools within the digital research landscape. Key to connecting researchers with your unique content is making the materials in your repositories discoverable.
Many libraries already take advantage of the Summon™ service to expose their users to resources available in their own repositories and digitized special collections. But did you know that you can easily expand the resources discoverable by your researchers beyond your library’s collections?
The Summon™ service makes it easy for you to provide your researchers more valuable content by including repositories and special digital collections from other libraries in your default Summon search. This enables users to discover and link to the full artifacts available in these unique collections, broadening the reach of their research—all from your library’s single search box.
As of December 2010, over 90 repositories from 63 different institutions representing over 1.2 million records have been ingested into the Summon™ service. These repositories are hosted on a number of software platforms including DSpace, CONTENTdm, EPrints, Fedora, LUNA and many more.
These collections hold interesting and intriguing gems such as:
You can add institutional repositories or digitized special collections from other libraries to your library’s default Summon search at any time by logging into the Client Center and going to the Data Management area. In the list of databases, you will find collections or repositories from other institutions by looking for the institution name as “provider.”
If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about institutional repositories and digitized special collections in the Summon™ service, contact us as firstname.lastname@example.org.