The National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSLC) has selected the Summon service to better support the patrons of Chinese Academy of Sciences with an integrated resource discovery platform. This integrated resource platform has been built in NSLC, which used the Summon service API model, and integrated with local resources effectively. NSLC is the first institution to implement Summon with an API model for an integrated platform in China.
“We hope Summon API can empower the development of the NSLC integrated resource discovery platform effectively, so that it can better reveal the resources and services of NSLC better, and moreover, allow the users of NSLC discover and access relevant information and resources easily,” said a spokesperson for The National Science Library of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
In recent years, NSLC has grown their collections to over ten million items, all accessible from more than 120 institutes, from over 24 cities across China. Like other libraries, NSLC encountered some issues in resource integration. One problem they were experiencing was that acquired digital resources could not be revealed effectively and unified because of lack of metadata support. Based on serious comparison and analysis, NSLC decided to acquire Summon to provide a better research experience for the patrons.
With the support of ProQuest, the library completed the challenging program by creating a local index to facilitate local self–built resource search, and proposed a unified discovery program based on the Summon API and local index in order to facilitate digital resource retrieval.
Working together, ProQuest and NSLC ensured that the Summon API sorting algorithm could fuse with local algorithms, and the ultimate search results could match their patrons’ queries.
About the National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSLC)
National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSLC) is the public library service system of CAS as well as the National Library of Sciences in Chinese National Science and Technology Libraries (NSTL) system. NSLC consists of a Main Library (based in Beijing, formerly the Library of CAS) and three branch libraries, respectively Lanzhou Branch Library (formerly Lanzhou Library of CAS), Chengdu Branch Library (formerly Chengdu Library of CAS), and Wuhan Branch Library (formerly Wuhan Library of CAS). NSLC also co-operates, together with selected CAS research institutes, a number of special branch libraries whom will provide specialized information resources and services.