In order to provide a consistently satisfactory user experience, in which users of the Library’s research databases(and the Summon discovery service) don’t face dead-end blank screens when trying to reach articles and books, the Library will deactivate Index-enhanced Direct Linking (IEDL) in our link resolver (360Link).
What does this mean exactly? Index-enhanced Direct Linking (IEDL) is available for certain article databases that cooperate with the company which provides 360Link. IEDL takes the user from a results list to an article or book without any kind of intermediate screen. From certain databases (and from Summon), IEDL was supposed to streamline the user experience by eliminating clicks between the search results and the items themselves. This has not turned out to be the case.
What will I see?
When you click on a link for full-text, you will now see the familiar intermediate screen for all articles and books. This “Get it @ Midd” screen is 360Link, our link resolver. You will then click a button to access the item, as you always have in cases where you saw this screen. The intermediate screen will be similar to the following example:
Why did we make the change?
For several reasons having to do with commercial relationships among various database vendors, IEDL used to function better than it currently does. Now, the inconvenience of the dead-end screens occurs much more often. The dead ends (blank screens) provide little or no useful information as to how the user can access materials the Library actually has. Always displaying the intermediate “Get it @ Midd” screen will allow users to see our accurate holdings and to obtain access consistently.
Next time you click on a “Full text online” link in Summon that looks like thisyou may see a screen that looks like thisAny reasonable person would suspect something is terribly wrong. The fact is that, somewhat unfortunately, a link that says “Click this link to display full-text in a new window” no longer displays in the big empty spot. Instead, there is now a very small link at the bottom of the narrow frame on the right that says “Open content in a new tab.” (additional screenshot below) If you click that link, you will (hopefully) see the journal article you are looking for.
We’re sorry for this inconvenience. We and other libraries are working with our third-party vendor to improve the situation.
Wondering how to search Summon, the library’s new default search tool on the library homepage? Watch this short video tutorial that will show you many of Summon’s features using an example search. Want to know more about Summon? See our announcement about it from earlier this summer.
The Client Center will have a downtime from 8 p.m. Friday, Sep. 16, to 5 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. During most of this downtime, your 360 Link service will remain available to your patrons. However, 360 Link (as well as the E-Journal Portal and 360 Search) will be unavailable to your patrons for about 20 minutes some time between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. During this downtime, any patrons trying to use 360 Link will see a message advising them of the downtime and inviting them to try again later.
(The “Client Center” is used by staff only. 360 Link service provides linking to full-text from Summon searches. The E-journal portal is our “Journals A to Z” list)
For reasons that are difficult to explain in a few sentences, we are aware that links to articles in Summon to a full-text database of Spanish-language resources called Fuente Academica Premier are not working. We have reported the problem, and it is being worked on.
Meanwhile, when you find an article of interest, you can access it by starting from our list of databases at go.middlebury.edu/databases . Find the link to Fuente Academica Premier and, using the citation information obtained from Summon, find the article directly.
We regret the inconvenience. I will add a post the LIS blog when the problem is corrected.
Begin your research, searching for articles across both databases and MIDCAT (the library catalog) with Summon.
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