From a press release: Â Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest LLC, announced today a pilot project that will allow students and researchers at institutions subscribing to the Summonâ„¢ web-scale discovery service to automatically find their libraryâ€™s Summonâ„¢ service search box when they use JSTOR.Â Â In addition to the content available on JSTOR, users will be able to easily continue to search the breadth of their particular libraryâ€™s collection for additional materials, enabling faster, simpler research.Â Â The collaboration furthers the Summonâ„¢ serviceâ€™s mission to make library content easier to discover by researchers and students.
With more than 1,300 scholarly journals and more than 1 million images, letters and other primary sources, JSTOR is one of the worldâ€™s most trusted sources for academic content, serving nearly 7,000 institutions in 159 countries.Â Â With this pilot, JSTOR users from institutions subscribing to the Summonâ„¢ service will be recognized through IP authentication, prompting the appearance of their institutionsâ€™ Summonâ„¢ search box on JSTOR.Â Â That will allow them to run a search across the other resources available at their institutionâ€™s library, providing an uninterrupted and accelerated research process.
The pilot will involve a small number of institutions and will run through June, 2011.Â Â The goal is to make the service available to all Summon subscribing libraries thereafter.
Seems each day someone else announces more cross searching of content.Â This is great news for users as overarching discovery layers are formed to search individual silos of content.Â Today, OCLC and Gale announced that Gale’s Academic OneFile and General OneFile, representing millions of records, will be indexed in OCLC’s WorldCat Local. Users who subscribe to both services can search WorldCat Local (and the Gale metadata) and be linked to the full text of millions of peer reviewed journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles, and podcasts and transcripts.
Gale is the 3rd vendor to add content to WorldCat Local.Â JSTOR and EBSCO content are already available for subscribers.
Here is another sign that times are changing and silos of library information are breaking down.Â I searched WorldCat today and found links to JSTOR content, clicked through, and downloaded the PDF without a hitch.Â I expect we’ll see more of this, which is great news for the discovery of library content on the web.Â The press release is below.
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