The Summon discovery service from Serials Solutions, previously covered in SLN, was announced in January 2009 with live product launch in July 2009. The release of a mobile version came only a few months later.
Serials Solutions released its mobile application for the Summon discovery service in November 2009. This app, available across the spectrum of mobile platforms including iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Palm, and Windows Mobile, engages and downloads automatically once a user visits their library’s Summon service. In the same way that Summon turns library research into a simple Google-like experience, the mobile version operates with the same ease of use. Many of the features of the Web-version of Summon do not appear in the mobile version, like facets for narrowing results. Still, it presents a relevancy-ranked list of results, that leads users to more details, usually including an abstract, with the ability to click through to the original document.