The Bridge Consortium of Carleton and St. Olaf colleges in Northfield, Minn. have teamed up with PALS to integrate Web Scale Discovery with VuFind using a new display approach called "channeling."
VuFind is used as the presentation layer for both the library catalog and results from the Summon web-scale discovery service using the vendor APIs. The results are displayed in two columns or "channels". Books and other library materials are displayed on the left side of the screen and the Summon journal article results on the right. Patrons' research experience is enhanced by receiving book and article results through a single search.
"The inclusion of results from Summon in our VuFind catalog is a huge leap forward in the Bridge Consortium's effort to provide unified discovery of our rich print and electronic collections to our students, faculty, and staff. Working with PALS and using an open source interface allows us to have the best of both worlds: access to tremendous data provided by Summon while retaining local control of the search and presentation results," Sarah Johnston, Systems and Web Services Librarian at St. Olaf College, said.
"We are happy to extend our collaboration with the Bridge Consortium by adding web-scale discovery to the VuFind service we are providing to them, and proud to be the first in Minnesota to integrate VuFind with a discovery service," Stephen Elfstrand, PALS Executive Director, said.
To experience VuFind – Summon integration for yourself, go to the St. Olaf or Carleton instances of VuFind.
Visit PALS Web 2.0 Discovery Tool for more information or request specific information about PALS products or services.
PALS has been providing innovative library technology services to a large and diverse group of Minnesota libraries since 1978. More information about PALS can be found at http://www.mnpals.org.