Summon Widgets @ D3 Day!

Today (March 3rd) was Sheridan College’s inaugural Digital Discovery Day (D3 Day), a day devoted to “exploring and sharing ideas related to enhancing teaching, learning, creativity and innovation in the classroom.”

Back in February, I was encouraged by a colleague to present on an EdTech tool that was relevant to the work done by the Library’s Technical Services team.  And what better educational technology tool to promote than Summon – our discovery service.  (Not sure what a discovery service is? Think Google for Libraries).  After all, it is the tool that links learners tScreen Shot 2016-03-04 at 5.26.00 PMo academic research.  Given this, it is also the EdTech tool that has probably been one of the most promoted by the Library… via our Liaison Librarians during instruction sessions, and especially at the Reference Desk.

So we needed something new to talk about; something that would build on staff’s and faculty’s existing knowledge of Summon.  The same colleague who encouraged me to present suggested I do a session on Summon Widgets, ProQuest’s tool that allows you to offer Disciplined Scoped Searching to your users/students.  And since this was to be my first. conference. presentation. ever., I wanted a tool that that I could easily become familiar with – and familiar enough to teach others about.  And this was it.

If you are a Librarian, Faculty member, staff member, or student who’s library uses the Summon discovery layer, and you’re interested in creating search boxes and widgets that can be discipline/course/assignment specific, you have a few options:


*Please credit Katelyn Granger (@acciolibrarian) if you use,share, or cite this presentation.

To view the presentation in full screen, ctrl+click > This Frame > Open Frame in New Window (on a mac at least).  If you wish to download a copy of the slides, I suggest downloading a .pdf version, as this will preserve the custom fonts.

Next steps: It appears that embedding the code generated  by Summon Widgets is not as easy as ProQuest makes it out to be.  After helping a Faculty member during my workshop, I decided to spend a little time trying to embed the code into web-based platforms other than LibGuides.  I struggled am struggling with it.  Apparently embedding custom widgets in WordPress and SLATE is harder than it sounds.  I’ll keep playing around with it and update you soon!

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