As was previously announced, we will be launching Omni, our new library search, on December 10, 2019.
This post provides more details on the changes you can expect.
- What is changing
- What is not changing
- How do I find the new search tools?
- How do I use the new search tools?
Summon and the Library Catalogue
With Omni you will be able to search all of Carleton's print and electronic resources, using facets or the advanced search features to find exactly what you are looking for. Omni also makes it easy to find peer-reviewed articles and uses enhanced tools like virtual shelf browsing and citation tracing to help you discover books and articles related to your search topic.
The interface and features available in Omni are very similar to those currently available in Summon.
Saved searches, saved records, and reading history (Library Catalogue)
Any searches, records, lists, or reading history that you have saved in the Library Catalogue will not be migrated to the new system.
We recommend that you export any data that you would like to save before December 10, 2019.
To export your saved records or lists, use the Export feature in the Library Catalogue.
Saved searches and reading history cannot be exported, so you will have to manually copy the information from the Catalogue to a Word document or text file.
Links to materials in Summon
Once Omni launches, links to Summon will no longer work.
These links will need to be manually updated once Omni launches to use the equivalent permalink in Omni.
Links to Summon have URLs that begin with https://carletonu.summon.serialssolutions.com...
Here is an example of what a link to a book in Summon currently looks like: Creating Carleton: the shaping of a university on Summon
Links to materials in the Library Catalogue
Once Omni launches, link to materials in the Library Catalogue will be automatically redirected to the equivalent record in Omni.
Links to materials in Library Catalogue have URLs that begin https://catalogue.library.carleton.ca/record=...
Here is an example of what a link to the same book in the Library Catalogue currently looks like: Creating Carleton: the shaping of a university in the Library Catalogue.
Note that other links to the Library Catalogue (to saves searches, specific search scopes, etc) will not necessarily be redirected and should be updated manually once Omni launches.
The current eJournals search and browse tool will be replaced with a similar search tool in Omni.
However, the new tool will be more comprehensive, including both ejournals and print journals.
What is not changing
Direct links to e-resources
Direct links to e-resources are not affected by this upgrade and will continue to work normally.
This means that if you are linking directly to an ebook, ejournal, article, or database and the link does not go to Summon or the Library Catalogue, that link will continue to work. No action is required.
Here is an example of the a link to the same book from above on the ProQuest Ebook Central platform looks like: Creating Carleton: the shaping of a university.
The current Databases search and browse tool is not affected by this upgrade and will continue to work normally.
Course reserves and Ares
You will still be able to use Omni to search for materials that have been placed on reserve.
Ares is not affected by this upgrade and will continue to work normally.
Interlibrary loan and Racer
Racer (interlibrary loans) is not affected by this upgrade and will continue to work normally.
The proxy service (http://proxy.library.carleton.ca) that provides off-campus access to e-resources is not affected by this upgrade and will continue to work normally.
How do I find the new search tools?
When the new search tools launch, we'll update the Library's web site so that links will go to the new search tools.
In other words, you can just use the Library web site as you normally would, and the new tools will be there for you when you need them!
How do I use the new search tools?
Most of the new search tools work more or less the same way as the tools you already use, so we don't expect they will be too hard to figure out.
However, there will also be information that we'll be adding to the Library web site to help you get the most out of the new tools.
If you have any questions, please contact Edward Bilodeau.
This post was updated to include the name of the new library search tool, Omni, that was announced on October 30.