Seattle – Aug 2, 2011 – Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest LLC, announced today that Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan has adopted the Summon web-scale discovery service. The Summon service will provide Kyushu's users a single search point for discovery across library resources.
"Serials Solutions recently announced its sophisticated Japanese-language search functionality, demonstrating its commitment to improving the discovery experience for both librarians and patrons in Japan," said John Law, vice president of discovery at Serials Solutions. "We are pleased to count Kyushu University among our new customers and have been working closely with them to optimize the indexing of Japanese-language materials and our Japanese-language interface."
Branded by Kyushu as Cute.Search, the Summon service has been integrated with the university's new catalog interface, Cute.Catalog, which contains library collections and the comprehensive metadata of scholarly outputs written by university students and faculty, and utilizes the eXtensible Catalog (XC) open source software. The two services are integrated to harvest local records from Cute.Catalog and display live circulation status of those records within Cute.Search making it easy for users to search Kyushu's global academic resources and quickly find and access the information they need.
"The Summon service greatly improves our users' ability to follow the latest trends in their respective research fields, and discover that information quickly and easily from our website," said Shin Kataoka, systems librarian at Kyushu University. "By providing our users one single, easy-to-use gateway for discovering and retrieving academic information, we are able to not only enhance their research experience, but promote closer communications between students and researchers."
Currently, the Summon service allows researchers to search full-text content from more than 7,000 providers and contains more than 750 million records. First introduced to the industry in July 2009, the Summon web-scale discovery service provides proven value to more than 250 libraries worldwide, many of whom are seeing extraordinary increases in the use of their library's collections.
Recognized as the Best Enterprise Search Solution at the 2011 CODiE Awards by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the Summon service delivers the most compelling user experience by providing an easy and open discovery experience. With a single unified index, the Summon service provides instant access to the full breadth of authoritative content that is the hallmark of great libraries.
More information about Kyushu University's implementation of the Summon service is available online at http://www.lib.kyushu-u.ac.jp/research/20110628_search_catalog.html?skinid=9.
About the Kyushu University
Kyushu University was founded in Fukuoka, Japan in 1911 as the 4th Imperial University. Kyushu University has established itself as a leader in education and research not just inside the country, but throughout the world. Currently, it has a total student population of 18,967, of which about 10 percent are international students, and its faculty boasts roughly 2,300 fulltime members. Comprehensive in its academic reach, the university has over 11 undergraduate departments and 18 graduate schools and 16 faculties as well as their affiliated research centers. Kyushu University's main strengths lie in its particularly active and innovative science programs. The University celebrates its centennial in 2011.
About Serials Solutions
Serials Solutions is the global leader in essential discovery and management solutions which are powered by a comprehensive knowledgebase. Its popular suite of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions helps improve access to and use of collections, eases librarian workloads, and ultimately reduces operating costs. Solutions include: the world-class Summon web-scale discovery service, providing instant access to the full breadth of the library's collection through a single search; the AquaBrowser discovery layer, making navigation more accessible; 360, the only integrated e-resource access and management solution; KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase and foundation for Serials Solutions 360; and Ulrich's, the world's most authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information for serials and the most comprehensive source of print and electronic serials data available. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Serials Solutions is a member of the ProQuest family of companies.