So say you implement one of these tools and park it as the default search box on your website, to get an all-in-one box. The problem here of course is the library site may be slowly losing it influence and pretty much nobody starts their search on the library homepage.
The obvious solution would be to ensure users can easily search using your discovery solution even if they don't come to their site. So what options are there?
- OpenSearch (e.g GSVU)
- Custom toolbar - Libx, Conduit toolbar (e.g. Dartmouth college library)
- Smart keyword
- Bookmarklet (e.g S.C Williams library , University of Michigan library)
- Startpage widgets (iGoogle, netvibes etc).
In fact rather than revisiting one of my very first blog posts ever, pop over to Opensearch vs custom toolbar vs smart keyword vs bookmarklet which gives details on these methods.
Back then, the methods there assume an ordinary library catalogue or library database, but it makes even more sense to do it for a Discovery service like Summon of course.