We’ve just starting doing this too.  We’re also in a weird in-between stage 
because our web services has been harvesting an HTML scrape for their bento box 
discovery layer as well.  We ran into a snag earlier, because it seemed to be 
recalling duplicate records via OAI-PMH for our web interface.  (I’m hoping 
upgrading to the latest version will help this).
My criticism so far is that it is so easy for archival objects to get 
completely buried in comparison to the online articles, books, media, and other 
content.  Usually, I have to specifically scope the results to get “archival 
materials” when trying to use Summon.  I didn’t exclude Agents and Subjects 
(although perhaps I should), but from my experience, the bigger problem is that 
I have to dig so deep in the searches to even find ASpace records.
For people who are curious, this is our catalog page:
Summon results happen in the top left box (Once searching for something, click 
the “See more” for Articles box).
We also create collection-level catalog records, which often show up in the 
“Books & Media” section, although that doesn’t index keywords that aren’t 
represented in the catalog record.
We have a more nuanced search function on our Special Collections’ page (hey, 
that’s me in the picture!): https://lib.msu.edu/spc/index/
It tends to pick up (almost to a fault), everything we have in ArchivesSpace in 
a dedicated “Archival Collections” box, which often includes a plethora of 
Imperfect, but all for the sake of creating avenues of discovery!  If anyone 
has feedback or other solutions, it would be great to keep sharing on this 

From: <archivesspace_users_group-boun...@lyralists.lyrasis.org> on behalf of 
"Cobourn, Alston" <alston.cobo...@tamucc.edu>
Reply-To: Archivesspace Users Group 
Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 2:45 PM
To: "archivesspace_users_group@lyralists.lyrasis.org" 
Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] experience using AS OAI-PMH with discovery 
layer like Summon?

Hello everyone,

I have a dream of making the published resource records and their components in 
our ASpace instance available in our library’s Summon instance, and my plan is 
to do so using OAI-PMH.  The configuration instructions on GitHub say that 
“Harvesting the ArchivesSpace OAI-PMH server without specifying a set will 
yield all published records across all repositories.”  Am I correct in thinking 
that “all published records” would mean published resources, resource 
components, accessions, digital objects, and agents.  Is there a type of 
“publishable” record that I am forgetting?

At the moment, the only “set” of published information that I’m thinking of 
having Summon exclude is agents.  If you’ve already made these kinds of 
decisions and you can think of a positive, downside, or implication I may be 
overlooking, I’d appreciate hearing from you.  Obviously, I’m trying to think 
this through to make sure I don’t have Summon suck in a bunch of stuff we don’t 
want them to.

Alston Cobourn
Processing and Digital Assets Archivist
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

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