The University has set up a project group to investigate and implement the decommissioning of Athens authentication for accessing our resources and instead use a Single Sign-on system. This process already has begun with the resources among our Gale subscription being one of our first publishers to make the switch.
For Gale resources there should be no difference when accessing a Gale resource on campus but when accessing it from off campus, users not using the VPN will now be taken to the University sign on page (like the image at the top of this post) rather than the Athens one. Once users have logged in they should be able to access the resource in the same way they can from on campus.
This week we have begun changing to this system for Proquest resources, including a number of databases and all of our Ebook Central ebooks. This means when users access a Proquest ebook they will no longer have to enter their Athens username and password but will instead be using their University details.
Over the next few months it is anticipated that all of our electronic resources’ suppliers will be switched over to single-sign on and Athens will be decommissioned. This will have the obvious advantage that users will no longer have to remember a separate password for off-campus or ebook access. There is no intention to switch off the Cisco AnyConnect VPN which will continue to work in the same way it does now (i.e. it allocates a campus IP address to the user utilising the VPN).
We will issue further updates as the project progresses. If you have any queries, or experience any issues with logging in to any resources during the changeover, please contact us for help and advice – Library@lboro.ac.uk
Every summer Learn is ‘rolled over’ to the next academic year. This means that modules from the current academic year are copied to an archived version of Learn in readiness for the new academic year. All module content on the majority of taught modules is automatically hidden in the active version of Learn pending review (and updating as appropriate) by module tutors.
This year the rollover will take place on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th July. At the same time, the system which underpins Learn (Moodle) will be updated to version 3.4. As a consequence, http://learn.lboro.ac.uk/will not be available from 7:30am on Monday 23rd July through to 5:00pm on the Tuesday 24th July.
Anyone visiting Learn during this period will be greeted with a message explaining the downtime, and IT Services will keep the site updated throughout the procedure.
During the rollover, a copy of the current system is taken and this creates the “Learn archive” for the previous 2017/18 academic year. Material in the Learn archive is only available to those students and staff who were registered on the module during that academic year. The new version of Learn is reset, removing student submissions, forum posts, feedback responses etc. and updating the module codes to reflect the 2018/19 academic year. Module content uploaded by staff is not removed.
The University is investing £1.3M on upgrading essential IT infrastructure, resulting in temporary downtime of all IT facilities across campus from 3pm on Wednesday 11th July. All University IT Systems will be unavailable during this upgrade, including telephones and printers.
The upgrade has an expected finish time of midnight, though services should also be considered as at risk the following day.
This upgrade will effect the Library considerably, as it will mean that there will be no IT access or provision at all once the work begins. As well as the printer and telephone networks across campus, the Library housekeeping system and Library Catalogue Plus will be unavailable as well.
In light of this, we have taken the decision to close the Library at 5.30pm on Wednesday July 11th instead of our usual later 8pm closing time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
The University will be holding Open Days on Friday 29th June and Saturday 30th June. Visitors, students and staff should be aware that campus, and in particular the Library, will likely be extremely busy on both days.
As usual the Library will be hosting several displays and stands by other support services within the University on both days, and they will be taking up temporary residence later this week on Level 3. As such, certain study areas on this level will be unavailable during this time and will be cordoned off from public use.
On Monday 25th June and Tuesday 26th June work begins on replacing the workstation desks on Levels 1 & 2. This will necessitate the temporary removal of all of the PC workstations from these floors, including the Catalogue and Short Stay PCs.
All of these machines will placed into storage in Group Study Rooms 1A and 2A, which will mean that these rooms will be unavailable for booking while this work is carried out.
Week beginning Monday 2nd July the old desks will be removed from Levels 1 & 2 for removal by University Facilities Management – this may involve some noise and disruption, and the lift may be unavailable to visitors while the desks are being moved.
The new furniture should be delivered during the following week – again, this will involve some noise and disruption. Once this is completed, IT Services will remove the PCs from storage and begin setting them up on the new desks.
Access to the shelving and other facilities on Levels 1 & 2 will remain unaffected, however there will be no PC workstations available to use on either floor while this work is completed. Workstations are still available on Levels 3 & 4, and staff are available to assist with catalogue searching at our Enquiry Desks.
Students are no longer provided with an Alumni account when they graduate, so all the data from existing accounts will be lost when it expires.
On completion or termination of your studies, your IT user account will enter a 30-day expiry period. Unfortunately, IT Services are unable to specify the exact date this will happen, as it varies from school to school, as well as if you are doing resits.
During the 30-day expiry period, you still have access to email, Office 365, Learn, Athens, your documents area (U drive), and the Student Self Service Portal. Please visit IT Services web page for Finalists and take the following steps to ensure you are ready for your account to expire:
It’s the time of year when Finalists, dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s before they leave, start enquiring about how to get their surplus printer credit refunded. Easy!
Refunds can be obtained by visiting the Creative & Print Services Office based in the Herbert Manzoni Building, which is open Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm, where they will refund the balance of your account back on to your debit or credit card.
Please be aware that only Finalists can receive a refund – and that once you have received your refund, your University print account will be closed permanently – you won’t be able to log in & print on campus thereafter. Something to bear in mind if you need to print off a few copies of your CV!
On Saturday 9th June, the ReVIEW system will be unavailable between 8pm and 11pm due to essential system maintenance by the University’s system supplier. During this time students will be unable to watch any captured sessions, so please plan accordingly. The University is not able to change the time or date of this maintenance period.
As this Bank Holiday weekend is traditionally one of the busiest times of the Academic calendar (not least in the Library!), University Facilities Management are opening up some extra study spaces over the weekend.
Saturday 26th May 8.00am – 6.00pm: All of James France – CC rooms and Exhibition area, all of West Park Teaching Hub
Sunday 27th May 8.00am – 6.00pm: All of James France – CC rooms and Exhibition area, all of West Park Teaching Hub
Monday 28th May 8.00am – 6.00pm: All of James France – CC rooms and Exhibition area, all of West Park Teaching Hub
These are addition to the D-Rooms in James France and the YY-Rooms in John Cooper.
The Library will still be open 24-7 over the weekend, albeit with a skeleton service on Bank Holiday Monday. Unfortunately the PC Clinic will be closed on Monday.