While You’ve Been Away… Changes in the Library Over the Summer

A warm welcome back to all of our returning students! As usual we haven’t been resting on our laurels during the long summer break, and we’ve made a few changes since June…

Single Sign On. Over the summer we’ve begun work on streamlining access to our electronic resources by moving away from Athens authentication to a single sign on process using the University username & password. The project is ongoing and so you need to be aware that there are:

  • Some resources which have moved from Athens log in to Single sign on
  • Some resources are in progress
  • Some resources are still Athens authenticated.
  • You can keep up to date on developments through our news link here.

Self Collection of Hold Requests. We have started storing hold requests on the shelves in the High Demand section on Level 3 so that users can collect them and issue them without having to ask for them at the main desk. This only applies to our stock – Inter Library Loans will still be stored in the office behind the desk.

It’s very easy to use – books can be found in alphabetical order on the shelves filed under the first three letters of the user’s surname and the last three numbers of their ID. For example, our own Matt Cunningham would be CUN331. Where a user only has two letters in their surname, just use those two letters followed by the last 3 digits of their ID number.

New Decor. All the old workstation desks on Levels 1 & 2 have been replaced with new ones. We’ve added plasma screens displaying booking details outside of every Group Study Room in the Library, and the Help Desk on Level 4 has been removed to expand the study area.

Wifi Upgrade. IT Services completed their upgrade of the Wifi coverage throughout the building, so hopefully you won’t encounter any more dead spots!

Oh yes – and as you can see from the picture above, we had the Red Arrows fly over for the Graduation Ceremony. As the old police recruitment poster used to say – “Dull it isn’t!”

Changes to Accessing Online Resources

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The Library is currently working with IT Services to remove Athens authentication for accessing online resources and moving to Single Sign-On using your University username and password. This means that when you access resources that previously required your Athens username and password, you will be taken to a University sign on page and prompted to enter your University username and password.

Some resources have already switched including Box of Broadcasts and ProQuest resources. Over the course of the next few months we will be continuing to switch other online resources to Single Sign-On. In most cases you should notice no difference when accessing resources on campus. While we are in a transition phase, we recommend that you use the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client to access resources off campus.

We will update the list of resources that are changing on this post as they make the switch. If you have any queries or experience any issues with logging in to resources during the changeover please contact us at library@lboro.ac.uk

The following resources have made the transition:

Emerald Insight Resources Access Changes

We have now moved our access to the Emerald Insight database to Single Sign On from Athens authentication, and are in the process of updating all catalogue links and Subject Guides.

However, there is an off-campus access issue with journals linked from the catalogue to Emerald. Until it is resolved, to access these off campus you need to follow these steps:

  • Log into the VPN or Emerald first.
  • Select Institutional Log in, then UK Federated, then Loughborough University.

If you experience any further issues or problems, please let us know.

Changes to Electronic Resource Password Authentication

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

New Library Catalogue

At the beginning of Semester 2, the Library plans to launch our new and improved Library Catalogue Plus interface. User testing has been positive, with people really liking the clear screens and updated results page. As an added bonus, the new interface will soon be available on the myLboro app, so users will be able to access their accounts and renew books easily while on the go.

During the switchover which is planned to occur between 31st January and 5th February you will still be able to search for and access library materials in print and online and Library staff will be available to help. You can return books at the help desk but borrower accounts won’t be updating until after the new catalogue has gone live. All long loan books have been extended until 18th February and we won’t be charging fines on any overdue items whilst the system is being updated.

The new catalogue should be available on 5th February and we would welcome any feedback.

FAQs

Do I need to return my books?

You can check your library account now to see what items you have on loan and be sure of return dates. Any long loan book that is currently issued to you won’t be due until 18th February. Please keep an eye on your University email address for any communication from the Library.

I’ve got items saved on my e-Shelf, will they still be there after the upgrade?

If you have stored records on your e-Shelf in the current catalogue we would encourage you to download them or export them into Mendeley as they won’t be carried over to the new system. You can find further information about Mendeley on our website pages or contact your Academic Librarian for advice.

Do I need to update my bookmarks?

If you have bookmarked the current catalogue http://lcp.lboro.ac.uk this will redirect you to the new interface. Any links to individual items or particular searches won’t be saved. Please contact your Academic Librarian for any advice.

I’m an academic, will the change affect my reading list?

The new catalogue won’t affect your reading list and all links to books and online articles will continue to work as normal. Contact your Academic Librarian or email us if you have any queries about reading lists.

I’m at the London campus, will this change affect me?

The new catalogue will be available to all staff and students in Loughborough and London. During the switchover you can still return books to the London Library but not take out any items until the help desk opens on Monday 5th February. Please email library@lboro.ac.uk if you have any queries.

I’ve got feedback on the new catalogue where can I send it?

We’re happy to receive feedback and any suggestions you have so please email library@lboro.ac.uk or tweet us @lborolibrary

More information and quick guides will be available from the Library’s website soon.

Library Catalogue Plus Server Switchover, Monday 3rd April

On Monday, 3rd April we will be moving our Library Catalogue Plus system to a new authentication server. It is anticipated that this work will be completed during the morning, but during this time people may experience difficulties with accessing and logging in to LCP.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Database Trial – The Poetry Review

poetry reviewIf you’re interested in poetry either for academic purposes or reading for pleasure, you may wish to take advantage of the latest electronic resource we’re trialling.

Since it was founded in 1912, The Poetry Review has been home to the world’s best writing – by both internationally renowned and emerging poets, newcomers and Nobel Prize winners.

To view the journal go to: www.exacteditions.com/iplogin/thepoetryreview – access is via IP address and the trial runs to 14th August 2016.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn with your comments.

British Science Week Resources – Library STEM Subject Guides

531843326_81c9b2cff2_zTo conclude our look at Library resources for British Science Week, we’d like to turn the microscope around and take a look at the bigger picture of available resources, and how to find them.

Finding the right sources of information for any subject can be tricky, given the vast amount of resources there are available to you via our own Library Catalogue Plus database. This is especially true of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (or STEM) disciplines. With that in mind, our Academic Librarians have created a set of online guides tailored to these subject areas.

You can find the complete A-Z list of all the guides by following this link:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/subjectguides/

Each link gives you a concise run-down of everything you need to know about finding information for your subject, including the contact details for the Academic Librarian responsible for the School/Department concerned.

Be sure to visit and bookmark the links for future reference – you’ll certainly find them useful!

Image by Philip Bond, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Cambridge Journals Online – Technical Issues

logo_cupCambridge University Press are presently experiencing intermittent access problems with Cambridge Journals Online. CUP are aware of the problem and are working to fix the issue as soon as possible.

In addition, there will be short outages to their service between 07:00 GMT and 13:00 GMT on Sunday, 20th March 2016, as a result of essential system upgrade work.

Cambridge University Press apologise for any inconvenience this issue is causing.