Box of Broadcasts Moved to Single Sign-On Access

As part of our ongoing project to move all of our resources to a Single Sign-On system from Athens authentication we have just completed transferring Box of Broadcasts (BoB) across to this new system, and we encourage users to take the following steps to ensure their access is uninterrupted.

  • Clear any cookies on your PC.
  • Either from the Library Catalogue, or from any other link, please update your BoB bookmark to: https://login.learningonscreen.ac.uk/wayfless.php?entityID=https%3A%2F%2Fidp.lboro.ac.uk%2Fsimplesaml%2Fsaml2%2Fidp%2Fmetadata.php&target=https%3A%2F%2Flearningonscreen.ac.uk%2Fondemand . This should enable you to link direct from on-campus without the need for any login and from off-campus would direct you to the blue Loughborough University login screen.
  • The first time you use this route you should be asked to re-register and then there should be a pop-up giving you the option to import playlists and so forth. This can be a bit slow in appearing, though some users may find that their playlists automatically migrate across.
  • Once you have re-registered and imported your lists subsequent access will be much simpler and quicker.
  • If you are using BoB for teaching purposes please re-register ASAP so that we can address any problems with playlists etc. before teaching commences.

August Bank Holiday & Special Assessment Period

Just to remind all of our visitors that the Library will be CLOSED along with the rest of the University during the entire Bank Holiday this coming weekend, and that we will not be re-opening until 9am on Wednesday 29th August.

This will coincide with the beginning of the Special Assessment Period, when the Library will be temporarily extending its opening hours to 9am – 8pm on weekdays from Wednesday 29th August to Thursday 6th September. Please note that we remain closed at weekends. From Friday 7th September we return to our usual vacation opening times for the remainder of September.

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

Learn Rollover 23rd & 24th July

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.

All IT Services Unavailable on Wednesday 11th July, 3pm to Midnight

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.

For further information, help and advice about the upgrade, please visit the IT Services website – http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/it/staff/status/ – or alternatively contact the IT Service Desk via IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk.

University Open Days 29th-30th June

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.

Temporary Removal of Workstations on Levels 1 & 2 from 25th June

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.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

Part of Level 3 & Some Group Study Rooms Unavailable 19th-20th June

An area of Level 3 near the Seminar Room and Group Study Rooms 3A & 3B will be unavailable to visitors tomorrow, Tuesday 19th, and Wednesday 20th June while the Library is hosting a training event.

We appreciate that term isn’t quite over yet, but Group Study Rooms are still available to book on Levels 1, 2 & 4 if you require one.

Finalists – Advice from IT Services

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:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/it/student/leaving/

If you are returning to the University for further study or as a member of staff, you can find information for you under the FAQ section on this page.

ReVIEW Lecture Capture Unavailable – Saturday 9th June, 8pm – 11pm

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.