Month: March 2007

COPAC v.3 interface – SFX enabled

The migration to the v.3 interface of the COPAC union catalogue has now been completed, which means that outbound SFX links from catalogue records are automatically visible on-campus, and can be activated by Athens authentication off-campus.

An updated guide to SFX integration with COPAC can be found here.

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Firefox web browser

IS have confirmed that the Firefox web browser has been deployed to a number of clusters of student PCs (particularly within Art & Design areas), at the request of individual lecturers. Firefox has been installed alongside, rather than as a replacement for, the standard Internet Explorer browser – giving students the option to select their preference. While IS have indicated that there are currently no plans to deploy Firefox across the network, it is now possible to request installation of the Firefox browser on individual staff PCs via an email request to ITS Service Desk.

Firefox v.2 has also been installed on a number of eServices PCs, so again it is possible to troubleshoot any browser-specific eservices issues raised by the use of Firefox.

Internet Explorer v.7.0 – OPAC, SFX and eSearch compliance

Ex Libris have confirmed that the versions of ALEPH OPAC, SFX and eSearch that LLR is running are fully compliant with the new version of the Internet Explorer web browser – Version 7. This is currently of relevance only to off-campus users, as no decision has yet been taken to upgrade the university’s existing Version 6 of Internet Explorer on the campus network. An announcement from Ex Libris regarding product compliance with the new Windows Vista operating system is expected in April (again, this will only be currently of relevance to off-campus users).

IE v.7.0 has been installed on an eServices PC, so it is possible for us to replicate any other browser-specific eservices issues that the team is alerted to.

Land, Life & Leisure

Following a hardware failure, EDINA advise that the Land, Life & Leisure service will be temporarily unavailable. EDINA are working to restore access as soon as possible – though a return of service may not be in place until next week. The login buttons on the LL&L interface have been suspended and an out-of-service alert posted.

Screenonline – audio-visual content now accessible on-campus

Following a series of service enhancements at the BFI (British Film Institute), on-campus access to the streaming audio-visual content of the Screenonline collection has now been restored. Changes in the authentication management procedures required by the BFI mean that the previous licensing complications which interrupted NTU’s access to the multimedia content last year have now been resolved.

On-campus visitors to the Screenonline database, will enjoy automatic access to that multimedia content via Windows Media Player (on both PC and Mac).

Due to continuing licensing constraints, there are no plans to extend multimedia access to off-campus visitors.

The listings for Screenonline in LLR’s resource discovery environment have been updated accordingly.

New resource: Film Literature Index Online

The Film Literature Index Online has been added to the Film and Media sub-category of the Arts & Humanities category of eSearch. On-campus and off-campus access is unrestricted. The resource is described as follows:

The Film Literature Index Online contains approximately 700,000 citations to film and television articles, film reviews and book reviews published between 1976-2001.