Author: Resource Discovery and Innovation Team Manager

Withdrawn resource: Gartner

Gartner U/I

ACCESS TO THE Gartner database has been withdrawn from the Find Databases service of Library OneSearch following the conclusion of Information Systems’ subscription to the resource.

The entry for the Gartner database in the ‘All’ search of LOS will disappear overnight, as an updated set of records is reloaded and re-indexed from eSearch.

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Brief interruption to single sign-on service between 07:00-08:00 16 November 2017

Maintenance work is being carried out on the university’s Single Sign-on service between 07:00 and 08:00 on Thursday 16 November 2017.

The Single Sign-on service should be considered ‘at risk’ during those sixty minutes, but the service should only be unavailable for a 5-10 minute period during that time. The service will be fully operational by 08:00.

NTU Single Sign-on screen

Box of Broadcasts: radio clip feature error

The ‘clip’ feature on the Box of Broadcast platform (which provides access to recordings of free-to-air radio and television programmes for the education sector) is currently not available for radio content (TV content is unaffected). ‘Clipping’ allows a pertinent section of a longer recording to be highlighted and given its own deep-link URL.

When attempting to play a saved ‘clip’ from a radio broadcast, the following on-screen error appears:

The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.

Box of Broadcast - radio - clip - initial error message

When the page is refreshed, as advised, the following on-screen error displays: “HLS playlist request error at: [URL]”

Box of Broadcast - radio - clip - reload error message

The Box of Broadcast support team advise that a solution to this issue is being treated as a priority, but no resolution date has yet been confirmed.

In the meantime, it remains possible to link to a (whole) radio broadcast, and advise listeners of the relevant start and end times of the recommended segment of the programme.

New resource: Lynda.com

Access to the Lynda.com online learning platform has been enabled in the Find Databases service of Library OneSearch. Access to the streaming video content and other materials on the site is by university username and password. An additional one-time registration process (comprising a staff member’s or student’s name and their university email address) is required. The resource is described as follows:

Lynda.com is an online learning platform offering almost six thousand video-based courses covering subjects including: leadership and management, professional development, marketing, finance and accounting, project management, business software, digital literacy, educational and instructional design, writing, IT infrastructure, information management, data science, web development, software development, user experience (UX), web design, game design and development, CAD, graphic design, photography, 3D and animation, art and illustration, audio and music, motion graphic and VFX, and video. Courses are organised into a series of video segments, and come with full transcripts, supporting documentation and downloadable files. Once registered you can follow courses, create playlists, complete assignments, earn certificates and track your personal progress. Content can be accessed on desktop, tablet and mobile devices, and apps are available for Android, IoS and Windows.

In addition, records describing the individual courses on Lynda.com have also been made available in Library OneSearch. Examples include:

Note: A number of the Lynda.com records in Library OneSearch currently show an ‘Image’ rather than an ‘Audio-Visual’ icon, and are incorrectly indexed with this item type. This is due to an inconsistency in the source record set, and will be corrected in LOS shortly.

Design courses on Lynda.com


Signing in to Lynda.com

The Find Databases entry and course records for Lynda.com in Library OneSearch all provide customised deep-links that will automatically route the request through the university’s Single Sign-on service. However, staff members and students accessing Lynda.com outside of Library OneSearch will need to follow one of two different routes to the Single Sign-on page, detailed below:

If you visit the Lynda.com platform directly, after you select the Sign In link (see illustration below), the site will attempt to identify your home institution.

Lynda.com Sign In link

If Lynda.com is able to discern that your home institution is Nottingham Trent University, the prompt screen shown below will display. Select Continue to be forwarded to the university’s Single Sign-on page.

The 'Continue' sign-in screen on Lynda.com

If Lynda.com is not able to identify your home institution, it will offer a range of sign in options (see the illustration below). If this screen displays, choose the Sign in with your organization portal option.

Lynda.com - sign in options

The next screen will ask you to Enter your organization’s URL to log in through their portal (see illustration below). On this screen enter ntu.ac.uk and select Continue to be forwarded to the university’s Single Sign-on page.

Lynda.com - organisational affiliation identifier

Knowledge Unlatched: new open access eBook titles

More than 100 additional titles from the Knowledge Unlatched open access eBook initiative are now discoverable through Library OneSearch. As was the case with the original set of titles added to LOS back in May 2016, these new titles are made openly available online through a collaborative funding partnership of which Libraries and Learning Resources is a member.

New titles in the Knowledge Unlatched collection include:

	 Hitchcock's Appetites : The Corpulent Plots of Desire and Dread

Kanopy – new video content discoverable in Library OneSearch

More than 1600 new titles from the Kanopy streaming video service are now discoverable in Library OneSearch, following a recent upload of new materials. Access to streaming content on the Kanopy platform is by university username and password. New content ranges across a wide array of subject matter, and includes titles such as:

Kanopy - streaming video