Author: Resource Discovery and Innovation Team Manager

Off-campus to the Gale Cengage platform restored

The problem preventing off-campus access to subscription databases on the Gale-Cengage platform (reported on 15 June) has now been resolved by the Gale-Cengage technical team.

Off-campus access is now available once again, with authentication by university username and password.

The databases accessible off-site once again are:

  • Picture Post Historical Archive
  • British Library Newspapers
  • 19th Century UK Periodicals
  • 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection
  • The Times Digital Archive

Gale InfoTrac UI

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Off-campus access to the Gale Cengage platform unavailable

The library is working with the technical team at Gale Cengage to reinstate off-campus access to the databases on the Gale Cengage platform. On-campus access is working normally, but, at present, off-campus access requests, authenticated by university username and password, are failing to complete successfully. A further update will follow once on-campus access has been restored. Affected databases include:

  • Picture Post Historical Archive
  • British Library Newspapers
  • 19th Century UK Periodicals
  • 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection
  • The Times Digital Archive

Gale InfoTrac UI

Box of Broadcasts outage- 11-13 June 2018

The Box of Broadcasts (BoB) streaming service, for terrestrial and freeview TV and BBC Radio, has given advance notice of an upcoming three-day downtime period: 11-13 June 2018. BoB advises as follows:

The BoB service will be unavailable between 11-13 June 2018. This is because the Eduserv datacentre in Swindon is closing imminently forcing us to relocate our BoB servers on 11 June 2018.

We are working very hard to minimise the impact of this move on BoB service delivery but it will be necessary to switch BoB off for up to 3 days whilst we move the equipment.

BoB will be switched off on the morning of 11 June 2018 and will be completely unavailable during this time. Forward scheduling on the EPG will be available up to 11 June and then will restart once the move is complete. Programmes broadcast during the down-period will be available retrospectively for most channels. Please note that off-air recordings can be ordered in advance during the down-time via TRILT and can be prioritised during this 3-day period.

If you have any questions about the above please contact bob@bufvc.ac.uk

BoB - new platform

Off-campus registration to WGSN re-enabled

AS PART OF the rollout of the new hosted eZproxy service, the ability to register a new (and re-activate an inactive) WGSN account from off-campus has been re-enabled – as long as the student authenticates via the Library OneSearch link. Library colleagues will no longer need to mediate the creation or reactivation of WGSN accounts for students who are off-campus.

An updated guide to creating a WGSN account, and guide to managing an existing WGSN account, have also been made available through the listing of the resource in the Find Databases service of Library OneSearch.

WGSN user interface

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) ‘at risk’ this morning

The streaming video service Box of Broadcasts (BoB) has just announced that they will be carrying out some unscheduled maintenance work this morning (Friday 2 March) and that the service should be considered ‘at risk’ until 12:30.

UPDATE, 13:30: The maintenance period has overrun, but BoB indicate that services should be fully restored shortly.

UPDATE, 16:00: The maintenance period has now concluded and BoB services are accessible once more.

BoB - new platform