eZproxy

Off-campus access using eZproxy and updates to third-party web sites

The eZproxy authentication framework enables the library to provide secure off-campus access to subscription-based third-party resources for providers who are unable to support the Shibboleth protocol. We have encountered an issue over the last few months that has led to the loss of off-campus to a number of such resources. This is the result of those third-party web platforms moving their entire site across from ‘http:’ to the more secure ‘https:’ protocol. This causes a key component of the exchange between the university’s eZproxy server and the third party site to fail.

The solution to this issue is an upgrade to the eZproxy server, an enhancement that colleagues in IS are preparing to deploy to the production environment once testing has successfully completed.

The resources currently affected by this problem are:

  • BCIS
  • Elgar Online
  • isurv
  • New Left Review

In addition, it is currently not possible for for students to register new accounts on the WGSN service from off-campus. The library is able to register new accounts for students who are off-site and have details of their registration emailed to them. Once registration has completed, off-campus access to WGSN is available.

A further update will follow once the upgrade to eZproxy has been deployed and access to these services is confirmed as restored.

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Secure off-campus access to ISURV enabled in Library OneSearch

Secure off-campus access to the ISURV platform has been enabled in the Find Databases service of Library OneSearch. While on-campus access remains direct, off-campus access is now through university username and password (using the secure link provided in LOS). Access URLs and details have been updated in the records in Library OneSearch.

isurv platform

Secure off-campus access to BCIS enabled in Library OneSearch

Secure off-campus access to the BCIS platform has been enabled in the Find Databases service of Library OneSearch. While on-campus access remains direct, off-campus access is now through university username and password (using the secure link provided in LOS). Access URLs and details have been updated in the records in Library OneSearch.

BCIS platform

Greenleaf Sustainable Organization Library: new eBook titles added

More than fifty new eBook titles from the Greenleaf SOL (Sustainable Organization Library) collection have recently been added to Library OneSearch. Access to the new titles is direct on-campus and by university username and password from off-campus. Titles include:

World sustainable development outlook 2013. Sustainable development: new multi-disciplinary approaches and methodologies / Allam Ahmed

The ecology of law: toward a legal system in tune with nature and community / Fritjof Capra and Ugo Mattei

Piracy: leakages from modernity / Henry Mintzberg

Greenleaf Publishing

Updated resource: Teaching Times

Teaching Times

Journal listings for the full-text professional journals on the Teaching Times web site have been updated in SFX, with both holdings information and deep-links reviewed and revised. Access remains direct on-campus and by university username and password from off-campus. The available items are:

A new entry for Teaching Times has also been created in the Find Databases section of Library OneSearch. The resource is described as follows:

Offers advice, guidance and professional updates for teaching staff in primary and secondary education. A series of ‘Knowledge Banks’ focus on the themes of vulnerable children, e-learning, the ‘creative curriculum’, professional development, school leadership and a range of project-based learning resources. The site also provides access to a number of professional journals, including Every Child Journal, Creative Teaching & Learning, Learning Spaces and School Leadership Today

New resource: Portico – triggered ejournal titles now available

Libraries and Learning Resources is a member of the Portico eBook and ejournal preservation service. Publishers who are members of the service, register their content with Portico and, in the event that the publisher is no longer able to provide electronic access to any part of that content in the future, Portico steps in to provide in-perpetuity electronic access. Electronic access to ‘triggered’ titles is available to all member institutions, irrespective of any previous subscription arrangement with the publisher concerned.

Trigger events include the following:

  • Cessation of a publisher’s operations
  • Discontinuation of a title by a publisher
  • Back issues no longer offered by a publisher
  • Catastrophic and sustained failure of a publisher’s delivery platform

Access to the first twenty such ‘triggered’ ejournal titles has now been enabled in SFX. Access is direct on-campus and by university username and password from off-campus. Off-campus access is only available through library mediated links. A list of the titles now accessible on the Portico platform can be reviewed in the SFX ejournal A-Z.

Portico

New resource: Alexander Street Press (audio-visual collection)

Alexander Street Press - audio-visual collection

Access to the Alexander Street Press (audio-visual collection) has been enabled in Library OneSearch. Access to the collection is direct on-campus and by university username and password from off-campus. (Please note that only those links provided through Library OneSearch will authenticate successfully for customers accessing the collection or titles within it from off-campus.) The collection is described as follows:

The Alexander Street Press audio-visual collection provides access to more than 30,000 videos ranging across the disciplines of literature, music, women’s history, black history, psychological counselling and therapy, social and cultural history, drama, medicine, theatre, film and the performing arts, religion, sociology and many other areas. Navigable, interactive transcripts are provided, along with clips and highlighted segments. Register as an individual user of the service to bookmark items, create clips and embed videos.

As well as a collection level entry in the Find Databases service, individual catalogue records for titles in the collection have also been added to the Library OneSearch ‘Books and Audio-Visual’ index. Example titles include: