The LLR web site and NOW Library Catalogue search widgets have been confirmed as retrieving results from the upgraded v.20 of ALEPH on its new sever. Search connections from eSearch and SFX are also now configured to connect correctly, as do remote searches from RefWorks, Ulrich’s, Journal Citation Reports and a number of other external services.
An updated version of the Library Search widget in NOW will go live shortly. The new version, which incorporates changes requested by the ALT, replaces the ‘Find a database’ search option with an eSearch link and description. The library catalogue search options remains unchanged, but has been renamed ‘Catalogue quick search’ (see illustration below).
The ‘Athens – Login Details’ link to the Athens username and password look-up service (currently held in the NOW ‘My Information’ widget) is also to be withdrawn shortly (see illustration below):
NTU’s online learning environment NOW is now making use of Shibboleth for staff and student login. This means that if a member of the university logs in to NOW and then (using the eSearch search widget) accesses a database in eSearch which requires Shibboleth authentication for access, they should be automatically authenticated without needing to log in for a second time.
This is an important development on the path towards the goal of a ‘single sign-on’ environment for NTU staff and students.
An updated version of the Library Search widget for NOW (the new VLE) is scheduled to go live on 7 October. (As a reminder – the widget is identical to the one embedded in the home page of the new LLR web site.) This updated version of the widget will display much more consistently and predictably in the three column layout of NOW.