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Walk-in Access to e-Resources at theUniversity of BathLizz Jennings
The Problem• Librarians no longer free to decide who use their stock• Licences try to strike balance between access and  p...
The Problem• Moving to more online only content• Widening participation becoming increasingly important• Groups wishing to...
The Solution: Identifying Licence Terms• E-Resources have become large part of collection• ERM systems to manage associate...
The Solution: Identifying Licence Terms• Wiki databank contains:   –   Licences   –   Usage statistics   –   Title lists  ...
Licence information page
Summary List
The Solution: Walk-In Access Information• Details not part of original design – simple yes/no• But this did give us a list...
The Solution: Conclusions on Use of a Wiki•   Use of the wiki as an ERM system has been successful•   Improved information...
The Solution: Access to Licensed Material• Used OPAC Terminals   – “locked down kiosk” facility as suggested in the Higher...
The Solution: Access to Licensed Material• Catalogue terminals already set up as kiosks• Needed to extend access to walk-i...
The Solution: Access to Licensed Material• EZproxy mainly used to provide off-campus access• Typical users would log in us...
The Solution: Access to Licensed Material• Access controlled by host or domain   – If two resources with different access ...
Conclusions•   Generally successful•   Provide access to licensed resources where permitted•   Time and expense of this so...
Based on:Kate Robinson, Lizz Jennings, Laurence Lockton. "Walk-inAccess to e-Resources at the University of Bath". July201...
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Discussing our approach to providing walk-in access at the University of Bath, including our use of a wiki to manage licence information and ezproxy to manage access control.

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  1. 1. Walk-in Access to e-Resources at theUniversity of BathLizz Jennings
  2. 2. The Problem• Librarians no longer free to decide who use their stock• Licences try to strike balance between access and publisher viability• Most user groups covered, but community users with no formal affiliation are a challenge• Licences may accommodate them, but making access available through existing IT systems can prove difficult – Restrictions on location e.g. to library building – Requirement for user registration – Requirement for supervision
  3. 3. The Problem• Moving to more online only content• Widening participation becoming increasingly important• Groups wishing to access university library resources: – SCONUL access users from other institutions – School/college students undertaking Extended Project or International Baccalaureate – Independent researchers• Diverse research topics• Need to: – identify what can be accessed – make it available within existing systems and terms of licence
  4. 4. The Solution: Identifying Licence Terms• E-Resources have become large part of collection• ERM systems to manage associated information, but costly• Carried out assessment of available products vs local solution• Opted for existing wiki intranet to store information – flexible – could contain any kind of information – accessible to all library staff, but not outside of library – only needed to record information that was useful to us
  5. 5. The Solution: Identifying Licence Terms• Wiki databank contains: – Licences – Usage statistics – Title lists – Access information• Licence data marked up with labels to provide a summary table of terms• Improved accessibility of e-resources information• Ability to extract particular terms from many licences, e.g. summary of inter-library loans permissions using labels
  6. 6. Licence information page
  7. 7. Summary List
  8. 8. The Solution: Walk-In Access Information• Details not part of original design – simple yes/no• But this did give us a list of providers, and we knew we had licences or terms and conditions for them• Importantly, gave us an idea of how many licences might allow walk-in access, and whether the technical project was worthwhile• Standard licences made locating details much quicker
  9. 9. The Solution: Conclusions on Use of a Wiki• Use of the wiki as an ERM system has been successful• Improved information control• Embedded in existing systems• Flexible enough to store information to appropriate level of granularity• Very low cost• However:• Lack of reporting functions• Not able to integrate directly with workflows• Required time and expertise to populate
  10. 10. The Solution: Access to Licensed Material• Used OPAC Terminals – “locked down kiosk” facility as suggested in the Higher Education Access to e-Resources in Visited Institutions (HAERVI) Guide• Did not want to provide dedicated machines – Library is also main computer centre – Demand for walk-in access often in group visits• Used existing OPAC terminals – Already located on four floors of the library – Useful to students as well as visitors
  11. 11. The Solution: Access to Licensed Material• Catalogue terminals already set up as kiosks• Needed to extend access to walk-in resources• Originally used Opera to provide access to a whitelist – Nothing happens when a user tries to access a disallowed URL – Confusing for users• Alternative was Firefox add-on named OpenKiosk – Still used whitelist – Disallowed URLs redirect to an information page• Whitelist includes EZProxy servers which control access to e-resource sites
  12. 12. The Solution: Access to Licensed Material• EZproxy mainly used to provide off-campus access• Typical users would log in using their normal network password, via LDAP• IP address authentication also possible, called autologin• System configured to autologin OPAC terminals• Authorised web sites placed in groups: – Accessible to registered staff and students – Accessible to all authorised users
  13. 13. The Solution: Access to Licensed Material• Access controlled by host or domain – If two resources with different access conditions were hosted on the same site we would have to use most restrictive terms – A list is generated showing available providers• No simple way to indicate in catalogue whether access is allowed• No options for the user to print, e-mail or download• Can read on screen and make notes - no time limit• Accessible at any time that visitors are admitted to the building
  14. 14. Conclusions• Generally successful• Provide access to licensed resources where permitted• Time and expense of this solution relatively low• Positive impact on school visits• Hard to measure usage• Unknown impact on cost of e-resources if take-up were high
  15. 15. Based on:Kate Robinson, Lizz Jennings, Laurence Lockton. "Walk-inAccess to e-Resources at the University of Bath". July2012, Ariadne Issue 69http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue69/robinson-et-al

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