Electronic Resources for New Staff @ UConn

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Presentation to new UConn about electronic resources. Covers SFX, VPN, the ERM, the ELibrary email account, and more.

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  • Electronic Resources for New Staff @ UConn

    1. 1. Electronic Resources Services for Liaisons Stephanie Willen Brown Nicholas Eshelman July 16, 2007
    2. 2. What We’ll Cover Today <ul><li>SFX </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Main menu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Citation Linker </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Elibrary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Problems with any e-resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For staff only </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ERM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using with patrons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adding databases to your subject </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adding subjects / sub topics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>License process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ESPM (Electronic Services Product Meeting) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Accessing databases from off-campus </li></ul>
    3. 3. SFX  UConn Links <ul><li>SFX: OpenURL resolver </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Links from citation to full-text article </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/34xo4n </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If no full-text available, pre-populated link to DD/ILL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/2ucthw </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Citation Linker </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See if “known item” is online by filling in the blanks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://sfx5.exlibrisgroup.com/uconn/cgi/core/citation-linker.cgi </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linked under “Online resources” on home page </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Elibrary: [email_address] <ul><li>Email with problems, questions about electronic resources </li></ul><ul><li>Answered by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stephanie, Nicholas, Lynn Cote, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pretty quick turnaround! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better than emailing one of us directly </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Available for library staff </li></ul>
    5. 5. ERM: Electronic Resource Management <ul><li>Two definitions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific software used by electronic resource librarians to manage electronic resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Front end for users to access electronic resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Synonyms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource Database Locator / RDL </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Used for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding specific databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource discovery for users in a particular topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List databases in your subject area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://rdl.lib.uconn.edu/bySubject.php </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Anatomy of the ERM
    7. 8. Terms of Use
    8. 9. Modifying the ERM (back end) <ul><li>Electronic resource librarians add new databases as we get them </li></ul><ul><li>Guidelines for adding material: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Something we pay for … track licensing, DD/ILL terms, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Database or “package”-level only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Something free only if it will be on a liaison’s top 5 database list </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Everything else should go into Homer </li></ul></ul>
    9. 10. Modifying the ERM (liaisons’ end) <ul><li>Contact Elibrary to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tweak database descriptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add a database to your subject or subtopic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modify links under “subject resources” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contact LAT to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Add a subject to the main page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add a subtopic to your subject </li></ul></ul>
    10. 11. License Process <ul><li>You ask us to add a journal or database. </li></ul><ul><li>Why does it take so long? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allocate funds (yours or NST) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>License </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul></ul>
    11. 12. ESPM / NST <ul><li>Electronic Services Product Meeting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You will not remember what ESPM stands for! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Once a year in the Spring </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Network Services Team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchases packages of e-resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Works out deals from vendors </li></ul></ul>
    12. 13. License Process
    13. 14. Accessing Databases from Off-campus: VPN <ul><li>The Virtual Private Network is a system for allowing secure off campus access to on campus resources. As a side effect, it acts as a sort of authentication system for library databases, but that is not what it was designed to do, and it does not always do it very well. So, be aware that some remote access problems may be due to the VPN’s inadequacies as an authentication system. </li></ul><ul><li>https://vpn.uconn.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Login with NetID credentials </li></ul><ul><li>You must install the root certificate the first time you use the VPN </li></ul>
    14. 15. Some VPN Problems <ul><li>American Chemical Society journal articles in PDF format do not display properly and can’t be saved disk. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Workaround: ask users to download HTML full-text. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ARTstor is not accessible from the VPN: the window after clicking &quot;search & browse for images / Launch&quot; loads as a blank screen rather than a search interface. </li></ul><ul><li>InfoTrac databases have a redirect mechanism that doesn't work with the VPN.  (Once a user has successfully accessed one InfoTrac database, they cannot access another in the same session). </li></ul><ul><li>International Medieval Bibliography is not accessible from the VPN </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Workaround: start Network Connect, Then open http:// www.brepolis.net / in a separate browser window. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Naxos is not accessible from the VPN.   </li></ul><ul><li>SciFinder is not accessible from the VPN for Mac users (because Network Connect may not work on the Mac). </li></ul><ul><li>Value Line PDFs do not display when accessed through the VPN on a PC (though they work fine on a Mac). </li></ul><ul><li>In Factiva, using the browser’s back button gets “Warning: Page has Expired. The page you requested was created using information you  submitted in a form.” </li></ul>
    15. 16. The Biggest VPN Problem <ul><li>If you are logged into the VPN and enter a URL in the web browser’s “Address bar,” like you normally would, this takes you out of the VPN; you will not be seen by remote hosts as an authorized user and will be denied access. Instead, you must navigate to the URL either by entering the URL in the “browse” box in the upper right of the main VPN screen (or through a bookmark you made in the VPN). There is also a predefined bookmark to the Library home page in the VPN. </li></ul>
    16. 17. Logging in to the VPN <ul><li>If you are on the Library www site, but not logged into the VPN you should see this: </li></ul>
    17. 18. Network Connect in VPN <ul><li>A VPN utility that provides for more compatibility with certain www services that are not handled by the basic VPN functionality. It is usually not needed, but it is a good idea to try running Network Connect if something isn’t working for you in the VPN. </li></ul>
    18. 19. Proxy Server <ul><li>An older authentication system that requires users to make changes to their browser configurations. We do not recommend using the proxy server or referring patrons to it. </li></ul>
    19. 20. Questions About Anything Today? <ul><li>Now? </li></ul><ul><li>Later? Email [email_address] </li></ul>

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