January 31, 2011

Databases: FDsys replaces GPO Access

America's Authentic Government Information, FDsys - Federal Digital System, has been added to the library's list of database resources. Replacing GPO Access, the Government Printing Office, FDsys "provides free online access to official Federal Government publications. Through FDsys, you are able to Search for documents and publications, browse for documents and publication actions (Congressional committee, and date), access meta data about documents and publications, and download documents and publications in multiple formats."


January 13, 2011

Library Hours: Holiday Weekend

In observance of AU's scheduled Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday break, library hours are as follows:
  • Friday, January14th - Close 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 15th - Closed
  • Sunday, January 16th - Closed
  • Monday, January 17th - Open 6 pm to Midnight

A full listing of library hours and updates are posted on the website.

January 12, 2011

Update: OhioLINK Database Acess

It is no longer necessary for on campus users to authenticate prior to using any OhioLINK database on the Library Database by Title page or the OhioLINK web site. Please feel free to contact the library should these on campus authentication issues persist.

Any off campus use of database resources contines to require authentication prior to use.

Thank you for your patience with this problem.

January 10, 2011

My Account: Security Certificate

Having trouble renewing or viewing your account online? The My Account link from the library home page is returning a security certificate warning. However, it is still possible to view your account information.

When the Certificate Error Page appears, choose "Continue to this Website (not recommended)" and you be forwarded to the My Account Page.

If you need help navigating to My Account, reference librarians are available on chat (see the chat window in our blog sidebar) for assistance. As always, feel free to contact library circulation at x5400 and/or stop in the library to check on your account.

Library Hours: Spring 2011

The Library spring hours schedule begins Monday, January 10, 2011. Exceptions to regular operating hours, including holidays and extended hours, are posted on the Library Hours & Updates page and will be posted to this blog.

  • Monday through Thursday - 7:45 am to Midnight
  • Friday - 7:45 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday - 1:00 pm to Midnight
Welcome back to campus! We look forward to seeing you in the Library.

January 7, 2011

Update: Library Hours

This week concludes the library winter holiday schedule, the library will close today at 5:00 pm. Our weekend hours are as follows:
  • Saturday, January 8th: Closed
  • Sunday, January 9th: Closed
Our spring semester hours schedule resumes on Monday, January 10th at 7:45 am.

Update: OhioLINK Database Access

OhioLINK and Ashland University's IT department have evaluated the recent IP / authentication issue and are working to fix the problem. We anticipate resolution of this technology issue early next week and apologize for the disruption of services. When fixed, on campus users will no longer need to authenticate for OhioLINK database usage.

Thank you for your patience.

January 5, 2011

OhioLINK Database Access

Updates to the IP ranges for OhioLINK authentication are affecting OhioLINK web page and OhioLINK database lists; AU users are being asked to "login for access to restricted services" when accessing these resources from on and off-campus locations.

OhioLINK Main Page: Search

OhioLINK: Databases by Title

Individual member library proxy - or library authentication methods - are currently not recognized by the OhioLINK web site. Users will need to authenticate before using any OhioLINK database directly from the OhioLINK web site AND from the AU Library Database by Title Page. A sampling of resources affected by this change include:

When authenticating, you will see the following screens. Be sure to select Ashland University from the Institution drop box and use your seven digit AU id# (without the au- prefix) to finish the process.

Institution Selection (Ashland University)

Authentication Form: Use 7 Digit AU ID#

Problems authenticating? Please feel free to use the library chat service (see the blog sidebar widget) or contact a reference librarian directly @ x5402.

January 3, 2011

Update: ATLA Databases

Access to the following ATLA databases has been restored for on and off-campus users. Thank you for your patience.

A complete listing of databases by title is available on the library web site. Don't forget, user authentication is required for access to database resources from off-campus.

ATLA Religion & Serials

Users are currently experiencing problems with on and off-campus access to the ATLA Religion & Serials Database. We have contacted EBSCO regarding the issue and apologize for the inconvenience.

Updates will be posted as information becomes available.

Library Hours: Jan 3 - 7, 2011

Happy New Year and welcome back to campus! Library hours for this week are:
  • Monday, 1/3 through Friday, 1/7
    8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, 1/8 and Sunday, 1/9

Regular hours resume at 7:45 am on Monday, January 10, 2011. We hope to see you soon.

OhioLINK: Elsevier Purchase

The OhioLINK What's New blog announced a recent acquisition of 3.4 million articles now available to OhioLINK users. Read more ...
Elsevier Purchase Expands OhioLINK Journal Offerings by 3.4 Million Articles

"Ohio’s college students and researchers will now have access to more than 3.4 million additional articles from Elsevier, a highly regarded publisher in the fields of science and engineering with titles including “The Lancet” and “Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine.” Though OhioLINK member libraries have had access to nearly 2,400 Elsevier journals previously, this collection includes historic back-files, allowing Ohio’s academic community to search for and cite past works and knowledge." -- OhioLINK What's New, 12/22/10