For as long as I’ve worked in the Library at the University of Lincoln, a significant minority of electronic resources have only been available to use on library PCs, on campus. They allowed no Athens or other Portal login, and were authenticated solely by the IP addresses of the university’s computer network.
Like a red cross on the door of a plague victim, we marked these resources with the subtle message “AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS ONLY“. You might have noticed the bold, and the red, and the BOLD RED ALL CAPS!!!, just in case you were in any doubt about the awfulness.
Fig 1. The horror… the horror…
Thanks to our new EZproxy service, the last of these messages has been consigned to the dustbin. All University of Lincoln library electronic resources are now available irrespective of your location*. On the odd occasion, off-campus access might still be a little bit more troublesome than on-campus, but we’re working hard to eradicate these differences next.
Here’s a selection of the e-resources that are newly accessible off campus for the first time:
- ACM Digital Library (core package)
- Bibliography of British and Irish History
- British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries
- Index to Theses
- Medieval Sourcesonline
The Portal and e-journals A-to-Z have been updated with access to these resources via EZproxy.
(Technical note: links from the University Portal to e-resources via EZproxy have a special format:
This allows EZproxy to inherit the authentication session of the Portal and pass the user straight through to the e-resource, without their having to log in again.)
EZproxy has also now totally replaced our previous, home-grown proxy tool, LibResProxy (http://libresproxy.lincoln.ac.uk/). LibResProxy was a CGI proxy application which mimicked IP-based on-campus authentication. This service is no longer being used for access to any library resources, and it will shortly be switched off. So no more screens like this one:
*Oh, all right: there’s always the odd awkward exception. There are a couple of streaming video services that, for licencing rather than technical reasons, are only available to view in the UK (BoB National) or in the Library itself (the BFI’s Screenonline). But let’s not allow them to spoil the moment.