We’re now using a new version of the ProQuest database search platform for access to 11 library databases from the ProQuest company. This includes several familiar databases on an ‘academic’ version of the platform (including our full-text ProQuest business and biology content as well as the abstract-and-index databases which used to be part of Cambridge Scientific Abstracts), and three education databases (formerly of Dialog Datastar) on a ‘professional’ platform. The login links to all 11 databases have been updated on the University Portal and on the e-journals A-to-Z.
N.B. the ERIC database is available on both platforms.
When logging in to certain of these databases, you may be asked to confirm your institution. You can do this by selecting ‘United Kingdom (UK Access Management Federation for Education)’ from the first drop-down menu – then ’University of Lincoln’ from the second drop-down menu which then appears – before clicking on ‘Login’.
The trio of education abstract/index databases, BEI (British Education Index), AEI (Australian Education Index) and ERIC, have moved from the Dialog Datastar search platform to a new home provided by ProQuest.
To log in to the databases on their new platform:
Go to the page on the University Portal for the database you want to search:
If you are off campus, log in using your network\accountID and password.
Click on the ‘big green button’ link to log into the database.
You will be taken to a web page headed “Login through your library or institution”. From the drop-down menu marked “Please select your region…”, choose the option “United Kingdom (UK Access Management Federation)” and hit “Select”.
Then, from the second drop-down menu which appears, select “University of Lincoln” and hit “Login”.
Finally, from the “Athens login” page which appears, click on the orange link marked “Go to the University of Lincoln login page »“.
You will be taken to the ProQuest platform from where you can search all three education databases.
N.B.For the time being, this change only affects the three education databases listed above. However, the other databases on the ‘legacy’ ProQuest platform—ABI/INFORM Global and the ProQuest Biology Databases—will shortly be moving to their own new search platform with a similar login process.
If you have any questions about these or other Library databases, please contact your subject librarian.
This week we launched our long-awaited strategic review of the Library’s ICT systems, with a day’s discussion and planning with library-technology consultant Ken Chad.
Joss Winn (who was there on the day) has already blogged about the love he thinks we can build between us and our users if we get beyond the impersonal ‘survey’ mentality and build a lasting, resilient and genuine relationship out of shared activity…
“By creating a library system that learns from every person who uses it and adapts over time to the environment it is part of, we create a resilient and therefore a sustainable library system that its users fall in love with.”
I’m not very good at self-reflection (see what I did there?), so I’m not here to respond to Joss’s post. Instead, knowing where our systems and processes are at, I’ve been contemplating Ken’s ideas about disruptive technologies in HE libraries, and where we are on the cycle of accepting that our existing model has already been disrupted.
Here are a few reasons why Lincoln is perfectly poised for a bit of disruption:
Because we don’t have too much history. Lincoln is a young institution (in its current incarnation, at least), and we’ve been through a lot of changes. (We must have opened—and sadly, closed—more libraries than some institutions have had hot dinners.) We’re pretty good at coping with change; change is our only constant, etc.
Because, if we’re being honest, we probably don’t have as much at stake as some older, richer, universities. We’re more than used to doing things on a shoestring and looking for free solutions to our problems, ideally to supplement, but as often as not instead of investment in commercial systems (poverty breeding experimentation). As a result, our systems are not too overdeveloped, and we should be able to make quick changes of direction without too much pain.
Because of where we are: I’m convinced there’s a benefit to living on the periphery.
Because (like the countryside, ho ho) the Library staff structure is relatively ‘flat’. No-one’s going to be strung up for speaking out of turn; nobody’s ideas are beyond the Pale; there’s not too much store placed in hierarchy. I sincerely hope this to be true.
Finally, because of our vice-chancellor’s attitude. Professor Mary Stuart has mentioned (at least twice, in presentations I’ve attended) the imperative to—for want of a better phrase—mash things up. Assuming she really means it—and I’ve no reason to doubt that she does—we’re much better off than if we had to work under the disapproving gaze of a University executive unhappy with experimentation. There are perhaps fewer techno-reactionary voices in the Lincoln establishment than at some other, older universities.