The end of the "5-minute e-book" is coming!
We've heard from many of you that this collection of e-books, which allows a five minute preview before requiring you to request longer access and wait for an approval message, is a source of frustration. We agree that one of the major advantages of e-books and other online resources is immediate availability whenever and wherever you need them!
Update: All Scholars Portal services will be available as usual on Monday August 5. The planned maintenance has been deferred to a later date.
Original message: From 5 AM Monday, August 5 through Tuesday 5 AM, GetIt linking, RefWorks, RACER, Journals and e-books from Scholars Portal will be unavailable due to planned building maintenance on the University of Toronto campus. The following is the complete list of affected services:
The McMaster Library has withdrawn from CRL, in order to allocate funds more directly to local resources. The Center, located in Chicago, collects highly specialized print and microfilm materials. While extended interlibrary loans are a benefit of membership, this service was not heavily used at McMaster. Items can still be requested through regular ILL.
The Library has purchased Parts I to IV of Gale's NCCO database, providing online searchable access to thousands of primary documents from the long 19th century. These collections are available in subject-themed modules.
The Library has recently added several collections of interest to Engineering, including the IET eBooks, IEEE Wiley 2012 e-books, Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science (I and II), ASTM Digital Library, and the Comprehensive Biotechnology online encyclopedia.
Over the past ten days, we have had many reports of sporadic issues impacting users who are connecting to our resources from off campus.
This impacts any Web interface running from the Library's data centre, including our main Website as well as the LibAccess bridge to licensed databases and e-resources. What happens is that pages simply will not load. The browser spins and spins, but nothing loads and there are no error messages.
We've relaunched our library catalogue with a streamlined look. This should make it both easier to use as well as a bit snappier when doing a search. We hope you like the look! Please send us any feedback via the suggestion box.