System upgrade 27 July – some services disrupted

Open laptopThis summer we are upgrading our Library Management System. During the upgrade on Monday 27 July, between 19:00 and midnight, some services will be unavailable.

You will still be able to…

  • Search the Library catalogue, Enterprise.
  • Access all our E-resources – so any e-books or e-journals you find on the catalogue will still be available via the ‘Click here to access’ links.

But you won’t be able to…

  • See the current location of a physical Library item, so you won’t be able to tell if it has been borrowed.
  • Access your online Library account to renew your loans or pay fines.
  • Place holds.
  • Request items from Closed Access or the Off-site Store.
  • Request an Inter-Library Loan.

The upgrade is planned to be finished by Tuesday 28 July, but the system will be ‘at risk’ for the rest of the week whilst our Systems Team make sure everything is working correctly.

If you have trouble accessing e-resources you can contact the E-resources Team on eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk or you can fill in a Problem Report Form.

If you want to talk to someone about your account you can contact the Library at library@reading.ac.uk

Sophie Dorman – E-resources Team

System upgrade 20 July – some services disrupted

Open laptopThis summer we are upgrading Enterprise, our Library Catalogue, to give us a more robust, reliable system and take advantage of some new features. During the upgrade, on Monday 20 July, between 19:00 and midnight, some services will unavailable.

You will still be able to…

  • Search the old Library catalogue, Unicorn to access information about our book holdings and some e-resources. You will also be able to place holds through Unicorn if you wish to use our Click & Collect service.
  • Use Summon for online access to journal articles, book chapters, and much more!

But you won’t be able to…

  • Access your online Library account to renew your loans or pay fines.

The upgrade is planned to have finished by Tuesday 21 July, but we will still designate the system as ‘at risk’ on that day as the Systems Team test the upgrade. We will let you know if Enterprise will be unavailable for longer than initially planned.

If you have trouble accessing e-resources you can contact the E-resources Team on eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk or you can fill in a Problem Report Form.

If you want to talk to someone about your account you can contact the Library at library@reading.ac.uk

Sophie Dorman – E-resources Team

A wealth of primary sources – trial access to British Online Archives

Shelves with boxes of documentsThe Library has trial access to all 88 collections from British Online Archives until 31 May.  The archive contains over 3 million records drawn from both private and public archives, which are organised thematically.  Collections include ‘The British Union of Fascists: Newspapers and Secret Files, 1933-1951’, ‘British Labour Party Papers, 1906-1969 and 1968-1994’, ‘Slavery: supporters and abolitionists, 1675-1865’, ‘Zimbabwe under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1897-1980’, ‘British officers’ diaries from World War I, 1914-1919’, ‘British women trade unionists on strike at Bryant & May, 1888’ and much more.

Access to British Online Archives is available off-campus via an institutional login until 31 May.

Help us to decide

Feedback about any of the collections would be appreciated.  Please send this to Charlie Carpenter, Academic Liaison Librarian for History: c.a.carpenter@reading.ac.uk.

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

American Meteorological Society platform change – check your saved searches

Open laptopThe American Meteorological Society will be moving to a new platform on Thursday 7 May. All links should redirect automatically, and we will be on hand to make any needed changes to authentication at our end.

Unfortunately, custom saved searches cannot be preserved during the migration. Therefore, we recommend you check your settings now and make a note of the criteria for your saved searches, so that you can rebuild them once the platform migration has taken place.

If you have any questions, please contact us at eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk or submit a Problem Report Form.

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

Problems with ProQuest resources- Resolved

Open laptopWe have just received a notification from ProQuest that the problems we were experiencing earlier are now largely resolved. The Ebook Central platform is now back, but you may still experience some issues with ProQuest Central.

You can also visit the ProQuest Status Page to check whether the platform you need is working yet.

Our apologies for the inconvenience this may have caused you. Thank you for your patience while this matter was resolved.

Lindsay Warwick , E-resources Team

Churchill Archive – trial access available

A black and white image of Winston ChurchillThe Library currently has a trial to the online Churchill Archive – try it now! Access is available until 21st December.

The archive consists of more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Winston S. Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders. There is a video tour of the archive available here.

Access is available on-campus and off-campus.

Help us to decide

Please let Charlie Carpenter, Academic Liaison Librarian for History, know what you think of the archive at c.a.carpenter@reading.ac.uk

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

New e-resource – Stream films with Kanopy

Two film reels side by side.We now have access to Kanopy!

Kanopy is an online streaming platform, providing access to thousands of films from over 800 film makers. Whether you’re a Film student or an Historian, you will find a range of films related to the arts & humanities – including documentaries, Hollywood cinema, early film, a range of genres, and The Criterion Collection.

Access is provided by the Library, so it is free for you to access, and you can stream films on-campus and off-campus. Use the Browse feature to search by subject or genre, or the search bar at the top of the page to look for a film by title.

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

Resolved – problems with e-resources

Open laptopThe intermittent problem with access to many of our e-resource platforms has now been resolved, and you should be able to access all e-resources as normal.

If you are still having any problems with access, please contact us at eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk or submit an e-resources problem report form.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Sophie Dorman – E-resources Team

Resolved – Problems accessing e-resources

Open laptop with notepadThe problem with access to many of our e-resource platforms has now been resolved, and you should be able to access all e-resources as normal.

If you are still having any problems with access, please contact us at eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk or submit an e-resources problem report form.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Sophie Dorman – E-resources Team

Parts of UK Data Service down 23-29 August

Books, glasses and a tabletThe UK Data Service are carrying out essential maintenance of their systems during this week and next. They will also be making improvements to their website.

Their online services will be interrupted during the deployment phase, from Thursday 23 August until Wednesday 29 August, with normal services expected to resume on Friday 30 August. Some parts of their current website, account area and data catalogue will be unavailable during this period.  Although some parts of the website should still be active, we recommend that you download or request any data you need by Wednesday 22 August.

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

ProQuest databases unavailable 18th-19th August

Open laptopProQuest will be carrying out essential maintenance on their websites this weekend. Whilst this work takes place, from 17:00 on Saturday 18th August – 11:00 on Sunday 19th August, the following databases will not be available:

During this time, you may wish to explore some of our other resources by using the Summon discovery service or looking at your subject guide.

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team

Change of access method for some resources

Laptop and bookDue to ongoing problems with one of the authentication we use for access to our e-resources, we have had to change the way we provide you with access to some resources.

The resources that are affected are:

In each case, on-campus access will be unaffected, although you may find you are not asked to log in as often. For off-campus access, you will need to follow the instructions for each resource that are available on the database information pages on the Library website. These are linked above where available. These instructions will also appear if you search for a journal title via Enterprise or the E-journals Finder, and will appear in the Summon sidebar.A screenshot showing where to locate access instructions in the Summon sidebar, underneath the bibliographic and holdings information.

This is a temporary solution to the problem, and we hope to be able to provide a more stable access method for these resources soon.

If you would like more information about this, or are having difficulty accessing anything, please either submit a Problem Report Form or email eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk.

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team