Web-based Databases as Tools for Students, Faculty, and Library Staff
Authentication and Access Issues
- Service provider options: authenticate via IP, username/password, Referer URL, or some
kind of token or digital certificate.
- Library should select the provider option that best integrates with the local
- Library needs to take additional steps to authenticate its remote users for access to
- If using provider's IP authentication, a proxy server can authenticate local users for
- system capabilities (patron, library)
- trouble shooting technical difficulties
- coping with evolving systems
- problems with ID
validation, Internet providers, web browser settings, operating systems, firewalls,
- If using provider's username/password, how will this be protected from general access?
- If using Referer URL, library must develop script which is protected by a local
- If using tokens or digital certificates, coordination between local and remote systems
may be complex and may require remote users to set up authentication software on their
- Library staff education
- Patron education
- Problems with currency (intentional delays) - the "Nature" example.
- Quantity and quality
of coverage provided by aggregators.
What % of each journal is covered?
What % of journals carried are full-text?
How do the aggregators handle tables and graphs?
How frequently is material updated?
Is new material loaded in a timely manner? ... before it appears in print?
Stability of publisher
contracts. Does the material offered remain constant?
Does the degree of coverage vary by subject?
- Awareness -- Are university students, faculty, administrators, and library staff aware
- existence of these new resources (Newsletter,
UNI-Online, Library Instruction)
- how to access and search/retrieve articles from these journals on campus and off
(Library Instruction - advertised
via UNI-Online and on the Library
- which journals and which issues are available
- the costs of subscriptions, copyright restrictions - keep faculty and administrators
aware of the crisis in scholarly communication
- library computing needs
- more server hardware and software
- more bandwidth
- more workstations - printers
- Communication between the Library and the User Community
- Role of IT department head in the library and on campus
- Communication with campus Information Technology Services
- Participation in university committees
- Student participation in expenditure of student computing fees
- Surveying the user community
- Measuring Success
--- E-Metrics (ARL)
- How many journals does the library offer/provide access to?
- How often are these journals used?
- Positive feedback from students and faculty.
Comments: Jerry V. Caswell or
Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
1227 W. 27th St., Cedar Falls, IA 50613-3675
Revised: 21 May 2002