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Minor Issue for Databases Resolved

[9/18 @ 9:04 am - Sara]

SRDS had a tool Local Market Analysis that it hosts which will not work with any browser outside of IE8 and below. Last year this time (Oct 2013) they gave us the work around of using compatibility mode on IE to get the tool to work. This year they found that we can use Firefox and Google if we download the add ons for IE specifically (IE Tab V2 (Enhanced IE Tab) for Firefox and the "IE Tab" for Google Chrome, found via search in the Google web store. I tried both of these and they provide a compatibility icon in the upper right of the browser, once clicked this will let you access SRDS and use LMA without problem. LMA is the only issue here. This does not affect other SRDS resources.

[9:04 am - Sara]

This Minor Issue was reported on 9/18/14 and resolved on 9/18/14.

Update for Catalog Resolved

[9/9 @ 11:31 am - Sara]

September Serial Solutions MARC Records 9/9/2014: We added 1407 new serial solutions journal Marc records today. We now have 65,698 total in our collection.​

This Update happened on 9/9/14.

Minor Issue for Summon Resolved

[9/8 @ 11:38 am - Ben]

Summon is working very slowly right now. We have contacted them, and they are aware of the problem. When we hear more from them, I will update this post.

[1:16 pm - Sara]

Summon appears to be restored.

[9/9 @ 9:24 am - Ben]

It seems like it back to working correctly.

This Minor Issue was reported on 9/8/14 and resolved on 9/9/14.

Update for Databases Resolved

[9/8 @ 11:08 am - Jeff]

We have upgraded our CINAHL database through EBSCO to CINAHL Complete. The change has been made on the database table today. Thank you.

This Update happened on 9/8/14.

Outage for Databases Resolved

[9/4 @ 11:45 am - Sara]

ezproxy was down briefly. restored a few minutes later.

[11:45 am - Sara]

This Outage was reported on 9/4/14 and resolved on 9/4/14.

Minor Issue for Summon Resolved

[9/3 @ 8:54 pm - Matthew]

Summon recently added a "Log in" link to the header that takes folks to ProQuest Flow to allow them to save citations and whatnot. The problem is, if you are off-campus you'll get a banner to "Log in to see more" resources. That's 2 links with the same label, "Log in." The additional problem is that the off-campus proxy log in link doesn't look like a link, since it's not underlined and is the same color as the text around it (thank you, 23 year old web designers!)

Here's a screen shot of what it looks like:

Summon Log in Log in

I'm going to at least make the link in the off-campus banner look like a link, and I've reported the issue to ProQuest. I have not received a response, so I'll try to cook up something else to fix this.

[9/11 @ 4:33 pm - Matthew]

I changed the labeling of the 2 links, and forced the off-campus banner to have an underline so that it looks like a link. The Flow link now says "Log in to ProQuest Flow" with a title attribute that says "Save and organize citations to make reading and writing easier." The title attribute will display as a little pop-up if you hover your pointer over the link for a moment. The off-campus link now says "Log in with your GVSU account" to add some clarity.

You may have to clear your browser's cache to see the changes.

This Minor Issue was reported on 9/3/14 and resolved on 9/11/14.

Update for Catalog Resolved

[9/2 @ 2:29 pm - Ben]

We added 1 Films on Demand MARC record today.

This Update happened on 9/2/14.

Feature Request for Subject & Course Guides Unresolved

[9/2 @ 12:03 pm - Matthew]

I submitted the following issues regarding the link check to Springshare (thanks to Debbie for the detailed feedback!) I hope these will make the link checker more functional.

  1. When I make an edit the list resorts in some fashion I haven't been able to figure out... no idea where items are going, makes it hard to work through a list systematically.
  2. When I go to inspect a link, the ONLY way to guess where it occurs among my guides is to click on the ACTION icon as if to edit. Klutzy.
  3. I'd REALLY like some kind of indicator in the list as to the publication status of the guide a link occurs in: if it's an unpublished guide, I may not really give repairing that link top priority when working through a long list.
  4. Nothing in the display signals when I've made a change -- I found myself looking at the same items as they (randomly?) showed up "next" on the report I was working through. (kind of related to (1) above.)
  5. Really annoying that I will have to wait until next week (after each Saturday, I guess) to see what actually remains on the list as improperly functioning links.
[9/3 @ 8:57 pm - Matthew]

Response from Springshare:

  1. Looks like the default sort is Title Ascending, so if you make an edit to the title, the list will re-sort according to the change you made. I do not believe it sorts any other way, unless of course you change the sort order then happen to edit an asset in the field it's sorting on.
  2. because assets exist independently of a guide (in the Assets repository), linking to the asset edit screen is the most expedient way to get you the list of where the link appears. We could add more filtering options, though--I'm talking to the developer about how to make this work better.
  3. This isn't possible, either, since assets don't live in guides. An asset can be used in many places, and the guides in which it's used could have any of the publication statuses. However, I've passed this on as well.
  4. We've been discussing this--we hope to find a way that you can "dismiss" a link so that you know you've dealt with it in the current report.
  5. The link checker runs on Saturdays because of the drain it poses on server resources. That said, we have moved the process to an entirely new architecture, so once a majority of LibGuides 1 users move to LibGuides 2, we might be able to revisit this. If this is a huge concern for your institution, there are other link-checking options that you could explore, including free browser extensions that do a page at a time. (I'm not sure the extensions would be useful in the grand scheme of things, but it might be helpful to those who'd like to work within the guide framework rather than from the Assets repository point of view.)
[8:59 pm - Matthew]

I'm looking into tying link checking into the workflow I use for the rest of the website, and will update folks on any other news from Springshare on these requests.

This Feature Request was reported on 9/2/14.

Update for Catalog Resolved

[9/2 @ 10:25 am - Ben]

We deleted 164 EBL MARC records today.

This Update happened on 9/2/14.

Update for Catalog Resolved

[9/2 @ 10:00 am - Ben]

We added 384 Springer MARC records today.

This Update happened on 9/2/14.