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(Sep 21/13) Greetings.
Would it be possible to add a login to libaccess box to each page on the website?
For example, right under the library.mcmaster.ca banner in the top left corner, like
the way the MUGSI login is set up (and I cannot believe that I am holding up MUGSI as
If that is not possible, would it at least be possible to make the link to the login
page a lot more obvious? When you google libaccess or click on the Using the
Libraries>LibAccess menu option, you are taken to an info page that does not actually
have a login box on it. The only way to get to a login box seems to be the
inconspicuous link on the left side of the main page, or to get an access denied
message (and even that only works some of the time).
I really hope something can be done about this. It is very frustrating to spend more
time casting about for a way to access the information then finding the information
Library response: Thank you for writing us with this suggestion. Actually, we are moving in the other direction, i.e.- removing all of the direct "login to LibAccess" links. The reason for this is that the resources for which it is necessary, i.e.- offsite commercial resources, all have a prefix added to the URL that directs one to LibAccess when and where necessary. There is no need to log in to LibAccess "just in case," not least since with tabbed browsers and multiple windows open it can be easy to lose the session and have to log in again. By putting the connection to LibAccess directly in the URL, if you need it, it's there. If not, no need to log in.
If you've encountered licensed resources where we've failed to do this, please let us know. All of the databases we link to have this, and virtually every URL in the catalogue that requires this has been covered, too. (Sep 22/13)
Answered by: Dale Askey (Associate University Librarian, Library Learning Technologies)