Information Update - Spring 2007
The ability to move among resources and follow a trail within your research is an important part of Library use. During the Fall 2006 semester, with the Systems and Software Resources (SSR) Department under the direction of Bob Collins, the Library undertook several projects to facilitate access to its resources.
The first project, Single Sign On was in response to comments in the LibQual+™ survey and focus group assessment of the Library's Web pages. There are reports on both of these studies in the Fall 2006 edition of Information Update, available online at <http://academic.scranton.edu/department/wml/ARCHIVED/Fall-2006.html>. To achieve this goal, the Library purchased Innovative Interface Inc. software to synchronize its data with the Banner System in which students' usernames and passwords reside. Previously, this data was only captured as snapshots in time. Because the snapshot might not match a student's current MyScranton, the Library used Rnumber and DDMMYY to have a predictable, consistent format for users. With the ability to be in sync, users will now need only their MyScranton authentication to move among University and Library resources. SSR staff members Jud White and John Culkin and Mary Kovalcin, Library Systems Coordinator, have been working on bringing password and remote access into line so that once a user has logged into MyScranton, that user will not need to authenticate again to access databases or journals remotely!
Other Library Systems staff members, Vince Yanusauskas and Jennifer Maher, have also been working on this project as well as on redesigning Library pages into a new format. Vince has been creating consistent navigation among pages.
The conversion of the Library username and PIN to MyScranton username and PIN took place during Intersession 2007. After the conversion, users who have trouble logging in should contact the Help Desk 570 941-4357 to change PINs. The Library will no longer be the contact point for these changes since all PINs will be synchronized among University resources.
The change to Single Sign On means that users now have a predictable, consistent protocol for logging in across University resources.
Single-Sign-On. MyScranton Username and PIN Are Now Your Library Username and PIN