Recently, we have received a number of questions from patrons who have been unable to access library resources from off-campus, with errors saying that they cannot connect to the server. I experienced this very problem myself a couple weeks ago after switching from AT&T to Insight Communications for my Internet service at home. Insight came out and set up a secured wireless network for me, and after they secured the network I could no longer access library resources from home. Fortunately, I had an extra router available, so I installed my own router and removed theirs from my network and the problems were eliminated. If you are having similar problems to what other patrons have had and to what I experienced with Insight, you have a couple different options.
–You could buy your own router rather than using the one Insight provides. That way you can customize the security settings for your network and make sure your router allows you to access the ports our resources use (1701, 8992, 9992, 2000-2999).
–If buying your own hardware is not an option, then you need to contact Insight Communications technical support. Have them adjust the security settings on your router, letting them know you need access to the ports listed above for academic research at your educational institution’s library.
Unfortunately, the staff at JPBCL cannot fix this problem for you since it is related to your ISP and hardware setup at home. However, if you need help better understanding how to address this issue with Insight, please contact me (email@example.com) for specific details.
In November 2008, we opened up our catalog to searching via z39.50. This capability allows patrons to search the library catalog using third-party software, most notably, reference management applications like EndNote, RefWorks, etc. We recently upgraded our library system, and this change also modified the settings necessary to access our catalog via z39.50. Here are the new settings:
We trust you will find this feature useful in your studies. Contact us if you have any questions regarding this service.
At the top of the main library web page we have updated the “Search the Catalog” feature with WorldCat Local. Now, to use the many new features of WCL, you no longer need to go to sbts.worldcat.org, but you can navigate to our web page, type your search terms, and you will be taken directly to WCL to see your search results.
If you prefer the older OPAC, you can still search that, too, by clicking “Search the Catalog” on the left-hand side of our site.
If you’ve had a chance to explore WorldCat Local, we would love to hear what you think. Email us your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.