Turnitin new institutional account password

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Last week our institutional account password for Turnitin access was changed due to concerns that it had become publicly accessible. This account password is meant to be used solely by UML faculty and should not be shared.

For information regarding the new university account password or any other issues concering Turnitin please contact Joseph Fisher at O’Leary Library:

joseph_fisher@uml.edu or call 978-934-4665.

Wiley Online Library scheduled outage, Sat. Oct. 30

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Due to essential site maintenance, access to the Wiley Online Library may be interrupted during the following date and time:

DATE: Saturday – October 30, 2010
TIME: — beginning — 5:00 am EST
DURATION: up to 2 hours

Wiley Online Library hosts a multidisciplinary collection of 480 full-text journals available to UML users covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities.

More than half of Wiley’s journals onWiley InterScience are digitized back to Volume 1, Issue 1 as part of the development of the journal backfile initiative. When the initiative is completed in 2007, it will be one of the largest archives of its kind with content dating back to 1799 and over 1.5 million articles of scientific and scholarly research.

ScienceDirect scheduled maintenance outage

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ScienceDirect products and services are expected to be offline and unavailable for approximately 4 hours on November 7th and 6 hours on November 13th. During this time, upgrades will be implemented and maintenance performed.

November 7:
• U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST): 2:00AM -6:00AM

November 13:
• U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST); 8:00AM – 2:00PM

ScienceDirect is a leading full-text scientific database offering the UML community full-text access to nearly 2,200 academic journal mostly available from 1995 to the current issue. Broad subject areas are covered in the sciences, health and medicine, computer science, mathematics, and business and economics. In total, there are currently more than 9.5 million journal articles and book chapters available in ScienceDirect, a content base that is growing at a rate of almost 0.5 million additions per year.

ScienceDirect is a part of Elsevier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the company is the world’s largest scientific, technical and medical information provider and publishes over 2,000 journals as well as books and secondary databases.

Wiley Online Library Site Maintenance, October 16, 2010

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Due to essential site maintenance, access for Wiley Online Library may be interrupted during the following date and time:

DATE: Saturday  -  October 16, 2010
TIME: — beginning —
7:00 am EST
DURATION: up to 2 hours

ARTstor service interruption Saturday, May 1 @ 9 p.m.

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Please be advised, ARTstor will be performing temporary maintenance on Saturday evening, May 1, 2010 between the hours of 9:00 PM and 2:00 AM EDT. At this time, service will be termporarily suspended.

ACS Publications System disruption, April 27, 2010

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American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications is experiencing a severe system disruption resulting in complete or partial loss of access across our ACS Web Editions products including journals, e-books and archives for many customers worldwide. ACS is working to both access and trace the root cause of the issue. Updates area available on the ACS website.

New York Review of Books experiencing access problems

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Last weekend The New York Review of Books (NYRB) launched a new web site and has been experiencing problems with authenticated subscription accounts ever since.

Content was migrated from the old site to the new one to join a number of new features that are now available on the new site. Because of this transition, the NYRB is experiencing difficulty in granting access to institutional subscribers, such as UMass Lowell. They are working on the problem and hope to resolve it soon.

With a worldwide circulation of over 135,000, The New York Review of Books has established itself as arguably the top most literary and intellectual magazine in America. The NYRB began in 1963, when its founding editors, Robert Silvers and Barbara Epstein, and their friends, decided to create a new kind of magazine—one in which the most interesting and qualified minds of the time would discuss current books and issues in depth. Just as importantly, it was determined that the Review should be an independent publication; it began life as an independent editorial voice and it remains independent today.

Every two weeks, many of the most renowned contemporary writers and intellectuals publish essays and reviews of books and the arts, including music, theater, dance, and film.

Films on Demand unavailable Saturday, Jan. 30

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The Films On Demand streaming video platform will be down for approximately seven hours on Saturday, January 30th from 12:00 AM to 7:00 AM (EST). This continued maintenance is necessary to perform hardware updates to meet the traffic demands of our Films On Demand users.

ScienceDirect upgrade outage Jan. 23

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ScienceDirect will be unavailable due to scheduled upgrade maintenance for approximately 12 hours from 8:00AM EST Saturday, January 23 to 8:00PM EST.

Remote access login failures

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During the past week the library has been aware of an increasing amount of login failures to our EZproxy server. EZproxy allows us to authenticate remote access as legitimate UMass Lowell affiliated users. The challenging aspect of this situation is that the problem is intermittent. While many people are gaining remote access to the library’s resources, others at the same time are not.

We have been troubleshooting the problem with other involved IT departments on campus. We have also analyzed the logs to see if any patterns emerged. Unfortunately there is nothing obviously wrong on our end, nor with the other campus system we communicate with for the authentication process, nor with the network.

Because of this we have decided to install a fresh copy of EZproxy on a new server and switch the authentication process over to that server, and then monitor traffic to see if the rate of login failures diminishes. There is always some degree of failure due to typos, forgotten passwords and the like, but obviously a large number of correct login credentials are failing lately.  

We understand that this is a huge imposition on the UML community, and we are trying our best to correct the situation. In the meantime, if you do experience a login failure, then please try again in a couple of minutes. You can also contact the helpdesk or the library. We appreciate your patience.