Jack C. Taylor Library

Library Systems Update

MOBIUS Unavailable beginning April 18  

Your Taylor Library (alongside the rest of the MOBIUS libraries) is moving to a new system this summer! Library staff will be migrating the existing library infrastructure (the one that provides our online catalog, makes MOBIUS lending and borrowing possible, and enables us to check in/out and otherwise keep track of our physical collection) to a whole new platform. The move will affect the way we do some things and the way some things work.  

MOBIUS is a regional consortium that provides libraries with shared access to content, resources, training, systems, and support. The contract with their current vendor is ending this summer, and all member libraries are required to migrate their existing holdings and data to the new platform. We have been preparing for the changes for more than a year and hope the transition will be a smooth one. All costs associated with the changes are included as part of our MOBIUS membership.  

To prepare for the transition, all MOBIUS requesting AND walk-in borrowing at other MOBIUS libraries will stop April 18. You may get a system-generated email requesting you to return items earlier than your expected due date. We appreciate your cooperation, as this will make our transition even more seamless. 

You will be able to request again in late May when the new system is up and running. In the meantime, you can use traditional Interlibrary Loan through the form on the website: https://library.fontbonne.edu/home/ill, but please leave plenty of time for the USPS to deliver your request to us. 

On May 6, our current system will go off-line. You will still be able to search the Fontbonne catalog, but information may not be accurate, and we’ll be recording check-ins and outs by hand and processing them into the new system after it launches. (Requests made through the databases will not be affected.)  

We plan to be back online on Wednesday, May 22. The library catalog, search interface, and the MOBIUS request process will look a little different, but the new system will make it easier for you to research, discover items, and request from other libraries.    

If you have questions or need help during the transition, email us at libraryhelp@fontbonne.edu or stop by any time for personalized assistance (we’re happy to zoom with our distance faculty and students). 

Thank you for your patience during this transition. 

Library Updates

Study Room Reservations

Students and faculty have access to five private study rooms in the library, including one on the second floor that can now be reserved for 2-hour sessions. Reservation can be made by emailing circdesk@fontbonne.edu. Please allow at least 24 hours notice. 

New Electronic Resources  

CINAHL Ultimate
This expanded collection provides comprehensive full-text coverage for nursing and allied health research. The database covers all nursing fields from ambulatory care and gerontology to physical therapy and psychiatric nursing. 

Taylor Library’s new streaming video collection provides access to some 10,000 films, many with public performance rights, and covers a diverse range of subjects from across the disciplines. Digital tools make it easy to assign entire films or sections of films to increase student engagement.

Center for Bosnian Studies  

You may know the Center by its former name, the Bosnia Memory Project, a historical and cultural preservation initiative directed at establishing an enduring record of the experiences of Bosnian genocide survivors and their families. It’s especially focused on the St. Louis diaspora, which is currently the largest Bosnian population outside Bosnia. The Center collects, preserves, and provides access to materials, resources, and oral histories that document the history and culture of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Bosnian diaspora that are at risk of being lost or whose contexts and significance are at risk of being forgotten. The Center is located on the lower level of the library across from the Lewis Room and digital resources can be found online at: https://griffinshare.fontbonne.edu/bosnia/ 

Transition to OpenAthens (Summer 2022)

What is OpenAthens?

OpenAthens is an authentication and electronic-access management system that provides access to the library's licensed online resources via single sign-on (SSO) technology both on and off campus. It is replacing our current system, EZproxy and IP-based authentication. 

OpenAthens is a “gateway” service to facilitate access to publisher content. It does not include any content of its own. 

When will the change happen?

All subscription-based electronic resources materials will be moved to OpenAthens authentication in May 2022 (after the end of the spring semester).  

Why are we changing services?

OpenAthens offers a single sign-on (SSO) integrated with Fontbonne's existing authentication service to access the library’s subscription-based content. You will be able to access electronic resources across service-provider sites with just one login. The switch to OpenAthens will make using library resources easier and more reliable, improve security, and provide usage data so we can make better purchasing decisions.

Will my bookmarks to databases, books, and articles still work? What should I do?

All links from the library website and catalog will remain the same. You will need to update any other bookmarks, saved links, or reading list links that are connected with the digital resources, including databases, articles, and journals. You can update your existing links using this link generator toolJust input your current link into the Enter your links box and click EnterConfused? Contact us for help.

What happens if I change devices or use a different browser? Will OpenAthens remember me?

OpenAthens uses cookies to remember your device’s IP address. If you change web services – from Firefox to Chrome or Internet Explorer you will be asked to log in again. If you change devices, like from a laptop to a mobile phone, you will also be asked to log in again.

I usually access library resources through Google or Google Scholar. Will I still be able to use OpenAthens to authenticate?

Look for the “Login through OpenAthens” prompt on the resource homepage. Select “Fontbonne University” under “Find your institution.” If Fontbonne has access to the resource, you will be redirected to the Fontbonne login screen.

I prefer to access resources directly through publisher websites. Why is the login experience so variable? 

Each publisher or resource provider offers a slightly different login experience. Look for a sign-in or login link or button, usually at the top right of your screen. You might be asked to select your Federation which is "OpenAthens" or "Institutional."

Who do I contact if I have questions? 

Please contact Rebecca van Kniest with questions: rvankniest@fontbonne.edu. If you need immediate help, you can call the front desk (314-889-1417). 

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