Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Goodbye Athens: Hello seamless access to eResources

My name is Rachel Mason, I'm part of the Library's eServices Technologies Team -we work closely with CiCS to ensure that you can access Library eResources
through MUSE, wherever you are in the world, 24/7. Over the last year, in line
with national changes, we've been working hard to set up Federated Access
Management (FAM) at the University. From 1 August 2008, this improved service
will be integrated into MUSE and will replace the old Athens system, and the
old Athens protection will be removed from all Library eResources.

So no more Athens, and no need to click on Athens links in order to access
Library eResources! FAM will work in the background to make your eResource
access even more simple - in other words, MUSE will do the hard work, so you
don't have to! To access eResources from 1 August 2008, simply login to MUSE
with your institutional username & password and connect via the eResources
links on the Library tab in MUSE. (Or access via the eResources A to Z links on
the Library Web pages - you'll be prompted to login to MUSE as necessary.)

You can find more information about this at:
http://www.shef.ac.uk/library/libnews/accessman.html.  Happy studying - and
remember, from 1 August 2008, at Sheffield, Athens will be a thing of the



  1. ...and i actually thought athens was acting funny over the last few days! thanks for this post! would never know what's going on if i didn't read it here... good to hear about the change, makes things a little easier with a few less clicks;)

  2. The new FAM system is SO much better

    There have been a number of times when I've been trying to access journals on my laptop at home and the journal sites weren't recognising an Athens link leaving me without access :(

    No such problems now - hoorah!!!

  3. Maybe we could have a blog on these pages for ideas like this?

    TIP for “book-marking” databases in MUSE

    You only have to log in to MUSE rather than Athens now, but you still have to navigate to your favourite database start page (OVID SP in my case) via the library indexes, so here’s a geeky trick that you might want to try if you want the OVID page to come up when you first open MUSE.

    1. Go the page you’d like to access quickly and copy the address from your web browser,
    (in my case it was the OVID page http://www.shef.ac.uk/library/cdfiles/biomed.html)
    2. Login to MUSE and click the “Customise Layout” link
    3. Click the "Add New Tab" button.
    4. Add a name for your tab in the “name the tab” box and select the “Framed - URL:” radio button and add the address you copied in step 1 to the box, then click the submit button
    5. Now you will see a page that has all your tabs on so click on the link for the name you used in step 4. On the next page and click “Make this the default Active Tab". Finally click the “back to …” link at the top right to get back to the tab you just created.
    6. Cheer at your IT prowess and do the dance of the Uber geek ;-)

    When you next login to MUSE that tab will be the first thing you see!

    You can add several database pages as tabs by only using steps 1-4 without changing your default page

    Geekily yours


    Hi Phil
    This is great advice and we all love geeky techie tips so thanks for this. :-)
    I'll set up a blog for techie geeks to comment against as suggested.
    You can show us your Uber Geek dance next time you are in the Library!

  4. This has definately helped, but there's still a lot of steps to eventually finding the journals, that can still be confusing. But i do think this is a good start to making it more simple.