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Beyond the Boundaries: Remote Access to Online Resources at the University of Moratuwa Library

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CND Punchihewa ,

Senior Assistant Librarian, University of Moratuwa, LK
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ADB Kumara,

Senior Assistant Librarian, University of Moratuwa, LK
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KGAP Kiriella

Senior Assistant Librarian, University of Moratuwa, LK
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Abstract

Though libraries have invested very high percentage of its annual budget to subscribe e-resources, limited attention was paid to ensure consistent and reliable access of those resources. Many library users access e-resources from outside of the University. Therefore many requests have been made to implement a remote access mechanism for e-resources. The objective of the study was to design a proper remote access mechanism to the users for accessing the e-resources provided by University of Moratuwa library. Publishers have provided access to eresources through Internet Protocol (IP) authentication and not by user identity (user ID) and password. This kind of access created many problems to the users specially for the postgraduate students who do not visit the University regularly as many users need to access e-resources from anywhere, anytime. Using the concept of proxy server, a joint project was conducted between the Center for Information Technology Services (CITeS), University of Moratuwa and the library to provide remote access. Existing Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) was used to authenticate the user access. This allowed remote user to obtain regular, secure access to library e-resources.

Journal of the University Librarians Association, Sri Lanka, Vol. 17, Issue 2, January 2013, Page 76-87

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/jula.v17i2.6646

How to Cite: Punchihewa, C., Kumara, A. & Kiriella, K., (2014). Beyond the Boundaries: Remote Access to Online Resources at the University of Moratuwa Library. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka. 17(2), pp.76–87. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v17i2.6646
Published on 02 Mar 2014.
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