Library News Blog

For Faculty: Library Links in Courses

Dear UI&U faculty member,

The last year has seen a sea change in online library security with an increasing number of library vendors changing their website addresses from http to the more secure https to prevent hacking and malware.  Recently, the library has received student reports of library links, also known as permalinks, not correctly redirecting to https. Incorrect redirects and other ongoing permalink challenges have made them no longer a viable option for sharing library resources.

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the UI&U Library recommend that faculty members remove library permalinks and have students locate library resources on their own.  We believe this approach will have many ongoing benefits, such as:

  • Encouraging students to improve their information literacy skills
  • Easier maintenance for faculty, staff, and librarians
  • Prevention of student distress caused by links to required readings not working

 

What Should Faculty Do?

If your course includes a link to a UI&U Library article, e-book, video, or other resource, please delete the library link and replace it with a (non-hyperlinked) message letting students know their required reading is available in the library.

Here are several different “available in the library” messages you can use.  You are also welcome to create a customized message for your students.

 

First Example

Baker, S. (2011). Life after death: An activity to investigate the scientific, legal, & racial issues of the Henrietta Lacks story. The American Biology Teacher, 73(6), 337-340.

Available in the UI&U Library

Skloot, R. (2010). The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. New York: Broadway Books. doi:10.1213/ANE.0b013e31828bfecc

Available in the UI&U Library

 

Second Example

The following required readings are available in the UI&U Library:

Baker, S. (2011). Life after death: An activity to investigate the scientific, legal, & racial issues of the Henrietta Lacks story. The American Biology Teacher, 73(6), 337-340.

Skloot, R. (2010). The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. New York: Broadway Books. doi:10.1213/ANE.0b013e31828bfecc

 

Third Example (Includes Search Instructions)

The following required readings are available in the UI&U Library.

To access: 1) open a new browser tab/window, 2) go to the UI&U Library homepage (https://library.myunion.edu or google UI&U Library), 3) copy & paste the title of the book, article, or video into the OneSearch search box, and 4) click the read online (or watch online) link to access the resource.   If there are too many search results, try adding the author’s last name or quotation marks around the title e.g. “Moby Dick” Melville.  When looking for a book chapter, search by the book’s title and use the table of contents to locate the chapter.

Baker, S. (2011). Life after death: An activity to investigate the scientific, legal, & racial issues of the Henrietta Lacks story. The American Biology Teacher, 73(6), 337-340.

Skloot, R. (2010). The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. New York: Broadway Books. doi:10.1213/ANE.0b013e31828bfecc

Embedded Videos

The UI&U Library subscribes to several video collections including: Alexander Street Press, Films on Demand, Kanopy, and Psychotherapy.net.  These videos can be shared using an Available in the UI&U Library message or their embed codes (videos must be embedded to count towards instructional hours).  Instructions for embedding videos are available on the library’s Resources in Courses page.

Some embedded videos are currently not displaying in CampusWeb. Our IT department is working on a solution to this issue. As a temporary workaround, please instruct your students to search directly for the video by title using the library’s OneSearch feature.

Content Outside the UI&U Library

Resources outside the UI&U Library are not affected by this change.  This includes open educational content on YouTube and other websites.

Help

We are requesting that faculty members review their courses and make the corrections as soon as possible.  If you need assistance, please contact the library at 513-487-1487 or library@myunion.edu.

When Should a Direct Link Still be Used?

The library is now only recommending the use of direct links to library resources that are difficult to find in OneSearch.  Please contact a librarian for assistance creating the direct link.

Why Are We Making this Change?

  • Permalinks are difficult to create and maintain
  • Redirects from HTTP to HTTPS can fail
  • When a permalink is copied from Microsoft Web Outlook into Microsoft Word, the link may reformat with Outlook login information
  • The displayed link text may be different from the underlying URL

 

Please contact a librarian if you would like more information on why we are recommending this change.

Best regards,

Your UI&U Librarians