By Ellen Meltzer, CDL Information Services Manager

The new version of the Melvyl Catalog with upgraded software, which will be released on December 10, 2007, may display a UC-eLinks button on the Full Record display for online resources.  Melvyl will pass the user’s IP address along with the item metadata to the SFX (UC-eLinks) KnowledgeBase in order to determine if this user has online access to this item. If the SFX KnowledgeBase determines that the user has online access to the item, the UC-eLinks button appears.

For the display of the UC-eLinks button to work correctly for Tier 3 items (campus licensed resources), Melvyl will need the appropriate campus IP address when users are accessing from off-campus. Therefore, we are asking off-campus access mechanism (proxy or VPN) administrators to add “melvyl.cdlib.org” to their configurations, where needed.  Non-UC IP addresses will check the CDL (systemwide) instance of the SFX KnowledgeBase.

For campuses using proxy servers, patrons may be challenged for proxy authentication when they first visit Melvyl, if Melvyl is the first proxied web site they visit in a session.