IMPORTANT: E-resource changes are coming

For the last few months Library Services has been working with IT Services to implement the next generation of Athens authentication (with your LJMU username and password) to allow more seamless access to electronic resources.

Why do we need to do this?

·         The IT infrastructure currently in place managing the authentication is obsolete and needs to be retired.

What are the benefits of moving to the new system?

·         We will be able to widen access to many of our resources that are currently only available on-campus so they can be accessed remotely without the need to use Citrix

·         We will be able to simplify access to some resources currently using non-Athens logins and replace this with an LJMU username and password.

The Drawbacks

·         This mainly affects saved searches, search alerts and articles in databases such as ScienceDirect, SCOPUS and Engineering Village.

·         When the change between systems happens, any personalisation will be lost.

·         You will need to make a note of any search strategies you may require in the future in order to re-run them once the new authentication system is up and running.

We appreciate that this isn’t an ideal situation and have worked closely with the database providers and Athens themselves to find an alternative solution, however this has proved impossible.

We are aiming to launch the new version of Athens on 7th January 2016. Please use the time between now and then to manually record any saved searches, alerts or results you may need in the future. Once the new system goes live, the databases mentioned above will prompt you to create a new profile – this is how you will know that the changes have taken effect.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact your liaison librarian, or


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