WMU News

Libraries use Web technology for access

Nov. 23, 2003

KALAMAZOO--The University Libraries at Western Michigan University are making it easier to access library resources through the Web, and students, faculty and staff are being asked to take a few simple steps to facilitate the transition.

Members of the University community must currently make changes to their Web browsers to access library databases, e-books and full-text journals. Under the new system, slated to begin in January 2004, users will need only a Bronco NetID, formerly known as a unified account, to access library resources.

"Faculty, staff and students have let us know that the existing process is cumbersome," says Bradford Dennis, education librarian. "We expect this new system to make it much easier for our patrons to access the information they need."

Beginning in January, anyone who wants to remotely access the resources listed above must have a Bronco NetID. "We don't want people to get caught without the ID mid-semester when they need a journal article in a hurry," notes Dennis. "We strongly encourage everyone to sign up for the Bronco NetID before the first of the year."

To obtain a Bronco NetID, faculty and staff must fill out an application for an account. Application forms can be found on the Web at <www.wmich.edu/oit/faculty/accounts.html>. Those who are unsure as to whether they already have a Bronco NetID are asked to contact the Help Desk at 269 387-5161 or <helpdesk@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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