Library implements security
By Kim Kelly
Daily Cougar Staff
In an effort to accommodate the UH community,
the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library has installed a new software program
computer access to all non-UH users.
Brian Viney/The Daily Cougar
Finance and marketing senior
Brian Morales uses his Cougar 1Card to access one of the computer terminals
in the M.D. Anderson
Memorial Library on Monday.
The decision to implement the software
was made after the Presidential Task Force on Student Friendliness Report
was published last spring. One of its findings was that "a small number
of computers in the library should be accessible by the general public
and those computers that are available only to the UH community should
have a log-on system."
Jeffrey Bullington, coordinator of reference
services, led the installation of the new software program, called "Cybrary
N," on 100 of the 144
workstations available in the Electronic
Publications Center area of the library.
"Students said they were concerned that
they weren't getting the access to the resources they felt they should,"
To access the terminals, students must
first register the bar code number from the back of their Cougar 1Card
at the circulation desk.
Students may also register online at http://info.lib.uh.edu
and fill out the patron information form.
After this step has been completed, there
is a 24-hour waiting period before students can gain access to the system.
Once able to log on,
students must enter their name, bar code
number and personal identification number. Students must also log off once
they are finished
using the workstation.
Though the process may seem a bit inconvenient,
many students welcome the protection the new software offers.
"I think it's actually really good because
it's easier to get a computer now," said Fehmida Husain, a sophomore university
Installation of the software began the
second day of the semester and was completed last Friday.
Rob Spragg, coordinator of distributed
computing, helped launch the installation.
"So far, things are running smoothly,"
But he added that there have been a few
problems with the patron records, such as name misspellings.
"What might be on front of your Cougar
1Card might not be what the library has you registered as," Spragg said.
Students should inform the circulation
desk of any problems they might encounter, he said.
For more information, visit the M.D. Anderson
Memorial Library or call the information
desk at (713) 743-1050.