The MBLC and MLS stopped using the above cookie passwords for libraries that did not have static IP addresses a couple of years ago when geolocation authentication was implemented. In some cases, libraries were also given passwords by some sales representatives that were never intended to be given out, as they were for internal system use only. There had been a long grace period for libraries to update their websites with geolocation URL’s so they wouldn’t have to deal with password prompts. If you’ve been using any of these passwords, they are now expired:
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We recently authorized Gale to decommission these expired or misused password. If you were one of the libraries that hadn’t updated to geolocation URL’s, here is information to update your links. For information about setting links to work with geolocation see: http://mblc.state.ma.us/grants/licenses/links/index.php .
Also, refer to the letter sent via snail mail and email by Marlene Heroux at MBLC to your attention in June 2012 that explained how to set up your proper geolocation links. You can contact Marlene Heroux at email@example.com to email you another copy. For assistance with setting up your links, you may also contact MLS. See also our help page.
If you want your students to have easy access to all of the statewide licensed databases (Gale, ProQuest, Britannica) the easiest thing to do is bookmark the new easy one-stop shopping page that we’ve created just for each MLS member library. See http://mblc.state.ma.us/grants/licenses/blog/gale/ready-made-statewide-licensed-resources-web-page-for-your-library-galesites/ Just set your favorite/bookmark to:
http://galesites.com/menu/insert library’s location ID here
If you just want to link to individual databases that are of most interest to your students, just use the link generator to create the geolocation links for your library on your website. You will find the link generator at: http://mblc.state.ma.us/grants/licenses/links/index.php
Other blog entries of interest:
Problem with library links for Gale, Proquest or Britannica statewide resources? http://mblc.state.ma.us/grants/licenses/blog/gale/problem-with-library-links-for-gale-proquest-or-britannica-statewide-resources/
Geolocation failures on a library computer http://mblc.state.ma.us/grants/licenses/blog/gale/geolocation-failures-on-a-library-computer/
A “geolocation failure” is said to occur when a user is prompted for their library card number: This occasionally happens when your library’s Internet Provider may have assigned an IP address to your library computers that can’t be traced to Massachusetts. It may happen on a single machine or several, but rarely happens at all. Most of the time with geolocation enabled authentication, you don’t need to keep track of IP addresses in your library. However, it if does happen inside your library, these “non-Massachusetts” IP addresses can be sent to the vendor by MLS to register them as “white-listed exceptions” for Massachusetts IP’s. Simply, make a list of the IP addresses for the computers in the library or on campus (but not remote locations) on which you have received this prompt and send it to MLS.
This post was written by mheroux on March 1, 2013