Chris L. and I have made a couple of changes to the way e-book links work on the public catalogue.
I’ve put a message on the public blog about the most obvious difference – MyiLibrary titles now open up in a new browser window – this seemed to be something that annoyed a lot of users (at least – a few Holbeach students complained about it…) because they couldn’t get back to the catalogue using the ‘back’ arrow.
Horizon now also handles the Athens authentication from MARC 856 $u in a slightly different way. We’ve made that change so that we can get the MARC records for the new ebrary e-books onto Horizon with the minimum of fuss, but it shouldn’t affect what users see when they log in to MyiLibrary (or ebrary) via HiP.
(You might spot that, since the change, links ro existing MyiLibrary titles in 856 are getting a double-dose of Athens authentication… this doesn’t seem to cause a problem [cue emails from Eduserv telling me why it's a terrible idea!] and Chris, Di, Bev, Jill and I will have a little project after Christmas to tidy up the existing MyiLibrary MARC records, to bring them in line with the newer ebrary records, and to put a stop to the duplicated Athens authentication within the links.)
I have to give credit here to Dave Pattern @ Huddersfield, who pointed the way forward to do this within Horizon(!) when we were chatting in London a week or so ago. Thanks Dave; works a treat!