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Security Preferences

Security Preferences

 Tools > Preferences > Security
(warning)
SYSTEM Preference, SHARED with Textbook Tracker

Security preferences allow operators (with the appropriate authority) to modify existing or create their own custom security groups by manipulating lists of permissions organized by tab; these tabs include: Management, Tools, Circulation, Preferences, Reporting, Researcher. In turn, these Security Groups (assigned to individuals using the Patrons management window) determine what actions operators or patrons are permitted to perform. By default, Administrator-level access are the only security groups that allows you to do this.

These preferences are shared with Textbook Tracker.


New patrons will be automatically assigned to the Patron security group with minimal permissions. However, if the patron needs more access to Alexandria, you can change their assigned group to one that grants more appropriate permissions. You can change any security group, with the exception of Patron, to allow the user to log in as an operator.

The very first operator that you should create is the District or Library Administrator. Don't forget to set up a username and password for this person, since it must be used to examine, edit, add or delete other patrons or operators and address books.

If you haven't yet created a District Administrator for your union site, the very first time that you attempt to access the program or one of its online components (e.g. /preferences), you'll be tasked with creating an Administrator-level operator that may be later edited, but never removed. Your first operator needs to be a District Administrator with the equivalent Security Group. The District Administrator security group is only meaningful for multi-library collection licenses (Centralized Catalog, WAN, etc.). For all other licenses, the District Administrator security group is analogous to the Library Administrator.

Want to see how it works? Check out our Security Preferences video.


Security Groups

The Security Groups pane on the left side of the screen lists each of the default and custom security groups that are set up for your site. These can be assigned to your operators and patrons in Patrons Management. Operators with the appropriate authority can add, duplicate, edit, or remove any of the custom security groups for your site.

Each group is assigned different default settings. Default security groups, listed below, can be edited but cannot removed or renamed.

District Administrator

Full access to every control and setting within Alexandria, including the ability to examine and change registered operators. Operators at this level can edit district-level preferences and have access to all library preferences. All other access levels can only modify records from their assigned library collections. The District Administrator security group cannot be removed or modified.

Library Administrator

Full access to every control and setting within Alexandria, including the ability to examine and change registered operators. Operators with this security group can only edit preferences for their assigned collection.

Librarian

Full access to every control and setting within Alexandria and Textbook Tracker, except the ability to examine registered operators and Address Books.

Textbook Library Administrator

Full access to every control and setting to manage textbooks within Alexandria. Operators with this security group can only edit preferences for their assigned collection.

Textbook Librarian

Full access to nearly every control and setting to manage textbooks within Alexandria. They do not have access to SIF,

Library Staff

Access to all system functions and reports, except for Preferences, Imports, and Utilities.

Library Aide

Access to Alexandria Librarian capabilities and standard circulation commands, with the authority to allow restricted actions. For example, if a patron has too many books issued, a warning message appears when the patron tries to check out another book. With this security group, the library aide can override the message and allow the patron to check out another book.

Bulletin Board Manager

Patron-level access with the ability to manage holds, reservations, perform renewals, and add reviews.

Patron (default)

This is the default security group for all newly created patrons. The only settings that can be modified in this security group are permissions for their own patron account, such as the ability to place holds and reservations when using Researcher.

Patron Limited

For convenience, this is essentially the same as the Patron security group, but you are able to modify most permissions.

Self-Service

Supports Student Aide privileges with the addition of the Check In and Bookdrop circulation commands. The Circulation window is allowed for Bookdrop mode only. At this security level, overdue fines are automatically recorded with no opportunity to accept payment or forgive/adjust fines. Fines are still displayed in the transaction log.

Student Aide

Access to Alexandria Librarian capabilities and standard circulation commands, but no authority to allow restricted actions


Controls

The controls for your security groups are at the bottom of the list. Only users with the appropriate security group settings can add, remove, or duplicate security groups.

Add a new security group that isn't based on an existing group.

   Specify a Security Group name.

   Would you like to preset the security options to all on or all off?

All On. Each preference will be set to the option with the least restricted access.

All Off. Each preference will be set to No Access or the option with the most restricted access. Users will not have access to:

    • Management tab > Patron Passwords, Library Copies, and Textbook Copies
    • Preferences tab > Security, Z39.50 Server, Policies, and Calendar

Remove the currently selected security group. Default groups cannot be removed. If the security group is still in use, you'll be prompted to choose a replacement security group for the impacted patrons.

Actions to rename or duplicate the security group you've selected.

Security group titles are limited to 25 alphanumeric characters.

Permissions

On the right side of the window, security settings are grouped by tabs.

Use the dropdown menus in each tab to enable or disable security preferences for the group you've selected. For each permission, users assigned to that security group will have access to/can perform the functions they've they've been assigned plus all lower-level actions/functions listed above.

When you've finished editing all of your security permissions, click Save to keep your changes or Revert to discard them. You will be required to Save or Revert before configuring any other security groups.

Management

Tools > Preferences > Security
(warning) SYSTEM Preference, SHARED with
Textbook Tracker


These settings define what a user assigned to this security group will have access to. Settings are listed top to bottom from least to most access.

 Advanced Bookings
  • No Access
  • Perform
 Data Station Management
  • No Access
  • Restart
  • Quit
  • Database Utilities
  • Export
  • Update
  • Manage
 Security Level
  • 5 - Patron
  • 4 - Aide
  • 3 - Staff
  • 2 - Librarian
  • 1 - Administrator
  • 0 - District Administrator
 Patrons
  • No Access
  • View
  • Manage Notes
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
  • Import, Export, and Utilities
 Patron Passwords
  • No Access
  • Edit
 System Patrons
  • No Access
  • Use
 Library Items
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
  • Import, Export, and Utilities
 Library Copies
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
  • Import, Export, and Utilities
 Textbook Items
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
  • Import, Export, and Utilities
 Textbook Copies
  • No Access
  • View
  • Manage Notes
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
 Routes
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
  • Import, Export, and Utilities
 Subscriptions
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
  • Import, Export, and Utilities

Security Level controls which security groups a user can modify. For example, patrons assigned a security group with Security Level 2 can only modify groups with a Security Level of 3 or lower (3, 4, 5). However, this rule does not apply to District Administrators (Level 0).

Tools

Tools > Preferences > Security
(warning) SYSTEM Preference, SHARED with Textbook Tracker


These settings define what a user assigned to this security group will have access to. Settings are listed top to bottom from least to most access.

 Inventory
  • No Access
  • Perform
 Operation Management
  • View Personal
  • View All
  • Manage All
 Authority Control
  • No Access
  • Manage
 Map Editor
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
 Explore Builder
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
  • Import, Export and Utilities
  • Import and Export
 Bulletin Board
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
 SIF
  • No Access
  • Edit
 Sites
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
 Reviews
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Remove

Circulation

Tools > Preferences > Security
(warning) SYSTEM Preference
, SHARED with Textbook Tracker


These settings define what a user assigned to this security group will have access to. Settings are listed top to bottom from least to most access.

 Library Circulation
  • No Access
  • Perform
  • Import, Export and Utilities
 Textbook Circulation
  • No Access
  • Perform
  • Import, Export and Utilities
 Circulation Override
  • No Access
  • Perform
 Reservations
  • No Access
  • View
  • Manage
 Holds
  • No Access
  • View
  • Manage
 Charges
  • No Access
  • View
  • Make Payment
  • Forgive Charges
  • Charge Fee
 History
  • No Access
  • View
  • Add Credit
  • Refund
 Cash Drawer
  • No Access
  • Use
 In Transit
  • No Access
  • Edit
  • Add
 Self-Service
  • No Access
  • Check In Only
  • Check Out Only
  • Check In and Out

Preferences

Tools > Preferences > Security
(warning) SYSTEM Preference
, SHARED with Textbook Tracker


These settings define what a user assigned to this security group will have access to. Settings are listed top to bottom from least to most access.

 Library System Preferences
  • No Access
  • Edit
  • Import and Export
 Library Site Preferences
  • No Access
  • Edit
 Textbook System Preferences
  • No Access
  • Edit
  • Import and Export
 Textbook Site Preferences
  • No Access
  • Edit
 Machine Preferences
  • No Access
  • Edit
 Security Preferences
  • No Access
  • Remove
 Z39.50 Server
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
 Policies
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
 Calendars
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove

Reporting

Tools > Preferences > Security
(warning) SYSTEM Preference, SHARED with Textbook Tracker


These settings define what a user assigned to this security group will have access to. Settings are listed top to bottom from least to most access.

 Item Reports
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
 Patron Reports
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
 Circulation Reports
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
 Route Reports
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
 Subscription Reports
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
 Authority Reports
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
 Statistics Reports
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove
 System Reports
  • No Access
  • View
  • Edit
  • Add
  • Remove

Account

Tools > Preferences > Security
(warning) SYSTEM Preference, SHARED with Textbook Tracker


These settings define what a user assigned to this security group will have access to. Settings are listed top to bottom from least to most access.

 Holds
  • No Access
  • Manage
 Reservations
  • No Access
  • Manage
 Patron Status
  • No Access
  • Basic Access (view, not edit)
  • View Contact Information
  • Edit Contact Information
  • Edit Username and Password
  • Edit
 Renewals
  • No Access
  • Perform
 Reviews
  • View
  • Add - Requires Approval
  • Add - Always Approved
 Show Reviewer As
  • Anonymous
  • Initials
  • Full First Name and Last Name Initial
  • Full First and Full Last Name
 Password Strength
  • None
  • Weak
  • Regular
  • Strong
 Charges
  • No Access
  • Make Payment
    • A patron can pay with their available credit.




Password Security

When set, patron passwords must meet the following requirements:

  • Weak: At least 6 characters.
  • Regular: At least 8 characters, including at least one letter (a-z) and one number (0-9).
  • Strong: At least 10 characters, including at least one letter (a-z), one number (0-9), and one symbol (!@#$%^&*-=+.,).

Passwords are not case sensitive.