Alumni Library Forum 2013 Open Athens

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Eduserv presentation on OpenAthens by Adam Snook at the Alumni Library Forum at Cass Business School on 11th December 2013

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Alumni Library Forum 2013 Open Athens

  1. 1. The benefits of OpenAthens Adam Snook – OpenAthens Technical Consultant Robert Scaysbrook – OpenAthens Account Manager www.eduserv.org.uk/openathens
  2. 2. Who are we? Eduserv • • • • • Not-for-profit IT services company Web hosting, Web development, Chest Agreements & OpenAthens Based in Bath, began life at University of Bath in 1994 Employ around 120 people Provider of Athens since 1996
  3. 3. OpenAthens • Over 4 million user accounts from thousands of organisations worldwide • Trusted by the NHS, Open University, US Veterans Association • 60% of UK HE sector use OpenAthens to access e-resources
  4. 4. The context for our products • Libraries subscribing to electronic resources • With on and off-site access required • Users need to be identified as subscribers OpenAthens avoids • Librarians managing username & password lists for all users • Or relying on IT departments to provide proxy services or VPN access
  5. 5. What is OpenAthens? • Identity and Access Management system offering Single Sign-On • • • OpenAthens MD • • • • Nothing to be installed locally IT dept doesn’t need to be involved Designed for librarians Completely independent of IP • • • • One individual username & password for all your subscribed resources Use our managed directory (MD) or your own local directory (LA) Access to resources regardless of location Different sets of resources for each user group e.g. Alumni Statistics by user group e.g. Alumni, Staff, Student etc. OpenAthens includes the MyAthens portal • • • Links to all subscribed resources Add more content with easy to use tools Accessible on the Internet
  6. 6. User Portals • MyAthens • All resources list • Easier to navigate than beginning at publisher websites • Customisable – add search panels, library opening times etc • Library Website • Use our specially constructed URL’s • Link through to resource level • E-resource Discovery Tool • EBSCO, TDNet etc • Extra setup required
  7. 7. Configuring OpenAthens for alumni
  8. 8. Thank You

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