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OpenAthens Conference 2019: Lean Library: Automating OpenAthens authentication to help end users and librarians alike

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Johan Tilstra, CEO & founder, Lean Library – a SAGE Publishing company.

Johan gives us a potted history of Lean Library and how his idea for a library browser plugin offering context bound, ‘just in time’ and ‘just in place’ library services became today’s highly successful product. Lean Library is now in active use by numerous students and researchers from universities and corporations around the world. A short demo shows how Lean Library greatly reduces the cognitive load for OpenAthens users while providing librarians with a clear presence in their users’ workflow.

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OpenAthens Conference 2019: Lean Library: Automating OpenAthens authentication to help end users and librarians alike

  1. 1. Automating OpenAthens authentication to help end users and librarians alike Johan Tilstra CEO, founder of Lean Library @leanlibrary johan@leanlibrary.com qbichotels.com/london-city/
  2. 2. The library is not the starting point (anymore)
  3. 3. Issues and questions How do I figure out which method to use to get access? Is trying to log in even going to be useful? My library might not even have a license..
  4. 4. Do we have a license for ScienceDirect? How do I find out? Something with on or off site… Am I on or off site? And why does this even matter? OpenAthens? Shibboleth?? Proxy??? Issues and questions
  5. 5. Issues and questions How am I supposed to know that this exact same article is available, via the library, on a different platform? How am I supposed to figure out that’s even *possible*? Shall I simply … pay?
  6. 6. Issues and questions How do I know whether my library has an item in license? Why don’t I see those full-text links? How do I make those appear?
  7. 7. Brainwave Can’t we simply build a browser extension? Bring library services into the users’ workflow? Solve a lot of that patrong confusion?
  8. 8. Considerations • Tech: Can we actually build this? • Privacy: Will people trust us, being present in their browser? • Usefulness: Will people actually install and use it?
  9. 9. “It improves my search for articles a thousand times. You have taken away a most hated hurdle in my life.”
  10. 10. • Mission driven company, dedicated to patron privacy and security • Fully supported solution • Corporate and academic customers worldwide: Harvard, Stanford, UPenn, ASU, Novozymes, Novo Nordisk, … • Acquired by SAGE
  11. 11. Questions? Feedback? • johan@leanlibrary.com • @leanlibrary • Leave me your card!

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