Dear Colleagues: Has anyone used Open Athens authentication software, especially in an IT environment with multiple physical locations behind the same firewall? I'd like to know how time consuming it is to administer passwords, how user-friendly patrons find it, etc. Background to my question: we are a large healthcare system with at least 12 hospitals, 16 clinics or health centers, and several non-clinical locations all behind the same set of firewall IP addresses. Even though most of the staff for at least half those locations don't need access to online clinical journals, publishers and journal aggregators base pricing on physical locations. I am exploring whether Open Access might offer a way to create a more limited "user population" that might allow us to work out affordable costs. I would be especially interested in hearing from anyone who has successfully used Athens to address similar situations. Many thanks as always - please reply to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> and I'll summarize if I get responses. Barbara Mercer, MLIS Clinical Education Center Library at Brackenridge University Medical Center at Brackenridge 1400 N. IH-35, Suite C2.303 Austin, TX 78701-1966 Tel: (512) 324-7000 ext. 77449 Fax: (512) 324-7654 Email: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message and any accompanying data or files is confidential and may contain privileged information intended only for the named recipient(s). If you are not the intended recipient(s), you are hereby notified that the dissemination, distribution, and or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you receive this message in error, or are not the named recipient(s), please notify the sender at the email address above, delete this email from your computer, and destroy any copies in any form immediately. Receipt by anyone other than the named recipient(s) is not a waiver of any attorney-client, work product, or other applicable privilege.