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This is great positive feedback, Julie, thank you!


Joanne


Joanne V. Romano, MLS

Head of Resource Management

Texas Medical Center Library

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From: Julie Stielstra <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 1:56:46 PM
To: Joanne Romano
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Subject: Re: [MEDLIB-L] Open Athens for medical libraries

YES!  We did it last year.  We had been relying on IP authentication, but that was unreliable and frustrating for physicians in offices, people using their tablets, etc.  We worked with Ebsco and added their Publication Finder product.  They were attentive, responsive, and a pleasure to work with (and to hear ME saying that is quite something).  Basically, they set up a plain vanilla "landing page" which comprises links to our databases, journal and e-book holdings, etc.  Users register and are assigned a username and password.  When they log in to the Athens page with that credential, they are routed to our landing page, and from there, all resources are accessible.  They can ALSO access subscribed content by going directly to, say, www.nejm.org<http://www.nejm.org> or ovidsp.ovid.com<http://ovidsp.ovid.com>, and look for the "Log in with Open Athens" or "Athens login" link, log in with that credential, and have immediate access to content. This obviates the whole proxy server or you-have-to-be-inside-the-network-on-on-campus hassle.  We library peeps have been using it and been very happy to have it - especially when IT decided to change our IPs without telling us.  OpenAthens signup is optional (the old ways still work too), and we're just getting started, but we are very pleased with it.  I can't remember now if LDAP / Active X directory (linking with our HR directory of employees) is possible, but that would be worth asking if you wanted to go that route.

The setup phase of course takes longest - you have to let them know every resource, database, journal, etc. for them to "Athenize", and not EVERY journal can be.  But it has been working nicely for nearly all our stuff.  I'm very glad to have it.


On Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 12:29 PM, Joanne Romano <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
Our library is preparing to move from EZProxy to Open Athens as an authentication system that allows for the use of federated single-sign on option for our users.

I am wondering if there are any other medical libraries out there using Open Athens now, and what kind of experience it has been, and what challenges you incurred moving from your previous authentication system to Open Athens.

Thanks,

Joanne


Joanne V. Romano, MLS

Head of Resource Management

Texas Medical Center Library

1133 John Freeman Blvd.

Houston, TX 77030

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Office: 713-799-7144<tel:713-799-7144>

Fax:   713-799-7844<tel:713-799-7844>

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