OpenAthens is an identity and access management service based primarily on SAML 2.0 single-sign on. As such it is a replacement for IP-based authentication tools like OCLC EZ Proxy or Innovative Interfaces Inc. WAM.
PASCAL is investigating providing OpenAthens as a statewide utility service for the duration of the current Ex Libris SLSP contract. We see this as an important strategic investment similar to the SLSP. Replacing IP-based proxy with a standard service will provide better end-user service across the state and it will allow PASCAL staff to better support libraries in making use of their Primo discovery platform and electronic resources. Many academic libraries are moving to OpenAthens because it provides a better end-user and management experience than traditional proxy.
EBSCO is marketing and providing frontline support for OpenAthens in the United States. Two other statewide academic library consortia that are currently implementing OpenAthens are GALILEO (Georgia) and CARLI (Illinois). GALILEO previously implemented Alma and CARLI is in the midst of implementing Alma and Primo.
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