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 implementing OpenAthens for 43 participating libraries. 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.
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