Over across the pond they use OpenAthens:


I used that when I studied at the University of Lancaster ages ago now.

It works using SAML 2.0, which allows for cross-domain single signon. I don't know that I could tell you the nitty gritty details of how it works under the hood, but it basically allows people to use their university credentials to authenticate to sites that the university has licensed.

EBSCO has been pushing it in North America lately -- I don't know if they just bought it or if they have some kind of partnership. I don't have any experience running it from the library's end, so I can't really testify as to its performance.

Will Martin

On 2017-08-09 14:44, Pennington, Buddy D. wrote:
Do vendors even directly support SSO? We use SSO to enable users to
authenticate into EZProxy for IP-based access to our electronic
resources. I didn't think cutting out EZProxy and just going with SSO
was an option.

Buddy Pennington
Director of Information Technology and Strategy
University of Missouri--Kansas City
Miller Nichols Library
800 East 51st St.
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
UMKC Libraries

-----Original Message-----
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:CODE4LIB@LISTS.CLIR.ORG] On Behalf Of
Jimmy Ghaphery
Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 2:36 PM
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Wanted: Good overview article comparing new
authentication/access control options (Shibboleth, OpenAthens, SAML,

I'll second Bethany's point on many smaller vendors just now moving to
IP authentication. If it consoles campus IT tell them they are
right....it has been at least 10 years since I have been hearing that
proxy servers are a thing of the past, but that the working normal
across most libraries is IP/proxy authentication.



Jimmy Ghaphery
Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and
Publishing VCU Libraries
ORCID: 0000-0001-8043-7701 <http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8043-7701>

On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 3:26 PM, Goodwin, Bethany <bjgood...@tiu.edu> wrote:

I'd be interested in hearing any feedback as well. Some of my vendors
are smaller and we're lucky to have IP authentication with ezproxy.


Bethany Goodwin
Electronic Resources Librarian
Rolfing Memorial Library | Trinity International University
2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL 60015 bjgood...@tiu.edu |

On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 2:18 PM, Cynthia Harper <char...@vts.edu> wrote:

> Hi - Can anyone provide some good documents on current trends in
> alternatives to proxy servers?   My campus is looking into Single Sign-On
> for the first time, and the campus technical people believe that
> proxy servers are a thing of the past, but I don't know whether all
> of our vendors will be able to support an alternative method.
> Thanks for your help.
> Cindy

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