That would work if both (or all) library systems shared access to the
same online resources equally.

Or I suppose one could have a system of automatic forwarding/
authentication based on id?  That would be cool, but I wonder how
hard would it be to implement?

Here in Florida, the State Library provides state-wide access to a
lot of online resources.  Some libraries have more, based on their
own subscriptions, but access to the basic level provided by the
State Library is free for everyone who has a library card.  Not
exactly the same idea, but it is an example of an overarching agency
providing more or less seamless access.

Carol Bean

On Mar 22, 2007, at 10:09 PM, William Denton wrote:

I hadn't been too clear on OpenID but a week or two ago I listened
to a
recording of a talk about that explained it well.  I can't find it
unfortunately, but you can take my word for it that it was pretty

Is OpenID being used in libraries?  It struck me that it could work
for library systems that share resources: two systems that are part
of the
same consortium or provincial/state system; two neighbouring public
systems that let people from one borrow at the other; academic
that want to make it easy for visiting profs and grad students to get
temporary access to online resources; etc.

Say I live in Lower Mowat but one day I'm in Upper Mowat, in the next
municipality (or county, or whatever) over, visiting my tailor.
The two
library systems are separate but share their resources.  I pop into
library to update my Twittering friends on my inseam measurement.
I don't
actually have an account at the Upper Mowat Library, but I log in
to one
of their computers using my Lower Mowat-supplied OpenID identifier,
the Upper Mowat system recognizes where I'm from and gives me
access to

William Denton, Toronto : : :

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