I have thought about this (although not in regards to logging library
workstations -- that'd be difficult but awesome), especially now that
Georgia Tech is implementing lifetime accounts.  The project that we are
currently trying to pull together (GaTher -- which is sort of a library
building/citation management tool, although a bit more sophisticated than
that) intends to use OpenID to allow people to invite non-GT people into
their GaTher groups.  Now that accounts here are permanent, a GT person can
use their GT OpenID without fear of losing their identity when they
graduate/move on.


On 3/22/07, William Denton <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 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 again,
unfortunately, but you can take my word for it that it was pretty good.

Is OpenID being used in libraries?  It struck me that it could work well
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 libraries
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 the
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, and
the Upper Mowat system recognizes where I'm from and gives me access to

William Denton, Toronto : : :

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