The benefit to users would be that people off-site would be able to access the same electronic resources as those on campus. All such users would be authenticated against the University’s authentication service. This would increase the security level compared, say, to sharing resource specific usernames and passwords.
With the IP address limited resources it is likely that each license would have to be checked to see if making the resource available via a proxy service would be permitted.
Managing a proxy service has been described as an art form. It is hoped that the OpenAthens LA Admin Interface makes this easier to manage, but it is an area in which library staff have, at present, little experience.
Ken Chad Consulting has set up this wiki to enable the development of standard, open and re-usable specifications for library systems.It is anticipated that this service will not only help to reduce costs in library technology procurement but facilitate an open dialogue amongst all interested stakeholders to help develop the functionality of library related systems.
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