Metalib and SFX can both be configured to use PDS for authentication. PDS
is Ex Libris' Patron Directory Services app. It provides single sign on
between Ex Libris interfaces (Aleph, Metalib, Digitool, and maybe Primo i
don't know). PDS can be configured with any backend source for authn. In
our case, we configured PDS as a Shibboleth service provider. In doing so,
Aleph and Metalib then have a single sign on with other shibboleth-enabled
EZproxy can also be configured as a Shibboleth service provider. SFX can be
configured to send all target URLs through a proxy. We have configured SFX
to send all target URLs through our shibboleth enabled EZproxy. SFX is just
an example here, any application that creates URLs should send them through
your EZproxy to achieve single sign on.
One step we have not taken in production is to configure the online
resources (Ebsco, ScienceDirect, etc) as shibboleth service providers.
However, we have done so in a few tests. And we have worked, in
conjunction with Internet2 Shibboleth Library Working Group, with Chris
Zagar for more advanced integration with shibboleth and ezproxy. He has
made some enhancements to ezproxy so that the WAYF process can be skipped at
the online resource if the URL is originated through ezproxy. (This is done
with Starting Point URLs in ezproxy and Session Initiators in the online
resource's service providers.)
I have a web page that describes a little of what we have done with Shib
within our library consortium. It has some documentation on how to
configure PDS and ILLiad for use with Shib. http://usmai.umd.edu/auth
Ex Libris has also added information in their PDS documentation specific to
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Jiri Pavlik" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, June 01, 2008 4:59 PM
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Shibboleth and Aleph?
> we are in process of implementation at Charles University.
> I'll be happy to share our experiences during this summer.
> I'd appreciate a lot if Dave or anyone else could tell a few words
> what have been accomplished already. Particularly I am interested
> in Shibboleth authentication and Single-Sign-On
> for workflows Aleph->SFX->databases, MetaLib/Google Scholar/Pubmed-
> Kind regards
> Jiri Pavlik, Charles University in Prague
> On May 29, 2008, at 4:37 PM, David Kennedy wrote:
>> We have been using Shibboleth with Aleph since last summer. And we
>> been using Shib with metalib for about two years.
>> Is there recent activity that might be of interest to us?
>> David Kennedy
>> Manager, Digital Collections and Research
>> University of Maryland
>> 3199 McKeldin Library
>> College Park, MD 20742
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>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "K.G. Schneider" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2008 10:23 AM
>> Subject: [CODE4LIB] Shibboleth and Aleph?
>>> Sittin' in a tree? Anyone have comments on that implementation
>>> Karen G. Schneider
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