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
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.
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
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> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> Jimmy Ghaphery
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> 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
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> On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 3:26 PM, Goodwin, Bethany <[log in to unmask]>
>> 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 [log in to unmask] |
>> On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 2:18 PM, Cynthia Harper <[log in to unmask]>
>> > 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