Wednesday 29th October 2014
OpenAthens has announced a new global partnership that will see its industry-leading identity and access management services integrated with EBSCO content and discovery tools. EBSCO’s worldwide network of representatives will help to drive awareness and sales of OpenAthens in key regions and markets across the world including North America, Europe & Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Libraries’ and publishers’ identity and access management requirements have grown increasingly complex in recent years, with diverging user expectations, increasing demand for off-site access, changing business models and the growing insecurity of IP authentication shaping the development of more sophisticated systems such as those offered by OpenAthens. EBSCO’s customers will benefit from a proven system that enables easy online access to all the items in a library’s collection with one login, with comprehensive, granular usage statistics for organizations and personalization for individuals. OpenAthens will benefit from the visibility afforded it by EBSCO’s existing relationships with tens of thousands of libraries representing millions of end users.
Stuart Pearce, Executive Director of OpenAthens, comments on the agreement: “This new agreement extends our successful partnership agreement with EBSCO in Australia and New Zealand to the rest of the world. It brings together the leading single sign on solution for libraries with the leading discovery service provider and leading provider of electronic books and journals. We look forward to offering the benefits of OpenAthens to EBSCO’s existing and new customers.”
OpenAthens makes life simpler for users, who can log in with a single password to all their resources, which might otherwise require multiple passwords; it integrates with other access control technologies offered by publishers, while providing additional layers of security and reporting and avoiding the IT overheads created by locally-managed services.
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