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OpenAthens launches Redirector

Jon BentleyBy Jon Bentley
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Tuesday 6th October 2015

A new feature to ease the burden of link management for librarians and simplify off-network and mobile access for library users.

OpenAthens Redirector provides one-step access to subscription and other paid-for content by seamlessly requesting credentials when patrons are off-network and directly serving the content when they are in IP range. The proxy-like syntax eases the burden of link management for librarians and provides a seamless experience for users, who are increasingly demanding off-site and mobile access.

“Librarians and IT managers are faced with increasingly complex identity and access management [IAM] challenges,” said Jon Bentley, Head of Product Marketing for OpenAthens. “In market research we conducted earlier this year, 98% of librarians agreed that demand for off-site access is growing. Students, researchers and clinicians increasingly need access to content wherever they are working or studying – at home, in the clinic, on the move – without time-intensive, complicated configurations.  The Redirector in OpenAthens offers a seamless user experience without a tradeoff in security when users are out of IP range.”

“Our clients want their resources to be discoverable and accessible from any location,” said Belinda Kennedy, Senior Software as a Service Specialist at EBSCO Information Services. “The Redirector gives OpenAthens the intuitive ability to identify a user’s location and authorise access appropriately.  Librarians have limited capacity to maintain complex, integrated systems. The Redirector has a robust central knowledgebase, maintained by OpenAthens experts, that saves our clients significant time. The Redirector is the perfect complement to our software as a service products. Set-up is simple and effective.  Our clients will appreciate the ease of access and maintenance.”

Redirector provides one link for resource access, on and off the network and one format for all compatible resources. In addition, Redirector interfaces with the OpenAthens knowledgebase, which stores and maintains all required URL formats.

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