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3 - 6 March 2019

ER&L 2019

We’ll be exhibiting and speaking at ER&L! Come and talk to the team at table #406 to find out why OpenAthens is designed specifically for librarians to manage authentication and end-user accounts. Also, find out how our single sign-on system establishes one set of log-in credentials for all web resources and applications.

Attend our presentations: 

Tuesday 5 March, 11:15am – 12:00pm CST
OpenAthens sounds great, but how do I get it on my campus? The Ins and Outs of Setting Up OpenAthens at a Small and a Medium-Sized Institution
This session details of the implementation of OpenAthens at two different universities, one small and one medium-sized, and explains the pros and cons of single sign-on authentication.

Tuesday 5 March, 4:00pm – 4:45pm CST
GALILEO: Implementing OpenAthens for a Large and Diverse Consortium
GALILEO decided to implement OpenAthens for authentication. In this session, GALILEO, OpenAthens, and EBSCO staff will discuss the collaboration.

Wednesday 6 March, 8:30am – 9:15am CST
Short on Staff and Time: An OpenAthens Implementation
The University of San Francisco subscribed to OpenAthens (EBSCO) for user authentication in March 2018 and launched in July. This presentation will outline the major steps and tasks.

Venue: AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705, USA

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12 - 14 March 2019

London Book Fair 2019

Kieran Prince, International Sales Manager is attending London Book Fair.

Contact us if you’d like to meet with Kieran to discuss OpenAthens.

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19 March 2019

OpenAthens Conference 2019

Call for speakers -OpenAthens Conference 2019Join us in London for our annual conference. This year’s theme is ‘User-centred design’ reflecting our collective commitment to developing a secure, simple and seamless user journey to content.

Topics range from user experience and user consent and privacy, to piracy and practical use of identity and access management.

Open to anyone in the library and publishing world with an interest in identity and access management.

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4 - 6 May 2019

Medical Library Association 2019

Learn how our specialist single sign-on software requires minimal set-up from your team, comes with dedicated support, regular updates and detailed documentation. Find us at booth #213 to discover more!

Venue: Hyatt Regency, Chicago, USA

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Past events

11 Feb - 15 Feb 2019

ALIA Information Online 2019

Rob and Michelle enjoyed four fantastic days in Sydney. We exhibited at ALIA Information Online and presented ‘Librarians’ experiences in providing access to digital content’. The presentation discussed the key findings of our 2018 survey undertaken to find out librarians’ experiences of providing access to digital content.


25 - 29 January 2019

ALA Midwinter Conference & Exhibition

We had some fantastic conversations at ALA Midwinter Conference & Exhibition this year.

Rob, James and Kieran from the OpenAthens attended the event which is a great mixture of in-depth learning, educational sessions, thought-provoking speakers, new publications, technologies and services from expert organizations in the exhibits.

Our new infuser water bottles went down a treat on our exhibition stand!

4 - 6 December 2018

2018 STM week: Processes, Products and People in Publishing

Our UX designer, Vee Rogacheva, shared how to increase engagement with your online content and making your services stand out by giving researchers the ‘Google’ experience by following our top tips for a simpler, more standardised UX-designed interface. In so doing, expect to see an increase in access to and engagement with your online content.

21 November 2018

UKSG E-Resources For Further Education

This year we were sponsoring the event. UKSG E-Resources For Further Education brings together learning resources and library managers to share best practice and innovation in the management, delivery and support e-resources in further education.

20 November 2018

CILIP Employers Forum 2018

We were a sponsor of CILIP’s Employers Forum – Rob, our head of sales, and Blake, our account manager had a great day. The day brought together employers, managers and leaders from across the information, knowledge and library profession to discuss the future skills of our sector.

5 - 9 November 2018

Charleston Conference 2018

This year we attended the Vendor Showcase on Tuesday 6 November and spoke on Wednesday and Thursday. Our sessions were:

Why IP-based access is failing end users: How to give patrons a simple, seamless user experience in collaboration with InCommon.

One login, one time; the way to easy and unlimited access in collaboration with GALILEO, NHTI and EBSCO.

Wayfinder Showcase  -The showcase demonstrated how Wayfinder reduces the steps patrons need to take to access scholarly content online, reducing the barriers they previously faced and giving them an easier, secure and seamless journey to content.

16-18 October 2018

Internet Librarian 2018

Jon Bentley, our Commercial Director, spoke at Internet Librarian this year on Tuesday 16th October. The sessions, ‘Transforming Library Experiences With User-Centered Design’ and ‘Pharma Research: Insights & Challenges’ provided lots of information as to what’s happening within the world or OpenAthens at the moment.

10 - 12 October 2018

Frankfurt Book Fair 2018

This year was the world’s largest trade fair, the Frankfurt Book Fair, 70th birthday.

Our team were in the International Library Centre, discussing federated our access management solution and how this can support your business aspirations.

‘Wayfinder – How to simplify access to your online content’
Phil Leahy, OpenAthens Service Relationship Manager, demonstrated the exciting new Wayfinder service on 10 October.

Tuesday 9 October 2018

Higher Education Conference & Exhibition

This conference provides access to leading, expert speakers and pioneering case studies. This year, our Agile Team Lead, Luke Taylor held an open forum, ‘The Google-generation’s access to academic content’. Lots of conversation around students’ expectations when it comes to accessing content.

12 - 14 September 2018

ALPSP Annual Conference and Awards 2018

ALPSP Conference 2018We joined other ALPSP members at their annual conference this September.

Our International Sales Manager, Kieran Prince, met service providers and discussed how federated access management can support a wide range of scholarly publishers including those with Open Access or hybrid platforms.

11 September 2018

OpenAthens Publisher workshop

This free one-day workshop facilitated discussion around the future of access to scholarly content. There was lots of shared learning around the challenges of and solutions to identity and access management with peers.

26 - 28 August 2018


Our APAC Sales Manager, Dune, attended IFLA this year, alongside EBSCO. A great lunch and learn was held with lots of conversations around identity management.

Tuesday 31 July 2018

Authentication landscape for the modern library - OpenAthens lunch and learn at Gold Coast

OpenAthens and EBSCO held a lunch to discuss authentication in the modern environment and why we need to move away from IP recognition as an access mechanism. There were lots of discussions around why authentication has become an extremely important issue as libraries increase their digital content.

11 - 13 July 2018

EAHIL 2018

This event was the first European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) Conference! Adam and Blake from the OpenAthens team had a great time in Cardiff, exhibiting and attending the conference sessions.

4 - 5 July 2018

CILIP Annual Conference

OpenAthens is exhibiting at CILIP 2018This year we had James and Blake manning our exhibition stand. They had two very busy, enjoyable days catching up with Librarians and other exhibitors, chatting about the latest developments happening in OpenAthens.

21 - 26 June 2018

ALA Annual Conference

Kris, Kieran and Rob had a great time in New Orleans, with lots of exciting conversations and meetings around identity and access management.

25 June 2018

Sherif - Save the time of the (e)reader: easier access for all?

‘How can user centred design transform the library experience?’

Our UX Designer, Vee Rogacheva, spoke about her recent UX research she has carried out in UK and US academic libraries.

22 June 2018

CoLRiC 25th Anniversary Conference

The conference featured awards ceremonies/presentations and a choice of breakout sessions/workshops on a range of topics including; the transition from FE to HE and the importance of learning resource centres and library services in FE.

19 June 2018

UK federation & Shibboleth Consortium Publisher Meeting

Jon Bentley, OpenAthens Commercial Director, took part in the RA21 focused discussion.

Jon presented: ‘Has federated single sign-on failed the end user?’


22 - 23 May 2018

Digital Libraries: Authentication, Access & Security for Information Resources

This event brought together the information community to discuss the means by which the community may be able to simplify the user experience while still preserving necessary privacy and security protections for all stakeholders.

Phil Leahy, OpenAthens Service Provider Relationship Manager, spoke in the Foundational Technologies Panel on ‘What can SAML / Shibboleth do for your institution?’.

18 - 23 May 2018

MLA '18

MLA draws more than 2,400 participants including medical librarians and other health information professionals, international attendees, and exhibitors.

The Powers of Single Sign-On and the Benefits to All
Robert Scaysbrook spoke alongside EBSCO & Sentara Health about the benefits of single sign-on to clinical resources.

Top questions medical libraries ask OpenAthens
Kristina Botyriute discussed how different technologies work together to increase patron satisfaction.

10 - 12 April 2018

London Book Fair 2018

The London Book Fair hosts over 2,000 exhibitors from the publishing industry in 56 countries, attracting around 25,000 visitors from 118 countries.

Jane and Kieran from the OpenAthens team had lots of exciting conversations with a wide variety of publishers over the two days.

9 - 11 April 2018

UKSG 41st Annual Conference 2018

The UKSG Annual Conference attracts almost 1,000 delegates from across the global knowledge community, including librarians, publishers, and intermediaries.

Our presentation on ‘User-focused authentication and resource access fit for the 21st Century’, had a great turn out on both days. Jon Bentley discussed the integral role that Federated Access plays in the success of RA21.

22 March 2018

OpenAthens Conference 2018

Our event, at the British Library was a chance for anyone working in the educational and research, healthcare, medical and pharmaceutical, corporate and publishing industries with an interest in identity and access management for access to digital content, to attend sessions where topics ranged from user-centred design and measuring user access and engagement to data protection, security and piracy.

View the audio recordings, slides and photos.

4 - 7 March 2018

ER&L 2018

The goal of the ER&L Conference is to bring together information professionals from libraries and related industries.

Our session, ‘Moving Beyond IP Authentication: The New Frontier in Single Sign-On’, with EBSCO and Laredo Community College, discussed how libraries can move beyond IP authentication to one that is more secure, personalized and easy to setup and manage.

9 - 13 February 2018

ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

ALA Midwinter is a great mixture of in-depth learning, educational sessions, thought-provoking speakers, new publications, technologies and services from expert organizations in the exhibits.

We had some great conversations around Identity and Access Management. Our new travel coffee cups went down a treat on our exhibition stand!

9 - 11 November 2017

AASL 18th National Conference & Exhibition

American Association of School Librarians, which is the only National Conference & Exhibition, held every two years, is the leading professional development event for school library professionals.

Rob and Kieran from the OpenAthens team attended and had some great Identity and Access Management discussions with delegates of the event.


11 - 13 October 2017

Frankfurt Book Fair

This October some of the OpenAthens team headed to the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Our launch presentation of OpenAthens Cloud was great, hosted by our Service Relationship Manager, Phil Leahy. The team also had the chance to meet with our customers and browse the exhibition.

9 November 2016

OpenAthens Customer Conference 2016

Our customer conference bought together information professionals and technical experts from across the spectrum of healthcare, academia, corporates and publishing under the theme of Creating Connections to discuss the key challenges and opportunities facing organisations in the context of Identity and Access Management (IAM).