FALSC is transitioning eResources authentication from EZProxy to OpenAthens for the institutions of the Florida College System as well as State University System libraries that choose to participate. OpenAthens allows sites to leverage their campus SSO through a connection to FLVCnet to authenticate eResources with a set of single sign on tools that revolutionize access and management of consortial eResources. OpenAthens functions by reversing the traditional concept of authentication - instead of connecting a library to a resource, OpenAthens connects a resource back to a library. This conceptual change improves access by uncoupling the authentication from an access point at the library and permits robust platform-level data collection to assess usage. OpenAthens also greatly improves eResources management, especially in a consortial enviroment, by allowing joint management of member's eResources collections and makes managing access far easier than our legacy system.
Visit the tabs on the left for information on various aspects of using OpenAthens.
The implementation status can be tracked on the Site Progress Chart.