OpenAthens: A Different Way to Access Library Resources

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The Augusta University Libraries are updating the method used by students, faculty, and staff to connect to subscription databases, journals, articles, ebooks and more.  In coordination with GALILEO, we are implementing the OpenAthens authentication system, which will make using library resources easier and more reliable, improve security, and allow GALILEO and the University Libraries to offer new services.

Beginning Fall 2019, the Libraries started the lengthy process of testing and switching over some resources to OpenAthens.  During this ongoing implementation period, users may notice some resources being authenticated via EZproxy and others via OpenAthens.  Once the Libraries “go-live” on OpenAthens after the end of summer semester, users should only encounter the OpenAthens login from off campus.  Users should see no change when accessing resources from on-campus.

OpenAthens uses a different technology to manage access to resources than currently in place. This will change the syntax of the links the Libraries use to access subscribed databases and content.  As a result, users will also need to update any bookmarks, saved links, or reading list links that are maintained apart from the Libraries’ web presence. The current system (EZProxy) will remain in place at least through the end of the year to aid in the transition.

Our goal with the OpenAthens implementation is for the transition to be as seamless as possible for users.  Students and researchers will continue to have on- and off-campus access to the information resources they need.

Some important benefits from the move to OpenAthens include the option to login directly to content from many vendor websites and the ability to remain authenticated for a session for up to 8 hours.  For more information about OpenAthens, including a video demo and FAQs, see the University Libraries OpenAthens Research Guide.  If you experience any difficulty logging into one of our electronic resources or have any questions, please contact us!