Phase 2 OpenAthens questionnaire for CARLI I-Share members 

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OpenAthens is a single sign-on service that offers library end users a seamless SSO experience and the benefit of secure SAML access. Library administrators can use OpenAthens to manage group authorizations and access, pull granular usage data, and consolidate both SAML and proxy IP authentication into a single, fully cloud-hosted solution.

This questionnaire outlines the information needed from CARLI I-Share members to configure OpenAthens log-ins to all remaining library content, tools, and applications. EBSCO's Implementation team will use the information submitted to assist the library in launching OpenAthens.

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Information about your library's subscriptions, tools, and applications to be set up with OpenAthens log-ins.

Please note, your library's e-resource staff may be needed to help answer questions in this section.

If you have completed Phase 1 of CARLI's OpenAthens implementation, then you will have already enabled log-ins to ExLibris Alma and Primo VE. The remaining configuration for your implementation will focus on setting up log-ins to the remainder of your content, tools, and applications.

The Vendor List is a list of any subscriptions your library currently purchases. It should include any content your users authenticate into (so no need to include open access content here). A template for the Vendor List can be found here.

  • Some details are required to help your IPM expedite the vendor contact process, such as your subscription / account number and your point of contact at the service provider.
  • It is important to include all of the online resources that you would like to log into with OpenAthens — this includes all databases, journals, individual journal subscriptions via publisher access or subscription service, and point of care resources used by your library. If you subscribe to full journal packages, you only need to include the package name — not a title list. Subscriptions purchased by a consortia or governing body must also be included.

  • Please note, any subscriptions not included during this information gathering can be set up by EBSCO's Support team after the initial implementation.

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Information about group authorization, and how OpenAthens should manage access for different groups.

For example: a library might purchase their JSTOR subscription specifically for faculty and staff, but not students. So, EBSCO's team needs to know that "JSTOR should only be accessible to faculty and staff, but not students."

For example: libraries may want to see usage data broken down by faculty department, or major, or something similar. Please note, group breakdowns are available only if the corresponding group attributes are tracked in your institution's directory of user accounts. IT may be required to help with this question.

For example: many IT departments track a "memberOf" attribute on each user's account that can contain information about groups they belong to. For this question, we'd like to know (a) what attribute contains group information, and (b) what values within that attribute correspond to each group. A library might have "Faculty" in the "memberOf" attribute to identify that a user is a Faculty member.

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Information about where your users access library subscriptions.

EBSCO's Implementation team will update links in any EBSCO platforms, like in Full Text Finder and permalinks in EBSCO databases.

Your library will be responsible for updating links in non-EBSCO platforms, such as LibGuides or your LMS. Some resources are available to assist with this process:
Please note, when working with third-party applications like an ILS or LMS, the ILS or LMS vendor will also be a strong resource for instructions and advice.

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Information about your preferred end user experience.

If you choose to continue using IP access for on-campus users, it is a very easy update to your implementation. Please note, though, that using IP access means that on-campus usage will not be reflected in your library's OpenAthens usage reports. If you would like to use OpenAthens log-ins for all usage but need to support walk-in users, please speak with your IPM about creating Access or Personal Accounts for walk-ins.
Supporting walk-in users when using OpenAthens log-ins on campus

A common use-case amongst academic libraries is that the library would like to use OpenAthens log-ins for on-campus usage in order to accrue all usage data, but needs a way to create OpenAthens accounts for walk-in or community users. To support walk-in users, the library has several options:
  • Continue using IP access for on-campus users, including walk-ins. This can be set up in the library's OpenAthens settings using an IP Bypass. When an IP bypass is in use, on-campus users will continue to use IP access even when they click on an OpenAthens link. In this scenario, OpenAthens will only be the remote access solution, and the library's OpenAthens usage reports will only reflect data for remote usage.

  • Create accounts on a one-off, as-needed basis within OpenAthens. OpenAthens allows the library to manually create accounts on the fly for walk-in users; the librarian can specify when the account is valid until. There are two types of accounts created in OpenAthens: personal accountswhich are assigned to a single person and can be used on-campus and off; and access accountswhich is a username/password that can only be used within the library, as it is tethered to the library's IP address. Access accounts can be shared within the library because they cannot be used off-campus.

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Upon submission of this form, your EBSCO Implementation team will continue work with your library to complete your OpenAthens setup and help launch the service for your remaining subscriptions.

Once completed, your end users will be able to log into all of your library's subscribed content using OpenAthens. When they start a new browser session, they will be prompted to log in using their institutional account. A single log-in through OpenAthens will represent the beginning of their single sign-on session, so additional clicks to full text options will not require an additional log-in. 

One email per field.

For additional information and documentation on the OpenAthens service during this time, please reference the following:

Thank you for your submission! Your EBSCO Implementation team will be in touch soon.