In coordination with FALSC, the Florida Gulf Coast University Library is moving from proxy-based authentication for our subscription electronic resources to the OpenAthens identity management system. OpenAthens is a SAML based tool that functions by reversing the traditional concept of authentication - instead of connecting a library to a resource, OpenAthens connects a resource back to a library. Users will now have the option to access the Library's subscribed content on numerous publisher websites without coming through the library website first. 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. There will be no change to the Library's subscribed resources as a result of moving to OpenAthens, and most campus researchers should be able to continue using the Library's resources with little or no disruption.
Off-campus: students, faculty, and staff will continue to use their FGCU credentials to login, but using a new form. This experience varies by website, but where it is supported, researchers will have the ability to log into OpenAthens by selecting Florida Gulf Coast University from a list and entering their FGCU SSO credentials.
On-campus: where before on-campus users didn't have to authenticate they will now be required to enter their FGCU credentials when accessing online resources through OpenAthens. Guest access for community patrons will be provided.
Here are some general tips for accessing the Library's resources via OpenAthens:
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