Month: October 2017

Implementing OpenAthens for Single Sign-On Authentication – Leading Edge Libraries

Implementing OpenAthens for Single Sign-On Authentication – Leading Edge Libraries

This presentation was shared at the Leading Edge Libraries Conference, hosted by the Florida-Caribbean Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, on September 22, 2017.

Summary: OpenAthens is a relatively new authentication service in the U.S. market, offering SAML-based authentication to a wide array of online subscription-based content. More than just a proxy service, OpenAthens provides secure authentication methods, user and resource management, and robust statistical tools. Hear about Lancaster Theological Seminary’s adventure as an early adopter of OpenAthens and what we’ve learned in the process. 

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to differentiate between proxy services and SAML authentication, and assess the potential cost/benefit of implementing OpenAthens in a library.

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Discovery Layers: Overview and Case Study – Leading Edge Libraries

Discovery Layers: Overview and Case Study – Leading Edge Libraries

This presentation was shared at the Leading Edge Libraries Conference, hosted by the Florida-Caribbean Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, on September 22, 2017.

Summary: As libraries continue to acquire more electronic resources and open access content for their collections, the integrated library system is no longer sufficient to connect users with all the relevant research available. Discovery services and discovery layers have emerged as a solution to that problem, allowing users to simultaneously search local catalog holdings, licensed databases, electronic journal subscriptions, and more. This session will first present an overview of discovery services, discovery layer features and practical questions to consider when evaluating discovery products. Then, hear how Lancaster Theological Seminary chose EBSCO Discovery Service, integrated it with Koha ILS, and taught patrons how to use it.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to compare leading discovery layers and assess whether a particular discovery layer is right for their library.

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Backing Library Services with Open Source Applications – Leading Edge Libraries

Backing Library Services with Open Source Applications – Leading Edge Libraries

This presentation was shared at the Leading Edge Libraries Conference, hosted by the Florida-Caribbean Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, on September 21, 2017.

Summary: There is a common misperception that a librarian needs to have well developed computer and technology skills in order to successfully adopt open source solutions in the library. More often than not, a librarian with intermediate computer skills can begin to implement open source. Hear from a librarian who started with basic web design and coding skills and went on to lead the migrations and/or adoptions of at least five major open source applications including integrated library systems, learning management systems, and institutional repositories. This session will discuss how to evaluate an open source solution, consider the costs of implementing open source, and introduce a variety of open source applications in use at Lancaster Theological Seminary.  

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to identify appropriate open source solutions for their contexts, analyze the cost/benefit of open source solutions compared to proprietary solutions, and formulate a plan to implement an open source solution. 

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