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Introducing Our New Authentication System: OpenAthens

by Christian Sammartino on 2019-01-07T14:06:00-05:00 | Comments

This morning the library launched a new authentication system called OpenAthens. It is a single sign-on authentication method for our electronic library resources. What does this mean? - All users (students, staff, faculty) will be prompted to log-in when using a library electronic resource from both on and off campus starting Monday, January 7th. This will be a soft-launch with full implementation for January 22nd, 2019.

 

  • Will there be problems?
    • We do not anticipate many problems or difficulties. Millersville and Kutztown have successfully implemented this service with a smooth transition.
       
  • What if I do encounter a problem?
    • Please report problems or difficulties accessing library resources to Kerry Walton [kwalton2@wcupa.edu | 610-436-3453].
       
  • Is there a new URL for resources?
    • In many cases, yes, there is a new URL or proxy prefix for resources. If you have resources linked in D2L or other locations, please get in touch with Kerry Walton for the new link.
       
  • Why are we changing?
    • Smoother log-in process that looks the same no matter where you are.
    • We will now have the ability to manage our e-resources directly with authentication which will assist with troubleshooting and prevent delays.
    • There is granular level usage data that is going to be extremely beneficial in assessing our e-resources.

Below you will find a an image of what you will see when logging in. Once you select WCU, you will be directed to WCU’s authentication log-in page.

 


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