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Authentication Management


EZproxy connects users to e-content with a single sign on.

Authentication is an important issue for libraries and information seekers – certain library resources require authorised access, while remote information seekers want access without obstacles. EZproxy connects to many content providers, including OCLC, EBSCO, Gale and others. It also connects to a wide variety of authentication services, including LDAP, SIP and Shibboleth, which reduces the number of authorisations and passwords users need to remember. Users gain secure remote access to the Web-based, licensed content they discover in libraries.

The benefits of EZproxy

  • EZproxy works by dynamically altering the URLs within the Web pages provided by your database vendor. The URLs of these Web pages are changed to reflect your EZproxy server instead, causing your users to return to the EZproxy server as they access links on these Web pages. The result is a seamless access environment for your users without the need for proxy configuration on the user’s client
  • More and more users are working remotely. EZproxy configures access so that your users’ interaction and engagement with the library is the same, wherever they happen to be and whatever time of day they choose to work
  • As eContent represents an ever-growing proportion of a library’s budget, it is now more important than ever to invest in robust and trusted technology, to ensure that you are getting optimal usage of these resources. EZproxy is the market leading authentication software having sold to 4000 institutions worldwide
  • The setup process is secure and transparent to users, there is no requirement for users to change their browser settings or reconfigure their PCs. It is all done behind the scenes, meaning that a user will be seamlessly connected to content without multiple barriers being put in their way
  • Password confusion is removed. EZproxy can be configured with the main authentication services – LDAP, SIP and Shibboleth, so the user doesn’t have to remember multiple passwords

For more information on EZproxy, visit the OCLC website.