What systems do we integrate with?

OpenAthens is designed to integrate with existing systems and directories such as Microsoft Azure, G Suite, OneLog, Shibboleth, CAS, SirsiDynix, OKTA, Ping Identity, and many more.

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How to connect to your local directory

OpenAthens101: local directory connection

Our educational video explains what a local directory is, why it’s important, how to setup integration of OpenAthens and access technical support.

Connections

If your organization already has a user directory storing user account and usernames and passwords, OpenAthens is able to connect securely with this data. With these tools and our detailed documentation single sign-on is easily established along with the benefits of the OpenAthens administrative area. Some of the options are listed below.

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  1. SAML

    OpenAthens can connect to SAML sources such as Microsoft Azure, Google Apps, OneLog, Shibboleth, and others so that you do not have to issue personal accounts for your users. As well as the ability to use local accounts instead of maintaining a separate set of credentials, access to federated resources that already involve discovery (identifying the users’ home organization) will take the user directly to your SAML login.

  2. ADFS

    Connect directly to ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services) so that you do not have to issue personal accounts for your users. As well as the ability to use local accounts instead of maintaining a separate set of credentials, access to federated resources that already involve discovery (identifying the users’ home organization) will take the user directly to your ADFS login.

  3. LDAP

    Connect directly to an LDAP server so that you do not have to issue personal accounts for your users. Anything that uses standard LDAP protocols is acceptable so this works well with ActiveDirectory too. As well as the ability to use local accounts instead of maintaining a separate set of credentials, access to federated resources that already involve discovery (identifying the users’ home organization) will take the user directly to your LDAP login at our authentication point – no further discovery is required.

  4. API

    The OpenAthens local authentication API can be used to log your users into the system based on credentials stored in any system you can gain programmatic access to.  You will be required to implement some code at your end.

  5. SirsiDynix

    OpenAthens can connect to a SirsiDynix system using its Symphony or Horizon API so that you do not have to issue personal accounts for your users.

  6. CAS

    OpenAthens can connect to CAS (Client Access Server) so that you do not have to issue personal accounts for your users. You will need a CAS server with SAML support enabled.

"The ease of use and flexibility of OpenAthens has been invaluable to Aston University in enabling us to transform the service we provide to students, staff and our partner institutions."

Information resources specialist, Aston University

Custom resources and applications

Many organizations have set up their own instances of platforms and applications that have SAML access management protocols built into the system. Our software allows organizations to establish a single sign-on session that will include these individual apps including G Suite and VLEs (virtual learning environments) like Moodle or Blackboard. These are just some of the applications we work with…

 

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Examples of library systems integrations

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How Lean Library integration simplifies user journeys

Lean Library is a powerful browser plug-in that reliably and seamlessly extends the library resources, services and branding directly into the users’ workflow, wherever they are. Learn how Lean Library integrates with OpenAthens to transform the remote access experience for your users.

Read about our work with Lean Library
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Chalmers University Library creates easy access for walk-in users

Hear how Chalmers University of Technology integrated OpenAthens with EBSCO’s FOLIO open-source library service to increase ease of access and support logins for various user groups, including community walk-in users.

Hear how OpenAthens and FOLIO work together
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Clarkson College transforms library services

OpenAthens integrated into OneLogin in just one hour to provide transparent single sign-on authentication to library resources. The director of library services handled all content and publisher set up herself, calling on OpenAthens and EBSCO when she needed advice.

Read the Clarkson College case study

EBSCO resources

Take control of your online medical resource portal

EBSCO webinar - take control of your online medical resource portal

EBSCO library services engineer, Cameron Thomas, demonstrates how EBSCO discovery service, OpenAthens and Stacks work together.

Listen to EBSCO's webinar replay

Exploring digital library solutions for TAFE, polytechnic, college and specialized libraries

EBSCO webinar - exploring digital library solutions

Technical and further education (TAFE), polytechnics, colleges and specialized libraries face unique challenges in Australia and New Zealand. In this blog and video, EBSCO’s  library service engineer, Cameron Thomas, examines the library technology best suited for this environment and shows how EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), OpenAthens and Stacks provide a positive user experience.

Read the EBSCO blog
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Want to see how to connect OpenAthens with third-party apps?

OpenAthens can interact with many systems and applications. Take a look at our library onboarding guide and documentation for help on how to set up those interactions.

Read our library onboarding guide
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What publishers and service providers are we compatible with?

Search our database of publishers and service providers that are compatible with the OpenAthens service. Filter on those that are in identity federations, or compatible with the OpenAthens Redirector or managed proxy.

Search for compatible providers

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