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OpenAthens receives Platinum distinction in 2021 Modern Library Awards (MLAs) from LibraryWorks

14 January 2021 • Jane Charlton, senior marketing manager - community and content

We are thrilled to announce that we have received a Platinum Distinction at LibraryWorks’ seventh annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs) in 2021. LibraryWorks created the MLAs to recognize top products and services in the library industry.

About the process

The award process is in a truly unbiased format. Each judge scored the product on a numeric basis from 1-10 on a series of questions relating to functionality, value, customer service and more. An organization must score in the top 2% to achieve a Platinum Distinction.

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Previous award wins

The Platinum Distinction follows-on from our win of Product of the Year at the 2020 MLAs.

Commercial director, Jon Bentley, said:

“We are delighted to be recognised with a Platinum Distinction at the 2021 Modern Library Awards. This is the third year running we have been highly honored at the MLAs. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication our team give to enabling easy access to knowledge.”

We provide a simple single sign-on and access management solution for librarians and publishers across a range of organizations and industries. Over 2,600 libraries globally now use our product.

Its prominent capabilities include:

  • Delivering access management for publishers, platforms and applications so that millions of students, researchers and professionals worldwide can engage with the resources they need.
  • Providing simple single sign-on to enable learners and researchers to access a variety of resources in the same session, without having to re-enter their credentials.
  • Supplying organizations with usage statistics using sophisticated reporting tools to enable libraries to analyze resource engagement and different user groups for budgeting and content licensing purposes.

Jenny Newman, publisher and MLAs 2021 program manager said:

“It’s hardly a surprise that OpenAthens scored so well. They’ve been at the forefront of the industry since their company entered the market in 1995. “They were awarded Product of the Year in 2020 and now a Platinum Distinction. OpenAthens impressed judges with its continued professionalism and dedication to customer service, functionality and product quality.”

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Our story

OpenAthens has been providing remote access and authentication solutions for over 25 years. Used worldwide by over 2,600 academic, healthcare, corporate research libraries, publishers, and service providers to provide access to knowledge. We’re based in the UK and are a part of Jisc.

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