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The MIT Press joins the OpenAthens Federation

20 October 2022 • Michael Smith, marketing officer

Libraries now benefit from a more secure and seamless user experience when accessing MIT Press journals.

We're delighted to announce that the MIT Press has joined the OpenAthens Federation. Our secure cloud-based service provides a fast and reliable connection to digital content which will help extend the reach of MIT Press content to more library customers globally.

What is the OpenAthens federation?

We provide federated single sign-on to library resources from any country or sector. Many libraries are increasingly turning to federated single sign-on because it is secure, stable, and scalable, especially compared to IP recognition. Thanks to the new partnership, 200 mutual MIT Press and OpenAthens library customers now benefit from a more secure and seamless user experience when accessing MIT Press journals.

As more libraries adopt our single sign-on it will reduce time on setup for access to publisher resources. This is a massive benefit to both libraries and publishers in terms of scaling up secure access to services.

Hear about the benefits of joining the OpenAthens federation

“We’ve seen an increase in customer demand for federated single sign-on access to library resources. We are pleased that our library partners will now benefit from OpenAthens’ superior user experience and granular usage statistics.”

Nick Lindsay, director of journals and open access, the MIT Press.

“We see the most usage increases for resources on publisher platforms such as MIT Press that support federated single sign-on. This is because our library users often start their search for a specific article using Google rather than a library webpage, then simply log in using their institutional credentials.”

Brian Erb, director of library support and training, Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative.

“We’re delighted to welcome MIT Press to the OpenAthens Federation. Our library community will gain huge value from our collaboration. As we continue to grow, even more libraries can look forward to accessing MIT Press content in a more secure and seamless way. We’ve also enjoyed working with Silverchair who have contributed so much to this industry and were key to successfully onboarding the MIT Press.”

Kieran Prince, business development manager, OpenAthens.
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