Access and identity management for libraries : controlling by Masha Garibyan, Simon McLeish, John Paschoud

By Masha Garibyan, Simon McLeish, John Paschoud

With the quick raise within the use of digital assets in libraries, coping with entry to on-line details is a space many librarians fight with. This useful ebook is the 1st to provide an explanation for the rules in the back of entry administration, the on hand applied sciences and the way they paintings. It offers particular case reviews describing how entry administration is being applied at organizational and nationwide degrees within the united states and Europe, and serves as a realistic advisor to the assets to be had to aid plan, enforce and function entry administration in libraries

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While easy to set up, access control by IP address is lacking in the flexibility needed for the modern environment. While being a nice, easy solution for access from on campus, requiring little administration and no work from users once they are logged on to the campus network, it does not allow access from home users, or any means by which specific users or groups of users can be identified, thus barring the use of such services as personalization or access control at a more granular level than just ‘in’ or ‘out’.

Databases and search platforms As mentioned earlier, many electronic resources can be accessed directly via the original publisher’s website but it is often more convenient to navigate to a resource via an electronic database or a search platform. Libraries often buy access to protected electronic resources in bulk by subscribing to electronic databases in order to lower subscription costs. There are different types of online databases. Rowley (1998, 104; also in Rowley and Hartley, 2008, 27–8) suggests the following database types: 1 Reference databases, which refer the user to another source, such as a document or an organization for additional information, or for the full text of a document.

Managing access to electronic collections in the ‘global electronic information market’ (Steele, in Moyo, 2002, 48) faces a number of serious challenges. g. g. in law, medicine and engineering. Inevitably, the list covers a number of specific issues that relate to managing access in the electronic environment, including ‘access to information with no location barrier’, ’24-hour access to information’, ‘complexity of electronic licensing’ and ‘academic community reclaiming the copyright’, which are covered in this chapter.

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