Access and Identity Management for Libraries: Controlling access to online information (Paperback)
  • Access and Identity Management for Libraries: Controlling access to online information (Paperback)

Access and Identity Management for Libraries: Controlling access to online information (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 31/10/2013
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Practical guidance to ensuring that your users can access and personalise the online resources they are entitled to use with the minimum of fuss.
With the rapid increase in the use of electronic resources in libraries, managing access to online information is an area many librarians struggle with. Managers of online information wish to implement policies about who can access the information and under what terms and conditions but often they need further guidance.
Written by experts in the field, this practical book is the first to explain the principles behind access management, the available technologies and how they work. This includes an overview of federated access management technologies, such as Shibboleth, that have gained increasing international recognition in recent years. This book provides detailed case studies describing how access management is being implemented at organizational and national levels in the UK, USA and Europe, and gives a practical guide to the resources available to help plan, implement and operate access management in libraries.
Key topics include: what is access management and why do libraries do it?electronic resources: public and not so publicprinciples and definitions of identity and access managementcurrent access management technologiesauthentication technologiesauthorization based on physical locationauthorization based on user identity or affiliationfederated access: history, current position and future developmentsinternet access provided by (or in) librarieslibrary statisticsthe business case for libraries. Readership: This is essential reading for all who need to understand the principles behind access management or implement a working system in their library.

Publisher: Facet Publishing
ISBN: 9781856045889
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 191 g
Dimensions: 232 x 156 x 17 mm

"...provides an excellent, well-organized overview of the structures, protocols, and skills necessary for controlling online access to proprietary information resources. The book, including introduction, glossary, appendices, and index, is just slightly over 250 pages long and presents the topic in a logical manner with an appropriate level of detail and useful, real-world examples."
-- Journal of Access Services
"The combination of theoretical explanation and analysis, real-world case studies, and historical background in the form of the Lynch paper lends variety and interest to a fairly dry topic. Chapters are concise and to the point, and a glossary of terms proves helpful in navigating the myriad acronyms involved. Of some surprise is a lack of discussion of LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol), which is mentioned only in passing. On the whole, however, the book is exhaustive in its treatment of the subject, and it is recommended for readers who wish to better understand access and identity management and implement associated technologies in their libraries." -- Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

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