[Eril-l] Guest access while on-site w/ OpenAthens: what do your login screens look like?

Adrian Graham adrian.graham at austincc.edu
Mon Mar 9 11:24:38 PDT 2020

Hi, all!

We're yet another library system that is making the switch to OpenAthens
from EZproxy. :)
Okta is providing the link to our user data.

I'm still trying to wrap my head around how OA handles library guests'
("walk-ins") ability to access our licensed e-resources while on site. We
currently don't ask our on-site guests to login to library databases, as is
the nature of EZ proxy.

As I understand it, every OA user must have some sort of credentials in
order to access OA authenticated e-resources. No problem! We can make our
own credentials in OA admin.

And even though our on-site computers use dynamic IPs and not static ones,
EBSCO (who is managing our implementation) says that "a user account
created in OpenAthens Admin can be limited to specific IP ranges ("Access
Account <https://docs.openathens.net/display/public/MD/Add+-+Access+account>


But we've been informed that a caveat with an Access Account is that guest
users cannot log in on the same Okta login page as everyone else, so we
would have to present all users with 2 options when they first start an
OpenAthens session:

   - Log in with institutional credentials
   - Log in with a guest account

Or we could add our campus IP ranges to the redirector bypass settings
but that seems to miss one of the main points for us of switching to OA?

OA libraries -- do use access accounts? Or do you bypass on your IP network?

What do your login screens look like? Link or screenshot me, please? In
particular, is anyone offering two login options? One for affiliated users
and one for guests?

In general, any advice regarding guest on-site usage of e-resources is much


~ Adrian

Adrian Graham, MSIS
e-Resources Librarian / Associate Professor
Austin Community College - South Austin Campus
1820 W Stassney LN, Austin, TX 78745
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