[Eril-l] Publishers automatically turning on SSO - is this a good or bad thing?

Sunshine Carter scarter at umn.edu
Fri Mar 27 14:16:59 PDT 2020

I agree with you... it's not something we want to do either.  Additionally,
our SSO is controlled centrally for the entire system, so there is no
differentiation between campuses in our SSO. Turning on SSO for one, turns
it on for all (and maybe, in the current situation, the vendor doesn't
care). So without knowing how SSO will control access, it doesn't seem wise
for vendors to equate SSO with their expected access control.
Sunshine Carter
Interim Collection Development Officer & Electronic Resources Librarian |
University Libraries | lib.umn.edu
University of Minnesota | umn.edu | 612-625-5615
she, her, hers

On Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 4:06 PM Loder, Julie L <julie.loder at vanderbilt.edu>

> I just received a note from a publisher who automatically turned on
> federated authentication. We use EZ Proxy and for a variety of reasons,
> have intentionally not enabled this on publisher sites. What are your
> thoughts on publishers doing this automatically? I am especially frustrated
> because they emailed with an offer 2 weeks ago and I purposefully did not
> respond. Then they emailed again recently requiring an opt-out and I opted
> out. Turns out, they did it anyway. I believe this is more confusing to
> users when only a few are setup this way and of course, more things for us
> to troubleshoot and manage. Campus IT handles SSO for us and they really do
> not need extra work or complaints right now.
> Julie
> Julie Loder
> Director, Library Acquisitions & Eresources
> Vanderbilt University
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