Access and Identity Management for Libraries: Controlling by Masha Garibyan, Simon McLeish, John Paschoud

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By Masha Garibyan, Simon McLeish, John Paschoud

Practical assistance to making sure that your clients can entry and personalise the web assets they're entitled to take advantage of with the minimal of fuss.
With the speedy raise within the use of digital assets in libraries, dealing with entry to on-line details is a space many librarians fight with. Managers of on-line details desire to enforce regulations approximately who can entry the data and lower than what phrases and prerequisites yet usually they want extra guidance. 
Written by means of specialists within the box, this useful booklet is the 1st to give an explanation for the foundations in the back of entry administration, the to be had applied sciences and the way they paintings. This contains an outline of federated entry administration applied sciences, comparable to Shibboleth, that experience received expanding foreign attractiveness in recent times. This publication presents targeted case experiences describing how entry administration is being applied at organizational and nationwide degrees within the united kingdom, united states and Europe, and offers a realistic advisor to the assets on hand to aid plan, enforce and function entry administration in libraries. 
Key issues include:
  • what is entry administration and why do libraries do it?
  • electronic assets: public and never so public
  • principles and definitions of id and entry management
  • current entry administration technologies
  • authentication technologies
  • authorization in accordance with actual location
  • authorization in line with consumer identification or affiliation
  • federated entry: heritage, present place and destiny developments
  • internet entry supplied by way of (or in) libraries
  • library statistics
  • the company case for libraries.  

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The username will not necessarily be the same as the unique user identifier mentioned above, but is likely to be more memorable and composed of, for example, the users’ own name and initials. A user password should ideally be known only to the individual whose it is, and should be unknown to library or any other staff involved in issuing it. Passwords should not even be ‘known’ to the computer systems which issue them in the first place or those that can recognize and verify them when used. How this can be done is explained in more detail in Chapter 5.

Another issue is that sometimes participating libraries use different definitions for their user groups and may need to agree on common user definitions before they can proceed with the agreement (Lynch, 1998, 4). The same applies to other joint agreements, for example resource sharing. Licensing open content An altogether different aspect of licensing that libraries may have to deal with is licensing open content. As discussed earlier in this chapter, many institutions now have digital repositories, which means that the library has to act as an online publisher.

Obligations to protect personal data about users A library, like most other organizations holding personal information in most countries of the world, will have legal obligations to deal with that information in fair and reasonable ways. In the UK the relevant legislation is the Data Protection Act 1998 (The National Archives, 2011). This is based on the requirements of the European Directive on Data Protection (EUR-Lex, 1995) and parallel legislation imposing broadly similar responsibilities on ‘data controllers’ is in force in all countries of the European Union.

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