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Subtle change in resource access will reap time-saving rewards

Following our recent migration to OpenAthens, some links in our catalog are not redirecting as expected. If you have trouble, try the A-Z Databases list or contact one of our librarians. We are working with the vendor to get this resolved as quickly as possible.

An upgrade to the UofSC Libraries authentication process will take place during Summer 2022. Following the lead of other academic libraries, the UofSC Libraries has chosen OpenAthens as its new authentication method.

“OpenAthens is a more convenient and time-saving option that should require fewer sign-ins when switching between resources. Many users may not even notice a difference when they access library resources,” says Kathy Snediker, a Research and Instruction Librarian and member of the Libraries’ OpenAthens implementation team. “The main change is that users will be prompted to login both on and off campus.”

The new system will go live on May 9, but bookmarks and other links will continue to work until the previous system is retired later this year. This approach will give our users time to adjust to the transition, and give us time to address questions and provide support.

Why is the authentication system being changed?

OpenAthens ensures that access and authentication are managed simply and securely by using one set of login credentials for all library resources and applications. You can sign-in once, and OpenAthens conveniently remembers your login for up to eight hours.

How will the move to OpenAthens affect how I access resources through the UofSC Libraries?

Your login information will not change, and you can continue to use links from the library’s website and Find It @ UofSC Libraries catalog. Switching to OpenAthens provides an additional access option outside of the Libraries’ system. If you are searching online and find an article, you can login using OpenAthens right from the publisher’s site. If we have a subscription, you will have immediate access.

Can you help me make the transition?

We’re here to help you reset your bookmarks and update links in your syllabus or other course materials. For assistance, reach out to your Subject Librarian or use the Ask a Librarian live chat.

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