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Access to Online Resources

A Guide for the Modern Librarian

  • Provides a quick and accessible introduction to online access management

  • Demystifies the technology of web authentication and authorization for online resource access

  • Includes 60-second diagnostics for basic troubleshooting

Table of contents (1 chapter)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-VII
  2. Chapters

    • Kristina Botyriute
    Pages 1-39Open Access
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 41-42

About this book

This book is published open access under a CC BY 4.0 licence.The book offers a concise guide for librarians, helping them understand the challenges, processes and technologies involved in managing access to online resources. After an introduction the book presents cases of general authentication and authorisation. It helps readers understand web based authentication and provides the fundamentals of IP address recognition in an easy to understand manner. A special chapter is dedicated to Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), followed by an overview of the key concepts of OpenID Connect. The book concludes with basic troubleshooting guidelines and recommendations for further assistance. 

Librarians will benefit from this quick and easy read, which demystifies the technologies used, features real-life scenarios, and explains how to competently employ authentication and access management.


  • access management
  • online resources
  • library technology
  • access protocols
  • identity management
  • authentication
  • authorisation
  • SAML
  • troubleshooting online access
  • open access


“Access to Online Resources is visually attractive, with numerous photographs, graphs, and pullout boxes featuring key points and definitions. … The text is written in a conversational, informal style, and examples are easy to read and relatable. The bibliography offers several resources for those wanting to learn more.” (Kristina Botyriute, Online Searcher, Vol. 43(1), January-February, 2019)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Open Athens, Eduserv, Bath, UK

    Kristina Botyriute

About the author

Kristina Botyriute is an International Technical Pre-Sales Consultant for OpenAthens with the determined mission to make the librarian's job easier. Through her daily interactions with libraries across a variety of environments all over the globe, she makes it her duty to help librarians achieve their goals. Real-world experiences have developed an acute awareness of the gap in knowledge for understanding available and emerging technologies. Bridging that gap is the natural starting point on the journey to improve the capability and confidence for librarians of all backgrounds; this book is the result of Kristina's resolute approach to solving the problems her customers face every day.

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