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Posted August 9, 2019

OpenAthens Update (August 2019)

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Thank you for all your hard work, great questions, and patience as we work with OpenAthens and EBSCO to tackle one of our most challenging goals: Make authentication as easy as possible.

Our goal to complete as many higher education institutions as possible before the fall semester was ambitious. We recently completed implementation for six USG institutions over a two-week period, and we continue to gain momentum.

What is taking so long?

There are many moving parts and partnerships in any large-scale systems implementation. With this project, delays generally fall into three categories:

  1. Gaining third party vendor cooperation in the resource activation process
  2. Getting essential information (collections, connections)
  3. Technology troubleshooting

Where are we now?

Implementations are complete for our pilot institutions, and work is underway with the University System of Georgia institutions.

Live with OpenAthens (or very near):

Brief update per library type:

More Need-to-Know Info
Our team is working with EBSCO and OpenAthens soon to set tentative go live dates for the remaining academic institutions. As soon as those dates are set, each institution will be updated. Once we begin public and school library implementations, we will have a much better idea of timelines. For more information, please review the information on the GALILEO OpenAthens Implementation Guide or contact us.