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Thursday, November 7 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Introducing the Coalition for Seamless Access: delivering a simpler, privacy-preserving access experience

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Managing access to subscribed services in an era of abundance is a major challenge for libraries. Users have come to expect a seamless, personalized experience on their mobile devices, but traditional approaches to access management force librarians to choose between the anonymous ease of onsite IP authentication or the access friction experienced by users authenticating across multiple resources with Single Sign-On.

Building on the work of the RA21 initiative, a recent NISO Recommended Practice on Improved Access to Institutionally-Provided Information Resources charts a way forward. It will enable libraries to provide seamless, privacy-preserving and one-click access to its subscribed content from any device, any location, and from any starting point in the research process.

The implementation of these recommendations will be led by the Coalition for Seamless Access, starting with a beta phase implementation in the fall of 2019. But how is user and data privacy protected? How is access simplified? How will numerous library use case scenarios be accommodated, and will current accessibility standards be implemented and supported?

In this session, we’ll discuss how these concerns are being addressed by a consortium of industry partners including librarians, access providers, publishers, and standards organizations. We’ll also discuss how the coalition will manage this service for publishers and libraries while continuing to improve this user experience, provide governance on data policy and privacy issues, and maintain core web services specific to this initiative.

Our speakers have decades of experience in librarianship and the provision of access to scholarly information and are grounded in creating and implementing practical solutions to library access issues. There will also be a demonstration of this service with time provided for Q&A.

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John Felts

Head of Information Technology and Collections, Coastal Carolina University
John is currently the Head of Information Technology and Collections at Coastal Carolina University.  He has worked in academic library technology for over 30 years and is a former patent holder and co-founder of Journal Finder, the first OpenURL Resolver and knowledge base to go... Read More →
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Tim Lloyd

CEO, LibLynx
Tim Lloyd is founder and CEO of LibLynx, a company providing Identity, Access & Analytics solutions for online resources. His career spans several decades in a variety of product development and operational roles in online publishing, with a particular focus on developing innovative... Read More →
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Emily Singley

Head Librarian, Systems & Applications, Boston College
I manage library technology at a mid-sized University in the Boston area. I'm interested in how users access and navigate library systems, and am an active member of the Coalition for Seamless Access project.

Thursday November 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:10pm EST
Cypress Ballroom North, Courtyard Marriott Hotel 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401