What is Single Sign-On (SSO)?

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What is single sign-on or SSO. It is an
authentication method that allows users to log into multiple resources and
applications with one set of credentials. It can increase usage of your electronic
resources by making it easier and quicker for users to log in. With SAML
SSO a session is created the first time a user logs in with their institutional
account. The main perk of SAML is that users can authenticate and personalize
easily without the need to transmit any personal data over the web. Users will
only need to authenticate once per session unless they switch browsers,
clear cookies, or use a new device. It works when users access resources
through a discovery service portal page or if they go directly to a specific
provider site. SSO can support automatic
personalization where end users have immediate access to
their personal folder and settings when logging in. It does not rely on the
user’s location or an IP address. Typically single sign-on is managed by
an institution’s IT team, decentralizing the library’s ability to manage access
to their subscriptions OpenAthens puts that control back in the library’s hands
OpenAthens is an identity and access management platform that provides an SSO
user experience for all compatible library resources including those that
use proxy IP and federated access. It can link to your current user directory
system or be used to store and maintain your user list. OpenAthens also offers
insight into when your users are logging in and which providers they are
accessing. Libraries using OpenAthens have access to usage reports that help
them make informed resource investments. For more information about OpenAthens
visit, www.ebsco.com/openathens.

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