We are very excited to announce that our library is in the process of implementing OpenAthens authentication. This will replace our former platform, EZProxy. It will affect all users of library electronic resources.
OpenAthens is an access management platform, allowing libraries to enable and monitor access to subscribed online content. Access and authentication are managed simply, securely and effectively while providing insight and data that supports the information needs of the institution.
We ask for your patience on May 11 as we complete this transition. A few glitches may be expected especially in the morning.
There will be no change to the number of resources the library subscribes to, so you should still be able to continue with your work and research with very little disruption to your workflow. One exception is the bookshelf in Proquest Ebook Central. Users who use this feature in Proquest Ebook Central will have their accounts reset and will have to download their e-books again.
Once you login with Tyndale login credentials, you will still be able to access your favourite online resource platforms both on and off-site, giving you the flexibility to start your research wherever you are.
The library will continue to provide an IP authentication service, there will be no change to the way you access online resources when on-site.
For off-site authentication to the publishers’ platforms, you will still be able to use your same Tyndale credentials (username and password). You will only need to authenticate once to start an 8-hour long OpenAthens session. During that time, you will not be asked to authenticate again regardless of the number of different content platforms you visit.
Starting at the library website:
When you connect to a library online resource from the library web site, this will start an OpenAthens session. This will still be active even if you continue your research via Google.
Navigate your way to your favorite online resource platform. The experience on the different platforms can vary but on some of the most popular platforms, you will have an option to log in with OpenAthens. Select your institution from a list and enter your Tyndale username and password.
Some platforms may ask you to select your federation when logging in, so please select OpenAthens Federation if needed.
If you haven’t authenticated already you can do so after your Google search. You will be able to access any resource in the search results as long as the Tyndale Library subscribes to it. To access the resource you will need to select login with OpenAthens, select your institution from the list, and enter your Tyndale username and password.
The disadvantage of this method is that you may come across a resource which your library does not subscribe to. In that case, OpenAthens will not allow access.
OpenAthens uses a different technology to manage access to resources, which will change the syntaxes of the links currently in use to allow seamless user authentication. To update links, make sure you have started an OpenAthens session and bookmark or copy-paste your updated link.
If you have any issues, please get in touch with your library staff, they will be able to help you. Go to https://tyndale.libanswers.com/