01 October 2008 News Releases

Serials Solutions® 360 Search Federated Search Service Now Offers Single-Sign On for Shibboleth and Athens Authentication Methods

Serials Solutions has announced Single Sign-On (SSO) access control for the Serials Solutions® 360 Search federated search service.

Serials Solutions has announced Single Sign-On (SSO) access control for the Serials Solutions® 360 Search federated search service. The SSO authentication capability ensures that librarians can serve their remote users with the same level of consideration and access as they do local users.

Many subscription resources now are protected using Athens or Shibboleth authentication methods and 360 Search is compatible with both. When SSO is activated in 360 Search, library users only have to authenticate once per browsing session and are able to easily move between the 360 Search interface and native resource interfaces without re-entering login information.

In a recent implementation at the London School of Economics, 360 Search was configured as a Shibboleth-protected service, enabling the library to prompt users to enter their SSO login in order to access the service.

“Serials Solutions is committed to helping librarians provide easy access to their library’s resources,” says Stephen DiStasio, Product Manager for Serials Solutions. “SSO makes it easier for users to access the full breadth of their institutions’ electronic collections and services, whether they are a remote or local user.”

Michael Fake, ILS systems manager at LSE, says “We are very pleased by Serials Solutions’ prompt implementation of 360 Search and the development of Single Sign-On for the benefit of our users. What we’ve seen so far has exceeded our expectations.”

In the past, methods of authenticating remote users have put institutions at risk of violating terms of use for some resources because of these methods’ lack of access control. Single Sign-On capability in 360 Search enables institutions to offer electronic resources to all of their users with confidence. For more information on enabling Athens or Shibboleth in 360 Search, call 1-866-SERIALS or email 360@serialssolutions.com.

About Serials Solutions

Founded in 2000 by a librarian for librarians, Serials Solutions is the global leader in E-Resource Access and Management Services (ERAMS) that serves more than 2,000 libraries of all sizes and types. Serials Solutions® KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase, is the foundation for Serials Solutions® 360, the only complete and integrated e-resource access and management solution.

Serials Solutions also is the exclusive source for Ulrichs™ Global Serials Intelligence and represents the AquaBrowser Library® unified discovery interface in the academic market in North America. The WebFeat® federated search service recently acquired by ProQuest soon will be incorporated into the Serials Solutions family of access and discovery services.

Serials Solutions provides fast implementation, easy customization, and outstanding value to libraries throughout the world. For more information, please visit www.serialssolutions.com or call 1-866-SERIALS. Serials Solutions is a business unit of ProQuest LLC.

About ProQuest

ProQuest provides seamless access to and navigation of more than 125 billion digital pages of the world’s scholarship, delivering it to the desktop and into the workflow of serious researchers in multiple fields, from arts, literature, and social science to science, technology, and medicine.  ProQuest is part of the Cambridge Information Group.

ProQuest’s vast content pools are available to researchers through libraries of all types and include the world’s largest digital newspaper archive, periodical databases comprising the output of more than 9,000 titles and spanning more than 500 years, the pre-eminent dissertation collection, and various other scholarly collections. Users access the information through the ProQuest®  and CSA Illumina™ online information systems, Chadwyck-Healey™ electronic and microform resources, UMI® microform and print reference products, eLibrary® and SIRS® educational resources, Ulrich’s® Serials Analysis System, COS Scholar Universe, and Serials Solutions® resource management tools. Through the expertise of business units Serials Solutions and COS, ProQuest provides technological tools that allow researchers and libraries to better manage and use their information resources. For more information, visit www.proquest.com, www.proquest.co.uk, and www.csa.com.