Influence Change By Wrestling With Issues of Authentication, Access & Security, May 22-23, Baltimore, MD

Wrestling with Issues of User Authentication and Access? You Cannot Afford to Miss This NISO Event. Engage with Your Peers in Crafting the Best Possible Solution!

Digital Libraries: Authentication, Access & Security for Information Resources
Location:  The Grand, 225 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Event Date:  May 22-23, 2018

Here is what some of our speakers will be addressing during the two-day event:

What if Libraries Designed RA21?

Confirmed Speaker: Jeremy Frumkin Executive Director, Research Technologies, University of Arizona Resource Allocation for the 21st Century, states that it is an “initiative aimed at optimizing protocols across key stakeholder groups, with a goal of facilitating a seamless user experience for consumers of scientific communication.” More specifically, RA21 focuses on the areas of network security and user privacy, and even more specifically, it really tries to focus on user authorization and authentication. RA21 is an effort that originated from the publishing industry and has engaged libraries through the mechanism of NISO. This talk looks at the goals of RA21 and imagines what the effort might look like had it originated from the library community, with follow-up engagement with publishers and other resource providers.

Exploring Identity and Library Resource Access Management at a Large Public Research University.

Confirmed Speaker: Todd Digby, Department Chair, Library Information Technology, University of Florida. This session will provide an overview of the current state of library resource access at the University of Florida. This will include examining the challenges of providing a robust and low barrier experience for both off-campus and on-campus users. Additionally, this session explores how campus-wide identity management efforts are influencing the approaches being used by libraries in providing access to electronic resources.

Authentication and Access of Licensed Content in Ohio: A Summary

Confirmed Speakers: Amy Pawlowski, Deputy Director, OhioLINK, and Mark Beadles, Chief Information Security Officer OARnet. OhioLINK has been purchasing electronic content on behalf of member libraries for over 20 years. In this capacity, OhioLINK has been helping our member libraries access licensed content in a variety of scenarios. To better understand the different technology circumstances at each of our institutions, OhioLINK recently surveyed member libraries. The survey included questions about authentication methods currently in place as well as libraries’ relationships with their campus IT department. This presentation will cover the results of the survey and outline areas where implementing a new method of authentication will be a challenge (technically and contractually) for libraries and their campus as a whole.

In Defense of the Proxy Server

Confirmed Speaker: Cody Hanson, Director, Web Development, University of Minnesota. A discussion of the benefits that libraries gain from direct control of authorization and authentication to licensed electronic resources through the management of a proxy server. Topics will include privacy, security, business intelligence, and user experience.


Attend this NISO Connections Live event and be an active participant in ensuring that any recommended set of solutions are based on library principles and goals, with regard to privacy, interoperability and unencumbered access.

This event is intended to bring together the broadest possible spectrum of stakeholders from the information community to address every group’s concerns. The complexity of satisfying the needs of all constituencies deserves an intensive face-to-face discussion and *your* voice is needed.

Housing Accommodations: All attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations. There is no room block associated with the event. Convenient accommodations may be found at:

Embassy Suites Inner Harbor
Lord Baltimore Hotel
– Brookshire Suites Inner Harbor

To register by credit card for this on-site event, use this link.

NISO Member Rates
Voting and LSA Members, verify your status here.
Regular: $475.00

Non-Member Rates: Regular $525.00, Student $325.00

Have questions? Contact NISO!
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 302
Baltimore, MD 21211-1948
Phone: +1.301.654.2512

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