NetLibrary, a division of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., and a platform for eContent to libraries worldwide, has introduced a new authentication solution that will allow libraries to extend access to remote users.
With NetLibrary Authentication Server, librarians can now manage remote access to their NetLibrary collections using their existing Integrated Library System (ILS). Library users will be able to login and access NetLibrary eContent with their library ID or bar code. NetLibrary Authentication Server authenticates against most databases and is compatible will all major integrated library systems that utilize SIP2 and patron API protocols. Supported ILSs include Innovative Interfaces, SirsiDynix, DRA, The Library Corporation, Carl, and VTLS. The software offers built-in security control features that allow libraries to restrict usage based on stored user data that includes branch, card type, fines on card, and more. In addition, subscribing libraries will have access to usage reports that provide reporting tools for capturing and analyzing usage data.
NetLibrary Authentication Server is currently offered for sale in the United States and Canada, and will be available worldwide within the next few months. Initial purchase price and annual maintenance fee is based on full time equivalents (FTE) for academic and special libraries and annual circulation for public libraries.