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Friday, November 6 • 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Mitigating Madness: How We Authenticate & Authorize Users to Deliver Databases in a Contractually Complicated Context

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During the 2011 overhaul of the Mercer University Libraries website we developed an authentication system to interface with EZProxy and our campus Active Directory system that provides convenient management and delivery of our A-Z database listing. With multiple campuses and seven e-resource privilege groups, we were able to provide persistent URLs for databases to subject librarians, dynamic database lists based upon users’ access privileges, convenient integration with our Content Management System, and a simple backend management interface requiring little expertise to use.

We then sought to improve the situation by organizational and license simplification before our 2014 web site overhaul: We hired a dedicated Licensed Content Librarian and Systems and Technical Services personnel worked tirelessly to streamline our seven privilege groups into two by negotiation and policy changes. We then modified our workflows to encourage this simplicity.

Learn how Technical Services and Systems can design and create an in-house application to ease the dynamic delivery of database information, authentication, and access. Then see how we improved upon that system with organizational changes and better business practices.

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Jeremy Brown

Assistant Dean for Technical Services & Systems, Mercer University Library

Geoffrey Timms

Marine Resources Librarian, College of Charleston

Friday November 6, 2015 2:25pm - 3:10pm EST
Carolina Ballroom B, Francis Marion Hotel