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February 27, 2024

OpenAthens Cambridge University Press win UX Award 2024. OpenAthens announced Cambridge University Press as the winner of its UX Award 2024. Award organizer, Jane Charlton, declared Cambridge University Press the winner at OpenAthens' annual online Access Lab event on Monday 26 February for their Research Directions open access journal series. This year's panel judges chose Cambridge University Press as this year's winner as they clearly evidenced improvements to user experience. Judges were particularly impressed with the publisher's commitment to accessibility, user-centric approach and cross-team collaboration. Judges also highly commended their use of personae in product development and incorporation of user behavior data and feedback at each stage. [Full Announcement].

January 12, 2024

OpenAthens OpenAthens receives platinum in 2024 Modern Library Awards from LibraryWorks. OpenAthens, a leading single sign-on solution, announced it received a platinum award in LibraryWorks' tenth annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs) for the sixth consecutive year. The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry. Only customers with experience of these products and services were permitted to judge, resulting in a truly unbiased score. Each judge scored the product on a numeric basis from 1-10 on a series of questions regarding quality, functionality, value, and customer satisfaction. [Full Announcement].

December 7, 2023

OpenAthens Access Lab 2024 program announced. OpenAthens announced their Access Lab 2024 program, taking place 26 – 27 February 2024, online. This year's theme ‘Balancing values' examines the tension between balancing technological opportunities with the challenges they present for our community. Access Lab provides a safe space to explore, discuss and learn from your peers. This year, customers and partners came together to form a program group to help shape the program. You can expect to hear case studies, best practices and discussions to get you thinking about improvements you could make in your own organization. Along with plenty of advice and practical takeaways to help you along the way. [Full Announcement].

October 2, 2023

OpenAthens Applications open for OpenAthens UX Award 2024. OpenAthens launches its 2024 UX Award and invites publishers and other library service vendors of all sizes to apply by 17 November. Jane Charlton, senior marketing manager – community and content, will announce the winner at the online Access Lab event on 26 February 2024. OpenAthens UX Award showcases publishers and library service vendors that put users at the heart of their service design. All with the simple aim of providing easy access to content and services. Through this yearly award, OpenAthens aims to inspire publishers and other library service vendors to invest in user experience and deliver simple journeys to their content and services. [Full Announcement].

September 18, 2023

OpenAthens OpenAthens invites proposals for Access Lab 2024. OpenAthens announced that their 2024 online conference, Access Lab, will take place on 26 - 27 February 2024. You are invited to submit your session proposals for the conference program by Friday 3 November 2023. Access Lab is OpenAthens' annual international conference where libraries, publishers and library users meet to discuss challenges facing the information industry and find solutions to problems. The conference explores industry developments, provides real life case studies and holds topical panel discussions where you get the chance to ask the questions. [Full Announcement].

March 27, 2023

OpenAthens Ground News collaborates with OpenAthens to help students navigate a complex media environment. a state that has become the focus of national debates about the future of higher education, Florida State College at Jacksonville is empowering students to navigate the information landscape with a one-of-a-kind news platform. Ground News gives students access to more than 50,000 media sources from around the world and across the political spectrum. With just a click or swipe students can compare related articles to see what details are being emphasized, exaggerated or left out entirely. [Full Announcement].

March 21, 2023

OpenAthens Sage win OpenAthens UX award 2023. OpenAthens is proud to announce Sage as the winner of its Best publisher user experience (UX) award 2023. Sage was declared the winner at OpenAthens' annual online Access Lab event on Monday 20 March for their Research Methods resource. The panel of esteemed judges selected Sage as this year's winner for their commitment to usability and their holistic user-centric approach. [Full Announcement].

February 13, 2023

OpenAthens OpenAthens publishes global library user experience research. OpenAthens just published the findings from an important study into the challenges students and researchers face when they search for resources online. We hope our report and its recommendations will give librarians, publishers, network providers, utility companies and national governments impetus to work together to support the research journey better.We commissioned consultancy firm Digirati to carry out a qualitative study for us, talking to academic library users around the world for insights to help us develop our services. They explained their difficulties and described how they get around them. And crucially, they said what it means for their work when they can't do this satisfactorily. [Full Announcement].

February 9, 2023

OpenAthens OpenAthens announces Access Lab 2023 program. OpenAthens launched the program for Access Lab 2023. Access Lab is taking place from 20-23 March, online. With free sessions running at all hours of the day, we guarantee there will be something that works for you. [Full Announcement].

January 17, 2023

OpenAthens OpenAthens receives 5th platinum award in 2023 Modern Library Awards. OpenAthens announced that it won a platinum award in LibraryWorks' ninth annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs) and to be a 5th consecutive year honoree for this level of distinction. [Full Announcement].

December 13, 2022

OpenAthens Access Lab 2023 registration open. Registration for Access Lab 2023 is now live! Access Lab 2023 will take place from 20-23 March, online. With free sessions running at all hours of the day, it is guaranteed there will be something to suit your time zone. Access Lab provides a safe space to explore, discuss and learn from your peers. We have an online program packed full of case studies, best practice and discussions to get you thinking about improvements you could make in your organization. Along with plenty of advice and practical takeaways to help you along the way. [Full Announcement].

October 18, 2022

OpenAthens Join OpenAthens' leading industry conference to discuss challenges and opportunities across the globe. Are you a publisher or a librarian? Would you like the opportunity to discuss your challenges, with your peers and find solutions that could make your life easier? We are looking for speakers for Access Lab 2023. Access Lab is OpenAthens' international conference, which takes place each year in March. Over the past five years, libraries, providers and library users have been meeting at our annual event to discuss challenges facing the information industry. [Full Announcement].

October 14, 2022

OpenAthens MIT Press joins the OpenAthens Federation. The MIT Press is pleased to announce that it has joined the OpenAthens Federation. A secure cloud-based service that provides a fast and reliable connection to digital content, OpenAthens will help extend the reach of MIT Press content to more library customers globally.OpenAthens provides federated single sign-on to library resources from any country or sector. Many libraries are increasingly turning to federated single sign-on because it is secure, stable, and scalable, especially compared to IP recognition. Thanks to the new partnership, 200 mutual MIT Press and OpenAthens library customers now benefit from a more secure and seamless user experience when accessing MIT Press journals. [Full Announcement].

August 4, 2022

OpenAthens OpenAthens announces dedicated customer support team in Singapore. Single sign-on provider OpenAthens announced the recruitment of new support team members based in Singapore. The move comes as a direct result of an upsurge in demand for remote access to research materials in the Asia-Pacific region. [Full Announcement].

July 27, 2020

OpenAthens Exact Editions Subscriptions Now Accessible Through OpenAthens. Libraries who utilise OpenAthens can now access Exact Editions digital subscriptions through the service, allowing staff and students seamless access through their existing institutional accounts. [Full Announcement].

November 1, 2018

OpenAthens OpenAthens announces partnership with Macalester College and joins InCommon Federation as sponsored partner. Macalester College has chosen to work with OpenAthens, which provides federated identity and access management services to a global client base. As part of the relationship, Macalester College also supported OpenAthens in joining the InCommon Federation as a sponsored partner. The InCommon Federation, operated by Internet2, is the US education and research identity federation, providing a common framework for trusted shared management of access to online resources. [Full Announcement].

December 12, 2017

OpenAthens Doncaster College adopts OpenAthens for single sign-on. Doncaster College is the latest further education institution to adopt OpenAthens as their identity and access management solution – providing secure and consistent access to a wide range of essential academic resources and applications for the College’s students and staff. [Full Announcement].

November 16, 2017

OpenAthens OpenAthens Cloud awarded OpenID Connect self-certification. OpenAthens announced that its new content provider solution OpenAthensCloud is now OpenID Connect self-certified through the OpenID Foundation, providingassurance that OpenAthens Cloud conforms to the OpenID Connect protocol andenabling greater interoperability. [Full Announcement].

October 11, 2017

OpenAthens OpenAthens Cloud launches at the Frankfurt Book Fair. OpenAthens builds upon its global access tools for digital content providers through its new cloud-based single sign-on solution OpenAthens, the international identity and access management software provider for the information industry, today officially launches its cloud-based content provider solution at one of the world’s largest publishing events, the Frankfurt Book Fair. [Full Announcement].

July 21, 2017

OpenAthens BBC Monitoring extends global access by joining the OpenAthens Federation. BBC Monitoring has joined the OpenAthens Federation, further expanding its single-sign-on options for universities and other international organisations who wish to access BBC Monitoring’s broadcast, press and media sources in multiple languages from over 150 countries worldwide. [Full Announcement].

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