DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 31 March 2008—OCLC has released a new version of EZproxy, the leading software solution for serving library patrons remotely, that offers new features as well as support from the world's largest library service and research organization that acquired EZproxy in January.
More than 2,500 institutions in over 60 countries have purchased EZproxy software to provide libraries a solution for authenticating remote user access to licensed databases. OCLC will honor the previous service arrangement for existing and new users whereby licensees continue to enjoy access to new releases of EZproxy and technical support at no additional charge. EZproxy 5.0 software is available to new licensees at the same price as previous releases.
EZproxy 5.0 software enhancements allow libraries to:
- View enhanced audit details that incorporate the location associated with the source IP address.
- Search across audit data to identify suspicious activity, including options to search based on location.
- Alter user access based on location, including the ability to block access or require additional information for access.
- Display a summary of database conflicts to identify and correct configuration issues.
- Develop advanced user authentication and authorization configurations using a new administration page.
EZproxy 5.0 will be the first release to offer technical support from OCLC.
"OCLC Customer Service has devoted a great deal of time and effort to learn how to handle EZproxy issues," said Chris Zagar, founder of Useful Utilities, developer of EZproxy software and now an OCLC full-time consultant. "With those responsibilities addressed, we can focus on continued development of EZproxy to further extend access to online content."
Mr. Zagar was a librarian at the Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona when he developed EZproxy software that allows libraries to manage access and authentication configurations through a proxy server so that library users do not have to make any configuration changes to their personal Web browsers.
For more information about EZproxy or to order the software, contact an OCLC representative at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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