November 15, 2001—Innovative Interfaces, a leader in information technology for libraries, announced an exciting new development to Web Access Management: the ability to provide verified remote-patron access to licensed resources without requiring browser proxy configuration.
"Innovative’s Web Access Management, which our library has been using since 1999, allows us to offer remote database access to both our distance education students as well as our on-campus faculty and students who often choose to conduct research at their places of residence," said Ruth Helwig, Systems Librarian at Central Michigan University. "We anticipate that this new development will significantly save staff time by reducing the number of phone calls from users who are unable to properly configure their browsers."
Web Access Management, a component of Millennium Access Plus (MAP), is a remote- patron authentication product that enables library users from any place to access Web-based licensed databases. Most remote-patron authentication products use a proxy to perform this function. By transferring the user through a proxy, a valid user gains access to licensed information resources that otherwise would deny access to that user because s/he is coming from an unknown IP address. The new Web Access Management enhancement will still use a proxy, but instead of the browser specifying the proxy, the URL itself will redirect the user through the proxy.
"The biggest advantage of this method is that library users do not have to configure a proxy in their browser in order to use licensed library resources. This new method will also work better with the many different ISPs and proprietary browsers such as AOL," said Laurie Davidson, Product Manager at Innovative. "This Web Access Management enhancement is based, in part, on host-name proxy technology licensed from Useful Utilities, the developers of EZproxy."
MAP is an integrated solution that manages access to information resources, guiding patrons and staff to Internet content quickly, while protecting the rights of the library and content providers. MAP includes three independent components: Web Access Management, MetaFind and WebBridge.