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Library state of the art

  • Library users are ideal users for R&E collaboration services and e-infrastructures
  • If library users are provided with digital identities, they can easily access to collaboration services and e-infrastructures
  • Thanks to eduGAIN, libraries can rely on many federated services among publishers
  • Not-federated publishers are still running
  • Libraries want an easy to use and direct access to publishers
  • Libraries don’t want their users need to tackle with complex and not clear procedures
  • AARC works to overcome ip-based authN/Z, but still many libraries rely on it
  • Many libraries still don’t rely on federated access towards publishers
  • Contracts with publishers don’t foresee duty for publishers about federated access

What AARC is doing for libraries?

  • Identify which are in Europe the Bodies that at National level make Negotiation of Electronic Resources ( )
  • Collect in each country 2-3 libraries happy to collaborate  with AARC to provide requirements and to pilot use cases
  • Compare how federated access towards publishers is working from different European countries ( )
  • Compare clauses on federated access in license contracts in order to drive towards an harmonization at European level
  • Produce a value proposition on federated identity for decision makers in libraries with focus on the library use case
  • Training for libraries on the library use case

Still open issues detected by Liber

  • Libraries are currently subscribing a wide range of electronic resources mainly e-journals, databases and e-books, from many different providers. The situation is complex and differs significantly from one institution to another, but especially among countries, regions or language communities.
  • Publishers are often reluctant to offer federated access if there is not a critical mass of clients that demands that; they are enforcing libraries to remain on IP-based access models.
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