Monday 10 February 2020

OpenAthens receives Product of the Year from LibraryWorks

OpenAthens receives Product of the Year in 2020 Modern Library Awards from LibraryWorks

OpenAthens, which provides libraries with a simple single sign-on access management solution, is thrilled to announce it has received Product of the Year 2020 in LibraryWorks’ sixth annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs).

The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry in a truly unbiased format.

Each judge scored the product on a numeric basis from 1-10 on a series of questions regarding functionality, value, customer service, etc. The product with the overall highest score was awarded the coveted Product of the Year award.

OpenAthens commercial director Jon Bentley said: “We are delighted to be recognised with this prestigious award in our 25th year.

“25 years is a long time in software and the golden thread that links 1995 to 2020 is our commitment to our customers.

The OpenAthens team has always put our clients at the heart of everything we do. Our technology has changed, our teams have changed and the way we work has changed but the desire to keep access simple and straightforward has remained the same.”

OpenAthens provides a simple single sign-on and access management solution for librarians and publishers across a range of organizations and industries. It was released in 1995 and it has been distributed in over 2,600 libraries globally. Its prominent capabilities include:

  • Delivering access management for publishers, platforms and applications so the millions of OpenAthens end-users across the world – students, researchers, professionals, etc. – can engage with the resources they need.
  • Providing simple single sign-on to enable the end-user to access a variety of resources in the same session without having to re-enter their credentials.
  • Supplying organizations with usage statistics using sophisticated reporting tools to enable libraries to analyze resource engagement and different user groups for budgeting and content licensing purposes. 

Jenny Newman, publisher and MLA program manager said, “We are thrilled to present the 2020 Product of the Year award to OpenAthens. The judges' feedback made it clear that this product is beloved in the library marketplace.”

Judges’ comments included: “We have OpenAthens authenticating users into all of our resources and services. Implementation was straightforward, uptime has been excellent, and reporting is much better than anything we've ever had regarding what groups of users are accessing what resources” and “We cannot recommend OpenAthens highly enough. It is a gem that has made our lives, teaching practices, and resource access much, much, much easier.”


About OpenAthens

We make it easy for people to access knowledge through single sign-on. Our mission is to enable people to achieve great things by connecting them to knowledge and information, whenever and wherever they need it.

We strive to be the world’s most user-friendly single sign-on experience and help more than 2,600 organisations world-wide to provide simple and secure access to online resources for their end users.

OpenAthens is a Jisc enterprise.

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About LibraryWorks

LibraryWorks helps administrators to make informed decisions about library technology, automation and software, collection development and management, facilities and furnishings, staffing, purchasing, and other areas that drive effective strategic planning and day-to-day operations. Our family of resources can enable you to identify best practices, monitor trends, evaluate new products and services, apply for grants and funding, post or find a job, and even enjoy some library humor.

About the Modern Library Awards program

The Modern Library Awards (MLAs) is a review program designed to recognize elite products and services in the market which can help library management personnel enhance the quality-of-experience for the library user and increase the performance of their library systems.


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