A new interface to access library electronic resources

Aug 19, 2020

Following the end of the spring 2020 semester, the library announced the implementation of a new interface for controlling access to library e-resources. The new system is called OpenAthens. Since many library system users may have missed this announcement, we wanted to send information about this change again at the start of the fall 2020 semester, as faculty, staff, and students return to campus.  

WHAT changed?  

The system that Iowa State University users utilize to login into library resources changed. Users will continue using university credentials (NetID) through Okta. As a result, users will need to be logged into Okta to use library resources both on and off campus. Bookmarks to journals and databases will break and need to be re-saved. This process works in concert with the University’s single sign on system, so for users who have already signed in via Okta, the authentication will be seamless and transparent.  

WHEN did this change take place?  

The change took place on May 11, 2020.   

WHO was affected by this change?  

All members of the campus community who utilize licensed online resources (subscription-based databases, electronic journals or e-books) were affected by this change.

Visitors to the library will still be able to access materials as expected without a NetID. Instructions for visitor access are available at the main service desks located in Parks Library, the Design Reading Room, and the Vet Med Library. 

You will need to create new bookmarks, if you utilize them as a path to frequently used resources. Visit this link for video instructions on creating bookmarks. 

WHY the change?  

Security is the top priority when it comes to providing users access to resources. At the same time, this change has improved reliability and simplifies the access to licensed materials. Additionally, the usage data that the library can now access aids our staff with future purchasing decisions.  

Step-by-step videos of the login process and creating bookmarks are available on the University Library YouTube channel. If you have questions or you're not able to access needed resources, please contact 515-294-3961, circdesk@iastate.edu or chat at lib.iastate.edu