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Chapter 2. Authentication, Authorization, and the Appropriate Copy Problem: Some Basic Concepts for Access Management of Library Resources

Aaron Tay


How can libraries provide safe and secure access to online resources to their users? In chapter 2 of Library Technology Reports (vol. 58, no. 6), “Authentication and Authorization for Library Resources: The Basic Concepts of Access Management,” we will introduce the concepts of authorization and authentication and describe the main ways to achieve them. In particular, we will outline two major ways—IP recognition with proxies and SAML-based methods—and their respective strengths and weakness.

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