Chances are, the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement has reached your company and you are (if you have not already) looking into ways to provision mobile access to your corporate library. In a previous blog, we looked at how library mobile apps fit into the overall corporate mobile strategy. We also looked at how Corporate Libraries can increase the value of their documents by improving document discoverability.
In this next series of blogs focused on Corporate Library mobile access, we will delve into various requirements to consider when deploying a mobile solution for your Corporate Library.
This brings us to the topic of single-sign on (SSO). If you and your users have been annoyed at having to enter your username and password multiple times to access an application, consider that experience being exacerbated on a tiny mobile keyboard – and you begin to understand the value of provisioning SSO for your mobile users.
Streamlining Mobile Access to Library Services
With SSO, your mobile users only need to authenticate once to seamlessly access multiple library services and databases; thereby encouraging better use of content you’ve purchased. You will not need to issue users with a username and password for every single database, journal or online resource. Additionally, you will not need to maintain multiple apps for each resource. With one single library mobile app providing access to multiple digital resources, you can also cross-promote the different services you offer that would otherwise remained siloed within separate vendor portals or apps.
The Boopsie for Libraries mobile app platform integrates with existing corporate identity and access management systems to authenticate users. It is flexible enough to support multiple native app standards such as SAML and OAuth, integrate with existing corporate identity and access management systems, corporate mobile VPNs, as well as authentication standards commonly supported by publishers such as OpenAthens, Shibbolleth and OpenID, to name a few.
For other situations, the Boopsie for Libraries app enables sticky authentication via our Pass Through Authentication feature, enabling quick access to library catalogs, digital media collections and other licensed databases. In addition, Boopsie’s Smart Prefix™ search allows a user to type in only a few letters to get to their search results quickly. For example, a mobile user only needs to type in “ac lym le” when they are looking for “acute lymphoblastic leukemia”. And with the affinity for word truncation in mobile texting, this feature is a popular one with our mobile users.
If you are considering a mobile solution for your corporate library, having a solution that addresses SSO should be a key requirement.