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Facet Releases ‘Access and Identity Management for Libraries,’ ALA Sells It

Last month, the American Library Association (A.L.A.) Store started selling copies of Access and Identity Management for Libraries: Controlling Access to Online Information by Masha Garibyan, Simon McLeish, and John Paschoud. According to the A.L.A., this “is the first book to explain the principles behind access management, with coverage of the available technologies and how they work.”

Authors Masha Garibyan, Simon McLeish and John Paschoud also include an overview of federated access management technologies, such as Shibboleth, that have gained increasing international recognition in recent years. This book provides detailed case studies describing how access management is being implemented at organizational and national levels in the UK, USA and Europe, providing a practical guide to the resources available to help plan, implement and operate access management in libraries. Key topics include: what is access management and why libraries do it; electronic resources: public and not so public; principles and definitions of identity and access management; current access management technologies; authentication technologies; authorization based on physical location; authorization based on user identity or affiliation; federated access: history, current position and future developments; internet access provided by (or in) libraries; library statistics; [and] the business case for libraries.

The British publishing house Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, came out with the book in 2013. Previously known as the Library Association Publishing, Facet Publishing has over 200 specialist titles in print.

Ms. Garibyan has been involved in access management since 2004, when she joined the London School of Economics Library Projects Team. She also worked as part of the J.I.S.C. (Joint Information Systems Committee) Access Management Team for two years helping British educational institutions and service providers adopt federated access. She currently works at the University of Worcester as part of the Library Academic Services Team.

Mr. McLeish is Resource Discovery Architect at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. He previously worked at the London School of Economics and Political Science (L.S.E.) and as an independent I.T. professional, specializing in Identity and Access Management.

Mr. Paschoud has been an I.T. professional since 1972. As Projects Manager at the L.S.E. Library he led a series of projects that identified and established the technologies for federated access that are now most widely used by academic libraries. As a consulting information systems engineer, Paschoud now specializes mainly in government and education fields, and is a member of the Technical Advisory Group to the U.K. Access Management Federation for Education and Research.

The I.S.B.N. (international standard book number) is 978-1-85604-588-9. The A.L.A. is selling it for $85.