Many stand alone subscription ebooks and ejournals are only accessible
by username and password (no registered IP range access). Are there
technical solutions (scripting?) that provide the end user with seamless
access to the resource? Once authenticated, they are presented with a
URL that logs them into the resource. The username and password is
passed to the vendor "behind the scenes" (via screen scraping?). The
user never sees the username and password in this scenario.
We really don't want to go down the "pop-up screen" route whereby the
user is given the username and password to the resource in a pop-up
browser window, after authenticating.
I'm interested in solutions to this access/acquisitions barrier.
James A. Buczynski
Information Services Librarian
Library & Computing Commons
Seneca @ York
Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology
70 the Pond Road, Toronto, Ontario M3J 3M6