You may also want to consider OpenAthens LA which is SAML-compatible (Shibboleth is the most popular type of 'SAML' authentication) and is in theory easier for in-house IT staff to administer than Shibboleth. Eduserv should be able to give you more information about this option. Pricing is the same as for traditional Athens.
We moved from traditional Athens to LA over a year ago and although the set-up was a pain, it's run pretty smoothly on the whole. It has the big advantage of users being able to use their usual IT login for access to subscription services rather than having to set up and remember a separate Athens login.
Edith Speller FHEA
Librarian (Systems and User Education)
TRINITY LABAN CONSERVATOIRE OF MUSIC AND DANCE
Faculty of Music
Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts
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From: Mark Williams [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 04 January 2013 04:00
Subject: Re: Shibboleth versus Athens
Give me a call next week when I am back in the office and I can talk you through some of the issues to consider.
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From: Cara Clarke [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2013 09:50 AM Pacific Standard Time
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Subject: Shibboleth versus Athens
Hi folks, I'm wondering if anyeone can help me out please.
I work in a college library and we use Athens to authenticate off-site access to our subscription services. I know very little about it, but I believe Shibboleth offers the same service.
Does anyone have experience of moving from Athens to Shibboleth? Is it worthwhile?
Any hints and tips would be much appreciated.