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OpenAthens

This guide contains information about OpenAthens, the library's authentication system for online resources.

Privacy Notice

OpenAthens collects detailed statistics on which resources are being accessed by users. The library uses aggregate data to evaluate the usage of licensed resources and to better meet the informational needs of the USF community. The library will never share this data.

Security

OpenAthens connects with USF's central directory to ensure that the familiar myUSF username and password remain the one set of login credentials to access licensed online resources. SAML-based authentication allows users to securely access online resources by signing in authenticate to our local directory to gain access to remote resources.

OpenAthens has mechanisms in place to quickly identify potential data security breaches or cyberattacks. USF library staff is alerted when unusual behavior is detected. If OpenAthens detects that an individual account has been compromised, that account is temporarily disabled, which prevents a provider from having to shut down access for our entire institution.