In 2022 Maynooth University (MU) Library changed from ‘deployed’ locally hosted to cloud hosted EZproxy. In addition the Library implemented EZproxy Analytics as an add on to hosted EZproxy.
EZproxy is an authentication service provided by OCLC. Before the changeover, Maynooth University Library users authenticated via IP on campus and via ‘deployed’ locally hosted EZproxy when off-campus.
Reasons for implementing hosted EZproxy
EZproxy server and operating system at end of life
Recommended server be decommissioned
Managing the service locally time consuming
How does this project fit in with the theme?
This project relates to the theme of economic sustainability as it aligns to the MU Library Strategic Plan (2020-2023) goal to “harness digital capacity and innovation to create efficiencies…”. The pandemic highlighted the importance of cybersecurity and access to electronic resources. An implementation fee and a reasonable annual subscription enabled the Library to provide secure, seamless access to electronic resources and services both on and off campus.
Benefits of Hosted
Server no longer managed locally
OCLC Service Desk 24-hour response rate
Resources updated promptly
Analytics data supports the financial sustainability decision-making around electronic resources
Who is the Presentation for?
It would be of value to organisations considering or in the process of changing their authentication method
Organisations who are interested in the value of the insights provided by EZproxy Analytics
What the Presentation will cover
Who should be involved in the project
Technical aspects of the project
Reality versus expectations of the project
What did we learn from the project?
Impact on user queries