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Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 14:00 BST
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 15:00 BST


United Kingdom

About the Event

Library users are increasingly authenticating to online resources from off campus. Access control via campus IP recognition remains but publishers and service providers are increasingly investing in federated single sign on technologies such as SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language). Can libraries trust a platform that asks users to sign in with their personal institutional credentials? This webinar will explain how federated authentication works, will discuss the benefits for libraries and service providers and address the apparent conflict between offering personalisation whilst still preserving user privacy.


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Lee Houghton

Lee Houghton

Nottingham Trent University


Lee is a member of LIBER’s FIM4L Working Group and an Operations Manager working for Libraries and Learning Resources at Nottingham Trent University. He has front line library experience and has previously worked in library acquisitions and supported discovery services, dealing with online resources on a regular basis.



Heather Flanagan

Heather Flanagan



Heather Flanagan, Principal at Spherical Cow Consulting and coordinator with SeamlessAccess, comes from a position that the Internet is led by people, powered by words, and inspired by technology. She has been involved in leadership roles with some of the most technical, volunteer-driven organizations on the Internet, including IDPro as Principal Editor, the IETF, the IAB, and the IRTF as RFC Series Editor, ICANN as Technical Writer, and REFEDS as Coordinator, just to name a few. If there is work going on to develop new Internet standards, or discussions around the future of digital identity, she is interested in engaging in that work. You can learn more about her at <>


Kelechi Okere

Kelechi Okere



Kelechi Okere helps lead a project team at Elsevier investigating wider adoption of federated authentication. He is a member of the (federated access) Contracts Language Working Group. He is also a member of the SNSI University Relations working group. Prior to his current role, he was a global sales director at Elsevier.

Kelechi holds a Master of Arts degree in English and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, both from Rutgers University. He is a 2022 candidate for a masters degree in organizational psychology with concentration in change leadership at Columbia University. He lives in the United States with his family.



Jos Westerbeke

Jos Westerbeke

Erasmus University Library


Jos Westerbeke chairs LIBER’s FIM4L Working Group. He is an expert on authentication, federated Single Sign-On, identity and access management. He has a technical IT background and works as an IT demand and information manager at the Erasmus University Library.

He is also involved in Research Data Management projects. He has acquired in-depth knowledge of e-resource access for libraries. Oversees and manages resource access and tools for all digital content providers of the Erasmus University Library. EZproxy is one of the tools used. Jos is currently working on improving access to library e-resources.

One of the problems libraries face when they have to set up a Single Sign-On connection for e-resources, is that they need a common standard or recommendation. Both libraries and publishers can refer to that for the best configuration. With this in mind, Jos co-founded FIM4L.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain a greater understanding of how federated authentication works
  • Be able to compare the benefits of using federated authentication to control access to online library resources with campus IP recognition
  • Gain a greater understanding of how personalisation services can be offered by e-resource platforms, while still preserving user privacy

Subject level and previous knowledge required

Introductory and non-intensive, no previous knowledge or experience required.


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