Access to your databases from anywhere, any time
OHIONET’s Remote Access Service provides your patrons, at home or abroad, with a reliable and secure channel to your databases. This "proxy" service authenticates your patrons, then mediates between them and the database provider so that they can access that database as if they were at the library.
Easy setup and hands-off maintenance
OHIONET will guide you through the setup process for your databases. You tell us what databases you want to proxy. We handle network addressing, domain name assignment, even SSL certificate management for your proxy service, as well as all software installation and configuration. And we will maintain that configuration to help you keep your databases available, day and night.
Flexible authentication fits your environment
Our proxy service can authenticate your patrons using a variety of data resources, from library catalogs to Blackboard systems to text files. OHIONET can even use an authentication scheme that does not involve access to your user data at all.
In any case, there is no “Choose Your Library” interface for your patrons. One simple login prompt does it all! In some cases, you can consolidate resources from consortial collections behind this one proxy login for an even better patron experience.
Your proxy, your style
We customize your proxy to match the appearance of your web site or catalog OPAC.
We can accommodate your hosting needs, too. You can host database links at your site, but if you prefer, the proxy itself can host the links within a customized menu page.
If you host the links, we will provide you with proxy-style links that match the URLs of your resources. These “proxified” links can work for on-campus patrons, too, meaning that you only need one link per database for all your users, no matter where they are.
Reports when you want them
OHIONET provides usage reporting, available on demand via the web, for its proxy services. Custom logging is also available, if you like to get down with the raw data.
If you'd like to learn more about OHIONET's Remote Access service, please feel free to contact Matt Polcyn.