EZproxy Hosted Service Now Available From OCLC

The new hosted version of EZproxy makes it even easier for libraries to deliver eContent and make services accessible to their users wherever they are, at any time. A pilot version of the hosted service has been active with five participating libraries since April 2009.

“The hosted version of EZproxy will help truly deliver on the promise of its name—a quick and easy installation of a library proxy server for any size library,” explains Don Hamparian, OCLC Senior Product Manager for EZproxy. “A hosted solution provides 24/7 reliability and access—with minimal technical support required from the library. Our goal is to help more libraries manage and provide one-click access to electronic content for their authorized users.”

Libraries who subscribe to the EZproxy hosted service receive additional benefits such as:

•         Timely addition of new databases
•         Reduced reliance on technical staff for initial configuration or ongoing configuration file changes
•         Peace of mind with a secure environment and security for user information
•         24/7/365 access monitoring and reporting on usage
•         Elimination of local proxy server (or other hardware) maintenance
•         Automatic updating for bi-annual enhancements

EZproxy hosted service is available as a yearly subscription, based on FTE or population served. All hosted implementations will run the latest release of EZproxy, currently version 5.3. Current EZproxy client users can use their existing configuration files when moving to the hosted service. New EZproxy users also receive up to ten (10) hours of configuration time in the first year’s subscription. OCLC supplies the security certificate for libraries who subscribe to the hosted service.

“Hosted EZproxy is another step toward OCLC member libraries being able to implement a single, simple electronic content solution that includes hosted EZproxy, the WorldCat knowledge base, licensed resource management, and integrated link resolution” says Andrew Pace, Executive Director, Networked Library Services. “We are relentless in trying to make things easier, more efficient, and less expensive for member libraries.”

The hosted version of EZproxy is currently available for libraries in the United States and Canada. Hosted services will be available for additional regions at a later date.

To learn more about the hosted EZproxy service, plan to attend one of the introductory Webinars:

•         Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 2 pm EST
•         Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10 am EST

To subscribe to the EZproxy hosted service, please contact EZproxy@oclc.org with your name, institution and FTE or community served.