Five University of California campuses, UC Berkeley, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced and San Diego, are now Shibboleth enabled for access to HathiTrust advanced services. Shibboleth is open source software for web single sign-on across or within organizational boundaries. It allows sites to make informed authorization decisions for individual access of protected online resources in a privacy-preserving manner. This is a first step in making sign-on to various campus and systemwide services and resources easier for our users.
One of the first big wins for UC campuses who enable Shibboleth is that students, faculty, and staff can now download entire PDFs of books in the HathiTrust public domain collections. This functionality is available to all HathiTrust partners who enable Shibboleth. Users who are not Shibboleth enabled can only download individual pages of PDFs.
If you’re on one of the campuses who are already enabled, you can see this in action. Find a full view item and open it up in the catalog: http://www.hathitrust.org/. Then click on “Partners login for full PDF” button on the left. Select your institution and then complete your normal authentication. You will then be able to able to download the entire PDF of publicly available item.
Expect to be hearing more about Shibboleth as campuses enable access to a growing number of resources in this way.
Further information on HathiTrust is available in the UC Libraries and HathiTrust FAQ
< http://www.cdlib.org/services/hathi/faq.html> and on the HathiTrust web site