Surge in demand for remote access to library resources

A rise in students and researchers working from home on mobile devices is creating increased demand for remote access to library resources

A rise in students and researchers working from home on mobile devices is creating increased demand for remote access to library resources, according to new research by identity and access management specialist OpenAthens.

The research identifies 98% of librarians seeing this increased demand and nearly two-thirds (62%) of respondents expecting remote access to continue growing over the next 12 months.

Distance learning and other new learning models are believed to be one of the reasons for driving this technological rise. As such, librarians have had to adapt to provide digital content that can be accessed and consumed from anywhere.

Jon Bentley, commercial director at OpenAthens, said: “This research highlights just how much advancing technology has changed the library industry with the majority of people now choosing digital content they can access from anywhere, even when visiting libraries in person.

  • 54% said that the changing landscape is not recognised by those in charge of hiring and training staff
  • 99% believe that access management is ‘critical’ if librarians are to meet end-user needs, maximise investment in resources and improve outcomes

For the full report, please visit www.openathens.net