December 14 2017

IP filtering is obsolete. Where do we go from here?

11:00am - 12:00pm

online via Zoom

User authentication based on Internet Protocol (IP) addresses is all but universal. IP address filtering gives users unmediated access to library electronic resources. The problem is that IP filtering has led us into a technological cul-de-sac.

This webinar will examine some of the problems associated with IP filtering, suggest some needed changes, and review the work publishers and subscribers are engaged in to chart a new course. This webinar will resonate with vendors, librarians, and anyone who works with library systems or eresources or who wants to keep their finger on the pulse of trends in these areas.

Our presenter is Rich Wenger, E-Resource Systems Manager at the MIT Library. Rich has been doing IT work for the MIT Library for 14 years. Before coming to MIT, Rich was on the Aleph implementation team at Harvard University Library. His earlier experience in commercial software firms included data center management, systems programming, and product development. Rich serves on the steering committee of the RA21 initiative (Resource Access for the 21st Century).

This webinar is free and open to everyone. You will receive a confirmation email and access link within minutes of submitting your registration. The webinar will be recorded and made available to attendees and the general public after the event.

This webinar is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL/NEC) and by ACRL/NEC's Electronic Resources Management Interest Group (ERMIG). Find us at

To register, please complete this form. You should receive a link to the webinar within minutes of registering. Be sure to login early on the day of the webinar to download the Zoom plugin and test your equipment. The webinar will be recorded and made available on YouTube after the event. Registration tops out at 100 attendees, so register today!