LibKey Nomad for IT Professionals

How do you install Nomad?

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension which you download and install from the Chrome Web Store.  Simply navigate there and search for "LibKey Nomad" or go directly to the LibKey Nomad page.   Installation and setup is quick and easy. Simply download and install the extension, choose your supported institution and start browsing!

Can we deploy this as part of an image?

LibKey Nomad needs only to be installed in Chrome and your library/institution's account selected from the dropdown menu.  Imaging after this is installation is completed to be part of a standard distributed build is not only feasible but recommended!  Imaging is the best way to deploy Nomad in an organization as it ensures a consistent connection to library resources for all users.

Do users need need to create an account to use Nomad?

No! Nomad, like all of Third Iron technologies, is very privacy minded.  There are no user accounts to create, the extension does not ask for or store your institutional user credentials and we do not run our scripts on any webpages other than those that are supported publisher pages, along with a few select domains such as PubMed and Wikipedia which have unique enhancements for each site.

What browsers will Third Iron support for LibKey Nomad?

LibKey Nomad supports Chrome, version 76.x and newer, the world's most popular browser.  Other browsers may be supported in the future as user interest and market size warrants.

What browsers might LibKey Nomad work on and which are not officially supported by Third Iron?
In theory, any browser built on Chromium should be compatible with LibKey Nomad, including Brave and Microsoft's Edge browser (in beta). However, because these browsers are rapidly developing, they are not officially supported. 

Are there any security risks for my users in using Nomad?  How and when is data transferred to your servers?

LibKey Nomad is designed to meet contemporary privacy and security standards.  The key elements to the security of LibKey Nomad are:
  • There are no user accounts involved so we never ask for any personal information from the user.
  • The LibKey Nomad scripts within the extension only execute on supported publisher pages and on a few select domains such as PubMed and Wikipedia in order to deliver unique enhancements to each site.
  • We do not cache user credentials for the SSO, proxy servers, etc.  Remote access is governed solely by the existing remote authentication system at your institution.  LibKey Nomad only forwards to those services and they then otherwise function as normal.
  • LibKey Nomad runs scripts in the browser that looks for unique article identifiers (DOI or PMID) for the article, sends the identifier information to our LibKey API service.  The API returns linking information to forward the user to the article of interest via your existing authentication routes. The Nomad browser extension handles all token requesting/issuing to provide authentication to this endpoint.
  • LibKey Nomad is CORB compliant (More information on CORB).
LibKey Nomad may also interface with the non-profit OADOI project to check for the existence of OA alternatives to articles.

Selecting an institution is as simple as downloading the application from the Chrome Extension Store and then selecting your subscribed institution when prompted.  Visibility of any particular library is determined by the institution's subscription status with Third Iron.  Additionally, institutions may elect to not make Nomad available to their users.

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