Library Staff Resources
NC LIVE is pleased to report that we will soon be able to provide all libraries that do not already have current subscriptions to ProQuest databases with early trial access. The intent behind this early access is to allow libraries without current subscriptions the opportunity to become familiar with the interface, communicate with faculty and patrons, allow for training activities, and provide ample time for integration within your library's website, discovery layers, etc. ahead of January 1, 2015, when regular subscription access begins.
Over the next few days, the NC LIVE staff will be teaming up with ProQuest to get early access configured and turned on. For current ProQuest customers, you may notice additional databases showing in your ProQuest Administrator Module. You may see some duplicate database entries while set-up is occurring. This should not impact patrons' ability to access any of your current subscriptions. You may continue to use your current subscription access as you do now.
When all early trial access has been configured, NC LIVE staff will notify libraries and will send custom URLs to use for linking into each database directly.
NC LIVE is pleased to announce the launch of the NC LIVE Home Grown eBook Collection, a pilot project which pulls together eBooks from eight North Carolina publishers and makes them available to all of the NC LIVE libraries across the state. The collection of more than 1,200 fiction and nonfiction titles are part of NC LIVE's permanent collections (they are yours forever!), and can be read simultaneously by an unlimited number of readers as part of the pilot project.
The NC LIVE staff would like to thank you for your comments and questions over the past several days with regard to resource selection. To help answer some of the commonly asked questions we have received, the NC LIVE staff have compiled several web pages designed to provide up-to-date information with regard to resource selection and implementation.
Several highlights include:
- Commonly Asked Questions
- Content Map - Comparing current resource offerings to new resources
- Title Lists and New Resource Descriptions
We will continue to update these pages daily as we finalize our implementation plan and as we receive more information from our vendor partners.
A Memo from NC LIVE Executive Director Tim Rogers
As you may know, NC LIVE provides content to the libraries across the state on three-year contracts. This enables us to lock in pricing for multiple years while also providing a consistent set of resources. We are approaching the end of our existing contract period, which means that the NC LIVE Resources Advisory Committee (RAC) and Librarians Council have been hard at work putting together the resource line-up for the next three years. This memo will serve as our first official notification of the NC LIVE purchasing decisions that will begin January 1, 2015 and run through December 31, 2017.
On June 14, 2014 ProQuest will be performing system maintenance. An eight (8) hour maintenance window will be required, lasting from Saturday, June 14th at 10pm through Sunday, June 15th at 6am.
During this time the following ProQuest resources will not be available via NC LIVE:
- The Wall Street Journal
If you have any questions, please contact the NC LIVE Help Desk.
Earlier in 2014, NC LIVE member libraries reported large increases in their monthly usage data for the OneClick Digital platform, and NC LIVE staff determined that Recorded Books had made a change to their usage data reports in August 2013 which was causing this apparent increase. NC LIVE contacted Recorded Books to investigate possible solutions, and in May 2014, Recorded Books modified their reports from August 2013 onward to be consistent with their previous reporting system.
If you have any questions about this or other usage data issues, please contact the NC LIVE Help Desk.
***UPDATE: Additional Details about NC LIVE and Recorded Books***
On Friday, May 30th, 2014, EBSCOhost databases and services may be intermittently unavailable while EBSCO performs network upgrades. The two hour service window is scheduled to begin at 9:00 PM EDT and end at 11:00 PM EDT. Patrons may experience intermittent access to EBSCOhost products and services for the duration of the service window.
The following NC LIVE resources are on the EBSCOhost platform and could experience intermittent access during the service window:
New MARC records for LearningExpress Library eBooks are now available on the NC LIVE MARC Records page. Please note that, as with previous LearningExpress Library MARC records, these new records do not link directly to the selected item but rather to a list of all available eBooks in the LearningExpress Library collection. This vendor plans to provide records with direct links to individual eBooks by the end of 2014.
Libraries that added previous LearningExpress MARC records to their local systems should remove those records, as they link to a previous version of LearningExpress Library that will no longer be available beginning in June 2014.
Please contact the NC LIVE Help Desk if you have any questions.
OCLC has announced a new suite of services called WorldCat Discovery Services. This new suite will eventually replace the FirstSearch service currently licensed by NC LIVE.
NC LIVE is working with OCLC to develop a transition plan for NC LIVE libraries. NC LIVE will not be transitioning member libraries to the new platform before the end of the calendar year. However, libraries who would like to transition earlier are welcome to use this form to contact OCLC and begin the process. NC LIVE libraries who also subscribe to WMS or WorldCat Local can also use the form to join the beta to test additional functionality for WorldCat Discovery.
- Listener's Advisory with more than 30,000 audiobook titles added to NoveList Plus, along with listen-alike recommendations, sound samples, and reviews.
- New Menus including a new section called Professional Toolbox especially for librarians looking for readers’ advisory help.
- Improved Autocomplete means users start typing part of a title or author name and suggested matches are instantly suggested -- regardless of where the word appears in the results.