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Register to attend ProQuest Days in October

Space is limited! Free lunch and refreshments are included!

Please join us for an exciting and informative “get-to-know-you” session with our newest partner, ProQuest. NC LIVE and four North Carolina libraries will be co-hosting “ProQuest Days” in October where you will have the opportunity to learn more about key features of the ProQuest platform and get to meet key ProQuest representatives. Each event will feature free refreshments and lunches, as well as interactive and collaborative breakouts.

Choose from one of 4 central locations:

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NC LIVE provides member libraries with a variety of ways to promote NC LIVE products and resources to users. In past years, NC LIVE has provided printed NC LIVE promotional materials directly to libraries for distribution to their users. However, we found that this service was not needing the needs of member libraries. This method of promotion was staff-intensive, did not allow for customization of the materials, and was not used across all four Communities of Interest. 
The NC LIVE Outreach, Partnership, and Promotions Advisory Committee (OPPAC) worked with NC LIVE staff to develop a new plan for providing promotional materials beginning with the implementation of the 2015-17 resource cycle.

As part of this new plan, NC LIVE will:

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In the coming months, several changes will be happening that will impact the search boxes on, and the embeddable search boxes that NC LIVE currently provides to libraries.

For NC LIVE Website Users: Search boxes on will change from EBSCO Discovery Service to a Summon-powered search

To coincide with the change to offering ProQuest resources in 2015, NC LIVE will also begin offering Summon-powered search boxes on the NC LIVE website. For more information about these changes and what to expect, please visit:

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NC LIVE has added two new features to help make the login process easier for users.

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Have you explored the Home Grown eBook Collection? Learn which titles other library staff recommend in our Spotlight blog posts. We'll share these recommendations periodically on the Library Staff blog and collect them with our other Home Grown promotional materials in the Home Grown Promotions Folder.

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**Update: As of 5:23pm, the issue with remote access to Sanborn Maps has been resolved. Libraries with local proxies need to update their proxy configuration with the following stanza:

Title Digital Sanborn Maps Geo Edition


Remote users are currently experiencing problems when accessing the Sanborn Maps database. Users are seeing an error message that says "hash doesn't match..."  

NC LIVE staff are working closely with the ProQuest technical support team to get this issue resolved as quickly as possible. As soon as we have any updates, we'll post them here. Please contact the NC LIVE Help Desk if you have any questions. 


Thank you,

The NC LIVE staff

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A new webpage on is available to help library staff members communicate with their patrons about the NC LIVE Content Changes for 2015. It includes a list of new resources with active links for databases that are already available, plus a list of renewed resources and discontinued resources.

Here is the link to the new page:

A print-ready, customizable .docx version of this information is also available.

If you have any questions about this information or other resources to assist your patrons with the upcoming changes, please contact the NC LIVE Help Desk.


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An update on ebrary access and features:

General ebrary Access Information:

All ebrary eBooks are available through subscription access. There is no limit to the number of simultaneous user accesses, therefore there are no turn-aways. Nearly all of these eBooks are downloadable using Adobe Digital Editions (except for a very small number with publisher restrictions), and all are viewable via a web browser. The NC LIVE direct link ( that connects to ebrary allows users to see both the academic and public eBook collections together in one interface.

MARC Records for libraries that do not have local proxy authentication:

In the coming weeks, NC LIVE will begin making ebrary MARC records available to libraries. As soon as the records are available, NC LIVE staff will message the nclive-l email list, and links to the MARC records will be placed on the NC LIVE MARC records page. More information is coming soon.

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 All NC LIVE member libraries now have access to ebrary from ProQuest. NC LIVE provides both the Academic Complete and Public Library Complete ebrary collections, and the two collections are combined into one database for easy access. This resource is being provided to libraries as part of our early courtesy access from ProQuest, and it may be used by library staff and patrons. The intent behind this early ProQuest 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.

Linking to ebrary

The NC LIVE Direct Link for this product is:

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As of August 15, 2014, NC LIVE has changed the way usage data for two resources, LearningExpress Library and Job & Career Accelerator, is collected and reported.  This change affects data that has previously been reported for the period January 2012 - June 2014, as well as all future data for these resources. 

For the period from February 2014 through June 2014, these changes resulted in significant increases for LearningExpress Library usage for most libraries, but only small increases for Job & Career Accelerator usage for a handful of libraries.