Library Staff Resources
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.
All NC LIVE member libraries now have access to SIRS Knowledge Source database from ProQuest. 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 SIRS
The NC LIVE Direct Link for this product is: http://www.nclive.org/cgi-bin/nclsm?rsrc=329
If you're interested in participating in live webinar training on SIRS or other ProQuest databases, or if you would like to watch webinar recordings, please visit: http://prq.st/1tNUtOo
Libraries with local proxy authentication
You will need to update your proxy config files to include the following information:
Attention libraries that use the NC LIVE password for remote access:
**If your library uses a library card number for remote access to NC LIVE resources, you can disregard this notice. All AHEC libraries may also disregard this notice.***
The 2013-2014 NC LIVE password will expire at the end of the day on September 30, 2014.
Your library's 2014-2015 password is now active. Patrons accessing the NC LIVE login page will now see a message indicating that the 2013-2014 password will expire on September 30, 2014.
There is a two-month grace period during which both the 2013-2014 password and the 2014-2015 password will allow users to access NC LIVE resources.
All NC LIVE member libraries now have early access to ProQuest databases licensed by NC LIVE. The intent behind this early trial 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.
All NC LIVE subscriptions to EBSCO-provided products (except for eBooks on EBSCOhost) will be discontinued on December 31, 2014.
For more information, please see NC LIVE's ProQuest Implementation Plan. This page includes information about set-up and configuration of ProQuest resources, including proxy configuration and more.
All URLs for ProQuest resources are available here: NC LIVE ProQuest Direct Links.
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***