Electronic Resources Best Practices Guide

This guide provides best practices on how libraries can manage NC LIVE and locally subscribed resources to help users access the information they are seeking. Topics range from resource setup and user discovery, to promoting resources and tips for providing clear and easy pathways for users to access resources.

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Setup Resources

Set up subscribed resources so users can quickly and easily locate information and get assistance.

Topics covered: Institutional Branding, Resource Customization, Integrating NC LIVE resources on your library website

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Implement a Discovery Layer

Discovery layers provide a Google-like search experience for users. They allow users to discover content they would not find through searching individual resources or a traditional library catalog alone.

Topics covered: Summon Setup, NC LIVE Summon, Deployable Search Box

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Create an A-Z Database List

An A-Z Database list will allow users to quickly and easily identify relevant library resources for their information needs.

Topics covered: Setup and Resources to Include, New/Popular Resources, Website Location & Name, LibApps A-Z List

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Promote Resources

Ensure users are aware of library resources through promotion and making your website easy to navigate.

Topics covered: Website Location, NC LIVE Website Service, Learning Management Systems, Instructors & Liaisons, Google Ad Grants

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Make Offsite Access Easy with EZproxy

Provide users stress-free access to online resources from any location.

Topics covered: Introduction to Proxy Access, Authentication, Stanza Oversight and Management, NC LIVE Hosted Proxy

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Manage MARC Records

MARC records allow users to easily discover and access individual resources, such as ebooks and videos, provided by the library.

Topics covered: When to use MARC Records, NC LIVE MARC Records, MARCEdit

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Interpret Usage Statistics

Usage statistics enable libraries to identify what resources users are accessing. Understanding what data is reported and how it relates to user behavior is essential to using statistics in decision-making.

Topics covered: Overview, COUNTER, SUSHI, NC LIVE Usage Statistics