Administrative features let you control and customize FirstSearch
Web-based administrative tools let you manage every aspect of your FirstSearch account and how it integrates with other library services. You can meet the needs of your customers, your staff, and your budget with a host of customization options that control what content, features and links are available.
You can also make cosmetic changes to the interface, such as adding your logo and changing color schemes. And at a glance, you can monitor key information such as database searches remaining, subscription expiration dates,and usage trends.
The administrative interface even reminds you of customization options, and links you directly to the appropriates screens where changes are easily implemented.
Overview: What you can do in the WorldCat Services Administrative module
|Manage all authorizations|
Control user and administrative access to FirstSearch for your consortium, subgroup or institution, including your:
|Control access to databases and full text|
Choose whether your FirstSearch users have access to individual databases, full text from individual databases, or the information needed to create direct article access links. You also control:
|Control access to journal content|
If you provide access to the full text of journals in OCLC's Electronic Collections Online on a subscription basis, you can control this access and your costs through FirstSearch:
|Customize displays and functionality for search and results|
Set your preferences for:
Libraries subscribing additionally to the WorldCat database as part of their FirstSearch package can also create custom library groups. Your users can then limit their search results to libraries in your defined group.
|Create WorldCat Resource Sharing requests|
If your library subscribes to WorldCat Resource Sharing, staff can create interlibrary loan requests directly within FirstSearch administrative screens, vastly improving your productivity:
|Let users make their own sharing requests|
Administrative controls in FirstSearch also let you adjust whether your users can create loan requests from FirstSearch databases, plus how they do it:
|Manage links to other resources|
Link users from FirstSearch results and detailed records to other internal and external resources, including:
In many cases, linked content is presented inside a FirstSearch frame with a Return button.
|Monitor your usage|
View usage statistics from the most recent 25 months to help you track user capacity and evaluate which databases are searched most often. Statistics may be viewed at the consortium, subgroup and institution levels, and include data on authorizations, sessions and turnaways, searches, documents ordered and port capacity/limits. This helps you:
|Get help on every screen|
Context-sensitive help for administrative functions is just a click away in a separate, printable window. Link back to the help table of contents, or search the entire help library by keywords.
A more detailed explanation of the administrative module is available through the Reference Guide in our Support section.