In a rapidly changing educational environment, academic libraries need more time and staff resources to meet the needs of faculty and students. They are also looking for tools that shine a light on their vital contributions toward the success of their academic institutions. OCLC services help simplify library workflows, giving staff the tools and time to invest in relationships across campus, to evolve local collections and to create new programs.
Make your collections visible wherever your users are
Librarians at Utrecht University understand that today's students usually begin their research with online sources outside the library. Rather than waiting for the users to come to them, the librarians took a proactive approach to integrating their collections with non-library online resources. Now, the library supports a better user experience and helps users find library resources more easily.
Exceed your users' search expectations
Dakota State University librarians knew that their library discovery interface was clunky and made it difficult to teach advanced searching techniques to their students, who are especially Internet-savvy. The library now offers a cleaner and more intuitive interface with regular improvements.
Increase usage with demand-driven acquisition
Librarians at Bucknell University noticed that library materials purchased through standard acquisitions processes were used only about 20 percent of the time. Those requested directly by students and faculty? 80+ percent. Librarians looked for a way to take advantage of this observation by dramatically streamlining the discovery-to-delivery process.
Provide better access to your special collections
In the past, if scholars or researchers wanted to view the Marandet Collection at The University of Warwick, they had to be on-site. However, with the introduction of software that stores, manages and delivers digital content online, they have been able to digitize this collection of French plays so they can now be enjoyed and accessed from anywhere in the world.
Bring users resources from across the globe
With an increased need from their students for a wide array of resources, librarians from the University of Glasgow Library realized that they needed to expand the range of their collections with the support of interlibrary loans. Their use of interlibrary loan has allowed them to offer resources from all over the globe in a quick and easy manner for their users, cutting time and costs.
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Grant trouble-free access to all your library's e-resources
Libraries are investing a lot in e-resources, only to be faced with the challenge of granting access to e-resources off campus. Harper Adams University was able to overcome this by providing students with a seamless, anytime, anyplace solution for accessing their electronic collections.
Expand e-resource availability and visibility
Faculty and students at High Point University had grown accustomed to searching through multiple sites and services for resources. Now, with a single discovery platform, the library provides access to a wide range of e-content. The change has also made it easier for learners around the globe to find content available only in High Point's collections.