NC LIVE is a cooperative library service for the students, faculty, business people, and residents of North Carolina. The website allows access to digital content such as ebooks, ejournals, streaming video, and downloadable audiobooks offered from a variety of vendors. The main partners in NC LIVE are the University of North Carolina Libraries, the North Carolina Community College Libraries the State Library of North Carolina & Public Libraries, North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities' Libraries. The website and its content are accessible to approximately 200 locations through IP recognition, remote local authentication, and a statewide passwording system.
NC LIVE provides:
* Access to an essential and powerful array of online resources to all North Carolinians
* Complete articles from over 16,000 newspapers, journals, magazines, and encyclopedias, indexing for over 25,000 periodical titles, and access to over 25,000 online print books
* Access free of charge to library patrons, students, and educators from four communities of interest (COIs) -- public libraries, community colleges, the state's university system, and members of the North Carolina Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
* Access from within an affiliated library or from home
The idea for a virtual library project in North Carolina was born in May 1996. In August 1996, the State Library of North Carolina presented a program on statewide electronic/virtual library projects at the meeting of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Invited representatives of UNC libraries, community college libraries, and public libraries attended the meeting. The group agreed on the conceptual aspects of a North Carolina project. On August 26, a vision statement and project approach was agreed upon. Initial budgeting was gained from the governor in February 1997. NC LIVE went online on April 19, 1998.
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