How to engage your students with Oliver v5 (Part One)


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How to engage your students with Oliver v5 (Part One)

Are you taking advantages of all the features in Oliver v5 to engage your students? Here are a few ideas for you to try.

Google – Book Previews, Book Reviews and Cover Images

As Library Staff you can enhance your students’ search experience by activating Google in your Oliver v5 system.

If a resource in your library catalogue is available in Google Books then a Google Preview icon will appear next to the resource in the Search results.

Students can click on the Google Preview icon and see a preview of the resource as well as any reviews that have been written.

Google book preview

Library staff will need to enable the Google Books parameter in Oliver v5 for this functionality to be available.

Once the Google Books parameter has been enabled, you will also have access to Google Cover Images. Google Cover Images will appear on the right hand side of your search results screen.

Google book cover images

If you upload your own Book Cover Images into Oliver v5 or subscribe to Syndetics Book Cover Images then these will take priority over Google Cover Images.

For assistance - use the Help Area in Oliver v5 to search for the following Help Article:

  • How to Enable Google Books Reviews and Cover Images Access

Library Maps

Are you taking advantage of the library map function in Oliver v5?

If you have uploaded a map or photo of your library into Oliver v5, then an icon will appear next to the resource in the catalogue details screen. Below are examples of the map icon in Oliver and Orbit.

When the student clicks on the map icon, the map or photo will open and a flashing icon will appear where the resource can be found.

Image file formats including jpg, png, gif and bmp can be used.

For assistance - use the Help Area in Oliver v5 to search for the following Help Article:

  • How to Set up and Manage a Library Map

Below are two great ideas for using the Map function in Oliver v5.

1. Competition to design a Library Map

Library Maps can be as basic or advanced as you like, hand drawn or created with drawing software. Rather than paying an architect or graphic designer to draw your library map, why don’t you run a competition and get the students to design one for you.

The competition could be run as a lunch time activity or get the teachers involved and have them bring their class to the library; this could be a great start of year activity for the Graphics or Art Classes.

The winner of the competition can have their map displayed inside Oliver v5 for the year.

Depending on the size and layout of your library you could use one map or several e.g. one for the Fiction and another for the Non-fiction.

2. Using the Map function for a library display

Do you ever put books out on display and find that you are constantly having to help students find the books as they aren’t in their usual location? Here is a great idea for creating a library display and then temporarily re-locating the resources and linking them to a map so they are easy to find.

  1. Put together a great library display.
  2. Take a photo of your display and upload it into Management – Maps.
  3. Go to Management – Collections and create a new Collection called Display.
  4. Return to Management – Maps, select the appropriate Map and edit.
  5. Add Coordinates to your photo by clicking on the image and filling out the details. If you want to make it really simple, just add one co-ordinate to the Map e.g. Collection = Display, Classification = 000
  6. Go to Cataloguing - Copies and use the Multi-Barcode Search function to scan in all the barcodes of the books on Display.
  7. Go to Cataloguing – Exchange and change the Collection of the books you have just scanned to the newly created Collection called Display. Remember to set a Collection Expiry date that matches the timeframe you intend on using your display. This way the books will automatically revert back to their original location.

For assistance - use the Help Area in Oliver v5 to search for the following Help Articles:

  • How to Set up and Manage a Library Map
  • How to Create and Edit a Collection
  • How to Complete a Multi-Barcode Search
  • How to Complete a Temporary Exchange on Copy Records

Library display

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