April 29, 2013 — NC LIVE is celebrating its 15th anniversary as a statewide collaborative library organization. First launched during National Library Week in 1998, NC LIVE has consistently provided online library resources and tools to patrons of North Carolina’s public and academic libraries, including the Cabarrus County Public Library System.
Today’s world of smartphones and Wi-Fi differs greatly from the online landscape faced by North Carolina libraries in 1998. A Pew Research Center report from that year showed only 41 percent of American adults used the Internet, 35 percent used email, and only 13 percent had ever made an online purchase.
That year, librarians from North Carolina’s public and academic libraries recognized the significance of the Internet and worked to ensure all communities across the state could benefit from the technology. The libraries pulled together to create NC LIVE, which enabled access to premium digital information for all of North Carolina citizens through their local libraries.
For the last 15 years, NC LIVE has provided residents in North Carolina with equitable access to electronic resources for all ages on topics ranging from business, careers and investing, to auto repair, health, history and genealogy. With libraries in North Carolina working together, patrons across the state have access to the same collection of high-quality content, from any computer with internet access.
“NC LIVE has increased the quality and reach of the collections of libraries statewide,” said State Librarian Cal Shepard. “But above and beyond that, it has created a real community, and increased collaboration between public and academic libraries.”
“We’re continuously proud of the collaboration and what it brings to residents of Cabarrus County,” said Dana Eure, Cabarrus County library director. “Because of our involvement in NC LIVE, Cabarrus County is able to provide our community with far-greater and more cost-efficient access to important information for job seekers, business owners, students and people seeking information of all types.”
To celebrate NC LIVE’s anniversary, the public can view an online exhibit that shares stories and memories chronicling the start and growth of the of the shared digital library service. The exhibit includes video interviews with founding members, an interactive timeline, snapshots of the NC LIVE website through the years, and memories from library staff and patrons who have benefited from access to NC LIVE content.
NC LIVE eBooks, magazines, newspapers, journals, videos, and other materials are available online from any Internet connection via North Carolina library websites, and through the NC LIVE website. For more information, contact your branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library System and ask about free access to NC LIVE resources or visit www.nclive.org.