Using your Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)
Your library's OPAC gives online access to physical and digital resources, such as:
- books and journals
- the library website, blog and wiki
- databases, electronic resources and eBooks
- book lists, competitions and library news.
Integrating your OPAC with other online access
Your school's ILS should connect to online systems. For example, if you have a library website there should be a link from the website to your OPAC and vice versa. The OPAC should also link to your school's Learning Management System (LMS), such as Moodle. It's ideal if students can search the OPAC directly from the LMS using an embedded search box.
Training for your OPAC
Offer training for staff and students so they know how to search the OPAC effectively. Initial training could include how to:
- do a basic search
- reserve resources
- check their loans and overdues.
Using reports and statistics
Your ILS provides statistics that can support teaching and learning.
Use statistics from the ILS to let teaching staff know about their students’ reading profiles. Borrower history reports could help teachers support students who aren't using the library.
You can use OPAC search reports to provide evidence of the types of searches students are doing. These can help you identify gaps in your collection and your learners' understanding of searching.