Librarian features for navigating your digital library

This article gives an overview of library features available to librarians in Engage.

This article is for LIBRARIANS. 📚💚


We’re always looking for ways to help you and your students get the most out of your e-learning experience, so we’ve designed the library to maximise engagement with quality content. 📔📗 Here is a summary of the helpful features for librarians.

👉 Share this helpful article for students on your school blog or in your school newsletter to help your library users navigate their new digital library with ease.

Recommended and Favourites 

In the spirit of sharing our love of books, Snapplify developed the ‘Favourites’ and ‘Recommended’ sections within your school’s digital library to highlight specific content and help users to browse more effectively.

Users will find the ‘Recommended’ and ‘Favourites’ tabs in the Browse section of the Engage library. 

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‘Recommended’ features an automatically curated list of favourite books that come from all Snapplify Engage accounts (inside, as well as outside your institution). These are the 'world’s favourite books, according to Engage users'. Use this for inspiration, to see what others are reading, and to encourage your students to dive into a new recommended read.

‘Favourites’ features ebooks that your school librarian has favourited, helping students to find content you have suggested for them. As a librarian, you can use this feature to highlight content that you think your students may find useful.

⭐ To add a book to your library’s Favourites, hover over the jacket image (i.e. the book cover) of the library title you wish to favourite and click the star in the top left corner. When the star turns yellow, it has been favourited and will be listed under the ‘Favourites’ tab for all users in your digital library.

⭐To find and review all the titles that have been favourited by your school’s librarian, navigate to the ‘Favourites’ tab in your library or the Favourites section for Librarians in Engage. As a librarian, you can ‘unfavourite’ a title by clicking the star in the top left corner of the book image. When the yellow star is removed, the book will be removed from your library’s Favourites.


Understanding other librarian admin features


Owned

The Owned section for Librarians in Engage will show you all of the books that have been added to your school’s library to loan out to users (both purchased and free ebooks), as well as titles with expired library licences.

Activity

In the Activity section for Librarians in Engage, you’ll be able to view all of the books in your library that are currently checked out (you can also return them manually, if necessary), as well as the books that library users are currently waiting (i.e. the wait list).

 

Requests

If you are only using the free library or if your library purchase type is set to 'Librarian purchasing', your students can make requests for ebooks that your school would need to purchase. They can do this by clicking on the ‘Request book’ button under the book that they want. (They will only see the ‘Request book’ button if your school has to buy the book. If the book is free or already owned by your library, the ‘Check Out’ button will be displayed underneath the image of the book.) 

You will be able to review all requests under ‘Requests’ in the Finance section of the Engage dashboard. This section is only available to users who have been assigned the Finance role.

Blocked

Snapplify’s catalogue features hundreds of thousands of books and serves multiple levels of educational institutions. For this reason, you may come across books that you don’t want your students to see or read. If you spot a book that shouldn’t be available in your school library, you can block it from the book’s library page. 

If you want to review your blocked items, navigate to the ‘Blocked’ page when logged in to Engage. This page is only available to users classified as ‘Librarian’ or ‘Admin’.

Need help? Use the live chat in the bottom right corner of your screen or email us at help@snapplify.com.