July/August  2002  vol.8  no.4 issn 1082-4383  

 

 

Highlights in this Issue

Statewide Databases Update & Feedback

If you have any success stories resulting from your or your patrons' use of the databases we would love to hear from you.

OCLC Pricing - 2002-2003

The OCLC Products and Services Price List for the 2002-2003 Fiscal Year is now available on the NEBASE Web page.

More NEBASE OCLC Workshops Scheduled

NEBASE has scheduled OCLC workshops in Kearney, Norfolk and Wayne.

Online Database Training Classes

Online training classes for Books in Print and Electric Library are now available.  Learn about the databases from the comfort of your own library.

 


Table of Contents

 

  NEBASE     
   
  Statewide Databases Update & Feedback
  Share Your Library's Web Site
  OCLC Pricing - 2002-2003
   
  TRAINING     
   
  More NEBASE OCLC Workshops Scheduled
  Need Web Page Training?
  Online Database Training Classes
 
  DATABASES     
   
  Database Tips & Tricks: Books in Print Enhancements
  SIRS Offers Free Preview of Their Online Databases
  NetFirst Databases to be Integrated into WorldCat
  Recent Enhancements to FirstSearch
  Mid-Term Subscriptions Still Being Accepted for Select Databases/Online Services
 
  OCLC NEWS     
   
  OCLC Product of the Month: OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online
  Experience the Power of WebDewey
  Change in OCLC Documentation Distribution Policy
  OCLC Members Council Elects Board Members, Establishes New Membership and Participation Categories
  OCLC to Create Computing Portal for Public Libraries
 
REFERENCE     
   
  Seventy-four New Journals Added to OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online
  Discounts for New FirstSearch Subscribers
  OCLC FirstSearch Featured Databases and Electronic Collections Online Featured Publisher for July 2002
  OCLC FirstSearch Service Enhancements
  QuestionPoint Collaborative Reference Service Released
   
RESOURCE SHARING  
   
  Bibliographic Format Added to ILL Web Interface Requests
  OCLC ILL Fee Management Report Enhanced
  OCLC Policies Directory to Debut
 
  CATALOGING      
   
  A New Cataloging Discussion List - OCLC-CAT
  Bibliographic Formats and Standards, Third Edition
  CORC Enhancements
  Fast Copy Cataloging...Delivered to Your Desktop
  New OCLC Cataloging Service Name: OCLC Connexion
   

 


 

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NEBASE   

STATEWIDE DATABASES UPDATE & FEEDBACK

It's that time of year when the Commission renews its statewide database contracts and we are happy to report that all statewide contracts have been renewed for the 2002-2003 fiscal year. The current statewide program includes the FirstSearch Base Package, Wilson OmniFile, Wilson Biographies Plus, Kiplinger Forecasts, Books in Print and Electric Library.

This summer we will begin to look at possible changes to the database offerings as the Commission prepares its Biennial Budget Request. We welcome feedback from our users across the state on the database program and would like to hear any comments you have regarding the databases we currently subscribe to, as well as any suggestions for enhancing or making changes in the program and its resources.

If you have any success stories resulting from your or your patrons' use of the databases, we would love to hear from you. These types of stories are the most successful in demonstrating the usefulness of the program to Nebraska libraries and their patrons. Please send any success stories to Network Services . We would love to hear from you!

Shannon Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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SHARE YOUR LIBRARY'S WEB SITE

NEBASE maintains a list of member institutions on its Web site, along with links to NEBASE member libraries. There are two lists, arranged by institution name or by OCLC symbol at </netserv/nebase/OCLCMemberLibs.html>.

To add or update your library's link, contact Christa Burns .

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC PRICING - 2002-2003

The OCLC Products and Services Price List for the 2002/2003 Fiscal Year is now available on the NEBASE Web page at </netserv/nebase/nebserv.html>. These prices, in effect from July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003, apply only to NEBASE members. Charts highlighting some of the changes that will affect our members are available at </netserv/nebase/pricelist02/pricechanges.html>.

If you have any questions, problems, or concerns related to these prices, please contact Christa Burns at 402-471-3107, 800-307-2665 or email: Christa Burns .

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Training    

MORE NEBASE OCLC WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED

NEBASE has scheduled the following workshops:

Kearney Public Library & Information Center, Technology Learning Center:

Introduction to the New OCLC Cataloging Interface
ILL Basics Using the OCLC ILL Web Interface
OCLC CORC: Cataloging Internet Resources
OCLC CORC: Creating Internet Pathfinders

Neligh Public Library:

OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer: An Alternative to Passport
OCLC Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer for Windows Version 2.10
OCLC Union List Basics

Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk:

ILL Basics Using the OCLC ILL Web Interface
OCLC CatExpress

Wayne State College - Conn Library Room 210B:

Introduction to the New OCLC Cataloging Interface

All sessions will include a lecture and demonstration as well as hands-on time and will be conducted by Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE. Participants will receive 3 hours of CE credit.

To register to attend any of the workshops and to see descriptions as well as dates, times and locations of each workshop, please go to </netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html>.

The registration fee is $10 per session for NEBASE members. If you have any questions about workshop fees, please contact Jeannette Powell at 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 or e-mail: Jeannette Powell .

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEED WEB PAGE TRAINING?

Have you wanted to create a Web page for some time, but just haven't had the opportunity to go to a workshop or attend training classes? Well now you can receive the training you need at your pace from your own computer.

MindLeaders a leader in online training has partnered with the OCLC Institute to offer a number of low cost online technical courses for library staff. Now you can take advantage of the offerings through NEBASE, your regional OCLC network.

The MindLeaders Technical Web Development series contains 81 online courses covering a variety of topics from the bare bones of developing an HTML Web site to learning Java and XML. Take only the courses you need or all of them for the same price.

Interested? Try out a free demo course to see if online training is for you. Just point your browser to the NEBASE home page </netserv/nebase/nebserv.html> and click on the link for MindLeaders listed under the Training section.

Follow instructions listed on the MindLeaders page for placing an order and you will soon be on your way to learning how to create your first Web page or improving on your existing skills.

Shannon Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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ONLINE DATABASE TRAINING CLASSES

Online training classes for Books In Print and Electric Library are now available. Learn about the databases from the comfort of your own library. These classes are designed to introduce librarians to the databases and provide them with the background information and hands-on experience they need to search them successfully.

The classes contain a number of lessons that librarians can work through at their own pace. The Books In Print class is seven lessons long and the Electric Library class is six. Each lesson is about four pages when printed and consists of informational text, search examples, screen shots and practice questions. Each lesson includes an average of five multiple-choice and short-answer questions. Our goal was to create questions that would provide students with hands-on experience and at the same time highlight and familiarize them with important features of the databases. Susan Knisely and I will e-mail feedback to students after each set of answers is submitted online and reviewed.

Are you unsure if an online class is for you? Try taking the Common Database Searching Techniques lesson. This lesson covers Boolean logic, phrase searching, and wildcards. Don't let the length of this lesson scare you away. It is the longest lesson you will have to complete! The class is located at: </netserv/class/>.

Students will have two months to complete the Books in Print or Electric Library class. Students who submit all of the assignments by the end of the two month period will receive one Continuing Education credit hour.

There is no cost to take these classes but you must register. To register complete the online form located at </netserv/onlineclass.html>.

If you have any questions about these classes please feel free to contact Allana Novotny or Susan Knisely at 800-307-2665.


Allana Novotny
Network Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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Databases

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Databases  

DATABASE TIPS & TRICKS

BOOKS IN PRINT ENHANCEMENTS

The R.R. Bowker Company recently made two interesting enhancements to the Books in Print database. The first enhancement is a link to OCLC's WorldCat database. When users link to WorldCat from Books in Print, they access a modified version of the WorldCat database intended to present users with brief records (author, title, publisher, year, ISBN) for books identified through Books in Print. From within each of these WorldCat records users can use a "Library Locator" to find public and academic libraries that own the book.

To take advantage of this first enhancement, users must first perform a search in the Books in Print database in order to identify books of interest. After doing this, users must indicate which book they want to look up in WorldCat. From the Search Results screen they can indicate this by a) checking the box to the left of the book's title, or b) clicking on the book's title to access its Full Description. Users must then scroll to the bottom of the Search Results or Full Description screen, select "WorldCat" from the drop-down "Select a Library Catalog" menu, and click on the "Search/Go" button.

At this point Books in Print searches the modified WorldCat database. If it finds one match it presents users with a single detailed record. If it finds multiple matches it presents users with a list of brief results. Users can click on any title in the brief results list to retrieve a detailed record. After retrieving a detailed record, users can scroll to the bottom of the record, enter their zip/postal code, state, or country into the "Library Locator" text entry box, and click on "Find" to retrieve a list of public and academic libraries that own the book. Only public and academic libraries that have chosen to add their holdings to OCLC will be listed.

The second recent enhancement to Books in Print is a "Search Online Bookstores" link. This link appears at the top of the Full Description screen. Users can click on it to search for a book at more than 40 online bookstores using the AddALL Book Search and Price Comparison service (for more information on AddALL see <http://www.addall.com>). If the online bookstore search is successful, users are presented with a price comparison chart listing book price, shipping charges, sales tax, total cost, order processing time, and shipping time for each store at which the book is available.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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SIRS OFFERS FREE PREVIEW OF THEIR ONLINE DATABASES

SIRS Publishing, Inc. in conjunction with the Nebraska Library Commission is offering your library a no-obligation free preview of our online databases. SIRS Publishing, Inc. has been providing reference materials to libraries and schools at all levels for thirty years. The benefit to the students and library patrons lies in the fact SIRS databases are easy to use and produce only quality, full text results. Each database provides:

Databases to preview:
  • SIRS Researcher® is a general reference database containing thousands of full-text articles exploring social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues. Articles and graphics are selected from 1,500 domestic and international publications.
  • SIRS Government Reporter® provides current and historic government documents; landmark and recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions; information about federal departments, agencies, elected leaders and more.
  • SIRS Renaissance® - 'Current Perspectives on the Arts & Humanities' is a reference database providing current, dynamic information on Architecture & Design, Culture, Literature, Multimedia, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy & Religion and Visual Arts.
  • SIRS NetSelect™ is an online database of Internet resources providing access to quality Web sites on almost any subject. Utilizing time-tested techniques, SIRS editors evaluate sites originating from around the globe for credibility and relevance to researchers' needs.
  • SIRS Discoverer® Deluxe is an award-winning reference database for children in grades 1-9 which promotes research, reading, writing, language and computer skills.
  • SIRS Interactive Citizenship is an online database that combines cutting-edge content with state-of-the-art technology, creating an educational resource that emphasizes reading, writing and critical thinking skills.
To have a free 30-day preview of all the databases, please contact: John Martinez 800-232-7477 ext.704, or e-mail <johnm@sirs.com>. Pricing and ordering information can be found on the Nebraska Library Commission Web site at </netserv/pricing.html#sirs>.

John M. Martinez
Inside Sales Representative
SIRS Publishing Inc.
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NETFIRST DATABASE TO BE INTEGRATED INTO WORLDCAT

At the end of July 2002, the NetFirst database will be completely integrated into the WorldCat database. After integration, NetFirst will no longer exist as a stand-alone database through FirstSearch. This is of particular interest to Nebraska libraries because NetFirst is one of 11 databases currently available through the FirstSearch Base Package. Access to the FirstSearch Base Package is paid for on behalf of all Nebraska libraries with state funds by the Nebraska Library Commission.

The NetFirst database is a collection of authoritative Internet resources that have been selected and cataloged by librarians. Even though NetFirst is going away, librarians and end users will continue to be able to search for Internet resources using the WorldCat database. Virtually all NetFirst records have been part of WorldCat since August 2000. WorldCat also includes records for Internet resources that have been added by member libraries, making it a more complete source of information on high-quality Web sites.

WorldCat searches can be easily limited to Internet-only records by checking the "Internet Resources" box that appears in the "Limit type to" area of the Basic, Advanced, and Expert Search screens. On the Basic Search screen you must click on the "show document type limit options" link to display this limit option. On the Advanced and Expert Search screens it appears automatically.


 

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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RECENT ENHANCEMENTS TO FIRSTSEARCH

Addition of WorldCat Subtype Limits

OCLC recently added several new subtype limit options to the WorldCat database available through FirstSearch. These new limit options are available through Audience, Content, and Format drop-down menus. These drop-down menus appear on all WorldCat search screens immediately below the "Limit type to" options. On the Basic Search screen you must click on the "show document type limit options" link to reveal these menus. On the Advanced and Expert Search screens they appear automatically.

Users can select the following limiters from the Audience, Content, and Format drop-down menus:

Audience


Content
  • Any Content
  • Fiction
  • not Fiction
  • Biography
  • Thesis/dissertation
  • Music
  • Non-music recording

Format
  • Any Format
  • Large Print
  • Braille
  • Manuscript
  • Microform
  • not Microform
  • CD audio
  • Cassette recording
  • LP Recording
  • VHS tape/Videocassette
  • DVD video/Videodisc

Searches limited by subtype will only retrieve records which were fully cataloged with subtype information.

Revision of Default "Rank By" Order for WorldCat Search Results

Previously the default "Rank by" order for search results in WorldCat was last in/first out. As a result of recent enhancements, however, most WorldCat search results will now be ranked by the number of library holdings attached to each record. This means records with larger numbers of library holdings will appear before records with smaller numbers of library holdings. Only the first 1,000 top-ranked records will be displayed. If a search retrieves over 1,000 records and you need access to all of them, you will need to redo the search using the "No ranking" option.

Result lists ranked by "Number of Libraries" will not appear in exact descending order by the number of holdings attached. For example, records with 2,000+ holdings will appear at the top of the list, followed by records with 1,000-1,999 holdings, etc. Within the ranges of library holdings, records will be arranged by date.

Redesign of FirstSearch Administrative Module

OCLC recently reorganized the FirstSearch Administrative Module to make it easier to find information. As part of this reorganization, OCLC renamed the tabs along the top of the screen to better reflect the categories of available settings. New tab names include: Account Information, Authentication/Access, Fulfillment, Resource Linking, and Interface Display. Settings have been redistributed under appropriate tabs to streamline the customization process. Example: Previously, ILL settings appeared on four different screens; now, all ILL settings appear together under the Fulfillment tab.
 

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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MID-TERM SUBSCRIPTIONS STILL BEING ACCEPTED FOR SELECT DATABASES/ONLINE SERVICES

If you were thinking about subscribing to a new database/online service for the July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003 subscription term, but missed the deadline for a July 1 start date, you may still be in luck. The Nebraska Library Commission is still accepting mid-term subscriptions for the following products:


In most cases, orders for these products will be accepted through March 2003 and the subscription price will be prorated for the months remaining in the subscription term. Please see the database pricing page at </netserv/pricing.html> for complete details.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission


 

                
  

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