May/June  2002  vol.8  no.3 issn 1082-4383  

 

  Highlights in this Issue

NEBASE Annual Meeting - West

Forty-eight participants met at Alliance Learning Center for a full day of sessions.  This year's meeting was the most highly attended western meeting ever held.

New Look for the NEBASE Website

The NEBASE website has been reorganized and redesigned.

Announcing the Database Roadshow 2002

If you would like to learn more about the databases the Nebraska Library Commission has purchased for libraries across the state, you may want to attend the fourth annual Database Roadshow.

Database Order/Renewal Deadlines for 2002/2003 Subscription Terms

This spring Nebraska Library Commission Network Services staff have arranged for discounted pricing for various databases.  Deadlines for renewals and new orders with July 1 start dates are pending.

 


Table of Contents

 

  NEBASE     
   
  NEBASE Annual Meeting - West
  New Look for the NEBASE Website!
  OCLC Institute's New E-Learning Opportunities for Librarians
 
  TRAINING     
   
  NEBASE Workshop Calendar
  Over 150 Trained at NEBASE Workshops
  Announcing the Database Roadshow 2002
  Teach Yourself OCLC with Free Online Tutorials
 
  DATABASES     
   
  Databases Tips & Tricks: Linking Users to Individual FirstSearch Databases
  Database Order/Renewal Deadlines for 2002/2003 Subscription Terms
  H. W. Wilson Working on Redesigning the WilsonWeb Interface
  Additional Discounts for New Grove's Subscribers
  Ulrich's Online Web Edition Available
 
  DISCOUNTS     
   
  CISTI Document Delivery Discount Change
  Fatbrian Name Changes to Barnes & Noble.com
   
  OCLC NEWS     
   
  OCLC Product of the Month: OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online
  OCLC Members Council May 2002 Live Webcast
  Upcoming OCLC Web Information Sessions
 
REFERENCE     
   
  FirstSearch Featured Database of the Month and Electronic Collections Online Featured Publisher for May 2002
  Enhancements to OCLC FirstSearch Service
  Link to WorldCat on FirstSearch from EBSCOHost Now Available
  OCLC CORC Pathfinders Pricing Available
  OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Now Contains More than One Million Journal Articles
  Order OCLC FirstSearch by the Search before June 20 and Save!
  Outbound Linking From FirstSearch to JSTOR Content Now Available
  PsycARTICLES Available on OCLC FirstSearch Service
  Two Free NetFirst Newsletters
   
RESOURCE   
SHARING
   
 
 
  Check Your NAD!
  OCLC Local Data Record Updating Service
  OCLC Web Interface to the ILL Management Statistics
 
  CATALOGING     
   
  CORC Enhancements
  CORC Product Name to be Retired
  Limited-Time Offer: Get a Free OCLC Language Video Set
  OCLC Cataloging Label Program 1.21 Now Available
  OCLC Institute "Cataloging Internet Resources" Version 2 Now Available
   
TECH    
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OCLC Windows-Based Software Compatibility with Microsoft Windows
   

 


 

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NEBASE   

NEBASE ANNUAL MEETING - WEST


This year's NEBASE Annual Meeting - West was held in Alliance on April 4th. Forty-eight participants met at Alliance Learning Center for the full day of sessions. This year's meeting was the most highly attended western meeting ever held.

A highlight of the afternoon meeting was the Gates Grant Application session. Pam Scott, Continuing Education Coordinator, helped public library applicants through the application and answered many questions staff had about the program. Through the Gates U.S. Library Program over 1.6 million dollars in equipment, software and training is available on a non-competitive basis to qualifying public libraries across Nebraska.

That morning OCLC members received an update on recent OCLC activities and future plans by Western Service Manager, Paul Cappuzzello. The morning also included updates on the activities of the NEBASE Advisory Council from the current chair, Pat Hughes. Michael LaCroix, NEBASE delegate to the OCLC Members Council, provided insight into the upcoming changes to the OCLC Membership.

Though the day was full there was also a chance for participants to hear about the upcoming changes to the OCLC cataloging interface. Christa Burns presented a "Life Without Passport" session for those affected by change from Passport to web-based cataloging services.

The afternoon offered two hands-on workshops for library staff. For those interested in learning more about the FirstSearch databases offered at no cost to libraries through the Commission, Allana Novotny and Susan Knisely provided extra insight into the FirstSearch product and its many features. Others were learning with Christa Burns as she provided a training demonstration on OCLC's new and easier Interlibrary Loan web interface.

Thanks to everyone that attended the April 4th meeting. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Shannon Behrhorst
NEBASE Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEW LOOK FOR THE NEBASE WEBSITE!

The NEBASE web site has been reorganized and redesigned. New links have been added to more OCLC products and services to help you get to the OCLC information you need as quickly as possible. A "What's New!" section has also been added. This page includes selected items recently posted to the NEBASE mailing list.

Stop by and check out our new look: </netserv/nebase/nebserv.html>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC INSTITUTE'S NEW E-LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIBRARIANS

Information technology is a part of every librarian's job now, no matter where you work in the library.

NEBASE and the OCLC Institute now provide low-cost subscription access to high-quality online technical courses by MindLeaders, a world leader in distance learning and technical education.

The MindLeaders catalog of over 600 online technical courses provides breadth and depth in select topical areas that are relevant to everyday library operations and future growth, from desk-top applications to systems administration and Web development.

The catalog is divided into four major course groups:

  • End User Desktop Computing Group (180 courses in 39 series) $55.00 for a 1 year subscription
  • Technical General Group (194 courses in 31 series) $110.00 for a 1 year subscription
  • Technical MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) Group (147 courses in 37 series) $110.00 for a 1 year subscription
  • Technical Web Development Group (81 courses in 16 series) $110.00 for a 1 year subscription
    Web-based learning provides convenient access to topics and courses that you need now... and later. And the one-year subscription period gives you time to learn and grow at your own pace. Course groups start at $55. New courses are added quarterly.

    I invite you to explore any of the seven demonstration courses and to begin your e-learning today. MindLeaders is available to all libraries through the OCLC Institute at <http://institute.oclc.org>.

    .. Learn online, anytime, anywhere.

    Continuing Education Credits are available through the Nebraska Library Commission.

    Christa Burns
    OCLC Member Services Coordinator
    Nebraska Library Commission

     

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    Training    

    NEBASE WORKSHOP CALENDAR

    The following workshops have been scheduled. The location and date as well as a description of each of the workshops can be found at </netserv/nebase/oclcworkshopsdesc.html>.  To register for any of the workshops,  please complete the online registration form at </netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html#reg>. The workshop fee for NEBASE libraries is $10.  If you are not a NEBASE library*, please check the registration form for your workshop fee. If you have any questions, please contact Jeannette Powell (email) or phone 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 for registration fee.

    *NEBASE libraries are Nebraska libraries who use OCLC cataloging or interlibrary loan services or who subscribe to FirstSearch. Although libraries who subscribe only to FirstSearch are eligible to pay the $10 workshop fee, they must pay by check.

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    OVER 150 TRAINED AT NEBASE WORKSHOPS

    Last fall the NEBASE Advisory Council created a training assessment survey that was distributed to the NEBASE-L mailing list, participants of the NEBASE Annual Meeting - East and to the six regional library system mailing lists. Results from the survey provided NEBASE with an idea of what types of training our members and other library staff throughout the state would like to attend.

    Since that time NEBASE scheduled a training calendar that began in December of 2001. Since December 34 workshops have been offered and over 150 librarians and library staff have attended these workshops. Training sessions have been held across the state including: Alliance, Kearney, Norfolk, and Lincoln and more workshops are being scheduled at this time and will continue throughout the summer.

    For information on upcoming training sessions, please visit: </netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html>.

    If you are interesting in hosting a workshop or have any workshop needs in your library or system please call Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator at 800-307-2665.

    Shannon Behrhorst
    NEBASE Director
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    ANNOUNCING THE DATABASE ROADSHOW 2002

    Do you have questions about the databases the Nebraska Library Commission has purchased for libraries across the state? If you would like to learn more about the databases you may want to attend the fourth annual Database Roadshow. The Database Roadshow 2002 will provide librarians with training on four of the databases funded through the Nebraska Library Commission. We will cover OCLC FirstSearch, Books in Print with Reviews, Wilson OmniFile and Biographies Plus and Electric Library. This year the class will be four and a half hours long and be divided into four segments, each focusing on a particular database. During each segment we will discuss and demonstrate a database, and then the class will have hands on time to practice using the database. Please bring any questions you may have and we will help you work through them during the hands on time. Continuing Education credits of 4.5 hours can be earned by attending this workshop. There will be a one hour break at noon. Lunch will not be provided.
     

    Ainsworth - August 6, 2002 - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
    Ainsworth Public Library

    Elkhorn - August 12, 2002 - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
    Metropolitan Community College - Elkhorn Valley Campus

    Kearney - August 1, 2002 - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
    Meridian Library System Office

    Lincoln - August 15, 2002 - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
    Nebraska Library Commission

    North Platte - July 17, 2002- 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
    McKinley Education Center

    Scottsbluff - July 16, 2002 - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm MDT
    Western Nebraska Community College

    Wayne - June 6, 2002 - 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
    Wayne State College
    This session is part of the Northeast Library System's Library/Media Training Institute.  Please contact the Northeast Library System directly to register.  Phone: 800-578-1014   E-mail: speicher@nol.org

    To attend the Database Roadshow 2002 you must complete the online registration form located at: </netserv/roadshow.html>.  Class sizes are limited and registrations will be taken on a first come basis.

    Allana Novotny
    Network Services Librarian
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    TEACH YOURSELF OCLC WITH FREE ONLINE TUTORIALS

    Are you unable to attend a scheduled NEBASE workshop? Would you like to brush up on your OCLC searching, cataloging or interlibrary loan skills? Do you have a new staff member to train? Would you like to see an OCLC product in action before making a purchasing decision? Tutorials, lessons, guided tours, and demonstrations for many OCLC products and services can be found on the OCLC Training web site at <http://www.oclc.org/support/training/>.

    The OCLC CatExpress Tutorial provides a simulation of the CatExpress service, a web-based tool for inexpensive and easy copy cataloging. The course includes exercises in searching, adding local information, setting holdings, and downloading records. It takes the learner through the basic steps of CatExpress from start to finish and mirrors the simplicity of the product itself.

    Using the OCLC Interlibrary Loan Web Interface: An OCLC Tutorial is available from the ILL Web Interface web site at <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/ill/webinterface.htm>. Two versions of the tutorial, one for current users and one for new users of OCLC ILL, are included in this training module. The tutorials use interactive screen shots to teach basic and advanced features of the ILL Web Interface.

    Go to the Cataloging Micro Enhancer Learning and Teaching web site at <http://www.oclc.org/catme/learning/> to learn what CatME can do for your library. The OCLC CatME Guided Tour provides screen graphics to illustrate system features and functions. Learning to Use OCLC CatME for Windows includes lessons that may be used as learning guides or review tools.

    Using WebDewey: An OCLC Tutorial is now available at <http://www.oclc.org/dewey/about/tutorials.htm>. Use this online tutorial to learn how to make the most effective use of WebDewey or to preview WebDewey before subscribing. This tutorial introduces you to searching and browsing, teaches you how to create user notes, and shows you how to build numbers accurately and efficiently with WebDewey.

    Searching WorldCat: An OCLC Tutorial uses hands-on exercises to teach searching strategies and techniques in a self-paced, offline environment. Use this tutorial to become a more efficient searcher of WorldCat records from the OCLC Cataloging, Interlibrary Loan, Selection, and Union List services.

    Using Interlibrary Loan: An OCLC Tutorial contains self-paced training materials that teach the main functions of the OCLC borrowing and lending cycle as well as general ILL concepts. In the easy-to-use Windows environment, users get practical, hands-on information through system simulation and practice exercises. Other topics include OCLC ILL Custom Holdings, multiple constant data, "Reasons for saying No," and OCLC ILL Direct Requests.

    Training materials are also available on the OCLC Training web site (<http://www.oclc.org/support/training/>) for OCLC FirstSearch, the OCLC Cooperative Online Resource Catalog (CORC), and OCLC WebExpress.

    Christa Burns
    OCLC Member Services Coordinator
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    Databases

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    Databases  

    DATABASE TIPS & TRICKS

    LINKING USERS TO INDIVIDUAL FIRSTSEARCH DATABASES

    Did you know that you can place links to individual FirstSearch databases on your library's web pages? When you do this, your patrons can click on a link and be taken directly to the default search screen for a specific database. This eliminates the need for patrons to first enter the FirstSearch service and then select a database. It also provides librarians with a chance to highlight specific FirstSearch databases that will be of interest to their patrons. Librarians can do this by annotating the links patrons click on in order to provide them with more information about why they might want to select a specific database.

    The easiest way to connect patrons to individual FirstSearch databases is via special IP-address recognition links on your library's web page. The steps involved in establishing these links are outlined below:

    1. First, set up IP-address recognition access to FirstSearch (see <http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/documentation/ip/admhlp_ipdispl_intro.htm> for information on how to do this). Note: Your library must have static IP addresses in order to do this.
       
    2. Next, construct URLs that will connect your patrons to individual FirstSearch databases. These URLs must begin with the required IP-address recognition URL component http://firstsearch.oclc.org/fsip and they must include the optional database name component dbname=xxx where xxx is the database name component value. Database name component values for the 11 FirstSearch databases included in Nebraska's statewide FirstSearch subscription are as follows: ArticleFirst, ECO, ERIC, GPO, MEDLINE, NetFirst, UnionLists, PapersFirst, Proceedings, WorldAlmanac, and WorldCat. In IP-address recognition URLs, a "?" must appear between "fsip" and the first optional component. Therefore, the IP-address recognition URL used to log patrons directly into NetFirst would be http://firstsearch.oclc.org/fsip?dbname=NetFirst.
       
    3. Finally, create direct links to databases and add them to your library's web page. The HTML code used to create a direct link to NetFirst, for example, would be <a href="http://firstsearch.oclc.org/fsip?dbname=NetFirst">NetFirst</a>.

    Below is an example of an annotated link to the NetFirst database as it might appear on a library's web page: 

    NetFirst - Select this database to identify high-quality Internet resources on a variety of topics.

    Here is the HTML code used to create the annotated link to NetFirst: <a href="http://firstsearch.oclc.org/fsip?dbname=NetFirst">NetFirst</a> - Select this database to identify high-quality Internet resources on a variety of topics. If you have any questions about how to create IP-address recognition links to individual FirstSearch databases, please don't hesitate to give me a call. For information about additional components that can be used in IP-address recognition URLs, see <http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/documentation/ip/ipcomponentsum.htm>.

    Susan Knisely
    Online Services Librarians
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    DATABASE ORDER/RENEWAL DEADLINES FOR 2002/2003 SUBSCRIPTION TERMS

    This spring Nebraska Library Commission Network Services staff have arranged for discounted pricing on the databases listed below. Deadlines for renewals and new orders with July 1 start dates are pending. For more information on these offers please see the Database Pricing page located at </netserv/pricing.html> or contact a Network Services staff member at 800-307-2665, 402-471-3849 or e-mail: Network Services .

    Susan Knisely
    Online Services Librarian
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    H. W. WILSON WORKING ON REDESIGNING THE WILSONWEB INTERFACE

    H. W. Wilson has announced a complete redesign the WilsonWeb interface. The new interface is scheduled to be launched in Spring 2002. According to Wilson this new interface will offer:

    As we learn more about the redesigning and implementation of the new interface we will post information to the Trial Mailing List at: </netserv/tlist.html>

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    You can subscribe to the trial mailing list at </lists/>.

    Allana Novotny


    Network Services Librarian
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS FOR NEW GROVE'S SUBSCRIBERS

    Grove's is offering an additional 5% discount to new subscribers for any of the following online products:

    Also, new subscribers ordering by the end of May will receive access to the resource at no cost for the month of June 2002.

    For a free trial on any of the above Grove's products please visit: <http://www.macmillanonline.net/trials/US/30day.htm>.

    Libraries interested in database descriptions, pricing information, and how to order a Grove's product point your browser to: </netserv/pricing.html#grove>.

    Shannon Behrhorst
    NEBASE Director
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    ULRICH'S ONLINE WEB EDITION AVAILABLE

    Bowkers Ulrich's Periodicals Directory is available on the web and you can order electronic access for the upcoming 2002-2003 subscription term at discounted Nebraska Library Commission prices. Ulrich'sweb.com provides a variety of search options and is updated weekly. Pricing for Ulrich'sWeb.com can be found at: </netserv/pricing.html>. Deadline for ordering is May 24, 2002. For more information on the Ulrich'sweb.com resource visit: <http://www.ulrichsweb.com/ulrichsweb/ulrichsweb_news/June2001.pdf>.
    Please contact Network Services at 800-307-2665 with any questions concerning prices and how to order the Ulrich'sweb.com resource.

    Shannon Behrhorst
    NEBASE Director
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    Discounts  

    CISTI DOCUMENT DELIVERY DISCOUNT CHANGE

    As of April 1, the discount NEBASE libraries receive for CISTI Document Delivery purchases changed. Libraries who register with CISTI as a NEBASE member will now receive 7.5% off the regular Direct Supply service per-article charge. If you use the OCLC ILL service and IFM billing option to order and pay for articles, you will receive 15% off. There is no discount on copyright fees, loans or Custom Services charges.

    CISTI, the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, has one of the most comprehensive collections in the world in the physical and life sciences, engineering, medicine and technology and is a leader in the collection of technical reports and conference proceedings.

    Once you have registered with CISTI as a NEBASE member, you can order copies from any of their over 54,000 different serial titles and over 700,000 books, conference proceedings and technical reports in science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and medicine. CISTI's collection is available to you through OCLC's ILL Service, as well as the CISTI catalog, CISTI WWW order form at <http://www.nrc.ca/cisti>, DOCLINE, various Internet Gateways, e-mail, mail, fax or phone.

    To take advantage of this discount offer, you must register through NEBASE by contacting Jeannette Powell either by e-mail, Jeannette Powell, or phone 800-307-2665 or 402-471-7740. If you are already registered for a CISTI service, you may transfer your account to NEBASE to take advantage of the discounted pricing.

    Having NEBASE as part of the CISTI program will help maintain and maybe even increase the volume numbers, which is what determines the discount level. This ends up benefiting all of the libraries that participate.

    Christa Burns
    OCLC Member Services Coordinator
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    FATBRAIN NAME CHANGES to BARNES & NOBLE.com

    Fatbrain.com, which has been owned by Barnes & Noble.com since 2000, recently changed its name to Barnes & Noble.com Professional, Technical and Business Bookstore. This change has affected our own discount offerings through the company.

    Effective immediately our discount provides Nebraska Library Commission members an additional 5% off each title available. Free shipping in no longer available as part of the Nebraska Library Commission discount program. As a service to all customers in general Barnes & Noble is offering free standard shipping to customers purchasing two or more titles that are shipped together.

    To enter the customized Barnes & Noble FindItNow bookstore for Nebraska Library Commission members go to: <http://btob.bn.com/index.asp?SourceId=0039357014&Btob=Y>.

    Information can also be found on the Network Services Department's Discounts page on the web at: </netserv/discount.aspx>.

    Shannon Behrhorst
    NEBASE Director
    Nebraska Library Commission

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