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OCLC News  

OCLC PRODUCT OF THE MONTH : INTERLIBRARY LOAN MICRO ENHANCER

Efficiently Handling ILL Requests

The OCLC ILL Micro Enhancer improves productivity by automating many repetitious and time-consuming borrowing and lending tasks. Using the Windows interface, you can update and download your entire day's activity in a matter of minutes.

Sorting, updating and printing features offer options for efficiently handling any volume of requests. The software also supports the much-requested "Reasons for No" feature in the OCLC Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.

ILL ME makes it easy to enter ILL numbers by printing barcodes on downloaded requests. You also can:
 

ILL ME supports the following OCLC ILL functions:  

ILL ME for Windows version 2.10 is compatible with Microsoft Windows 95, 98, Millennium, NT 4.0, 2000 and XP. There is no extra charge to download ILL ME software.

For more information about ILL ME and to download the most recent version, see <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/menu/me.htm> where you will find the following and more:

You can also access documentation, Quick Reference Cards and User Guides.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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CHECK OUT THE NEW WORLDCAT WEB SITE

WorldCat, the OCLC Online Union Catalog, is the heart of the OCLC cooperative. For the latest information and statistics about WorldCat, explore the new web pages recently posted to the OCLC web site <http://www.oclc.org/worldcat/>

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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ENHANCEMENTS TO OCLC FIRSTSEARCH SERVICE

Several enhancements were added to the OCLC FirstSearch service on February 24. The WorldCat database on FirstSearch now includes the new document types "Internet Resources" and "Articles", several new indexes, and the option to limit searches by number of library holdings. Icons that indicate library ownership in results lists are now customized with the library-designated name of the library or library group. In addition, 54 new journals were added to OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, bringing the total number of journals online to 3,868.

WorldCat Enhancements
Users of WorldCat on FirstSearch may now limit searches by the number of library holdings attached to records in the database to retrieve only the items held most widely by libraries. This "Number of Libraries" limit is added to the previous options to limit by year, language, format and specific holding library.

In WorldCat, the document types "Internet Resources" and "Articles" are now present in the onscreen list of document types to which searches can be limited in the Advanced and Expert search screens. "Internet Resources" is now more narrowly defined than in the past to include only those records that state Electronic Document in the 008 field of MARC record and those than have an 856 field containing a URL stating that the resource can be found at this location. The new "Articles" document type will retrieve papers, articles and proceedings cataloged in WorldCat.

An ISBN index is now available in the Advanced search screen, to simplify searching for known books. Several new indexes have been added to the Expert search screen, in response to requests from experienced WorldCat searchers. The new Expert indexes include:

New Labels For Library Icons
Icons that designate ownership of WorldCat resources by individual libraries or libraries in a custom library group are now accompanied by the name of the library or group in search results. The name of a user's library now displays in search results next to the icon previously labeled "In your library." Similarly, the name of a custom library group as designated in a library's FirstSearch administrative module now displays in search results next to the icon previously labeled "In your library group."

OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online
A list of the 54 new journals added to Electronic Collections Online, along with their Print Subscriber Program status, is available at <http://www2.oclc.org/oclc/fseco/index.asp>.

Please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665) or OCLC User and Network Support (1-800-848-5800 or <support@oclc.org>) with questions about these enhancements to the OCLC FirstSearch service.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission
 

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OCLC ISSUES 2000/01 ANNUAL REPORT

OCLC has issued its 2000/01 Annual Report, the 34th for the international, nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization.

In the report, Jay Jordan, OCLC president and chief executive officer, wrote that fiscal 2001 was an historic year as libraries celebrated the 30th anniversary of WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) and looked to the future--in the governance of the OCLC global cooperative and in the services and programs it provides to libraries.

"In WorldCat, thousands of librarians have created a unique shared resource that today provides a strong foundation on which we are building an exciting new future," wrote Mr. Jordan. "We made significant progress in extending the cooperative into the digital age through new members, new content and new tools."

For the year ended June 30, 2001, OCLC's revenues were $165.3 million, up 8 percent from the previous year as libraries continued to increase their use of OCLC's online cataloging, resource sharing and reference services. Contribution to equity was $4.9 million. During the year, OCLC invested $29.6 million to accommodate growth, upgrade technological platforms and conduct research and development. OCLC also provided member libraries with $9.4 million in credits for cataloging and resource sharing to encourage the growth and quality of WorldCat.

Highlights from the 2000/01 Annual Report, which covers OCLC's fiscal year (July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001), include:
 

Printed copies of the report can be requested online at the OCLC web site <www.oclc.org> or by e-mail <orders@oclc.org>. Copies also can be obtained by writing to: OCLC Support Services, MC 437, 6565 Frantz Rd., Dublin, Ohio 43017-3395 or faxing OCLC at 614-798-5728. Please include the item number--MAN8440--and the quantity needed in the requests. The OCLC Annual Report is also available at <http://www.oclc.org/about/annualreport/>.

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OCLC LITERATURE WHEN YOU WANT IT, WHERE YOU WANT IT

The Literature for Print-on-Demand feature on the OCLC web site offers you a quick way to print copies of OCLC brochures and booklets. You have instant access to all OCLC promotional publications related to cataloging, Dewey Decimal Classification, digital & preservation resources, metadata contract services, reference, resource sharing and general publications like What's New at OCLC and the OCLC Annual Report.

Developed originally for use at conferences, the site also offers "Email-on-Demand," which allows you to have URLs of publications and/or PDF files conveniently sent to another location electronically.

To try out the site, go to the Events and Conferences site at <http://www.oclc.org/events/> and choose "Print-on-Demand" from the section menu, or go directly to the Print-on-Demand site at <http://www2.oclc.org/events/printondemand/>. Click on the publication you're interested in and print the electronic PDF file, or check the boxes and have your brochures e-mailed to you.

When you think of more ways to improve this feature, please contact Alice Sneary at <snearya@oclc.org>.

Diana DiPaolo [edited]
OCLC Communications

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WORLDCAT KEYWORD SEARCHING CHANGES

OCLC implemented some changes to keyword searching of WorldCat for OCLC Cataloging, CORC, Interlibrary Loan, Selection and Union List on February 24, 2002.

Four existing indexes were updated: Notes, Report number, Standard number, and Subject/Title/Contents. Seven new subject indexes were added: Library of Congress subject headings, Library of Congress Children's Literature subject headings, Medical subject headings (MeSH), National Agricultural Library subject headings, Canadian English subject headings, Canadian French subject headings (Repertoire des vedettes-matiere) and Sears subject headings.

For more information on the changes, please see <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/bit/258/content.shtm#keyword>. In addition, Technical Bulletin 235 has been revised on the OCLC Web site at <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/tb/tb235/tb235.htm>.

David Whitehair
OCLC Metadata Services

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MLA INTERNATIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY IS THE OCLC FIRSTSEARCH FEATURED DATABASE FOR MARCH

The MLA International Bibliography database is the FirstSearch Featured Database of the Month for March 2002. The database is available for searching at no charge from the FirstSearch web site at <http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/databases/index.htm>.

This major resource for the study of literature and language now includes the MLA Directory of Periodicals, providing full information on more than 4,000 currently indexed journals and series. The Directory is searchable using indexes whose names start with the term "Periodical". Periodical information is also accessible through hotlinks in retrieved records.

Please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665), or OCLC Support (800-848-5800 or <support@oclc.org>) with questions regarding the Alternative Press Index.
To request trials of additional FirstSearch databases, please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665).

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ATTENTION PUBLIC LIBRARIES - SAVE UP TO 50% ON FIRSTSEARCH SUBSCRIPTIONS

Visit OCLC booth 1019 at the Public Library Association Conference in Phoenix to learn how public libraries can save up to 50% on FirstSearch annual subscriptions during 2002.

Come to learn more about special discounts to public libraries on first-time subscriptions to the following FirstSearch databases: PAIS International, Alternative Press Index, ATLAS: the ATLA Serials database, MDX Health Digest and RILM Abstracts of Music Literature.

If you do not plan to attend the PLA Conference, contact NEBASE at 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665 for more information about these special savings for public libraries and we will be glad to help you begin your subscription to one or more of these databases at these special prices.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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INTRODUCING THE OCLC FIRSTSEARCH ELECTRONIC COLLECTIONS ONLINE FEATURED PUBLISHER

Beginning in February 2002, OCLC will showcase Electronic Collections Online publishers and the journals they offer by providing access at no charge to at least one of the Featured Publisher's electronic journals during the time the publisher is featured, usually for a month.

To search the featured journal(s) at no charge, go to the FirstSearch web site at <http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/databases/index.htm> and click the Featured Publisher tab on the Featured Database box. Click the Try It Now! Button to access the search area.

Institutions that already subscribe to some electronic journals through Electronic Collections Online will have the chance to try out new content here; institutions that are considering e-journal subscriptions will be able to try out both the interface and the content.

RAND <http://www.rand.org/>, a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis, is the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online Featured Publisher for March 2002.

The RAND Journal of Economics is available during March for searching at no charge from <http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/databases/index.htm> and also from <http://www2.oclc.org/oclc/fseco/frames/frames_pub.asp>.

Please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665) or OCLC User and Network Support (800-848-5800 or <support@oclc.org>) with questions. To request trials of additional Electronic Collections Online journals, please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665).

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEW OCLC PATHFINDERS ONLINE TUTORIALS

As a result of recently implementing nearly 30 user-requested enhancements to the OCLC Pathfinders toolset we are pleased to provide you at no cost with new interactive Pathfinders online tutorials: "Using Enhanced Pathfinders: An OCLC Tutorial". These publicly accessible tutorials may be taken as frequently as you want. Through a series of brief hands-on exercises that use Pathfinder screen captures you'll learn how to use these new features including:

Pathfinders are topic-oriented lists of librarian-selected resources that may also include links to existing OCLC electronic resource records. Any member with an OCLC cataloging authorization can access the database of Pathfinders and the toolset. Remember, all fees associated with Pathfinder activities including Pathfinder search, add, link use and storage are suspended until July 1.

To access Pathfinders in CORC, use your cataloging authorization and log on at <http://corc.oclc.org>

To access "Using Enhanced Pathfinders: An OCLC Tutorial" point your browser to the following:
via the OCLC CORC Learning/Teaching web site <http://www.oclc.org/corc/learning/pathtutor/pf2what/index.html> or
via the OCLC Support Training web site <http://www.oclc.org/support/training/>

For more information please contact either  NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665) or the OCLC User & Network Support (UNS). UNS offers support in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Contact UNS by e-mail <support@oclc.org> or use the contact option while logged on to CORC or use the following numbers to telephone: 800-848-5800.

Sandy McIntyre Colby
OCLC Metadata Services

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REDESIGNED OCLC FIRSTSEARCH ADMINISTRATIVE MODULE

OCLC has successfully redesigned the FirstSearch administrative module, making navigation and administration of FirstSearch accounts easier for FirstSearch administrators. The functionality of the administrative module is the same, but the navigation has been improved. Navigation tabs that outline the basic features of the administrative module are now located at the top of the screen, eliminating the need to scroll left and right to see entire screens. A revised version of the FirstSearch Administrative Module Reference Guide that includes information about the redesigned administrative module is now available at <http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/documentation/adminref/>.

Jennifer Corsi
OCLC Product Management
 

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ILL MANAGEMENT STATISTICS TEMPLATE

With special thanks to Cyril Oberlander and John Clarke at Portland State University, OCLC has posted a Microsoft Access template that provides sophisticated reports from the data provided in the OCLC ILL Management Statistics.

Libraries that have purchased a subscription to the OCLC ILL Management Statistics and who have rudimentary knowledge of Microsoft Access will find this template of great value.

Please note that this template is offered as freeware. OCLC will not provide UNS support of this software.

Libraries can download the template at: <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/ill_mgmt_stats/reportmc.htm>.

Tony Melvyn
OCLC Reference and Resource Sharing
 

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OCLC ILL WEB INTERFACE AND USER SUPPORT FEES

Last September, OCLC introduced the Web interface to the OCLC ILL Service. This new interface offers users an easy-to-use graphical interface that improves service to many of our member libraries. Over 1300 libraries are using this new interface either as their sole method of interlibrary loan activity on OCLC or interchangeably with OCLC Passport software.

OCLC wanted to introduce the Web interface before the start of the busy fall interlibrary loan season. In September 2001, when the interface was ready to be launched, the billing component for access and support fees was still in development. OCLC decided to introduce the new interface without the access and support fee component, because we wanted to offer the service to the many libraries that would benefit from its easy-to-use interface.

Over the last months, development on the interface continued and on Sunday, February 24, 2002 OCLC applied the access and support billing component to the Web interface. Billing for the Web interface is the same as Passport billing. This has always been true, however, for the last several months libraries using the Web interface were not billed access and support fees. With the new component installed, billing for use of the Web interface and Passport will be exactly the same.

The access and support fees are needed to provide our member libraries with support for OCLC services. They are also used in part to fund ongoing development of our services that improve libraries' efficiency.

As a reminder: it is important for libraries that use the Web interface to the OCLC ILL service or Passport, to logoff of the system to end the hourly connect fees once you have completed your work on OCLC ILL.

If you have any questions, please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665).

Cathy Kellum [edited]
OCLC ILL Web Interface Product Manager

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USERS ARE TALKING ABOUT THE OCLC ILL WEB INTERFACE

Users' comments about the web interface (<http://illweb.oclc.org>) to the OCLC ILL service have been positive:


Log on to OCLC ILL via the web at <http://illweb.oclc.org> and give it a try. The interface is intuitive and makes the basic ILL functions easy to use.

Cathy Kellum [edited]
OCLC Resource Sharing

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CORC ENHANCEMENTS

The CORC January 27, 2002 enhancement installation was successfully completed. This installation includes record status and editing enhancements, changes due to the OCLC-MARC format update, and a new News area. Following is more information about these changes.

Record Status Enhancements
Bibliographic records contain multiple statuses. Prior to this enhancement, records contained only one status. The multiple statuses are grouped as "Action status", "Source status", "Workflow status", and "My status".

Save file searching - you can search by the statuses listed above in the Show by Status dialog and the Save File search dialog.

Editing Enhancements:
"Create in Catalog' screen - The screen in the Resource Catalog is revised to clarify choices you have for creating new records. The radio button "Include' has been changed to "Use extracted data from URL' and the URL box has been added to that line. The radio button "Create a blank record' has been changed to "Use a blank workform'. A change has been made to this screen that ensures you will no longer be able to choose a blank workform and enter a URL at the same time.

New Display Option for single retrieved-records in WorldCat and the Resource Catalog - CORC provides an option that allows you to choose how a single-retrieved record (single hit) displays. Except for the Search authorization, you have the option to choose "Display Mode', "Local Edit Mode' or "Master Edit Mode'. This does not apply when more than one record is retrieved as the functionality to choose already exists when multiple records are retrieved.

Diacritics and special characters - A table of diacritics and special characters is readily available for you to reference. It should be used in conjunction with the diacritics information in CORC Help, and it contains the Character Name, Bar Syntax (mnemonic code), Examples of the characters (and modified letters if appropriate), and Languages. The table is mainly intended for use with bibliographic and authority records, but may be used by other databases if applicable. Access to this table will be provided through a link "Diacritics" in the header bar.

Provide easier access to MARC field definitions in the MARC Edit views (Local and Master) in WorldCat and the Resource Catalog - For WorldCat and the Resource Catalog, a MARC Help button/box combination is provided where you can enter the MARC tag and retrieve the Bibliographic Formats & Standards page for that field. This is provided in both the MARC View and the MARC TextArea View. For CatExpress, there is no change to MARC Help. In the Edit view of CatExpress, clicking on the tag/label will retrieve the same display as offered above.

Increase the number of blank lines in a record - In the MARC View for WorldCat, the Resource Catalog, and Authorities, CORC provides 3 blank lines in a workform, cloned record or existing record. Previously, only 1 blank line was provided. You continue to have the option to add up to 10 blank lines at the field level during editing.

Functions "Clear', "Delete', "Control' and "Uncontrol' - "Clear' has been changed to "Delete Text,' and "Delete' has been changed to "Delete Field' in the fields where both are currently allowed. "Delete Text' has been added to the Functions list in all heading fields. In addition, "Control' and "Uncontrol' have been changed to "Control Heading' and "Uncontrol Heading'. Previously in the November 2001 install, "Add Single' was changed to "Add Single Field' and "Add Multiple' was changed to "Add Multiple Fields'. Note: although the function name "Clear' has been changed to "Delete Text', it still allows you the means to delete fields at one time instead of one at a time, thus saving trips to the server.

Provide the capability to reorder fields in the MARC or DC Views in WorldCat, the Resource Catalog, and Authorities for those fields that the system does not automatically reorder on a reformat - Cut, copy and paste functions have been added to the Functions lists ("Cut Field', "Copy Field', "Paste Field') to give you the ability to move fields around without having to cut/copy and paste the data in each box separately (field tag, indicators and text box).

Provide title/heading information in Show/Active Records - The Active Records screen has been revised to add the title information to the records listed for all databases except Authorities. The title has been added to the current label (e.g., 'New1') or the control number for better identification. For Authorities, the main entry is provided. If a title/heading is not yet available, CORC provides 'No Title Provided' or 'No Main Entry Provided'. For Constant Data, the name is provided, but if one has not yet been assigned, only the label such as "New1', "New2', etc. continues to display.

In field 245 on a blank record or workform in MARC, the GMD has been changed from $h [computer file] to $h [electronic resource] as part of OCLC's implementation of the AACR2 Amendments 2001.

OCLC-MARC Format Update:
New features have been added to CORC to take advantage of changes to the MARC format implemented in July 2001. (See Technical Bulletin 244, OCLC-MARC Format Update 2001 <http://www.oclc.org/technicalbulletins/244/>). Specific changes are:

News Area:
A News Area has been added to CORC. This is similar to OCLC System News, which is available through Passport and CatME. In addition to the cataloging-related items from OCLC System News, this new News Area in CORC will include additional CORC-related announcements, including details about the monthly CORC installations. Categories will include Authorities, Cataloging, CatExpress, Digital Archive, Dublin Core, General, Pathfinders, System Updates, and WebDewey. Additional categories will be added in the future, as needed. The "version information" link will be removed from the CORC desktop, since this type of information will be included in News.

The CORC February 24, 2002 installation included submit and retrieval of authority records for NACO institutions under review, and some problem fixes. Following is more information about these changes.

Authorities
As announced in the October 2001 CORC installation, for CORC NACO institutions, both "Submit Record to National Review File" and a responded file will be available. The user may submit an edited workform or existing authority record to the National Review File for Library of Congress staff to review. Once the record has been reviewed, LC staff "Respond" the record back to the institution. The NACO user at that point has the option to retrieve the responded record through CORC, CatME, or Passport interfaces, regardless of which interface was used to submit the authority record. However, if a responded authority record is retrieved through the CORC interface, it may only be saved to the CORC Authorities Save File. It is no longer available through CatME or Passport. This action is available from the CORC Authorities database or the Authorities Save File.

The NACO user may access responded authority records from CORC Authorities/Show/Responded File. When the Authority Responded File is displayed, the user gets a list of records that contain a truncated 1xx field, the ARN, the LCCN and an expiration date. The records may be tagged or marked either from the Action menu dropdown, or one by one. Once the records have been tagged, the action "transfer tagged records" will move the records from the Responded File to the institution's CORC Authorities Save File. NOTE: If the records have been tagged and the user leaves the display prior to transferring any tagged records, the tag/s will not persist. The user would need to tag the records again for transfer.

Several problem fixes will also be installed:

Browser Compatibility Information
Currently, CORC and CatExpress work well with versions of Netscape 4.75, 4.76, 6.1 and 6.01 as well as Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 5.0 or 5.5, but not Netscape 6.0. IE 6.0 is still being tested for compatibility.

Feedback about CORC is welcome. We recommend that you use the Contact Support feature in CORC to send both reports of problems and also suggestions for improvements. General information site for CORC: <http://www.oclc.org/corc>.

Susan Westberg
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GUIDELINES FOR CATALOGING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES REVISED

Want tips on cataloging electronic resources? A revised version of "Cataloging Electronic Resources: OCLC-MARC Coding Guidelines" is now available to help you. This new revision incorporates changes documented by the revamped Chapter 9 "Electronic Resources" of Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd edition which was officially implemented in December 2001.

The Guidelines can be found at <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/cataloging/type.htm>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC CatME FOR WINDOWS 2.10 NOW AVAILABLE

Version 2.10 of the OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer (CatME) software was released in February. This new version includes:

In addition, the CatME documents, Getting Started, Quick Reference, and Learning to Use OCLC CatME, have been updated. Help has also been updated. This new version of software and the updated documentation are available at no charge via electronic download from the OCLC Web site.

OCLC CatME is a Windows-based interface to OCLC Cataloging that includes both online, interactive access to OCLC Cataloging along with optional offline, batch functionality. Please visit the CatME home page at <http://www.oclc.org/catme> for more information about CatME and to download the software and documentation.

David Whitehair
OCLC Metadata Services

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OCLC FOREST PRESS INTRODUCES NEW WEBDEWEY AND ABRIDGED WEBDEWEY SERVICES

OCLC Forest Press has released new WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey services. Both services are available to libraries via annual subscription for single-user or site licenses.

"The new WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey services offer libraries of all kinds and sizes access to the updated and enhanced version of the Dewey Decimal Classification that best suits their needs," said Joan S. Mitchell, executive director and editor in chief, OCLC Forest Press.

WebDewey is a web-based version of the enhanced DDC 21 database. WebDewey features thousands of Relative Index terms and built numbers not available in the print version of the DDC; Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) that have been statistically mapped to Dewey numbers from records in WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) and intellectually mapped by the DDC's editors; 35,000 of the over 50,000 LCSH found in the OCLC Forest Press publication, People, Places & Things; links from mapped LCSH to the LCSH authority records; and quarterly database updates incorporating the latest changes to the DDC, LCSH mappings, index terms and built numbers.

Abridged WebDewey is a web-based version of the enhanced Abridged 13 database. Abridged WebDewey features: LCSH that have been intellectually mapped to Dewey headings by DDC editors, including many from the OCLC Forest Press publication, Subject Headings for Children; links from mapped LCSH to the LCSH authority records; mappings between abridged Dewey numbers and subject headings from the latest edition of H.W. Wilson's Sears List of Subject Headings; and quarterly database updates incorporating the latest changes to the DDC, LCSH mappings, Sears mappings, index terms and built numbers.

Both services include a robust new functionality that lets libraries add their own notes to WebDewey or Abridged WebDewey. Notes can be either related to a specific WebDewey schedule, table or manual record, or of a general nature. Site license subscribers are able to make two types of notes: institutional notes, which are accessible by all users sharing the same OCLC symbol; and personal notes, which are associated with the authorization number used to log on to the service.

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OCLC SYMPOSIUM AVAILABLE AS A WEBCAST

The OCLC Symposium "Reconceptualizing Cataloging", presented at ALA Midwinter in New Orleans, is now available as a webcast-on-demand. The VHS video will be available through OCLC ILL.

Find out more about the expanding roles of and demands on information management communities. The concept of cataloging is changing because of digital materials, new demands for metadata of various types and new consumers and producers of metadata. Hear what the symposium panel suggested as possible futures of cataloging.

You can find the agenda, speaker's biographies, webcast-on-demand registration, evaluation form and more at <http://www.oclc.org/events/videoondemand/symposium/>. The webcast will be available until mid-April 2002.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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GATES GRANTS ARE ALMOST HERE!

The cranes are coming and spring is just around the corner. What else should we be looking for on the horizon? Nebraska is one of sixteen states to be included in the next phase of the U.S. Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation! Grants will be awarded and computers installed in public libraries from Summer 2002 through Winter 2003. Public libraries will be eligible for either a full library building grant or a "purchase option" grant. Now is the time to start asking questions and looking for information in the mail from the Gates Foundation in Seattle.

The Gates Grants support expanding public access to computers, the Internet, and digital information in libraries that serve low-income communities. Libraries will use the funds to purchase computers, networking equipment, and telecommunications services for Internet access. The grants also provide training and technical support to the library staff, covering network administration, computer and Internet applications, and computer systems management. Microsoft Corporation donates software to libraries receiving foundation grants.

What if a public library does not currently have Internet access? Since the awarded equipment is to be used for public access to the Internet, libraries that currently do not have Internet access could receive initial assistance from the Gates Foundation. Installation fees for starting up Internet access according to the minimum connection guidelines of the Gates U.S. Program could qualify for assistance.

Public libraries serving communities with more than ten percent poverty level qualify for a full library building grant, including hardware, software, training, technical support, software documentation and upgrades.  Public libraries serving communities with less than ten percent of their population below the poverty level qualify for a purchase option grant, with the option to purchase identical computers and receive (at no charge to the library) software, training, technical support, software documentation and upgrades.  Guidelines for poverty level designation are set and administered by the Gates Foundation.

What should libraries be looking for in the mail? Applications will be mailed from the Gates Foundation (to eligible libraries) along with a packet of information including the verification of the library's eligibility, grants and eligibility  guidelines booklet, and a resource guide during the week of March 26, 2002.

How can your library participate? Libraries must submit an application during Nebraska's application period in order to participate in the program.

What is the next step? Completed applications will need to be submitted to the Gates Foundation with a postmarked date of April 22, 2002 or earlier.

Will there be assistance with the applications? Workshops will be held across the state within the regional library system areas to assist with the application process. Assistance will also be provided through the Gates Foundation with a conference call for all participating libraries in April.

After the application is turned in, what else is on the timeline?

The Gates Grants Program is a wonderful opportunity for the eligible public libraries in the state. It will provide a chance to either open the doors to the world of Internet or expand the current Internet access needed in communities across Nebraska. If you have any further questions about the program, please call the Nebraska Library Commission at 800-307-2665 and ask for either Richard Miller or Pam Scott, or email us: Richard Miller or Pam Scott. We are ready to help your library and community to better understand the process of this exciting project. Remember, we are only that toll-free call away!

As it becomes available, additional information will be distributed to Nebraska public libraries.  See the Gates Foundation Grants Web page for the latest news concerning the program.

Pam Scott
Continuing Education Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

 

 

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