September/October 2002  vol.8  no.5 issn 1082-4383  

 

 

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 Highlights in this Issue

NEBASE Annual Meeting 2002 - East

The NEBASE Annual Meeting 2002 - East will be held on Thursday October 3 at The Cornhusker in Lincoln.

Additional Database Roadshows Scheduled

Due to demand additional Database Roadshow sessions have been scheduled for summer/fall 2002.

NEBASE OCLC Workshops Scheduled in Omaha and Lincoln

NEBASE has scheduled workshops in Omaha and Lincoln to train our users on various OCLC products.

Fall Database Trials

This fall the Nebraska Library Commission will bring several electronic resources to trial for Nebraska librarians and media specialists.

Watch for Trivia Questions To Be Posted to the Trial Mailing List

Do you need a little extra help using the statewide databases? Try answering one of the Database Quiz questions to be posted to the TRIAL mailing list.


Table of Contents

  NEBASE     
   
  NEBASE Annual Meeting 2002 - East
  Welcome NEBASE's New OCLC Services Consultant
   
  TRAINING     
   
  Additional Database Roadshows Scheduled
  Online Database Classes Off to a Good Start
  NEBASE OCLC Workshops Scheduled in Omaha and Lincoln
  Online Courses Available For Desktop Applications
 
  DATABASES     
   
  Database Tips and Tricks: Limiting WorldCat Searches to netLibrary Ebooks / Excluding netLibrary eBooks from WorldCat Search Results
  Low Search Notification in FirstSearch
  Usage Statistics for Statewide Databases
  Fall Database Trials
  New WilsonWeb Search Interface Coming Soon
  Watch for Trivia Questions To Be Posted to the Trial Mailing List
 
  DISCOUNTS     
   
  Internet Librarian 2002 Conference Discount
  Readers' Guide Retrospective: Special Pricing Available Through October 31, 2002
  WebSearch University 2002 Conference Discount
  OCLC Institute MindLeaders Offerings and Multi-License Discounts
   
  OCLC NEWS     
   
  OCLC Product of the Month: Union List Service
  OCLC Access Suite Version 5.00 Available
  Report from OCLC Members Council Meeting
  Upcoming OCLC Web Information Sessions
   
REFERENCE     
   
  OCLC FirstSearch Service Enhancements
  OCLC FirstSearch Featured Database and Electronic Collections Online Featured Publisher for September 2002
   
RESOURCE SHARING  
   
  OCLC Adds Enhancements to Interlibrary Loan
  OCLC Resource Sharing and Passport
 
  CATALOGING      
   
  OCLC Connexion: Cataloging After OCLC Passport
  OCLC Connexion Label Enhancements
  OCLC Connexion Monthly Maintenance Installations
  Three New PromptCat Vendors
   

 


 

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NEBASE   

NEBASE ANNUAL MEETING 2002 - EAST

The NEBASE Annual Meeting 2002 - East will be held on Thursday, October 3 at The Cornhusker in Lincoln. This year's meeting will include presentations by OCLC staff on two new OCLC services, Question Point and Digital Preservation and Resources. The afternoon will include a panel on Virtual Reference in Nebraska. For libraries that may be interested in OCLC services, but not yet OCLC members there will be an afternoon session on Automating Your Library. The full agenda is available below. Registration will begin September 3 and lunch is included with your registration fee. We hope to see you in Lincoln on October 3.  To register go to  </netserv/nam.html>.

NEBASE ANNUAL MEETING 2002 - EAST
Agenda
October 3, 2002
The Cornhusker
333 South 13th Street
Lincoln, NE
 

9:00 - 9:30 Registration & Refreshments
9:30 - 9:35 Welcome and Introduction

Rod Wagner- Director, Nebraska Library Commission
Shannon Behrhorst - Network Services/NEBASE Director, Nebraska Library Commission

9:35 - 10:30 Keynote - OCLC as a Cooperative in the Digital Age: the Responsibilities of a Membership Organization

William J. Crowe - Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees and Spencer Librarian, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:15 News from OCLC

Paul Cappuzello - Library Services Manager, West Region, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

11:15 - 11:30 NEBASE Advisory Council & OCLC Members Council Update

Pat Hughes - Technical Services Librarian, Perkins Library, Hastings College
Michael LaCroix - Director, Reinert/Alumni Memorial Library, Creighton University

11:30 - 12:45 Lunch
12:45 - 2:15

Simultaneous sessions.  Attendees have a choice of attending the Question Point and Virtual Reference Panel or a CatExpress Roundtable.

  • QuestionPoint: Make Digital Reference a Reality for Your Library
    Paul Cappuzello - Library Services Manager, West Region, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
     
  • Virtual Reference Service in Nebraska - A panel discussion with librarians from institutions participating in their own virtual reference projects.
    Robin Bernstein - Director, Freeman/Lozier Library, Bellevue University
    Charlene Maxey-Harris - Librarian, C.Y. Thompson Library, University of Nebraska Lincoln
    Roxanne Cox - Head of Reference, McGoogan Library of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center

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  • CatExpress Roundtable - Talk with other CatExpress users about your experiences during an open discussion for CatExpress users, as well as library staff interested in the CatExpress service.  Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator, will facilitate discussion of the product, answer questions and demonstrate the service for current and potential CatExpress users. 
2:15 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 4:30 Break out sessions. Participants must select one session to attend. Please note some sessions have size limits. Registrations will be taken on a first come basis.
  • Your Library Treasures - Moving Them to the Web - Explore the new services OCLC is offering including the OCLC Digital Co-op, Digital Archive, and Digital & Preservation Resources
    Presenter: Ron Gardner - Manager, Digital and Preservation Solutions, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
  • OCLC Connexion: the New OCLC Cataloging Interface - See a live demonstration of OCLC Connexion, OCLC's new browser-based cataloging interface. Learn about the functionality and benefits of the new interface with hands-on practice. Get advice and tips about planning your library's migration from OCLC Passport. For more information: http://www.oclc.org/connexion/.
    Presenter: Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator, Nebraska Library Commission
     
  • netLibrary - Learn about netLibrary including the latest bookmark and note features during this hands on session. We will also discuss future purchasing opportunities and explore the eBook Tool Kit to learn how it can help you promote your collection.
    Presenter: Allana Novotny, Network Services Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission

     
  • FirstSearch Administrative Module - Go on a visual tour of the newly redesigned FirstSearch Administrative Module, and learn about new features and settings.
    Presenter: Susan Knisely, Online Services Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission
     
  • Library Automation Planning - Should we automate? Should we upgrade? Should we change vendors? Should we stay automated?  Join us for a presentation/discussion on things to consider when planning for library automation including reviewing library goals, researching vendors, choosing equipment, locating MARC records, and installing new purchases.
    Presenters: Devra Dragos - Cataloging Librarian and Pam Scott - Continuing Education Coordinator, Nebraska Library Commission

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WELCOME NEBASE'S NEW OCLC SERVICES CONSULTANT

NEBASE would like to welcome Kathryn Harnish as our new OCLC Library Services Consultant. Kathryn, an OCLC employee based in suburban Chicago, is responsible for both the NEBASE and BCR networks.

Kathryn began working for OCLC in May of this year and just completed her second trip to Nebraska in August. You are likely to see Kathryn soon as she makes visits throughout the state consulting with libraries and their use of OCLC services. "It's great to have an opportunity to work so closely with libraries on a wide variety of issues," says Kathryn. "With so many changes taking place in today's libraries, it's an exciting challenge to assist library staff with current and future needs."

Kathryn has held a variety of library and library-related positions, including work in public and technical services as well as systems administration. She most recently worked for five years with Endeavor Information Systems, Inc. in a number of roles, including Customer Service, Product Management, and Digital Library Initiatives.

Originally from eastern Pennsylvania, Kathryn describes herself as a "well-rooted Midwest transplant". She currently lives in Elgin, Illinois with her three cats and enjoys her free time with leisure travel, boating, reading, and cooking.

Kathryn looks forward to learning more about Nebraska's libraries during her visits, saying, "One of the most rewarding things about my job is that I get to work cooperatively with very dedicated and talented people to build effective strategies for current and future library needs."

Shannon Behrhorst
NEBASE Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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Training    

ADDITIONAL DATABASE ROADSHOWS SCHEDULED

Due to demand the following additional Database Roadshow sessions have been scheduled for summer/fall 2002:

Class sizes are limited and registrations will be taken on a first come first served basis. Roadshows will be cancelled if a minimum of five registrations are not received one week prior to the scheduled class. For more information about the Database Roadshow and to register see </netserv/roadshow.html>.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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ONLINE DATABASE CLASSES OFF TO A GOOD START

In mid-June we posted a message to our Trial mailing list, seeking guinea pigs for our brand new online training classes on Books in Print and Electric Library. To date, we've received 35 registrations and had eleven people complete classes. Feedback so far has been positive, with no one reporting any major difficulties taking these classes online. Participants appreciate being able to complete the classes from the comfort of their own library, and one librarian even mentioned that she was able to work on the class at the reference desk, in between helping patrons.

If you are interested in taking one of these online classes, it's not too late to sign up. For more information and to register, go to </netserv/onlineclass.html>. Students will have two months to complete these self-paced classes and will earn one hour of CE credit for each class completed. Classes consist of approximately seven lessons each, and we've been told that each lesson takes approximately half-an-hour to complete. If you are concerned about the time commitment, you might be interested in knowing that several students completed a class in less than 24 hours!

If you are unsure if these online classes are for you, you can try taking the Common Database Searching Techniques lesson prior to signing up. This lesson, which covers Boolean logic, phrase searching, and wildcards, is located at: </netserv/class/>. Please also feel free to contact me at 402-471-3849, 800-307-2665, or e-mail Susan Knisely if you have questions or concerns.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEBASE OCLC WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED IN OMAHA AND LINCOLN

NEBASE has scheduled the workshops listed below to train our users on various OCLC products.

Omaha - Omaha Public Library:

  • Introduction to the New OCLC Cataloging Interface: OCLC Connexion
  • ILL Basics Using the OCLC ILL Web Interface
  • OCLC CatExpress

    Lincoln - Bess Dodson Walt Branch, Lincoln City Libraries:

  • Introduction to the New OCLC Cataloging Interface: OCLC Connexion
  • ILL Basics Using the OCLC ILL Web Interface

    Lincoln - Loren Corey Eiseley Branch, Lincoln City Libraries:

  • Introduction to the New OCLC Cataloging Interface: OCLC Connexion
  • OCLC CatExpress

    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 three hours of Continuing Education 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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    ONLINE COURSES AVAILABLE FOR DESKTOP APPLICATIONS

    Do you or your staff need to freshen up basic skills in word processing? Perhaps you are ready to spruce up an upcoming presentation by integrating Power Point into the session? Are those Excel formulas driving you crazy? If so, you now have the chance to take online classes to help you acquire desktop application skills. MindLeaders offers a variety of low-cost online classes that can be taken over a year's time. Plus you can take all of the courses in a selected area as many times as you like. The End User Desktop Computing Group provides over thirty series of courses on applications such as Word, Excel, Internet Explorer, Netscape, Access PowerPoint, Lotus Notes, even computer basics. For more information on the MindLeaders courses visit see related article in this newsletter.

    Shannon Behrhorst
    NEBASE Director
    Nebraska Library Commission

     

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    DATABASE TIPS & TRICKS

    LIMITING WORLDCAT SEARCHES TO NETLIBRARY EBOOKS / EXCLUDING NETLIBRARY EBOOKS FROM WORLDCAT SEARCH RESULTS

    Using the WorldCat Advanced Search screen, you can easily limit searches to netLibrary eBooks. After typing search term(s) describing your topic in the first "Search for" box, type netLibrary in the second "Search for" box and select Access Method from the corresponding drop-down menu.

    It is also possible to exclude netLibrary eBooks from WorldCat search results. As above, type search term(s) describing your topic in the first "Search for" box, then type netLibrary in the second "Search for" box and select Access Method from the corresponding drop-down menu. This time, however, select the Boolean operator "not" from the drop-down operator menu to the left of the box in which you typed netLibrary.



     

    Susan Knisely
    Online Services Librarian
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    LOW SEARCH NOTIFICATION IN FIRSTSEARCH

    Does your library purchase blocks of FirstSearch searches in order to access additional databases or full text through FirstSearch? If so, have you ever run out of searches unexpectedly? Even if your answer to the second question is no, you may want to take advantage of the new Low Search Notification feature available through the FirstSearch Administrative Module. To use this feature, enter a low search threshold number (for example, 200) and one or two email addresses in the boxes provided in the Low Search Notification area of the Administrative Module. When the number of searches remaining falls below the low search threshold number, FirstSearch sends an e-mail notice to the address or addresses entered. This gives you the warning you need to purchase additional searches before completely running out.

    Within the FirstSearch Administrative Module, the Low Search Notification area appears under the Authentication/Access tab, on the General screen.



     

    Susan Knisely
    Online Services Librarian
    Nebraska Library Commission

     

    USAGE STATISTICS FOR STATEWIDE DATABASES

    Network Services staff members recently compiled the following aggregated usage statistics for statewide databases for the 2001-2002 subscription term. These statistics represent the total number of searches performed in each database by all libraries (and their patrons) that participate in the statewide database program.

    • Books in Print: 143,673
    • Electric Library: 230,856
    • FirstSearch: 263,476
    • WilsonWeb: 327,576

    Usage statistics for individual libraries are currently available for Electric Library and FirstSearch. For information on how to look up these statistics for your library, see </netserv/statedbstats.html>.

    Susan Knisely
    Online Services Librarian
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    FALL DATABASE TRIALS

    This fall the Nebraska Library Commission will bring several electronic resources to trial for Nebraska librarians and media specialists.

    Below you will find a list of vendors and products that will be announced over the next few months. If you have a special interest in a particular resource, please let us know and we can work on obtaining a statewide trial for the product.

    BioOne
    ABC-Clio
    OCLC FirstSearch databases
    H.W. Wilson
    Inet Library
    Mitchell 1
    Groves SYB
    Safari Tech from ProQuest
    WorldBook

    Shannon Behrhorst
    NEBASE Director
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    NEW WILSONWEB SEARCH INTERFACE COMING SOON

    HW Wilson is completely redesigning and incorporating new technology into their search interface. This redesign will affect the search interface for our Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated and OmniFile Full Text Select statewide database subscriptions.

    The new interface will have a new look and include a number of new features. These features include: full text searching, natural language searching, advanced thesaurus, relevancy ranked results, powerful new Verity Search Engine, and a savable search history. The new interface is scheduled to be released some time this fall.

    Presently Wilson is providing users a chance to preview the new interface using a sample database. The current sample database is Wilson's Business Full Text. Please note that Wilson is giving everyone access to this database and it is not part of our subscription. For more information about the new interface and to access the sample database go to: <http://hwwilsonweb.com/> and click on the Preview a database in the New WilsonWeb box.

    Allana Novotny
    Network Services Librarian
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    WATCH FOR TRIVIA QUESTIONS TO BE POSTED TO THE TRIAL MAILING LIST

    Do you need a little extra help using the statewide databases? Try answering one of the Database Quiz questions to be posted to the TRIAL mailing list. Beginning September 6 we will be providing a bit of trivia fun for subscribers of the TRIAL mailing list.

    Each Friday morning we will send out a trivia question that can be answered using one of the statewide databases: FirstSearch, Wilson OmniFile, Wilson Biographies Plus, Electric Library or Kiplinger Business Forecasts. Send in your answers to Network Services. Later that afternoon we will announce the name of the person with the first correct answer, as well as post the directions on how to answer the question using the databases.

    The trivia questions are created with two things in mind:
    1. To highlight the wide variety of information you can find in the various databases. We hope that users discover new and useful content available through the resources.

    2. Educate users about the searching options and functionality available with each database.
    We hope these exercises can both provide a bit of fun, as well as a new tool to learn about the electronic resources provided by the Nebraska Library Commission.

    If you miss a question you can always visit the Quiz Archive at: </netserv/trivia.html> There you will be able to find all of our questions and answers. Perhaps you can find examples here for your own database training.

    Look for the first of the weekly trivia questions to hit the TRIAL mailing list on September 6.

    To subscribe to TRIAL follow the instructions here </lists/commands.asp>.

    Shannon Behrhorst
    Network Services Director
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    Discounts  

    INTERNET LIBRARIAN 2002 CONFERENCE DISCOUNT

    NEBASE is offering a group discount to all librarians in Nebraska who attend the Internet Librarian 2002 conference. This year it will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California, on November 4-6, 2002. The price of the three-day conference with the discount is $199.00. This is more than a 40% savings off the regular price. In addition, discount prices of $169.00 on the Internet@Schools conference (November 3-4, 2002) and $249 for the combo of the Internet Librarian general conference and Internet@Schools (November 3-6, 2002) are also available.

    To receive these discounts, your registration form and payment must be received by the Nebraska Library Commission by September 20, 2002. For additional information and more detailed instructions on how to register go to </netserv/confdiscounts.html>.

    Susan Knisely
    Online Services Librarian
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    READERS' GUIDE RETROSPECTIVE: SPECIAL PRICING AVAILABLE THROUGH OCTOBER 31, 2002

    Over the next few weeks, the HW Wilson Company will be offering a "prepublication promotion" on its Readers' Guide Retrospective Database available on Wilson Web. This fall the conversion of the print index will be complete, and electronic data comprising Readers' Guide from 1890 to 1982 will be available on the Web to libraries who purchase the data.

    As a result of this promotion, Nebraska libraries ordering Readers' Guide Retrospective through the Nebraska Library Commission by the October 31, 2002 deadline will receive a 20% discount off list price. Pricing is available for specified simultaneous user levels or for a site license based on FTE/population served. Libraries pay either a one-time subscription fee, plus an annual access fee of 5% of the first year's cost, or an annual web access fee. If you are interested in a price quote please call Network Services at 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, or e-mail Network Services with your library type and FTE/population served.

    After October 31, 2002, subscription costs for Readers' Guide Retrospective will be between 6.25% and 8% higher than last year, depending on the subscription scenario.

    Susan Knisely
    Online Services Librarian
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    WEBSEARCH UNIVERSITY 2002 CONFERENCE DISCOUNT

    NEBASE is offering a group discount to all librarians in Nebraska who attend a fall 2002 WebSearch University conference. Detailed information about the WebSearch University conference can be found at <http://www.websearchu.com/>. Remaining fall 2002 conference dates are:
     

    • October 22-23, 2002, Holiday Inn O'Hare, Chicago, Illinois
    • November 19-20, 2002, Marriott Las Colinas, Dallas, Texas

    The discounted price for each two-day conference is $395. This is a $100 savings off the early bird individual conference price. No discount rates are available for the pre-conference seminars and workshops.

    To receive these discounts, your registration form and payment must be received by the Nebraska Library Commission no later than September 6, 2002, for the October conference, and October 4, 2002, for the November conference. For additional information and more detailed instructions on how to register, go to </netserv/confdiscounts.html>.

    Susan Knisely
    Online Services Librarian
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    OCLC INSTITUTE MINDLEADERS OFFERINGS AND MULTI-LICENSE DISCOUNTS

    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, 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) $59.95 for a 1 year subscription
    • Technical General Group (194 courses in 31 series) $119.95 for a 1 year subscription
    • Technical MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) Group (147 courses in 37 series) $119.95 for a 1 year subscription
    • Technical Web Development Group (81 courses in 16 series) $119.95 for a 1 year subscription

    When you subscribe to a course group you can take all of the courses listed as many times as you like, as often as you like, any place you like, any time you like, for a one-year period. The entire Course Catalog which lists all of the series and the courses within each series can be found at <http://institute.oclc.org/bin/catalog.asp>.

    New courses are added quarterly. There are seven demonstration courses that you can explore before deciding to subscribe at <http://institute.oclc.org/demos.shtm>.

    Continuing Education Credits are available through the Nebraska Library Commission.

    And now, multi-license discounts are available that can lower the per-capita educational investment for a department, library, library system, or consortia. The MindLeaders multi-license purchasing option is designed to allow one individual to purchase training for a large number of learners.

    For example, 101 one-year licenses for the End User Desktop Computing course group (180 courses in 39 series) would cost approximately $50.96 per learner (or about twenty-eight cents per course). Discounts to the low, individual-license prices begin at just 26 licenses, and you can mix and match your course groups. Even greater discounts are available for larger purchases.

    For Multi-License Purchasing there is an interactive spreadsheet and a printable order form at <http://institute.oclc.org/mlp.shtm>.

    MindLeaders is available to all libraries. Please see <http://institute.oclc.org> for all of the details and to order your MindLeaders course groups.

    Christa Burns
    OCLC Member Services Coordinator
    Nebraska Library Commission

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