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OCLC News  


In recognition of the current economic realities facing libraries during the continued downturn in the global economy, OCLC will hold prices at current levels next year, implement a number of business restructuring actions to control and reduce operating costs, and continue to invest in the future for libraries.

"In this difficult time, the OCLC cooperative can not only offer hope, but practical solutions that can help libraries, museums and archives increase their productivity and do more with less," said Jay Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer, OCLC. "Indeed, our objective of reducing the rate of rise of library costs is more important than ever. It is also critical that we continue to invest in products and services that will help libraries serve their users at levels they have come to expect."

During the 2003/2004 fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2003 and ending June 30, 2004, there will be no price increases in OCLC cataloging and metadata services, cooperative discovery services, and digital and preservation services. For OCLC services that provide access to third-party content, OCLC will pass through to libraries any royalty increases that are charged by content owners. OCLC provides third-party content in the FirstSearch service, Electronic Collections Online database and netLibrary eBooks.

OCLC continues to invest in the future of libraries. OCLC is enhancing WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) to provide libraries with new functionality and efficiencies to help them control their costs. OCLC has also recently launched new products and services-such as the QuestionPoint virtual reference service, Digital Archiving, CONTENTdm digitization software, and netLibrary eBooks-that will help libraries meet the challenges of the digital age.

"Cooperation, collaboration and resource sharing-the core values of the OCLC cooperative-can help libraries rise to the challenge of these demanding economic times," said Mr. Jordan. "We fully intend to continue to make OCLC membership the best value in the worldwide library community."


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The OCLC Products and Services Price List for the 2003/2004 Fiscal Year is now available on the NEBASE Web page at </netserv/nebase/nebserv.html>. These prices, in effect from July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004, apply only to NEBASE members. OCLC has not changed the pricing for the 2003/2004 fiscal year, so the pricing remains at the current 2002/2003 levels.

If you have any questions, problems, or concerns related to these prices, please feel free to email Christa Burns, NEBASE OCLC Member Services Coordinator, or phone 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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There are many reasons libraries, museums and historical societies digitize some, or all, of their treasures. Digital preservation provides security. It extends longevity. And it simplifies management. But most importantly, it gives users better access to your most precious collections.

OCLC has been involved in collection preservation for more than 20 years. OCLC Digital and Preservation Resources' mission is to:

Digital & Preservation Outreach Services offers a place where you can share with your colleagues and keep up-to-date on the latest activities in preservation and digitization. As a forum for exchange and sharing, the Outreach Services provides the foundation for all other OCLC digital and preservation services.

The Digitization and Preservation Online Resource Center is available at <>. All those interested in digitization and/or preservation can visit the site for: For more information on Digital & Preservation education opportunities, go to <>.

The OCLC Digital & Preservation Resources Centers provide outsourced services for larger-scale projects or materials that require special handling. Based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Lacey, Washington and the Hague, Netherlands, the fully equipped studios provide high-quality digitization and preservation of your unique collections. Custom services from the Centers include: For more information on the Digital & Preservation Resources Centers, go to <>.

Digital Archive
After you digitize your collection, the next step is to preserve it. The OCLC Digital Archive provides long-term access, management tools and preservation for your treasured digital materials.

With specialized tools to help with preservation metadata creation in MARC or Dublin Core, you can identify and harvest digital objects as you catalog them with bibliographic metadata. Because archiving fits neatly into your current cataloging workflow for electronic materials, you access the Digital Archive through a tab on Connexion, the OCLC online cataloging service.

In addition, the Digital Archive makes it easy to share your unique resources with the world. You can store your Archived records in WorldCat, giving access through FirstSearch. Your content becomes always accessible and available. Plus, your copyright and preservation metadata stay safe and secure.

For more information on the Digital Archive, go to <>.

Software Tools
OCLC offers two scalable, end-to-end tools for creating digital collections. You can create text collections with the OCLC Historical Newspaper Service, powered by Olive software. And you can create image and digital object collections with CONTENTdm, a software suite.

With the OCLC Historical Newspaper Service, powered by Olive software, your microfilmed newspapers and text-intensive documents become fully searchable from any standard web browser, down to the article level. Whether your collection is community newspapers, student newspapers or annual reports, OCLC can help you provide increased access. With the service, you:
For more information on the OCLC Historical Newspaper Service, go to <>.

CONTENTdm is a digital collection software suite that allows you to create, organize, search, access and manage your digital collections. License CONTENTdm for your own server or use a hosted solution from an OCLC server. With CONTENTdm, you can:
Free trials of CONTENTdm are available. To request a 60-day evaluation copy, go to <>.

For more information on CONTENTdm, go to <>.

Please feel free to email Christa Burns, NEBASE OCLC Member Services Coordinator, if you have any questions or phone 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEBASE is offering a free trial month of OCLC CatExpress access to new subscribers. CatExpress provides Web-based copy cataloging to small libraries at a low, flat-fee subscription price.

If you are cataloging 3,000 or fewer titles a year, CatExpress is the most efficient way to get your holdings into OCLC. A CatExpress subscription includes the cost of searching the WorldCat database, setting or deleting your holdings in WorldCat, receiving MARC records to load into your local system, and your telecommunications charges to OCLC.

The OCLC CatExpress trial subscription is a no-risk way to see if CatExpress is right for you and your library. Many libraries new to OCLC would like to know what kind of hit rate they will receive with CatExpress. You may also want to know how the records from OCLC can be processed by your local system. The trial option allows you to do real work with CatExpress, before committing to a subscription.

The introductory subscription is for the month of June 2003, and is free. If you do not wish to continue with CatExpress, simply cancel before the end of June. If you do not cancel within that first month, the subscription automatically rolls over to the regular 12 month subscription, which runs from July 2003-June 2004.

NEBASE will be taking orders for CatExpress through May 15. The free trial month will begin on June 1, 2003. If you decide to continue with CatExpress after the free trial month is over, you don't need to do a thing. You will automatically be added to NEBASE's CatExpress Group Subscription. You will only pay for the regular 12 month subscription, receiving 13 months of CatExpress access for the price of 12.

To learn more about CatExpress, and to see the special NEBASE Group Subscription Pricing, go to </netserv/nebase/catx.html>.

Email Christa Burns or phone 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665 if you have any questions and to sign up for the CatExpress offer.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC is pleased to announce the successful completion of the SERHOLD to OCLC Batch Update pilot project, which tested the exporting of serial holdings data from DOCLINE into the OCLC Union List system. The pilot project was conducted from November 2001 to April 2003 with eight libraries who participate in both DOCLINE and OCLC. The first production data export will be performed over the upcoming July 4th holiday weekend, but libraries are being encouraged to authorize their participation as soon as possible.  For more information, please contact Christa Burns at NEBASE, 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665, e-mail Christa Burns.

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OCLC Abstracts uses the Internet to deliver timely information about OCLC services, programs, news and events directly to subscribers' desktops. This e-journal augments and complements OCLC's Web site and print communications. To subscribe:

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Every 15 seconds an OCLC member library adds a new record to WorldCat, which contained 49,770,475 unique bibliographic records, representing 884,616,746 holding locations as of May 3, 2003. Every 5 seconds an OCLC member library fills an interlibrary loan request using WorldCat, which has supported 126,187,327 interlibrary loan requests as of May 3, 2003. Every 2 seconds a library user searches WorldCat using the OCLC FirstSearch service.

 For more information about WorldCat, contact a member of the Network Services staff at 800-307-2665 or email Network Services.

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OCLC is offering FREE Web information sessions to both OCLC member and nonmember libraries. The sessions will include a live presentation that you will access from your own computer via the web, with audio available via a conference call. You will be able to submit questions you have at any time during the presentation. Registration information and complete descriptions of the sessions can be found on the OCLC Web site: <>. The following sessions are currently scheduled:

OCLC Language Sets
Learn How To Develop Your Non-English Collections Affordably
Thursday, May 22 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Make Digital Reference a Reality for Your Library
Tuesday, May 6 12:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Wednesday, May 28 1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m. (Central Time)

OCLC Custom Cataloging
Learn How To Give Your Patrons Improved Access To Your Entire Collection
Thursday, May 22 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. (Central Time)

OCLC MARC Record Service (OCLC MARS(r))
Enhance Your Collection's Accessibility
Thursday, May 22 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Automated Collection Assessment and Analysis Service (OCLC ACAS)
Learn how collection analysis can help your library
Thursday, May 8 1:30 - 2:30p.m. (Central Time)

See all the new enhancements to OCLC ILLiad and learn how you can improve your library's ILL efficiency with OCLC ILLiad
Thursday, May 8 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Thursday, May 15 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Presentations and minutes from both the general session as well as the library group discussions and interest group discussions are now available on the OCLC Web site at <>. The theme of the three-day meeting was "Libraries, Their Present and Future Global Environments: The Regional Context" and featured a keynote address by Ann Okerson, Associate University Librarian, Yale University, on "The Effect of Consortia on the Library Environment."

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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This article includes information for library staff in reference, interlibrary loan, collection development and systems.

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



23 Journals Added to OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online
23 new journals from 5 publishers were added to OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, bringing the online total to 4,459 journals available. The new titles and their ISSNs are available at <>.

New Database: Media Review Digest
The Media Review Digest database is now available on the OCLC FirstSearch service. Media Review Digest provides extensive review coverage of educational media, along with strong supplemental coverage of entertainment resources from 1989 to the present, to help librarians make the most of their acquisitions budgets. In addition to providing citations to reviews of media resources in several leading print publications, the Media Review Digest database also contains links to over 300,000 full-text reviews and related resources accessible on the Internet. It includes more than 100,000 media resources with over 375,000 reviews, evaluations, awards and prizes. The database covers media forms such as educational and feature films, videocassettes, videodiscs, educational and spoken-word records, tapes and compact discs, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and other optical media, and slides, transparencies, kits, maps, anatomical models, games, and other miscellaneous media items. The Media Review Digest database is available via per-search and by subscription; contact your regional service provider for further information.

Coverage Of ATLA Religion Database Expanded!
The ATLA Religion database on FirstSearch has been enhanced with the addition of over 50,000 new indexing records from the Retrospective Indexing Project (RIP) 1843-1948, Andover Review (1884-1893), and the Methodist Reviews Index (MRI) 1818-1985. Taken together, these additional records provide substantial retrospective coverage of over one hundred journal titles in the ATLA Religion database. Three new product codes, RIP, MRI and Andover, have been added to the Product Code Limit on the advanced and expert screens in the ATLA Religion database on FirstSearch to help users identify these new groups of records.

PsycARTICLES Database Enhanced With PDF Images
Users of the PsycARTICLES database on FirstSearch now have the option to view PDF images of the full-text articles in the database, in addition to the HTML versions.


Union List Data Visible from Serials Records in Additional FirstSearch Databases
Holdings information as recorded in Local Data Records (LDRs) in the OCLC Union List service is now accessible from serials records on the initial holdings screen and on the Display All Libraries screen in all ISSN-based FirstSearch databases. This information saves users' time and makes it easier for them to locate articles in the collections of their own and others' libraries because they can check the volumes and years owned in the holdings display. The visibility of local holdings data protects and leverages the investments already made by libraries in their serials collections, in union listing, and in their consortia. It enhances libraries' stature with funding authorities and user communities by increasing awareness of, and broadening access to, their collections.

Link to Holdings Display from Brief Records in Additional FirstSearch Databases
Users will be able to click on links labeled "Libraries" in brief records in ISSN-based FirstSearch databases to go directly to lists of owning libraries. These links streamline the process of viewing the holdings information, since users no longer have to go first to the Detailed Record, and have been implemented in response to user suggestions.



Records Exportable to RefWorks, ProCite, Reference Manager Bibliographic Management Software
In response to many requests, FirstSearch users can now export one or more bibliographic records directly into RefWorks <> bibliographic management
software, in addition to the previously available EndNote package <>. If they do not have access to EndNote or RefWorks, they will be able to export data as delimited text files for use in other popular programs such as ISI Researchsoft's ProCite <> and Reference Manager <>. The link to RefWorks appears on the Direct Export Records page in FirstSearch, accessed by clicking the button at the top of the brief and detailed record screens. To export to ProCite and Reference Manager, users should choose Text file.
NOTE: OCLC does not distribute or provide support for the bibliographic management programs. Please see <> for support contact information.

Interface Changes Make It Easier for Users to Get the Items They Need
Several changes to the FirstSearch brief and detailed record displays will make it easier for users to get the items they need. A new "Get This Item" link and icon appear in brief records where there is no full-text link and where appropriate, depending on the nature of the database. The link and icon appear only in databases in which ILL and holdings are available. Clicking Get This Item takes a user to a new section, also labeled "Get This Item", at the top of the detailed record. This section includes one or more of the following: the link to the display of libraries worldwide that own the item; the link to a library's web-based catalog if it has been enabled in the administrative module; a new link to OCLC Interlibrary Loan (in addition to the ILL button still available in the gray bar); and links to external resources the library has set up, e.g., to JSTOR or the library's OpenURL server. The text of the ILL link is customizable in the FirstSearch administrative module (see below). To make it easier for users to understand, the label of the "Ownership" section of the record has been changed to "Availability".

Biology Digest Enhancements
Users of the Biology Digest database can now take advantage of the same level of functionality as they can in other FirstSearch databases. They can

In addition, users of the Expert search interface can improve precision of their searches with several new indexes.


Customizing Text of ILL Link in Detailed Record
FirstSearch administrators can customize the text of the new link to OCLC Interlibrary Loan that appears in the Get This Item section of the detailed record. To do so, go to the Fulfillment -> ILL Settings page of the administrative module and type the desired text in the box labeled "Custom Text for Link to ILL Request Form".


109 Journals Added to OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online
One hundred nine new journals from seven publishers were added to OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, bringing the online total to 4,568 journals available. The new titles and their ISSNs are available at <>.

Advance Notice of Discontinuation of Ethnic Newswatch and GenderWatch databases on the OCLC FirstSearch Service
As announced earlier, the Ethnic NewsWatch and GenderWatch databases will be discontinued on the OCLC FirstSearch service, effective July 1, 2003. The decision to discontinue these databases is based on OCLC's ongoing evaluation of the databases in FirstSearch to focus on content that we can add value to, as well as to provide more economically-viable offerings to the OCLC cooperative. Having these databases on FirstSearch is no longer the best use of OCLC's FirstSearch resources.

EventLine, AIDS and Cancer Research databases removed from FirstSearch
The EventLine and AIDS and Cancer Research databases were discontinued on FirstSearch effective April 1. Excerpta Medica, the producer of EventLine, informed OCLC that it planned to no longer update EventLine after March 2003. AIDS and Cancer Research had no subscribers.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Resource Sharing  


Two custom holdings enhancements were added to OCLC Interlibrary Loan in April:

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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The ILL Policies Directory was released on February 16 and has to date been used by 700 libraries to create over 1600 policies. The Directory continues to grow larger every day as OCLC moves towards migration away from the NAD for ILL policies.

In times like these, Interlibrary Loan goes up...way up. The new OCLC ILL Library Policies and Technology Directory can save you and your OCLC partners precious time processing ILL requests. So take a little time now to update your entry in the new Policies Directory. You can notify potential borrowers of items you cannot lend, enter your library's OPAC and more.

Detailed instructions for entering your information into the new ILL Policies Directory can be found in a new reference card, Getting Started with the ILL Library Policies and Technology Directory, which is available from the ILL Policies and Technology Directory Web site at <>. You may have also received a copy of this card in the mail.

In addition, Technical Bulletin 248: OCLC ILL Policies Directory, available at <>, provides detailed information about the OCLC ILL Policies Directory, including instructions on using the Directory and screen shots.

To find your Policies Directory entry, log on to the OCLC ILL Web interface at <> and click on the Policies Directory link at the top of the screen. Note: This will launch a new browser window; close the ILL Web interface window in order to make any changes to your record without incurring Access & User Support Fees.

If you do not use the ILL Web Interface or ILLiad (version 6.2 or higher) as your OCLC ILL interface of choice, you have the option to access the Directory at <>.

Access and User Support Fees will not accrue in any ILL Policies Directory session no matter which interface you choose to enter from.

Once you are in the Policies Directory, click My Units at the top of the screen to view and edit your own library's records. You cannot change some fields, such as your library's name. They must be changed by OCLC via a no-charge Profile Change Request. To request this change, send a letter or e-mail containing the details to NEBASE. Changes usually take up to 4-6 weeks for completion in the OCLC system, and to be reflected in the ILL Policies Directory.

For assistance with changes to your Policies Directory record, please contact Christa Burns (email) or phone 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665 or OCLC User & Network Support at 800-848-5800 or <>.

REMEMBER: Later this year, in August or September, OCLC will no longer support ILL policies in the NAD. We encourage you to enter your library's information into the ILL Policies Directory during the next four months. Name Address Directory information will not be transferred to the new service. The Policies Directory will replace the NAD for ILL only. ILL policies will be removed from NAD in 3rd Quarter 2003. The Policies Directory is NOT accessible from Passport.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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To assist your ILL operation in migrating from the Name Address Directory to the ILL Policies Directory, Technical Bulletin 248 is now available at <> in both PDF and HTML formats.

Technical Bulletin 248: OCLC ILL Policies Directory provides detailed information about the OCLC ILL Policies Directory, which was released in February. The Policies Directory is the central location for users to access institutional data required for ILL activities. This database includes ILL policies, contacts and system information for any OCLC ILL participating institutions. The Policies Directory will eventually replace the Name-Address Directory (NAD) for ILL activities.

Reminder: As previously announced, OCLC is no longer sending out printed copies of Technical Bulletins.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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The new OCLC Cataloging Express Tutorial is now available. CatExpress has been updated with a new look, and new functionality. The tutorial now reflects these changes. Screen shots in the tutorial incorporate the new look. The tutorial covers new features including creating labels and exporting bibliographic records. It also describes the session timer options, show or hide quick tips, tab size options, and improved navigation in large search results sets.

Check it out at <>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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The OCLC Connexion Windows Client interface is scheduled for release in June 2003. However, the exact date of the release has not been decided yet. The actual release date is dependent upon how live testing of the Interface goes. OCLC will announce the actual release date sometime in May.

So that we are prepared to train users as soon as possible after the release date, NEBASE has scheduled workshops on the Windows Client interface during June. However, these workshops will only be held if the Windows Client interface has actually been released. For example, if the Windows Client interface is released on June 15, then the June 11 workshop will be canceled, but the June 19 and June 24 workshops will be held as scheduled.

If testing goes smoothly, the interface could be released in early June. So, please feel free to register for any of the scheduled Windows Client interface workshops. As soon as the release date is decided, NEBASE will make an announcement. We will also contact anyone who has registered for a class scheduled for before the release date. We will let you know that the workshop has been canceled and that you can choose another workshop to attend.

Information about the OCLC Connexion Windows Client interface can be found at <>.

To see the NEBASE OCLC Workshops schedule, go to </netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html>.

Please email Christa Burns or phone 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665 if you have any questions.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission


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OCLC completes monthly maintenance and quarterly enhancement installs for OCLC Connexion. Monthly installs generally include minor enhancements that do not affect documentation or training, as well as some problem fixes. Monthly installs in March, June, September, and December coincide with quarterly updates to the WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey databases.

The OCLC Connexion March maintenance installation was successful.

Access Method Indication on Logon Screen
With this install, the access method you use to logon is now indicated in text below the logon button. Additionally, Access Methods is a new entry in the Related Links area. The Access Methods link provides a list of all the valid Connexion URLs for the various access methods, making it easy to switch if the incorrect URL was initially used to logon.

Metadata Creator in Dublin Core
Metadata Creator, introduced in February, is now a hotlink to a new topic in Connexion Help.

The option to set display or edit after an update has been restored. To do this, go to the General tab, Admin, Preferences, Cataloging Options, and at the Bibliographic Record Mode after Update option, select either Display Mode or Edit Mode.

Print Record Command for Cataloging and Authorities
Print record, a new print command for Cataloging and Authorities, will allow you to print a complete record from any view. The command is available from the action drop-down list and by using the function key F12. This new print command is in addition to the capability you already have to print from the browser, i.e., File/Print.

The new print command is easy to use. After you choose to print the record from Connexion by clicking on the print record command or pressing F12, the record is formatted for printing and transmitted to the browser. When the Print dialog box appears, click Print or Enter.

The printed record, resulting from the new print command, resembles the display view of the record and contains the record header, record identification area, status area and record content. Text boxes, drop-down lists, navigation buttons, jump bars and other interface elements will not print. Blank call number fields and other field prompts without data will print. The complete text in long fields will print, even if it not fully visible in the displayed record. Underscores indicating a hotlink on a URL, controlled heading or DDC number will also print.

The printed record will either contain a gray and white background, similar to what you see in the displayed view of the record, or an all white background. How it prints depends on whether you have background colors turned on or off. If you use IE or Netscape 7.x, you have the option to turn the background colors on or off. The record may print a bit faster if the background colors are turned off.

If you have popup blocking software turned on, the new print record command will not work unless you configure the software to allow popup windows from the domain But, if you experience problems with this function or other Connexion functions after configuring as an exception, contact the vendor of your popup blocker for information on known problems that might affect its operation.

See the new Connexion Help topic, Print bibliographic or authority record, for more details.

S/L Label in Serials 006
The S/L label, which was inadvertently removed from the 006 field for serials in February, has been restored to the display.

WebDewey/Abridged WebDewey Quarterly Update
WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey are updated quarterly. Both services contain the latest version of the schedules, tables, Manual, and Relative Index entries (print and electronic) from their respective enhanced DDC databases. The hierarchical displays in WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey feature updated main class and division captions (e.g., 700 Arts & recreation; 790 Sports, games & entertainment).

This April 2003 release of WebDewey includes:

This April 2003 release of Abridged WebDewey includes: The July release of WebDewey will be based on the enhanced DDC 22 database.

The OCLC Connexion April install on Sunday April 27 was successful. Details on the changes made are included in a System Update message in Connexion News.

CatExpress Export
The Export functionality for CatExpress/Express tab has been moved to the Oracle platform. This change should be totally transparent to you, with one exception. Records will now be downloaded in the same order as they were exported. Please remember to download your exported files on a daily basis.

Language Selection in Diacritic Pop-up Window
The language selection will now persist within a Connexion session. If you select a language from the dropdown list on the Diacritic and Special Character popup window, that language and the appropriate highlighted characters will display the next time you request the pop-up screen.

Search-only Authorization Defaults
Search-only authorizations will now default to display mode. This will be the only selection on the preferences menu for search-only authorizations. Search-only users will no longer encounter errors while trying to export records from edit mode.

Unflagging Records
Previously, Unflag Record was left off the Edit drop-down after a record was flagged. This is corrected with this install.

Exporting script-L
Previously reported problems exporting records with script-L are corrected with this install.

Digital Archive Changes
Two fields are being added to the Digital Archive record: Event and Relation. Two fields are being removed from the Digital Archive record: Pre-ingest Process and Object Origin.

Control DDC Feature Improved
Previously if an 082, 092, or 699 field contained a DDC number with subfield information, the subfield information was omitted after the field was controlled. Now 082, 092 and 699 fields may be controlled without loss of subfield information. (The 'Control DDC' feature lets you 'translate' a Dewey number to include the Dewey number along with its caption. This feature works on authorizations with cataloging and WebDewey [and/or Abridged WebDewey] access.)

Pathfinder Terminology Updates
References to CORC in Pathfinders were changed to Connexion or Catalog, as appropriate. Also in pathfinders, the term savefile was changed to save file to be consistent with the rest of Connexion.

Updated Help was included in the releases of OCLC Connexion installed in March and April 2003.

Click Help on the header bar of any Connexion screen to view context-specific information and instructions. To find other Help topics, use: Connexion Online Documentation
Connexion system guides have been updated to reflect system changes, clarify information, and correct minor errors. All Connexion system guides (HTML and PDF) are available on the Connexion documentation page:

To go to the documentation page from within Connexion: OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Services [edited]

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To help you migrate from OCLC Passport or OCLC CatME to the browser interface of Connexion, OCLC has developed a Setup Worksheet. It contains a list of basic settings to check, select, or enter before you use the Connexion browser for cataloging. Required settings are noted.

The worksheet is available in the Getting Started section from the OCLC Connexion documentation page at <>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Technical Bulletin 249 is now available at
<> in both PDF and HTML formats.

Technical Bulletin 249: OCLC-MARC Format Update 2003 announces changes to OCLC-MARC records based on: MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data Update 3 (October 2002), MARC 21 Format for Authority Data Update 3 (October 2003) and MARC Code List Technical Notices.
Reminder: As previously announced, OCLC is no longer sending out printed copies of Technical Bulletins.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC Local Data Record Updating enables libraries to maintain serials holdings information in OCLC's WorldCat through batch processing. Libraries wishing to update their local data records can do so through OCLC Local Data Record Updating at no charge through June 30, 2003 for data compliant with the MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data. Data submitted in non-MARC formats can be updated for a fee.

What are LDRs?
Local Data Records (LDRs) describe your library's copy-specific holdings data. They are attached to a serial's bibliographic record in WorldCat. They allow you to let patrons know not just that you own a particular serial title, but specifically what years and volumes you hold. LDR information is part of the OCLC Union List Service.

Why should I update my LDRs?
OCLC has added LDR information to both the ILL Service and FirstSearch with recent enhancements to both systems. These enhancements give greater visibility to your libraries' local data records. For example, users of WorldCat on FirstSearch can now see LDR holdings information for their own institution, as well as for other institutions.

For detailed information on these enhancements and instructions on how to update your library's serials holdings data in WorldCat using LDR Updating, go to </netserv/archives/n32003mab.html#oclc>.

Please feel free to email Christa Burns, NEBASE OCLC Member Services Coordinator, if you have any questions at or phone 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC Tech Notes   


To reduce printing and shipping costs, effective immediately, OCLC is discontinuing the distribution of printed copies of technical bulletins. Technical bulletins will continue to be available on the OCLC Web site in PDF and HTML formats. A list of current technical bulletins and links to them is available at <>.

We will also continue to announce the availability of new technical bulletins via the following listservs: OCLC-Cat, DOCUpdate-l, and Techbul-l. To subscribe to any of these lists, use the OCLC Internet List Subscription Request form at <>.

Technical bulletins announce changes to OCLC services, such as changes in MARC bibliographic formats and enhancements to the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service. Technical bulletins are issued in advance of system changes, and the information in the bulletins is later added to user guides.

By containing costs here at OCLC, we are keeping the cost to you under control while still providing the same quality of service.

Debbie Hysell
OCLC User Support

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OCLC will discontinue support for Windows 98 and NT 4.0 on June 30, 2003, at the time that Microsoft discontinues support. OCLC expects that applications will continue to work; however, no testing will be completed and no support will be offered for Windows 98 and NT 4.0 after this date. The OCLC Access Suite Applications System Requirements document on the OCLC Web site at <> has been updated to reflect this change.

Anna Sylvester
OCLC Product Development

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