September/October  2003  vol.9  no.5 issn 1082-4383  

 

 

 

 

Highlights in this Issue

NEBASE Annual Meeting 2003

The NEBASE Annual Meeting 2003 - EAST will be held in Lincoln on Thursday, September 18. Come join us for a full day of presentations and sessions for libraries both large and small.

Database Tips & Tricks: Creative Ways to Use the Wilson Databases

Did you know that you can create links to a specific journal or even a specific article in the Wilson OmniFile? How about providing your patrons with a clickable calendar so they can find out who was born or who died on a particular day in history?

Top 20 OCLC ILL Lenders

NEBASE would like to salute the top twenty NEBASE libraries that loaned the most items through OCLC ILL.

CatExpress Monthly Transaction Reports

Are you wondering how many titles you have left in your CatExpress subscription? Do you need accurate statistics on your cataloging activity? The OCLC CatExpress Monthly Transaction Reports have what you need.

 


Table of Contents

 

  NEBASE     
   
  NEBASE Annual Meeting 2003
  Upcoming Network Services Events
   
  TRAINING     
   
  NEBASE Workshop Calendar
  Database Roadshow 2003
   
  DATABASES     
   
  Database Tips & Tricks: Creative Ways to Use the Wilson Databases
  Promote the Nebraska Statewide Databases
  New Database Pricing Pages on the Web
  Fall Database Trials
  A New Look for FirstSearch
  New from NEBASE: Streamlined Access to WorldCat
  Reminder: Year-Round Discounts on H.W. Wilson Databases Available Through the Nebraska Library Commission
  netLibrary Shared eBook Collection
   
  DISCOUNTS     
   
  Internet Librarian Conference Discount
  Listen & Live Audio Discount Available To Nebraska Libraries
   
CATALOG THIS!     
   
  Tools of the Trade
   
  OCLC NEWS     
   
  OCLC Product of  the Month: Dewey Decimal Classification: DDC 22 Print Version Available September
  Help Shape OCLC'S Direction
  OCLC Customer Support Changes
  OCLC Documentation Distribution Policy Changes
  OCLC Newsletter Now Available in New Electronic Edition
  WebJunction Video Now Available
  Use OCLC'S Free Online Tutorials in The Comfort of Your Library
  OCLC Web Information Session
  Missed ALA? View These Presentations for Updates on OCLC Services and Programs
  Report From May OCLC Members Council Meeting
  New MindLeaders Online Courses Available Through OCLC Institute
 
REFERENCE     
   
  FirstSearch Customizing Tip: Setting Up the Resource Sharing Staff Interface in FirstSearch
  OCLC FirstSearch Service Enhancements
   
RESOURCE SHARING  
   
  OCLC ILL Policies Directory
  Top 20 OCLC ILL Lenders
 
  CATALOGING      
   
  CatExpress Monthly Transaction Reports
  Revolutions in Cataloging
  Records for All JSTOR Titles in WorldCat Collection Sets
  Connexion Enhancements Installed and Help Documentation Updated
   
DIGITIZATION &     
PRESERVATION     
  WorldCat Making Digital Collections Accessible with New CONTENTdm™ Link
   
TECH NOTES      
 
New Recommended Cache Settings to Optimize Browser Performance
   

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NEBASE   

NEBASE ANNUAL MEETING 2003 - EAST

The NEBASE Annual Meeting 2003 - EAST will be held in Lincoln on Thursday, September 18. Come join us for a full day of presentations and sessions for libraries both large and small.

Marilyn Gell Mason, Program Director of the Gates Portal Project will deliver the morning's keynote address, "Web Junction Your Place on the Internet." You can read more about Ms. Mason at: </netserv/namkeynote.html> or visit Web Junction at <www.webjunction.org>.

The day's registration includes a lunch at the Cornhusker Hotel. Several session choices will be provided for participants in the afternoon.

Register online at: </netserv/nam.html>.

Read more about some of the sessions offered at the meeting:

Shannon Behrhorst
Network Services/NEBASE Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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UPCOMING NETWORK SERVICES EVENTS

Exhibit at NLA/NEMA Conference -
Network Services & NEBASE will have their own booth at this year's NLA/NEMA Conference. Come by to find out the latest on OCLC services, sign up for statewide databases, or ask any questions you may have. Exhibits will be open Thursday, October 30 from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm and Friday, October 31 from to 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Catholic Media Specialists Annual Fall Conference -
Network Services staff will be presenting a session on the resources available from the Nebraska Statewide Database Program on Friday, October 3 at Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha.

Database Roadshow -
There are four Database Roadshows left this fall. If you would like to register for a spot or to be placed on a waiting list for any of the classes, please use our online registration form at: </netserv/roadshowreg.html>.  For more information on the Database Roadshows held this summer, see the Database Roadshow 2003 article later in this publication.

NEBASE Annual Meeting 2003 - East

Register now for the NEBASE Annual Meeting 2003 - East at </netserv/nam.html>. All Nebraska library staff are invited to attend this full day of activities, presentations and training. Your $20.00 registration includes lunch.

Shannon Behrhorst
Network Services/NEBASE Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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Training    

NEBASE WORKSHOP CALENDAR

NEBASE workshops have been scheduled for Lincoln, Norfolk, Omaha, Hastings and Kearney.

For a quick glance at what workshops are scheduled and where, see the NEBASE Training Calendar at </netserv/TrainingCal.html>.

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

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

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DATABASE ROADSHOW 2003

The Database Roadshow kicked off its 2003 schedule on July 30 in Alliance. Since then four Roadshow training sessions have been held in Alliance, Omaha, Norfolk and Beatrice. Since July, Allana Novotny and Susan Knisely have trained sixty-three librarians on how to use the electronic database resources available at no cost to Nebraska libraries and schools.

All four remaining Roadshow training opportunities are full, but if you would like to register to be placed on a waiting list for any of the sessions, please visit our web site at: </netserv/roadshowreg.html>.

Kearney - September 10, 2003 - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, Meridian System Office, 3519 Second Avenue, Suite B, Kearney
West Point - September 24, 2003 - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,
John A Stahl Library , 330 North Colfax, West Point
Holdrege - October 2, 2003 - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, Holdrege Public Library, 604 East Avenue, Holdrege
Lincoln - October 7, 2003 - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln

For training materials you can use on your own or to help train others in your library or school, please visit: </netserv/Trainingmaterials.html>
 

Shannon Behrhorst
Network Services/NEBASE Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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Databases

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DATABASE TIPS & TRICKS

CREATIVE WAYS TO USE THE WILSON DATABASES

Did you know that you can create links to a specific journal or even a specific article in the Wilson OmniFile? How about providing your patrons with a clickable calendar so they can find out who was born or who died on a particular day in history? Do you have a lot of patrons asking for information on the same topic? Why not create a link on your website that will perform the search for that topic in Wilson? These are just a few of fun and creative ways you can use the Wilson databases. Click on the examples to see how they work.

Creating links for you own website is easy to do. Below are a few examples of how the links can be customized. More details can be found online at: /netserv/wilsonsamples. Any of the examples including the calendar and journal list can be copied and used on your own website. If you have questions or need help customizing your own links contact Allana Novotny (email) or phone 800-307-2665.

In the following examples the highlighted text can be changed to customize the search to meet your needs.

Example 1: Biographies of famous Nebraskans

This example performs a search in Wilson Biographies for people that were born in Nebraska. Looking at the URL you can see the search term Nebraska. The PL at the end of the URL tells the system to find the word Nebraska in the Place of Origin field.

http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com/hww/jumpstart.jhtml?prod= WBDPIL&query=nebraska+<in>+PL

You can change this link to find people born in a different state simply by  replacing the state name. When you have a space between words like in this example for South Dakota you need to place a plus sign (+) between the words.

http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com/hww/jumpstart.jhtml?prod=WBDPIL&query=south+dakota+<in>+PL
 
Example 2: Read the latest information about the war with Iraq in the OmniFile Full Text Select.

This example performs a search in Wilson OmniFile Full Text Select for the terms Iraq War 2003 in the All Smart Field.  Looking at the URL you can see the search terms Iraq War 2003.  The terms are connected with a plus sign (+).  As mentioned before the + takes the place of a space.  The ALL at the end of the URL tells the system to search for the terms using the All Smart Field. 

http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com/hww/jumpstart.jhtml?prod=OMNIS&query=Iraq+War+2003+<in>+ALL

You can change this link to perform anther search simply by replacing the search terms.  I would suggest you try your search first to make sure you select the best search terms to use.  This URL will search for computer viruses instead of Iraq War 2003.

http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com/hww/jumpstart.jhtml?prod=OMNIS&query=computer+viruses+<in>+ALL

Example 3: Read the latest issue of Newsweek in the OmniFile Full Text Select.

This example performs an ISSN search in the OmniFile Full Text Select.  To create your own link replace the ISSN with another ISSN.

http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com/hww/jumpstart.jhtml?prod=OMNIS&query=0028-9604<in>+ISSN

This URL will search for Time magazine.

http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com/hww/jumpstart.jhtml?prod=OMNIS&query=0040-781X<in>+ISSN

Allana Novotny
Network Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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PROMOTE THE NEBRASKA STATEWIDE DATABASES

How can you make your users more aware of the valuable resources available to them through the Nebraska Statewide Database Program? Visit our "Promoting the Databases" web site </netserv/promotion.html>, where you can find free downloadable materials ready for you to customize with your library name.

Here a few ideas that can help make your users more aware of the electronic resources available to them 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Don't forget the materials mentioned in the tips below are all available for you to download from our web site and customize for your use.

Shannon Behrhorst
Network Services/NEBASE Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEW DATABASE PRICING PAGES ON THE WEB

Network Services staff have revamped the Database Pricing page found on our web site. Now users will find an index page listing both database names and vendor names that link to individual product or vendor pages containing the following information:

To view the new pricing page visit: </netserv/pricing>.

Shannon Behrhorst
Network Services/NEBASE Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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FALL DATABASE TRIALS

This Fall Network Services will be offering several database trials to Nebraska libraries. Upcoming trials will include:

America History & Life and Historical Abstracts from ABC-Clio -
Read more about them at: <http://www.abc-clio.com/products/serials_products.aspx>.

Associated Press Multimedia Archive - a primary source of images providing access to AP Photos with reported/caption text (from 1840 up to the present), AP Graphics (charts, tables, maps, graphs, timelines, and logos), AP Text (stories and headlines from 1997 forward) and AP Audio (short sound files and flashbacks from the 1920s forward.) Read more about it at: <http://ap.accuweather.com/>

EBSCO Automotive Repair Reference Center - EBSCO Auto Repair Reference Center is a comprehensive automotive repair database remotely accessible and created in conjunction with Point 5 Technologies. This database contains complete automotive repair information supplied by Nichols Publishing, publisher of Chilton® information. Auto Repair Reference Center contains information on every major manufacturer of domestic and imported vehicles with repair manuals for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1954. Read more about it at: <http://www.epnet.com/publications/autorepair.asp>.

EBSCO Communications and Mass Media Index - a new database resource that provides the most robust, quality research solution in areas related to communication and mass media. Read more about it at: <http://www.epnet.com/academic/comm&massmedia.asp>.

Oxford Reference Online: The Core Collection brings together 100 well-known and trusted dictionaries and reference books, plus an Encyclopedia, into a single cross-searchable web database for the first time. Read more about it at: <http://www.oxfordreference.com>.

After a trial ends feedback on the resources will be solicited from libraries via the TRIAL mailing list. Network Services staff will then work with vendors to negotiate special savings for Nebraska libraries. If your library has a resource they would like to see trialed this fall, please contact us at Network Services.

Shannon Behrhorst
Network Services/NEBASE Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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A NEW LOOK FOR FIRSTSEARCH

On July 13, 2003, OCLC unveiled a new look for FirstSearch. The system's updated appearance was shaped by user feedback and usability studies. Changes to the interface are mostly cosmetic and do not impact functionality.

Here are some highlights of the changes:

As some of you may have noted, the updated FirstSearch user interface more closely resembles the interfaces of other OCLC products and services, such as OCLC Connexion and the web interface to the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service. This is in keeping with OCLC's plan to present a more unified appearance across products.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEW FROM NEBASE: STREAMLINED ACCESS TO WORLDCAT

In order to streamline access to WorldCat, the most popular database in the FirstSearch Base Package and host to the Nebraska Union Catalog, the Nebraska Library Commission Network Services department has obtained a new FirstSearch account from OCLC. This account provides access to ONLY the WorldCat database. This new account will NOT affect the availability of WorldCat through libraries' current FirstSearch accounts.

This WorldCat account will be available for use by all Nebraska libraries that have registered for FirstSearch through the Library Commission. Login information for this account was originally sent out over the TRIAL mailing list. To have this information sent to you directly contact the Network Services department at 800-307-2665, 402-471-3849 or e-mail Network Services.

A link to the new WorldCat account has been added to the Library Commission's Electronic Databases web page available at </databases>.

Libraries without IP-address recognition should login using the authorization and password referenced above.

Libraries with IP-address recognition can add the following URL to their websites:
<http://firstsearch.oclc.org/FSIP?autho=100268425>.

As always, libraries are encouraged to distribute this FirstSearch login information to patrons to use from home.

This new WorldCat account is intended to provide libraries with an alternate way to connect their users to the WorldCat database. Libraries interested in promoting the use of WorldCat to their patrons should find this new account enhances usability in several ways:

  1. It eliminates the need for patrons to first login to FirstSearch and then select WorldCat from a list of databases. Instead, patrons are taken immediately to the WorldCat Advanced Search screen.
  2. It eliminates the Home and Databases tabs from the top of each FirstSearch screen, resulting in a cleaner, less cluttered interface.
  3. It enables libraries with static IP addresses to link directly to WorldCat from their websites. Singling out the WorldCat database by giving it a separate link makes it easier to describe the resource to patrons (e.g. libraries can annotate a link to WorldCat with descriptive text such as Look up books, videos, CDs, etc. owned by libraries worldwide).
Questions can be directed to Network Services at 800-307-2665, 402-471-3849 or e-mail Network Services.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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REMINDER: YEAR-ROUND DISCOUNTS ON H.W. WILSON DATABASES AVAILABLE THROUGH THE NEBRASKA LIBRARY COMMISSION

Have you ever considered expanding your offering of H.W. Wilson databases beyond the OmniFile Full Text Select and Biographies Plus Illustrated products provided through the statewide database program? If so, don't forget that you are eligible for discounted pricing if you order through the Nebraska Library Commission!

Because the Nebraska Library Commission maintains a distributorship relationship with the H.W. Wilson Company, Nebraska libraries are eligible to receive up to 10% off list price when ordering databases owned by H.W. Wilson, and 5% off list price when ordering databases provided through H.W. Wilson but owned by a third party. Libraries must place their orders with the Nebraska Library Commission in order to receive these discounts.

To place an order with the Nebraska Library Commission, libraries should:

  1. Contact Jeannette Powell at 800-307-2665, 402-471-7740, or e-mail Jeannette Powell for a price quote.
  2. Print out and complete the order form located at </netserv/wilsonorder.html>.
  3. Mail the order form to Jeannette Powell, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023 or Fax: 402-471-2083.
Besides the standard discounts outlined above, H.W. Wilson periodically offers special promotional pricing on new products. In these instances Nebraska libraries will receive an additional 5% off the promotional price when ordering through the Library Commission.

Information about special promotions will be posted to the Trial mailing list and to the H.W. Wilson distributorship page located at </netserv/distributor.html> as they become available. There are currently no special promotions.

This past summer the H.W. Wilson Company announced a number of new products and product enhancements. A few highlights are listed below: For a complete list of "What's New at Wilson - Summer 2003" see <http://www.hwwilson.com/news/tecfaq2.html>.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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NETLIBRARY SHARED EBOOK COLLECTION

The current shared collection of netLibrary eBook titles is 7,923. The latest title load occurred on August 29th. At this time there are 5,662 MARC records available for download from the WorldCat collection sets web site. The collection is open for purchase until December 31, 2003.

At this time 60 Nebraska libraries are participating in this shared collection. If you are interested in reading more about the current netLibrary Shared Collection offer please visit, </netserv/netlibrary2003.html>.

To see a current list of the netLibrary titles available in this collection visit, </netserv/netlibrary/2003titles/index.html>.

Pricing for the current shared collection is shown below.

Academic Libraries
Four-year: $1.00 per FTE with no additional fees for at least five years.
Two-year: $0.50 per FTE with no additional fees for at least five years.
($250.00 minimum)

Public Libraries
5% of registered borrowers x $1.00 with no additional fees for at least five years.
($250.00 minimum)

K-12 Schools
$0.50 per FTE with no additional fees for at least five years.
($250.00 minimum)

Shannon Behrhorst
Network Services/NEBASE Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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Discounts  

INTERNET LIBRARIAN CONFERENCE DISCOUNT

NEBASE is offering a group discount to all librarians in Nebraska who attend the Internet Librarian 2003 conference. This year it will be held at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California, on November 3-5, 2003. Detailed information about the conference can be found on the conference web page at <http://www.infotoday.com/il2003/default.htm>.

The price of the conference with the discount is $215 for the three-day event (November 3-5, 2003). This is more than a 40% savings off the regular price. No discount rates are available for the pre-conference seminars and workshops.

In addition, discount prices of $169 on the Internet@Schools conference (November 2-3, 2003) and $259 for the combo of the Internet Librarian general conference and Internet@Schools (November 2-5, 2003) are also available.

To register for the conference, print off the registration form located at <http://www.infotoday.com/il2003/IL2003Registration.pdf>. Mail the completed form to Jodene Glaesemann at the following address:

Jodene Glaesemann
Nebraska Library Commission
The Atrium
1200 N St., Suite 120
Lincoln, NE 68508-2023
Phone: 800-307-2665 or 402-471-4009

Payment must accompany your registration form. Please make checks or money orders payable to Information Today, Inc. To receive the discount, your registration MUST be sent to the Nebraska Library Commission. Completed registration forms must be received by September 19, 2003.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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LISTEN & LIVE AUDIO DISCOUNT AVAILABLE TO NEBRASKA LIBRARIES

Listen & Live Audio is pleased to extend the following discount and terms for its entire catalog of best-selling audiobooks on CD and cassette to all public, private and school libraries served by the Nebraska Library Commission.

Listen & Live Audio publishes unabridged and abridged audiobooks on CD and cassette in a variety of genres, including fiction, mystery, best-sellers, children's, military, nonfiction, adventure, SciFi, self-help, business, career development and personal growth. Their full line can be reviewed at <http://www.Listenandlive.com>.

In addition, Listen & Live Audio offers four easy ways to order:
Don't forget to mention that your library is part of the Nebraska Library Commission to receive these special terms.

For questions about products or terms, please contact Kelly Rooney at 800-653-9400 or <kellyr@listenandlive.com>.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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Catalog This!  

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

While technical services staff do not need tools such as a hammer or chisel to create catalog records, there are some cataloging tools that are essential to doing the best job of creating a record that is useful to patrons. These tools are based on rules that the cataloging community agree upon. Although some might feel these rules take so long to change to reflect new technologies, medias, and ideas that they might as well be chiseled in stone, changes are taking place. As proof of this, several new editions of our basic cataloging tools are or will shortly be available. Each of the new publications or services is listed below with a brief description of the incorporated changes and/or additions.

Anglo American Cataloging Rules, 2nd edition, 2002 Revision (0-8389-3529-X)
Especially important for those libraries that contribute cataloging to a shared database, Anglo American Cataloging Rules (AACR2) helps catalogers to consistently describe materials to enable patrons to locate the desired item. Published irregularly as a new edition, amendments are issued between editions to keep rules current with changes in library collections and technology. The last published edition was the 1998 revision.

While the first obvious change in the new edition of AACR2 is a return to the previous loose-leaf format (in a 3-ring binder to allow for ease of updating), there also are many changes in the content. Some of the changes are incorporations of amendments issued in 1999 and 2001, such as the change of the GMD from "computer file" to "electronic resource" and the rewritten chapter nine now titled "Electronic Resources" that includes changes in the description of electronic materials.

Of the changes new to this edition, many relate to serial publications. A rewritten chapter 12, formerly "Serials" now titled "Continuing Resources," makes distinctions between "successively issued resources (i.e. serials)" and "ongoing integrating resources (e.g. updating loose-leafs, updating Web Sites)." These changes have in turn brought about changes in MARC coding.  Additional changes related to serials appear in Chapter 21, "Choice of Access Points." As any serials cataloger knows, changing serials' titles is one of a serials publisher's favorite pastimes. To help reduce the number of records that are required by these title changes, major and minor changes have been outlined-major changes requiring a new record and minor changes requiring only an addition of a title access field and/or note field to the existing record.

Classification Numbers
To make it easy for patrons to find materials and to encourage browsing, most libraries use one of two classification systems to organize materials by subject within a discipline. The Dewey Decimal Classification system is used by most public libraries. New editions will be available of the unabridged, abridged, and electronic versions.

Dewey Decimal Classification and Relative Index, 22nd edition, 4 v., 2003 (0-910608-70-9)
Although the unabridged print edition of Dewey Decimal Classification and Relative Index is published only every seven years or so, Library of Congress staff continually work with the system to keep it up to date. As new events occur, new topics/activities are developed, and as collections expand or become more specialized, new or expanded classification numbers are required. To meet these needs, the 22nd edition has many new built numbers and changes. A few representative examples include:

The editors have also worked to make the new edition easier to use. The data from Table 7, "Groups of Persons," has been incorporated into the schedules, and the manual entries have been rewritten. Terminology changes and clarifications are also addressed with updates such as the caption for DDC 419 "Structured verbal language other than spoken or written" becoming "Sign languages" and the caption for DDC 616.742 "Muscular rheumatism" becoming "Myalgia."

(Note: New content data reported here has been gleaned from prepublication information and WebDewey.)

WebDewey
The electronic version of Dewey Decimal Classification and Relative Index, WebDewey, is updated quarterly and was updated to the 22nd edition at least a month prior to the shipping of the print copies. While a yearly subscription must be paid for access to WebDewey, it does have several advantages over the print version in addition to being updated on a more timely basis. Search options allow word or phrase searching of notes, captions, and Library of Congress Subject Headings in addition to the Relative Index and Dewey numbers. A number of Library of Congress Subject Headings have been linked to Dewey numbers either manually by Library of Congress staff or statistical by Forest Press staff using the OCLC WorldCat database. Notes may be added with regard to local usage.

Abridged Dewey Decimal Classification and Relative Index, 14th edition (expected in 2004)
Because the abridged version of Dewey is specifically for libraries that have smaller collections (less than 25,000 titles), many of the additions and expansions in the unabridged version will not appear in this 14th edition. However, the changes to the 291 "Comparative religion" section, the addition of simple numbers like 973.93 for "General history of the United States, 2001-," new terminology in captions and the Relative Index, and rewritten manual entries will make this edition a must purchase for small libraries.

Subject Headings
Subject headings keep terminology consistent while providing patrons with multiple access points to materials. The two systems used by most libraries, Library of Congress Subject Headings and Sears List of Subject Headings, are updated more often than classification numbers.

Library of Congress Subject Headings, 26th ed., 5 v., 2003 (ISSN 1048-9711)
Used by most academic and large public libraries, Library of Congress Subject Headings have been issued in print yearly in the recent past. However, Library of Congress staff add new headings weekly which resulted in the addition of over 24,000 headings to this latest edition. New headings include: Extreme sports; War on terrorism, 2001; and Genomics. The other major change in this publication is the addition of 3,245 free-floating subdivision records. Free-floating subdivisions have not been included in the past but were published in a separate serial. While free access to the Library of Congress authority files (including subject headings) is available through their Web site <http://authorities.loc.gov>, many might find the print edition easier to read than the MARC format. The Library of Congress authority files are also available online to OCLC members through Passport, CatME, or Connexion.

Sears List of Subject Headings, 18th edition (0-8242-1040-9) (expected in January, 2004)
Used in smaller public libraries and many school libraries, Sears List of Subject Headings uses simpler terms than the Library of Congress. Over 500 terms will be included in this edition to reflect changing technology and trends in today's society; these terms include Nanotechnology, MP3 players, Planned Communities, and Scrapbooking. One of its advantages over the LCSH is the listing of Dewey numbers with subject headings; pre-publication literature states that this edition will reflect changes made in the new 14th edition of the Abridged Dewey Decimal Classification and Relative Index.

Because of publication dates, only Anglo American Cataloging Rules and WebDewey have been viewed for this article; data for the other publications has come from pre-publication information.

Devra Dragos
Cataloging Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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