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OCLC News  

OCLC PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: ILL FEE MANAGEMENT

SAVE TIME AND MONEY WITH ILL IFM

ILL Fee Management (IFM) reduces your ILL administrative costs by tracking and reconciling charges for both loans and copies through your OCLC invoice. There's no additional software to purchase, and no sign-up forms to complete.

Eliminate costly invoices and check writing to your lending partners. On average, you'll save more than $30 on each request by eliminating individual ILL processing and payments.

ILL Fee Management is activated on a request-by-request basis:

  • The Borrower offers to make IFM payment to the Lender by entering a dollar amount and IFM in :MAXCOST:
  • The Lender accepts the offer by entering the same or lesser dollar amount and IFM in :LENDING CHARGES:
  • The OCLC system matches these 2 fields and activates ILL Fee Management when the Borrower updates the request to Received.
On your monthly invoice, you will see some or all three of these additional line items:
  • IFM library to library borrowing debit-charges your library incurred for borrowing items
  • IFM library to library lending credit-credits your library receives for supplying items
  • IFM administrative fee-a small fee for completed borrowing transactions
In addition, a monthly detailed report is available for download using your authorization number. The report provides you with a request-by-request breakdown of IFM library-to-library debits and credits. The report provides a lender and a borrower section and is arranged alphabetically by institution. The report is available in two electronic formats: Comma-delimited (for easy importation into spreadsheets) or PC-viewable and printable.

Want to see for yourself how much you could save with ILL Fee Management? Use the IFM calculator at <http://www.oclc.org/ill/options/billing/calculator/> to calculate your potential savings.

More information and detailed instructions on how to use IFM can be found at these web sites:
  • IFM Frequently Asked Questions - <http://www.oclc.org/support/questions/ill/ifm/>
  • IFM documentation - <http://www.oclc.org/support/documentation/ill/using/userguide/18/18.htm>
Please feel free to email Christa Burns, NEBASE OCLC Member Services Coordinator, 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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2003 OCLC ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN - TAKE A LOOK AT OCLC'S LATEST REPORT

The 2003 OCLC Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition, a report to the OCLC Membership identifies issues and trends that are impacting the global library community and the OCLC Cooperative.

The Scan provides a high-level view of the information landscape, intended both to inform and stimulate discussion about future strategic directions. It includes information gleaned from more than 90 interviews with knowledge experts, a review of 250 articles and papers and extensive global research.

The complete report is available electronically in an easily navigable HTML format on the OCLC Web site. The electronic version allows users to print selected sections in PDF format. Print copies are available at a nominal charge of $15 to cover the cost of printing, postage, and distribution. Print copies may be ordered via the OCLC Web site.

View the report for free at <http://www.oclc.org/membership/escan/default.htm>. Order a print copy of the report at <https://www3.oclc.org/membership/escan/default.asp>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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REPORT FROM OCLC MEMBERS COUNCIL FEBRUARY MEETING

OCLC Members Council met February 8-10 in Dublin, Ohio, to discuss global issues and explore innovative solutions to challenges faced by libraries and librarians worldwide.

Delegates unanimously passed two resolutions: to add a fourth delegate-at-large to the Members Council Executive Committee, and to add a clause to the Guidelines to the OCLC WorldCat Principles of Cooperation
<http://www.oclc.org/worldcat/contribute/guidelines/> to discourage unauthorized use of OCLC-derived records.

Delegates also participated in discussions with international library leaders who offered insight into some of the challenges they face in their libraries.

View the complete report at <http://www5.oclc.org/downloads/design/abstracts/02232004/memberscouncil.htm>.

For more information about the OCLC Members Council go to </netserv/nebase/memberscouncil.html>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Reference   

OCLC QUESTIONPOINT DEMO IN HASTINGS

Would you like to learn more about OCLC's collaborative virtual reference product, QuestionPoint?

Then join Christa Burns on March 25 in Hastings for a demonstration session.

The session will be held at the Hastings College Library on March 25 from 9:00 am-12:00 noon.

QuestionPoint and Cooperative Digital Reference Services
Join Christa as she discusses virtual reference issues and "pointing the way" with QuestionPoint. A collaborative digital reference solution, QuestionPoint supports various types of interaction with patrons; collaboration with local and global colleagues; and management of your overall reference services. The information session will include an overview of trends and issues in virtual reference, plus an introduction to and an interactive demonstration of the QuestionPoint virtual reference service.

To learn more about QuestionPoint, visit the website at <http://www.questionpoint.org/>.

To register for this session, please send an e-mail to Jeannette Powell with your name and institution, or call Jeannette at the Nebraska Library Commission/NEBASE at 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Resource Sharing  


NEW CAPABILITIES AVAILABLE IN FIRSTSEARCH (ILL) STAFF VIEW

The FirstSearch staff view has been improved, providing interlibrary loan staff with additional information and functionality when entering requests.

When requesting items through the FirstSearch staff view, users can now:
  • Speed up their searching as the FirstSearch staff view now automatically defaults to search WorldCat
  • Track ILL requests more easily by receiving the request number once the request has been submitted in the FirstSearch staff view
  • Improve workflow by printing the request with barcode
  • Ensure complete and accurate ILL requests by being prompted for errors before producing the ILL request
  • Improve accuracy of ILL data as information from two additional MARC bibliographic fields (300: Physical Description and 773: Host Item) will now transfer into the Title field of the ILL request.
This message was originally posted on the OCLC-SHARING-L listserv. If you would like to subscribe directly, go to: <https://www3.oclc.org/app/listserv/>. (You can also un-subscribe from this page.)

Please contact NEBASE, 471-3107, 800-307-2665 or email Christa Burns or OCLC User and Network Support, 800-848-5800 or <support@oclc.org> with questions.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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FAQ FOR ILL INTEGRATION INTO FIRSTSEARCH

General Information
1. Why is OCLC integrating OCLC ILL into the FirstSearch service?
What will be included in the new resource sharing service?


Integration of OCLC ILL into the FirstSearch service will allow ILL staff to take advantage of many features available in FirstSearch that are not currently available through OCLC ILL. These include:

  • Improved searching for materials
  • Links to local catalogs
  • Improved access to serials holdings statements
  • Descriptive content including cover art, excerpts and links to reviews
In the longer term, reducing the number of interfaces will help OCLC reduce costs.

In addition to these features, staff will also be able to take advantage of new functionality that will be introduced through the FirstSearch staff view:
  • Provide local call number and shelf status (through Z39.50) on lending requests
  • Integrate circulation (NCIP ), e-content, and ILL into a single workflow
  • Integrate ILL policy information to deflect unfillable requests, increase fill rates, and reduce turnaround time.
  • Apply library processing options; for example: handling requests differently if they come from faculty versus student populations or recognizing lending relationships between libraries
  • Support group processing; for example routing requests through group members before sending them to libraries outside the group
  • Enable patrons to not only place requests through the FirstSearch service (available now), but also to track those requests, saving staff time and decreasing the costs of interlibrary loan
2. When will the FirstSearch staff view be available?
What additional functionality is planned for the FirstSearch staff view?

 
The FirstSearch staff view was launched in August 2003. In the FirstSearch staff view, library staff now have the ability to:
  • Search for materials using WorldCat in FirstSearch
  • Select from search results sorted by number of holdings
  • Display holdings and enter lender strings
  • Enter shipping and billing information and borrowing notes
  • Send requests for those materials through to OCLC ILL
Additional borrowing features will be available in March 2004, with lending targeted for June 2004. Additional functionality will be added through June 2005. To subscribe to the new listserv go to the OCLC Web pages: <https://www3.oclc.org/app/listserv/> and subscribe to OCLC-SHARING-L.

Access
1. What if my library doesn't have a FirstSearch account?

Libraries will not have to purchase separate access to FirstSearch in order to use the new ILL system. A library that does not have a FirstSearch account will be provided for with staff view-only access to FirstSearch. More information about this will be forthcoming.

2. How will authorizations be administered?  Will a library with only OCLC ILL and no FirstSearch have to administer two authorizations?
My library has a single FirstSearch account but multiple ILL symbols, how will I use the new system?


OCLC understands that libraries have set up access to OCLC ILL and the FirstSearch service in many different ways. We are committed to supporting and making the transition to the FirstSearch staff view as seamless as possible. To that end, we're addressing this issue and we will make more information available as soon as possible.

3. I get FirstSearch through a consortium, how will I use ILL in the future?

For your access to OCLC ILL, you will be given an authorization and password that will provide your institution with access to the FirstSearch staff view, where you can administer your interlibrary loan requests.

Communications
1. How
will OCLC keep users of the OCLC ILL service informed?

OCLC-SHARING-L: This broadcast-only listserv to keep users of OCLC ILL informed of upcoming enhancements to OCLC resource sharing. The list will help you take advantage of new capabilities coming in the next 18 months that can streamline your workflow and help you serve your users better. To subscribe to the new listserv go to the OCLC Web pages: <https://www3.oclc.org/app/listserv/> and subscribe to OCLC-SHARING-L.

NEBASE. As new functionality becomes available, NEBASE will make announcements in their newsletter and on their electronic mailing lists.

Pricing
1. How will pricing change? Do I have to subscribe to OCLC ILL to continue to use the service?

OCLC pricing for ILL will consist of two models:
  • Subscription pricing is available now. Initial pricing is determined based on past usage with a discount applied based on lending credit history. Future price increases for subscribers will not be tied to usage, so a library can increase use of interlibrary loan, expanding service to users, without worrying about rising costs.
  • Transaction-based, a simplified version of the current transaction-based pricing model will be used in the FirstSearch staff view, lending credits will be given. Libraries will be charged for the following:
    • Searching/display holdings
    • Producing an ILL request
    • ILL Fee Management
Currently, if you create a request from within the FirstSearch staff view, you are billed the same as an ILL Direct Request, ILL4507. When current access (Passport for ILL, ILL ME and ILL Web) is discontinued, libraries that do not opt for subscription pricing will be automatically shifted to this transaction-based model. This simplified transaction price will reflect the average price paid for searching and producing an ILL request through the current ILL system.

Please contact NEBASE for a quote or further information.

2. What is included in a subscription to OCLC ILL?

A subscription includes the following:
  • Unlimited ILL services (searching, holdings, produces)
  • Unlimited use of ILL Fee Management
  • ILL Management Statistics
3. How will libraries be rewarded for their lending?

In two ways:
  • In accordance with ALA's Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States, the greatest reward and incentive for libraries to lend materials is to further cooperation amongst libraries: if you lend to libraries, they'll lend to you. "The Reference and User Services Association, acting for the American Library Association in its adoption of this code recognizes that the sharing of material between libraries is an integral element in the provision of library service and believes it to be in the public interest to encourage such an exchange." More information on the ALA Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States can be found at: <http://www.ala.org/ala/rusa/rusaprotools/referenceguide/interlibrary.htm>.

  • OCLC will issue and apply lending credits.
Subscription pricing: A library's lending credit history will be applied as a lending credit discount in the quoted subscription price. Future increases in the subscription price will reflect the initial discount applied.

Transaction pricing: When transaction-based pricing is rolled out for the FirstSearch staff view, lending credits will be given. Libraries will be charged for the following:
  • Searching/display holdings
  • Producing an ILL request
  • LL Fee Management
4. If a library uses FirstSearch on a per-search basis, will they be charged for the FirstSearch search as well as the ILL produce when using the FirstSearch staff view?

Libraries will not have to purchase separate access to FirstSearch in order to use the new ILL system. As the new system is rolled out, libraries that use OCLC ILL, either through subscription or transaction pricing, will be provided access to WorldCat on FirstSearch with access only to the FirstSearch staff view. Libraries that opt for transaction pricing will be charged for the following:
  • Searching/display holdings
  • Producing and ILL request
  • ILL Fee Management
Training
1. How will my staff receive training to use the FirstSearch staff view?

NEBASE will provide training for the FirstSearch staff view. The staff view is very similar in functionality to the ILL Web interface. Any training you've received on the Web interface to OCLC ILL will readily transfer to the FirstSearch staff view.

Client Software
1. How will OCLC accommodate high-productivity libraries?

Batch processing of ILL requests will still be available to libraries. Details of this are still being determined. Batch process of ILL requests is scheduled for late 2004.

Documentation
1. What documentation will be available about this change?

Documentation will be available in both printed and electronic form. Printed reference cards will supplement the online documentation. Online documentation will consist of context-sensitive help and HTML/PDF documentation. Users of OCLC resource sharing and FirstSearch will also use current documentation that supports these services.

Related ILL Information
1. How will the FirstSearch staff view interact with the ILL Policies Directory?

Details of the interaction are still being worked out, but plans are for the FirstSearch staff view to interoperate with the Policies Directory. For example, requests to your library for items that you have indicated in the ILL Policies Directory you do not fill will be deflected and sent to the next lender in the lender string. This will improve your library's fill rates as a lender and turnaround time as a borrower.

2. Will people be able to use their existing constant data and custom holdings, or will they need to be re-entered in the new system?

Custom holdings and constant data will be moved to the FirstSearch platform; users will not have to rekey them. This will be a one-time migration, to help libraries get started in the new platform. Libraries will be responsible for ongoing maintenance.

Alternate Service Providers
1. What will happen with non-OCLC products that currently rely on OCLC ILL, for example CLIO, the Rapid system (Colorado)?

OCLC is committed to providing the ability to download and upload. Just as in the past, OCLC will document the file structure and make these details freely available if requested from Judith Carter <judith_carter@oclc.org>.

2. What will ILS vendors need to do to continue to talk with OCLC for their ILL? E.g. Dynix, III, Autographics

OCLC will continue to support Direct Request (direct-to-lender, direct-to-profile and, direct-to-review). <http://www.oclc.org/support/documentation/ill/direct/planguide/>.

3. Will ISO-ILL still be supported?

Yes. OCLC is ISO 10161 compliant.

Sunset/Retiring of Current Platforms
1. How will OCLC "sunset" the various ILL platforms that currently exist?

This is still being determined and more information will be released as soon as possible. It is very likely that OCLC will stagger the retirements, but no details are available yet. Once OCLC has determined a date for the end of Passport for ILL, ILL ME and ILL Web, announcements will be made by regional service providers, announced on the listserv and prominently displayed on the OCLC Web site.

2. When will OCLC announce sunset plans?

Once OCLC knows internally when the current ILL platforms (ILL Web, ILL ME and Passport) will be discontinued, regional service providers and users of the OCLC ILL service will be notified. OCLC is committed to providing at least three months advance notice of this discontinuation. OCLC's goal is to retire the current platforms sometime between January 1, 2005 and June 30, 2005.

ILLiad
1. My library uses ILLiad, which is not reliant on Passport. Does that mean I don't have to do anything to ensure continuing access?

OCLC ILLiad will continue to work with OCLC ILL and the FirstSearch staff view. Users of OCLC ILLiad will need to be sure that they are using the current versions of OCLC ILLiad as the migration continues to ensure access.

If you received OCLC-SHARING-L from a colleague and would like to subscribe directly, Go to
<https://www3.oclc.org/app/listserv/> (You can also un-subscribe from this page.)

Please email Christa Burns, NEBASE OCLC Member Services Coordinator, or phone 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665; or OCLC User and Network Support at 800-848-5800 or <support@oclc.org> with questions.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

 

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OCLC-SHARING-L: NEW OCLC RESOURCE SHARING LISTSERV

Keep abreast of what's happening with OCLC's resource sharing system! OCLC is launching a new, broadcast-only listserv to keep users of OCLC ILL informed of upcoming enhancements to OCLC resource sharing. The list will help you take advantage of new capabilities coming in the next 18 months that can streamline your workflow and help you serve your users better.

To subscribe to the new listserv, send the following command to LISTSERV@OCLC.ORG:

SUBSCRIBE OCLC-SHARING-L <first name last name>

Or go to the OCLC Web page at <https://www3.oclc.org/app/listserv/> and subscribe to OCLC-SHARING-L.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

 

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Cataloging   

OCLC CATEXPRESS OFFER FOR NEW SUBSCRIBERS: 13 MONTHS FOR THE PRICE OF 12

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

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 2004, 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 2004-June 2005.

NEBASE will be taking orders for CatExpress through May 17. The free trial month will begin on June 1, 2004. 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>.

To sign up for the CatExpress offer or if you have any questions, 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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CONNEXION CLIENT 1.10 COMING IN MARCH/APRIL

The next release of the Connexion client, version 1.10, is coming in March/April. Additional information has been added to the OCLC Web site about the new version.

The future enhancements page at <http://www.oclc.org/connexion/interface/client/enhancements/future.htm> has been updated to list new features that will be added in version 1.10.

The known problems page at <http://www.oclc.org/connexion/support/client_known_problems.htm> has been updated to note which problems will be resolved in version 1.10.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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CONNEXION CLIENT MACRO LESSONS NOW AVAILABLE

In the past, Joel Hahn, Niles Public Library District, has provided macro lessons for Passport and CatME on his Web site. Joel has now posted a new Connexion client version of his lessons OCLC Macro Language for the Complete Beginner. These 12 lessons provide a great overview of macro writing, and OCLC highly recommends them to everyone who wants to learn more about macros.

The lessons are available from the Connexion client documentation page at <http://www.oclc.org/support/documentation/connexion/client/default.htm> and directly from Joel's Web site at <http://users.rcn.com/aardy/oml/lessons/index.html>.

OCLC sponsors and endorses these lessons, and we wish to thank Joel for all of his great work with helping us all with macro writing!

David Whitehair
Connexion Client Product Manager
OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Services

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ADDITIONAL IP ADDRESS ADDED FOR OCLC CONNEXION BROWSER TCP/IP EXPORT

OCLC has added an additional IP address for TCP/IP Export with the Connexion browser. The new IP address is 132.174.2.73. If your site uses a firewall, it must be configured to recognize and accept export data from the following IP addresses:

132.174.2.67
132.174.2.5
132.174.2.21
132.174.2.73 (new)

The port range for these IP addresses remains 30000-30499. Please make any necessary changes to your firewall to insure that TCP/IP export continues to work properly. Thank you.

Roman S. Panchyshyn
Metadata Services Division
OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc.
 

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OCLC CONNEXION BROWSER FEBRUARY 2004 INSTALLATION

The OCLC Connexion quarterly enhancement installation for February was successfully installed on February 22, 2004. This installation includes both user requested enhancements, and problem fixes. Please see Connexion News for more details about these changes.

LCCN format for editing and display:

  • Easier entry of Library of Congress Control Number: Enter or edit LCCN with or without leading or trailing blanks in the prefix, with or without a hyphen between the year and serial number, and without the trailing blank at the end of a pre-2001 LCCN.
  • Connexion consistently displays the LCCN without a hyphen.
Deriving new records improvements:
  • Using a new option in Preferences (Cataloging Options), you can now choose which groups of variable fields to transfer when you derive new bibliographic records and bibliographic constant data records.
  • For fixed fields, you can decide each time whether to transfer all values or record type defaults only.
Constant Data repeatable fields:
  • When you apply constant data, repeatable fields from the constant data record are added to a bibliographic or an authority record after other repeatable fields or repeatable field groups instead of before them.
Lock and Display buttons on brief lists:
  • Lock and Display buttons on brief lists for bibliographic and authority records are now hidden by default. To restore the buttons, press <Alt><Y>. Once you restore the buttons, they remain visible for future session until you press <Alt><Y> to hide them.
Active Records screen enhancements:
  • Headings on the Active Records screen appear only if you have active records in that specific category.
  • When you go to the Active Records screen, the first record listed is selected and highlighted. You can press <Enter> to view the record. The last record opened in each category will appear first in the list for that category.
  • For bibliographic and authority records, the term "locked" indicates a locked master record. For unlocked records, the screen shows the title or heading; the Local Edit label no longer appears.
  • The default action for the Show button on the Cataloging and Authority tabs changes to Active Records.
Cataloging Agent:
  • Cataloging Agent authorizations, which allow you to catalog for other libraries for which you are profiled, are now valid in Connexion.
  • As in Passport and CatME, agents enter holdings symbols for libraries they are working for in field 951 $l, then produce and update records as usual.
  • Connexion Cataloging Agent functionality includes locking and replacing WorldCat records, and editing and exporting authority records.
  • Cataloging agents using Passport and CatME are now able to lock and replace WorldCat records. All other cataloging agent activities in these interfaces remain the same.
  • A new 951 field function, Show Institution, allows you to mouse over institution symbols to display the institution name.
Authorities Save File Aging Change:
  • Authorities save file aging changes from 180 to 90 days. This change impacts authority records saved online in Connexion Authorities, as well as Passport and CatME.
Authorities Enhancements:
  • 5xx cross references in authority records should now all be available and linked to appropriate 1xx headings if available.
Connexion Tips:
  • Connexion Tips link added to Connexion logon screen under Related Links and to the Connexion Welcome screen under Useful Links.
  • Clicking this link takes you to Featured Connexion Tips on the OCLC web site, where you can find useful tips and information about Connexion. Topics will rotate among 3 areas: browser interface, client interface, and general tips.
Background color:
  • A new Background Color option lets you change from the default white background to a light blue background. Some may find the light blue easier on their eyes when working in Connexion browser.
WebDewey/Abridged WebDewey enhancement:
  • Now easily search user notes with the new shortcut <Ctrl><Shift><[> for WebDewey user notes and <Ctrl><Shift><]> for Abridged WebDewey user notes.
End of Connexion support for Netscape 6.x:
  • OCLC will end Connexion support for Netscape 6.x on February 22, 2004. At that time, Connexion users, including CatExpress and WebDewey users, will no longer be able to log on using Netscape 6.x.
For details about these enhancements, as well as information about previous Connexion enhancements, log on to Connexion at <http://connexion.oclc.org> and search Connexion News. A link to News appears on the Welcome screen. To list enhancements, choose System Updates category on the News search screen.

Connexion Browser Help

Updated Help was included in the release of OCLC Connexion browser installed February 22.

In Connexion browser, click Help on the header bar of any screen to view context-specific information and instructions. To find other Help topics, use:
  • Links to Related Topics (listed at the end of each Help topic)
  • Search Help function (above the title of each Help topic)
  • Contents tab (top of each Help window)
Connexion Browser Online Documentation

Connexion browser guides have been updated to reflect recent system changes, clarify information, and correct errors. For a list of the guides updated in February 2004:
  1. Go to the Doc Finder page on the OCLC Web site: <https://www3.oclc.org/documentation/>
  2. Click "Recent updates" (navigation area, left side of page).
  3. Look for titles that begin with "Connexion Browser - ". From a listed title, you can view the guide in either HTML or PDF format.
All Connexion browser guides (HTML and PDF) are available on the Connexion browser documentation page: <http://www.oclc.org/support/documentation/connexion/browser/default.htm>

On the Connexion browser documentation page:
  • To view a guide in HTML format, click the title.
  • From the title page, use the links in the left-side navigation area:
  • PDF - View and/or print the guide in PDF format.
  • Abstract & revision notes - View a list that describes recent changes to the document. The Revision history is also on page 2 of the PDF).
Quick links to online documentation:
  • On the Connexion browser login screen, under Related Links, click Connexion Documentation.
  • After logging on to Connexion browser,
  • On the General tab, click the Documentation button.
    Or
  • On the home screen (screen displayed after logon), under Topics, click OCLC Connexion Documentation.
Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

 

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USING OCLC CONNEXION BROWSER: AN OCLC TUTORIAL

OCLC Training Development staff recently completed revisions to Using OCLC Connexion Browser: An OCLC Tutorial. The tutorial can be viewed on the OCLC Training page: <http://www.oclc.org/support/training/>, or from the Connexion Browser documentation page at <http://www.oclc.org/support/documentation/connexion/browser/default.htm>.

The revisions to the tutorial incorporate these recent enhancements:

  • Improvements to deriving new records.
  • Changes to merging repeatable fields from Constant Data in bibliographic and authority records.
  • Lock and Display buttons on brief lists for bibliographic and authority records are now hidden by default.
  • Enhancements to the Active Records screen.
Please see Connexion News for more details about these changes.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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DDC 21 CONTEST RESULTS ARE IN!

Dozens of enthusiastic Dewey-philes submitted ideas to OCLC for repurposing old copies of DDC 21 now that DDC 22 is available.

The three top ideas (as judged by OCLC's equally enthusiastic Dewey staff) received a free one-year subscription to WebDewey.

See the winners at <http://www.oclc.org/info/dewey/>.

Save by joining the NEBASE WebDewey & Abridged WebDewey Group at </netserv/nebase/whatsnew.html#WebDeweyGroup>.

Order your print copy of DDC 22 or get a great deal on the special combination package of the latest edition, DDC 22, and WebDewey. Visit the Dewey Web store to learn more - <http://www.oclc.org/dewey/ordering/>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC Digitization & Preservation  

MANAGE YOUR LIBRARY'S DIGITAL COLLECTION WITH CONTENTdm

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:

  • Take on small or large projects
  • Start with a small digitization project and demonstrate success to your funding sources quickly
  • Implement and use the tools without extensive IT support - CONTENTdm tools are flexible enough to accommodate various skill levels, from volunteers to highly trained technical staff
  • Administer your digital collection over the web and enter digitized objects at multiple remote locations
Take a look at some of the collections and see how others have implemented CONTENTdm at <http://www.oclc.org/contentdm/about/success/default.htm>. Collection items include yearbooks, maps, fully transcribed diaries, rare books, oral histories, audio and video clips, postcards, and more. Browse some of the examples in these sample subject areas for ideas about what you might someday share from your collections. The success stories include:

Utah Digital Newspapers - <http://www.lib.utah.edu/digital/unews/>
This collection contains over 30,000 pages from three weekly Utah newspapers from the period of 1889-1922. The digitized pages from The Grand Valley Times/The Times-Independent, The Wasatch Wave, and the Vernal Express are browsable and searchable. Funding for this project was provided through a grant from Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA). To find out more about the Utah Digital Newspapers Project and how this collection was created, read the whitepaper at <http://www.lib.utah.edu/digital/unews/whitepaper2003-01-18.pdf>.

Salem Public Library Historic Photograph Collections - <http://photos.salemhistory.org/>
This collection hosts thousands of photographs of Oregon dating from the mid 1800's with special focus on the City of Salem and other Western Oregon communities.

Trails of Hope: Overland Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869 - <http://overlandtrails.lib.byu.edu/index.html>
Trails of Hope is a collection of the original writings of 49 voyagers on the Mormon, California, Oregon, and Montana trails. Accompanying the original diary images and their searchable transcripts are maps, trail guides, photographs, watercolors, sketches, essays, and brief biographies of the diarists.

CONTENTdm functionality allows you to create collections quickly and easily using a simple point and click interface. See for yourself how simple it is to use by taking the online tour at <http://www.oclc.org/contentdm/about/tour/default.htm>.

When you are ready to explore how CONTENTdm might help you manage your digital collections you can sign up for a free evaluation of the software. To request a 60-day evaluation copy, go to <http://www.oclc.org/contentdm/evaluate/default.htm>.

For more information on CONTENTdm, go to <http://www.oclc.org/contentdm/default.htm>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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REPLACING FLOPPIES WITH FLASH: USING PORTABLE FLASH DRIVES IN THE LIBRARY

A simple Google search on "flash drives" and libraries reveals a growing trend: libraries are making it possible for their users to save files to flash drives instead of floppies. Flash drives are small devices that are inserted directly into the USB port of a computer where, through the marvels of plug and play in Windows 2000/SP or MacOS 9/X, they can be immediately available as a drive on which files can be saved. Earlier operating systems might require the installation of drives from a CD or the Web.

Flash drives are known by a number of synonyms: USB flash disk, thumb drives, pen drives, memory key drives, pocket drives, or key chain drives. They are all lightweight (usually around one ounce or less) and very small (about 3 inches long by about .8 inches wide by about .4 inches thick). They fit in a shirt or pants pocket (though be careful not to throw them in the laundry hamper!) or on a key chain. A carrying strap is sometimes part of the purchase. They range in storage capacity from 8 MB to 2 GB. Flash drives use power from the USB port so there is no need for an external power supply or battery. Per megabyte they are relatively inexpensive, and range in price for $25 to $700.

These devices are perfectly suited for transferring files between the library and home computers or between any two computers that have a USB port. Libraries are using them to support staff activities such as installing software updates on workstations around the library.

Fore more information about these handy little devices, visit <http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/nov03/ferrer.shtml> for an article from Computers in Libraries on the topic. There is also an abundance of other information about flash drives on the Web.

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OCLC ENDS NETSCAPE 6.x SUPPORT FEBRUARY 22

OCLC ended Connexion support for Netscape 6.x on February 22, 2004. Connexion users, including CatExpress and WebDewey users, are no longer able to log on using Netscape 6.x. If you are currently using a 6.x version of Netscape, you must upgrade to a newer version of Netscape or switch your browser to Internet Explorer.

Ending support of older versions of Netscape enables quicker development of enhancements to the Connexion service because additional programming has often been necessary to support these older versions of Netscape. As a result, OCLC will be able to add new and better features to the system.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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