September/October  2004  vol.10  no.5 issn 1082-4383  

 

 

 

 

Highlights in this Issue

NEBASE Annual Meeting East 2004

Join us for the upcoming NEBASE Annual Meeting East 2004, November 5 at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln.

Library Commission to Provide Support for Digital Collections via CONTENTdm

The Nebraska Library Commission has licensed OCLC CONTENTdm software to help make digital collections of Nebraska-related materials accessible via the Web.

New Online Sessions Scheduled for September on  netLibrary and WorldCat

You may have tried online shopping, online banking, even online dating….but have you ever tried online training?

Changes to the ERIC Document Reproduction Service

ERIC introduced a new Web site on September 1. The new centralized ERIC provides users with a modernized system that is easy-to-use, comprehensive, and up-to-date, with many free-of-charge full-text resources.

netLibrary Shared Collection Deadline October 12

The deadline to join the NEBASE/SOLINET shared netLibrary collection is October 12. Currently there are over 1,903 titles purchased with the goal being 5,000 titles.


Table of Contents

 

  NEBASE     
   
  NEBASE Annual Meeting East 2004
  When U.S. Works Pass Into the Public Domain
  Enter Your netLibrary Account in FirstSearch
  netLibrary MARC Records Update
  Need Useful Resources For Your Spanish-Speaking Library Patrons?
  Library Commission to Provide Support for Digital Collections via CONTENTdm
  New IMLS Grant Application Deadlines
   
  TRAINING     
   
  NEBASE Workshops
  New Online Sessions Scheduled for September on  netLibrary and WorldCat
   
  DATABASES     
   
  Database Tips and Tricks: Links to Library Catalogs in FirstSearch
  Attention Public and K12 Libraries: Link to NebraskAccess and Win Big!
  Please Update Your Links to the Databases
  Recent Enhancements to the NebraskAccess Librarian's Toolbox
  Oxford University Press and OpenURL Compliance
  Oxford Adds K12 Components to its American National Biography Online
  Changes to the ERIC Document Reproduction Service
  New from WilsonWeb - Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective 1918-1981
  A New H.W. Wilson 100% Full Text Database: Science Full Text Select
 
  DISCOUNTS     
   
  netLibrary Shared Collection Deadline October 12
  Internet Librarian Conference Discount Available to Nebraska Librarians
   
CATALOG THIS!     
   
  Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
   
  OCLC NEWS     
   
  Rave Reviews for NEBASE and Network Services Online Sessions
  OCLC Product of the Month:CONTENTdm 
Showcase and Manage Your Digital Collections
  Listen to Archived Online Sessions in the Comfort of Your Library
  OCLC Software Retirement Dates Announced
 
REFERENCE     
   
  Extended Availability of Union Lists of Periodicals in FirstSearch
  H.W. Wilson Indexes Re-implemented in OCLC FirstSearch
  OCLC and MCLS to Combine QuestionPoint, 24/7 Reference Services
   
RESOURCE SHARING     
   
  End of Selective User Status for OCLC ILL
  OCLC ILL Policies Directory: Enter your Lending Rules Now
  OCLC Resource Sharing Migration Update
 
  CATALOGING      
   
  Check Your CatExpress Monthly Transaction Reports
  OCLC Connexion Browser Enhancements
  Connexion Browser Tutorial Update
  Connexion Client Version 1.20 Update
  Connexion Client 1.20 System Requirements - Addition of MDAC
   
DIGITIZATION &     
PRESERVATION     
  Library School Teaches CONTENTdm
   

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NEBASE   

NEBASE ANNUAL MEETING EAST 2004

Join us for the upcoming NEBASE Annual Meeting East 2004, November 5 at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska.

This year's featured keynote speaker is George Needham, Vice President for Member Services at OCLC. George will be speaking on OCLC's recent Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition. Attendees will also have a chance to learn about the Nebraska Library Commission's new statewide digitization project using OCLC's CONTENTdm software. The afternoon will provide an opportunity to participate in a full demonstration of the CONTENTdm software or learn about the new features of the FirstSearch Resource Sharing Staff View that provides ILL capabilities from within the FirstSearch interface.

Registration and an agenda for the NEBASE Annual Meeting is available at: </netserv/nam.html>.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
NEBASE/Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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WHEN U.S. WORKS PASS INTO THE PUBLIC DOMAIN

Library staff needing a quick reference guide to copyright may want to take a look at this chart, <http://www.unc.edu/~unclng/public-d.htm>.  Lolly Gasaway, director of the Kathrine R. Everett Law Library and professor of law from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, provides a quick view oft when U.S. works pass into the public domain.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
NEBASE/Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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ENTER YOUR NETLIBRARY ACCOUNT IN FIRSTSEARCH

Libraries subscribing to netLibrary ebooks may give users another access point to the full-text of netLibrary ebooks: through WorldCat on FirstSearch. In this way, when your library's users see an ebook citation in their WorldCat on FirstSearch search results with the notation "(Full Text)" next to it, they may "check-out" the ebook directly from WorldCat. (A search result with the notation "(Description)" appearing next to it indicates that the ebook is not owned by your library so just a description of the ebook is provided.)

Access the FirstSearch administrative module via the web at <http://firstsearch.oclc.org/admin>.

  • Enter your library's FirstSearch authorization number and administrative module password.
  • Select Resource Linking tab.
  • Click on the link, Outbound Linking.
  • Enter your library's netlibrary account number in the netLibrary/account number section of the screen.
  • Save changes.
  • Exit using the Exit link at the upper right section of the screen.
Now, your library's users will be able to read your library's netLibrary ebooks right on the FirstSearch screen.

Joyce Rambo, Nylink

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netLIBRARY MARC RECORDS UPDATE

At the end of August 2004 two files totaling 743 MARC records were made available for download for the 2004 netLibrary SOLINET/NEBASE Fourth Shared Collection. The records are available from the OCLC Product Services Web at <http://psw.oclc.org/psw>. For complete directions on downloading the available MARC records you can contact a member of the Network Services staff at 800-307-2665 or e-mail Network Services.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
NEBASE/Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEED USEFUL RESOURCES FOR YOUR SPANISH-SPEAKING LIBRARY PATRONS?

Take a look at PLUS (Public Libraries Using Spanish) from California librarian, Bruce Jensen. PLUS is a searchable resource bank of Spanish-language versions of many of the common library forms, flyers, signage, Dewey Decimal classification system, book summaries, guides to the language and to library Spanish, programming ideas and much more. You can find the PLUS site at <http://www.sol-plus.net/>. Take a look to help make your library a comfortable and welcoming place for your community's Spanish-speaking patrons.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
NEBASE/Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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LIBRARY COMMISSION TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR DIGITAL COLLECTIONS VIA CONTENTdm

The Nebraska Library Commission has licensed OCLC's CONTENTdm software to help make digital collections of Nebraska-related materials accessible via the Web. Helping to achieve the Commission goal of implementing statewide digitization initiatives, CONTENTdm provides tools to help libraries provide Internet access to digitized items. The software allows a user to organize, manage, publish, and search digital collections over the Internet.

The Commission will provide technical resources to manage the software and create opportunities for Nebraska institutions to contribute their own digitized collections of material to the database. The end product of this endeavor will be a digital repository of Nebraska-related materials available to anyone over the Internet.

Library Commission staff members are beginning to develop a process to allow Nebraska institutions to add metadata and digitized materials to the database. The Commission will make the database available for participants to begin adding their own digital collections in the spring of 2005. In addition to the creation of this virtual library of Nebraska-related digital materials, the Library Commission will continue to work on the development of digitization best practices and to provide digitization training opportunities for Nebraska institutions. For more information on CONTENTdm implementation see </netserv/nebase/digpres.html> or contact Shannon Behrhorst, 402-471-4031, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Shannon Behrhorst.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
NEBASE/Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEW IMLS GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINES

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced new grant application deadlines for fiscal year 2005. Several of the application deadlines for IMLS library grant programs will change in fiscal year 2005. By changing the deadlines, IMLS  will be better able to serve grant applicants. IMLS hopes that this advance notice of the new deadlines will help applicants plan. Among the first upcoming grant application deadlines is the Librarians for the 21st Century program, which is due December 15th. For details, please see the IMLS press release at:
<http://www.imls.gov/grants/>. For FY 2005 IMLS grant and award program applications deadlines, please visit: <http://www.imls.gov/grants/>.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services publishes a free e-mail newsletter titled Primary Source that alerts readers to grants availability and provides tools to help applicants, showcases best practices, and highlights IMLS conferences, research, and publications. Past issues of the newsletter and subscription information are available at <http://www.imls.gov/utility/subscribe.htm>
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New IMLS Grant Application Deadlines And Award Announcements, ALAWON: American Library Association Washington Office Newsline, June 21, 2004, Volume 13, Number 39, <http://www.ala.org/ala/washoff/washnews/news2004/39jun22.htm>
(June 21, 2004)

[Edited by Joyce Rambo, Nylink]

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Training    

NEBASE WORKSHOP CALENDAR

NEBASE has scheduled the following OCLC workshops for Fall/Winter 2004:

  • OCLC Connexion: Browser Interface for Cataloging
  • OCLC Connexion: Client Interface for Cataloging
  • OCLC ILL: WorldCat Resource Sharing Basics
  • OCLC Union List Basics

All sessions will include a lecture and demonstration as well as hands-on time and will be conducted by Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE. Participants will receive 3 hours of CE credit.

To register to attend any of the workshops and to see descriptions as well as dates, times and locations of each workshop, please go to: </netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html>.

The registration fee is $10 per session for NEBASE members*. If you have any questions about workshop fees, please contact Jeannette Powell at 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 or e-mail Jeannette Powell.

*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.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEW ONLINE SESSIONS SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER ON netLIBRARY AND WORLDCAT

You may have tried online shopping, online banking, even online dating….but have you ever tried online training? If not, now might be a good time to give it a shot! The Nebraska Library Commission Network Services department is unveiling two new online training sessions this September-one on netLibrary and the other on WorldCat:

netLibrary Training, Wednesday, September 15, 3:30-4:30 pm CDT

WorldCat Search Strategies, Tuesday, September 21, 3:00-4:00 pm CDT

These Network Services Online Sessions are live presentations that you access from your own computer via the internet, with audio available via a toll-free conference call. To participate, all you need is your telephone and your web browser. Any number of staff can watch the presentation on the same computer at your library and listen in on the same conference call. There is no charge to participate in the online training, but registration is required.

For more information on Online Sessions, including detailed class descriptions, and to register, please go to our Online Sessions web site at: </netserv/training/onlinesessions>.

If you have any questions about these or other Online Sessions, please don't hesitate to contact a Network Services staff member at 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, or e-mail Network Services.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

 

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Databases  

DATABASE TIPS & TRICKS

LINKS TO LIBRARY CATALOGS IN FIRSTSEARCH

Did you know that you and your patrons can now get detailed library holdings information, including LOCAL CALL NUMBER, LOCATION, and SHELF STATUS, for many of the items that you identify through FirstSearch?

Want to know how?

After identifying the item you're interested in, click on the "Libraries worldwide that own item" link. This will take you to a page listing libraries that own the item in question. If a library's name appears as a hotlink, you can click on it to jump directly to their web-based catalog.

 

In some cases clicking on the link will take you to a blank catalog search screen, at which point you will need to conduct a search for your item to get detailed local holdings information. In other cases the search will be conducted for you and you will be taken directly to the detailed local catalog record for the item--where you will see local call number, location, and shelf status (e.g., whether it's checked in, checked out, etc.).


Why are some library names already hotlinked, while others aren't?

For some time now OCLC has let libraries configure links back to their own web-based catalogs using the FirstSearch Administrative Module. Until very recently, these links appeared exclusively to the library's own patrons (i.e., patrons searching a FirstSearch account affiliated with the library). Now, as a result of recent enhancements, these links are available to ALL FirstSearch users through the "Libraries with Item" page. If your library never took advantage of this functionality in the past, then your library name will not currently appear as a hotlink on the "Libraries with Item" page.

Friendly Suggestion: So far a handful of Nebraska libraries link to their web-based catalogs through FirstSearch. If your library is one of these, you should be congratulated for providing your own patrons-and now all FirstSearch users-with enhanced access to local holdings information! However, you should also check to make sure the link to your catalog is still working. When I last checked, several weren't....

If you don't already link to your web-based catalog through FirstSearch, how can you do so now?
If your library hasn't already configured a link back to your web-based catalog using the FirstSearch Administrative Module, please consider doing it now. It's a very easy customization to make:

  1. Login to the FirstSearch Admin Module <http://firstsearch.oclc.org/admin>.
  2. Click on the Linking tab.
  3. Click on the Web Library Catalogs link on the horizontal blue menu bar immediately beneath the tabs.
  4. At the very least, type the URL for your catalog's opening page or initial search screen in the Catalog Entry Screen URL box. If possible, provide the other requested URLs as well. Depending on the configuration of your web OPAC, you may or may not be able to supply an ISBN Search Results URL, an ISSN Search Results URL, or an OCLC Search Results URL.
  5. SAVE your changes.
If you have questions about this new functionality or need assistance updating your FirstSearch Administrative Module, please call the Nebraska Library Commission at 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665 and ask to speak to a Network Services staff member or e-mail Nebraskaccess .

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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ATTENTION PUBLIC AND K12 LIBRARIES: LINK TO NEBRASKACCESS AND WIN BIG!

In order to express our appreciation to libraries that provide patrons and students with links to NebraskAccess resources from their websites, the Nebraska Library Commission Network Services Department is offering a chance to win FREE, PERSONALIZED TRAINING on NebraskAccess.

Public and K12 libraries can enter in the drawing for this training, by emailing us the URL of a page on your library or school website that links to NebraskAccess resources. Links may be to a page on the NebraskAccess website </nebraskaccess> or to the resources themselves. For more information on linking to NebraskAccess, see Linking to NebraskAccess </nebraskaccess/toolbox/linking.html>.

To enter, please send an e-mail, with subject line "NebraskAccess Link Contest," on or before Friday, October 29. Include the URL of a page on your website that links to NebraskAccess resources in the body of the e-mail. Winners (one public library and one K12 library) will be announced on Monday, November 1.

Training on the NebraskAccess resources will be provided by Library Commission staff at a mutually-agreed-upon time, at a site of your choosing. It will be customized to meet the needs of your specific institution, and can be aimed at library staff, teachers, and/or members of the general public. Training may be shared with other nearby libraries/schools, or donated to a library group with which you are affiliated.

If you have questions about this contest or the training you are vying to win, please call Shannon Behrhorst at 402-471-4031, 800-307-2665 or e-mail Shannon Behrhorst.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
NEBASE/Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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PLEASE UPDATE YOUR LINKS TO THE DATABASES

The Nebraska Library Commission currently maintains the following web site providing linkages to the databases purchased for the NebraskAccess program, </databases>.
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On August 31, 2004 the links to the databases from this page will be removed. In place of the links will be a message pointing users to the NebraskAccess website. This pointing page will remain available until October 31, 2004.

We have provided a number of options for you to use in place of linking to this existing page. Please take a look at the options found in the Librarian's Toolbox on the NebraskAccess web site </nebraskaccess/toolbox/linking.html> and make any changes needed to your own web sites.

Please contact the Network Services Department with any questions at 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665 or e-mail Network Services.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
NEBASE/Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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RECENT ENHANCEMENTS TO THE NEBRASKACCESS LIBRARIAN'S TOOLBOX

Learn more about these enhancements in the Librarian's Toolbox at </nebraskaccess/toolbox>.

Click on Promotional & Marketing Materials to:

  • Advertise NebraskAccess by using NebraskAccess desktop wallpaper.
  • Make it easy for patrons to open NebraskAccess with a custom icon on the computer desktop.
Are you using Books In Print? Click on Statistics to check out the new BIP usage stats. Libraries will need a password to retrieve their library's statistics. The password was sent out over the NebraskAccess4Lib Mailing list on September 8. If you do not have the username and password please contact a member of the Network Services Department. or call 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665.

Allana Novotny
Network Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS AND OPENURL COMPLIANCE

Oxford University Press is pleased to announce that Oxford Reference Online is nowOpenURL v0.1 compliant. This means that users at institutions with OpenURL resolvers will be able to check whether a book or journal cited in Oxford Reference Online is referenced in the library's holdings.

To set this facility up, please go to Subscriber Services at<http://oxfordreference.com/views/SUBSCRIBER_SERVICES.html>.

A quick reminder about other options available from Subscriber Services:

  • View your usage statistics and create custom reports by product and time period
  • Download MARC21 files for the complete collection, and for each update.
  • Download an up-to-date title/ISBN listing
  • Download an up-to-date list of subject and title URLs
  • View and change account details
Other News From Oxford Online....

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography <http://www.oxforddnb.com> will be published in print and online on September 23, 2004. You can register in advance for a 30-day trial at <http://www.oxfordonline.com/freetrials>.

To view information on Oxford University Press pricing from the Nebraska Library Commission, please visit our Database Pricing page and click on the Oxford University Press link </netserv/pricing>.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
NEBASE/Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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OXFORD ADDS K12 COMPONENTS TO ITS AMERICAN NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY ONLINE

Oxford University Press is excited to let you know that ANB Online has two fabulous new features that will be of great benefit to K12 school customers. They have added a Research Ideas section of the site that provides users with pre-selected lists of articles in 12 topics, including the Civil War, World War II, American Literature, the Depression and the New Deal, and more. These are intended to help tie ANB Online directly to the school curriculum and provide students with a quick and easy way into the database.

Oxford has also added a Teacher's Guide to Using ANB Online - this provides teachers with six lessons on how to incorporate ANB into the classroom. The lessons highlight the various features of the site-the cross-references, the illustrations and the additional resources.

Have a look at <http://www.anb.org/articles/themes/themes.html> and <http://www.anb.org/teachguide.html>. Both of these new features are also available from the ANB homepage at <http://www.anb.org>.

For information on pricing and ordering Oxford University Press electronic resources, please visit: </netserv/pricing/oxford.html>

Shannon W. Behrhorst
NEBASE/Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

 

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CHANGES TO THE ERIC DOCUMENT REPRODUCTION SERVICE

For changes in the operations of the ERIC Document Reproduction Service,
please visit <http://www.edrs.com/default.cfm>.

ERIC introduced a new Web site on September 1. The new centralized ERIC provides users with a modernized system that is easy-to-use, comprehensive, and up-to-date, with many free-of-charge full-text resources. The redesigned system, open o the public, provides users with increased search capabilities utilizing simple, streamlined retrieval methods to access the existing ERIC bibliographic database (1966-2004). For example, users are able to quickly refine search results through the use of the ERIC thesaurus, ERIC identifiers, or a list of electronically harvested concepts. In addition, popular search features such as "show more documents like this one" and "save my searches" are also available.

On October 1, ERIC will introduce, for the first time, free-of-charge full-text non-journal ERIC resources. These materials include more than 105,000 full-text documents authorized for electronic ERIC distribution during 1993 - July 2004, previously sold through E*Subscribe from the ERIC Document Reproduction Service (EDRS). EDRS, which also sells the ERIC microfiche, is scheduled to shut down operations on September 30.

In December, ERIC will add new bibliographic records and full-text
journal and non-journal resources from 2004. Newly indexed materials that are not available free-of-charge will be made accessible through database links to commercial sources. ERIC will continue to add features and enhancements in 2005.

The ERIC Web site will include updates and information on releases of new system features using the same URL: <http://www.eric.ed.gov>.

During the transition period, continue to use this ERIC website to:

  • Search the ERIC database.
  • Search the ERIC Calendar of Education-Related Conferences.
  • Link to the ERIC Document Reproduction Service (EDRS) to purchase
  • ERIC full-text documents.
Link to the ERIC Processing and Reference Facility to purchase ERIC tapes and tools.  Stay up-to-date about the ERIC transition to a new ERIC database model.

Toll-free contact for general questions about ERIC: (800) LET-ERIC
(538-3742).

Shannon W. Behrhorst
NEBASE/Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEW FROM WILSONWEB - INDEX TO LEGAL PERIODICALS RETROSPECTIVE 1918-1981

For the first time, information on jurisprudence back to the end of the First World War is now easily searchable online, with H.W. Wilson's new Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective 1918-1981 <http://www.hwwilson.com/databases/legal_retro.htm>. This space-saving online equivalent to dozens of ILP print annuals makes more than 60 years of periodicals research readily available for educators, students, law professionals and others.

Based on the classic print reference Index to Legal Periodicals & Books, Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective indexes articles cover to cover from over 750 noted publications from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The database features some 540,000 records, including book reviews and case citations. In addition to periodicals, annual surveys of the laws of a jurisdiction, annual surveys of the federal courts, yearbooks, and annual reviews of the work in a given field or topic are also indexed.

Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective also makes acquiring cited articles easy. With WilsonWeb, you get seamless links to full-text articles on your library's open-URL compliant databases, including HeinOnline-at no additional charge. Just click the WilsonLink icon for an automatic search of the full-text databases to which your library subscribes.

In creating this database, Wilson editors did far more than simply cast data from Index to Legal Periodicals & Books into electronic format. Decades of data from the print annuals presented the major task of reconciling subject terms that changed over the years, and seeing that personal and corporate names were standardized, to ensure retrieval of all records on a given subject.

The database's updated subject headings make finding information easy, using contemporary terms. Original subject headings have been retained as "Historical Subjects"-preserving the full value of the data as a historical source, and providing insight into the way issues of the day were framed. Both current and historical headings are searchable.

Fields in each record allow searching by court case (over 56,000 cases), as well as the standard WilsonWeb bibliographic fields (journal, author, subject, keyword, document type, publisher, country of publication, and others).

Like all the WilsonWeb databases, Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective features a holdings indicator that links to the library's OPAC-letting researchers know if they'll find cited articles on the shelves. In addition, document-delivery links make ordering the actual articles easy. Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective can also be searched simultaneously with the contemporary periodicals database Index to Legal Periodicals Full Text, for more than 80 years of law research at a keystroke.

Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective is available exclusively on WilsonWeb. For more information, visit <www.hwwilson.com>. For pricing and ordering information for Nebraska libraries contact the Network Services Department at 800-307-2665 or look at the Database Pricing page at: </netserv/pricing/>.

[H.W. Wilson edited]

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A NEW H.W. WILSON 100% FULL TEXT DATABASE: SCIENCE FULL TEXT SELECT

Libraries can now expand their science offerings with the broad range of literature from a new 100% full text science database on WilsonWeb. Science Full Text Select combines the full-text content of all the Wilson science databases, delivering articles cover to cover from 320 sources in total. What's more, the database provides an abundance of graphical content-the charts, diagrams, and illustrations essential to science research-in PDF page images.

Science Full Text Select is an affordable choice for community colleges, vocational and technical schools, public libraries, and high schools. Libraries with a limited collection of science periodicals can now offer access to important specialty journals and newsstand science publications in a single database, with consistent subject headings and expert Wilson indexing.

Science Full Text Select brings together full text content from the acclaimed WilsonWeb databases Applied Science & Technology Full Text, Biological & Agricultural Index Plus, and General Science Full Text, plus additional full text articles from Readers' Guide and Wilson OmniFile databases. Broad coverage of the spectrum of science specialties supports a wide range of science curricula-subjects from artificial intelligence to zoology.

For added convenience, the articles are also summarized in 50- to 150-word abstracts, written by professionals with science backgrounds, so users can quickly determine if the article they've found meets their needs. Up-to-date subject headings keep pace with scientific and technical developments, and daily additions deliver an abundance of new content.

Science Full Text Select is available exclusively on WilsonWeb. For more information, on Wilson pricing and ordering, please email the Network Services Network Services Department or call 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665. You can also visit the Database Pricing Page at </netserv/pricing/>.

[Edited from Wilson press release]

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Discounts  

netLIBRARY SHARED COLLECTION DEADLINE OCTOBER 12

This year the Nebraska Library Commission has again partnered with SOLINET, another OCLC regional network, in the purchase of a shared netLibrary collection. The deadline to join is October 12. Currently there are over 1,903 titles already purchased with the goal being 5,000 titles. A list of purchased titles can be found at: </netserv/netlibrary/2004titles/index.asp>.

The 2004 Shared Collection provides participants with ongoing prepaid access, rather than annual subscription access. This means that rather than paying an additional access fee annually, participants will not have to pay any access fees for the collection for at least five years. At the end of five years, netLibrary has the option of charging an access fee for future use of the collection. A fee will be charged by netLibrary in the event that technology changes require netLibrary to significantly upgrade or modify its current technology. If netLibrary does not face a significant technology upgrade before 2008, then the fee will not be assessed until necessary. This fee would be divided up among participating libraries that opt to continue their access to the titles. At this time, netLibrary is unable to provide an approximate amount for this possible fee.

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 charge)

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

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

For complete information on the new collection please visit the Network Services web site at: </netserv/netlibrary2004.html>.

Allana Novotny
Network Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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INTERNET LIBRARIAN CONFERENCE DISCOUNT AVAILABLE TO NEBRASKA LIBRARIANS

NEBASE is offering a group discount to all librarians in Nebraska who attend the Internet Librarian 2004 conference and exhibition. This year it will be held at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California, on November 15-17. Detailed information about the conference can be found on the conference web page at <http://www.infotoday.com/il2004/default.shtml>.

The price of the conference with the discount is $235 for the three-day event (November 15-17). This is a savings of $144 off the regular registration 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 15-16) and $265 for the combo of the Internet Librarian general conference and Internet@Schools (November 15-17) are also available.

To register for the conference, print off the registration form located at <http://www.infotoday.com/il2004/IL2004_Registration.pdf>. Mail the completed form to Doreen Kuhlmann at the address below.

Doreen Kuhlmann
Nebraska Library Commission
The Atrium
1200 N St., Suite 120
Lincoln, NE 68508-2023
Phone: 402-471-4007 or 800-307-2665

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 24.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission
 

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Catalog This!  

DUBLIN CORE METADATA INITIATIVE (DCMI)

Usually used in relation to electronic resources, the term "metadata" is most commonly defined as data about data. However, in the library world, metadata is just a method of describing an item, whether the item is a book, a videocassette, a Web page, a software program, or a digitized image. MARC is a form of metadata, as is Dublin Core.

As electronic databases became more common and the World Wide Web developed in the 1990s, people saw a need for a common way to search and access these resources. Standards were proposed by a variety of groups for the description of these resources as well as for coding languages. In 1995, a group met in Dublin, Ohio, to discuss elements for describing document-type objects on the Web. Growing from this meeting and future discussions, Dublin Core became a metadata standard.

Expanded from the initial 13 elements, the standard set now includes 15 elements used to describe networked resources. Elements include many descriptive fields common to the cataloging of physical materials: title, creator (author), subject, publisher, date, description, and language. Refinement and scheme options allow further qualification of elements, such as title.alternative and subject.LSCH. See <http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-terms/> for a complete listing and definitions.

Dublin Core data may be embedded in source code or entered as a record in a database. Its elements may be used with various computer coding languages such as HTML or XML. See DCMI's Web page <http://dublincore.org/> for articles and other information on the usage of Dublin Core. CONTENTdm, an image management database, has based its records on Dublin Core metadata. CONTENTdm will be used in the Nebraska Library Commission's digital project.

Devra Dragos
Cataloging Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission
 

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