July/August  2006  vol.12  no.4 issn 1082-4383  

 

 

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Highlights in this Issue

Mark Your Calendars: 2006 NEBASE Annual Meeting Dates Set
If you are interested in attending either the 2006 NEBASE Annual Meeting - East or the 2006 NEBASE Annual Meeting - West this year, you will want to take note of the dates and locations.

Database Roadshow Seats Still Available
If you'd like to learn more about the databases available through the NebraskAccess statewide database program, consider signing up to attend.

NebraskAccess Databases Renewed for 2006-2007
The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announce the renewal of all NebraskAccess databases, including Fiction Connection, for the subscription term running from July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007.

NEBASE Needs Your Help!
NEBASE is conducting a survey to determine member satisfaction and to gather member suggestions. The information gathered will be used to help us improve and enhance our programs, procedures, and services.
 

 


Table of Contents

 

  NEBASE     
   
  Mark Your Calendars: 2006 NEBASE Annual Meeting Dates Set
  New Members Council Delegate
   
  TRAINING     
   
  Database Roadshow Seats Still Available
  Nebraska Library Commission Training Portal Streamlines Access to Commission-Sponsored Training Events
   
  DATABASES     
   
  NebraskAccess Databases Renewed for 2006-2007
  NPR Audio Clips Added to eLibrary
  H. W. Wilson Enhancements
   
  DISCOUNTS     
   
  Internet Librarian Conference Discount
  WebSearch University Conference Discount
   
CATALOG THIS!     
   
  More Changes at the Library of Congress
   
  OCLC NEWS     
   
  NEBASE Needs Your Help!
  New OCLC Report: College Students' Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources
  New OCLC User Guide: Searching WorldCat Indexes
  Obsolete OCLC Technical Bulletins
  OCLC Pricing 2006/2007
  Open WorldCat Links Your Library's Users to the Resources They Need
  RLG Membership Approves Proposal to Combine with OCLC
  WebJunction Update
  Share Your Library's Web Site
 

OCLC Members Council February Meeting

  Report From OCLC Members Council May Meeting
  You Want to do What?!?
 
REFERENCE     
   
  OCLC FirstSearch COUNTER Release 2 Statistics Reports Available
   
RESOURCE SHARING     
   
  New Documentation for OCLC Resource Sharing
  OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing Update: May Enhancements
  OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing Update: June Enhancements
 
  CATALOGING      
   
  OCLC's Response to the Library of Congress Decision on Controlled Series Access
  Connexion Client 1.60 Now Available
  New Documentation for Connexion Client 1.60
  Connexion Browser May Enhancements
  Connexion Client May Enhancements
  Full Implementation of OCLC-MARC Format Update 2006
   
TECH NOTES      
 
Technical Bulletin 252: OCLC-MARC Format Update, 2006
   

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NEBASE   

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: 2006 NEBASE ANNUAL MEETING DATES SET

If you are interested in attending either the 2006 NEBASE Annual Meeting - East or the 2006 NEBASE Annual Meeting - West this year, you will want to take note of the following dates and locations:

  • The 2006 NEBASE Annual Meeting - East is scheduled for Tuesday, August 8 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln.

  • The 2006 NEBASE Annual Meeting - West is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27 at Chadron State College.

For more information about the 2006 NEBASE Annual Meeting - East, go to /training; search on NEBASE Annual Meeting or view August 8 on the Calendar. Registration for the EAST meeting opened June 30.

An agenda and registration form for the 2006 NEBASE Annual Meeting - West are still pending.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEW MEMBERS COUNCIL DELEGATE

At the end of March we announced the election results for our new delegate to the OCLC Members Council. Mary Johns, Assistant Director of Lincoln City Libraries, was elected as our NEBASE delegate and Michael LaCroix, past NEBASE delegate, was named our Alternate Delegate to Members Council.

Since that time Mary Johns has left Lincoln City Libraries to pursue another library opportunity. Normally, our Alternate Delegate would assume this role, but since Michael had just completed two three-year terms on the Council he felt that it would be better to ask another from our election ballot.

Beth McNeil, Associate Director of University Libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was our runner-up in the early spring election. Beth has graciously accepted the late appointment to follow Mary Johns as the NEBASE delegate to OCLC Members Council. Michael LaCroix will remain as our Alternate Delegate to fill in if Beth is ever unavailable to attend one of the nine Members Council meetings that are on the calendar for her three-year term. We welcome Beth as our new delegate and as an ex-officio member of the NEBASE Advisory Council.

For more information on OCLC Members Council, please visit: http://www.oclc.org/memberscouncil/.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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Training    

DATABASE ROADSHOW SEATS STILL AVAILABLE

The first two Database Roadshows of 2006 were held on June 20 and 28 in Scottsbluff and Kearney respectively. Six additional Database Roadshows are scheduled for the following dates/locations:

  • July 25 in Auburn
  • July 27 in Columbus
  • August 1 in Bassett
  • August 2 in Wayne
  • August 17 in Elkhorn
  • August 25 in Lincoln (currently closed - waiting list available)
If you weren't at the Scottsbluff or Kearney sites and you'd like to learn more about the databases available through the NebraskAccess statewide database program, consider signing up to attend. Sessions run from 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. and include demonstration and hands-on practice.

To register go to nlc.nebraska.gov/training; search on Database Roadshow or view the training date that interests you on the calendar. If you have questions please don't hesitate to contact Susan Knisely or Allana Novotny.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEBRASKA LIBRARY COMMISSION TRAINING PORTAL STREAMLINES ACCESS TO COMMISSION-SPONSORED TRAINING EVENTS

Have you ever riffled through your email inbox, looking for a previously-read-but-not-acted-upon Nebraska Library Commission training announcement so you can click on the direct link to the registration form?

Have you struggled to find details about a scheduled training session on the Nebraska Library Commission Web site, either by browsing departmental Web pages or using the site search?

If so, you will undoubtedly appreciate the new Nebraska Library Commission Training portal introduced in May. This database-driven service brings information about all Commission-sponsored training together in one convenient location. Rather than visiting various departmental Web pages to find training opportunities offered by that department, you can now use this "one-stop-shop" to find and register for all Commission-sponsored training.

The new Commission Training portal allows users to find training opportunities in a variety of ways. Users can:

  • Perform a keyword search (e.g., OCLC, Basic Skills, Cataloging)
  • Browse training by date or class title
  • View by location
  • View by month or day using the calendar
The training portal encompasses all training sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission such as Database Roadshows, NEBASE/OCLC training, Basic Skills, Gates workshops, and more. It includes in-person training as well as live and archived online training.

Visit the Nebraska Library Commission web site   and click on the "Commission Training" link on the left-hand side of the page to try it out.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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Databases  


NEBRASKACCESS DATABASES RENEWED FOR 2006-2007

The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announce the renewal of all NebraskAccess databases, including Fiction Connection, for the subscription term running from July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007. NebraskAccess databases are purchased by the Nebraska Library Commission on behalf of all Nebraska residents, with funding from the State of Nebraska.

NebraskAccess currently includes the following databases:
  • Wilson OmniFile Full Text Select
  • Wilson Biographies Plus
  • HeritageQuest Online
  • Books in Print with Reviews
  • KiplingerForecasts.com
  • Fiction Connection
  • FirstSearch Base Package (ArticleFirst, ClasePeriodica, Ebooks, ECO, ERIC, GPO, MEDLINE, PapersFirst, ProceedingsFirst, WorldAlmanac, WorldCat, WorldCat Dissertations)
  • eLibrary (public and post-secondary academic libraries only)
For more information about NebraskAccess, go to /nebraskaccess and click on Learn More about NebraskAccess.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

 

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NPR AUDIO CLIPS ADDED TO eLIBRARY 

ProQuest recently began adding audio clips to National Public Radio (NPR) transcripts that appear in their eLibrary database.  The June 1 edition of All Things Considered was the first to include audio links.  Links to audio will be added to other NPR programs throughout June.  After all programs are up and running, ProQuest"s content team will go back and add archival content. 

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H. W. WILSON ENHANCEMENTS

In June H.W. Wilson made a number of enhancements to the Wilson database interface. These changes affected both Magazines - Wilson (OmniFile Full Text Select) - and Biographies - Wilson (Biographies Plus Illustrated) - which are available to Nebraskan's as part of NebraskAccess. Below are a few key changes that have been made. The announcement from H.W. Wilson about these changes can be found at: http://www.hwwilson.com/Documentation/WilsonWeb/enhancements/
wweb_maintenance.htm.

The first change you will notice on the search result screen is a list of subjects located above the search results. The system generates a list of subject headings based on the subjects that were returned in your search result list. Click on any of the subject headings to perform a search for that subject. The subject headings are a great way to help refine and focus your search.

The other change on the search result screen is the new full text links. The icons are now clearly labeled and appear below the citation on the Brief Display page and within the citation on the Full Display page. Clicking on either of these links will open a new window displaying the full text. All articles are available in the Full Text format, however only selected journals are available in PDF format.

Another great enhancement is the addition of the Print, Email, and Save buttons to the Full Text HTML view. When a user clicks on the Full Text HTML link on the search results page a second window will open displaying the full text of the article. The new buttons are located at the top of this window allowing users to instantly print, email or save the full text of the article without a lot of extra clicks.

Users may also notice the addition of two new buttons in the left toolbar. The two buttons are Create Alerts and Exporting/Citing. These new buttons provide easy access to these functions. Create Alerts allows users to save a search within the database then have the system automatically run the search daily, weekly, or monthly and email them the results. Exporting/Citing allows users to export records into RefWorks or EndNote software.

Allana Novotny
Network Services Librarian
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 2006 conference and exhibition. This year it will be held at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California, on October 23-25. Detailed information about the conference can be found on the conference web page at http://www.infotoday.com/il2006/default.shtml. 

The price of the conference with the discount is $245 for the three-day event (October 23-25). This is a savings of $164 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 (Oct. 23-24, 2006) and $245 for the combo of the Internet Librarian general conference and Internet@Schools (Oct. 23-25) are also available.

To register for the conference, print off the registration form located at http://www.infotoday.com/il2006/IL2006_Registration.pdf. Mail the completed form to Sue Biltoft at the address below. 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 1.

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

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WEBSEARCH UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE DISCOUNT

Information Today, Inc. has authorized NEBASE to offer a special team/group rate to all Nebraska librarians who attend the WebSearch University conference scheduled to be held on September 18-19 at the Washington Marriott. Detailed information about the WebSearch University conference can be found at http://www.websearchu.com/.

The special team/group rate for this conference is $395 for the two-day event (September 18-19). This is $200 off the regular price and a $100 discount off the early-bird registration price. No discount rates are available for the pre-conference seminars.

To register for the conference, print off the registration form located at http://www.websearchu.com/WSU2006_Registration.pdf.  All registrants need to do is indicate on the registration form that they are members of NEBASE and then mark the discount rate on their form. Mail the completed form to Sue Biltoft at the address below. Payment must accompany your registration form. Please make check or credit card 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 August 4.

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

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Catalog This!  

MORE CHANGES AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Despite the hue and cry from many librarians, the Library of Congress (LC) went ahead with its decision to discontinue Series Authority work as of June 1 and now it seems other cataloging standards may be on the chopping block.

What is Going on at the Library of Congress? by Thomas Mann highlights other changes that are occurring or may occur in the near future which affect cataloging or access to materials. This paper is available at http://guild2910.org/AFSCMEWhatIsGoingOn.pdf. One possible change mentioned by Mann is discontinuation of the Library of Congress Subject Headings.

Rumor also has it that LC might discontinue the Cataloging in Publication (CIP) program. While this might not affect OCLC members so much as popular items will be cataloged fairly quickly, there are many little public and school libraries that will be hurt by such a move.

We will update you as LC decisions regarding cataloging issues become final.

Devra Dragos
Cataloging Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

 

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