May/June 2006  vol.12  no.3 issn 1082-4383  

 

   

 

Highlights in this Issue

Nebraska Tribal Library Featured as WebJunction May Library of the Month
Gretchen Healey and the staff of the Winnebago Public Library/ Little Priest Tribal College Library in northeast Nebraska are featured as the WebJunction Library of the Month this May.

Find all Nebraska Library Commission Training on One Web Page
Rather than visiting various department pages to find training opportunities offered by Commission staff you can now use our "one-stop-shop" to find and register for all of the Nebraska Library Commission sponsored training.

NebraskAccess Funding Request Update
The Nebraska Library Commission submitted a mid-biennium appropriation request for $325,000 in additional funds to be used to license subscription online information services that would have included an online encyclopedia, plus additional online information resources aimed at children in grades K-8.

 


Table of Contents

 

  NEBASE     
   
  Nebraska Tribal Library Featured as WebJunction May Library of the Month
  Register for the 2006 Database Roadshow
  RLG to Combine with OCLC
   
  TRAINING     
   
  Find all Nebraska Library Commission Training on One Web Page
  Fiction Connection Training Available
  Dewey Decimal Class Available Online this Summer
  Digitization Workshops Offered in North Platte
  Special Event on Optimizing Technical Services Workflow
 
  DATABASES     
   
  NebraskAccess Funding Request Update
  Customizable NebraskAccess Business Cards Make Password Distribution Easy
  Fiction Connection Readers' Advisory Tool Added to NebraskAccess
  NetLibrary Shared Collection (2004) RE-OPENED
  Full Text for 29 Journals Added to Wilson's Art Full Text Database
  H.W. Wilson Promotional Pricing Available Through July 25
  Xreferplus Trials Available on Request
  RefWorks Now Available Through Discount Purchasing Program
  OUP's New African American Studies Center(AASC) Available for Trial
  March Updates to Grove Art Online Database
 
CATALOG THIS!     
   
  Library of Congress to Cut Series Authority?
  Mastermind Behind MARC Dies
   
  OCLC NEWS     
   
  OCLC Product of the Month: OCLC Language Sets
  New WorldCat Selection Service Will Help Libraries Streamline Workflows for Selection, Ordering of New Materials
   
REFERENCE     
   
  Add Reviews, Notes and More to WorldCat Records!
   
RESOURCE SHARING     
   
  OCLC Introduces One Request Per Page Printing in WorldCat Resource Sharing
   
  CATALOGING      
   
  OCLC Cataloging Subscription Pricing Quotes
  Check your CatExpress Monthly Transaction Reports
  Join the NEBASE Dewey Group Purchase
  News for Libraries Using OCLC MARC Subscription Services
  Connexion Client 1.60 Coming in June
  Local Holdings Maintenance Quick Reference Available
   

Past issues of N3


 

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NEBASE   

NEBRASKA TRIBAL LIBRARY FEATURED AS WEBJUNCTION MAY LIBRARY OF THE MONTH

Visit the WebJunction web site this month to read about one of our very own Nebraska libraries. Gretchen Healey and the staff of the Winnebago Public Library/ Little Priest Tribal College Library in northeast Nebraska are featured as the WebJunction Library of the Month this May. Read more about the library and its services at, http://webjunction.org/do/DisplayContentid=13299.

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REGISTER FOR THE 2006 DATABASE ROADSHOW

We are pleased to announce that the ninth annual Database Roadshow has been scheduled for summer 2006.

The five-hour Database Roadshow will provide Nebraska librarians and media specialists with an overview of the state-funded databases available through NebraskAccess. The Roadshow will also include a tour of the Librarian's Toolbox, which contains promotional and training material about NebraskAccess. As in past years, the Roadshow will be divided into segments, with each focusing on a particular database. During each segment we will discuss and demonstrate a database, and then the class will have hands-on time to practice what they've learned. Please bring any questions you may have and we will help you work through them during the hands-on time.

All sessions will run from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. There will be a one hour lunch break at approximately 11:30. Lunch is on your own. For your comfort, you may wish to bring a sweater, or dress in layers, as we are unable to make any adjustments to the temperature of the computer labs.

There is no cost to attend the Database Roadshow. Continuing Education credits of five hours can be earned by attending the Roadshow. Sessions are scheduled for the following locations:

  • Auburn - July 25
  • Bassett - August 1
  • Columbus - July 27
  • Elkhorn - August 17
  • Kearney - June 28
  • Lincoln - August 25
  • Scottsbluff - June 20

For more information and to register, visit the Nebraska Library Commission Training web page and search for "Roadshow." /training.

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RLG TO COMBINE WITH OCLC

After thoughtful consideration and thorough review, the Board of Directors of the Research Libraries Group (RLG) and the OCLC Board of Trustees have signed a definitive agreement that recommends the two service and research organizations be brought together.

The combined organization will retain the name OCLC and offer an integrated product line to give libraries, archives and museums new leverage in developing services, standards and software that will help them support research and disseminate knowledge online. In addition, RLG's program initiatives will be brought forward as a new division within OCLC Research.

RLG will now ask its membership to approve the agreement. Voting will begin in mid-May and conclude June 7.

View the news release at http://www.oclc.org/news/releases/200618.htm.

View the FAQ at http://www.oclc.org/news/releases/oclcrlgfaq.htm.

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Training    

FIND ALL NEBRASKA LIBRARY COMMISSION TRAINING ON ONE WEB PAGE

The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announce an enhancement to our web site that brings all of the Nebraska Library Commission sponsored training events together in one convenient location. Rather than visiting various department pages to find training opportunities offered by Commission staff you can now use our "one-stop-shop" to find and register for all of the Nebraska Library Commission sponsored training.

The new Commission Training site allows users to find training opportunities via keyword search; a calendar view; browsing alphabetically or browsing by location. The database includes standard as well as online training.

The training site encompasses all training sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission such as Database Roadshows, NEBASE/OCLC training, Basic Skills, Gates workshops, online archives and more.

Once you find a training session you are interested in you will also see the details and a description of the session. Users will also be able to register for the training session online.

Visit the new Training page by clicking on the "NLC Training" link on the left-hand side of the Nebraska Library Commission home page, .

Here are some helpful hints for using the new Training page:

  • Keyword Search. Enter a key word or phrase. Examples: Cataloging, CatExpress, Database Roadshow, basic skills. Capitalization does not matter. Boolean searches are NOT supported.

  • Browse. Generates a list of all Commission-sponsored training opportunities. The list can be sorted by title, location or date by clicking on the words Title, Location or Date at the top of each column.

  • View by Location. Displays all Commission-sponsored training for the selected city. Online is a special location that selects all online training, including recorded online sessions.

  • Month. Click the underlined month name in the calendar grid to view all training for that month. Use the left and right arrow icons to move forward or backward by month.

  • Day. Click an underlined date to view training scheduled for that date.
Shannon W. Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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FICTION CONNECTION TRAINING AVAILABLE

Fiction Connection, a new addition to the NebraskAccess Books In Print statewide subscription, is a Reader's Advisory resource that will allow users to search for books by topic, genre, setting, character, locations and timeframe.

Learn how to use this fast and fun interface to find similar titles within your selected criteria, books in your favorite series, etc. Sessions have been scheduled at the following locations:

  • June 19 at the Meridian Library System from 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • June 20 at the Nebraska Library Commission from 9:30am - 11:00am
Register for in-person training by visiting the Nebraska Library Commission Training web page and searching for "Fiction Connection." /training.
 
If you are unable to attend an in-person training session, consider signing up for one of Bowker's free web-based training sessions. Bowker's Fiction Connection training sessions are offered several times a day and are approximately 20 minutes in length. To register for the online training go to http://www.bowkertraining.com and click on Fiction Connection.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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DEWEY DECIMAL CLASS AVAILABLE ONLINE THIS SUMMER

Does this book on houseplants go in gardening (635.9), botany (581.6), or interior decorating (747)? If you have a nodding acquaintance with Abridged Dewey Decimal Classification and Relative Index but would like to feel more comfortable with using this important tool, join us for a series of three one-and-a-half-hour Web sessions. All you need is a computer with Internet access and a telephone to participate in these free online sessions.

The sessions will be taught by Nebraska Library Commission Cataloging Librarian, Devra Dragos. Sessions will include discussion on assigning classification numbers when a topic might fall under more than one discipline, choosing the right number based on Notes and Manual entries, building numbers using the tables, and a look at OCLC's Abridged WebDewey.

Attendees are asked to have completed the Basic Skills "Organization of Library Materials" class or have some previous library experience.

Library staff in the Continuing Education program will receive 4.5 hours of credit for completion of the online course.

To learn more about the online sessions that will be conducted on July 26, August 2 and August 9, visit the Nebraska Library Commission Training web page and search for "Dewey." /training.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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DIGITIZATION WORKSHOPS OFFERED IN NORTH PLATTE

The next set of Digitization Workshops will be July 17-18 in North Platte. If you are interested in learning how your institution can develop a digitization project, these two workshops will provide a good foundation to help get your digital project underway. The sessions will instruct you on what you need to know when planning a digitization project.

The sessions will be taught by University of Nebraska - Lincoln Electronic Text Center faculty and cost $10.00 per session. The cost covers materials and lunch each day.

To register for the Digitization classes visit the Nebraska Library Commission Training web page and search for "digitization."  /training.

The deadline to register is July 5. Please contact Shannon Behrhorst with any questions about the summer digitization workshops.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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SPECIAL EVENT ON OPTIMIZING TECHNICAL SERVICES WORKFLOW

NEBASE members are invited to attend an exciting new workshop being offered by the Missouri Library Network Corporation.

"From Selection to Access: Optimizing the Collections/Technical Services Workflow" will be held in Independence, Missouri, on June 15. The workshop is presented by R2 Consulting, a company that specializes in library workflow analysis and implementing change.

In this session R2 Consulting's partners, Rick Lugg and Ruth Fischer, will discuss:

  • Coping with smaller technical services staffs, continuing budget pressures, and demand for electronic resources
  • Rethinking current operations and viewing the technical services workflow in its entirety
  • Applying a business approach to productivity and throughput
R2 has worked with many libraries and vendors to analyze workflows and data flows, and has developed principles, methods, and tools that lead to improved performance. The session will include examples drawn from R2's experience, practical advice, and techniques for analyzing your institution's workflow.

To find out more about this session and R2 Consulting or to register online, please visit http://www.mlnc.org/Workshops/techservices.html. 

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Databases  

NEBRASKACCESS FUNDING REQUEST UPDATE

Prior to the start of the second session of the 99th Nebraska Legislature, the Nebraska Library Commission submitted a mid-biennium appropriation request for $325,000 in additional funds to be used to license subscription online information services for statewide access through the NebraskAccess program. Subscriptions would have included an online encyclopedia, plus additional online information resources aimed at children in grades K-8.

The Nebraska Library Commission requested the funds in response to a pending change to the Department of Education's Rule 10, which pertains to school library media resources. This rule change requires schools to have at least one encyclopedia set available in either print format or electronic format networked for simultaneous access, with copyright dates in the past five years.

Rationale for the request included the fact that the Nebraska Library Commission already provides statewide access to a number of online subscription resources through its NebraskAccess program and adding an online encyclopedia to NebraskAccess, licensed for statewide use, would have been an efficient and cost-effective means of helping schools meet the new requirements set by the State Board of Education.

Timeline:

  • Mid-January - Governor fails to include the Nebraska Library Commission's request in the budget he submitted to the Legislature

  • January 31 -  Library Commission's hearing on fund request

  • March - Appropriations Committee includes the Library Commission's request in its recommendations

  • April 3 - Governor Heinemann vetoes the Library Commission's funding request

  • April 4 - Appropriations Committee fails to include the Library Commission's funding request in its override motion

The Library Commission will continue to work on gaining additional funding to improve its NebraskAccess service, a program that benefits all Nebraskans. If you have questions about the Library Commission's appropriation request, please contact Shannon Behrhorst.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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CUSTOMIZABLE NEBRASKACCESS BUSINESS CARDS MAKE PASSWORD DISTRIBUTION EASY

Are you looking for an easy way to publicize your library's NebraskAccess password? If so, consider trying one of our new NebraskAccess business card templates. Available in MS Word or PDF format, these templates contain 10 2" X 3.5" cards per standard 8 ½ X 11 inch page and are designed to be customized with your library name and NebraskAccess password. Once customized, these cards can be printed on regular paper and cut apart along the dotted lines; or, if you'd like to do something a little fancier, print on special perforated or "clean edge" business card cardstock, produced by companies like Avery and available through office supply stores and online.

If you experience either software compatibility or printing problems when trying to customize and print these cards, don't hesitate to contact us for assistance. We will gladly add your library name and NebraskAccess password to one of our business card templates and provide it to you as a Word or PDF file or as a printout.
Links to business cards and other promotional material are available at /nebraskaccess/toolbox/promotingdb.html.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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FICTION CONNECTION READERS' ADVISORY TOOL ADDED TO NEBRASKACCESS

The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announces that our statewide Books In Print subscription now comes with complimentary access to Fiction Connection, Bowker's new readers' advisory service.

Direct links to Fiction Connection have been added to NebraskAccess database access pages. Fiction Connection is also available via links within the BooksInPrint.com and PatronBooksInPrint.com interfaces or by going directly to www.fictionconnection.com.

With the addition of Fiction Connection to NebraskAccess, recommending titles is now as easy as typing in an author, title, subject, or ISBN. Once you've identified a book you like, ask Fiction Connection to find similar titles and it will display a recommended reading list of books that have similar characteristics to the title originally selected. Alternately, you can browse for books by topic, genre, setting, character, location, or timeframe. And last but not least, Fiction Connection is a great resource for identifying books in series, including series order information!!

Fiction Connection's primary focus is on fiction and biography titles from 1997 forward, although older titles may be included if they are part of a series, by a popular author, or are considered classics. New content is added to Fiction Connection monthly.

To learn more about Fiction Connection, view the Quick Tour located at:
http://www.bowkersupport.com/fchelp/fctour.asp.
 
If you have any questions about the addition of this great new readers' advisory tool to our statewide BooksInPrint.com subscription or to NebraskAccess, please don't hesitate to email Network Services or phone 800-307-2665 or 402-471-2045.

Access Fiction Connection from the NebraskAccess web site at /nebraskaccess.

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NETLIBRARY SHARED COLLECTION IV (2004) RE-OPENED

Have you been kicking yourself because you missed out on the opportunity to buy in to NetLibrary Shared Collection IV (2004), which officially closed in late November 2004? If so, now's your chance. SOLINET and NEBASE have agreed to temporarily re-open this collection for purchase.

As of March 15th, NetLibrary IV contains 7,659 titles and 10,759 copies. To see a title list go to: /netserv/netlibrary/2004titles/index.asp. 

Funds gathered as a result of new users buying in to the collection will be used to purchase additional copies of heavily used titles, so current participants won't have to worry about adding MARC records for new titles.

The re-opened NetLibrary IV Shared Collection of ebooks will be available for purchase through June 12.

Pricing for this collection is as follows:

  • $1.00 per FTE* if the participant is already in or simultaneously purchases the 5th Shared Collection.
  • $1.15 per FTE* if the participant is NOT participating in the 5th Shared Collection.
  • The minimum fee is $500.00.
* Post-secondary academic institutions and K-12 schools should use 100% of their FTE/enrolled students to calculate price; public libraries should use 5% of their registered borrowers.

THE DEADLINE FOR ORDERING NETLIBRARY IV IS JUNE 12, 2006.

If you would like more information about this limited-time offer, please see:
/netserv/netlibrary2004.html.

And don't forget - you have until June 9 to buy in to NetLibrary Shared Collection V (2005). For more information about this offer, see: /netserv/netlibrary2005.html.

For questions please email a member of the Network Services Department or phone 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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FULL TEXT FOR 28 JOURNALS ADDED TO WILSON'S ART FULL TEXT DATABASE

The H.W. Wilson Company recently announced the addition of full-text content from 28 journals to their Art Full Text database. H.W. Wilson's Art Full Text http://www.hwwilson.com/databases/artindex.htm  now features full text coverage back to 2000 for Art in America, The Magazine Antiques, and five distinguished journals from Oxford University Press. Full text coverage for additional journals, including six important journals from Intellect, Ltd. has been added beginning with the first 2006 issues.

Full Text Additions

Published by Brant Publications:  
Art in America The Magazine Antiques
   
Published by Oxford University Press:
• Asian Art & Culture • Oxford Art Journal
• Journal of Design History • Screen (London, England)
• Journal of the History of Collections  
   
Published by Intellect, Ltd.:  
• Art Design and Communication in Higher Education • International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media
• International Journal of Education Through Art • Journal of Media Practice
• Journal of Visual Arts Practice
  • Technoetic Arts
   
Other Journals:  
• American Artist
• ARQ
• NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art
• Arte y Parte
• ArtUS
• Novyi Mir Iskusstva: The New World of Art Magazine
• Beaux-Arts Magazine • Rock Art Research
• Drawing
• Impressions
• Visual Resources Association Bulletin
• Material Culture • Umbrella
• Millennium Film Journal • Watercolor

These full-text additions should be of interest to Nebraska libraries because this full-text content will also become available through Wilson's OmniFile Full Text Select database, which is part of the NebraskAccess statewide database program.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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H.W. WILSON PROMOTIONAL PRICING AVAILABLE THROUGH JULY 25

For a limited time, Nebraska libraries are eligible to receive discounted pricing on the following Wilson databases when ordering through the Nebraska Library Commission. This promotion only applies to product upgrades or new subscriptions. The access can be for a specified SU (simultaneous user) level or for a site license. These promotions are valid through Tuesday, July 25.

PUBLIC LIBRARIES are being offered the following discounts:

  • Art Full Text if purchased with Art Retro at regular price
    • 30% discount off list price
       
  • Art Abstracts if purchased with Art Retro at regular price
    • 25% discount off list price
       
  • Book Review Digest Plus if purchased with Book Review Digest Retro at regular price
    • 30% discount off list price
       
  • Education Full Text if purchased with Education Retro at regular price
    • 30% discount off list price
       
  • Education Abstracts if purchased with Education Abstracts at regular price
    • 25% discount off list price
       
  • Humanities Full Text if purchased with Humanities Retro or Humanities/Social Sciences Retro at regular price
    • 30% discount off list price
       
  • Humanities Abstracts if purchased with Humanities Retro or Humanities/Social Sciences Retro at regular price
    • 25% discount off list price
       
  • Index to Legal Periodicals Full Text if purchased with ILP Retro at regular price
    • 30% discount off list price
       
  • Index to Legal Periodicals if purchased with ILP Retro at regular price
    • 25% discount off list price
       
  • Readers' Guide Full Text Mega if purchased with Readers' Guide Retro at regular price
    • 30% discount off list price
       
  • Readers' Guide Abstracts if purchased with Readers' Guide Retro at regular price
    • 25% discount off list price

  • Social Sciences Full Text if purchased with Social Sciences Retro or Humanities/Social Sciences Retro at regular price
    • 30% discount off list price

  • Social Sciences Abstracts if purchased with Social Sciences Retro or Humanities/Social Sciences Retro at regular price
    • 25% discount off list price

ACADEMICS / COMMUNITY COLLEGES are being offered the following discounts:
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega
    • Discounted pricing only available to academic libraries with <2,000 FTE and with 2,001-6,000 FTE. Call for details.

  • Art Full Text if purchased with Art Retro at regular price
    • 30% discount off list price.

  • Art Abstracts if purchased with Art Retro at regular price
      o 25% discount off list price

  • Book Review Digest Plus if purchased with Book Review Digest Retro at regular price
    • 30% discount off list price

  • Education Full Text if purchased with Education Retro at regular price
      o 30% discount off list price

  • Education Abstracts if purchased with Education Retro at regular price
    • 25% discount off list price

  • Humanities Full Text if purchased with Humanities Retro or Humanities/Social Sciences Retro at regular price
    • 30% discount off list price

  • Humanities Abstracts if purchased with Humanities Retro or Humanities/Social Sciences Retro at regular price
    • 25% discount off list price

  • Index to Legal Periodicals Full Text if purchased with ILP Retro at regular price
    • 30% discount off list price

  • Index to Legal Periodicals if purchased with ILP Retro at regular price
    • 25% discount off list price

  • Readers' Guide Full Text Mega if purchased with Readers' Guide Retro at regular price
    • 30% discount off list price

  • Readers' Guide Abstracts if purchased with Readers' Guide Retro at regular price
    • 25% discount off list price

  • Social Sciences Full Text if purchased with Social Sciences Retro or Humanities/Social Sciences Retro at regular price
    • 30% discount off list price

  • Social Sciences Abstracts if purchased with Social Sciences Retro or Humanities/Social Sciences Retro at regular price
    • 25% discount off list price

Database descriptions/journal lists: http://www.hwwilson.com/Documentation/techdoc1.htm

To request a price quote email Susan Knisely or phone 800-307-2665 or 402-471-3849.

Public and Academic libraries: If you request a price quote, please indicate if you are interested in a site license or a specific simultaneous user level. The following simultaneous user levels are available: 1 SU, 2-4 SU, 5-8 SU, 9-12 SU, 13-20 SU. If you request site license pricing, please indicate your FTE or population served.

To place your order: /netserv/wilsonorder.html.

Order deadline: July 25, 2006

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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XREFERPLUS TRIALS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

Xrefer is pleased to offer trials of the company's customizable subscription service, xreferplus, to Nebraska libraries during the months of May and June 2006.

Description: Xrefer delivers technology-enhanced online reference services to libraries and their users worldwide. The company's customizable subscription service, xreferplus, features authoritative, aggregated content from over 150 reference books and 35 publishers, with 1.7 million entries covering such subjects as medicine, art technology and more. Xreferplus adds value with proprietary cross-reference technology ("xreferences") that integrates the content across topics, titles and publishers to provide contextual results. Xreferplus also features information visualization capabilities with the Research Mapper, a visual map that displays how search terms and topics in xreferplus are interconnected. Subscribing libraries also enjoy unlimited simultaneous users, remote access, detailed usage reports and downloadable MARC records. For more information see: /netserv/XreferplusOverview_NEBASE.pdf.

To request a trial: You may request a trial by sending an email to david.waters@xrefer.com. If you would like your trial to be set up using IP authentication, be sure to include your IP address range. You may also request a trial by filling out and submitting the online trial registration form located at http://www.xrefer.com/libraries/index.jsp?m=08:22.

If you have additional questions about this product, please don't hesitate to contact David Waters directly at 617-426-3017, 866-426-3017 (toll-free) or email david.waters@xrefer.com. 

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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REFWORKS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH DISCOUNT PURCHASING PROGRAM

Nebraska academic institutions, corporations/government agencies, and hospitals will now get a price break when they order RefWorks through the Nebraska Library Commission.

RefWorks is an online research management tool that allows users to create personal databases and use them for a variety of research activities. References are quickly and easily imported from text files or online databases. The databases can then be used to manage, store, and share the information. Users can automatically insert references from their database into their papers and generate formatted bibliographies and manuscripts in seconds.

RefWorks allows the automatic import of references from many online services, including CSA, H.W. Wilson, ISI Web of Science, OCLC FirstSearch, ProQuest, and OVID. For a complete list see: http://www.refworks.com/RWSingle/importdbs.asp. 

Additionally, references can be imported from all major library systems: CDL, DRA Web, Endeavor Voyager, MARC format, Geac GeoWeb, Innovative Interfaces INNOPAC, and SIRSI Library Software. The ability to import from additional library systems is forthcoming.

Finally, references can be imported and exported from all major bibliographic managers (e.g., EndNote, ProCite, and Reference Manager).

Discounts are also available on RefShare, an optional module that provides RefWorks users with a quick and easy way to share their research information, further enhancing collaborative research. Users can share their RefWorks references with both members of their own institution and globally with any researcher having Internet access.

For more information about subscribing to RefWorks through the Nebraska Library Commission, see our RefWorks pricing page at /netserv/pricing/refworks.html.

To request a price quote, email your FTE / number of users / number of beds to Network Services.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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OUP'S NEW AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES CENTER (AASC) AVAILABLE FOR TRIAL

Oxford University Press (OUP) is pleased to announce that its new African American Studies Center (AASC) is now LIVE and available for trials.

Description: African American Studies Center (AASC) provides students, scholars, and librarians with online access to the finest reference resources in African American studies. At its core, AASC features the new Encyclopedia of African American History 1619- 1895, to be published by Oxford in 2006; the much-anticipated African American National Biography project (estimated at 8 volumes), edited by Henry Louis Gates, scheduled for publication in 2008; and the Encyclopedia of African American Art and Architecture, due for publication 2007. AASC also features the three-volume Black Women in America, Second Edition, edited by Darlene Clark Hine, published in March 2005. The Center also includes, the highly acclaimed Africana, a five-volume history of the African and African American experience. In addition to these major reference works, AASC offers other key resources from OUP's reference program, including the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature and selected articles from other reference works. Enhancing the core content will be the latest in online reference technology, granting users easy access to the valuable material included in the resource center. Core reference content is enhanced by material and features that help students expand their research, including bibliographies, interactive timelines and maps, thematic photo essays and image collections, key primary source documents, and editorially selected links to Internet resources. To learn more about the new Oxford AASC, go to http://www.oxfordaasc.com. 

Trials: You can sign up for a free 30-day trial by filling out and submitting the form at https://ams.oup.com//user/trialnetwork.pfm. When completing the form, select "Nebraska Library Commission (NEBASE)" as your Network.

Pricing: Pricing is available at: /netserv/pricing/oaascpricing.html.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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MARCH UPDATES TO GROVE ART ONLINE DATABASE

In March, Oxford University Press updated their Grove Art Online database with nearly 400 new images of major works of art from the British Museum collection. Grove Art Online is pleased to partner with this premier institution offering unparalleled treasures ranging from African masks and Etruscan bronzes to Japanese porcelain and European painting.

OUP also announced the completion of part one of the women artists project, guest edited by Whitney Chadwick of San Francisco State University. Over the past year, John-Paul Stonard of the Courtauld Institute of Art and Nicola Cicchetti of San Francisco State University conducted bibliography research for all biographies on women artists in Grove Art Online. Now 370 articles on women include new bibliographies that have been approved by Professor Chadwick. Later this year, OUP will publish part two of the project, which will include dozens of new articles, essays and images.

To sign up for a 30-day free trial of Grove Art Online fill out and submit the online form located at https://ams.oup.com/user/trialnetwork.pfm. (Be sure to select Nebraska Library Commission/NEBASE as your Network)

To view pricing and ordering information go to /netserv/pricing/oxford.html.

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Catalog This!  

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS TO CUT SERIES AUTHORITY?

The Library of Congress (LC) announced on April 20 that it would no longer be creating authority records for series titles as of May 1. As part of this change, all new records created by LC would contain series title information in a 490 MARC field with a first indicator 0. This means there would be no tracing for controlled series titles-no 440 or 8XX fields created. In some local systems, these headings may be searched by keyword but no consistent heading would be assigned. Full details on why and what the Library of Congress would be doing are available at http://www.loc.gov/catdir/series.html.

Some authority control providers, such as MARCIVE, and some material vendors who provide bibliographic records have already stated they will provide series authority work. But libraries using records directly from the LC web site or from OCLC, and not using outside authority providers, would have to create their own 440 and 8XX fields.

This announcement created much consternation among catalogers, as seen in the flood of email on various cataloging lists. A petition drive to change this policy was started, in spite of the short time between notification and implementation. Librarians visiting Washington, D.C., for National Legislative Day also expressed concern to LC officials. It seems to have had an effect: on May 1 LC announced the implementation date had been postponed to June 1. Any comments regarding this policy may be directed to Beacher Wiggins, Director, Acquisitions and Bibliotgraphic Access, Library of Congress, bwig@loc.gov.

Devra Dragos
Cataloging Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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MASTERMIND BEHIND MARC DIES

Henriette D. Avram, the leader in the development of the MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging) standard, died April 22 at age 86 of cancer. Mrs. Avram started work at the Library of Congress in 1965, after working for the National Security Agency and a software company as a systems analyst and programmer. Her first major project there was the automation of card and bibliography production. MARC was the result and became an international standard for sharing catalog records.

Devra Dragos
Cataloging Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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