November/December  2006  vol.12  no.6 issn 1082-4383  

 

 

 

 

Highlights in this Issue

Say Cheese!
What do you do with the pictures you take at the library? Does anyone ever see them? Are they in a dusty shoebox in the back room or stored safely away on a hard drive? Why not share them with the world by putting them up on Flickr.

Nebraska Memories Website Online
Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials held by Nebraska institutions and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet.

Trial Access to Ancestry Library Edition and ProQuest Obituaries Databases
ProQuest Information and Learning has been offering Nebraska libraries trial access to two genealogy databases: Ancestry Library Edition and ProQuest Obituaries.

Playaway Digital Audiobooks
The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announce the addition of Playaway digital audiobooks to our discount purchasing program. Playaways come pre-loaded with audio digital content, so they don't require licensing, subscriptions, memberships, or even an Internet connection. Patrons just plug in headphones and listen!

Introducing the NEBASE Hour!
The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services. The NEBASE Hour will be held on the first Wednesday of the month.

 


Table of Contents

 

  NEBASE     
   
  Say Cheese!
  Nebraska Memories Website Online
   
  TRAINING     
   
  New Web Conferencing Software Facilitates Online Training
  Learn in the Comfort of Your Own Library via the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions
 
  DATABASES     
   
  PriceMiner Library Edition Becomes PriceIt!
  Trial Access to Ancestry Library Edition and ProQuest Obituaries Databases
  HeritageQuest Online Now Contains 2 Million PERSI Citations
   
  DISCOUNTS     
   
  Playaway Digital Audiobooks
   
CATALOG THIS!     
   
  Helping Hands
   
  OCLC NEWS     
   
  OCLC Product of the Month: WorldCat on the Web
  Introducing the NEBASE Hour!
  WebJunction Releases "Trends in E-Learning for Library Staff: A Summary of Research Findings"
  WebJunction Update
   
YOU WANT TO DO WHAT?!?    
   
  OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing Tip: Finding a Lost Request in the Request Manager
  OCLC Connexion Tip: Accessing MARC Field Help
 
RESOURCE SHARING     
   
 

OCLC Resource Sharing Enhancements

   
  CATALOGING      
   
  Join the NEBASE Dewey Group Purchase
  CatExpress Users: Check your CatExpress Monthly Transaction Reports!
  OCLC"s Response to LC Decision on Series Access: an Update
  OCLC MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data: Updated Documentation Available
  New Cataloging Documentation: OCLC Authorities Format Tag Chart
  Amazon is a New PromptCat Vendor
  OCLC Language Sets: Prepare Your Library for the Multilingual World
   
DIGITIZATION &     
PRESERVATION     
  CONTENTdm Featured Collections
   
TECH NOTES      
 
OCLC Technical Bulletin 253 (ISBN and OCLC Number Changes) Now Available
   

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NEBASE   

SAY CHEESE…

What do you do with the pictures you take at the library? Does anyone ever see them? Are they in a dusty shoebox in the back room or stored safely away on a hard drive? Why not share them with the world by putting them up on Flickr. Flickr is a photo web sharing site that allows users to store, share and search photos. Before I share the Flickr URL with you I should warn you that I find Flickr addictive. I could spend hours looking at all of the cool photographs people have posted. If you want to check out Flickr now go ahead but don't forget to come back and finish reading my article, I have a lot more URLs to share. Flickr is located at: http://www.flickr.com.

If you went out exploring Flickr did you find the Nebraska Library Commission's photos? We are just getting started with our Flickr account. We have posted pictures from the Database Roadshows, the NEBASE Annual Meetings, the NLA/NEMA Convention, and a few fun photos of the goodies NLC staff brought in for Halloween. You can view our photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/librarycommission. Just don't forget to come back and keep reading!

We have also set up a Flickr Group. A Group is a place individual Flickr members can bring together photos that share a common theme. You can find a Flickr group on almost any topic you can imagine. Now there is even a Group where we can bring together pictures from Nebraska Libraries. Our Group Photo Pool is pretty small right now. Most of the photos are pictures of library buildings that we took on the way to and from Chadron for the NEBASE Annual Meeting. The Nebraska Libraries Group is located at: http://www.flickr.com/groups/nelibraries.

Now we want to see your library. Here is where we need your help. We would like libraries in Nebraska to set up their own Flickr accounts and upload photos of their library. After you have the photos uploaded you can add them to the Nebraska Libraries Group. It's easy to set up a Flickr account and there is no cost for a basic account. To get started, go to Flickr (http://www.flickr.com), click on Sign up! and then follow the directions on the screen. Wait! Don't forget to keep reading this article, I have a few more URLs to share with you.

Before you set up your own account would you like to see what other libraries are doing? Here are two Nebraska libraries I found as I was browsing Flickr.

Here are a couple of other public libraries that have Flickr accounts:

Other states have also set up library groups. Here are some you can check out.

If you haven't already spent enough time looking around Flickr here are a few more URLs you might want to check out. First of all, do you need a bit of inspiration when it comes to book displays? Take a look at the Book Displays in libraries or anywhere Group. I'd like to go for a "swim" in the Dunedin Library's children's reading area.

Book Displays in libraries or anywhere: http://www.flickr.com/groups/bookdisplays

Do you have a lot of signs in your library? Want to see what signs other libraries have? I'm sure all of these signs were created with good intentions, but I bet you can find at least one that will make you smile or laugh.

Library Signage: http://www.flickr.com/groups/librarysignage/

The last one I want to share with you is the Westmont Public Library in Illinois. Take a look at their photos of new books and DVDs. Click on one so you see the full image. Now move your mouse over the image. Do you see the boxes around the books and the bubble that shows the title and author of the book? Now click on the information in the bubble. It's a link that will take you directly to the library catalog where you can check the availability of the item or place a hold for it. Isn't this more interesting than a simple text list of titles?

Westmont Public Library: http://www.flickr.com/photos/westmontlibrary

I hope these sites have provided some inspiration to get you started with your own Flickr account. Don't forget after you upload your photos to add to them the Nebraska Libraries Group. Let's see how large of a Group we can create!
 

Allana Novotny
Network Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEBRASKA MEMORIES WEBSITE ONLINE

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials held by Nebraska institutions and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. The Nebraska Memories site is now available online at http://www.memories.ne.gov.
 
The primary source materials available through Nebraska Memories are owned by a variety of institutions across the state. Participants work with the Library Commission to digitize the items and create metadata records describing each item. The CONTENTdm software will accommodate digitized files including sound and moving images. Currently 2,333 items are available in the Nebraska Memories database which will continue to grow as participants add more items. Ten groups have contributed materials. The collections are:

  • Butler County Gallery (Hruska Memorial Public Library & Boston Studio Collection)
  • Hastings Public Library
  • High Plains Historical Society (McCook Public Library & High Plains Historical Society and Museum)
  • Keene Memorial Library (Keene Memorial Library & Dodge County Historical Society)
  • Nebraska State Historical Society
  • Nebraska Library Commission
  • Omaha Public Library
  • Polley Music Library - Lincoln City Libraries
  • Sarpy County Historical Museum (Sump Memorial Library & Sarpy County Historical Museum)
  • Wayne State College
In addition four other groups are preparing items to be added. They are:
  • Bellevue University
  • Crawford Public Library & Crawford Historical Society
  • Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room
  • Raymond A. Whiter Tilden Public Library & Antelope County Historical Society
After you have looked at the Nebraska Memories website, please take a few minutes to tell us what you think by completing the short survey that is linked off of the front page of the website.

Libraries or Nebraska cultural heritage institutions interested in adding their own materials to the web site can contact Shannon Behrhorst for more information. You can also find more information for participants at /nebraskamemories.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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Training    

NEW WEB CONFERENCING SOFTWARE FACILITATES ONLINE TRAINING

On November 1, the Nebraska Library Commission Network Services team began using the Centra Live web conferencing service for its online training sessions. Because Centra Live uses Voice over IP (VoIP) technology for the audio portion of sessions, access to a telephone is no longer required to participate. However, to hear the presenter and comments from other participants, attendees must be using a computer with a sound card and speakers. To ask questions and participate in class discussion, attendees will also need a microphone.

To learn more about participating in online sessions via Centra, see our new Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions page available at nlc.nebraska.gov/training/online.html.

Because Centra Live has built-in VoIP to handle audio, Commission staff no longer need to coordinate the scheduling of online sessions with the availability of the State's telephone conferencing service. This provides us with greater flexibility in setting up online sessions, which in turn allows us to offer services such as customized training (see Online Training On Demand below).

Online Training On Demand. Do you have several library staff members in need of Network Services training that is not currently scheduled? Does the topic lend itself to online instruction (e.g., a database demo)? If so, please email Shannon Behrhorst or call 402-471-4031 or 800-307-2665 to discuss the possibility of scheduling a private live online session. For the most effective learning experience, each participating library staff member should have access to a computer with a sound card (see technical requirements for more information).

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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LEARN IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN LIBRARY VIA THE NEBRASKA LIBRARY COMMISSION ONLINE SESSIONS

Are you unable to attend a scheduled Nebraska Library Commission workshop? Do you need to learn more about NebraskAccess, Nebraska Memories or NetLibrary? Would you like to brush up on your searching, cataloging or interlibrary loan skills? Do you have a new staff member to train? Would you like to see a product in action before making a purchasing decision?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions are for you!

The Nebraska Library Commission offers instruction and demonstrations in live online sessions. These sessions allow participants to gain training and information through a web conference conducted via the Internet and a toll-free telephone conference call.

If you missed one of the live sessions, or if you would just like to see it again, these online sessions have been recorded and are available online for you to view at your leisure. Each recorded session is viewable from a web browser. You will need a sound card and either earphones or speakers. There is no cost to view these recorded sessions.

Some of the sessions available are:

  • CatExpress Training
  • Connexion Client Updates and Training
  • Dewey Decimal Classification
  • eLibrary via NebraskAccess
  • FirstSearch Administrative Module
  • HeritageQuest Training
  • Nebraska Memories & CONTENTdm
  • NetLibrary Training
  • NetLibrary eAudiobooks
  • OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing Updates and Training
  • OCLC Local Holdings Maintenance Training
  • OCLC Usage Statistics
  • Understanding MARC 21 Bibliographic Records
  • Using WorldCat for Genealogical Research
  • WebDewey
  • WorldCat Cataloging Partners
  • WorldCat Collection Analysis Service
  • WorldCat Search Strategies
These sessions, and many others, are available via the Nebraska Library Commission Training Portal. To see the complete list of online or archived online classes, select the location of 'Online'. The NLC Training Portal can be found at: /training.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

 

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Databases  


PRICEMINER LIBRARY EDITION BECOMES PRICE IT!

GoAntiques, creator of the PriceMiner database of antiques and collectibles, has partnered with Thomson Gale to distribute PriceMiner to libraries under the new name "Price It! Antiques & Collectibles."

Through Thomson Gale's partnership with GoAntiques, Price It! Antiques & Collectibles users still have access to a powerful aggregator of information that identifies and prices pieces from a variety of internationally recognized sources. Price It! Antiques & Collectibles searches millions of records from a variety of data sources, ascertaining the item's current value and presenting historical pricing information, photos and descriptions for the same or similar items. Users can search Price It! Antiques & Collectibles by any combination of keywords, data channels (online auctions, online retail sites, auction houses), categories, sales dates, sold or unsold items and by restricting the search to only records that have images. GoAntiques will use the opportunity presented by the new partnership to focus on providing additional, value-added content to the database.

More information about Price It! can be found on the Nebraska Library Commission Web site at nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/pricing/priceminer.html.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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TRIAL ACCESS TO ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION AND PROQUEST OBITUARIES DATABASES

Since September 19 ProQuest Information and Learning has been offering Nebraska libraries trial access to two genealogy databases: Ancestry Library Edition and ProQuest Obituaries (see nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/trial.html#pro for database descriptions). These trials are scheduled to end on November 17.

If you have participated in these trials and you think your library might be interested in subscribing to one or both of these databases, we would like to hear from you! Please email Network Services /scripts/mail/mail2staff.asp?databases with the following information:

  • Your library name
  • Your service population (FTE/population served/student enrollment)
  • The name of the product(s) you think you might be interested in
Providing us with this information doesn't commit you to purchasing these products, but it does help us gauge whether there is enough interest in these products to negotiate discounted pricing.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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HERITAGEQUEST ONLINE NOW CONTAINS 2 MILLION PERSI CITATIONS

HeritageQuest Online users now have access to still more data from the renowned Periodical Source Index (PERSI), due to the alliance between ProQuest and the Allen County (Indiana) Public Library, home of PERSI. The new PERSI release incorporates 21st-century data, with indexing for over 235,000 articles from genealogical periodicals published in 2004 and 2005. Altogether, the PERSI content available within HeritageQuest Online now totals 2 million citations from over 6,500 periodicals.

PERSI is the standard for periodical research in local history and genealogy, with indexing for periodicals written in English from 1800 onward. It helps users find articles about families, local history and records, and genealogical methodology, both quickly and easily.

Nebraska residents have access to PERSI through the Nebraska Library Commission's statewide HeritageQuest Online subscription, which is part of the NebraskAccess statewide database program. For more information see /nebraskaccess.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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Discounts  

PLAYAWAY DIGITAL AUDIOBOOKS

The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announce the addition of Playaway digital audiobooks to our discount purchasing program. Playaways provide a simple and affordable way to offer digital audio books to your patrons. Playaways come pre-loaded with audio digital content, so they don't require licensing, subscriptions, memberships, or even an Internet connection. Patrons just plug in headphones and listen!

Each Playaway digital audiobook title includes:

  • Two AAA batteries
  • One set of stereo earbuds
  • Drop-box friendly library packaging (locking or standard)
  • Custom die-cut protective foam insert
  • Professionally designed full-color graphical insert
  • FREE shipping on all orders of 20+ units
  • FREE 40 unit corrugated display on all orders of 40+ units
When Nebraska libraries order Playaways through the Nebraska Library Commission they will be receive a 20% discount off list price. For more information, including ordering instructions, links to Excel and PDF order forms, and an extensive FAQ, see: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/pricing/playaway.html.

Playaway will regularly release new titles based on feedback from retailers, libraries and consumers. Currently, title releases are planned monthly. No minimum order is required - you can start your Playaway collection with as few as one title if you'd like! Orders will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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Catalog This!  

HELPING HANDS

Many of us share bibliographic and authority records created by the Library of Congress (LC) or other institutions. Some of us also contribute records or enhance existing ones. Do you contribute to shared cataloging?

As of June 1st, LC no longer creates series authority records nor verifies series titles entered in most new bibliographic records. There is also talk of changing the Cataloging-in-Publication (CIP) program. Where does this leave libraries that have relied on these records?

Well, one formal way to help out is to become part of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) through LC. Within PCC are four components: BIBCO for bibliographic records, NACO for name authority, SACO for subject authority, and CONSER for serials.

If you wish to contribute or edit authority records for series titles, or other types of names, your institution would need to become part of NACO. The commitment to contribute records is tied to the institution, not to specific catalogers who might leave in the future. After being accepted through the application process, a week-long training session is required for catalogers who will participate.

More information about PCC and its specific programs can be found at http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/.

Devra Dragos
Cataloging Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

 

                
  

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