September/October  2006  vol.12  no.5 issn 1082-4383  

 

 

 

 

Highlights in this Issue

Social Networking, Virtual Worlds, Google, Library as Place…
These are all topics that will be covered during the NEBASE Annual Meeting - West in Chadron on Wednesday, September 27.

A Great Big Thank You to Database Roadshow Host Sites
As the 2006 Database Roadshow season comes to an end, we'd like to take a moment to thank the following 2006 Database Roadshow host sites.

Attend a Free Online Session on "Using WorldCat for Genealogical Research"
WorldCat can be a veritable treasure trove of information for the genealogist. If you'd like to learn how you can use WorldCat to identify family and local histories, church records, obituary indexes, and more-even if the library that owns them is half a continent away-sign up.

American Community Survey Census Data Training
Do you need accurate and timely statistics about your community for program planning, grant applications, budgeting, or reference service in your library or media center?

Listen to Archived Online Sessions in the Comfort of Your Library
NEBASE and Network Services offer instruction and demonstrations in live online sessions. 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.

 


Table of Contents

 

  NEBASE     
   
  Instant Messaging & NebraskAccess
  Social Networking, Virtual Worlds, Google, Library as Place…
   
  TRAINING     
   
  A Great Big Thank You to Database Roadshow Host Sites
  Fiction Connection Flash Tutorials
  Attend a Free Online Session on "Using WorldCat for Genealogical Research"
  American Community Survey Census Data Training
 
  DATABASES     
   
  Spell Check Now Available in Wilson
 

ScholarlyStats Demo Site Open to Nebraska Libraries

 

H.W. Wilson Set to Release Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus

  Knovel Trial Tentatively Scheduled for October
  NetLibrary 4.0 Introduced July 31
  H.W. Wilson Announces WilsonWeb Promotions for 2006-2007
 
CATALOG THIS!     
   
  Chief Source of Information
   
  OCLC NEWS     
   
  OCLC Product of the Month: OCLC eSerials Holdings Service 
  Frederick G. Kilgour, Founder of OCLC, Dies at 92
  Listen to Archived Online Sessions in the Comfort of Your Library
  OCLC Webcast Available - Preserving Library Core Value and Envisioning the Future
  WorldCat.org Now Available!
   
YOU WANT TO DO WHAT?!?    
   
  OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing Tip: Simplify Borrowing Requests for Your Users With the FirstSearch/ILL Link
  OCLC Connexion Tip: Finding New and Corrected Dewey Numbers
   
RESOURCE SHARING     
   
  WorldCat Resource Sharing Enhancements
   
  CATALOGING      
   
  CatExpress Install Successful
  Introducing the New OCLC Terminologies Service
  July Connexion Install for Browser and Client
  OCLC Connexion client 1.50 Upgrade Warning
   
DIGITIZATION &    
PRESERVATION    
  CONTENTdm Featured Collections for August
  OCLC Acquires DiMeMa
   

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NEBASE   

INSTANT MESSAGING AND NEBRASKACCESS

Are you using Instant Messaging at your library? If you are new to Instant Messaging you may want to test it out by inviting our NebraskAccess IM account to be one of your IM buddies. We have created IM accounts in Yahoo!, Gmail, MSN and AIM for NebraskAccess and will be online to answer questions from librarians or anyone else needing information about the program. So, if you have a quick question one day don't bother calling or emailing us, just IM us and we will be happy to help provide any assistance. Our screen name for Yahoo!, Gmail, MSN, AIM is NebraskAccess. We look forward to chatting with you. For more information visit: /lists/archives/nebraskaccess4lib/2006-07-21.html.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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SOCIAL NETWORKING, VIRTUAL WORLDS, GOOGLE, LIBRARY AS PLACE…

These are all topics that will be covered during the NEBASE Annual Meeting - West in Chadron on Wednesday, September 27. This year we will be meeting at Chadron State College and Milton Wolf, Director of the Reta E. King Library at CSC will start us off with a presentation on "Library As Place, While Good Libraries Still Serve Ideas, They Now Serve Coffee Too." Christa Burns, our OCLC Member Services Coordinator, will be on hand to answer any OCLC questions and also present a new session on the OCLC Cataloging Partners Program. In the morning attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about Google Book Search and Google Scholar.

After lunch the meeting will move into high Library 2.0 gear with a two-hour session on New Technology: Blogs, IM, Second Life, Social Networking & Podcasting. If you haven't heard of these or want to learn more this expanded session is just for you.

We will wind up the day with a choice of an OCLC session on how to use the newest enhancements in the WorldCat Resource Sharing system for ILL deflection and filtering and "Find Your Family in WorldCat: Using WorldCat for Genealogical Research."

The beginning time for this year's meeting has been pushed back in an effort to give those attending plenty of time to travel north. We hope to see you all in Chadron this September.

To register, please go the Nebraska Library Commission's Training Site at /training and search for annual meeting.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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Training    

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO DATABASE ROADSHOW HOST SITES

As the 2006 Database Roadshow season comes to an end, we'd like to take a moment to thank the following 2006 Database Roadshow host sites:

  • Central Community College, Columbus
  • ESU 4, Auburn
  • Metropolitan Community College, Elkhorn
  • Rock County High School, Bassett
  • Sunrise Middle School, Kearney
  • Wayne State College, Wayne
  • Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff
Not only did staff members at these institutions graciously agree to let us take over one of their computer labs for an entire day of training, they also put up signs, helped boot computers, tracked down information on parking, and more. For this we are truly grateful. The Database Roadshow wouldn't be possible without the support of institutions like these!

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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FICTION CONNECTION FLASH TUTORIALS

Fiction Connection, Bowker's new reader's advisory service, made its NebraskAccess debut in April 2006. Since that time many Nebraska librarians have received training, either by attending a Database Roadshow or by attending a Fiction Connection training session offered by Bowker Education Liaison Paul Hoffmann.

For the benefit of those who haven't been able to attend in-person training--and as a supplement/refresher for those who have-the Nebraska Library Commission recently added two new Fiction Connection tutorials to the NebraskAccess Librarian's Toolbox:

  • Fiction Connection Lesson 1: Finding books that are similar to books you've already read and liked.
  • Fiction Connection Lesson 2: Identify all books in a series and the order in which to read them.
These tutorials are available at: /nebraskaccess/tutorials.aspx.

To view these tutorials you will need Macromedia Flash Player 6.0 or higher. If you don't already have it, or if your version is out-of-date, you can download the latest version for free.

Two copies of each Fiction Connection tutorial are available-one with audio and one without. Because tutorial files without audio are significantly smaller than their audio-enhanced counterparts, they are recommended for users with slower Internet connections. If you are not able to access/view these tutorials via the web, you may request copies on CD. Additional tutorials on other NebraskAccess databases will be added to this site as they are developed.

If you have questions or comments about these tutorials, please contact Susan Knisely, 402-471-3849 or 800-307-2665.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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ATTEND A FREE ONLINE SESSION ON "USING WORLDCAT FOR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH"

WorldCat can be a veritable treasure trove of information for the genealogist. If you'd like to learn how you can use WorldCat to identify family and local histories, church records, obituary indexes, and more-even if the library that owns them is half a continent away-sign up to attend a free online session titled "Find Your Family in WorldCat: Using WorldCat for Genealogical Research."

This online session is being offered on October 4, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (CT). To learn more about it and to register, visit the Nebraska Library Commission Training portal at /training and search for "Family."

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY CENSUS DATA TRAINING

Do you need accurate and timely statistics about your community for program planning, grant applications, budgeting, or reference service in your library or media center? Census 2000 data are now six years old. If you need more current information, the American Community Survey (ACS) can help.

The ACS asks the same critical demographic, social and economic questions (e.g. race, language, income, housing characteristics) as the decennial Census, but on a yearly basis. The ACS enables quick identification of population shifts and migration patterns and helps policy makers and community leaders make informed decisions. Beginning with test sites in 1997 and expanding to nationwide implementation in 2005, annual estimates are now available for areas with 65,000 or more people. Estimates accumulating 3-5 years of data will be released for progressively smaller geographic areas each year and will be available down to the block group level by 2010. Released in August, 2005 data is now available for Nebraska, Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy Counties, and the cities of Omaha and Lincoln.

This is a supplementary workshop to the quarterly training series offered by the Nebraska State Data Center http://www.unomaha.edu/cpar/nsdc.php, and is presented by David Drozd and Jerry Deichert, State Data Center, Center for Public Affairs Research, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Participants will acquire knowledge and skills for using the American Fact Finder Web Site http://factfinder.census.gov/ to retrieve Lincoln/Lancaster County ACS data, and will be able explore the site with guidance from the Data Center's expert presenters. Participants are encouraged to come with data questions or projects to use in the class.

This session will be held November 14, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm in the Nebraska Library Commission's Heron Room computer lab and is specifically designed for library and media center staff from Lincoln and Lancaster County. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Class size is limited to 15 participants.

For more information and to register, please go to the Library Commission's training site at nlc.nebraska.gov/training and search on census.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Goble, 402-471-4017 or 800-307-2665.


Beth Goble
Government Info Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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Databases  


SPELL CHECK NOW AVAILABLE IN WILSON

In July the H. W. Wilson Company introduced the WilsonWeb Spell Checker. The Spell Checker is available in both the OmniFile and Biography databases that are available through NebraskAccess. The Spell Checker is activated when a search returns zero results. It will suggest alternate spellings for proper names, corporate names, and any other words that produce n
o hits. The Spell Checker is more then a dictionary; it draws from all the terms in the records of the database being searched, for much more relevant coverage.


Allana Novotny
Network Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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SCHOLARLYSTATS DEMO SITE OPEN TO NEBRASKA LIBRARIES

ScholarlyStats, a service of MPS Technologies, helps subscribing institutions to:

  • Save time administering usage statistics
  • Understand and analyze trends in user behavior
  • Identify training issues
  • Base budgeting decisions upon real usage
  • Easily provide management with usage reports
How does it do this? By providing information professionals with a single point of access to their vendor usage statistics. For more information see:
  • ScholarlyStats: Description of Services /netserv/scholarlystatsdescription.pdf
  • ScholarlyStats: Features and Benefits Listing /netserv/Scholarlystatsbenefits.pdf
  • ScholarlyStats: Collection Platforms /netserv/scholarlystatsplatforms.pdf
Based on the number of libraries that ultimately express interest in this service, the Nebraska Library Commission will explore options such as partnering with other network consortia to obtain a satisfactory discount for our members. Pricing ultimately depends on the number of platforms a library wants tracked, and the number of libraries participating in a consortium.

Interested Nebraska libraries can access a free ScholarlyStats demo site through September 21. Access information was distributed via an August 22 message to the TRIAL mailing list. If you did not receive this message or would like to have it sent to you again, contact Susan Knisely at 402-471-3849 or 800-307-2665.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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 H.W. WILSON SET TO RELEASE CURRENT ISSUES: REFERENCE SHELF PLUS

In September 2006, the H.W. Wilson Company plans to release a new database: Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus. This online resource will contain carefully-selected full-text articles from key publications on social, scientific, health, political, and global issues, chosen to make up a well-rounded overview, and organized by topic for easy access. The database features current articles with periodic updates, plus the option for users to do predetermined searches with WilsonWeb or on the Internet.

Topics are selected to suit the needs of school and university researchers, reflecting timely issues and controversies. Researchers will appreciate the balanced coverage of some 30 articles per topic, carefully selected for quality and comprehensiveness by the Wilson editorial staff. Topics are updated periodically with new articles, and users can easily get additional new articles with a pre-set WilsonWeb search.

Articles are categorized by helpful subtopics to assist researchers in focusing in on the information they need. The subtopics are comprehensive yet focused, allowing users access to a carefully selected group of articles that, taken together, provide an authoritative overview.

Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus will cover some 80 different topics to start, and more than 20 new topics will be added annually. Complementing your current Reference Shelf print subscription, the database will include many different articles on a broad range of topics.

Students and teachers in particular will value the fact that Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus:

  • Helps students refine and narrow broad topics into manageable ones for term papers and presentations.
  • Offers valuable support for debate clubs: covers the annual U.S. National Debate Topic.
  • Serves teachers as a tool for organizing complex topics; saves time by identifying the best current articles.
  • Aids researchers in managing the information overload on hot topics with a thoughtful selection of articles.
  • Offers a balanced presentation of all sides of controversial issues.
  • Helps with time management, making the best articles on topics readily available.
  • Uses predetermined WilsonWeb or Internet searches to expand research for optimal results.
For pricing information contact Susan Knisely at 402-471-3849 or 800-307-2665.

[Wilson, edited]

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KNOVEL TRIAL TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER

The Nebraska Library Commission and the Knovel Corporation are currently working together to schedule an October trial of Knovel Library. Due to the nature of this product, this trial will be of primary interest to academic libraries.

Knovel Library, also known as the "Bloomberg for Scientists and Engineers," enables applied science and engineering researchers and students to find published information in the medium they prefer, the Internet. Knovel converts important industry references from 40+ publishers like McGraw Hill, Elsevier and Wiley, into a single interface enhanced with ready-to-use software tools. This information-based technology enables users to call up critical information quickly, interact with the graphs, charts and tables, and then integrate the desired results into their own work.

Following this trial, the Nebraska Library Commission and Knovel anticipate being able to offer discounted Knovel pricing to interested Nebraska libraries. For up-to-date information on this deal, be sure to monitor the TRIAL mailing list. If you're not currently signed up for TRIAL, you may join by following the instructions at nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/tlist.html.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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NETLIBRARY 4.0 INTRODUCED JULY 31

On July 31, OCLC introduced NetLibrary 4.0. NetLibrary 4.0 is a major new site upgrade that provides librarians and patrons with improved search performance, a fresh new look and feel, and powerful navigation tools.

Based on extensive usability testing and library feedback, OCLC has re-engineered the site to provide the highest levels of speed, reliability and user convenience. Key enhancements include:

  • New Site Architecture - A sleek new look and feel combined with simple intuitive navigation makes it easier to search across multiple formats, related databases and online resources.
  • Automatic Summarization - Enables users to find the materials they are looking for quickly by providing a brief summary of eContent through the search results.
  • Spell Checking - Automatically checks the spelling of a query term, recognizes commonly misspelled words and offers alternative spellings.
  • Search within Search - Users can narrow search results by entering an additional search term or terms to drill down to relevant content.
  • Concept Recommendations - Recognizes ambiguous search terms and provides recommendations for refining queries.
  • Non-English Language Support - Offers users the ability to conduct searches and view results for content available in their native language. Supported languages include English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean & Thai.
  • Search History - NetLibrary's new search technology keeps track of past queries during a session and allows users to easily return to search results.
  • eAudiobooks Browse - A new and improved eAudiobooks center now allows users to browse titles by subject if they subscribe to eAudiobooks.
  • Improved Query Performance - Query response will match performance indicators of leading Web search engines, typically offering response times of two seconds or less regardless of the search term or type of search.
Free Support Materials

Be sure to stock your library with new and updated NetLibrary Quick Start Guides, http://www.netlibrary.com/Librarian/ToolsAndResources/QuickStarts.aspx . These handy tri-fold brochures are available free of charge to member libraries and will help answers many basic questions, such as how to create an account and login, how to search for eContent, and how to view or listen to eContent. For additional information about NetLibrary 4.0 or other NetLibrary products and services, please contact the Nebraska Library Commission Network Services Department at 800-307-2665.

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H.W. WILSON ANNOUNCES WILSONWEB PROMOTIONS FOR 2006-2007

The H.W. Wilson Company recently announced its 2006-2007 WilsonWeb promotions. These promotions apply to product upgrades or new subscriptions only. Nebraska libraries must submit orders to the Nebraska Library Commission on or before March 25, 2007 in order to receive promotional discounts.

For promotion details and ordering instructions, see nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/distributor.html. To request a price quote contact Susan Knisely at 402-471-3849 or 800-307-2665.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

 

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Catalog This!  

CHIEF SOURCE OF INFORMATION

When doing original or copy cataloging, AACR2 (Anglo American Cataloging Rules) states that specific pieces of information should be taken from the "Chief source of information." This rule helps to ensure the consistency of cataloging and allows for sharing of records-the fact that an item can be compared at the same points allows a cataloger to verify that a matching record has been found. The chief source of information may vary by the area of the catalog description, i.e. title and statement of responsibility, edition, publication, physical description, series, note, and standard number.

If a standard number is not available, the most common search to find an existing record is by title and statement of responsibility. Therefore, the most important chief source of information is for this area. The following are the chief sources of information for the title and statement of responsibility area for some of the materials most commonly found in public libraries:

  • Books-title page
  • Sound recordings-information printed on or labels attached to the item itself
  • Videorecordings-first, the recording itself, i.e. title frames and ending credits; second, information printed on the videocassette or disc
  • Electronic resources-the resource: title screen(s), initial displays, coding, etc.
  • Print serials-title page or its substitute
AACR2 acknowledges the fact that publishers do not design materials for cataloging purposes and are by no means consistent in methods of identifying their materials. There are instructions on secondary sources to check if the preferred sources are not provided or accessible.

However, any cataloger working with shared records (OCLC, union catalog, etc.) should always view a videorecording. The fact that many catalogers in the past have used AACR2's allowance of cataloging from the videorecording container or packaging is reflected in the number of duplicate records in OCLC WorldCat. Many of these duplicate records exist because the title on the packaging varies from the opening credits. Others exist because rule 1.1B2 for transcribing titles without introductory words has not been followed.

So do yourself and your patrons a favor, cut down on duplicate records and improve access by always checking the AACR2 chief source of information first. Then add those pesky title variations in MARC 246 fields.

Devra Dragos
Cataloging Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

                
  

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