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                May/June  2000  vol.6  no.3 issn 1082-4383

MAY/JUNE ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS:

OCLC USER COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS

Michael LaCroix, Director of Carl M. Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library at Creighton University is the new NEBASE delegate to the OCLC User Council. Tom Boyle, Director of Luther Library at Midland Lutheran College will serve as alternate.

DEFINING DREAMS: OR WHAT I HAVE LEARNED FROM WORKING WITH NEBRASKA'S LIBRARY COMMUNITY

--Jo Budler
  Nebraska Library Commission

TRIALS: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

The past
Since 1996, the Nebraska Library Commission has been arranging trials of databases and services for the Nebraska library community. The requirements were simple: a librarian asked and, if the service were available via the Internet, a trial was arranged for any librarian in the state to access for evaluation. In some cases, library users were also given access to the databases and services. This allowed us to test services firsthand and determine for ourselves whether or not the service is of value to us and to the library users we serve.

The present
This allowed us to share the costs of group purchases. Many librarians, who might not have been able to afford a service on their own, found that subscriptions were affordable when purchased in this manner. In response to requests, we have contracts for a variety of services from a number of vendors, many of which are similar and in fact are in competition with one another. While we might all agree that competition is healthy in the marketplace, we must also understand that when we dilute the marketplace with many products, when we buy similar products from many distributors, we also weaken our purchasing power. If 20 people buy a product together, the cost is lower than if one makes a purchase on his/her own. If 200 people buy, the savings are usually greater still for each individual.

The future
In order to maximize our purchasing power, we are going to coordinate a new way to trial and subscribe to services in the upcoming year. Instead of offering trials on a request-basis, we are asking vendors to offer up a package of their products to be used by all Nebraska libraries (librarians and library users alike) over a set period of time. This package will include a full-text database for public libraries, schools, and academics; a consumer health database; a business database; and a newspaper database. The vendors identified thus far have been: EBSCO, Bell and Howell, and GALE. (Please note: It will not be limited to these vendors but rather open to any and all who wish to participate.)

During the trial period, the Library Commission staff will assist in evaluating these services in a number of ways. (See Evaluation of Database Trial Packages for details). Also during the trial or shortly thereafter, we will attempt to come to consensus about a statewide group purchase, i.e. pick one vendor's package for statewide group purchase. This would allow for the greatest savings to be realized by all and would allow all libraries to have access to all of the databases within the chosen package.

More details and developments will be shared via the Trial Listserv as well as in future issues of N³ and at upcoming meetings and conferences. Stay tuned!

--Jo Budler
   Nebraska Library Commission

EVALUATION OF DATABASE TRIAL PACKAGES

During the months when Nebraska libraries have trial access to participating vendors' database packages, we hope you'll have an adequate opportunity to log on and "check out the wares." Because it's important to us that we receive feedback from all types and sizes of libraries, we'll be encouraging you to tell us what you think. We'll be interested in knowing what you think about the content and coverage of the various packages, and whether they will meet your patrons' needs. We'll also be interested in issues of usability-in other words, which interfaces are easy to use, and which allow you to perform the types of searches you need to perform!

Because we know many of you have limited time to devote to trial databases, we'll do everything we can to support you during this evaluation process. Toward this end, I'll be sending messages to the TRIAL listserv highlighting features and functionality of the various databases. I'll provide some basic orientation to the interfaces, and point out both idiosyncrasies and "cool" features that might be easy to overlook if you're short on time. I'll also come up with sample searches that you can perform across various databases for purposes of comparison.

My hope is that you will also feel free to post feedback to the listserv, and share your own insights into the trial database packages with your colleagues. As always, the more information and experience we are able to tap into during the evaluation process, the better decision we will ultimately make!

--Susan Knisely
  Nebraska Library Commission

NETLIBRARY: AN INTRODUCTION

You (or a library user) have a computer programming question. The library is closed. You could call up Amazon.com to order a book on this subject but you still won't have it for at least a day. And you are not sure which book would be the best one to answer that question or that you want to buy any book at all.

Now imagine sitting at a computer with an Internet connection and being able to access a book about computer programming because you have access to a collection of eBooks shared by libraries across Nebraska. For the past two months, a team of librarians -- Tom Boyle, Ann Stephens, Chris LeBeau, Jane O'Brien, Kathy Rosenberg, Keith Saathoff, Mike Boettcher, Suzan Connell, Agnes Adams - and Nebraska Library Commission staff have been working on a project which will allow us to develop just such a collection through netLibrary.

This team has chosen a set of titles to be the foundation of a sample collection for the state of Nebraska. This collection will be accessible by May 1st for librarians across the state. Please take this time to familiarize yourself with this service and to look at this collection. We will give librarians an opportunity to join this consortium during the months of May and June. After July 1, only members of the consortium will have access to this collection of eBooks. Please note: the Nebraska Library Commission is funding this project in part so that it is possible for any library in the state to participate for a reasonable, fair price.

Details on how you may access the trial collection and pricing will be shared over the Trial listserv. If you are not on this listserv you may subscribe (at no cost) by pointing your browser to </netserv/tlist.html>and follow the instructions given there.

--Jo Budler
  Nebraska Library Commission

GUEST COLUMNIST

SEARCHING THE INVISIBLE WEB

It is a well-know fact that even the largest of the popular Internet search engines indexes less than 25 percent of the Web. There are a number of reasons for this, not the least of which is the rapidly expanding nature of the Web, its total size now estimated to be approaching a trillion individual pages or documents.

But another less obvious factor involves what some refer to as the "invisible Web." Much of the information available via the Web is not actually part of the Web. That is, information is structured in formats other than HTML, making it unavailable for indexing by Web search engine spiders and crawlers. In particular, many databases are accessible for searching via a Web interface, but the databases themselves sit just off the Web, linked by CGI (Common Graphical Interface) or other scripted programming.

Library catalogs are a good example of this phenomenon. More and more libraries are providing Web interfaces to their catalogs, allowing users to search library holdings from their Web browsers. But no traditional Web search engine can tell you which library catalog lists holdings of Shakespeare translated into French, or Molière into English.

Search engines themselves are a good example of information available via the Web that does not reside on any static Web document anywhere. You type in your query, the search is performed, and back come the results to your browser, formatted into HTML on the fly by a CGI program. That Web page you are viewing did not exist before you ran the search, and vanishes from existence the moment you move on.

Thousands of other databases are available, linked in ever-increasing numbers to the Web. These days just about anyone who has a compilation of material, new or old, that he or she thinks might be of value to the world at large can easily create a Web interface providing access via searching or browsing or both. But how to find these potentially valuable resources? Using a traditional Web search engine to locate them can be frustrating and almost impossible. Luckily, there are specific resources that can assist in the search.

Perhaps the most explicit of these is IntelliSeek's InvisibleWeb.com, a searchable index providing access to over 10,000 databases, archives, and Internet search engines. Lycos has a branded version of the same database of databases. Hits from InvisibleWeb are incorporated directly into Lycos search results under the label "Searchable Databases."

Gary Price's DirectSearch is an example of librarian's efforts to collect, annotate, and provide access to these kinds of searchable resources. The BigHub has a collection of over 1,500 "Specialty Search Engines" divided by category and searchable as well. This appears to be the database formerly called I-Dleuth, as linking to <http://www.isleuth.com> now takes to the The BigHub. Yet another collection of online databases is WebData which offers over "6,000 different queries to quality online databases." As with most of the other sources listed here, you can browse by category or search by keyword. There are undoubtedly many other sites providing access to the "invisible web," but these will at least get you started.

Links:
IntelliSeek's Invisible Web.com: <http://www.invisibleweb.com/>
Lycos Searchable Databases: <http://dir.lycos.com/Reference/Searchable_Databases/>
Direct Search: <http://gwis2.circ.gwu.edu/~gprice/direct.htm>
The BigHub: <http://www.thebighub.com/>
WebData: <http://www.webdata.com/>

--By Will Stuivenga, Copyright 1999, Amigos Library Services, Inc.
  Reprinted by permission from Amigos Agenda and OCLC Connection.

INTERNET RESOURCES OF INTEREST TO KIDS (AND PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH KIDS)

Bill Arnold, Account Executive, bigchalk.com has supplied the following information about some free services that are available at <http://www.bigchalk.com>.

HomeworkCentral.com
A free online learning environment with more than 100,000 links in over 10,000 subjects. Each hand-selected by renowned scholars.

ExplorAsource.com
A free online tool that simplifies your search for relevant educational standards and instructional resources.

Researchpaper.com
Get help writing research papers: topics, tips and links.

Questions concerning these resources should be directed to Bill Arnold at bigchalk.com; 800-521-0600 ext 3614; fax: 800-209-1132; e-mail: <william_arnold@bigchalk.com>

DATABASE OPPORTUNITIES

OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS AND REGIONAL NETWORKS TO OFFER COST-SAVING SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY (OED) AND AMERICAN NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY (ANB)

Oxford University Press and the 16 Regional Networks (including NEBASE) are joining forces to offer cost-saving subscriptions to the new online Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and American National Biography (ANB). For those of you who are not already familiar with these two titles, Oxford University Press provides the following descriptions:

  • The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. In addition to offering unparalleled access to the wealth of material contained in the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary and 3-volume Additions Series, OED Online enables the "treasure-house" of the English language to move with the times as never before.

  • The American National Biography (ANB) offers portraits of more than 17,400 men and women -- from all eras and walks of life -- whose lives have shaped the nation. Published in 24 volumes in 1999, the American National Biography won instant acclaim as the new authority in American biographies. Winner of the American Library Association's Dartmouth Medal as the best reference work of the year, the ANB now serves readers in thousands of school, public, and academic libraries around the world. The publication of the online edition makes the ANB even more useful as a dynamic source of information -- updated quarterly, with hundreds of new entries each year and revisions of previously published entries to enhance their accuracy and currency. The ANB Online will also feature thousands of illustrations, more than 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references, links to select web sites, and powerful search capabilities. Pricing for the 2000/2001 subscription year will be based on the number of aggregated users that subscribe to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and American National Biography (ANB) through their Regional Networks prior to May 15, 2000. If the Network-coordinated subscriptions include 3,000,000 aggregated users, the cost per weighted FTE will be $0.277 for each database. Additional discounts will apply if higher levels of aggregation are attained. If fewer than 3,000,000 aggregated users sign up, then the List Price will apply.

    If you are interested in subscribing to one or both of these databases, we are asking that you do so by May 8, 2000 so that your users can be included in the May 15, 2000 subscriber count that will be used to determine our level of discount. Additional details about pricing, as well as links to the order form and license agreements, can be found at </netserv/pricing.html#oup>

    --Susan Knisely
      Nebraska Library Commission

    DISCOUNT OPPORTUNITIES

    BAR CODE DISCOUNT WAREHOUSE OFFERS DISCOUNTS TO NEBRASKA LIBRARIES

    Bar Code Discount Warehouse (BCDW) is offering Nebraska libraries discounted pricing on their entire product line. BCDW carries a wide variety of bar code related products, including bar code card readers and printers, wand scanners, portable data collectors, magstrip readers, and receipt printers. BCDW also sells blank and pre-printed bar code labels. For more information about the BCDW product line, please see the BCDW web site at <http://www.bcdw.com>.

    Although discount rates may vary, Nebraska libraries will typically receive a 10% discount on all products, plus additional discounts on products featured on BCDW's Nebraska Library Commission monthly specials page.

    When you first log on to the BCDW web site, you will have the option of browsing products by category or manufacturer. The prices displayed will be list prices. You can also access a page of standard monthly specials that are available to everyone.

    To view the discounted pricing being offered to Nebraska libraries, you will need to log on to the site using the Nebraska Library Commission password. The NLC password is: corn.field (including the internal period). To log on, click on the "Library Home" link on the green menu bar at the top of BCDW's home page. Scroll down the resulting page until you find the list of Partners' Pages. Click on "Nebraska Library Commission," and then type in our password. This will take you to a monthly specials page that BCDW has set up specifically for Nebraska libraries. This page will list different products every month that will be discounted above and beyond the standard 10% discount. After logging on you can also return to the pages listing products by category or manufacturer, and the pricing will then reflect the 10% Nebraska Library Commission discount.

    If you have questions about BCDW products or would like to place an order, please contact Kevin Brown at 1-800-888-2239 or <kbrown@bcdw.com>. To receive your discount, be sure to mention your affiliation with the Nebraska Library Commission.

    --Susan Knisely
      Nebraska Library Commission

    OCLC

    ANOTHER NEBRASKA WINNER

    The latest CatExpress postcard includes a literary cat from Nebraska. Bosworth's picture was entered by Susan Franklin of Clay Center. Susan is the Administrative Assistant for the Republican Valley Library System. The photos of all winners can be seen at <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/new/contest/index.htm>. Congratulations Susan!

    The deadline for the final postcard is June 16th. See <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/new/contest/rules.htm> for contest rules. Entries that are not chosen for a postcard will be included in a poster at the end of the contest; each contestant will receive a free poster.

    --Devra Dragos
      Nebraska Library Commission

    LIBRARY SUCCESS IN THE NEW WORLD : OCLC USERS COUNCIL WORLDWIDE VIRTUAL MEETING

    You are cordially invited to participate in an historic event for the OCLC worldwide library community-the first live satellite broadcast of a Users Council meeting. Sponsored by OCLC, the networks, and member libraries, this special two-hour program starts at 10 a.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (15:00 - 17:00 GMT) on Tuesday, May 23. As you know, the 60 delegates to Users Council are the voice of the OCLC membership. Elected from regional networks and service centers around the world, these delegates represent you and your institutions in the affairs of OCLC. Take this opportunity to hear and ask questions of library and OCLC leaders as they discuss "Library Success in the New World."

    Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, is the keynote speaker for this unique virtual meeting. The agenda includes presentations by Betsy Wilson, President of the OCLC Users Council, Jay Jordan, President and CEO of OCLC, Phyllis Spies, OCLC Vice President, Worldwide Library Services, and William Crowe, Chair of the OCLC Board of Trustees. Led by Nancy Eaton, Chair of the Strategic Directions and OCLC Governance Advisory Council, a panel of well-known librarians will discuss the governance study that is currently under way.

    See <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/uc/20000523/index.htm>for more information, to register your site for this meeting, or to find a nearby host site. If you would like to attend at the Lincoln site, NETV, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, East Campus, please contact Devra Dragos, Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4021, 800-307-2665, or e-mail: Devra Dragos.

    --OCLC [edited]

    OCLC TO SPONSOR AN INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL SHARING PROGRAM, GROUP ACCESS CAPABILITY (GAC)

    OCLC has formed the Global Sharing GAC to foster international resource sharing initiatives. There are over 6,700 libraries in 28 countries using the vast resources of the OCLC WorldCat database and the largest online ILL system. Identifying libraries that are willing to lend internationally has been a difficult process. The Global Sharing GAC will make this identification process easier and will formalize rules for OCLC ILL borrowing beyond state and national boundaries.

    The primary requirements in joining the Global Sharing GAC are:

    Profiling costs for libraries to join this GAC will be waived. Libraries will need to update their ILL Policies within the Name Address Directory to provide their policies for lending internationally and to include their Ariel IP address or Fax number in the communications field.

    Libraries that are members of this group can issue a DHGS#P command at the bibliographic record to view all the holdings of the libraries within this GAC, or a ULGS#P command to view union list holdings. They may also search the Participating Institutions List <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/forms/pisearch.htm> to identify other members of this GAC for inclusion into their Custom Holdings paths.

    Any library wishing to participate in this GAC must complete an application and agreement form <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/forms/gac.htm>.

    OCLC realizes that many libraries outside North America do not have all or complete holdings represented in WorldCat. However, by identifying libraries throughout the OCLC membership that are willing and able to conduct trans-border ILL, we believe we will be able to foster the global spread of resource sharing initiatives. This GAC will provide a firm set of guidelines for all participating libraries and make it easier for the membership to identify their international lending partners quickly.

    --OCLC

    OCLC ACCESS

    OCLC TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFORMATION SYSTEM ENHANCEMENTS COMING APRIL 17, 2000

    Enhancements to the OCLC Telecommunications Information System (TIS) include adding one new report, adding two data elements to two existing reports, and adding the ability to export data in a format that can be imported into a word processor or spreadsheet.

    Now you can see a complete picture of your usage of all OCLC services in one set of reports. Through these reports you can track your usage without having to make special requests to your OCLC-affiliated regional network/service center or OCLC.

    There are no OCLC charges for the OCLC Telecommunications Information System. It is available through the World Wide Web at <http://www.stats.oclc.org/tis>.

    These enhancements are planned for implementation April 17, 2000.

    --Sharon Knowlton
      OCLC Telecommunications and User Support

    OCLC WINDOWS-BASED PRODUCTS AND MICROSOFT WINDOWS 2000

    OCLC has completed testing of several Windows-based applications with Microsoft Windows 2000. Please see <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/menu/win2000.htm> for a summary of the testing results.

    --David Whitehair
      OCLC Product Implementation and Management

    OCLC CATALOGING

    CORC

    CORC, the Cooperative Online Resource Catalog, will be available to full-cataloging NEBASE members as of July 1, 2000. OCLC will add CORC to all cataloging authorizations at that time.

    Pricing for CORC will be transactional and will be announced by the beginning of May. However, if your institution subscribes to Fixed-fee Cataloging for FY2000-2001, CORC will not increase your cataloging costs. All full-cataloging libraries should have received a quote for Fixed-fee Cataloging pricing; for more information, contact Devra Dragos, 402-471-4021, 800-307-2665, or e-mail: Devra Dragos.

    Watch NEBASE-L and the Nebraska Library Commission's Calendar for upcoming training workshop announcements. For more information on CORC see <http://purl.oclc.org/corc/>.

    --Devra Dragos
      Nebraska Library Commission

    NEED RUSSIAN BOOKS? TRY OCLC ASIALINK

    The OCLC AsiaLink service now provides Russian language materials to complement the Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese materials already available through the service. A 25-title, preselected collection of fiction and nonfiction books for both the adult and the juvenile levels is currently available.

    AsiaLink specialist Ms. Sumie Ota, who is fluent in Japanese as well as Russian, will provide selection, acquisition, cataloging and physical processing of materials in these languages. Ms. Ota says, "I am excited to be developing collections in Russian since there is a real need to provide popular reading materials for this audience. I know that libraries have been asking AsiaLink to introduce Russian sets, and I am pleased that I can help in this effort."

    For more information, visit the OCLC AsiaLink Web site at <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/menu/asialink.htm> or contact Devra Dragos, 402-471-4021, 800-307-2665 or E:mail Devra Dragos.

    --OCLC [edited]

    MARC BIBLIOGRAPHIC UPDATE 2000

    At the end of April 2000, OCLC will begin making changes to its implementation of the MARC 21 bibliographic format. Most of the changes from Updates nos. 1-3 of USMARC Format for Bibliographic Data and from changes announced in MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data will be implemented. Because many of the changes are more complex than simple validation and staff resources are limited, OCLC will implement the changes in this MARC Bibliographic Update project in phases.

    Technical Bulletin 236 OCLC-MARC Bibliographic Update 2000 gives the details of all the changes for this Update. The bulletin is divided into 2 parts, based on the phased implementation schedule. It is available on OCLC's Web site at <http://www2.oclc.org/oclc/pdf/tb/236.pdf> PDF version for easy printing and <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/tb/tb236> in HTML. OCLC will distribute printed copies to OCLC libraries beginning the week of March 20th.

    Changes scheduled for late April

    The phased implementation begins in late April. OCLC will keep libraries updated on the progress of each phase and will announce changes in advance of each implementation.

    --Ellen Caplan
      OCLC Product Management and Implementation

    AUTOMATED HEADING CORRECTIONS IN WORLDCAT

    In the first quarter of 2000, OCLC will implement a project to correct headings on bibliographic records in WorldCat. The project will correct and modernize corporate name headings, series headings, and Library of Congress subject headings by using the OCLC authority control software originally developed in the early 1990s.

    Processing is expected to continue for several months and will not affect system availability or response time. Headings in tags 110 and 710 will be corrected in corporate name processing, series data in tags 4xx and 8xx will be corrected in series processing, and headings in tags 600-651 with the second indicator coded as zero will be corrected in subject heading processing.

    The software will correct headings to match forms found in the authority file as well as predominate forms of headings found in WorldCat whenever a heading has no corresponding authority record. The process will make the following types of changes:

    OCLC is investigating the possibilities for using automated correction software for personal name headings and MeSH headings in WorldCat later.

    --Robert Bremer
      OCLC Product Management and Implementation

    UPGRADING NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE CATALOGING

    As WorldCat becomes an increasingly international bibliographic database, you will encounter more records from non-English languages sources. For example, vendor records, which support the OCLC PromptCat service and the OCLC Selection service, were first added to WorldCat in early 1996. Because they are Encoding Level "M" records, they may be upgraded by most OCLC users under Minimal-Level Upgrade.

    Non-English language cataloging can usually be identified by the presence of 040 subfield ‡b coded for the language of cataloging. Institutions performing Minimal-Level Upgrades may recatalog these records, changing appropriate (mostly notes) fields to English. If you choose to recatalog, OCLC prefers that the physical description (300) and all appropriate notes be brought into line with current standard AACR2 and MARC 21 practice, so as to avoid unnecessarily hybrid records.

    If you replace the non-English descriptive cataloging with English, you should remove the corresponding 040 subfield ‡b "Language of Cataloging" designation. If the record contains non-English language subject headings (in uncontrolled heading field 653 as well as those in 6xx fields with Second Indicator "4" or "7" with a suitable subfield ‡2 value), please leave these headings unaltered. You are encouraged, however, to add English-language subject headings. Generally refrain from removing other existing access points, contents notes, and classification numbers unless the information is clearly in error. Again, you are encouraged to update the forms of headings to match the authority file or to current AACR2 form if they are not found there.

    Institutions performing Minimal-Level Upgrades are encouraged to change the wording of any notes that appear on these records to something more AACR2-like and to correct the tag numbers of notes, as appropriate. Remember that field 938 (Vendor Specific Ordering Data) cannot be changed, added, or deleted in a locked record, although it can be deleted from an unlocked record for local editing.

    --Jay Weitz
      OCLC Product Management and Implementation

    FIRST INDICATOR CHANGES IN AUTHORITY AND BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORDS

    USMARC documentation lists the first indicator value 2 (Multiple surname) as obsolete. In 1996, LC made the first indicator value 2 (Multiple surname) in X00 fields obsolete. Value 1 (Single surname) was redefined as surname to be used for headings with either single or multiple surnames.

    LC implemented a change to the first indicator value January 1, 2000. OCLC PCC participants should follow Library of Congress guidelines at <http://lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/multsur.html> when entering data. Authority records requiring changes have been identified and will be corrected over the next few months and redistributed through LC. Changes to bibliographic records are not yet implemented.

    OCLC policy is to follow LC practice; therefore, for WorldCat, all new bibliographic records should follow LC practice and use 1st indicator 1 (one) for all multiple surnames. Headings on existing records should be replaced as encountered and only if the bibliographic record is already being worked on. Authority and bibliographic records may be out-of-sync for some time; however, users should not report first indicator changes to OCLC. Bibliographic records will be corrected through database scans.

    --Susan Westberg
      OCLC Product Management and Implementation

    DATABASE SCANS FOR FIELDS 890, 901 AND 911

    After consultation with Library of Congress staff and in preparation for a future MARC Bibliographic Update, OCLC will soon begin to scan WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) to remove all occurrences of fields 890, 901, and 911. These fields had been previously used in CONSER serial records by the Library of Congress, but are now obsolete. Approximately 305,000 records will be converted.

    OCLC plans to invalidate fields 890, 901 and 911 in the Serials format in a future MARC Bibliographic Update. Plans will be announced after they are finalized. Field 911 will remain valid for local use in the monographic formats for PromptCat subscribers.

    --Robert Bremer and Ellen R. Caplan
      OCLC Product Management and Implementation

    OCLC PROMPTCAT SERVICE VENDORS: AMBASSADOR BOOK SERVICE, INC. AND RITTENHOUSE BOOK DISTRIBUTORS, INC.

    This month [March] OCLC highlights these two vendors who participate in the OCLC PromptCat service: Ambassador Book Service, Inc. (OCLC symbol AAX) and Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc. (OCLC symbol RTH).

    Ambassador Book Service, Inc.

    Ambassador Book Service, Inc., located in Hempstead, New York, is one of the largest booksellers in the United States. Ambassador offers high order fulfillment, accuracy, and reliability in a wide range of titles. Ambassador became an active vendor in PromptCat in July 1996. Additional information on Ambassador can be found at <http://www.absbook.com>.

    Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc.

    Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc., located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, provides health science titles to college stores, health science libraries, hospitals and other health care related institutions. Rittenhouse became an active PromptCat vendor in June 1998. Additional information on Rittenhouse can be found at <http://www.rittenhouse.com>.

    PromptCat, introduced in January 1995, automatically provides copy cataloging for monographic library materials as libraries receive them from participating book vendors. Vendors send OCLC an electronic list that identifies items selected by approval plan and/or firm order. PromptCat matches the items to bibliographic records in WorldCat, adds data to records, sets holdings in WorldCat, and provides the records to the library. Bibliographic records from PromptCat and the items from the vendor arrive concurrently. PromptCat also can provide customized spine and pocket labels that vendors affix to items so that the items come to the library shelf-ready. Additional information on the OCLC PromptCat service can be found at <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/menu/prompt.htm>. The PromptCat Order Form can be found at <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/prompt/order.htm>.

    For further information about the OCLC PromptCat service or Ambassador Book Service, Inc., or Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc., contact Beth Baran at OCLC.

    --Beth Baran
      OCLC Product Implementation and Management

    THE OCLC PROMPTCAT SERVICE: MAJORS SCIENTIFIC BOOKS, INC. AND NETLIBRARY.COM

    This month's [February] featured participating vendors in the OCLC PromptCat service are Majors Scientific Books, Inc. (OCLC symbol MJ$) and netLibrary.com (OCLC symbol N$T).

    Majors Scientific Books, Inc., located in Dallas Texas, is a distributor of health science, scientific, technical, business and law books to libraries throughout the United States. Majors became an active PromptCat vendor in November 1997. Additional information on Majors can be found at <http://www.majors.com>.

    netLibrary.com, located in Boulder Colorado, is a leading provider of electronic books and information over the Internet. netLibrary.com became an active PromptCat vendor in late 1999. Additional information on netLibrary.com can be found at <http://www.netlibrary.com>.

    PromptCat, introduced in January 1995, automatically provides copy cataloging for monographic library materials as libraries receive them from participating book vendors. Vendors send OCLC an electronic list that identifies items selected by approval plan and/or firm order. PromptCat matches the items to bibliographic records in WorldCat, adds data to records, sets holdings in WorldCat, and provides the records to the library. Bibliographic records from PromptCat and the items from the vendor arrive concurrently. PromptCat also can provide customized spine and pocket labels that vendors affix to items so that the items come to the library shelf-ready. Look for additional information on the OCLC PromptCat service at <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/menu/prompt.htm>. The PromptCat Order Form is available at <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/prompt/order.htm>.

    --Beth Baran
      OCLC Product Management and Implementation

    OCLC FIRSTSEARCH

    NEW NAME FOR MICROCOMPUTER ABSTRACTS ON OCLC FIRSTSEARCH SERVICE

    Microcomputer Abstracts has changed its name to Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts. In early April 2000 this name change will be implemented on both current and new OCLC FirstSearch services. The FirstSearch short name MicrocompAbs will be changed to InternetPCAbs at that time.

    Libraries that use the automatic logon capability through either IP-address recognition or the OCLC WebScript CGI application to access either current or new FirstSearch will NOT need to make any changes to their URLs or scripts. OCLC will take care of the name change by creating an alias for the database name.

    For those who may not know, automatic logon capability allows users to access FirstSearch via the World Wide Web without entering the FirstSearch authorization number and password. The document "Automatic Logon Scripting for the New FirstSearch or the Current FirstSearch" on the OCLC web site at <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/software/fsauto.htm> gives complete details about how to use both methods for automatic logon capability.

    Libraries should contact NEBASE 402-471-4021 with questions.

    --Kathy Delker
      OCLC Reference and Resource Sharing

    CHECK YOUR NAME-ADDRESS DIRECTORY RECORD

    OCLC would like to remind you of certain things you should do at least twice per year:

    To view your NAD record, type :xxx (with xxx being your library's OCLC symbol) at the Home position. Remember, you must be logged on with a full-level authorization for any OCLC service (Cataloging, ILL, Union List) to be able to make any changes to your record.

    You cannot change some fields, such as your library's name and address. They must be changed by OCLC via a no-charge "profile change request." To request this change, contact Jeannette Powell, 471-7740, 800-307-2665, or E-mail: Jeannette Powell. Changes usually take 4-6 weeks for completion in the OCLC system.

    For assistance with other changes to your record, please contact Devra Dragos, 402-471-4021, 800-307-2665 or E-mail: Devra Dragos.

    --Cathy Kellum
      OCLC Reference and Resource Sharing [edited]

    NEW OCLC INTERLIBRARY LOAN PRICING OPTION

    It's almost time again for new OCLC pricing. This year OCLC is considering a different option for Interlibrary Loan: consolidated pricing. A single charge per request produced would replace individual charges for requests, display holdings, and up to four searches (average) per request.

    Once FY2000/2001 pricing is made public, each NEBASE library will receive price comparisons based on twelve months activity to help in deciding if consolidated pricing would be beneficial. An electronic order form will be available for subscribing.

    --Devra Dragos
      Nebraska Library Commission

    LOCATIONS TRANSFERS WITH NEW COMMAND

    As of March 19, 2000 the data in the :LOCATIONS: field transfers from existing ILL records to new ILL requests when the 'New' command is used.

    The :LOCATIONS: field is provided on ILL workforms for library staff to enter additional OCLC lender symbols in the event the request must be re-initiated. ILL Direct Request automatically creates this field when additional lenders are provided by Custom Holdings. The 'New' commands allows users to create new ILL requests from existing requests without re-keying the data or re-searching the bibliographic record. Starting March 19, 2000 the 'New' command will transfer the :LOCATIONS: field data automatically so users may just cut and paste the new lender symbols into the lender string.

    For more information about the 'New' command and the :LOCATIONS: field, see the OCLC Interlibrary Loan Service User Guide, 2nd ed. at <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/ill/guide/index.htm>.

    --Judith Carter
      OCLC Reference and Resource Sharing

    FULL TEXT OPTION: HIGH-SPEED DELIVERY OF ILL ARTICLES AT YOUR COMMAND

    Full Text Option is a service within the OCLC Interlibrary Loan Service that allows you to easily order and receive articles by providing access to electronic delivery as a seamless part of normal ILL workflow. These requests are created in exactly the same way as regular ILL requests, but the system does the rest of the work when you include a Full Text Option symbol in the lender string. If the supplier can fill the request, the material will be sent directly to the address in the :E-MAIL: field within minutes, and sometimes within seconds.

    When you include a Full Text Option symbol in a lender string, the system searches the supplier's database and finds the article. The article can be delivered quickly to any valid e-mail address you specify in the request (even your patron's). No special equipment or software is required to use the Full Text Option, or to receive the articles via e-mail.

    When using Full Text Option, you continue to pay normal charges for searching, displaying holdings, creating ILL requests, and for use of the ILL Fee Management service. (All FTO materials must be billed through IFM.) Copyright fees are also covered in the price of the article.

    There is no "registration" process required to use Full Text Option. You can begin to use it immediately by including full text supplier symbols in lender strings. You can see these suppliers under "$$" in the state code area of all holdings and union list displays. A complete list of Full Text Option suppliers may be retrieved under the group code F$DD (type :F$DD in WorldCat to see the NAD record listing).

    For more information about OCLC ILL Full Text Option, see the Interlibrary Loan User Guide, Second Edition.

    --Cathy Kellum
      OCLC Reference and Resource Sharing

    OCLC ILL DOCUMENT SUPPLIER PROGRAM: NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL LIBRARY (AGL)

    This month's [February] featured participant in the OCLC ILL Document Supplier Program is National Agricultural Library (OCLC symbol AGL). Its holdings can be searched in WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog). The following article gives details about its collections along with some ILL policies.

    AGL accepts requests from libraries and other organizations in accordance with national and international interlibrary code and guidelines, and should be considered a library of last resort except for other USDA libraries, federal libraries in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, and foreign national libraries. Whenever possible, requests from libraries should include the National Agricultural Library call number, which appears in the 070 field of the OCLC bibliographic record.

    Monographs are loaned for one month to U.S. libraries only and may be renewed for one additional month if the item is not on reserve. For photocopies, submit a separate request for each article. Indicate your willingness to pay charges and comply with copyright laws. Give verification or bibliographic source of citation for periodical requests.

    Monographs and photocopies are shipped by U.S. Postal Service, first-class mail. Invoices are issued quarterly by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS); deposit account with NTIS is encouraged. For current price information, see Name-Address Directory record, NACN :36251. AGL participates in the OCLC ILL Fee Management (IFM) program.

    For additional information on document supplier services of the National Agricultural Library, see <http://www.nal.usda.gov>, the Name-Address Directory record (NACN :36251), the ILL Document Supplier Reference Card, or contact:

    National Agricultural Library
    Document Delivery Services Branch
    Beltsville, MD 20705
    Telephone: 301-504-5755
    Fax: 301-504-5675
    E-mail: <lending@nal.usda.gov>

    --Cathy Kellum
      OCLC Reference and Resource Sharing

    OCLC ILL DOCUMENT SUPPLIER PROGRAM: ADVANCED INFORMATION CONSULTANTS/BIOSIS DOCUMENT EXPRESS (tm)

    This month's [March] featured participant in the OCLC ILL Document Supplier Program is Advanced Information Consultants/BIOSIS Document Express (tm) (OCLC symbol AI@). The following article details its collections along with some ILL policies.

    Advanced Information Consultants is the exclusive provider of documents and services for BIOSIS Document Express (tm), and specializes in fulfillment of basic and applied research documents in virtually all areas of the life sciences, including agriculture, biotechnology, microbiology, pharmacology, and public health.

    BIOSIS Document Express gives libraries access to 6,000 life science journals and other sources including review article, newsletters, books, and reports, 1500 international meeting proceedings, and 300 business publications. Holdings include journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters and other materials indexed by BIOSIS, and they will fill OCLC ILL requests for items indexed in BIOSIS Previews, Biological Abstracts, Biological Abstracts/RRM, BioBusiness, BIOSIS GenRef on Compact Disc, and Foods Intelligence on Compact Disc. In addition, they can locate virtually any other document from a number of other fields, including business, government, law and technology.

    Orders for purchase only are accepted by OCLC ILL, mail, telephone, fax, and Internet e-mail. Requests for documents from the last 12 months of the BIOSIS collection and for documents in local repositories are usually filled within 24-48 hours. Other documents from standard sources may require several days to a week. Harder-to-find documents will be quoted. Delivery methods used are standard mail, international airmail, fax, express shipping, and courier.

    For additional information and more specific instructions on ILL workform requirements as specified by Advanced Information Consultants/BIOSIS Document Express, see <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/ill/supplier/toc.htm>, NAD record :104146, the ILL Document Supplier Reference Card, or contact:

    Advanced Information Consultants/BIOSIS Document Express 41575 Joy Road
    PO Box 87127
    Canton, MI 48187
    Telephone: 734-459-8194
    800-748-BIOSIS (US & Canada)
    Fax: +34-459-8990 (Worldwide)
    E-mail: <biosisdoc@AdvInfoC.com>
    URL Address: <http://www.advinfoc.com>

    --Cathy Kellum
      OCLC Reference and Resource Sharing

    NEBASE SCHEDULE OF WORKSHOPS 2000

    May 10, 2000
    netLibrary Demonstration and Hands-On

    Date and Time: May 10, 2000, 9:00 am - 11:30 am
    Place: Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE Eppley Building - College of Business Administration, BA 110, first floor.
    Limit: 24 attendees

    To register: Please contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 or e-mail Jeannette Powell

    Directions for attendees:

    Park in University College lot, entrance is on Burt Street between 24th St and the overpass, directly across from the Center for Health Policy and Ethics (small brand new building). Enter the Eppley building in the doorway under the University College sign. Head up one flight of stairs to first floor.

    Or park in the Visitor's Lot at the corner of 24th and Cass, in front of the Lied Fine and Performing Arts Center (building with many green roofs). Enter the Eppley building through Reinert Alumni Library entrance, ask for directions to the room.

    May 10, 2000
    netLibrary Demonstration and Hands-On
    Date and Time: May 10, 2000, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Location: Nebraska Library Commission Heron Room
    To register: Please contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 or e-mail Jeannette Powell

    May 23, 2000:
    LIBRARY SUCCESS IN THE NEW WORLD: OCLC Users Council WORLDWIDE VIRTUAL MEETING

    Description: Participate in an historic event for the OCLC worldwide library community-the first live satellite broadcast of a Users Council meeting. Sponsored by OCLC, the networks, and member libraries, this special two-hour program starts at 10 a.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (15:00 - 17:00 GMT) on Tuesday, May 23. The 60 delegates to Users Council are the voice of the OCLC membership. Elected from regional networks and service centers around the world, these delegates represent you and your institutions in the affairs of OCLC. Take this opportunity to hear and ask questions of library and OCLC leaders as they discuss "Library Success in the New World." See <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/uc/20000523/index.htm> for more information, to register your site for this meeting, or to find a nearby host site. If you would like to attend at the Lincoln site, NETV, UNL-East Campus, please contact Devra Dragos, Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4021, 800-307-2665, or e-mail: Devra Dragos.

    May 23, 2000:
    OCLC UNION LIST BASICS

    Description: A basic workshop on the OCLC Union List (UL) service. Topics include: searching, retrieval, and interpretation of OCLC bibliographic records for union listing; retrieval and interpretation of union list group holdings displays; creation, modification, and deletion of local data records (LDRs). With the addition of the OCLC Union Lists of Periodicals Database to the FirstSearch service, it is more important than ever for libraries to keep their union listing data up-to-date on OCLC. Keeping your union list holdings up-to-date also impacts ILL requests positively, since a borrowing library may check the holdings of a potential lender to make sure the lender has the appropriate volume or year. Incorrect or old data causes superfluous ILL requests and wastes time and money. Audience: New union list member staff and current union list member staff who have not updated their holdings recently and want a refresher.
    Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog would be helpful.
    What to Bring: Questions. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience.
    CE Credits: 3 hours Instructor: Devra Dragos, OCLC Member Services Coordinator
    Fees: $10 for members. If you are not a NEBASE member, please contact Jeannette Powell for registration fee.
    Location: Heron Room, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, NE
    Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 or e-mail Jeannette Powell

    September 7, 2000:
    NEBASE ANNUAL MEETING - EAST

    Details to be announced later.
    Location: Cliffard Hardin Nebraska Center for Continuing Education, 33rd and Holdrege Streets, Lincoln, NE
    Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT
    Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 or e-mail Jeannette Powell

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    N³ (Ncubed) Newsletter is published bimonthly by the Nebraska Library Commission Network Services team. It is the intent of Network Services to promote and support libraries in their cooperative efforts to share resources and information.

    Circulation: 600. Published on PC software. Editor: Jo Budler.
    Word Processing: Jeannette Powell.
    ISSN 1082-4383

    Send mail to: N³ Editor Nebraska Library Commission The Atrium, 1200 N St. ,
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