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                may/june 1998 vol.4 no.3 issn 1082-4383


MAY/JUNE Issue Highlights:
NEBASE Annual Meeting
Is OCLC in Your Future?
Guest Columnist: Geri Hutchins
Computer Virus: Myth or Reality?

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: 500. Published on PC software. Editor: Jo Budler. Word Processing: Jeannette Powell. Design and Production: Joanne Corson. ISSN 1082-4383

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LEGISLATURE AND GOVERNOR APPROVE FUNDING FOR NEBRASKA PACKAGE OF FIRSTSEARCH DATABASES

New state funding approved by the Legislature and Governor in the amount of $400,000 will be added to the Library Commission's budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1998. This funding is the result of efforts by the Nebraska Library Association, State Advisory Council on Libraries, Nebraska Library Commission, and many other Nebraska library supporters. While this amount is far less than the amount sought through the "Libraries for the 21st Century" initiative, it will allow targeting of these funds toward library technology uses. This approach received support of the Legislature's Appropriations Committee and Governor Nelson. In the Governor's veto statement of March 31, he says, "I have also vetoed $100,000 General Funds from the Nebraska Library Commission in FY 1998-99. Notwithstanding this line-item reduction, the Library Commission appropriation will be increased by $400,000 General Funds in FY 1998-99 to allow the Commission to contract for statewide access by local libraries to online databases, including full-text downloads of articles from hundreds of journals and periodicals."

Up to $250,000 of the new state funds will be used to provide unlimited public access for all Nebraska libraries to Nebraska Package of FirstSearch Databases. There will be no charge to any Nebraska libraries for this service.

The Commission is scheduling a number of opportunities for Nebraska librarians to share ideas about how to best disseminate these resources. Plans for training, technical assistance, consultation, planning support and outreach tools are in process. Watch the Library Commission home page, / (search on FirstSearch), for more information. For print information, contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell .

-Rod Wagner
Director, Nebraska Library Commission


13 IS A LUCKY NUMBER

At least it is for the Nebraska libraries who will be participating in the Nebraska Library Commission statewide group purchase of FirstSearch. The base Package of OCLC FirstSearch databases has grown to 13 in number and now includes the World Almanac and Electronic Collections Online (see related article entitled "Integration of FirstSearch and Electronic Collections Online," page 4.)

But the good news for Nebraska library users doesn't stop there. This year the Legislature and Governor appropriated $400,000 in funds to the Nebraska Library Commission to be used for technology. Part of this funding will be used to help make electronic databases online more affordable. Some of these funds will be used to further enhance the FirstSearch service in Nebraska including:

· increasing our simultaneous user base to an unlimited number;
· adding New York Times full-text and H. W. Wilson Select (full text of over 470 journals) to the Base Package.

For the 1998/99 fiscal year, July 1, 1998 through June 30, 1999, there will be no charge to any library in Nebraska for this service. In order to access this service, each library must return a signed agreement to Nebraska Library Commission. This agreement is available on the Nebraska Library Commission home page at /netserv/fsagreement.html.

FOR NEW SUBSCRIBERS there is no deadline after which agreements will NOT be taken. However, this subscription begins on July 1, 1998 and ends June 30, 1999. In the past OCLC has required at least 2 weeks to issue authorizations and passwords. We are anticipating a large number of requests so please get your agreements signed and returned to the Nebraska Library Commission ASAP so that you will be able to take advantage of all 12 months of this subscription.

FirstSearch databases available during FY 98/99 Subscription Period

ArticleFirst contains bibliographic citations that describe items listed on the table of contents pages of more than 13,000 journals in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture. Each record describes one article, news story, letter or other item.

ContentsFirst contains the table of contents pages and holdings information from more than 13,500 journals in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture. Most journals are published in English; some journals in other languages are included.

Electronic Collections Online is a growing collection of journals in a variety of subject areas, all with full-text articles online. Articles include all original content and images. The interface supports cross-journal searching and browsing within selected journals. Users can view bibliographic information for all journals and view abstracts and full-text articles from journals to which their institutions subscribe.

ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) has represented the most complete bibliography of educational materials available since 1966. The ERIC database is a guide to published and unpublished sources on thousands of educational topics, with information from RIE (Resources in Education) and CIJE (Current Index to Journals in Education).

FastDoc covers over 900,000 articles from more than 1,000 journals, virtually 100 percent of which are available online.

GPO Monthly Catalog consists of records published by the GPO since July 1976. Includes references to congressional committee reports and hearings, debates, documents from executive departments, and more.

H.W. Wilson Select includes a growing list of high-quality periodicals with complete indexing and abstracts. All records point to complete online full text. Comprised of records from Readers' Guide Abstracts, Social Sciences Abstracts, Humanities Abstracts, General Science Abstracts, and Wilson Business Abstracts.

MEDLINE covers all areas of medicine, including clinical medicine, experimental medicine, dentistry, nursing, health services administration, nutrition, and much more. Indexes over 3.500 journals (most with abstracts). Now includes a backfile covering 1965-1984, increasing the coverage to 1965-present.

NetFirst contains bibliographic citations-complete with summary descriptions and subject headings-describing high-quality Internet-accessible resources suitable for a wide range of interests and age groups. Records contain hot links to connect users to resources of interest.

The New York Times offers full text of The New York Times newspaper articles. Includes all articles published within 90 days for delivery as ASCII full-text documents. Maintains an abstract and index database with coverage from January 1994 to the present.

OCLC Union Lists of Periodicals includes more than 7 million listings linked to over 750,000 bibliographic records in WorldCat. The listings provide local holdings information so that users can search for locations of periodicals in their own and other libraries.

PapersFirst Provides access to individual papers presented at conferences worldwide. A major research aid covering every congress, symposium, exposition, workshop, and meeting added to The British Library Document Supply Centre's vast proceedings collection since October 1993. Users may order the full text of papers cited in PapersFirst from the British Library using the FirstSearch online ordering service.

ProceedingsFirst provides tables of contents of papers presented at conferences worldwide. Each record contains a list of the papers presented at each conference. Like its companion, PapersFirst, ProceedingsFirst provides access to The British Library Document Supply Centre's vast collection of conference proceedings.

WorldCat The world's most comprehensive bibliography, with 38 million bibliographic records representing 370 languages. Covers information from 4,000 years of knowledge and holdings information from the world's libraries.

The World Almanac is the database of The World Almanac, first published in 1868. Covers arts and entertainment, U.S. cities and states, people in the news, the nations of the world, sports, the environment, vital statistics, science and technology, computers, taxes, and much more. Will soon include all of the Almanac titles: The World Almanac of the U.S A., The World Almanac of U.S. Politics, and The World Almanac for Kids.


NEBASE ANNUAL MEETING 1998

The 1998 NEBASE Annual Meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn in Hastings, June 19, 1998. Keynote speaker, Dr. Donald Clifton, Chairman of Gallup, Inc., will explore the "Theory of the Dipper and the Bucket," a story about the incredible power of affirmation-and how we, as individuals are at our best when our "buckets are full and overflowing." Eric Childress from OCLC will have a Review and Summary of OCLC's Investigation Into Services for Small Libraries in Consortia.

In addition, librarians will have an opportunity to learn more about the Nebraska Package of FirstSearch Databases which will be available at no cost to all Nebraska libraries for fiscal year 98/99. (See related story on page 1.)

Location: Hastings, NE, Holiday Inn
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell .


FIRSTSEARCH

OCLC ANNOUNCES MORE ENHANCEMENTS TO FIRSTSEARCH

H.W. Wilson Company's General Science abstracts database has been enhanced to link select records to the full-text in H.W. Wilson Select.

This linking of Wilson Select full-text makes searching on the FirstSearch service simpler. The user will be able to find exactly what they are looking for in their database of choice and they will have access to the full text, where available as well.

OCLC is continuing to provide more full-text options to their users. The FirstSearch service is designed so that users can access their article of choice in the easiest and fastest way possible.

Holdings screen on FirstSearch Web Interface
The holdings screen on FirstSearch Web has been enhanced for easier viewing of records and holdings. Now when users click on the "Libraries With Item" button from a full record, they will get the holdings list and the full record on the same screen. Users will be able to conveniently view or print the records and holdings together.

The holdings information - Location, Symbol, Library, and Interlibrary Loan Status - is presented in easy to read columns and is followed by the full record. If the holdings list is lengthy, the user can click a hot link to get to the record. Users also have the option to get holdings for only libraries that will lend the item.

[OCLC, edited]


INTEGRATION OF FIRSTSEARCH AND ELECTRONIC COLLECTIONS ONLINE

To provide researchers and library users with a comprehensive online reference system, OCLC will begin integrating the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online service into the OCLC FirstSearch service in early 1998. Initially, the integration will include access to Electronic Collections Online as a FirstSearch database and linking the full-text of the two systems. When fully implemented, the integration will merge the systems into one service with one interface.

The first steps of the integration include:
· Access via the FirstSearch interface - Users can access Electronic Collections Online through the FirstSearch interface. The Electronic Collections Online database will be listed with other FirstSearch databases in database topic area screens.

· Links from relevant FirstSearch databases - Users can also access the full text of their libraries' Electronic Collections Online subscriptions via links from article citations in FirstSearch databases.

· Multiple document formats - The link to Electronic Collections Online that users see in FirstSearch results will indicate the format of the full-text record, such as Portable Document Format (PDF), RealPage, and HTML; all of these formats will be supported in the FirstSearch Web interface. Through FirstSearch, users will be able to view, download, and print complete page replicas as they appear in Electronic Collections Online.

The full integration of Electronic Collections Online into FirstSearch, which will occur by the end of 1998, will offer users the convenience of two powerful services through one common interface. Electronic Collections Online users will also find much of the functionality of Electronic Collections Online in FirstSearch, including searching and browsing across journals.

Of special note: Electronic Collections Online abstracts and indexing will be included in the Base Package subscription for the FY 1998-99 Nebraska FirstSearch Statewide Purchase.

[OCLC, edited]


H.W. WILSON SELECT NOW UPDATED WEEKLY

Effective immediately, the H.W. Wilson Select database will be updated on a weekly basis. This FirstSearch database contains indexed and abstracted articles from over 430 periodicals, all with ASCII full-text online available for onscreen viewing and/or e-mailing.

[OCLC, edited]


WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA UPDATE

OCLC has announced plans to load the 1998 version of the World Book Encyclopedia, International Edition onto FirstSearch within 90 days of March 1, 1998. The database will consist of more than 17,500 full-text articles and more than 1,000 tables contained in 21 volumes. Because images will be added to the database at a later date, the World Book database will only be available on the FirstSearch Web interface.

World Book Encyclopedia is a more comprehensive and up-to-date work than the previous single-volume general encyclopedia offering on FirstSearch, Concise Columbia Encyclopedia. It is a standard encyclopedia for most public, school, and academic libraries.

World Book will be available both on a per-search and subscription basis. For articles 150 or less words in length, the full-text will be part of the bibliographic record. For articles more than 150 words in length, the ASCII full-text will be available through the full-text function. Per-search users are charged five searches per document. Full-text is included with the subscription price of the database.

[OCLC, edited]


ACADEMIC PRESS FULL TEXT NOW ACCESSIBLE FROM OCLC FIRSTSEARCH ELECTRONIC COLLECTIONS ONLINE SERVER

Full-text articles from the 175 journals in the Academic Press IDEAL collection are now available directly from OCLC's server in Dublin, Ohio, through the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online service. OCLC is the first journal aggregator providing access to the Academic Press full text from its own server.

"We look at this as a win-win situation for Academic Press, OCLC and the library community," said Pieter Bolman, president, Academic Press. "It will enable Academic Press to better serve libraries that want the AP content but wish to use the Electronic Collections Online interface. Academic Press is particularly pleased that OCLC is making every effort to preserve publisher and journal identity, while at the same time integrating content from many publishers. IDEAL subscribers will still, however, enjoy the flexibility to choose access either directly to one of the IDEAL servers or via the OCLC Electronic Collections Online service."

"OCLC is pleased to be the first organization with permission to offer the Academic Press full text directly from its own server," said John Barnes, director, OCLC Electronic Publishing. "Libraries have told us repeatedly that they wish to access electronic journals from a single location and through a common, easy-to-use interface, rather than going to multiple publisher sites. We believe that we can satisfy the needs of both libraries and publishers through the Electronic Collections Online service. Libraries have access to a broad collection of archived electronic journals, while publishers can maintain their brand identity and integrate their journals with the information sources available through OCLC's FirstSearch and Electronic Collections Online services."

By offering full-text articles from IDEAL journals on its own server, OCLC provides a new channel for access to the Academic Press collection for IDEAL subscribers who use Electronic Collections Online. Electronic Collections Online offers a permanent archive, journal-level usage statistics, the ability to access the Academic Press collection as part of an aggregation of over 1,200 journals from 28 different publishers, and access through the FirstSearch Web interface.

Over the next few months, OCLC will link Electronic Collections Online full text to other FirstSearch databases, providing Academic Press subscribers with integrated access to their e-journal collections from their most heavily used bibliographic databases.

Authentication has been simplified. IDEAL licensees will not need separate authentication to access their full-text articles through the Electronic Collections Online interface. Once they have logged on to Electronic Collections Online, they will be able to access abstracts and articles for the Academic Press journals they subscribe to, just as they can access articles from any other Electronic Collections Online journal they subscribe to. Electronic Collections Online users will no longer have to leave the Electronic Collections Online interface to retrieve Academic Press full-text articles.

Electronic Collections Online allows libraries to search across hundreds of journals from many different publishers, using a single interface and access point. To meet the needs of its diverse library community, OCLC is aggregating a broad collection of titles in many different subject areas, including life and physical science, social science and the humanities.

Electronic Collections Online combines the cost benefits associated with aggregated access to data with the advantages of local collection management, reducing information costs for libraries by centralizing storage and access, and enabling libraries to share the cost of loading, archiving and providing access to their electronic journal collections. In addition, Electronic Collections Online offers libraries a number of value-added features, including print-quality article representation, usage statistics, technology migration, and technical and product support.

More information about Electronic Collections Online, including a list of available journals, can be found at http://www.oclc.org/oclc/menu/eco.htm.

Academic Press is a division of Harcourt Brace & Company, a leading, global multiple-media publisher and service provider to established educational, trade and professional markets as well as to emerging career-training, assessment and lifelong learning markets. More information about Academic Press and how to license IDEAL journals is available on the World Wide Web http://www.apnet.com/www/ap/aboutid.htm.

[OCLC, edited]


FIRSTSEARCH POWER: USING SEARCH HISTORY

The new search history feature on the OCLC Fs service allows you to combine previous searches with a new search to create better search results.

Here is a brief explanation of how this feature works on FirstSearch, and how to make the most of it:

Let's say you are looking for information about the crash safety records of sports utility vehicles and also want information about repair costs. Here's how you can put the search history feature to work.

1. Do a search on sport utility vehicles, then initiate a second search on crash testing. Finally, do a third search on vehicle repair costs.

2. When you initiated the second search, the "history" button was automatically activated and will remain active while you continue to search in the same database. A total of 20 searches will be available for re-use with the search history feature.

3. Click on the "history" button. The search history screen appears, giving you the opportunity to enter a new search, combine previous search results, or combine a new search with any of the previous search results that appear in the table at the bottom of the screen.

4. If you want to combine new search terms with previous searches, enter the new terms in the "Search for" field. Choose an operator (AND, OR or NOT) and click on the appropriate box(es) for the desired previous searches. Then click the "Search/Combine" button to execute the new search.

When you combine sets, the numbers of those sets appear as the next set in your search history (e.g. #1 and #2). To help you track the specific terms that correspond to set numbers, click on the "Expand" button, which will expand the search results table horizontally and express the search set numbers in the actual terms used.

Previous searches are also hot-linked, enabling you to go back to prior results quickly, though clicking on a hot link will count as another search. While reuse of older search terms counts as a search, the search history feature more than compensates for the spent searches with improved efficiency.

[OCLC,edited]


OCLC

IS OCLC IN YOUR FUTURE?

What does the future hold for you? Riches, travel and a handsome stranger? The only sure prediction in the world of technology is change.

OCLC predicts that to stay in touch with them, you will need a more powerful computer and operating system, a faster modem and better access. If you have not already done so, plan to buy a Pentium or Pentium II workstation with a 32-bit operating system, CD-ROM drives and lots of memory. If you have more than one workstation, they should be networked. Modem speeds for Internet or Dial Access should be at least 28.8 kbps.

Step by step, OCLC is replacing old options with new ones by discontinuing sales, support and, finally, functionality.

· Workstations: As of July 1, 1998, maintenance of M220, M300 and M310 workstations will end. OCLC has offered the Workstation Replacement Program for several years. If you order a M6300 replacement workstation by June, 1998, you will receive a $750 rebate.

· Software: Software for DOS is no longer sold or supported. In the case of ILL ME Plus, DOS software no longer works. Passport for DOS and CatME Plus will possibly stop working in 1999. New software products and new versions of current software are being written only to work on 32-bit operating systems (Windows NT, Windows 95 and newer versions) and on new access systems. The first such software is CatME for Windows: it will not work on Windows 3.x or with the Multidrop Access.

· Access: OCLC plans to eliminate Multidrop and Asynchronous Dial Access by January 1, 2001. These will be replaced by Dedicated TCP/IP, Dial TCP/IP and the Internet, see OCLC Communications & Access Planning Guide. The I/O boards needed to run workstations for Multidrop Access have become obsolete and stock is limited; when the last one is used, no more workstations will be available for Multidrop Access.

Start planning now for the technology of the future. Hunt for the riches to fund the new technology, travel through virtual reality to accurately divine your library's needs, and perhaps the handsome stranger will be a computer guru.

-Devra Dragos
Nebraska Library Commission


OCLC WORKSTATION REPLACEMENT PROGRAM CONTINUES WITH A NEW PENTIUM II 300MHZ WORKSTATION

Libraries still have time to participate in OCLC's Workstation Replacement Program. OCLC has extended the program deadline to June 30, 1998. Through the program, OCLC is offering:

· A $750 instant credit on each new workstation purchased <
BR> · Free installation of each new workstation (a $152 value)
· 36-month financing available for workstation purchases
· A new M6300 Pentium II workstation, offered at the same price as the previous workstation

The M6300 workstation ($2655) has a 300MHz Pentium II processor and includes a total of 64MB of RAM and 4MB of video memory. As you know, Pentium-based workstations are quickly becoming mandatory for most new and upcoming software packages-including several from OCLC. So don't get caught with obsolete hardware. Invest in your library's future by upgrading to OCLC M6300 workstations now.

To qualify for the $750 per-workstation credit, you must complete and return a Computer Products Request (COMPRO) to OCLC by June 30, 1998. Contact your OCLC-affiliated Regional Network for more details, including the Suggested Member Prices.

M6300 Workstation Configuration
In order to provide libraries with the highest quality workstations for the best value, OCLC has discontinued the M6233 workstation and replaced it with the new M6300. The M6300 is a faster machine with better features-available now for the same price as the previous unit! It will be used to fulfill all workstation orders received after February 1, 1998.

The new M6300 workstation contains the following features and upgrades that were not available with the previous model:
300MHz MMX Intel Pentium II Processor
64MB RAM
4MB video memory
Wakeup-on-LAN capability
In addition, the M6300 features a 3 year on-site warranty, plus:
3.2GB Hard Drive
Integrated 512KB Cache
AGP ATI Rage Pro Video Controller
3.5" 1.44MB Diskette Drive
12/24x Speed CD Drive
Integrated 3COM 10/100 Ethernet NIC
15" Color Monitor
Integrated Audio
Altec Lansing ACS90 Speakers
Windows '95
Microsoft System Mouse
Passport for Windows
OCLC I/O Board for Multidrop Users

Effective immediately
· The OCLC I/O board is not a standard offering on workstations sold by OCLC. The OCLC I/O board will be installed on workstations only when a member requests that the machine be installed on the multidrop network at time of ordering. OCLC will not send out I/O boards to libraries that decide to move a workstation over to the multidrop network at a later time.

· OCLC will no longer offer Windows for Workgroups software.

· OCLC is discontinuing sales of the M6233 workstation. All orders currently being held for M6233 units will be filled with M6300 units. The price of the new workstation is the same as the previous unit.

For more information on the M6300 workstation or to place an order, please contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell .

[OCLC, edited]


Guest Columnist

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA TRIES DEDICATED TCP/IP ACCESS

The University of Nebraska at Omaha Library served as a test site for the new OCLC dedicated TCP/IP line from August 6 to November 30, 1997. Our dedicated TCP/IP line-a 56K frame relay connection to Sprint's frame relay network-provides the flexibility of the Internet combined with dedicated OCLC access.

The library has been moving away from the "dedicated-computer concept" and toward a multipurpose-workstation concept for all staff. In the past year all the staff microcomputers, including the dedicated OCLC computers, were upgraded to provide access to the Web, online tools, the CD-ROM tower, and OCLC, as well as eventual downloading capability in INNOPAC. The OCLC dedicated TCP/IP line is a major step along that road, so we were eager to participate in the field test.

In the past, OCLC carried most of the burden of installation and troubleshooting. Since the local network is an essential component of the dedicated TCP/IP line, the responsibility is now shared between OCLC, the library and the local network administrator. The installation at the University of Nebraska at Omaha was a partnership between the library, OCLC and a host of others. OCLC provided the 56K line and a Cisco router. The library provided networked connections for all the microcomputers and access to Passport for Windows. Campus Computing provided an Ethernet port to connect the OCLC router and the campus router and campus connection to the 56K line. US West brought the 56K line onto campus, and Campus Telecommunications brought the line into Computer Operations, where the campus router is located. There changes were made to the campus and library domain name servers so that they redirect campus traffic going to a dedicated OCLC address. All OCLC cataloging and resource sharing activity, as well as FirstSearch activity in the library and on campus, now goes to the OCLC router instead of out onto the Internet.

The transition to the new line was very smooth. The migration to Passport for Windows began before the new line was installed. Site-licensed Passport for Windows software was installed on the library's Windows NT Server, which serves every workstation in the library. Once the OCLC router and the dedicated TCP line were in place and working smoothly, the rest of the work was done behind the scenes by the library. The Passport for Windows .ini files on the network copy and the local copies on the dedicated OCLC machines were edited to reflect the new connection. Addresses for FirstSearch were changed on the menus and the Web pages. One day after the router installation, library staff and users began using the new dedicated TCP/IP line without any interruption in their OCLC access.

Our experience with the dedicated TCP/IP line was very positive. This line makes one hop between the library and OCLC, unlike typical internet access, which can take as many as 50 hops between connections. Compared to the 9.600 bps (bytes per second) multidrop line, the 56K line provides 56,000 bps connectivity for any machine with an Ethernet card and a network connection. Therefore, dedicated TCP/IP connection to OCLC Cataloging and Resource Sharing services is much faster than the multidrop line, and a little faster and much more reliable and consistent than the Internet connection. There were only a few times when library staff were unable to make a connection or when a connection was dropped. In fact, there were so few problems that it was difficult to get much feedback from the staff, which was frustrating at times, but at least they were not complaining. The dedicated TCP/IP line was so stable, fast and reliable that staff were able to focus on their work and not on the access method.

Improvement in telnet access to FirstSearch was quite dramatic. Previously, FirstSearch telnet access bogged down in the late afternoon, but that seldom happens with the new dedicated line. The Web access is also much faster and more reliable. The University of Nebraska at Omaha Library also served as a test site for FirstSearch IP authentication over the new dedicated TCP line. FirstSearch users on campus are able to use the library's Web page to connect directly to FirstSearch Web.

Dedicated TCP/IP is not immune to problems. Besides problems with the OCLC router and the Sprint frame-relay network, campus network problems, domain name server problems and electrical outages may also contribute to connection failures. In the past, most of the troubleshooting was done between OCLC and Sprint. Since access to the dedicated TCP/IP method is controlled by the local network, the first line of support is the local network administrator-not OCLC. With the dedicated TCP/IP line, OCLC is responsible for troubleshooting to the OCLC router. The library and the local network administrator are responsible for troubleshooting the rest of the network. OCLC provides a good troubleshooting guide, but libraries will need to have someone familiar with network commands like ping and traceroute to track problems on the local site.

Overall, the dedicated TCP/IP line was fast, reliable and provided consistent connections. There were even a few times when all of the Internet connections were down or very slow because our Internet service provider or Sprint had a problem. For example, a power outage in St. Louis blocked almost all access to the Internet. OCLC Cataloging and Resource Sharing and FirstSearch users were unaffected by this problem. OCLC's dedicated TCP/IP line is a very positive development for OCLC and for libraries. Libraries have come to rely upon the dedicated nature of the OCLC connection. With Internet use growing rapidly, some libraries have been unwilling to trust their cataloging and interlibrary loan use to the Internet. The dedicated TCP/IP line offers the best of both worlds: dedicated access combined with the speed and flexibility of TCP/IP.

-Geri Hutchins
University of Nebraska at Omaha Library


ILLINOIS LIBRARY OFFERS LEARNING JOURNEY TO PATRONS

Arlington Heights Memorial Library, IL, offers personalized service to patrons. In a three-step process called a learning journey, guides, who are trained by library staff, work with patrons in order to identify interests and pursue new skills. Like the library's reader advisory services, where patrons can inquire about fiction, the learning journey allows adults to research nonfiction topics. After the personal interview, where the patron's learning style is assessed, a review of the available resources is made and presented to the patron. After that, the learners are on their own. "We have found that people want to keep learning. The more we offer, the greater the demand becomes," said Caryl Mobley, the library's public services and lifelong learning coordinator.

-Reprinted with permission
Library Hotline, March 23, 1998 V27(11)


INTERNET

STATE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS ONLINE HOME PAGE EXPANDED

SEARCH THIS SITE Are you having trouble locating information on the Nebraska Library Commission's home page /? If so, try using Search This Site located on the front page. A search button can also be found at the bottom of most pages that will take you to Search This Site. Here you can perform a simple keyword search of our site. One way to improve your search results is to perform a Boolean search using AND, OR or NOT. The * can be used as a wildcard when performing a search. A search for trial* finds occurrences of trial and trials. If a search of our site does not provide the information you are looking for try using Ask a Librarian. A link to Ask a Librarian is located on the front page. They will gladly help you find the information you are looking for on our home page or identify someone who can help you. We are always looking for feedback about our home page. Please send your comments to Webmaster .

-Allana Novotny
Nebraska Library Commission


WHAT'S NEW IN NETWORK SERVICES?

Over the past few months we've made changes to the Network Services Web pages including adding this new page. The "What's New in Network Services" page is designed to give librarians one easy location to find out what's going on in Network Services. Look to this page for the latest information about OCLC products and services, database trials, NEBASE Annual Meeting, order forms and more. We also use it to announce when the latest NEBASE Advisory Council (NAC) minutes and issue of N3 are online. The "What's New in Network Services" page is located at: /netserv/new.html

-Allana Novotny
Nebraska Library Commission


THE COMPUTER VIRUS: MYTH OR REALITY?

Take note!

Someone got an e-mail, titled as "Join The Crew" and it has erased his hard drive. Please do not open up any mail that has this title. This is a new e-mail virus and not a lot of people know about it, just let everyone know, so they won't be a victim.

Please e-mail this to everyone you know!!!

Remember the title: "Join the Crew" - Make sure you do not "Join the Crew" that have lost there [sic] entire HD.

Most people have received an e-mail message similar to the one above at one time or another. Without thinking, many simply forward it to others, who send it to still more unsuspecting folks, and so it propagates around and around the Internet community.

The example above is a hoax. The line "Please e-mail this to everyone you know!!!" is a dead giveaway. No responsible virus alert service would include this language. Also, note the absence of any statement of authority or reference for obtaining further information. This combination of clues should be enough to tip off anyone to the presence of a hoax.

Simply opening an e-mail message cannot transmit a virus. However, a virus can be transmitted through a document attached to an e-mail message. If you receive e-mail with an attachment, the safe procedure is to detach the file, save it to disk, and run an up-to-date virus-scanning program against it before opening. The best defense is knowledge. Listed below are some useful Internet resources for tracking computer viruses.

Virus Primer from Trend Micro, Inc: http://www.antivirus.com/vinfo/vprimer.htm. A good introduction to the subject of viruses.

Computer Virus Myths: http://kumite.com/myths/. The first place to check when you receive one of those virus attack messages. Chances are, you'll find it listed here as a known hoax.

Computer Incident Advisory Capability (CIAC), U.S. Department of Energy: http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/.

Additional Resources
The Anti-virus Product Developers' consortium: http://www.ncsa. com/virus/

McAfee (now Network Associates) Virum Information Library: http://www.mcafee.com/support/techdocs/vinfo/default.asp

AntiVirus Resources: http://www.hitchhikers.net/av.shtml.

Usenet newsgroups for virus information:
news:comp.virus
news:alt.comp.virus

Will Stuivenga, AMIGOS
AMIGOS Agenda & OCLC Connection 98-02


NEW PRODUCT ON THE WEB

Information Access Company has a brand new product which should be of interest to all types of libraries.

Here's what IAC says about LifeCenter:
"All in one self-service resource, LifeCenter integrates:
Skilled guidance to the issues and decision points for each topic, developed by renowned subject matter experts. Take-away worksheets and online diagnostic tools to aid in self-assessment and decision-making.

Related articles with diverse perspectives from well respected publications.

Relevant Web site links selected by LifeCenter editors.

Regular reviews and updates of LifeCenter resources to ensure relevancy, currency, and credibility.

LifeCenter is an interactive decision-making tool designed to help answer the most frequently occurring questions for library patrons. The modules have been developed to target specific areas that librarians have told us their patrons want to know about.

Take a walk through a search with this new product at http://library.iacnet.com/lifecenter. Your comments are welcome at any time.

-Jo Budler
Nebraska Library Commission


HOMEWORK CENTER GRANTS CONSIST OF GALE CD PRODUCTS

Gale research has created two grants designed to recognize and encourage the development of homework centers in public libraries serving the needs of kindergarten through twelfth grade students. Recipients of the grant will receive a complete set of Gale DISCoving Program CDs for use in the center, plus free access to Gale DISCovering Program databases on GaleNet for one year. The market value of each award is approximately $11,600.

One grant will be awarded to a library looking to energize an existing homework center program. The other is designed for libraries planning to develop a new homework center. In each case, judges will give special consideration to libraries that involve local schools and other members of the community in the homework center's development and maintenance.

Applications are being accepted now with a deadline of August 1, 1998. Guidelines are available by contracting Beth Dempsey in Gale Corporate Communications at beth.dempsey@gale.com. Winners will be selected by Gale staff members and an independent panel of librarians. Their names will be announced September 30.

-Reprinted with permission
Library Hotline, April 6, 1998 V27(13)


NEBASE SCHEDULE OF WORKSHOPS 1998

MAY
5 OCLC's Passport for Windows, 9:00 AM -12:00 NOON, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room. Instructor: Ming Jian, UNL. Registration Deadline: April 20th.

13 OCLC Union List Basics, 9:00 AM - 12:00 NOON, University of Nebraska at Omaha Library Computer Lab. Instructor: Devra Dragos.

20 OCLC Authority File: An Introduction, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room. Instructor: Sandy Herzinger, UNL. Registration Deadline: May 4th.

SEPTEMBER
15 OCLC Cataloging II: Books, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room. Instructors: Carole Goebes, Julie Swann, Sue Ann Lewandowski, UNL. Registration Deadline: September 3rd.

OCTOBER
28 OCLC Cataloging II: Sound Recordings, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room. Instructor: Carol Geobes, UNL. Registration Deadline: October 12th.

NOVEMBER
18 OCLC Cataloging II: Videotapes, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room. Instructor: Carol Goebes, UNL. Registration Deadline: November 13th.

DECEMBER
3 OCLC Cataloging II: Electronic Resources, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room. Instructors: Ming Jian, Margaret Mering, Sue Ann Lewandowski, UNL. Registration Deadline: November 18th.


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