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Statistical Reporting Improved
Completing your library's statistical report will soon be a lot easier. The Nebraska Library Commission is negotiating with theLibraryPlace.com for two statistical products: BibliostatTM Collect and BibliostatTM Connect. These programs make the process of collection and use of public library statistics more efficient and user-friendly.
BibliostatTM Collect is a customized Internet survey application that creates an online version of the Public Library Statistical Report, and allows for submission of data via the Internet. The interface will be developed to reflect federal data elements and those unique to Nebraska, facilitating quick, efficient, and accurate data collection. BibliostatTM Connect is a Web-based tool that provides easy access to comparative statistics about libraries, making it possible to quickly identify peer libraries and compare specific data elements. Nebraska librarians will be encouraged to evaluate their libraries or to compare with others over time and to use this tool to create compelling data and statistics for effective analysis and presentation purposes.
For additional information contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.
NEBASE is celebrating its twenty-fifth year serving Nebraska libraries. On May 20, 1976, several academic libraries in Nebraska partnered with the Nebraska Library Commission to form the OCLC regional consortium called NEBASE. NEBASE was established to facilitate access to OCLC services for libraries throughout Nebraska.
The Library Commission was designated the managing body for the network with Rod Wagner, current Nebraska Library Commission Director, as the first NEBASE Director.
NEBASE began with nine original member libraries plus the Nebraska Library Commission, and has grown to include 146 libraries of all types and sizes including: academic, research, public, school, medical, law, and special. Over the years, NEBASE has pioneered the implementation of new OCLC products and services for these libraries, including the Interlibrary Loan Subsystem, FirstSearch Group Subscription, Cataloging Express Service (CatExpress), and Cooperative Online Resource Catalog (CORC).
In addition to OCLC-based services, NEBASE coordinated related statewide network services, promoting cooperative resource sharing among libraries. NEBASE sponsored the microfiche development of NEUCAT, the Nebraska Union Catalog, and NEULIST, the Union List of Nebraska serials.
Today, member libraries across the state continue to benefit from the wide range of NEBASE products and services in the areas of cataloging, reference, and resource sharing. To enhance member libraries' management and use of these services, NEBASE maintains cost-effective and innovative training, support, information, and administrative services. NEBASE is committed to providing ongoing promotion and support of Nebraska libraries in their cooperative efforts to share resources and information for the next quarter century and beyond.
Database Roadshow 2001 Set
Learn more about the databases the Nebraska Library Commission purchased for libraries across the state at the third annual Database Roadshow. The Database Roadshow 2001 will provide training on four of the databases funded through the Nebraska Library Commission, including OCLC FirstSearch, Books in Print with Reviews, Wilson OmniFile and Biographies Plus, and Electric Library. The four-and-one-half hour class is divided into four segments, each focusing on a particular database. During each segment we will discuss and demonstrate a database, and provide hands-on practice using the database. Continuing Education credits of 4.5 hours can be earned.
The following dates are set:
Additional locations will be added. As they are added, they will be posted to our Web site and sent out over the Trial Mailing List. See the Network Services Web page for information about joining the Trial Mailing List.
To attend the Database Roadshow 2001, complete the online registration form. Space is limited.