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OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online is a Web-based electronic journals service. Electronic Collections Online enables libraries to assemble, circulate, manage, and archive large collections of academic and professional journals on the World Wide Web. The Electronic Collections Online database now contains more than 1 million journal articles in 3,895 electronic journals from 64 publishers.

Electronic Collections Online provides full-image journal articles (predominantly in PDF format) on a wide variety of subject matter. A database on the OCLC FirstSearch service, Electronic Collections Online serves as a source of full text that is linked to citations in over 35 other FirstSearch databases to support widespread access to libraries' electronic journal content. A complete list of all publishers and journals included in the database is available at <http://www2.oclc.org/oclc/fseco/index.asp>.

Electronic Collections Online lets libraries subscribe to individual journals and provide access to them for their end users through a single Web interface. The interface supports cross-journal searching and extensive browsing. Users can retrieve abstracts and full-text articles for the journals in their library's collection. They can retrieve article citations for journals not subscribed to.

Articles in 1,294 journals from 24 publishers in the Electronic Collections Online database are now available for purchase on an individual article, per-use basis. A list of publishers and journals currently available through this purchase option is available at <http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/documentation/pappublishers.htm>.

Also, OCLC provides libraries with journal-level usage statistics, support for group purchases, and archiving that includes ongoing access to volumes and issues published while a subscription was active--even if the subscription has been canceled.

Publishers participating in Electronic Collections Online have agreed to an archive stored at OCLC, enabling you to reallocate the money you would have otherwise spent to maintain paper archives of your journal collections. As a subscriber, your library is entitled to ongoing access to all of the journals it has subscribed to through Electronic Collections Online. In addition, OCLC maintains an off-site archive of all journal content available through the service.

For more information about OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, see <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/menu/eco.htm> where you will find the following and more:

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Now you can have Web-based access to an enhanced version of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) database through WebDewey or to the 13th abridged edition of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) database through Abridged WebDewey.

WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey offer the following features:

Key features of WebDewey include:

Abridged WebDewey also includes mappings between abridged Dewey numbers and subject headings from the latest edition of H.W. Wilson's Sears List of Subject Headings.

WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey are updated quarterly. Both services contain the latest version of the schedules, tables, Manual, and Relative index entries (print and electronic) from the respective enhanced DDC databases. The hierarchical displays in WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey feature updated main class and division captions (e.g., 700 Arts; 790 Sports, games & entertainment).

The next quarterly update is scheduled for July 2002.

Both WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey are available on an annual subscription basis. You may start your subscription at any time of year.

For more information about WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey, see <http://www.oclc.org/dewey/products/Webdewey/about.htm> where you will find the following and more:
Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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As a result of input received from networks and members about the pros and cons of electronic vs. printed documentation, OCLC changed the distribution policy for documentation, effective July 1, 2002. OCLC encourages libraries to use electronic copies available from the OCLC Web site whenever possible. OCLC will make several changes to the way they present documentation on the OCLC Web site to make it more useful and accessible.

Printed User Guides and Technical Bulletins
Previously, OCLC automatically sent printed copies of new editions, revisions, and technical bulletins to those who already have them. Beginning July 1, that policy changed. Before publication, OCLC will send a Documentation Update Notice to current holders of specific titles announcing the availability of both the printed and Web versions. One no-charge copy of new editions will continue to be available to those who need a printed copy from OCLC. If you need any printed copies, you MUST order them. OCLC will bill for additional copies that are purchased. The printed technical bulletins can be ordered as a series rather than as individual documents.

Reference Cards
OCLC will continue to distribute reference cards to all users of the related services.

FirstSearch Documentation
OCLC will no longer distribute printed copies of the "FirstSearch Databases" notebook and "Managing FirstSearch". These will continue to be available from the OCLC Web site, and libraries can print them in whole or in part. OCLC will expand the information on the database Web pages and make them easier to print and customize.

OCLC will continue to distribute printed copies of the "FirstSearch Databases" list.

First items affected by change
The first items to be affected by the policy change are the "Participating Institutions by Institution Name" and the "Participating Institution by Symbol supplement" list and the technical bulletin series. In May, OCLC mailed Documentation Update Notices to members for these three items. Distribution of printed copies of Participating Institutions is scheduled for early August. If you want to receive a copy, you must order it.

OCLC also mailed Documentation Update Notices for the technical bulletin series. If you want to receive a printed copy of technical bulletins as they are published, you must order the series.

Subscribe to the new listserv, DOCupdate-L, if you want to learn of new and revised documentation added to OCLC's Web site.

Send an e-mail message to <listserv@oclc.org> with "subscribe DOCupdate-L [your name]" in the body of the message. Do not enter the brackets. This list is for announcements only; it is not a discussion list.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Meeting at OCLC in Dublin May 19-21, the OCLC Members Council elected Larry Alford and Ian Mowat to the OCLC Board of Trustees and ratified amendments to OCLC's governance structure to facilitate broader participation in its cooperative by more libraries and institutions around the world.

"The changes in the governance structure establish new membership categories that recognize the contributions members make to the cooperative," said Jerry Stephens, President of the OCLC Members Council. "The end result will be a stronger OCLC, with many more opportunities for contribution and with all contributors participating in and charting the cooperative's future."

Elected to six-year terms on the OCLC Board of Trustees on May 19 were: Larry Alford, Deputy University Librarian, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Ian Mowat, Librarian, Edinburgh University, United Kingdom.

Delegates elected Bob Seal, University Librarian, Mary Couts Burnett Library, Texas Christian University, as vice president/president elect for 2002-2003; he will serve with Members Council President Kristin Senecal, Assistant Director, Technical Services, Waidner-Spahr Library, Dickinson College. Elected as delegates-at-large to the Members Council Executive Committee were: Maggie Farrell, Dean of University Libraries, University of Wyoming; Charles Kratz, Director, Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton; and Vickey Johnson, Director of Libraries, Sunnyvale (California) Public Library.

Jay Jordan, President and CEO, OCLC, updated delegates on OCLC's plans and activities. "We are moving into one of the most exciting periods in OCLC's history," he said. "With new membership alternatives, new database technology and capabilities for WorldCat, and new services in digital preservation and access, our cooperative is poised to add even more value for more libraries around the world."

Phyllis Spies, Vice President, Library Services for the Americas, led a discussion on future OCLC pricing directions. "OCLC is a nonprofit cooperative, not a commercial vendor," she stated. "We are not driven to maximize profit, but rather to focus on our public purposes and mission." The delegates agreed that OCLC must price its services to remain financially viable at the same time that it must continue to focus on reducing the rate of rise of library costs.

The delegates also convened in small group discussions to address a variety of library-related topics.

On May 20, a Webcast to the general library community included presentations on netLibrary, OCLC PICA, and Members Council President Jerry Stephens' review of the year.

Rich Rosy, Vice President, netLibrary, reviewed progress that has been made since its acquisition by OCLC in January. netLibrary has added some 4,300 titles in the past 10 months and now provides more than 42,000 copyrighted titles from 315 publishers, 88 percent of which have been published since 1990. About 7,300 libraries presently use netLibrary eBook content and tools. In the near future, users will be able to link from FirstSearch to netLibrary eBooks. "We want to get a steady flow of content and work with you to get integrated into library workflows," said Mr. Rosy. "We also intend not only to listen more to libraries, but to hear what they are saying."

Rein van Charldorp, who in April became Managing Director, OCLC PICA, and Janet Lees, Director, Northern Europe, OCLC PICA, briefed Members Council on activities in Europe. OCLC PICA will have offices in Birmingham, United Kingdom; Leiden, the Netherlands; and Paris, France, to serve libraries in northern, western and southern Europe. Central software development and support will be based in Leiden. "OCLC PICA wants to participate in the global cooperative and give our members the opportunity to participate," said Dr. Charldorp.

Ms. Lees noted that "European libraries face the same challenges in today's increasingly digital age as libraries around the world, with the added challenge that Europe has some of the oldest cultural print collections in the world and faces enormous preservation and access issues." OCLC PICA intends to build a European node (EUCAT) in the global library cooperative that will link to WorldCat and other knowledge hubs around the world.

In his review of the 2001-2002 Members Council accomplishments, Mr. Stephens noted that it had been an historic year in which Council helped set the stage by which OCLC can be more nimble and respond more quickly to changes in the environment. "To you my fellow delegates, this year you have said in a very positive way, '"We can make a difference. Ask us and we will help,'" he said. "In fact, in many cases you have not waited to be asked, you have answered the unasked question... You leave a legacy of change, of openness, of consensus building through healthy disagreement, of respect for one another and of accomplishment."

The 66-delegate Members Council voted unanimously to ratify amendments to OCLC's Articles of Incorporation and Code of Regulations adopted by the OCLC Board of Trustees that redefined membership and contribution and established a mechanism for annual review of membership requirements and apportionment of delegates. The vote culminated work that began in 2000 with the first study of OCLC's governance structure since 1977. Of the 42,000 libraries that participate in the OCLC cooperative, approximately 9,500 qualify as members under the 1977 rules, which defined contribution as input into WorldCat of all current cataloging and holdings information.

The new definition of contribution, which is the basis for calculating the apportionment of delegates to the Members Council, has been expanded. It now is defined as "intellectual resources provided and shared by libraries and other institutions through the products and services of OCLC and its affiliates for the benefit of the other members of the cooperative."

There are now two levels of membership and one of participation in OCLC.

"Governing Members" contractually agree to contribute all their current cataloging to WorldCat, in addition to any other form of intellectual contribution to the cooperative. They receive credits for their contributions and elect delegates to Members Council, which in turn elects members of the OCLC Board of Trustees.

"Members" contractually agree to contribute some intellectual property to the cooperative through cataloging, interlibrary loan, digitization or reference, but not all their current cataloging. Staff from member institutions are eligible for election to Members Council.

"Participants" are institutions that use OCLC services, such as FirstSearch, and do not contribute intellectual property to the cooperative. While participants do not have a direct vote in the affairs of the cooperative, they are encouraged to communicate with their respective networks and service centers and Members Council delegates.

A newly established Standing Joint Committee on Membership will meet at least once a year to review membership and contribution guidelines.

The first Members Council elected under the new governance structure will take its seat in October 2004.

This was the last of three meetings of Members Council in 2001-2002. The first meeting of the 2002-2003 Members Council will be October 20-22, 2002, in Dublin, Ohio, with new Members Council President Kristin Senecal presiding.

About Members Council
The 66-delegate Members Council supports OCLC's mission by serving as the key discussion forum and communications link between member libraries, regional networks and other partners, and OCLC management. By providing a channel for recommendations and questions from Members Council delegates, approving changes in the Code of Regulations, and electing six members of the Board of Trustees, Members Council helps shape the future direction of OCLC.


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Nonprofit receives grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support public access to technology

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today awarded OCLC Online Computer Library Center a three-year, $9 million grant to build a Web-based, public access computing portal for public libraries and other organizations that provide open access to information. The new portal will build on the foundation's five-year-old U.S. Library Program, which is providing computers with Internet access to more than 10,000 libraries across the United States. "This award is indeed a great honor and we at OCLC, along with our grant partners, understand the significant responsibility it entails," said Jay Jordan, OCLC president and chief executive officer. "We view the portal as a place of continuous online collaboration and learning for public libraries and other nonprofit organizations whose mission includes open access to authoritative knowledge resources. It provides a wonderful opportunity to extend the OCLC library cooperative and continue the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's important mission of helping public libraries and their patrons use computers and navigate the Internet."

To help bring widespread public access to information technologies, the portal will be designed to serve the ongoing needs of public libraries in managing hardware and software, implementing advanced applications, training staff and patrons, and delivering digital library services. It will leverage the installed computing base and trained population already established by the foundation's U.S. Library Program to develop a community of librarians who can share the resources and information necessary to provide ongoing public access computing. Content will serve five critical areas: continuing education, technical support, purchasing, capacity building and community building. The portal will host a range of services and tools, such as online tutorials, training modules, Web casting, message boards and expert assistance that will help libraries manage and enhance their programs.

"This new interactive Web site will be an invaluable tool for the thousands of libraries working to sustain public access computing stations," said Richard Akeroyd, executive director of Libraries and Public Access to Information for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "By providing free, online technical assistance, the site will help libraries of all sizes maintain and even grow their public workstations."

Marilyn G. Mason, a consultant specializing in strategic planning and management for public libraries, will be program director of the portal. Ms. Mason served as director of the Cleveland Public Library from 1986-1999 and director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library from 1981-1985. In 1979, she was director of the White House Conference on Library and Information Services, the largest White House Conference ever held in one place. In 2000, President Clinton appointed her to the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.

OCLC will work with four partners that collectively bring the research, evaluation, governance, e-learning and technology skills needed to successfully design, develop and operate the portal.

  • The Colorado State Library <www.cde.state.co.us/index_library.htm>, part of the Colorado Department of Education, encourages and supports the development of public, school, and college and university libraries to improve library services to the communities these libraries serve. CSL also develops and supports the Colorado Virtual Library providing access to library resources and quality Web resources state wide. In addition, CSL serves as a state documents depository, conducts research and manages libraries at state institutions. The state library will participate in the development of the portal through its communications with other state libraries and assist in the evaluation of the portal's program and initiatives.

  • The mission of the Benton Foundation <www.benton.org> is to advance a public interest vision for the digital age and to demonstrate the value of communications for solving social problems. Its focus is on accelerating digital opportunity for all people. The Benton Foundation will recommend governance and advisory structures for the portal. Benton will also bring to this project its extensive experience in Web site and portal development and implementation through such programs as the Digital Divide Network <www.digitaldividenetwork.org>, and OneWorld U.S. <www.oneworld.net/us>.

  • Isoph <www.isoph.com> develops hosted database applications for growing, sharing, and sustaining knowledge. Isoph will provide site design, e-learning course content and learning management systems and standards.

  • TechSoup <www.techsoup.org> is a comprehensive technology Web site just for nonprofits, powered by CompuMentor. This well-respected resource will provide content evaluation, management and syndication, community building and portal maintenance.

    About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Started in 1997, the U.S. Library Program was Bill and Melinda Gates' first major philanthropic venture. Since that time the program has made grants to more than 8,000 libraries. The program is dedicated to providing increased public access to computers, the Internet and digital information to library patrons in low-income communities throughout the United States. By the end of 2003, 10,000 libraries in 50 states will have benefited from the $250 million investment from the foundation.

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation <www.gatesfoundation.org> is dedicated to improving people's lives by sharing advances in health and learning with the global community. Led by Bill Gates' father, William H. Gates, Sr., and Patty Stonesifer, the Seattle-based foundation has an asset base of $24 billion.


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    Seventy-four new journals from ten publishers have been added to OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online. This brings the online total to 4,013. The number of publishers under contract is 69 and the number of journals under contract for distribution through OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online is over 4,100.

    Additional information about these titles, including ISSN, format and Print Subscriber Program status is available in "Electronic Collections Online Publishers and Journals" at <http://www2.oclc.org/oclc/fseco/index.asp>.

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    Beginning with May 2002, OCLC began offering discounts for new subscriptions to the database and journal featured in the OCLC FirstSearch Featured Database/Featured Publisher of the Month promotion.

    The discount for the Featured Database will vary, but will be at least 5%. We will announce the amount of the discount at the beginning of each month via FirstSearch-L. We will also offer $5.00 off the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online access fee for the Featured Publisher's journal.

    To receive the discount, libraries must subscribe by the fifth business day of the month following the one in which the database or journal is featured. Subscriptions must start on the first of the month following the one in which the database or journal is featured.

    Tam Dalrymple
    OCLC Cooperative Discovery Services


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    Featured Database for July 2002 is Library Literature

    Library Literature, produced by the H.W. Wilson Company, is available during July as the FirstSearch Featured Database of the Month. The database is available for searching at no charge from the FirstSearch Web site at <http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/databases/index.htm>.

    Library Literature is the definitive index in the library and information science fields. It indexes periodicals and monographs, and includes records for conference proceedings, library school theses, pamphlets, and book reviews.

    Featured Publisher for July 2002 is Palgrave Macmillan.

    Palgrave Macmillan <http://www.palgrave.com/> is the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online Featured Publisher for July 2002. Palgrave Macmillan's subject strengths are in the humanities, social sciences, business, computing and engineering. Its journal Urban Design International is available during July for searching at no charge from <http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/databases/index.htm>
    and also from <http://www2.oclc.org/oclc/fseco/frames/frames_pub.asp>.

    Please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665) with questions about discounts for the featured Database or Journal, or OCLC Support <http://www.oclc.org/support/> with general questions.

    To request trials of additional FirstSearch databases or Electronic Collections Online journals, please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665).

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    This article includes information for library staff in reference, interlibrary loan, collection development and systems.

    Please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665) with questions about these enhancements to the OCLC FirstSearch service.

    May 19 FirstSearch Enhancements:


    New Indexes in Advanced and Expert Search Screens
    Material Type Index
    The Material Type index (mt:/ mt=) can be used to search for subtypes of more broad material formats. Examples of material types to which a search can be limited include, but are not limited to DVD, VHS, CD, Newspapers, Music, Cassette, LP, and Non-music (to identify non-music sound recordings such as Books on Tape or recorded speeches). Users may also limit searches by other material characteristics or format subtypes. Additional content characteristics include Fiction, Juvenile and Thesis. New format subtypes include Large Print, Braille, Microform.

    Musical Composition Index
    The Musical Composition index (mc:) provides a way for WorldCat users to clearly define the exact type of musical composition they need within search statements. This index supports searching by categories of musical compositions such as ballads, blues, carols, country music or operas.


    More Than 4,000 Journals Online in OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online
    74 new journals have been added to Electronic Collections Online, bringing the total number of journals online to 4,013. There are now 67 publishers participating in Electronic Collections Online.

    Cited References and More Added to PsycINFO
    Researchers can now find records in the PsycINFO_1887 database on FirstSearch that cite a known author or title in addition to locating additional author and journal information. Hotlinks within the database connect users to the cited items that are available within PsycINFO_1887.

    The following new indexes in the Advanced and Expert search modes support this increased access to the PsycINFO_1887 database:

    In addition, PsycINFO_1887 now includes the following new fields and subfields: FIRSTSEARCH FUNCTIONALITY

    View Z39.50 catalogs from within FirstSearch
    OCLC has added an option through which FirstSearch will search Z39.50 library catalogs from records in the OCLC FirstSearch service and display this local holdings information within a FirstSearch record. This expands the existing option for libraries to establish links from FirstSearch to Web-based library catalogs for access to local holdings information. OCLC's implementation of this option goes beyond linking to an individual library's Web-based catalog by including library holdings of up to ten Z39.50 library catalogs within a FirstSearch record display. Library staff enables and manages the FirstSearch Z39.50 library catalogs display through a new Z39.50 Library Catalogs" area of the System Settings section of the FirstSearch administrative module.

    Outbound Linking to InfoTrieve
    FirstSearch administrators may now use the FirstSearch administrative module to activate a link that lets users order documents during a FirstSearch search session from Infotrieve, a full-text document supplier. When this purchase option is enabled, links appear in detailed records for citations for which the institution does not make full text available through the FirstSearch service. The default for linking to Infotrieve is OFF. If a library wants to provide Infotrieve access to its users, the FirstSearch administrator may enable the option in the Outbound Linking area of the Database Settings section of the administrative module.

    When a user clicks on the link labeled Order Article from Infotrieve, she will access the Infotrieve site from within FirstSearch. After creating a profile, the user may logon to Infotrieve to purchase the article with her personal credit card, and return to FirstSearch by clicking the Return button.

    Change in ISSN Holdings Linking
    Due to feedback received from users (including librarians and advisory committee members) about the way holdings are presented for serials in non-WorldCat databases on FirstSearch, OCLC has changed the way holdings information is linked. Holdings are now presented based on the presence of the ISSN in only the 022/a and the 776/x fields in WorldCat records. In databases such as ArticleFirst, FirstSearch will match holdings data with records based on the presence of an ISSN in the 773/x field. This change from the past practice of linking to previous and subsequent ISSNs should increase the accuracy of library holdings information that is presented to users of FirstSearch.

    June 23 FirstSearch Enhancements:


    New Default Display of Search Results
    The default display for results from WorldCat searches now features materials held by libraries. Most WorldCat search results now automatically display records with large numbers of library holdings before those records with fewer library holdings. When records for materials held by many libraries appear at the top of results lists, users will be more likely to identify materials held in their own library or another familiar library. Users may continue to rank search results using the previously available relevance or date options, or they may rank results by LIFO (last in/first out) order, which was the previous default display for WorldCat search results.

    Material Type Limits
    "Subtype limits" boxes are now included on WorldCat search screens to provide increased access to material formats in the Material Type index. The options to limit by material format subtype may be used either individually or combined in WorldCat searches. The new options to limit by subtype include Audience (Any Audience, Juvenile, Not Juvenile), Content (Any Content, Fiction, Not Fiction, Biography, Thesis/dissertation, Music, Non-music recording) and Format (Any Format, Large Print, Braille, Manuscript, Microform, Not microform, CD audio, Cassette recording, LP Recording, VHS tape/Videocassette, DVD video/Videodisc).

    Vernacular Display for Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Korean
    OCLC has added the display of Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Korean vernacular (native language) for records to which this information was included in the 880 field of the MARC record during cataloging. Searchers already using the Chinese or Japanese interfaces will automatically see vernacular displayed in WorldCat records because they have already set up access to the Unicode character set for FirstSearch. Searchers who wish to display vernacular from within the English, French or Spanish FirstSearch interfaces must enable the Unicode character set in "Options" (found on the lower left side of the FirstSearch interface).
    NOTE: Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5 or above or Netscape version 6 or above are required for viewing Unicode.


    New Electronic Collections Online Journals
    Eighty-nine new journals from fourteen publishers have been added to OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online. The new titles and their ISSNs are available at <http://www2.oclc.org/oclc/fseco/index.asp>.

    Cited References in PsycARTICLES Now Link to Records In PsycINFO_1887
    Libraries that subscribe to the PsycARTICLES database and the PsycINFO_1887 database will now be able to link from cited references in a full-text article in PsycARTICLES to the corresponding record in PsycINFO_1887. Links are present for articles cited as references in PsycARTICLES that are also indexed in the PsycINFO_1887 database.


    FirstSearch Administrative Module Navigation Changes
    The administrative module of the OCLC FirstSearch service has been changed to help FirstSearch administrators more easily locate the functions needed among a growing collection of customization options. Administrative options have been organized into categories that more clearly reflect their content: Account Information, Authentication/Access, Fulfillment, Resource Linking and Interface Display.  A new site map/print area will help users find and print individual sections of the module.

    Custom Library Links in FirstSearch Interface
    OCLC FirstSearch administrators can now add up to 3 links to external Websites to the FirstSearch interface. Once implemented, users click on library-defined links to obtain additional information from sites such as an Ask A Librarian service, a community resource or a Web search engine. Librarians may customize the text and/or icons for these links in the Interface Display section of their FirstSearch administrative module. In the FirstSearch interface, the links display on all FirstSearch screens just above the library logo in the lower left corner of the blue navigation bar. External Web Sites display within the FirstSearch framed interface.

    Christa Burns
    OCLC Member Services Coordinator
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    The QuestionPoint collaborative online reference service, developed jointly by the Library of Congress's Public Service Collections Directorate and OCLC, was released in June.

    QuestionPoint provides libraries with access to a growing collaborative network of reference librarians in the United States and around the world. Library patrons can submit questions at any time of the day or night through their library's Web site. The questions are answered online by qualified library staff from the patron's own library or may be forwarded to a participating library around the world.

    QuestionPoint offers libraries and library groups a powerful, inexpensive easy-to-use resource to provide and manage Web-based reference services. It can also be used in conjunction with existing Web-based reference services to add broader coverage and enhance reference resources. For more information on QuestionPoint, please visit their site at <http://www.questionpoint.org/>.

    Meredith Dean
    OCLC Cooperative Discovery Services

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    Resource Sharing  


    An enhancement to the ILL Web interface was successfully installed June 9, 2002. The enhancement transfers the bibliographic record's format information to the Verified field of the ILL request in addition to the existing bib information that is mapped to ILL fields. The same algorithm that identifies the format in the Short Bibliographic format display is used to create the [Format: xxxxxxx] text in the Verified field.

    Lenders will be able to immediately respond No or Conditional to requested items based on their format. Electronic books and serials will be easily identified.

    The format information is only available for records produced in the ILL Web interface at this time. The data will also display on records viewed in Passport that have been produced in the Web. We are in the process of developing this feature for the Passport interface and anticipate a July installation.


    Author Darnay, Arsen.
    Title The Karma Affair /
    Imprint New York : Ace, 1979,c1978.
    Series Ace Science fiction
    Verified OCLC [Format: Book]

    Title Pow Wow Times /
    Imprint Saskatoon : The College, [199-?]-
    Verified OCLC ISSN: 1203-8555 [Format: Serial]
    Title The amateur astronomer
    Imprint New York : J. Wiley, c2001.
    Verified OCLC [Format: Book Electronic]

    We hope this enhancement will help our lenders streamline their workflows by identifying non-circ items more quickly.

    Judith Carter & Cathy Kellum
    OCLC ILL Web Interface Managers

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    In response to user requests, OCLC has made the following change to the IFM Monthly detailed report.

    Beginning with the May IFM reports, a transaction count has been added to both the electronic text and spreadsheet report formats. In each Borrowing & Lending report, in addition to the "[Symbol] Monthly Total" for fees, we've added a "Monthly Count" that totals the number of transactions with that institution. In addition, there is a "Grand Total Count" under the "Grand Total All Institutions" to show the total number of Borrowing or Lending transactions represented by the total fees.

    For the Spreadsheet version, this enhancement added a new final column with the heading "Transaction Count."

    We hope you find this a useful enhancement to your IFM Monthly detailed report. This is a no-charge electronic report. If you aren't signed up to receive it, contact NEBASE, OCLC User and Network Support (800-848-5800), or refer to Chapter 19 of the OCLC Interlibrary Loan Service User Guide <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/ill/guide/index.htm> for instructions. (For more information on ILL Fee Management, read chapter 18.)

    Judith Carter
    OCLC ILL Service Product Manager

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    OCLC will replace the current Name-Address Directory during the next several months with a completely new Web-based system, the Policies Directory. The Policies Directory will continue to support summary level policies information and will also allow libraries to provide in-depth ILL policy and contact information. The Policies Directory will be available to both members and non members at no charge. The prototype for the Policies Directory was featured at this year's ALA Conference in Atlanta.

    Mark Tullos
    OCLC Product Management

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    OCLC is pleased to announce OCLC-Cat, a new electronic discussion list. OCLC-Cat will be dedicated to conversations and announcements about features, functions, and best practices using OCLC Cataloging products and services.

    OCLC-Cat will be an open discussion list, intended primarily as a forum for library staff using or interested in any OCLC Cataloging and Metadata products and services (WebDewey, Passport, CatME, CatExpress, Connexion, MARS, etc.).

    To join, please use the form at <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/forms/listserv.htm>.

    Note: If you were previously subscribed to CORC-L, that list was closed on June 28th. OCLC automatically moved all subscribers of CORC-L to OCLC-Cat. There is no need to re-subscribe to OCLC-Cat if you were previously subscribed to CORC-L.

    Christa Burns
    OCLC Member Services Coordinator
    Nebraska Library Commission

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    Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 3rd edition, is available in PDF on the OCLC Web site at <http://www.oclc.org/bibformats/>. Bibliographic Formats and Standards is a guide to the bibliographic information on records in WorldCat. It provides tagging conventions, input standards and guidelines for entering information.

    Distribution of the printed third edition began on June 28, 2002. The HTML version will be available on the OCLC Web site in July. The second edition will remain on the Web until the third edition is available in HTML.

    You may purchase additional printed copies (product code MAN8069) and additional binders (BIN8022). Send orders to <orders@oclc.org>.

    Lois Yoakam
    OCLC Documentation Department

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    The May enhancements were successfully installed on Sunday, May 26, 2002. This installation provides users with enhancements to existing CORC Digital Archive functionality, plus user confirmation message fixes (inappropriate wording, such as "replace" when "add" is what occurred) and other miscellaneous fixes.

    Although access to the Digital Archive through CORC is limited to six pilot participants and designated OCLC staff, this is to let CORC users know what was installed in May.

    For more information about the Digital Archive, please see <http://www.oclc.org/digitalpreservation/> or <http://www.oclc.org/digitalpreservation/archiving/wdda.shtm>.

    Browser Compatibility Information
    Currently, CORC and CatExpress work well with versions of Netscape 4.75, 4.76, 6.1 and 6.01 as well as Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 5.0 or 5.5, but not Netscape 6.0. IE 6.0 is still being tested for compatibility.

    Feedback about CORC is welcome. We recommend that you use the Contact Support feature in CORC to send both reports of problems and also suggestions for improvements. General information site for CORC: <http://www.oclc.org/corc>.

    After July 1, the CORC service will be known as OCLC Connexion.

    Susan Westberg
    OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Services Division

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    The Book House, Inc. and Book Wholesalers, Inc.

    The OCLC PromptCat service helps your library copy catalog more materials, place them on the shelves faster, and decrease backlogs. With PromptCat, bibliographic records from WorldCat arrive at the same time you receive materials from vendors. Visit these PromptCat vendor partners to learn how PromptCat can save you time.

    The Book House, Inc.<http://www.thebookhouse.com/> one of the many active PromptCat vendors, strives to deliver any book in print, as soon as possible, from all publishers and distributors in the United States and Canada.

    Book Wholesalers, Inc. (BWI) <http://www.bwibooks.com/index.php> is a children and young adult book vendor that provides a full range of high quality services to the Public Library.

    For more information about the OCLC PromptCat service, please contact Robin Buser, OCLC PromptCat Library Liaison, <buserr@oclc.org>, 800-848-5878, ext. 5213 (US & Canada).

    Beth Fogler
    OCLC Metadata Standards & Quality

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    OCLC is pleased to announce the name for the new OCLC cataloging service!

    OCLC Connexion
    Integrated Cataloging and Metadata services

    Connexion (pronounced "connection") is the newest member of the OCLC Cataloging and Metadata services family. It integrates the functionality previously provided through CORC and CatExpress, as well as many of the features of the OCLC Cataloging service. The name "Connexion" was chosen to reflect the essence of collaboration that continues to be at the center of OCLC Cataloging services. The new service provides a connection to WorldCat, to other OCLC services, and to other librarians through the process of shared cataloging.

    The Connexion site at <http://www.oclc.org/connexion/> has been installed, and will continue to grow. The cataloging migration site at <http://www.oclc.org/services/collections/migration/>has been updated to include the OCLC Connexion brochure, updated timeline, and a new features spreadsheet.

    On June 30, 2002, all CORC functionality became part of OCLC Connexion. The OCLC Connexion June 2002 installation included several enhancements to the service.

    Changes to the user interface included the option for users to save their authorization or authorization and password for faster, automatic logon. Consistent Menu Navigation tab, button and drop-down features provide standard views. Features such as a "More" tab accommodate varying screen sizes. Additional Topics and Useful links are accessible by selecting the "Home" button from any screen. Additional features including a "Go" button that can be used as an alternative drop-down menu option and an enlarged Navigation menu toolbar are examples of options to accommodate persons with disabilities. The "GO" button contains select boxes as an alternative to the default "click-and-go" jumping.

    New WorldCat search boxes have been added. There is a "Search" button that will enable users to use the Command Line Search to perform Numeric, Derived, Keyword, or Scan Title searches. Users have the option to use separate search boxes for Keyword Search, Numeric Search, or Derived Search. In addition, a "Browse" button has been added to provide users with the Browse (Scan Title) WorldCat search.

    The Action menu in edit mode for bibliographic records includes options for Produce and Alternate Produce to enable users to receive catalog cards and Accessions Lists. Produce and Alternate Produce will not be available on the Express interface. All of the Alternate Produce options: Ad Produce, All Produce and Extra Cards are available in the new interface. There will be no changes to the offline products.

    Users will no longer deal with a long scrolling screen to set up display options for various service components. With this enhancement, the process to set up user preferences and options is guided by the drop-down menu and hyperlinks that are organized in the layer mode.

    Users are allowed to select service components, customize the interface navigation bar, set the session timer, and re-define keystroke shortcuts mapping in General Options under Preferences.

    For those authorized and selected components that are displayed as Service tabs in the navigation bar, users are able to set up preferences for record display and functional options by changing the system default. While customizing the interface for Cataloging, users may choose to hide the Browse WorldCat Option.

    User Information display linked to Contact Support has been re-arranged into a single page with editable cells for quick update work.

    The command and message terminology has been updated. The goal is to make sure that the terminology used in the cataloging interface is consistent, clear, and easily understood by all users. Areas covered by this enhancement include navigation bar commands, drop down menu commands, buttons, and on-screen instructions. This enhancement currently applies to Cataloging and Authorities only.

    Keystroke equivalents have been added that will allow users to move easily between screens and to do common commands without the use of the mouse. Navigation shortcuts allow users to call up search screens (WorldCat Search, WorldCat Browse, etc.). Command equivalents allow users to save records, display holdings, update and produce records, control all headings, as well as other record-level functions. Users are able to re-assign the command keystroke equivalents to reflect their own preferences. Note: these keystroke equivalents replace the shortcuts used previously with CORC. They are not used in Pathfinders, Dewey Services, or CatExpress.

    Libraries who subscribe to CatExpress or who use it as an interface option now have the ability to receive their MARC records through an export function. The export file is built in real time when the user clicks on "Save to Catalog". Libraries using CatExpress as an interface option can also export records without setting holdings. The system will prompt at either logon or logoff if a file is available for downloading. This does not affect pricing for CatExpress subscribers. Note: CatExpress will be accessed through the "Express" tab.

    This installation also included the WebDewey/Abridged WebDewey Quarterly Update.

    The June 30, 2002 installation requires no changes to hardware, software, or access requirements. Normal Access and User Support fees apply when using OCLC Connexion. Support will continue to be provided by OCLC Regional Service Providers, OCLC User & Network Support, and OCLC subject matter experts. Documentation for OCLC Connexion will resemble CORC documentation in format, scope, and detail. The new documentation will include revised/updated content from CORC documentation and extensive new material.

    Susan Walker
    OCLC [edited]

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