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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 one 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 <>.

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 in a spreadsheet format at <>.

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 <> where you will find the following and more:

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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You are invited to participate in an OCLC Members Council live broadcast from your workstation on Monday, May 20th at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The web cast will be 2 hours and include the following presentations:

11:00 - 11:05 AM Welcome and Introductions
Jerry Stephens, President, OCLC Members Council

11:05 - 11:25 AM netLibrary: Business Plan
Robert Kaufman, President, netLibrary

11:25 - 11:45 AM Questions & Discussion with Robert Kaufman and Cathy De Rosa,
OCLC Vice President, Corporate Marketing
Moderated by Kristin Senecal, Vice President, Members Council

11:45 - 12:00 PM Members Council President's Report
Jerry Stephens, President, OCLC

12:00 - 12:25 PM OCLC PICA: Business Plan
Rein van Charldorp, Managing Director, OCLC PICA

12:25 - 12:45 PM Questions and Discussion with Rein van Charldorp and Janet Lees,
Executive Director, OCLC Europe, the Middle East, & Africa
Moderated by Ian Mowat, Members Council Executive Committee

12:45 - 1:00 PM Recognition of Departing Delegates - Jay Jordan, OCLC President
Conducted by Jerry Stephens

Register for the web cast at: <>.

The OCLC Members Council web cast is available to the staffs of all libraries. Please distribute this information to colleagues and friends. Please register individually for the web cast so that we are able to support the live web stream with enough bandwidth.

For more information concerning OCLC Members Council please visit our web site at: <>.

Thank you from OCLC, and enjoy the web cast!

Anna Grassbaugh
OCLC Members Council

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These OCLC web information sessions will include a live, FREE presentation that you will access via the web, with audio available via a conference call. You will be able to submit questions you have at any time during the presentation.

Space for these web information sessions is limited, so please register early. To register, send the following information via e-mail to <>: (1) session name, (2) session date, (3) your name and title, (4) institution name, and (5) your e-mail and phone number.

Details for logging on to the web information sessions will be sent after you register. To optimize your experience, you will need access to the web during the session, as well as a telephone with a mute button. Additionally, if several staff in your library want to attend, we recommend a telephone with both speaker and mute functionality.

Learn how to develop your non-English collections affordably!

OCLC Language Sets make it easy and affordable to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population of library users. We make it simple to start or expand your current collection of materials in the following languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, and Spanish. Libraries who wish to order OCLC Language Sets do not have to be members of OCLC. The sets are available to both OCLC member and nonmember libraries.

Choose from separate collections for children and adults in several sizes of pre-selected sets for each language. You can order just one set or add sets on a regular basis at a budget-friendly, fixed price. In addition to carefully selected current titles, you receive the added value of full OCLC cataloging for all materials.

What we do for you:

Upcoming OCLC Language Sets Web Information Session:
Thursday, June 6 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST

Learn how to give your patrons improved access to your entire collection

Join us to learn more about OCLC's customized cataloging solutions -OCLC Contract Services and the OCLC MARC Record Service (OCLC MARS). OCLC Contract Services -OCLC TechPro and OCLC RetroCon- offer a complete range of cataloging and conversion services for all types of collections. We provide contract cataloging and physical processing for materials in all bibliographic formats and about 40 languages, for both long- and short-term solutions.

OCLC Contract Services let you add an experienced team of catalogers to your staff at a price you can afford. You can improve your users' search results by providing a complete and upgraded online catalog, with all of your records in full MARC format. Our services free your staff for higher priorities within your library, while giving your users access to your entire collection -even those you haven't yet found time to catalog.

To complement these services, we offer the OCLC MARC Record Service (MARS), providing authority control, bibliographic record upgrading, smart barcode number generation, ongoing authority updating and notification services, and record enrichment with tables of contents. And, if you're currently considering a change to a new local system, the time is right for you to consider authority control.

Upcoming OCLC Contract Services Web Information Session:
Thursday, June 6 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST

Learn how you can improve your library's ILL efficiency

Plan to attend a web information session to learn more about OCLC ILLiad, your complete ILL management tool. Imagine having a new interlibrary loan management tool that allows your users to get the materials they need more quickly, while you eliminate all of those paper files that your library currently maintains. With OCLC ILLiad, your staff saves time by managing all your library's borrowing, lending, and document delivery through a single, Microsoft Windows-based staff interface. And, now that OCLC ILLiad is ISO-ILL compliant, you can transmit and receive ILL requests from other ISO-ILL compliant services.

For more information on OCLC ILLiad, please visit the web site at <>.

Upcoming OCLC ILLiad Web Information Sessions:
During the first hour, you will view a demonstration and listen to a discussion of OCLC ILLiad; the last 30 minutes will be devoted to answering your questions.

Wednesday, May 1 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. EST
Thursday, June 6 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Learn how to build your e-journal collection - with the assurance of long-term, secure archiving.

Join us to learn more about OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online -an e-journal solution for libraries like yours. OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, a database on the OCLC FirstSearch service, lets you build and offer your users a collection of academic and professional journals with the assurance of long-term, secure archiving. Your users will appreciate how easily they can search across journals, view journals by publisher, retrieve articles from those journals to which you subscribe, and do much more.

Electronic Collections Online offers access to more than 3,800 academic and professional journals with full-image articles from 64 publishers. Journals cover a wide range of topics - from science, medicine, and technology to business, economics, humanities, theology, and social sciences.

For more information on Electronic Collections Online, please visit <>.

Upcoming OCLC Electronic Collections Online Web Information Session:
Wednesday, May 1 12:00- 1:00 p.m. ET

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEW! Discounts for New Subscribers
Beginning with May 2002, OCLC will offer 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.

Featured Database for May 2002 is AGRICOLA, with a 10% discount for new subscriptions starting June 2002.

AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access), a bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the U.S. National Agricultural Library and its cooperators, is the FirstSearch Featured Database of the Month for May 2002. The database is available for searching at no charge from the FirstSearch web site at <>.

AGRICOLA indexes publications and resources covering all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, including animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, farming and farming systems, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, and earth and environmental sciences.

Featured Publisher for May 2002 is International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry; $5 off access fee for new subscriptions to Pure and Applied Chemistry starting June 2002.

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (<>) is the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online Featured Publisher for May 2002. IUPAC serves to advance the worldwide aspects of the chemical sciences and to contribute to the application of chemistry in the service of Mankind. Its journal, Pure and Applied Chemistry, is available during May for searching at no charge from <> and also from <>.

Please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665) or OCLC User and Network Support (800-848-5800 or <>) with questions.

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

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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In order to provide more comprehensive searching, the WorldCat and NetFirst databases on FirstSearch now include hotlinks to the Library of Congress classification number and the Dewey Decimal Classification number. Librarians and users of FirstSearch may click these links to launch searches by classification number in order to find material on similar subjects as the current record.

OCLC has implemented a "More Like This" search feature in WorldCat on FirstSearch. Librarians and users of WorldCat on FirstSearch will now be able to search the uniform title and author through a "More Like This" link in the detailed record of an item found in WorldCat. This will display a list of WorldCat records for additional versions of the same title, from which users can select the most appropriate version for their needs.

FirstSearch users can be sure their work is uninterrupted now that a session timeout alert feature is available in the user search interface of the OCLC FirstSearch service.

A counter labeled "Session timeout" that shows the time remaining in the current search session displays in the lower left corner of the screen. When the timeout approaches, the message "Your FirstSearch session will soon end" appears in a pop-up window. The user can then click the button in the window labeled "Extend my time" to restart the counter and extend the search session.

Forty-four new journals from 19 publishers were added to Electronic Collections Online, bringing the total number of journals online to 4,939. Journals from the new publishers Berkeley Electronic Press, Gordon and Breach, and Martin Dunitz are among those now available. Details about Electronic Collections Online journals are available at <>.

Expanded Books in Print database
The Books in Print (BooksInPrint) database on the OCLC FirstSearch service has been reloaded to provide expanded content and enhanced indexing. Books in Print now contains over four million records of bibliographic information for in-print, out-of-print, and forthcoming books, audios and videos, with optional reviews. Records now include expanded publisher and distributor information. Books in Print with reviews includes over 680,000 full-text book reviews from sources including Choice, Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal.

INSPEC enhancements
The INSPEC database on FirstSearch now provides linking to library holdings, the OCLC interlibrary loan service and to articles in Electronic Collections Online journals and other FirstSearch databases, to help users more quickly find the materials they identify in INSPEC searches.

Libraries may now establish separate passwords for access to their FirstSearch administrative module and their online usage statistics for the OCLC FirstSearch service. This will allow FirstSearch administrators to maintain control over administrative module changes while providing more widespread access among library staff to usage statistics that are used to determine future purchases and library instruction needs.

A single password now provides access to both the FirstSearch administrative module and the online usage statistics. Using the System Settings area of the administrative module, library staff may now set a separate password for use with the statistics resource. A new statistics password will be in effect on the day following its entry in the administrative module.

Please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665) or OCLC User and Network Support (800-848-5800 or <>) with questions about these enhancements to the OCLC FirstSearch service.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC and EBSCO have successfully implemented linking from EBSCOhost to library holdings in WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) on FirstSearch.

In furthering OCLC's global strategic initiative to "weave libraries into the web," giving libraries greater visibility and expanding the availability of WorldCat for information seekers, OCLC has implemented a partnership with EBSCO. Libraries with subscriptions to both OCLC and EBSCOhost can enable a link to allow users of EBSCOhost to search WorldCat for journal or book holdings at their local library.

This feature has been added to the administrative functions of EBSCO's EBSCOhost in the advanced ILS screen of EBSCOAdmin. Step-by-step instructions are available at:
<>. Alternately, a library may contact EBSCO Publishing Tech Support at: 1-800-758-5995, Fax: (978) 356-7332 or <> and an EBSCO representative will establish linking for your library.

Once enabled, a user viewing the detailed citation in an EBSCO database can scroll to the bottom of the citation and click on an OCLC WorldCat logo to view WorldCat holdings in a new browser window. A user will be taken to a brief record result of the item, enter a zip code and then view library holdings for that item near their location.

This alliance gives libraries greater visibility and expands the availability of WorldCat for information seekers.

The first steps in this program included links from FirstSearch to the Alibris, and the Antiquarian Booksellers of America web sites. Since that time, OCLC has also signed partnerships with: Bowker and Gale Group's InfoTrac. Links to these partners from the OCLC FirstSearch service will be implemented in the upcoming months. Partnerships allow libraries that use the FirstSearch service to offer a wider range of services and materials to their users by seamlessly providing online access to partner services.

OCLC Reference

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CORC Pathfinders are electronic subject bibliographies - consolidated, topic oriented lists created by librarians, containing links to selected electronic resources and references to non-electronic materials. OCLC members with full cataloging authorization can access the database of Pathfinders and the toolset.

It was announced in May 2001 that all fees associated with Pathfinder activities including Pathfinder search, add, link use, and storage would be suspended until July 1, 2002. Since that time, OCLC has implemented nearly 30 user-requested enhancements to the OCLC Pathfinders toolset and conducted assessments that included feedback from Pathfinder Advisory Group members and others.

OCLC has decided to continue the suspension of Pathfinder related charges through September 2002. This suspension of charges will allow OCLC to take a careful look at the current Pathfinder model and determine the best pricing model for the future. Libraries can create, store, search, clone, modify and export nearly 2,000 Pathfinders, that may or may not include dynamic links to OCLC bibliographic records with 856 fields, at no cost.

For more information on Pathfinders, please visit the web site at <>.
To access Pathfinders in CORC, use your cataloging authorization and log on at: <>.

Here are some Pathfinders resources that you may find beneficial:

1. Using Enhanced Pathfinders: an OCLC Tutorial - a free online interactive tutorial :<>.

2. Enhancements: Access the archived system enhancement announcements on CORC-L:

September Enhancements: <>.
August Enhancements <>.
July Enhancements: <>.

For more information, contact NEBASE at 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665 or OCLC User and Network Support at 800-848-5800 or <> or use the Contact option while logged on to CORC.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commissi

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The OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online database, available through the OCLC FirstSearch service, now contains more than one million journal articles in 3,895 electronic journals from 64 publishers.

On March 11, an article from Advances in Computational Mathematics, from Kluwer Academic Publishers, was the one millionth journal article added to Electronic Collections Online.

"This is a significant milestone because it illustrates OCLC's commitment to adding content and value to the Electronic Collections Online database," said Lori Saviers, director, Product Marketing & Licensing, OCLC Cooperative Discovery Services. "OCLC continues to listen to librarians and is responding with a wide range of journals that will help libraries satisfy the information needs of their users."

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 on the OCLC web site <>.

Several publishers have recently added journals to Electronic Collections Online for the first time:

Fairmont Press <>, founded in 1973, is a multi-national publisher offering professional books and technical journals on energy and facility management topics. Fairmont publications cover energy engineering and management, power generation, alternative energy, energy purchasing, HVAC and lighting efficiency, boiler and steam system optimization, building and plant maintenance, facility operations and management, indoor air quality, cooling and wastewater treatment, and more.

Imprint Academic <> publishes books and journals in philosophy, history, politics, psychology and consciousness studies. The company was founded in 1980, and is based in Exeter, United Kingdom. Imprint Academic books are distributed in the United States by the Philosophy Documentation Center.

Indiana University Press <> is recognized internationally as a leading academic publisher specializing in the humanities and social sciences. In addition to producing 13 journals, Indiana University Press produces more than 150 new books annually and maintains a backlist of some 1,800 titles. Major subject areas include African, African American, Asian, cultural, gender, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Russian and East European, and women's studies, film, folklore, history, medical ethics, music, paleontology, philanthropy, philosophy, religion, semiotics, and theater and drama.

OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) <> publications offer the latest international thinking and analysis on today's most challenging economic, social and policy issues. With more than 250 new titles per year (in both English and French), more than 3,500 paperbacks, and more than 700 electronic publications to offer, OECD publications form one of the most important sources of reliable, comparative and recent data in the world. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development groups 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. With active relationships with some 70 other countries, non-governmental organizations and civil society, it has a global reach.

World Scientific <>, based in Singapore, is one of the leading scientific publishers in the world and the largest international scientific publisher in the Asia Pacific region. The company publishes approximately 400 titles and more than 70 journals each year in various fields.

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. "This option gives libraries more freedom to choose and control access to some of their electronic journals," said Ms. Saviers.

A list of publishers and journals currently available through this purchase option is available at <>.

More information about titles available in Electronic Collections Online, including ISSN, format and Print Subscriber Program status, is available on the Electronic Collections Online Publishers and Journals web page <>.

FirstSearch is designed for people who use libraries and requires no training or online search experience. FirstSearch provides access to more than 70 databases, including OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online and more than 50 databases that either contain full text or deliver full text through links to other FirstSearch databases. FirstSearch also links to the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service. The OCLC FirstSearch service came online in 1991. More information about FirstSearch, including a guided tour, is available on OCLC's web site <>.


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Order per-search access to the OCLC FirstSearch service today, before new prices take effect on July 1, 2002.

With per-search pricing, you pay by the search and purchase blocks of 500 searches in advance. Per-search pricing provides virtually unlimited simultaneous logon access to nearly 60 databases. The searches you buy under the open per-search pricing option are valid for two years from the date of purchase.

Take advantage of today's low search prices by contacting NEBASE before June 20 to order your searches. If you would like to place an order before the price change goes into effect, please contact Jeannette Powell at 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, or e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC's first partner in outbound linking is JSTOR (<>), another non-profit organization that maintains an archive of scholarly journal articles to which many academic libraries and consortia have subscriptions. JSTOR now includes five collections: Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, Business, Ecology & Botany, and General Science. JSTOR's archive complements and extends the full-text coverage of OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online and other databases available on FirstSearch.

Outbound linking allows users of OCLC FirstSearch databases that index articles in periodicals available on other services to retrieve full text from those services without leaving the FirstSearch interface.

There is no additional charge for the linking service, but institutions and groups must subscribe to JSTOR content and provide either subscription or per-search access to the linked FirstSearch databases to take advantage of the links. Institutions will be able, via the FirstSearch administrative module, to activate the JSTOR collections to which they subscribe. All JSTOR collections will be turned OFF by default in the administrative module, and institutions will be responsible for turning ON the ones they wish to make accessible from FirstSearch.

When a user clicks on the JSTOR link that appears in a detailed record retrieved in a FirstSearch database search results set, JSTOR authenticates that user based on IP address. FirstSearch determines if the user's library has permission to see the JSTOR article, and, if it does, displays it within the familiar FirstSearch frame. When finished reading the article, the user can return to searching by clicking the Return button in the FirstSearch frame.

Outbound linking complements the other types of linking available through FirstSearch by giving institutions another way to leverage the electronic content they provide, making it easy for their users to get to full-text articles they need.

Please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665) with questions about outbound linking from FirstSearch databases to JSTOR.

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PsycARTICLES, the American Psychological Association's full-text article database, is now available via the OCLC FirstSearch service. It includes searchable full-text articles from 42 peer-reviewed journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and allied organizations. Topics include general psychology and specialized basic, applied, clinical and theoretical research in psychology.

By delivering online full-text articles, the PsycARTICLES database makes it easy, efficient, and quick for researchers to get the high-quality information they want. The PsycARTICLES database will help FirstSearch users find more full-text articles when using FirstSearch bibliographic databases that have been linked to its content, such as PsycINFO_1887 and PsycFIRST.

Coverage initially includes articles from 1999, 2000 and 2001 and will eventually be from 1988 to the present for most of the journals. The American Psychological Association plans to add years to the PsycARTICLES backfile on an ongoing basis. PsycARTICLES provides access to all of the articles, as well as errata and letters to the editor, in the journals it includes.

PsycARTICLES will be available by subscription only. Pricing for individual institutions will be by custom quote. Please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665) if you are interested in a quote.

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A new listserv, NetFirst-L, distributes newsletters featuring quality web sites identified by the NetFirst staff of librarians directly to your e-mail address 2 to 5 times a week. Best of all - NetFirst-L is available at no charge!

The NetFirst Calendar Planner is a free weekly selection of web resources highlighting holidays, people, and events from around the world related to a specific calendar week. These events are selected 90 days in advance to allow librarians and teachers the opportunity to incorporate them into timely activities and programs. Examples of the events include national holidays; birth anniversaries of famous scientists, artists, authors, and political leaders; and significant historical events.

NetFirst Hot Topics delivers to librarians, students, teachers and others, a selection of relevant web resources for some of the most compelling issues of the day. Recent topics include identity theft, immigration policy, Abu Sayyaf and violence in the workplace.

Now these same Calendar Planners and Hot Topics are available for convenient delivery via e-mail to subscribers' e-mail accounts via NetFirst-L.

The NetFirst Calendar Planners (<>) and NetFirst Hot Topics (<>) will remain available free of charge on the OCLC NetFirst web site.

In addition to NetFirst Hot Topics and Calendar Planners, NetFirst-L subscribers also will receive NetFirst-L exclusive mini-Hot Topics and occasional search tips or news regarding NetFirst.

You can subscribe to NetFirst-L here: <>. If you have questions about this listserv, please contact Julia Myers at <>.


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Resource Sharing  


Wahoo Public Schools
OCLC Symbol: WA$
William Beck, Librarian

Gibbon Public Library
OCLC Symbol: GB@
Darlene Catlin, Director

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

To view your NAD record using the Passport software, type :xxx <F11> (with "xxx" being your library's OCLC symbol) at the Home position. Remember, you must use the Passport software and be logged on with a full-level authorization for any OCLC service (Cataloging, ILL, Union List) to make any changes to your record. More information and detailed instructions can be found in these resources:
You cannot change some fields, such as your library's name. These changes must be changed by OCLC via a no-charge "profile change request." To request this change, send a letter or e-mail containing the details to NEBASE (402-471-3107, 800-307-2665) or email: Christa Burns. Changes usually take 4-6 weeks for completion in the OCLC system.

For assistance with other changes to your record, please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665) or OCLC User & Network Support at 1-800-848-5800 or via e-mail at <>.

Cathy Kellum
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The OCLC LDR Updating Service enables libraries to add or update copy-specific holdings data in OCLC's WorldCat Union List database through batch processing. This is outlined in the draft specifications, located on the web at <>, along with a brief overview of the service and other details regarding standards that must be used to create and submit records.

The OCLC Local Data Record Service Planning Guide, located on the web at <>, gives more detailed information about record requirements, procedures for initiating projects, and procedures for submitting files.

Following are general guidelines for libraries interested in pursuing batch processing of holdings via the LDR Updating Service:

1. The library's holdings information must be compliant with the MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data (MFHD) and the library or system vendor must be able to output a file of the holdings data compliant with the MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data (MFHD).

2. The library must have cataloged or "set holdings" in OCLC for each serial title to be loaded via LDRUS.

3. There are a number of fields that must be present in the record while some fields may be present depending on content. See the specifications document or the Planning Guide for field definitions.

4. Libraries must supply all holdings records associated with a specific bibliographic record even if there is a change to only one of the holdings records; each holdings record sent in the set of records for a specific bibliographic record must represent the holdings data for only one copy.

5. An OCLC bibliographic control number (OCLC#) must be present in the data submitted for batch processing.

The service is provided at no charge for the current fiscal year ending on June 30, 2002. Pricing for FY 2002/2003 has not yet been announced.

Cathy Kellum, Product Manager
LDR Updating Service


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OCLC is continuing to develop a web-based ILL statistics service that will allow libraries that subscribe to the OCLC ILL management statistics to view a series of graphical, pre-defined reports based on their OCLC ILL data.

OCLC is making a prototype of this web-based service available for our member libraries to review. The URL is:


You can simply click on the logon button; you do not need to enter an authorization or password. NOTE: The prototype will only operate correctly if you have Netscape version 4.0 or higher.

We have added a "comments" button on this prototype web site to solicit your feedback. We value your comments and suggestions regarding this new service from OCLC Resource Sharing. We will review your comments and suggestions and evaluate them for inclusion into the final product offering.

To learn more about the OCLC ILL Management Statistics please the URL below:


If you have any questions please contact me at: <>

Tony Melvyn
OCLC Reference and Resource Sharing

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The March CORC enhancements were successfully installed on Sunday, March 31, 2002.

The installation included the WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey quarterly updates; enhancements to the formatting of News items; and "real-time" updating of linked headings.

Both services now feature a new option, accessible by choosing General, Administration, Display/Update WebDewey [Abridged WebDewey] options, that allows users to specify their default Browse index.

The WebDewey database now includes all updates to Dewey Decimal Classification, Edition 21, through February 2002 (corrections, new developments, new built numbers, and additional electronic index terms). It will also include all editorially mapped LCSH/DDC (EM) from LC Subject Headings Weekly Lists through no. 38, 2001.

The Abridged WebDewey database now includes all updates to Abridged Edition 13 through February 2002 (corrections, new developments, new built numbers, and additional electronic index terms). It also includes selected editorially mapped LCSH/DDC (EM) from LC Subject Headings Weekly Lists through no. 38, 2001.

The formatting of News items now allows for paragraphs and spacing, making news items more readable.

If a heading in a resource record is linked (controlled) to an authority record, the text of the resource record heading will now be updated immediately whenever the 1xx heading in the authority record is modified in the database. This is a change from the previous method of updating, which was done nightly.

If a resource record is locked or is in the save file, the "real-time" update process will be delayed until after the resource record is unlocked or replaced, at which time any pending updates will be applied.

The April CORC enhancements were installed on Sunday, April 28, 2002.

The installation includes bibliographic workform enhancements, miscellaneous editing enhancements and fixes, user confirmation message enhancements, a hotlink addition in the News Area, and an additional link to the Pathfinder Tutorial.

The enhancements provide a choice of bibliographic workforms/blank records for both MARC and Dublin Core formats on the 'Create screen' instead of just defaulting to 'Books' or 'Text data'. This applies to the Resource Catalog and Resource Catalog Constant Data.

In the MARC Views, bibliographic workforms will now parallel the workforms used in the current cataloging system through Passport and CatME for the various record types or formats. These changes should provide for more flexibility in cataloging items other than electronic resources. The workforms will have appropriate defaults in the fixed and variable fields according to record type. This includes the use of the 'fill' character (represented in CORC by the 'bar' character) in certain fixed-field elements, variable field tags and indicator positions. Subfield code prompts will also appear in certain fields.

There are several fixed-field elements whose default values will change. Most will be obvious because the 'fill' will appear. A few will have new valid values as defaults. The most important change will be the default in Form, which is changing from 's' to 'blank'. Users cataloging electronic resources will need to add the value 's' when creating a record for an electronic resource. Value 's' will continue to be supplied in 'Form' automatically on records created from a URL via the Extractor. Other elements whose default values are changing include Type in Visual Materials, CrTp in Maps, S/L in Serials, Comp in Scores, DtSt in Serials, and Date2 in Dates.

For the variable fields, one change that will impact users cataloging electronic resources concerns the presence of the GMD in field 245. Books, Maps, Serials and Visual Materials formats will contain the subfield $h as a prompt, but the subfield $h will no longer contain the GMD '[electronic resource]'. Users will have to enter '[electronic resource]' in subfield $h. Scores and Mixed Materials will not contain the subfield $h prompt, but this does not preclude users from entering subfield $h and a GMD. Subfield $h [sound recording] will display in the Sound Recordings format and subfield $h [electronic resource] will continue to display in the Computer Files format.

For the MARC Views, a default or blank call number field and the default holding library field (049) will appear as prompts on all bibliographic workforms, cloned records and existing records. The default call number field will appear as field 055, 070, 080, 086, 090, 092, or 096 depending on the classification scheme tied to the user's authorization.

For the Dublin Core Text Area View, the number of default fields is being expanded to match the fields in the Dublin Core Template View.

A new action, 'Unedit Record', will be available in both the Resource Catalog and the Resource Catalog Save File. It parallels the action 'Cancel Changes'. If chosen, it cancels the changes made in the session, but returns the record to whichever Edit Mode was being used instead of returning to Display.

Another new action, 'Release Record Lock', will be added to the Resource Catalog Save File. This action is available when a record is locked and in the Save File. It allows the user to unlock the record, leave the changes intact, and return the record to Local Edit. No changes are being made to the Resource Catalog at this time because the same results are achieved if one chooses Local Edit Mode.

Two changes are being made to Display Holdings. After the user requests Display Holdings, the first item in the drop-down list for displaying holdings will be 'Default Holdings', not 'All Holdings'. Once the list of holdings is displayed, if the user places the mouse pointer over the Institution Symbol in the holdings display, the Institution Name associated with the symbol will appear.

The $h [electronic resource] in field 245 will again be added to records being created from a URL via the Extractor.

Apply Current Constant Data. A fix will be installed that will apply current constant data the same way from both the 'Create in Catalog' screen and the workform. Both the default fields in the workform and the constant data fields will display.

In response to users who are switching from Passport and CatME to CORC, OCLC has provided additional confirmation messages for cataloging actions or tasks. User confirmation messages currently exist in Passport and CatME and notify users when a specific action or task has been completed and if the action or task was successful. CORC will now provide user confirmation messages for most actions and tasks, to more easily make the user aware of the status or results of an action taken. These confirmation messages will appear in green text in a prominent place at the top of the record screen. Also, based upon user feedback, we have incorporated terminology changes for some of the existing user confirmation messages. E-mail confirmation messages that indicate metadata extraction is complete are also covered in this project. Terminology on the logoff screen will be changed to make it easier for users to find active records and complete actions on them before exiting CORC.

This enhancement is part of a larger project that will insure that all CORC commands, user confirmation messages, and terminology conform to specific guidelines developed and approved by OCLC. The guidelines were developed to insure clarity and consistency in CORC commands and messages, and will allow for easier transition to the new metadata cataloging system as well as translations into non-English language interfaces.

CatExpress and WebDewey only subscribers will now see the message of the day.

Hotlinks will be added to News items. The hotlinks will connect users to documentation and other OCLC web pages.

Now also access the OCLC Enhanced Pathfinders tutorial after logging on to CORC. Listed as a "Useful links" option on the system home page try the hands-on exercises and then search, create, clone, export and use many more Pathfinder features. These topic-oriented lists of resources created by librarians may also include dynamic links to existing OCLC electronic resource records. Access to the Pathfinders database is available with an OCLC cataloging authorization. While logged on you can return to "Useful Links" and other page options by selecting HOME in the upper right corner of any CORC screen. Currently, all fees associated with Pathfinder activities including Pathfinder search, add, link use, and storage are suspended until September 2002. The Pathfinder tutorial continues to be accessible via CORC's learning web pages.

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: <>.

Dawn Lawson
OCLC Forest Press

Ellen Caplan
OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Services Division [edited]


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On June 30, 2002, the new OCLC cataloging service will be introduced. The new service will incorporate all current CORC functionality, as well as expanded capabilities, that enable users to catalog all formats. And therefore, CORC, as a separate product name, will cease to exist on June 30, 2002. CORC users will continue to have access to all of the features that they have become used to, such as automated metadata extraction, Dublin Core, Pathfinders and linked authorities.

The new OCLC cataloging service will be enhanced with new features quarterly, although minor fixes may be installed more frequently.

Alane Wilson
OCLC Metadata Services

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Purchase OCLC Language book sets totaling 100 items before June 1, 2002 and OCLC will give you a three-title video set in the language of your choice. Language Sets staff will select titles based on current availability.

If your library would like to establish or expand a non- English language collection, OCLC Language Sets can meet your collection development needs. OCLC Language Sets are pre-selected sets of books and videos for adults and children. These sets are created by language experts and contain high-quality, newly published materials that appeal to a wide range of patron interests. Libraries who wish to order Language Sets do not have to be members of OCLC. The sets are available to both OCLC member and nonmember libraries.

The OCLC Language Sets service provides sets in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Russian.

And, OCLC has been listening to you and has made a few changes to improve the OCLC Language Sets and the ordering process:

  1. Book Sets for Adults: Libraries can now choose to receive Fiction, Non-fiction or Mixed Sets. This applies to all 6 languages. Mixed sets contain about an even number of fiction and non-fiction titles. (This option does not apply to Children's sets.)
  2. Physical Processing: All physical processing charges have been reduced by 50% - from $1 per item to $0.50.
  3. Standard Cataloging package: Libraries can now opt to have the language in the 690 field at no charge. For example: Vietnamese language materials
  4. Quarterly and Semi-annual Sets: The purchase of an Annual Set is no longer required for this option. This may give some libraries the flexibility to spread out the cost of the materials over an entire year.
  5. Some libraries do not want the MARC records - they can now "opt out".
  6. Better Order Forms:
For more information and order forms, go to <>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission


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Version 1.21 of the OCLC Cataloging Label Program is now available for electronic download at no charge. This new version resolves problems reported with version 1.20. Please see the Label Program home page at <> for more information and to download the software. This new version of the Label Program is not currently available on compact disc; however, it will be included on version 5.00 of the OCLC Access Suite compact disc during second calendar quarter this year.

David Whitehair
OCLC Metadata Services

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The Web-based distance-learning course, "Cataloging Internet Resources Using MARC 21 and AACR2," version 2, revised and expanded, is now available from the OCLC Institute.

The course has been completely updated to include recent AACR2 rule revisions for Chapter 9, and now includes instruction in cataloging electronic serials.

"Cataloging Internet Resources" covers the MARC 21 fields and subfields and related AACR2 rules necessary for creating complete and accurate bibliographic records for Internet resources. Each lesson includes learning objectives, quizzes, and tests to help students assess their own self-paced learning. Instruction is based upon a wide range of real-world examples, and each lesson provides direct online access to supporting standards and documentation.

The course designers and developers have created a comprehensive online learning experience for anyone who wants to use MARC/AACR2 systems, standards, and practices to describe, access, and otherwise manage electronic resources.

One-year subscriptions and 24/7 access provide ample time for learning, mastery, and even using the course for desk-top ready reference. Multiple seat licenses, available at reduced cost, enable libraries to bring this knowledge to all critical staff. Students access the course via the Web, and no plug-ins are necessary.

To view sample lessons, see <>.

"Cataloging Internet Resources" is jointly developed by Steve Miller, University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee; Amigos Library Services, Inc., NELINET, SOLINET, and the OCLC Institute.

For more information, contact the OCLC Institute (<>) or Amy Lytle (<>)

Erik Jul
Executive Director
OCLC Institute

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OCLC Tech Notes   


Testing of several OCLC Windows-based applications with a production version of Microsoft Windows XP found no major problems. A summary of the results for the products tested can be found at <>.

OCLC discontinued support for Windows 95 on December 31, 2001. OCLC expects that applications will continue to work; however, no testing is completed and no support is offered for Windows 95. OCLC expects to end support for Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0 on June 30, 2003, at the time that Microsoft ends support.

OCLC Passport is compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000. However, when running multiple applications at the same time, Passport performance suffers. Although the software is compatible, OCLC does not recommend that libraries run the Passport Software under Windows 2000 due to these performance issues.

The system requirements and recommendations for the various OCLC software applications are available on the OCLC web site at:

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission


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