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July 1, 2009

NEBASE Closure

Yesterday was NEBASE’s last official day as an OCLC network and this will be the closing post to N3.

The Nebraska Library Commission would like to thank NEBASE members for their support over the last 33 years. We would like to thank those who served as our representatives to Users and Members Council, those who served on the NEBASE Advisory Council, and past and present NEBASE staff.

Remember, your final NEBASE billing for June will be sent by us around the middle of July. Future invoices for OCLC products and services (except for CatExpress, WebDewey, and NetLibrary) will come from BCR.

Christa Burns will continue to coordinate group purchases of CatExpress, WebDewey, and NetLibrary.

For all other OCLC products and services as well as technical support, you will need to contact:

  • Ordering, renewals, billing—When you contact BCR, 1-800-397-1552 or, you will talk with Chris Cook, Ellie Nowicki, or Marisa Wood.

  • BCR Communications regarding OCLC—Check out BCR’s News page to subscribe to their newsletter, sign up for RSS feeds, and find other timely information.

  • Technical support—You will call OCLC Support, 1-800-848-5800, or

  • Training opportunities—Check out BCR’s Continuing Education & Training page and OCLC’s Training Portal for listings from all Partners.

Since there will no longer be a “network” at the Library Commission and our programs have expanded greatly over the years, the name of our department, Network Services, has changed to Technology and Access Services (TechAccess for short).

Please be sure to check out future TechAccess activities on the Library Commission’s NCompass Blog.


June 9, 2009

Put OCLC on your ALA Annual schedule

Article Categories: OCLC News  

Put OCLC on your ALA Annual schedule, July 10-14; visit booth 3923

Key membership events:

OCLC Symposium: Leadership Beyond the Recession.
The course you set during tough times will have a profound impact on your library’s long-term sustainability. Keynote speaker and best-selling author Joseph A. Michelli, Ph.D, (The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary) will engage the audience in a conversation that explores ways to bring a unique customer experience to the library.
Friday, July 10, 1:30–4:30 p.m., Chicago Hilton, Grand Ballroom

From Awareness to Funding: The Next Chapter.

Join Cathy De Rosa and Jenny Johnson from OCLC for an update on OCLC’s continuing efforts—with generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—to help public library leaders heighten awareness of the needs of local libraries and increase support for the services they provide.
Saturday, July 11, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., McCormick Place West, Room W-474

OCLC Update Breakfast.
Join OCLC and your colleagues for breakfast, a free gift and an update on OCLC activities from Jay Jordan, President and CEO. Then, share roundtable conversation with colleagues who share your interests, hosted by OCLC staff.
Sunday, July 12, 7–9 a.m., Chicago Hilton, International Ballroom

Register online for OCLC events


June 2, 2009

OCLC Customer Support

Article Categories: NEBASE   OCLC News   Resource Sharing   Technical Services   Training  

As OCLC, NEBASE and BCR continue to work in partnership on behalf of OCLC member libraries, we would like to remind you about some important changes with regard to how your library will access support for OCLC products and services.

Beginning July 1, 2009, OCLC members will contact OCLC Customer Support for all questions related to support for OCLC products and services.

OCLC’s teams of support professionals are available 14 hours a day, Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. Central Time, to assist you with your needs. These dedicated individuals will provide answers and information to help your library maximize the value of your membership and use of OCLC products and services. In addition to product support specialists, the OCLC Customer Support organization is also comprised of a specialized team of librarians focused on providing consultative and workflow support tied to the use and satisfaction of OCLC products and services.

The Nebraska Library Commission is the administrator of the CatExpress and WebDewey groups, and will remain so, even after BCR becomes the OCLC network for Nebraska. As the administrator of the CatExpress and WebDewey groups, the Nebraska Library Commission will continue maintaining the groups – adding new members, updating existing members, etc. Also, the Nebraska Library Commission will continue as the billing agent for your CatExpress and WebDewey groups.

After July 1, 2009, BCR will provide billing and ordering assistance to your library for all other OCLC products and services. BCR will also assist OCLC in keeping member libraries informed by communicating updates, enhancements, new product offerings, research, membership reports and other important information on OCLC member benefits.

  • After July 1, 2009, for all questions related to support for OCLC products and services, contact OCLC Customer Support, by telephone 1-800-848-5800 or e-mail
  • After July 1, 2009, for CatExpress and WebDewey billing and ordering assistance, contact Christa Burns at the Nebraska Library Commission - 1-800-307-2665, 1-402-471-3107 or e-mail
  • After July 1, 2009, for other OCLC billing and ordering assistance, contact BCR via e-mail at or by telephone at 1-800-397-1552 and ask for support
  • To contact NEBASE about these changes, call Christa Burns, 1-800-307-2665, 1-402-471-3107 or e-mail

May 28, 2009

New at Library Profile pages

Article Categories: OCLC News  

Your library’s page on

Now libraries have profiles on, too. Similar to the way a personal profile page gathers together your activities on in a single page, now there’s a page that showcases all your library’s relevant information such as location, links to your catalog, Web site, virtual reference services and more.


The new Library Profile page also gives users an easy place to know what the latest items are that you’ve added to WorldCat—automatically. The featured items are updated once a month, and are presented by relative popularity (as determined by number of holdings in WorldCat.)

Library Profile pages will keep evolving. They are built from data in the WorldCat Registry, so you may want to check your library’s Registry profile and make sure all the fields are populated and up-to-date.


May 22, 2009

OCLC Members Council discusses issues facing libraries worldwide

Article Categories: OCLC News  

OCLC prepares for new era of governance designed to reflect a broader, more inclusive membership

OCLC Members Council met May 17-19 in Dublin, Ohio, USA, to discuss issues facing libraries around the world, pass resolutions to implement the previously approved Global Council and three Regional Councils, and look back on 31 years of accomplishments as Members Council concluded its final meeting. Members Council also drafted a new definition of OCLC membership, which will be considered by the OCLC Board of Trustees at its meeting in June and, if approved, added to the Membership and Contributions Protocols that take effect July 1, 2009.

In addition, delegates heard a report from Jennifer Younger, chair of the Review Board on the Principles of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship, that recommended the proposed Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records be formally withdrawn, and a new policy drafted. “We affirm that a policy is needed, but not this policy,” said Ms. Younger. The Review Board was formed to discuss and gather information about the proposed policy, which has been delayed after concerns were raised about the policy. Until a new policy is in place, the Review Board suggested that OCLC reaffirm the existence and applicability of the Nov. 16, 1987 “Guidelines for the Use and Transfer of OCLC-Derived Records.”

The Review Board is accepting feedback on its report. The Review Board will submit a draft report for the June meeting of the OCLC Board of Trustees, and plans to finalize its report by the end of June. A video of Ms. Younger’s report, as well as her presentation slides, are available on the OCLC Web site.

View the full news release


NEBASE, BCR & OCLC: The Future of OCLC Services in Nebraska

Article Categories: NEBASE  

In October 2008, we announced that the Nebraska Library Commission’s NEBASE department would cease to exist as an OCLC network as of July 1, 2009. Earlier this spring we updated you with more details about the change, announcing that Nebraska OCLC member libraries will be transferred to another OCLC network, BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research), for their OCLC billing, ordering and training.

NEBASE will be holding 4 online sessions in June to provide you with additional information about this transition.

Join Christa Burns, NEBASE OCLC Member Services Coordinator, as she explains what’s happening with NEBASE, BCR, and OCLC, and what it means to Nebraska Libraries.

Thursday, June 4 - 2:00-3:00pm Central Time
Tuesday, June 9 - 10:00-11:00am Central Time
Monday, June 15 - 2:00-3:00pm Central Time
Friday, June 19 - 10:00-11:00am Central Time

All sessions will be recorded for anyone who cannot attend the live online events.


May 13, 2009

Barnes & Noble Institutional Discount Program

Article Categories: Discounts  

Hilary Sire, Community Relations Manager at Barnes & Noble SouthPointe in Lincoln, Nebraska is extending the following offer to all Nebraska libraries:

"The Barnes & Noble Institutional Discount Program entitles your library to receive 20-25% off your purchases, while receiving the personalized customer service that has made us the leading bookseller in America. There is no minimum purchase requirement for this program. Purchases of $0-$4,999 receive a 20% discount and orders of $5000 or more receive a 25% discount.

As your personal booksellers, we are available via telephone, fax or email to answer questions and receive your orders. We will provide price quotes, research titles, recommend new releases, order your books, track their arrival, box them up, and ship them to your library for no additional charge. We may be reached at:

  • Hilary Sire
    Community Relations Manager
    Barnes & Noble SouthPointe
    2910 Pine Lake Road
    Lincoln NE 68516

  • Jennifer Jackson
    Lead Bookseller
    Barnes & Noble SouthPointe
    2910 Pine Lake Road
    Lincoln NE 68516

This program allows you to pay for purchases with the institutional purchase card, check, credit card or cash. We look forward to receiving your business and delivering the resources you need with the excellent personalized customer service you deserve! "


ReferenceUSA Offers Trial Access to Select Databases

Article Categories: E-Resources  

ReferenceUSA is offering Nebraska public and academic libraries and government agencies trial access to a subset of their database modules through May 28, 2009.

Descriptions of Modules Available for Trial:

  • US Businesses - This database of 14 million US Businesses contains verified, accurate data and is updated monthly. Plus this is the only business database enhanced with more than 20 million phone calls per year. Selection criteria include: Business name, Executive title, Business type, Sales volume, Employee size, Year established, and more... Use Quick Search to find what you need with a few clicks or use our powerful Custom Search to fine tune your search.
  • US Residential - Use this database of over 100 Million US Residents to conduct market research, and locate friends and relatives. Our records are continuously updated and processed against the USPS National Change of Address (NCOA) and Delivery Sequence File (DSF). Selection criteria include: Name, Address, Median home value, Median home income, and more... Use Quick Search to find what you need with a few clicks or use our powerful Custom Search to fine-tune your search.
  • EmployersUSA - The only database that contains every US employer, large or small. Use it to find the company you want to work for based on location, type of business and educational background. Selection criteria include: Geography, Location type (Headquarters/Branch), Business type, Sales volume, Employee size, Year established, and more...
  • International Businesses - Find in-depth company profiles on 3 million international companies, including key executives and detailed financial information. Great for research on large companies and their foreign parents and subsidiaries. Selection criteria include: Business name, Executive name, Sales volume, Company assets, Number of employees, Geography, and more... Use basic lookups, company and industry profiles, or a variety of search variables to find the information you need on international companies and executives

Pricing is typically based on population served or FTE. Discounts will be dependent on the number of interested libraries. To request trial access information or express interest in pricing, please email Susan Knisely.


May 12, 2009

WorldCat Local “quick start” Web information sessions

Article Categories: OCLC News   Reference  

OCLC recently announced WorldCat Local “quick start”, a service that delivers the resources of your library and libraries around the world in a single search. This first step toward Web-scale, cooperative library management services connects your users’ search experience with library systems—today, that means WorldCat, your catalog, local availability and resource sharing. Soon, OCLC will take the next steps and pilot Web-scale delivery and circulation, license management, print and electronic acquisitions, and more. WorldCat Local “quick start” is now included in subscriptions to the WorldCat database on the FirstSearch service at no additional charge.

Learn more about WorldCat Local “quick start” at weekly Web information sessions. Registration is open, and additional sessions will be added regularly.

Built on the popular interface, WorldCat Local “quick start” includes:

  • Your library’s brand in the URL, search box and user interface
  • Your library’s resources displayed first in search results
  • Interoperability with a single integrated library system
  • Smart integration with your library’s existing delivery services
  • Access to the same social networking tools available on
  • Article-level records from well-known databases with links to full text where available

Visit the website to learn more about WorldCat Local “quick start,” and how your library can take advantage of this new service. In addition to introductory webinars, you may also register for webinars that provide an introduction to the service, instruction on configuration options and guidance on use of OCLC’s batch processing services to update your library’s holdings in WorldCat.


May 11, 2009

New FirstSearch option: CONTENTdm

Article Categories: Digitization & Preservation   Reference  

OCLC has expanded our subscription to the FirstSearch Base® Package to include access to an entry-level, hosted version of CONTENTdm for digital collection building at no additional charge to your library. The Base Package is the group of FirstSearch databases that the Nebraska Library Commission purchases for all Nebraskans as part of NebraskAccess.

What is CONTENTdm?
OCLC’s CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software can make everything in your digital collections available to everyone, everywhere. No matter the format—student projects, local history archives, newspapers, books, maps, slide libraries or audio/video—CONTENTdm can handle the storage, management and delivery of your collections to users across the Web.

If you are not familiar with CONTENTdm databases, take a look at Nebraska Memories. This database, maintained by the Nebraska Library Commission, focuses on Nebraska-related historical materials. Participation in Nebraska Memories continues to be encouraged and the Library Commission continues to offer free digitization of up to 50 items for contribution to Nebraska Memories. However, if you have materials that don’t fit Nebraska Memories criteria, you might want to consider this optional “quick start” service.

As a Nebraska library receiving FirstSearch through NebraskAccess, you are eligible for 10GB of storage for up to 3,000 digital items. If you find that your requirements exceed this limit, BCR or OCLC will work with you to review purchasing options to continue seamless growth of your collections. Libraries that currently have a CONTENTdm license may choose to take advantage of this offer and utilize CONTENTdm “quick start” as a second implementation to support additional projects.

The goal of this Base Package addition is to facilitate access to your library’s unique digital resources via the Web, and to do so in a way that highlights your unique online presence. Connecting these resources through WorldCat® also allows users to more easily find high-quality materials through local libraries.

If you have questions about any of these details, please contact Devra Dragos by phone 800-307-2665, 402-471-4335 or e-mail.


May 8, 2009

Introducing iPod Compatible eAudiobook Titles

Article Categories: Discounts   E-Resources  

classic.gifNow it's even easier for more of your users to connect, click and listen. OCLC NetLibrary and Recorded Books have launched a new collection of eAudiobook titles that are compatible with virtually all MP3 players, including iPods, iPhones and many other portable listening devices.

With more than 1,000 available MP3 titles, you'll find contemporary bestsellers, timeless classics, and college-level courses from Recorded Books' Modern Scholar series. Also be sure to watch for upcoming Audiolibros for your Spanish-speaking users.

MP3 titles from NetLibrary and Recorded Books are available through Recorded Books subscription collections and purchase programs only. If you already have an active Recorded Books subscription, MP3 titles will automatically be included in your collection.

About MP3 titles for iPods and How to Order

View supported devices

The introduction of MP3 titles, along with the launch of the NetLibrary Media Center and its one-click download of eAudiobooks, will make it even easier for users to access eAudiobooks. The Media Center has been enhanced recently with faster downloads, automatic software updates and support for a wider range of portable devices including iPod and iPhone. Whether your library is just getting started, or already has a NetLibrary eAudiobook collection, the Media Center makes it faster and easier to connect, click and listen. For further information, see Connect, click & listen with the new NetLibrary Media Center

To coincide with these developments and to meet growing demand for eContent, NetLibrary is currently running a special offer. Savings of up to 25% are available when purchasing any combination of Subject Sets. These are collections of some of the most popular eBook and eAudiobook titles. This offer is valid until June 16, 2009.

Learn more about this offer and How to Order


May 5, 2009

OCLC Offers Webinars

Article Categories: OCLC News   Reference  

Support additional users without spending additional funds. Find out how with OCLC's free live Web session about and the WorldCat Mobile pilot.

When libraries work together, we can make the most of our resources, share our time, and leverage our collective expertise. Given the tough realities of the economy today, there’s never been a better time to learn how to work together for cooperative benefit.

In this session, come see how the power of library cooperation can help your library support additional new users without spending any additional funds. See the latest features on the platform, hear an update on the WorldCat Mobile pilot, understand how easy it is to update your WorldCat Registry data and get a preview of the one-stop integrated discovery solution on the open Web that leads users back to your local library.

If you haven’t looked at lately, then plan to attend one of OCLC's free one-hour Webinars.

Thursday, May 21 at 8-9 AM Central Time
Register for the AM Webinar

Thursday, May 21 at 3-4 PM Central Time
Register for the PM Webinar


April 20, 2009

Cataloging Sound Recordings Workshop Scheduled

Article Categories: Cataloging   Training  

Compact discs, audiocassettes, Playaway audio books, downloadable audio books, podcasts… How many kinds of sound recordings does your library acquire? Join us for a workshop discussing MARC cataloging of various music and non-music sound recordings.

Audience: Library staff with some knowledge of AACR2, MARC records and cataloging.

Date and Time: June 18th, 2009, 9am - 4pm CT,  Lunch is on your own.

Location: Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln

To register: /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8997

This workshop is approved for the NLC Cataloging Certificate Program.


April 14, 2009

Gates Foundation and OCLC Will Develop Community-Based Awareness Campaign to Increase Support for Libraries

Article Categories: OCLC News  

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 14 April 2009 — Today, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a $5 million grant to the OCLC library cooperative to develop a public information campaign that will help public library leaders heighten awareness of the needs of local libraries and increase support for the services they provide during these challenging times. OCLC will pilot the campaign in select areas of Georgia and Iowa starting this summer as well as a limited number of other communities which will be selected later this spring. Later in the year, OCLC will make available community awareness campaign materials and other guides to assist library leaders throughout the country in their efforts to strengthen support for local libraries.

The current economic crisis has led to dramatic increases in library visitation across the nation, as people rely on libraries for free computer and Internet access to conduct job searches, access government services, learn new workforce skills, and use other resources they can no longer afford at home.

The tightening economy has also put library funding - 80 percent of which comes from local sources - at risk. Many library systems predict deep state and local funding cuts in 2009, a growing burden for the roughly half of all libraries struggling against declining or flat budgets.

Read the full press release.


Taylor & Francis Spring Database Trials

Article Categories: E-Resources  

Taylor & Francis is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to the following three databases through May 24, 2009:

  • ForensicnetBASE - This site covers every aspect of forensics and law enforcement, from criminal justice and forensic investigation to counterterrorism, cyber crime, and money laundering. In appreciation of current concerns, we continue to add cutting-edge research exploring counterterrorism and DNA evidence, as well as recent titles on blood pattern analysis, expert witnesses, and cyber crime. While this library is designed to serve the sophisticated needs of professionals working in the field, it also contains significant introductory material, so as to offer a complete grounding in the principles and fundamentals of traditional and emerging forensics investigation.

  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics - The Online version of the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 89th Edition offers flexibility capabilities and convenient features that make your search
    for data quick and easy! The Online edition features:
    • Interactive tables in spreadsheet format—sort, edit, and merge them to suit your purpose

    • Tables hot-linked to chemical structures

    • Cross-table searching—one search locates everything about a specific topic

    • Powerful data selection tools that allow you to customize the display and export data

    • New and updated references

  • Europa World Plus - Europa World Plus is the online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Regional Surveys of the World series. First published in 1926, the year book is renowned as one of the world's leading reference works, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Trial Dates: April 9, 2009 through May 24, 2009

Trial Access Instructions: Trial access instructions were distributed via an April 13, 2009 message to the Trial mailing list. If you did not receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, email Susan Knisely.

Pricing will be provided upon request.


April 7, 2009

Trial Access to H.W. Wilson's Graphic Novels Core Collection and Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus

Article Categories: E-Resources  

The H.W. Wilson Company is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to the following two databases through April 30, 2009:

  • Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus presents a carefully-selected database of full-text articles from key publications covering a variety of current social, scientific, health, political, and global issues. The topics are chosen to make up a well-rounded overview, and are then organized by subtopic for easy access. The database features current articles with periodic updates, plus the option for users to do further research with predetermined searches within WilsonWeb or on the Internet.

    Wide-ranging, informative articles are hand-picked to provide thorough research results. Topics are selected to suit the needs of school and university researchers, reflecting timely issues and controversies. Researchers will appreciate the balanced coverage of some 20-30 articles per topic, carefully selected for quality and comprehensiveness by the Wilson editorial staff. Current topics and subtopics are occasionally updated with outstanding new articles, plus users can easily get additional new articles with the preset WilsonWeb or Internet search. Entirely new topics and subtopics will be regularly added to the database.

    Read more about this product.

  • Graphic Novels Core Collection - For collection development, readers’ advisory, curriculum support, and selection and purchasing, the Graphic Novels Core Collection addresses the growing popularity of this literary form. It highlights approximately 2,000 recommended titles with descriptive and evaluative annotations (including review excerpts and awards the title has won), plus cover art. Standards for rating material by age appropriateness are strictly applied, plus all titles are searchable by author, title, subject, genre, and grade level.

    Entries link to additional review excerpts from Wilson’s Book Review Digest Plus database. A very powerful database, particularly when searched simultaneously with other Wilson Core Collections and other databases like Readers’ Guide.

    Read more about this product

Trial Dates: April 7, 2009 through April 30, 2009

Trial Access: Trial access instructions were distributed via an April 7, 2009 message to the Trial mailing list. If you didn't receive this information orneed to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely.

Pricing is available upon request.


March 17, 2009

Rand McNally Classroom Database Trial

Article Categories: E-Resources  

Rand McNally is offering Nebraska librarians and media specialists trial access to their Rand McNally Classroom through April 15, 2009.

Description: Rand McNally Classroom is designed to support classroom instruction in social studies, geography, and history. The site is teacher- and student-friendly, easy-to-use, and loaded with curriculum relevant maps, games and activities, and teaching materials for K-12 classrooms. Accessible at school or at home, it contains more than 1,800+ reference, special topic, and history maps from the world down to your very own community, which can be printed, viewed, and saved. The reference content has been developed exclusively by Rand McNally editors and cartographers to ensure accuracy, and the site is free from advertisements. The site includes:

  • Dozens of editable lesson plans and assessments by skill level
  • State studies articles and Q&A
  • Current events and "Where in the World?" features
  • Interactive map and globe skill-builders, games, and activities
  • Map compatibility with interactive whiteboards

Trial URL:

Login information was originally distributed via a March 17, 2009 message to the Trial mailing list. If you are a Nebraska librarian or media specialist and you didn't receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely.

Trial Dates: 3/17/2009 through 4/15/2009

Pricing: Pricing is available upon request. Discounts are dependent on number of schools/libraries that subscribe.

For problems or questions during the trial call 800-678-RAND (-7263), Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time.


Facts on File Database Trials

Article Categories: E-Resources  

Facts on File is offering Nebraska libraries free trial access to the following online databases beginning March 15, 2009 and running through April 15, 2009:

Reference Databases:

  • U.S. Government Online - Presents in-depth information on the structure and function of the U.S. government and its everyday role in the lives of citizens.
  • American History Online - Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience.
  • American Women’s History Online - Covers the important people, events, legislation, and issues relevant to the study of women's history in the United States.
  • African-American History Online - Provides expansive and in-depth information on the people, events, and topics important to the study of African-American history.
  • American Indian History Online - Offers thorough access to more than 15,000 years of Native American culture, history, and heritage.
  • Modern World History Online - Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history—from mid-15th century to the present.
  • Ancient and Medieval History Online - Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia.
  • World Atlas - Combines detailed, printable, full-color maps of countries, provinces, and states with up-to-date statistical and local information.
  • Science Online - Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.
  • Health Reference Center - Provides clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body.
  • Bloom’s Literary Reference Online - Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.
  • Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center - Provides detailed profiles of more than 3,300 jobs and 94 industries, invaluable advice on career skills, more than 48,000 resource entries, and much more!
  • Curriculum Resource Center - Provides a library of printable teacher-handout material for the middle school, high school, and junior college curriculum.
  • Curriculum Resource Center: Junior Edition - Provides a library of printable teacher-handout material and other content geared for elementary-level students.

News Services Databases

  • World News Digest - Brings together and enhances nearly seven decades of news from the renowned Facts On File World News Digest in print.
  • Issues and Controversies - Explores more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture.
  • Issues and Controversies in American History - Builds a deeper understanding of how historical events have shaped our nation by exploring the key players and the battles they fought.
  • Today’s Science - Bridges the gap between the science that students learn in the classroom and the discoveries pushing the boundaries of science today.

Trial Dates: 3/15/2009-4/15/2009

Trial URL:

Login information was originally distributed via a March 16, 2009 message to the Trial mailing list. If you are a Nebraska librarian or media specialist and you didn't receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely.

Pricing: New subscribers are eligible for a 10% discount off list price when ordering through the Nebraska Library Commission. Pricing is available upon request.

Deadline: Orders placed by April 30, 2009 will receive an extra 5% discount.

Ordering: Fill out and send in the purchase agreement available on our Facts on File page.


March 11, 2009

NEBASE Members to Transition to BCR

As announced previously, the Nebraska Library Commission’s NEBASE department will cease to exist as an OCLC network in July 2009. Under OCLC’s new Partner structure, OCLC member libraries may go to any OCLC partner or directly to OCLC for billing, ordering and training.

After talks with several OCLC networks, consultation with the NEBASE Advisory Council and much consideration, we have made the recommendation to transfer Nebraska OCLC libraries to BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) for the initial transition in billing, renewals and ordering. At any time after August 1st, libraries may request to be transferred to another OCLC Partner or go directly to OCLC.

BCR, founded in 1935 and headquartered in Aurora, Colorado, has been a provider of OCLC products and services since 1976 and will continue to be an OCLC Partner for billing, marketing and training. OCLC member libraries using BCR’s services currently are found in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. For more information about BCR, visit

Staff from Nebraska OCLC member libraries will be able to attend BCR’s OCLC training—online or in-person at any location—at BCR member pricing. Libraries may learn about OCLC training opportunities through BCR’s training calendar or through a new national training calendar that OCLC will host starting in July 2009.

Under the new Partner system, Nebraska OCLC member libraries will be billed for OCLC cataloging subscriptions, ILL subscriptions, etc., without any added network administrative or membership fees. Price quotes for the coming fiscal year will be issued next week.

NEBASE will continue to handle invoicing through the June 2009 activity (invoices sent in July). Renewals, ordering, training and technical support will continue through June 30, 2009. Effective with your July invoices (sent in August 2009), your invoices will come from BCR. As of July 1, 2009, all technical support calls should go directly to OCLC (1-800-848-5800) and BCR will provide billing support assistance.

The Nebraska Library Commission will continue to coordinate CatExpress and WebDewey group purchases. NLC will also continue to provide access to statewide database subscriptions through NebraskAccess. And NLC will continue to negotiate vendor discounts and purchasing of other electronic resources for Nebraska libraries individually or in groups.

If you have questions about the transition, please contact Christa Burns, 471-3107 or 800-307-2665, or Devra Dragos, 471-4335 or 800-307-2665.


March 5, 2009

ProQuest Database Trials

Article Categories: E-Resources  

ProQuest has agreed to offer Nebraska libraries trial access to the following four databases for the time period running from March 5, 2009 through April 3, 2009.


  • ProQuest Entrepreneurship - Search worldwide publications and multi-media related to the topic of Entrepreneurship. Intended to bridge theory with practice, the Entrepreneurship database covers a wide spectrum of resources useful to educators, researchers, students and practitioners. Content ranges from the scholarly - including journals, dissertations, working papers and conference proceedings - to a full toolkit of practical guides, templates, forms, sample business plans, and tips from successful entrepreneurs.
  • ProQuest Research Library - One of the most comprehensive databases available through the ProQuest online system, Research Library provides access to full-text journals across a wide range of subject areas, including business, education, literature, political science, and psychology. The database can be customized to meet the specific needs of many different types of libraries and information centers.
  • ProQuest Family Health - Search a collection of full-text magazines and journals covering numerous aspects of family health-from sports injuries to women's health, from food and nutrition to midwifery, from eye care to dentistry.
  • CultureGrams - Offers concise, reliable and up to date country reports on 204 cultures of the world, U.S. states, and Canadian provinces (2006), and more.

Trial URL:

Login information was originally distributed via a March 5, 2009 message to the Trial mailing list. If you are a Nebraska librarian or media specialist and you didn't receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely.