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June 2, 2008

Workshops Scheduled for Scottsbluff in Fall

Entry Categories: Training  

The following workshops have been scheduled at ESU 13 in Scottsbluff.  Michael Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian at the Nebraska Library Commission is the instructor.  To register, go to the Nebraska Library Commission's Training Portal and search on Scottsbluff.

Welcome to the Social Web

Social software is one of the hottest concepts on the Internet today. This full-day workshop will introduce you to its components and show you examples of many of the most popular Web sites in this area. Attendees will then get a chance to play with several social services of most use to libraries in a hands-on environment. The services used in the hands-on portion will vary but may include Flickr,, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube.

Date and Time: September 30
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Blog, You Blog, Weblog

Blogs are an easy way to not only receive information, but also to publish the information you have. More than just an online journal, blog-based publishing might be the best way for you to present your library's information to the public.

What can you expect if you attend this training session?

  • Learn what a blog is, who writes blogs, why blogs are so popular, and the different types of blogs.
  • View some of the best examples of LIS blogs and discover what makes them worth reading.

  • Create your own blog in just minutes using the free service.

  • Discover many of the options for customizing your blog to fit your meeds.

  • Leave with ideas on just how blogging can be integrated into your library's Web site.

Date: October 1
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon

RSS: A New Way of Communicating

The new technology of RSS, also known as feeds allows users to subscribe to
content that they wish to receive in a regular and timely manner. Feeds also allows information providers to send this information in the format necessary for users to subscribe. This three hour hands-on workshop will introduce attendees to both providing and consuming content via RSS.

Date: October 1
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Introduction to Web Page Creation with XHTML

Even if you use FrontPage, Dreamweaver, Drupal to Blogger to create your Web site, there’s XHTML under the hood. This six-hour workshop will give you a basic understanding of how the eXtensible HyperText Markup language works and how to create Web pages using it through a hands-on approach. By the end of the day attendees will be able to create new pages from scratch and have a solid foundation on which to build their future Web page creation skills.

Date and Time: October 2
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Style Your Web Site with CSS 

Once you have the content of your Web page written and your markup added, it’s time to add some style. Cascading Style Sheets is the language that gives you the power to make your pages look the way you want them to. CSS also allows
you to give your site a consistent look across all of your pages in less code
than you’d imagine. Ultimately, designing your Web site using CSS allows you to accomplish more work, in less time, and make your site easier to manage over the long-term. This full-day, hands-on workshop, will give you the basic skills to begin designing professional future-compatible looking Web sites. (Attendees must have a working knowledge of HTML and/or XHTML before attending this workshop.)

Date October 3
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm



Cataloging Workshops Scheduled for Lincoln

Entry Categories: Training  

The following cataloging workshops have been scheduled in Lincoln at the Nebraska Library Commission. For more information and to register for these workshops go to the NLC Training Portal and search on cataloging.

Monographic Copy Cataloging - July 18th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Assigning Library of Congress Call Numbers - August 14th, 9:00 - 4:00 pm.


June 5, 2008

Nebraska Libraries Offered Trial Access to World Vital Records

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Nebraska libraries are being offered trial access to World Vital Records through the end of June. The tag line for this online service is "Affordable access to 1,062,488,681 names in 8,879 databases." Its founders include several former employees, and it is considered an competitor. Databases cover U.S. and international records. View a list of all included databases.

Trial access instructions were distributed via a June 5, 2008 message to the TRIAL mailing list. If you did not receive this information or you'd like to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely


June 9, 2008

CONTENTdm - June's Featured Collections

Entry Categories: Digitization & Preservation  

Each month, three collections from the CONTENTdm Collection of Collections are featured on the CONTENTdm Web site. The featured collections for June are Nevada Test Site Oral History Project, PS Magazine: the Preventive Maintenance Monthly, and Division of Animal Industry's Brand books, 1849-1930.

Included in the collection information below is a link to each organization’s record in the OCLC WorldCat Registry. OCLC’s WorldCat Registry allows libraries worldwide to manage and organize their data for vendors and third parties by creating and maintaining a comprehensive institutional profile in a single, Web-accessible location.

Nevada Test Site Oral History Project
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The Nevada Test Site Oral History Project documents, preserves, and disseminates the remembered past of persons affiliated with and affected by the Nevada Test Site during the era of Cold War nuclear testing. A wide range of oral history narrators participated in the project and nearly 200 full-text searchable transcripts and multimedia clips are available in the digital collection.

PS Magazine: the Preventive Maintenance Monthly
Virginia Commonwealth University
PS Magazine is a collection featuring rare examples of the incomparable work of the late comic artist, Will Eisner. Also known as Preventive Maintenance Monthly, the magazine is a digest-sized publication focusing on preventive maintenance published by the US Army. This collection consists of 145 regular issues, 3 special issues, and 14 index issues from the period of 1951 to 1970.

Division of Animal Industry's Brand books, 1849-1930
Utah State Archives
Brand books contain all livestock brands and ear marks registered with the State Department of Agriculture. Livestock is assumed to include all types of animals raised for pleasure or for profit. This collection contains digital versions of Brand books from 1849 to 1930.

These are just a few of the many outstanding digital collections created by CONTENTdm users.

If you would like to add your collections to the Collection of Collections, log in to the CONTENTdm User Support Center and follow the instructions. Be sure to submit metadata for all required fields including the Entered by field.


June 10, 2008

Cambridge Histories Online Now Available

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Cambridge University Press recently announced the launch of a new product--Cambridge Histories Online.

Product Description: The Cambridge Histories have become an established and essential component of the academic research library, and now, for the first time, over 250 of these well-known, used and trusted volumes published since the 1960's will be available online, adding immense value to the texts and enhancing any aspect of historical research. Cambridge Histories Online (CHO) will be an indispensable research tool for undergraduates and academics alike. It will offer impressive functionality, enabling quick and easy access to content and the tools to make the content usable in a time effective way, including extensive bibliographic reference linking, personal archives, citation export, remote access and user control display features. At launch CHO will cover 14 subject areas, including, General History, Regional History, Literary Studies, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.

Currently, 208 of the 252 volumes have been uploaded and they anticipate the remaining volumes will be available by mid-July.

Pricing: Pricing consists of a one-time purchase price based on FTE levels. Starting year two libraries will be charged an annual fee of $750.00 which includes new content AND maintenance. Libraries ordering through the Nebraska Library Commission are eligible for a 15% discount off the one-time purchase price. There is no discount available on the annual content/hosting fee.

To request a price quote Nebraska libraries should email Susan Knisely. Please include your FTE or population served.

Trials: Interested libraries can sign up for a 30-day free trial at


June 16, 2008

Cataloging Workshops to be Held in North Platte

Entry Categories: Training  

Two cataloging workshops: Understanding MARC 21 Bibliographic Records, and Monographic Copy Cataloging have been scheduled for August and September at the Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.

Understanding MARC 21 Bibliographic Records is a two-day workshop that will be held August 22, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm and August 29, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm. Monographic Copy Cataloging will be held September 19, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Sharon Mason will be the instructor for both workshops. Sharon was the Head of Technical Services at University of Nebraska at Kearney for many years.

For more information or to register for these workshops or cataloging workshops scheduled at other locations, please go to the Nebraska Library Commission's Training Portal and search on cataloging.

These workshops are approved for the NLC Cataloging Certificate Program.


June 20, 2008

H.W. Wilson and MLA to make article-level records available in

Entry Categories: Reference  

Database producers H.W. Wilson and MLA have agreed to permit a portion of their content to be indexed and made available in as article-level records, increasing the visibility of content licensed by libraries on the Web.

The article-level metadata will be added to the more than 50 million articles indexed from the National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE, the Department of Education’s ERIC database, the British Library Inside Serials, the GPO Monthly Catalog and the OCLC ArticleFirst® database to expand access and discovery of authoritative content through

Read the full news release


June 23, 2008

NEBASE Hour for July: What's New in WorldCat Resource Sharing?

Entry Categories: Resource Sharing   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for July 2008 is "What's New in WorldCat Resource Sharing?".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation that you will access from your own computer via the Web. Audio is available via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). You may ask any questions you have during the session. The session will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time. IMPORTANT: Please note that we are using new web conferencing software - Centra. Please read the information below this announcement for details about technical requirements and procedures for accessing live online sessions through Centra.

NEBASE Hour for July 2008: What's New in WorldCat Resource Sharing?

July 9, 2008 - 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: July 7

OCLC continues to make improvements to the WorldCat Resource Sharing system. Attend this session for an overview of the most recent enhancements to WorldCat Resource Sharing, such as:

  • Printing and Searching improvements
  • Updates to the Policies Directory
  • Additional deflection and Reasons for No options
  • and more!

The session will be conducted by Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE. Participants will receive 1 hour of CE credit. There is no cost to participate in this session.

For more information and to register to attend this session, please go to our Training Portal.

INTRODUCING CENTRA LIVE! This Online Session will be conducted using Centra Live web conferencing software. For this reason it is crucial that you review the Centra Live technical requirements and perform the recommended Centra system check even if you've successfully attended previous Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions. (Previous sessions used Genesys and Live Meeting software.) Please do this several days in advance of your scheduled session so you have plenty of time to update your system if necessary. Technical requirements (including a link to the system check) and general access instructions are available on the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions webpage.

AUDIO NOTE: Audio for Centra Live online sessions will be handled via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, as opposed to a telephone conference call. This means access to a telephone is not required. However, in order to hear the presentation attendees must be using a computer with a sound card and speakers. To ask questions and participate in class discussion, attendees will also need a microphone. If you don't have a microphone for your computer, you may request one from the Nebraska Library Commission, at no cost to you, by emailing Jeannette Powell at least a week in advance of your session. If only one individual is attending the session from a particular computer, a headset may be used in place of the speakers and microphone.


June 27, 2008

Downloadable Audiobooks Offer

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Have your patrons been asking for downloadable audiobooks? Is it time to try something new at your library? Consider joining the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries for the next subscription year: October 2008-September 2009.

Patrons of Nebraska OverDrive Libraries have access to a variety of fiction and non-fiction, adult and children’s audiobooks. All members have access to the entire collection, currently 700+ titles and continually growing. View current collection list.

OverDrive digital audio books can be downloaded to a PC/laptop, burned to CD, or transferred to a wide variety of portable devices, including most MP3 players, smartphones, and car stereos. Patrons download and enjoy their selection anytime and anywhere via the web, so the process is virtually hands free for library staff.

These digital books may be checked out for a limited period of time, downloaded to the patron's device and are automatically returned to the collection when the checkout time expires. The library does not need to purchase any additional equipment to provide this remote service to patrons. To read more about Overdrive go to

In addition to an annual subscription fee, there is a one-time set up fee of $500 for new members. All annual subscription fees paid by member libraries go to collection content purchases; the Nebraska Library Commission pays the annual maintenance fee. Check pricing for your library.

If you sign-up for the next subscription period by August 29, 2008, the Nebraska Library Commission will make an additional contribution to the content fund. Sign the Overdrive Participation Form today and mail or fax to Jeannette Powell, NLC, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508; 402-471-2083 (fax).

Membership limited to Nebraska libraries serving a population under 50,000.

If you have questions about the Nebraska Overdrive Libraries project, please email Devra Dragos or Susan Knisely.



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