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July 8, 2008

WebSearch University Conference (September 22-23) Discount

Entry Categories: Discounts  

Information Today, Inc. has authorized NEBASE to offer a special team/group rate to all Nebraska librarians who attend the WebSearch University conference scheduled to be held on September 22-23, 2008, at the Washington Marriott. Detailed information about the WebSearch University conference can be found at The special team/group rate for this conference is $445 for the two-day event (September 22-23, 2008). This is $200 off the regular price and a $100 discount off the early-bird registration price. No discount rates are available for the pre-conference seminars.

To register for the conference, print off the registration form located at All registrants need to do is indicate on the registration form that they are members of NEBASE and then mark the discount rate on their form. Mail the completed form to Sue Biltoft at the address below. Payment must accompany your registration form. Please make check or credit card payable to Information Today, Inc. To receive the discount your registration MUST be sent to the Nebraska Library Commission. Completed registration forms must be received by August 11, 2008.

Sue Biltoft
Nebraska Library Commission
1200 N St., Suite 120
Lincoln, NE 68508-2023
Phone: 402-471-4009 or 800-307-2665


July 11, 2008

WorldCat Resource Sharing: Updated "Reasons for No" coming

Entry Categories: Resource Sharing  

Explanation of Reasons for No changes
This Sunday, July 13, OCLC will be implementing new “Reasons for No” for users of WorldCat Resource Sharing. This change will happen at a later date for users of OCLC ILLiad following the release of a new ILLiad Web service. The original Reasons for No were developed by the ILL Protocol Implementers Group (IPIG). Over the years, some of these reasons have become outdated and new reasons have become necessary. The details of these changes are outlined below.

Beginning in 2008, OCLC started working with an ad hoc group of libraries to revamp the Reasons for No as they appear in WorldCat Resource Sharing and OCLC ILLiad. This advisory group consisted of volunteers from the OCLC ILL Users Group at ALA Midwinter, members of SHARES, library staff who participated in discussions on ILL-L, and Regional Service Providers and any libraries they contacted.

We presented a list of current Reasons for No, asked for user opinions on the usefulness of the reasons and suggestions for new reasons. We also asked for opinions on how “Not Found as Cited” should be handled systematically. We went through this process four times until we came to a resolution where each proposed change had a majority.

Complete list of Reasons for No
Below is the list of Reasons for No that will appear in WorldCat Resource Sharing starting in July 2008. They are in the order in which they will appear in the drop-down list. This order corresponds to how often they are used by WorldCat Resource Sharing and ILLiad users.

1. In Use/On Loan
2. Non Circulating
3. Not on Shelf/Missing
4. Not Owned
5. Lacking Volume/Issue
6. Branch Policy Problem
7. On Order
8. Cost Exceeds Limit
9. Technical Processing
10. Preferred Delivery Time Not Possible
11. Poor Condition
12. At Bindery
13. Volume Issue Not Yet Available
14. Not Licensed to Fill
15. Required delivery services not supported
16. Prepayment Required
17. Other

Retired Reasons for No
The following Reasons for No will no longer be used:

1. Unspecified
2. Charges
3. Locations not found
4. On reserve (now use: In use/on loan)
5. On hold (now use: In use/on loan)
6. Not found as cited (moved to system-supplied Conditional response)
7. Lacks copyright compliance (moved to system-supplied Conditional response)

Changes for Conditional Responses
In the current environment all conditional responses are supplied by users via the Administrative Module and Saved Notes. Beginning in July, the WorldCat Resource Sharing system will supply four conditional responses for users:

1. Not found as cited (will no longer be a Reason for No)
Used when the Lender cannot find a requested item based on borrower-supplied citation information
2. Duplicate request? (new)
Used when the Lender receives two requests for the same item around the same time. The Lender can confirm that the Borrower truly wants two copies of the same item.
3. Borrower concerns/please contact lender (new)
Used when a Lender is not comfortable lending an item to a particular Borrower until they have a conversation. This may be due to overdue materials, materials with IFM attached that have not been received, etc.
4. Lacks copyright compliance (will no longer be a Reason for No)
Used when the Borrower has not noted CCG or CCL compliance and the Lender wants this information to be supplied before agreeing to supply the item.

ILLiad impact
OCLC is making these changes first to WorldCat Resource Sharing. At the same time as the changes are implemented in WorldCat Resource Sharing we will be updating the Atlas Systems Web service to include the new Reasons for No in ILLiad. Until that development work is completed and users have upgraded to the new release that incorporates the Web service, users of ILLiad will not have access to these new Reasons for No and users of WCRS may receive some of the older Reasons for No.

ISO ILL impact
Users of ISO ILL will continue to receive ISO-sanctioned Reasons for No. New OCLC Reasons for No will be mapped to “Other” if there is no logical ISO reason provided.

Other partners
OCLC is also updating the Web services used by other partners that use WorldCat Resource Sharing. We will be making this updated Web service available in July 2008. As with ILLiad, there will be some lag time while partner organizations implement the new Web service and users upgrade their software.


All New eBook and eAudiobook Subject Sets Now Available

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

OCLC NetLibrary has introduced 27 new eBook Subject Sets and five new eAudiobook Subject Sets for 2008-2009. Combining comprehensive coverage in core subject areas with authoritative frontlist content, 2008-2009 Subject Sets are a fast and affordable solution for libraries that are interested in starting or growing an eContent collection.

New Subject Sets are grouped in five collection categories, including General Social Sciences & Business, Hot Topics & Special Interest, Teacher's Resources, Personal Growth & How-To and eAudiobooks. Selected from our catalog of more than 170,000 titles, Subject Sets are available for all library types and include OCLC MARC records at no additional charge.

Libraries can purchase by individual Subject Set or by category for complete subject coverage. Please note that Subject Sets are available to individual libraries and multi-branch library systems only and are not available for consortia sales. All titles included in Subject Sets have been cleared for worldwide distribution.

Complete title lists and additional resources are available at:


July 15, 2008

From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

OCLC was awarded a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to explore attitudes and perceptions about library funding and to evaluate the potential of a large-scale marketing and advocacy campaign to increase public library funding in the U.S. The findings of this research are now available in the latest OCLC report, From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America.

Among the findings from the report:

  • Library funding support is only marginally related to library visitation.
  • Perceptions of librarians are an important predictor of library funding support.
  • Voters who see the library as a "transformational" force as opposed to an "information" source are more likely to increase taxes in its support.

The report suggests that targeting marketing messages to the right segments of the voting public is key to driving increased support for U.S. public libraries.

Purchase a print copy of the report or download a free, electronic version


July 17, 2008

CONTENTdm - July'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 July are ASCB Image & Video Library, Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Portraits, and Ira Clemens Photograph Album, 1923.

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.

ASCB Image & Video Library
American Society for Cell Biology
ASCB's Image & Video Library is part of the ASCB family of cell biology educational resources that also include CellBASE, IBioSeminars, CBE — Life Sciences Education, BioEDUCATE, and Community Forums on cell biology topics. The library is a collection of peer-reviewed still images and dynamic videos of the highest quality that cover the field of cell biology in a comprehensive manner. Access to the library is free and open for non-commercial educational and research uses. Users can download any and all images and videos for non-commercial purposes.

Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Portraits
University of Washington, Seattle Public Library
After the Civil War, veterans who had fought for the Union formed the Grand Army of the Republic. Around 1915, local members put together an album of photographic portraits collected from members over the previous 25 years or so. The leather-bound book was donated to the Seattle Public Library in 1971. Only 106 portraits remain, and some are unidentified, but they all form a remarkable resource for Seattle history which can now be found in this digital collection.

Ira Clemens Photograph Album, 1923
Pittsburg State University
A collection of photographs, postcards, and notes compiled in 1923 by Ira Clemens. The materials concern mining communities and towns in Crawford and Cherokee Counties in Kansas, and Mindenmines, Missouri. The photographs consist primarily of street scenes, churches, public buildings such as libraries and schools, recreational buildings and parks, and residences of miners. The notes typically define the physical location of the community, indicate the population characteristics, identify the major buildings, disclose bank holdings, and describe other features of the community.

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.


July 22, 2008

Join us for the NEBASE Annual Meeting 2008

You're invited to join us for the NEBASE Annual Meeting on Tuesday, August 12 at the Cornhusker in Lincoln.

View the full agenda and register online

Library staff and media specialists are all invited to attend. We hope to see you in Lincoln on August 12th!

--- AGENDA ---

Keynote : From Science Fiction to Library Science: Info, Interface, Technology and Your Libraries' Future - Michael Porter, Interactive Strategy Manager, Web Junction

Many of the things we have read about and seen in science fiction related to libraries and information access are rapidly becoming library science fact. We’ll look at several examples of opportunities, realities, challenges and potentials for the library in a rapidly evolving technological and competitive environment.

Next Generation Cataloging - Renee Register, OCLC Global Product Manager, Cataloging and Metadata Services

OCLC has launched the Next Generation Cataloging and Metadata service pilot project. It will explore the viability of capturing ONIX metadata upstream from publishers and vendors and enhancing that metadata in WorldCat. A variety of academic and public libraries, publishers and vendors will participate in the pilot. The pilot will provide a way to store, enhance and normalize publisher metadata for the benefit of both library and publishing communities. Librarians will be involved in raising the quality of metadata in the marketplace where they select and purchase materials.

The New WebJunction: You Connect, You Create and You Learn - Michael Porter, Interactive Strategy Manager, Web Junction

In summer of 2008, at the very same time this meeting is getting underway, WebJunction is launching a very fresh, greatly expanded and amazingly practical new site. A site full of familiar, new and unique tools designed specifically for library professionals. Use the new WebJunction to connect, create and learn about content, about colleagues, and about anything you need to be involved with in Libraryland. At the individual, group and network level WebJunction has valuable and exciting tools and opportunities for you to use right now. And for free!

Creative Commons: A Copyright Alternative - Michael Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission

With the debate over copyright raging, with some calling for the end of the "all rights reserved" regime, and libraries feeling like they’re caught in the middle, just what are the alternatives? CC is the most respected alternative available today with its idea of "some rights reserved" as set by the content creators themselves. Sauers talks about the principles of Creative Commons, shows how you can easily apply it to your intellectual property today, and how you can use CC to find material that you can legally reuse in the creation of new content.

Break Out Sessions (Choose one)

Session 1 - NetLibrary Subject Sets: The Quick Way to Build Your eBook Collection - Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator, NEBASE, Nebraska Library Commission

NetLibrary® Subject Sets are a simple and economical way to enhance, replace or start your eBook collection with authoritative frontlist titles. eBook Subject Sets are available for all library types and cover a wide range of subject areas relevant to your library users' interests and requirements. Learn about the collections available and how your library can benefit from these pre-selected eBook sets.

Session 2 - How Are You Accessing - Allana Novotny, Network Services Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission

As continues to grow and develop there are more and more ways to easily search the database. Learn how you and your patrons can easily access this service from your website, Facebook or web browser.


July 29, 2008

NEBASE Hour for August: What's New at OCLC?

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

The NEBASE Hour for August 2008 is "What's New at OCLC?".

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 August 2008: What's New at OCLC?

August 6, 2008 - 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: August 4

OCLC continues to introduce new products and services and to support innovative research and library initiatives. Attend this session to hear all about the newest OCLC activities.

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.


OCLC's Small Libraries Advisory Group

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

At the May 2008 OCLC Members Council meeting, a new initiative for small and rural libraries was announced. The Small Libraries Advisory Group was sponsored by George Needham, Vice President of OCLC Member Services, and is chaired by George Bishop, the library director for the Ovid-Elsie Schools in Michigan. The goal of the group is to recommend to OCLC new ways to package current services for the small library market, regardless of library type.

The first conference call meeting of the group is this Thursday, July 31. If you have suggestions or ideas on how OCLC can help small and rural libraries, OCLC wants to hear them.

How can OCLC make their products and services affordable for all libraries? Is there a way we can offer a selection of services that are quick to learn and could get smaller libraries (public, school, special, even small academics) into the cooperative with a low entry cost and minimal ongoing expense?

Add a comment on OCLC’s It’s All Good blog or e-mail George Needham and let them know what you're thinking!


July 31, 2008

OCLC's new Web Harvester captures Web content to add to digital collections

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Digitization & Preservation  

OCLC is now offering the Web Harvester, a new product that allows libraries and other cultural heritage institutions to capture and add Web content to their digital collections managed by CONTENTdm software. OCLC’s Web Harvester addresses the need to store and provide access to otherwise highly transient information resources that solely exist on Web sites.

OCLC’s Web Harvester evolved from collaboration with several state libraries, state archives and universities over a period of seven years. Participants emphasized the increasing importance of collecting and managing Web-based content as information resources move online, yet remain within libraries’ and archives’ collection scopes.

The Web Harvester is integrated into library workflows, allowing library staff to capture content as part of the cataloging process. The captured content is then sent to the organization’s digital collections where it can be managed with other CONTENTdm digital content.

Read the News Release



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