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August 4, 2008

CONTENTdm - August's Featured Collections

Entry Categories: Digitization & Preservation  

This month, four collections from the CONTENTdm Collection of Collections are featured on the CONTENTdm Web site. The featured collections for August are The Templeton Digital Sheet Music Collection, Nevada in Maps, Gemeentearchief Veenendaal, and Dot Carpenter: The Woman Behind the Man.

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.

The Templeton Digital Sheet Music Collection
Mississippi State University Libraries

Since the Templeton Digital Sheet Music project began in 2000, nearly 6,000 sheet music scores have been added to the digital collection. For those published prior to 1923, entire scores are viewable. Metadata and cover art are available for all others. The complete collection of almost 22,000 pieces, which includes popular tunes dating as far back as 1865, is part of the Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum, located in the Mitchell Memorial Library on the Mississippi State University campus.

Nevada in Maps
University of Nevada, Reno

The original focus of this digital map site was a collection of historic maps of Nevada presenting topographic, geologic, and mining themes. Many of these maps are over 100 years old, deteriorating, rare, not cataloged and, therefore, not readily available or even known to potential patrons. There are now over 4200 maps and atlases on this site with many more to be added. The site also includes contemporary maps of Nevada and the Great Basin.

Gemeentearchief Veenendaal
Gemeente Veenendaal

This digital archive contains photographs of the city of Veenendaal in the Netherlands. Images depict the city from the early 1900s through the current age.

Dot Carpenter: The Woman Behind the Man
Colorado State University Libraries

It is said that behind every great man is a great woman. Delph Carpenter, “Father of Interstate River Compacts,” found greatness through working tirelessly—even when increasingly ill—ably aided by his wife, Dot. In this virtual exhibit, Dot Carpenter’s life is examined through the people who influenced her. Among other achievements, Dot's legacy is reflected in the western water law contributions made by her husband and son. This exhibit features items from the Papers of Delph E. Carpenter and Family.

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.


August 8, 2008

The Next WebJunction & Technology Planning for Your Library

Entry Categories: Training  

WebJunction is the online community where library staff come together to connect, create, and learn. WebJunction has just moved to an entirely new platform that includes new courses, easier direct-to-WebJunction publishing of your documents, videos, presentations, or other resources you want to contribute, and new ways to connect with library colleagues.

This September, The Next WebJunction & Technology Planning for Your Library sessions are being held at 4 locations across the state. Spend a day exploring and discovering the new and improved features of WebJunction. Some of the topics we will cover are:

  • Making the most of your Member Profile
  • Connecting with your colleagues in the Rural & Small Library Community
  • Serving your patron's needs with the Spanish Language Outreach Program
  • Managing your Technology Planning with TechAtlas
  • TechAtlas' connection to the 2009 Gates Hardware Grant program
  • Learning about E-Rate Information & Resources

  • ...and much more!

Dates and locations are:

  • September 9 - Lincoln, Nebraska Library Commission
  • September 11 - Kearney, ESU 10
  • September 23 - Norfolk, Northeast Community College
  • September 25 - Scottsbluff, Harms Technology Center

To register, and for details about travel reimbursement, visit the NLC Training Portal.


August 15, 2008

NEBASE Hour for September: WorldCat on the Web

Entry Categories: Training  

The NEBASE Hour for September 2008 is "WorldCat on the Web".

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 September 2008: WorldCat on the Web

September 3, 2008 - 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: September 1 Open WorldCat? What's the difference?

These two services make records of library-owned materials in OCLC's WorldCat database available to Web users via a unique destination website and on popular Internet search, bibliographic and bookselling sites. The result: OCLC member libraries are more visible on the Web, and their catalogs are more accessible from the sites where many people start their search for information.

Attend this session to learn how your library and your patrons benefit from all of the features of WorldCat on the Web, such as:

  • Personal profiles
  • Lists
  • Ratings & reviews
  • RSS feeds
  • Citation formatting
  • 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.


August 18, 2008

Video from NEBASE Annual Meeting 2008

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Training  

For those of you who weren't there, or for those of you who just couldn't get enough of our presentations, videos from NEBASE Annual Meeting 2008 are now available on

Welcome to the New WebJunction: Michael Porter

Participating in the Creative Commons: Michael Sauers

How are You Accessing Allana Novotny

Next Generation Cataloging: Renee Register

August 27, 2008

Just When I Get Comfortable ... Everything Changes

Entry Categories: Training  

Save October 23rd for an exciting change management workshop!

Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC), the OCLC Regional Service Provider in Missouri, is extending their member workshop rate to NEBASE Member libraries for "Just When I Get Comfortable ... Everything Changes," a change management workshop led by Andrew Sanderbeck of the People-Connect Institute on Thursday, October 23, 2008 in Independence, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City.

Change is all around us today. Library 2.0 Technology evolves and changes. We change the look of our buildings and of our personnel. We change our policies and procedures. And many times, change is “dumped” on us, where we have little if any input into the implementation and effects of the change.

The good news is…change can be effectively managed. There are processes and techniques that we can use to make the most of change…or at least to minimize the resistance to it. Participants will learn to identify strategies for helping change be accepted and implemented in the workplace, to see change as an opportunity for self-motivation and innovation, to become change leaders in their organizations, and to complete an action plan for implementing specific goals created during the session.

For more details and to register online, visit the MLNC website.



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