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September 4, 2008

New WorldCat Resource Sharing User Guide now available

Entry Categories: Resource Sharing  

A new WorldCat Resource Sharing User Guide is now available online. This document is your complete resource for information on all aspects of resource sharing and interlibrary loan procedures through OCLC's WorldCat Resource Sharing system.

Some sample topics:

  • The Basic Interlibrary Loan Cycle
  • Access and Authorizations
  • Additional Loan Cycles
  • OCLC Policies Directory
  • OCLC ILL Fee Management Service
  • Creating ILL Requests
  • Choosing Lenders
  • Completing a Loan Cycle
  • Printing from Request Manager

The WorldCat Resource Sharing User Guide is available in PDF format on the WorldCat Resource Sharing documentation website. During Fall 2008, OCLC's Documentation Dept. will also make available an HTML version.

Please send any comments or questions about this user guide to Peter Insabella in the OCLC Documentation Department.


September 10, 2008

Oxford University Press Webinars Scheduled for October

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Oxford University Press recently announced a new series of webinars, in which they will offer interactive demonstrations of some of their newest electronic resources. These webinars will be conducted by Oxford University Press staff members, using Oxford University Press’s web conferencing service.

If you are interested in attending one of these webinars please email your RSVP to Susan Knisely by October 1, 2008 so we can forward it on to Oxford University Press. Please include the following information in your RSVP:

  • Institution Name:
  • Participant Name:
  • Email Address:
  • Product Name & Session Time (see below):

After receiving your RSVP Oxford University Press will provide you with a webinar URL and call-in instructions.

Available Sessions & Times:

Tuesday, October 7th / Product: Electronic Enlightenment
- 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST
- 4:00 – 5:00 pm EST

Thursday, October 9th / Product: Oxford African American Studies Center
- 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST
- 4:00 – 5:00 pm EST

Tuesday, October 14th / Product: Oxford Language Dictionaries Online
- 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST
- 4:00 – 5:00 pm EST

Friday, October 17th / Product: Oxford Islamic Studies Online
- 11:00 – 12:00 pm EST
- 4:00 – 5:00 pm EST


September 22, 2008

EBSCO School and Public Library Database Trials

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

This fall EBSCO Publishing is offering two simultaneous trials to Nebraska libraries, one aimed at Public libraries and one aimed at School libraries. These 30-day trials are scheduled to run through October 15, 2008.

The PUBLIC LIBRARY TRIAL provides access to the following four databases:

  • NoveList Plus
    By augmenting the fiction material covered in NoveList with nonfiction reading material, NoveList Plus provides libraries with a complete solution from which to answer the ubiquitous question of what to read next.
  • Auto Repair Reference Center
    Auto Repair Reference Center contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1945.
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center
    Small Engine Repair Reference Center™ is the definitive online tool for small engine repair assistance, including: ATVs, commercial mowers, farm tractors, generators, motorcycles, marine (boats), outdoor power equipment, PWC (personal watercraft/jet ski), snowblowers, snowmobiles, tillers and other small engines.
  • Home Improvement Reference Center
    Home Improvement Reference Center™ is the definitive online tool for home improvement assistance, including: maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, wood projects, outdoor improvements, decorating home & garden, etc.
The SCHOOL LIBRARY TRIAL provides access to the following four databases:
  • MAS Ultra – School Edition
    Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contains full text for more than 500 popular, high school magazines. MAS Ultra – School Edition also provides more than 360 full text reference books, 85,670 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 341,655 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and expanded full text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.
  • Middle Search Plus
    Middle Search Plus provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 341,655 photos, maps and flags.
  • Primary Search
    Primary Search provides full text for more than 70 popular, magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990.
  • NoveList K-8 Plus
    An upgrade to NoveList K-8, which focuses exclusively on fiction, NoveList K-8 Plus is a great online resource for helping teachers, school media specialists and kids find that next great fiction or nonfiction read.
Note: MAS Ultra School Edition, Middle Search Plus, and Primary Search can be searched through the EBSCOhost Interface, or through special interfaces optimized for different grade levels – Student Research Center, Kids Search, and Searchasaurus. Within this trial account Student Research Center is set up to provide access to Middle Search Plus and MAS Ultra School Edition; and Kids Search and Searchasaurus are set up to provide access to Middle Search Plus, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, EBSCO Animals, and Primary Search.

Trial URL:

Trial User ID and Password: Nebraska librarians and media specialists can email Databases to request this information.

If you have questions about the content of these databases please feel free to contact Eve Paone, our inside High School and Public Library Account Executive, at 800-653-2726 ext. 2235 or email, or Amanda Winseck, our new Field Sales Representative, at 847-975-5295 or email


September 23, 2008

Elsevier Offers Database Trials to Academic and High School Libraries

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Elsevier Publishing is offering to set up month-long trial access to the following products, beginning October 1st and running through October 31st:

  • ScienceDirect College Edition - ScienceDirect is one of the most advanced full-text search and delivery systems in the world, delivering full-text access to Elsevier's journals, eBooks, and reference works, and it empowers users with a host of personalized search features to really get the most out of the full text holdings.

    As Elsevier is the exclusive publisher of over 25% of the world's scientific information, access to this information is critical for the academic library. The ScienceDirect College Edition collections are designed to deliver this access while meeting the budgetary needs of smaller colleges and universities. The three collections that comprise the College Edition offer are as follows:

    • Health & Life Sciences - Consisting of over 1,100 journal titles and 30 Major Reference Works, the HLS collection delivers an immense amount of peer-reviewed journal content covering biology, nursing, physical therapy & rehabilitation, environmental science, veterinary science, and much more.
    • Physical Sciences & Engineering - The PS collection brings together over 730 journals and 15 Major Reference Works to deliver cutting edge information in the areas of chemistry, physics, computer & information science, mathematics, engineering, forensic science, technology, energy, and more.
    • Social & Behavioral Sciences - Comprised of over 380 high-quality journals and 10 Major Reference Works, the SBS collection delivers comprehensive coverage in the fields of psychology, business management, leadership, accounting, education, counseling & social work and more.

    For a detailed overview of the numerous features and benefits of ScienceDirect College Edition, including pricing info and downloadable title lists for each package please follow this link:

    If you'd like to experience the functionality of the ScienceDirect platform itself, please visit:

  • Scopus - Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources. It's designed to find the information students and scientists need. Quick, easy and comprehensive, Scopus provides superior support of the literature research process.

    Updated daily, Scopus covers:

    • 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 publishers
    • over 1200 Open Access journals
    • 500 conference proceedings
    • over 600 trade publications
    • 200 book series
    • 33 million abstracts
    • Results from 386 million scientific web pages
    • 22 million patent records from 5 patent offices
    • Seamless links to full-text articles and other library resources
    • Innovative tools that give an at-a-glance overview of search results and refine them to the most relevant hits
    • Alerts to keep you up-to-date on new articles matching your search query, or by favorite author

    Scopus is the easiest way to get to relevant content fast. Tools to sort, refine and quickly identify results help you focus on the outcome of your work. You can spend less time mastering databases and more time on research. For a complete overview of Scopus please visit the info site:

  • ScienceDirect High School Program - The ScienceDirect High School Program, founded in 1999, provides high schools with ultra-low-cost access to the ScienceDirect database and continues to draw favorable feedback from participants. More than 70 schools across the US are now participating in the program. Schools in the UK have also expressed interest in the program, and so it has recently been opened to schools throughout Europe.

    The program benefits students and teaching staff. By accessing ScienceDirect, students gain exposure to the same scientific knowledge available to the world’s leading science researchers. Hence students can expand the scope of their research projects and become better prepared for college-level research, where they will likely be using ScienceDirect on a regular basis. Teaching staff at participating schools also benefit from their access to ScienceDirect’s current content, offering information especially useful in the science classroom and laboratory.

    High schools that express interest in participating in the ScienceDirect High School Program will be contacted by Elsevier to review the basic requirements of participation.

    The material in the ScienceDirect database is accessible free of charge to participants, though an annual maintenance fee of USD $500 is charged for the setup to connect each participating institution to the database.

For more information about ScienceDirect, please visit the info site:

Pricing for these products will be provided to individual institutions upon request. Elsevier has indicated they would be willing to provide a 5% discount to libraries purchasing ScienceDirect College Edition through the Nebraska Library Commission and a 10% discount to libraries purchasing Scopus through the Nebraska Library Commission.

Trial Dates: Trials will be set up to start on October 1st and run for the entire month, ending on October 31st.

To Request a Trial: Email Susan Knisely with your contact information and institutional IP ranges, or contact Doug Morton, Elsevier Global Sales, 212-633-3839 or

Trial Access Instructions: Trials will be set up on the respective institutional IP ranges, and will be made available to the entire institution (library, faculty, students).

For more information on these products see the information appended below, or contact:

Doug Morton
Global Sales
Phone: 212-633-3839


September 24, 2008

EBSCO Webinars Scheduled for October

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

EBSCO Publishing is inviting interested Nebraska school and public librarians to attend an upcoming online webinar session.

Two sessions are scheduled to provide information and training for the EBSCO databases that are currently available for trial through the Nebraska Library Commission.

The first webinar will focus on the Public Library databases:

  • Automotive Repair Reference Center
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center
  • Home Improvement Reference Center
  • NoveList Plus

It is scheduled for October 1, 2008 at 3:15 PM central standard time.

The second webinar will focus on the School Library databases:

  • Middle Search
  • Primary Search
  • MAS Ultra - School Edition
  • NoveList Plus K-8

It is scheduled for October 8, 2008 at 3:15 PM central standard time.

The webinars will last 30 minutes with time allotted for Q&A. If you are interested in attending a session please email Susan Knisely for login instructions.



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