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October 1, 2008

Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 4th ed. now available

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Technical Services  

Bibliographic Formats and Standards fourth print edition is now available for ordering though the OCLC Online Service Center.

This guide to cataloging using OCLC’s WorldCat database provides you with essential information on creating and using bibliographic records in WorldCat, including:

  • Input standards and guidelines for catalogers
  • Tagging conventions
  • Links to sources of related cataloging information

The fourth edition of Bibliographic Formats and Standards is the final edition available in print. The fourth edition will continue to be updated online and major revisions will be announced on the Abstract & revision notes page. Updates will be made available on the Bibliographic Formats and Standards site in PDF format so that holders of the fourth edition can keep their print copies up-to-date.

Bibliographic Formats and Standards fourth print edition is available at $50 U.S. Every order includes shipping to U.S. and Canada addresses. Shipments outside the U.S. and Canada may require additional duties and taxes.

Visit the OCLC Online Service Center to place an order. For more information visit the Bibliographic Formats and Standards site .


October 7, 2008

LearningExpress Advantage Trial and Discount for Nebraska K12 Schools

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

LearningExpress LLC is offering Nebraska K12 schools trial access to their specialized K12 platform of classroom resources, LearningExpress Advantage featuring eFolio, the instantly scored writing improvement program based on the "6 Traits" writing rubric.

  • LearningExpress eFolio is an innovative writing improvement program featuring state-of-the-art instant essay scoring, based on the "6 Traits" writing rubric.
  • LearningExpress Advantage is a web-based program for schools that brings skill-building, test preparation, assessment, college preparation, and vocational and workplace skills resources together in one easy-to-use platform.

To learn more about these products read the full descriptions online or check out the trial access!

Trial Dates: September 30, 2008 through October 31, 2008

Trial Access Instructions: Trial access instructions and pricing were distributed via a September 30, 2008 message to the Trial mailing list. If you did not receive this information or need it sent to you again, email Databases.

If you have specific questions about this product, please contact LearningExpress Senior Account Manager Jay Rappoport at 800-295-9556, ext. 6417 or email


October 14, 2008

OCLC and NEBASE's future

Entry Categories: NEBASE   OCLC News  

This following e-mail went out on NEBASE-L and CatExpress-L on October 10, 2008.

As some of you may already be aware, OCLC has decided to make major changes in its relationships with both its members and the existing networks. At a special meeting of network directors, OCLC revealed its new Partner Program and timeline. Under the program networks may submit proposals to become Partners within the limits of three basic levels: Billing, Marketing, and Training. All telephone and e-mail support of OCLC’s products and services will be taken over by an OCLC Support Center. The changes will take effect July 1, 2009.

What does this mean for NEBASE?

OCLC’s requirements and expectations are high for each Partner level, but the compensation for our small network would be much lower than what we currently receive. Therefore, after reviewing OCLC’s requirements and crunching the numbers, we have determined that it wouldn’t be financially sustainable for NEBASE to pursue a partnership with OCLC at any of the proposed levels.

NEBASE staff will continue to handle your OCLC renewals, ordering, billing, support, and training through June 30, 2009.

What does this mean for NEBASE members?

NEBASE members will have the option to go directly to OCLC for billing, ordering, etc., or they may go through a Partner. If Nebraska libraries choose to go through a Partner rather than OCLC, there will be no membership fees or additional costs charged by the Partner above the OCLC pricing with the exception of training registration fees. As we do not know yet which of the other existing networks will be OCLC Partners, at this time we cannot make recommendations to our members as to what will be their best option. When we have more information, we will pass it along.

After July 1, 2009, if Nebraska libraries wish to participate in group discount purchases of OCLC products such as CatExpress or WebDewey, the Nebraska Library Commission will handle the coordination of such purchases as it would with any other vendor.

Elections will not be held as usual in the spring of 2009 for NEBASE Advisory Council; the current members will continue to serve through June 30, 2009.

If you would like more details about OCLC’s Partner Program, feel free to contact Devra Dragos, or Christa Burns. Or, if you are attending the NLA/NEMA Conference in Lincoln next week, look us up at the Nebraska Library Commission booth.


OCLC Update to NEBASE Listserve Announcement of 10/10/08

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

As Devra Dragos updated you last Friday on the NEBASE listserve, OCLC has been working with our Network partners over the past two years to identify ways to increase our collective service options. Since our inception, OCLC has been committed to finding ways to best utilize the power of the cooperative to ensure cost efficiencies for our members. In that spirit, and over the course of these discussions, OCLC management and the Network Directors have developed new and expanded approaches for service, support, billing, training and education. In July, 2009 OCLC and the Networks will begin the implementation of these new services.

NEBASE informed OCLC last Friday, that after careful consideration, they have decided not to continue to provide OCLC services to Nebraska libraries under this new program. NEBASE has been a great partner for many years and we are committed to continue to provide superior service to Nebraska libraries.

What does this transition mean for NEBASE libraries?
There will be no change in NEBASE OCLC support or services until June 30, 2009. As Devra noted in her brief overview to Nebraska libraries, NEBASE members will have multiple options for training and education on OCLC products in the future when the new program rolls out next July. OCLC will work with Networks and new partners across the country to provide Nebraska libraries with a robust set of OCLC training and education courses, both in person and online.

What about account management and billing?
Effective July 2009 NEBASE libraries will no longer receive their OCLC price lists or invoices from NEBASE. Nebraska libraries will receive their price list and invoices directly from OCLC. Every year, OCLC establishes a price list for products and services. Prices have been set for FY08 and there will be no price changes for the remainder of the fiscal year. Going forward, OCLC will not apply an administrative fee and we do not anticipate pricing changes other than the regular OCLC annual price adjustments.

New options for billing, including an OCLC deposit account program, early payment discounts, and electronic billing services will be offered to Nebraska libraries. You will receive more information about these and other services in the next few months. OCLC staff will be in contact with all libraries and will work closely with the NEBASE staff to ensure that this transition occurs without interruption to services or billing.

How will I receive OCLC support services going forward?
NEBASE libraries will receive product support directly from OCLC staff beginning July 2009. OCLC has a large technical and product support team and will provide uninterrupted support for OCLC products and services.

As Devra noted, OCLC does not charge a membership fee for access to OCLC products, services or support. Nebraska libraries will receive billing, product support and access to a wide variety of OCLC training and educational programs without any membership fee.

What are the next steps?
There will be no change in NEBASE OCLC support or services until June 30, 2009 so please continue to coordinate and work with the NEBASE team. OCLC will continue to work with NEBASE to keep you updated as we work together in this transition.

OCLC staff will be contacting each library over the next few months to answer any questions and to ensure a smooth transition. However, feel free to contact Doug Potts at OCLC if you have any immediate questions or concerns.

Doug Potts
Director, Network Partners, 614-764-6000


October 15, 2008

NEBASE Hour for November: Introduction to WebDewey

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Discounts   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for November 2008 is "Introduction to WebDewey".

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 November 2008: Introduction to WebDewey

November 5, 2008 - 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: November 3

Experience the power of Dewey on the web! Now you can have web-based access to an enhanced version of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) database through WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey.

WebDewey is part of the OCLC suite of cataloging and metadata services that OCLC offers through the OCLC Connexion service.

Attend this session to see how WebDewey can make assigning Dewey numbers easier and faster. And learn how you can save by joining the NEBASE WebDewey/Abridged WebDewey group subscription.

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.



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