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November 12, 2008

NEBASE Hour for December: Cataloging with CatExpress

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Discounts   NEBASE   Technical Services  

The NEBASE Hour for December 2008 is "Cataloging with CatExpress".

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 December 2008: Cataloging with CatExpress

December 3, 2008 - 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: December 1

OCLC CatExpress provides copy cataloging with limited editing capabilities at a low, flat-fee subscription price. With CatExpress, your library can search WorldCat, set and delete holdings, enter information in optional data fields, print labels, retrieve MARC records for loading into your local system, and track your library's usage with the Monthly Transaction Reports.

Attend this session to see a live demonstration of this easy to use, web-based interface to OCLC's WorldCat. And hear about the special NEBASE offer of a free trial month of the OCLC CatExpress service to new subscribers.

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.


November 21, 2008

OCLC Members Council discusses similarities, embraces differences in libraries

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

OCLC Members Council met in Dublin, Ohio, October 19-21, to discuss similarities and differences in libraries around the world, continue planning a transition to a Global Council and Regional Councils to extend OCLC participation, and elect a council delegate to the OCLC Board of Trustees.

Under the direction of Members Council President Loretta Parham, Library Director and CEO, The Atlanta University Center, delegates also heard reports from OCLC senior management and staff and discussed the worldwide library cooperative’s plans and activities.

Kathleen Imhoff, Executive Director and CEO, Lexington (Kentucky) Public Library, was elected by Members Council to serve on the OCLC Board of Trustees. Ms. Imhoff, a public librarian, will serve a term of five years. She has advocated for the formation of global library networks, and has considerable budgeting, contracting, project management, collaboration and strategic planning experience.

"I welcome the opportunity to bring my experience to the OCLC table to help provide cost-effective information services to people throughout the world," said Ms. Imhoff, in her nominee statement.

Larry Alford, Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees, and Dean of University Libraries, Temple University, provided an overview of the board's responsibilities. He said the OCLC Board of Trustees ensures that OCLC stays true to its public purpose; ensures that OCLC is a financially secure, business-like collaborative; and ensures “that we pass a strong, stable, relevant collaborative to the next generation.”

Read the full press release

Audio and video of the October Members Council meeting


November 24, 2008

Workshops Scheduled for Scottsbluff in March

Entry Categories: Training  

The following workshops have been scheduled at the Harms Technology Center, 2620 Sykes Blvd, Scottsbluff in March.  The instructor is Michael Sauers, Innovative Technology Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission.

I 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.

Date and Time:
March 17, 9am - 12 noon MT

For more information and to register:

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 and Time:
March 17, 1pm - 4pm MT

For more information and to register:/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8805

Welcome to the Social Web

Description: 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: March 18, 9am - 4pm MT

For more information and to register: /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8806

Introduction to Web Page Creation with XHTML

Description: 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: March 19, 9am - 4pm MT

For more information and to register: /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8807

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.

Date and Time: March 20, 9am - 4pm MT

For more information and to register: /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8808

Please Note: With costs being what they are these days we must stress that we need a minimum of five people per workshop in order to justify the travel costs for the instructor. As a result we appreciate any assistance you can provide in promoting these workshops and encouraging others to attend. Also, if you are planning on attending please to not wait to register as a decision on preceding with or cancelling the workshop will be made approximately two weeks prior.  


November 25, 2008

OCLC ILL Non-supplier Status

Entry Categories: Resource Sharing  

Attention OCLC ILL Staff....

Are you or other members of your ILL staff going on vacation? Is your library closing for a long scheduled holiday?

If so, you should update your OCLC Policies Directory record to change your library's ILL status from supplier to non-supplier.

When a library establishes themselves as a non-supplier, their OCLC symbol is no longer hot-linked in holdings displays, preventing their symbol from being added to new ILL requests. In addition to checking supplier status at the time of the request creation, the system also checks supplier status each time the request moves to the next lender in a string. So, if your symbol has already been included in a borrower's request before your library was switched to non-supplier, the system will automatically skip your library and move to the next symbol where the supplier status is again validated, and so on.

The change to non-supplier status can be made any day of the week and will remain active until any day of the week you choose.

To update your OCLC Policies Directory record:

  • Go to the OCLC Policies Directory. Log in to the Policies Directory with your ILL authorization and password. NOTE: There are also links to the OCLC Policies Directory from within the WorldCat Resource Sharing interface and the FirstSearch Administrative Module.
  • On the Basic Search screen, click on MY UNITS in the upper right corner of the screen to view and edit your own library's records.
  • On the My Units screen, click on the CHANGE SUPPLIER STATUS button.
  • On the Change OCLC ILL Supplier Status screen:
    • Enter the beginning and ending date for which you will be a non-supplier.
    • Click on the SAVE button in the upper left corner of the screen.
  • The system will give you a confirmation message.
  • Log off the OCLC Policies Directory.


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