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May 13, 2009

ReferenceUSA Offers Trial Access to Select Databases

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ReferenceUSA is offering Nebraska public and academic libraries and government agencies trial access to a subset of their database modules through May 28, 2009.

Descriptions of Modules Available for Trial:

  • US Businesses - This database of 14 million US Businesses contains verified, accurate data and is updated monthly. Plus this is the only business database enhanced with more than 20 million phone calls per year. Selection criteria include: Business name, Executive title, Business type, Sales volume, Employee size, Year established, and more... Use Quick Search to find what you need with a few clicks or use our powerful Custom Search to fine tune your search.
  • US Residential - Use this database of over 100 Million US Residents to conduct market research, and locate friends and relatives. Our records are continuously updated and processed against the USPS National Change of Address (NCOA) and Delivery Sequence File (DSF). Selection criteria include: Name, Address, Median home value, Median home income, and more... Use Quick Search to find what you need with a few clicks or use our powerful Custom Search to fine-tune your search.
  • EmployersUSA - The only database that contains every US employer, large or small. Use it to find the company you want to work for based on location, type of business and educational background. Selection criteria include: Geography, Location type (Headquarters/Branch), Business type, Sales volume, Employee size, Year established, and more...
  • International Businesses - Find in-depth company profiles on 3 million international companies, including key executives and detailed financial information. Great for research on large companies and their foreign parents and subsidiaries. Selection criteria include: Business name, Executive name, Sales volume, Company assets, Number of employees, Geography, and more... Use basic lookups, company and industry profiles, or a variety of search variables to find the information you need on international companies and executives

Pricing is typically based on population served or FTE. Discounts will be dependent on the number of interested libraries. To request trial access information or express interest in pricing, please email Susan Knisely.

 

May 8, 2009

Introducing iPod Compatible eAudiobook Titles

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classic.gifNow it's even easier for more of your users to connect, click and listen. OCLC NetLibrary and Recorded Books have launched a new collection of eAudiobook titles that are compatible with virtually all MP3 players, including iPods, iPhones and many other portable listening devices.

With more than 1,000 available MP3 titles, you'll find contemporary bestsellers, timeless classics, and college-level courses from Recorded Books' Modern Scholar series. Also be sure to watch for upcoming Audiolibros for your Spanish-speaking users.

MP3 titles from NetLibrary and Recorded Books are available through Recorded Books subscription collections and purchase programs only. If you already have an active Recorded Books subscription, MP3 titles will automatically be included in your collection.

About MP3 titles for iPods and How to Order

View supported devices

The introduction of MP3 titles, along with the launch of the NetLibrary Media Center and its one-click download of eAudiobooks, will make it even easier for users to access eAudiobooks. The Media Center has been enhanced recently with faster downloads, automatic software updates and support for a wider range of portable devices including iPod and iPhone. Whether your library is just getting started, or already has a NetLibrary eAudiobook collection, the Media Center makes it faster and easier to connect, click and listen. For further information, see Connect, click & listen with the new NetLibrary Media Center

To coincide with these developments and to meet growing demand for eContent, NetLibrary is currently running a special offer. Savings of up to 25% are available when purchasing any combination of Subject Sets. These are collections of some of the most popular eBook and eAudiobook titles. This offer is valid until June 16, 2009.

Learn more about this offer and How to Order

 

April 14, 2009

Taylor & Francis Spring Database Trials

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Taylor & Francis is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to the following three databases through May 24, 2009:

  • ForensicnetBASE - This site covers every aspect of forensics and law enforcement, from criminal justice and forensic investigation to counterterrorism, cyber crime, and money laundering. In appreciation of current concerns, we continue to add cutting-edge research exploring counterterrorism and DNA evidence, as well as recent titles on blood pattern analysis, expert witnesses, and cyber crime. While this library is designed to serve the sophisticated needs of professionals working in the field, it also contains significant introductory material, so as to offer a complete grounding in the principles and fundamentals of traditional and emerging forensics investigation.


  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics - The Online version of the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 89th Edition offers flexibility capabilities and convenient features that make your search
    for data quick and easy! The Online edition features:
    • Interactive tables in spreadsheet format—sort, edit, and merge them to suit your purpose

    • Tables hot-linked to chemical structures

    • Cross-table searching—one search locates everything about a specific topic

    • Powerful data selection tools that allow you to customize the display and export data

    • New and updated references


  • Europa World Plus - Europa World Plus is the online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Regional Surveys of the World series. First published in 1926, the year book is renowned as one of the world's leading reference works, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Trial Dates: April 9, 2009 through May 24, 2009

Trial Access Instructions: Trial access instructions were distributed via an April 13, 2009 message to the Trial mailing list. If you did not receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, email Susan Knisely.

Pricing will be provided upon request.

 

April 7, 2009

Trial Access to H.W. Wilson's Graphic Novels Core Collection and Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus

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The H.W. Wilson Company is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to the following two databases through April 30, 2009:

  • Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus presents a carefully-selected database of full-text articles from key publications covering a variety of current social, scientific, health, political, and global issues. The topics are chosen to make up a well-rounded overview, and are then organized by subtopic for easy access. The database features current articles with periodic updates, plus the option for users to do further research with predetermined searches within WilsonWeb or on the Internet.

    Wide-ranging, informative articles are hand-picked to provide thorough research results. Topics are selected to suit the needs of school and university researchers, reflecting timely issues and controversies. Researchers will appreciate the balanced coverage of some 20-30 articles per topic, carefully selected for quality and comprehensiveness by the Wilson editorial staff. Current topics and subtopics are occasionally updated with outstanding new articles, plus users can easily get additional new articles with the preset WilsonWeb or Internet search. Entirely new topics and subtopics will be regularly added to the database.

    Read more about this product.

  • Graphic Novels Core Collection - For collection development, readers’ advisory, curriculum support, and selection and purchasing, the Graphic Novels Core Collection addresses the growing popularity of this literary form. It highlights approximately 2,000 recommended titles with descriptive and evaluative annotations (including review excerpts and awards the title has won), plus cover art. Standards for rating material by age appropriateness are strictly applied, plus all titles are searchable by author, title, subject, genre, and grade level.

    Entries link to additional review excerpts from Wilson’s Book Review Digest Plus database. A very powerful database, particularly when searched simultaneously with other Wilson Core Collections and other databases like Readers’ Guide.

    Read more about this product

Trial Dates: April 7, 2009 through April 30, 2009

Trial Access: Trial access instructions were distributed via an April 7, 2009 message to the Trial mailing list. If you didn't receive this information orneed to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely.

Pricing is available upon request.

 

March 17, 2009

Rand McNally Classroom Database Trial

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Rand McNally is offering Nebraska librarians and media specialists trial access to their Rand McNally Classroom through April 15, 2009.

Description: Rand McNally Classroom is designed to support classroom instruction in social studies, geography, and history. The site is teacher- and student-friendly, easy-to-use, and loaded with curriculum relevant maps, games and activities, and teaching materials for K-12 classrooms. Accessible at school or at home, it contains more than 1,800+ reference, special topic, and history maps from the world down to your very own community, which can be printed, viewed, and saved. The reference content has been developed exclusively by Rand McNally editors and cartographers to ensure accuracy, and the site is free from advertisements. The site includes:

  • Dozens of editable lesson plans and assessments by skill level
  • State studies articles and Q&A
  • Current events and "Where in the World?" features
  • Interactive map and globe skill-builders, games, and activities
  • Map compatibility with interactive whiteboards

Trial URL: http://randmcnallyclassroom.com

Login information was originally distributed via a March 17, 2009 message to the Trial mailing list. If you are a Nebraska librarian or media specialist and you didn't receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely.

Trial Dates: 3/17/2009 through 4/15/2009

Pricing: Pricing is available upon request. Discounts are dependent on number of schools/libraries that subscribe.

For problems or questions during the trial call 800-678-RAND (-7263), Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time.

 

Facts on File Database Trials

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Facts on File is offering Nebraska libraries free trial access to the following online databases beginning March 15, 2009 and running through April 15, 2009:

Reference Databases:

  • U.S. Government Online - Presents in-depth information on the structure and function of the U.S. government and its everyday role in the lives of citizens.
  • American History Online - Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience.
  • American Women’s History Online - Covers the important people, events, legislation, and issues relevant to the study of women's history in the United States.
  • African-American History Online - Provides expansive and in-depth information on the people, events, and topics important to the study of African-American history.
  • American Indian History Online - Offers thorough access to more than 15,000 years of Native American culture, history, and heritage.
  • Modern World History Online - Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history—from mid-15th century to the present.
  • Ancient and Medieval History Online - Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia.
  • World Atlas - Combines detailed, printable, full-color maps of countries, provinces, and states with up-to-date statistical and local information.
  • Science Online - Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.
  • Health Reference Center - Provides clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body.
  • Bloom’s Literary Reference Online - Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.
  • Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center - Provides detailed profiles of more than 3,300 jobs and 94 industries, invaluable advice on career skills, more than 48,000 resource entries, and much more!
  • Curriculum Resource Center - Provides a library of printable teacher-handout material for the middle school, high school, and junior college curriculum.
  • Curriculum Resource Center: Junior Edition - Provides a library of printable teacher-handout material and other content geared for elementary-level students.

News Services Databases

  • World News Digest - Brings together and enhances nearly seven decades of news from the renowned Facts On File World News Digest in print.
  • Issues and Controversies - Explores more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture.
  • Issues and Controversies in American History - Builds a deeper understanding of how historical events have shaped our nation by exploring the key players and the battles they fought.
  • Today’s Science - Bridges the gap between the science that students learn in the classroom and the discoveries pushing the boundaries of science today.

Trial Dates: 3/15/2009-4/15/2009

Trial URL: http://www.fofweb.com/Demo/

Login information was originally distributed via a March 16, 2009 message to the Trial mailing list. If you are a Nebraska librarian or media specialist and you didn't receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely.

Pricing: New subscribers are eligible for a 10% discount off list price when ordering through the Nebraska Library Commission. Pricing is available upon request.

Deadline: Orders placed by April 30, 2009 will receive an extra 5% discount.

Ordering: Fill out and send in the purchase agreement available on our Facts on File page.

 

March 5, 2009

ProQuest Database Trials

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ProQuest has agreed to offer Nebraska libraries trial access to the following four databases for the time period running from March 5, 2009 through April 3, 2009.

Databases:

  • ProQuest Entrepreneurship - Search worldwide publications and multi-media related to the topic of Entrepreneurship. Intended to bridge theory with practice, the Entrepreneurship database covers a wide spectrum of resources useful to educators, researchers, students and practitioners. Content ranges from the scholarly - including journals, dissertations, working papers and conference proceedings - to a full toolkit of practical guides, templates, forms, sample business plans, and tips from successful entrepreneurs.
  • ProQuest Research Library - One of the most comprehensive databases available through the ProQuest online system, Research Library provides access to full-text journals across a wide range of subject areas, including business, education, literature, political science, and psychology. The database can be customized to meet the specific needs of many different types of libraries and information centers.
  • ProQuest Family Health - Search a collection of full-text magazines and journals covering numerous aspects of family health-from sports injuries to women's health, from food and nutrition to midwifery, from eye care to dentistry.
  • CultureGrams - Offers concise, reliable and up to date country reports on 204 cultures of the world, U.S. states, and Canadian provinces (2006), and more.

Trial URL: http://trials.proquest.com/ptc?userid=2934643

Login information was originally distributed via a March 5, 2009 message to the Trial mailing list. If you are a Nebraska librarian or media specialist and you didn't receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely.

 

March 3, 2009

EBSCO Spring Database Trials

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EBSCO Publishing is offering Nebraska K12, public, and academic libraries trial access to a number of databases this spring:

K12 Trial Databases:

  • Points of View

  • History Reference Center

  • Literary Reference Center

  • Science Reference Center


Public Library Trial Databases
  • Hobbies and Crafts

  • Consumer Health Complete

  • ConsumerReports.org

  • MasterFile

  • Multilingual


Academic Trial Databases
  • Associates Program Source Plus

  • Education Reference Center

  • Literary Reference Center

  • Political Science Complete


EBSCO Publishing is also offering trial access to ConsumerReports.org during the same time period.

Trials will run from March 1, 2009 through April 30, 2009.

Trial access instructions were distributed via a March 3, 2009 message to the Trial mailing list. If you didn't receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely. Trial access instructions can only be sent to Nebraska library and media center personnel.

After libraries have had a chance to try out these databases we will solicit feedback in order to see if their is adequate interest to negotiate discounted pricing.

 

February 10, 2009

Introducing Sony Reader Mobile Collections from OCLC NetLibrary

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Libraries have a new alternative for providing access to compelling reading material. OCLC’s NetLibrary now offers libraries five Sony Reader Mobile Collections—groups of eBooks which can be read on Sony's Reader Digital Book.

The program includes a Reader model PRS-505, a collection of titles from leading publishers and all required licenses. Using the library's PC, librarians can download a mobile collection title or titles from the NetLibrary site to the Reader as necessary.

Libraries that purchase Mobile Collections will be able to offer their patrons the ability to check out Readers for onsite or offsite use, depending on the policy established by each library. Collections, selected by NetLibrary's collections librarian, include Career Development and Business Self Help (30 titles), Management and Leadership (22 titles), Popular Fiction (29 titles), Romance (19 titles) and Young Adult Fiction (24 titles).

Learn more about Sony Reader Mobile Collections.

Read the full press release.

 

December 10, 2008

New NetLibrary Offer - SOLINET/NLC Shared Collection VIII

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In cooperation with NetLibrary and SOLINET, the Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announce the launch of the 2008 NetLibrary Shared Collection VIII!

About the 2008 Shared Collection VIII: The 8th Shared Collection opened in November 2008. Projected to include 2,500 to 3,000 titles, this collection continues the tradition of SOLINET regional shared purchasing of front list titles and post-2000 imprints newly available in electronic format. The collection is projected to include content from leading publishers such as McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press, AMACOM, Taylor & Francis, and university presses. Content will be available in 2009, depending on member participation.

For more information about this collection, including pricing and ordering instructions, go to our 2008 NetLibrary Shared Collection VIII web site.

To learn more about NetLibrary, including background information on past shared collections (e.g., title lists, participants) go to our NetLibrary Consortium Information web site.

 

December 9, 2008

NetLibrary Introduces New Media Center

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OCLC has released the new NetLibrary Media Center, a full-featured desktop application that allows library patrons to easily search, manage, transfer and listen to eAudiobooks from their local library. The free software application allows users to connect to NetLibrary, and then download and begin listening to eAudiobooks with just one click.

The Media Center combines familiar user functions available from NetLibrary’s Web-based platform to browse, search and check out materials, and adds enhanced features and functionality—such as a full-feature audio player; seamless download to a portable listening device; a new, feature-rich, easy-to-use interface; and desktop access to a library’s entire eAudiobook collection—for a superior user experience.

In order to provide users with access to the Media Center, libraries will need to complete a Media Center Activation Request and return to NetLibrary.

OCLC will continue to accept activation request forms through December 31, 2008. As of December 19th, 2008, librarians will be able to turn the NetLibrary Media Center on themselves through the Library Resource Center (LRC). Instructions on how librarians can activate the NetLibrary Media Center through the LRC will be communicated to you as the date approaches.

About the Media Center

System Requirements

Online Demo

Updated eAudiobooks User Guide

Media Center Brochure

 

December 1, 2008

Wilson Graphic Novels Core Collection Trial

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H.W. Wilson is offering Nebraska librarians a two-week trial of their Graphic Novels Core Collection database. The trial is scheduled to begin December 1, 2008 and end December 15, . 2008

Database Description: The growing popularity of this literary form makes it an increasingly important part of your school or public library. Graphic Novels Core Collection highlights approximately 2,000 recommended titles with descriptive and evaluative annotations, plus cover art.

  • Annotations include review excerpts and awards the title has won.
  • All titles are searchable by author, title, subject, genre, and grade level.
  • Standards for rating material by age appropriateness are strictly applied.
  • Featured cover art delivers important insights into the suitability of each novel.

For more information see H.W. Wilson Graphic Novels Core Collection.

Trial URL: www.hwwilson.com/nlc.htm (be sure to bookmark this page so you can return to the trial)

Trial Registration: The first time you go to this site you will need to click on the “30-second Registration” button and register. On subsequent visits you will want to click on the “Already Registered” button and login with the email address your registered with.

Pricing information is available from Susan Knisely upon request.

 

October 7, 2008

LearningExpress Advantage Trial and Discount for Nebraska K12 Schools

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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 jrappoport@learningexpressllc.com

 

September 24, 2008

EBSCO Webinars Scheduled for October

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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.

 

September 23, 2008

Elsevier Offers Database Trials to Academic and High School Libraries

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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: http://info.sciencedirect.com/licensing/primary/college/

    If you'd like to experience the functionality of the ScienceDirect platform itself, please visit: http://www.sciencedirect.com

  • 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: www.info.scopus.com

  • 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: www.info.sciencedirect.com

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 douglas.morton@elsevier.com

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
Elsevier
Phone: 212-633-3839
Email: douglas.morton@elsevier.com

 

September 22, 2008

EBSCO School and Public Library Database Trials

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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: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=uid

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 epaone@ebscohost.com, or Amanda Winseck, our new Field Sales Representative, at 847-975-5295 or email AWinseck@ebsco.com.

 

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

 

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!

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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 WorldCat.org? - Allana Novotny, Network Services Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission

As WorldCat.org 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 11, 2008

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:

 

June 27, 2008

Downloadable Audiobooks Offer

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Have your patrons been asking for downloadable audiobooks? Is it time to try something new at your library? Consider joining the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries for the next subscription year: October 2008-September 2009.

Patrons of Nebraska OverDrive Libraries have access to a variety of fiction and non-fiction, adult and children’s audiobooks. All members have access to the entire collection, currently 700+ titles and continually growing. View current collection list.

OverDrive digital audio books can be downloaded to a PC/laptop, burned to CD, or transferred to a wide variety of portable devices, including most MP3 players, smartphones, and car stereos. Patrons download and enjoy their selection anytime and anywhere via the web, so the process is virtually hands free for library staff.

These digital books may be checked out for a limited period of time, downloaded to the patron's device and are automatically returned to the collection when the checkout time expires. The library does not need to purchase any additional equipment to provide this remote service to patrons. To read more about Overdrive go to www.overdrive.com.

In addition to an annual subscription fee, there is a one-time set up fee of $500 for new members. All annual subscription fees paid by member libraries go to collection content purchases; the Nebraska Library Commission pays the annual maintenance fee. Check pricing for your library.

If you sign-up for the next subscription period by August 29, 2008, the Nebraska Library Commission will make an additional contribution to the content fund. Sign the Overdrive Participation Form today and mail or fax to Jeannette Powell, NLC, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508; 402-471-2083 (fax).

Membership limited to Nebraska libraries serving a population under 50,000.

If you have questions about the Nebraska Overdrive Libraries project, please email Devra Dragos or Susan Knisely.

 

June 10, 2008

Cambridge Histories Online Now Available

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Cambridge University Press recently announced the launch of a new product--Cambridge Histories Online.

Product Description: The Cambridge Histories have become an established and essential component of the academic research library, and now, for the first time, over 250 of these well-known, used and trusted volumes published since the 1960's will be available online, adding immense value to the texts and enhancing any aspect of historical research. Cambridge Histories Online (CHO) will be an indispensable research tool for undergraduates and academics alike. It will offer impressive functionality, enabling quick and easy access to content and the tools to make the content usable in a time effective way, including extensive bibliographic reference linking, personal archives, citation export, remote access and user control display features. At launch CHO will cover 14 subject areas, including, General History, Regional History, Literary Studies, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.

Currently, 208 of the 252 volumes have been uploaded and they anticipate the remaining volumes will be available by mid-July.

Pricing: Pricing consists of a one-time purchase price based on FTE levels. Starting year two libraries will be charged an annual fee of $750.00 which includes new content AND maintenance. Libraries ordering through the Nebraska Library Commission are eligible for a 15% discount off the one-time purchase price. There is no discount available on the annual content/hosting fee.

To request a price quote Nebraska libraries should email Susan Knisely. Please include your FTE or population served.

Trials: Interested libraries can sign up for a 30-day free trial at http://histories.cambridge.org/free_trial_form

 

June 5, 2008

Nebraska Libraries Offered Trial Access to World Vital Records

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Nebraska libraries are being offered trial access to World Vital Records through the end of June. The tag line for this online service is "Affordable access to 1,062,488,681 names in 8,879 databases." Its founders include several former Ancestry.com employees, and it is considered an Ancestry.com competitor. Databases cover U.S. and international records. View a list of all included databases.

Trial access instructions were distributed via a June 5, 2008 message to the TRIAL mailing list. If you did not receive this information or you'd like to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely

 

April 29, 2008

Network Services Announces EBSCO Trials, Explores Interest in Group Purchasing

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Nebraska libraries are already eligible for discounts on EBSCO databases when ordering through the Nebraska Library Commission. Now, EBSCO and NLC wants to see if there is interest among individual libraries in banding together to achieve additional savings through group purchases.

Possible scenarios might include a group of public libraries interested in subscribing to MasterFile Premier, Consumer Health Complete, or NoveList Plus. Or a group of K12 school libraries interested in Points of View Reference Center, Student Research Center, or Kids Search. Or a group of community colleges interested in Associates Programs Source Plus.

To facilitate the possible formation of groups, EBSCO is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to a long list of products through June 30, 2008. If you’ve had an interest in subscribing to EBSCO products in the past but haven’t been able to afford them, please take some time to look again at databases of interest.

Also, please take time to talk to colleagues at other libraries to see if you have some common interests. We will be soliciting feedback during the trial, but don’t feel like you have to wait for us to ask – if you know what you are interested in already, please let us know so we can start exploring options.

Databases available as part of this trial include:

  • Literary Reference Center
  • Points of View
  • Nursing Reference Center
  • Consumer Health Complete
  • Auto Repair Reference Center
  • Home Improvement Reference Center
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center
  • NoveList Plus
  • NoveList K-8 Plus
  • EBSCO Eldercare
  • Student Research Center - High School & Middle School
  • Kids Search - Middle & Elementary School
  • Academic Search Complete
  • Business Source Complete
  • Regional Business News
  • Literary Reference Center
  • SocINDEX with Full Text
  • Associates Programs Source Plus
  • Computers & Applied Sciences Complete
  • Environment Complete
  • Education Research Complete
  • SPORTSDiscus with Full Text
  • MasterFILE Premier
  • History Reference Center
  • Science Reference Center

Trial access information was distributed via an April 24, 2008 message to the TRIAL mailing list. If you did not receive this information or would like to have it sent to you again, please send an email to databases.

 

April 22, 2008

New NetLibrary webinar now available: Getting to Success with eBooks

Entry Categories: E-Resources   Training  

You and your library staff are invited to attend a FREE, 60-minute web-based session for an overview and demonstration of NetLibrary and how users can get the most from your library's eBook collection.

Topics will include: getting started, creating end-user accounts, searching for titles, copying and pasting text, printing pages, adding notes, saving titles to a favorites list, plus other features and functions. The session will also review the essential resources available to help your users access NetLibrary eBooks with ease.

If your library is new to using NetLibrary, has experienced a recent staff change, or simply needs a refresher on end-user features, this session is right for you!

This interactive session is delivered live, over the web and via teleconference, by an OCLC Implementation Specialist. This session also provides a great opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion with other library participants.

Register today!

New Online Demos Now Available

Five self-paced demonstrations give the users perspective on how to access NetLibrary, create a user account, search and view eBooks, plus download and transfer eAudiobooks, all with ease. For added convenience, these demos can be linked directly from your library's website.

View Demos

 

April 21, 2008

Visual Thesaurus Trial Available

Entry Categories: Discounts   E-Resources  

TH!NKMAP is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to their product, Visual Thesaurus through May 17, 2008.

Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative display encourages exploration and learning. You'll understand language in a powerful new way.

Visual Thesaurus is delivered via the Internet. There is nothing to download or install, simply access the web site. Visual Thesaurus will be available to all students and staff when purchased and access is available from any Internet connection, at the library, school or at home. It can be used with a white board or by an individual at their desk. Visual Thesaurus pronounces words, translates into 5 languages and searches across your other databases, making it a valuable reference tool. Lesson plans are also included for grades K2-12.

Contact Susan Knisely for the trial URL that was sent out on the TRIAL mailing list on April 21st if you would like to view the resource.

 

March 31, 2008

Trial Opportunity: My Library DV (Downloadable Video)

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Nebraska librarians are being offered a chance to try out downloadable video via Recorded Books' My Library DV Service.

My Library DV is a downloadable broadband database that is provided by Recorded Books. My Library DV allows patrons to choose from over 600 videos. Patrons download videos to their computers and then can watch movies on both their computer or TV. The cost of a one year subscription to My Library DV is determined by the library's circulation.

In August, Recorded Books launched Hollywood Favorites/World Cinema. Hollywood Favorites has over 500 movies and TV programs. This is an additional program to My Library DV, and is priced in addition to MLDV. The cost for Hollywood Favorites/World Cinema is also determined by a library's circulation.

If you are interested in learning more about these offerings, please take a look at the [obsolete link removed] MLDV Brocure (PDF 827 KB) and the [obsolete link removed] Premium Movie Title List (PDF 1 MB). You may also wish to take a look at the My Library DV demo website: www.mylibrarydv.com

If you decide you would like to take this service for a trial run, please contact Jim Keating of Recorded Books at 317-844-9313 or JKRecBooks@aol.com for a temporary password.

 

March 28, 2008

Introducing the eAudiobook Blackstone Collection

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

OCLC NetLibrary announces a new eAudiobook subscription collection featuring best-selling fiction, history, mysteries, movie tie-ins, science fiction, children’s literature, classics and more read by award-winning narrators.

The eAudiobook Blackstone Collection is now available to libraries as an annual subscription with unlimited simultaneous user access. The collection consists of 1,800 eAudiobook titles with approximately 15 to 25 new titles added each month at no additional cost.

Learn more about NetLibrary eAudiobooks Subscription Programs

 

Nebraska Librarians Invited to Evaluate Vault Online Career Library

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Vault Inc. is offering Nebraska librarians and media specialists an opportunity to evaluate their Vault Online Career Library, which features:

  • 68 Vault Career Guidebooks
  • 3,000+ Company Profiles
  • 50 GOLD Company Profiles customizable to your local area
  • Internship Database
  • Access to the Vault Message Boards
  • Insider College Admissions Reports
  • 1,100+ Career Advice Articles
  • Sample resumes and cover letters, and interview tips
  • Industry and occupational research

Benefits:

  • Insider Information: Vault surveys thousands of professionals every year to get the inside scoop on companies and industries.
  • Access: Reach more patrons effortlessly. Your users can access the content 24/7 from any computer with internet access, and you are allowed unlimited concurrent users.
  • Customization: We give the Online Career Library the look and feel of your site, including the logo and navigation tools.
  • Trusted Content: The Online Career Library is used at over 900 subscribing institutions. The Online Career Library has a 96% subscription renewal rate.
  • Quick & Painless: Vault does all the work. We build and host the Online Career Library–you just post the link on your site to give your patrons access.
  • Tracking: Upon your request, Vault provides statistics monitoring usage. This way you ensure a return on your investment.

To view a Vault Video Tutorial go to:
http://www.vault.com/cb/careerlib/video.jsp?type=3

The Vault Online Career Library is available via a confidential URL. To request this URL, please email Databases [Please note that this demonstration site is for use by library and media center staff and should not be opened up to general cardholders or students.]

If you have questions about this product, account executive Christopher Domenick, who made this demonstration site available to us, has indicated he would be happy to be contacted directly. You can reach him at 212-366-4212, ext. 282 or email cdomenick@vault.com

 

March 25, 2008

Columbia University Press Spring Database Trials

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Columbia University Press is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to the following databases this spring:

Database Descriptions:

  • Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.

    Together with 400,000 pages of scholarly work and 10 years later, CIAO remains the leader in providing the greatest peer-reviewed texts relating to international affairs and is proud to announce its partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit. CIAO now posts country data on 203 countries, detailed maps, and the political and economic background, structure, and outlook.

  • Columbia Granger's World of Poetry continues to provide an authoritative reference for anthologized poetry, over 450,000 citations in all. With the launch of our redesigned resource, we now provide over 250,000 full text poems, 1,000 poem commentaries, 600 glossary terms, approximately 500 poet biographies, and full-text of 14 essential Columbia University Press titles of poetry history and criticism. An extensively rebuilt advanced search engine envisions searching beyond the usual author, title, words in poem and subject by also supporting searching by gender, language, nationality, poem form, schools and movements, era, and nationality.

    Assemble your own anthology using MyGranger’s, a search result save. Share with friends or create coursework assignments both in and out of the classroom. Our audio room features poetry being read by noted contemporary poets, such as Paul Muldoon. Our innovative split screen poem comparison lets users contrast poems -- translations, adaptations, parodies -- or any two poems side-by-side.

  • Columbia Earthscape is an all-inclusive aggregation of resources in the Earth and Environmental Sciences. Four sections of the compass provide the teacher, student, scientist, or decision-maker instant access to the tools you need to understand our planet. Lesson plans make it easy for your instructors to teach students what they need to know about our dynamic, changing planet!
  • Columbia Gazetteer of the World Online There is no other online global encyclopedia like the Gazetteer. Compiled by an editorial board of 150 leading scholars from all parts of the world, the Gazetteer includes coverage on: demography, physical geography, and political boundaries; industry, trade, and agriculture; cultural, historical, and archaeological points of interest; transportation lines, longitude, latitude, and elevations; distance to relevant places; official government place-names and changed or variant names and spelling. The Gazetteer encompasses a wide range of uses, from a quick reference tool to in-depth research resource.

    When we launch our redesigned site later this year, we will support searching by geographic coordinates, allow users to edit and sort their search results on screen, and download the results to excel and GIS-compatible GML for further data manipulation.


Trial Dates: March 24th through May 2nd

Trial URLs:

The trial login and password were distributed via a March 25 message to the TRIAL mailing list. If you did not receive this information or would like to have it sent to you again please send an email to databases.

Discounted pricing on Columbia University Press databases for the subscription term beginning July 1, 2008 and running through June 30, 2009 is also available on request. To request pricing please email databases.

 

March 17, 2008

Facts on File Databases On Trial Through April 15, 2008

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announce that Facts on File is now offering Nebraska libraries trial access to the following resources:

  • Issues & Controversies - analyzes and explains hundreds of controversial topics, in a language and format that students can understand, with balance, accuracy, and regular updating.
  • Issues & Controversies in American History - leads students on in-depth explorations of the great issues in American History—issues such as religious freedom in the colonies, Civil War Reconstruction, and women's suffrage.
  • World News Digest - the complete archive of this publication of record back to 1940, which is updated every week and interconnected with related content from the other FACTS.com databases.
  • Today's Science - Students from middle school through college have turned to Today's Science since 1992 to find authoritative yet accessible information on the latest developments in science. Today's Science bridges the gap between textbooks and what's happening in science now.
  • Bloom's Literary Reference Online - Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.
  • Science Online - Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.
  • Health Reference Center - Provides clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body.
  • Ferguson's Career Guidance Center - Provides detailed profiles of more than 3,300 jobs and 94 industries, invaluable advice on career skills, more than 48,000 resource entries, and much more!
  • American History Online - Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience.
  • African-American History Online - Provides expansive and in-depth information on the people, events, and topics important to the study of African-American history.
  • American Indian History Online - Offers thorough access to more than 15,000 years of Native American culture, history, and heritage.
  • American Women's History Online - Covers the important people, events, legislation, and issues relevant to the study of women's history in the United States.
  • Modern World History Online - Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history from mid-15th century to the present.
  • Ancient and Medieval History Online - Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia.
  • World Atlas - Combines detailed, printable, full-color maps of countries, provinces, and states with up-to-date statistical and local information.
  • Curriculum Resource Center: Junior Edition - Provides a library of printable teacher-handout material and other content geared for elementary-level students.
  • Curriculum Resource Center - Provides a library of printable teacher-handout material for the middle school, high school, and junior college curriculum.

Trial access instructions were distributed via a March 17, 2008 message to the TRIAL mailing list. If you did not receive this information or would like to have it sent to you again, please email Databases.

These databases are available to purchase at a discount through the Nebraska Library Commission. For a price quote contact the Network Services Department at 800-307-2665 or email Databases. Please be prepared to provide your population served, FTE, or student enrollment. For more information or to order, see our Facts on File page.

** As an added bonus, Facts on File is offering Nebraska libraries an additional 5% discount off the already discounted NLC price if orders are submitted by May 15, 2008.

If you have questions about the databases, please feel free to contact Louise Hayden, Sales Manager, at lhayden@factsonfile.com or 800-322-8755 ext. 4613.

If you have technical problems, please contact Jamaal Thompson at jthompson@factsonfile.com or 800-322-8755 ext. 4274.

 

March 4, 2008

Value Line Trial Available During March

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Value Line is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to their online investment research service through March 26, 2008.

WHAT IS VALUE LINE?

Value Line is:

  • One of the largest independent research staffs of investment analysts and statisticians in the world.
  • Totally independent, objective and unbiased.
  • Research company that collects data and analyzes performance of approximately 8,000 stocks, 13,000 mutual funds, 80,000 options and other securities.
  • A company with 3/4 of a century of experience tracking, analyzing and ranking investments.
  • Best Known for The Value Line Investment Survey, one of the most widely read investment services in the world.
  • Critically acclaimed: "I don't know any other system that's as good." – Warren Buffett

Value Line publishes more than a dozen print and electronic products which are used by more than half-a-million investors for timely information on stocks, mutual funds, special situations, options and convertibles

Value Line is available online at www.valueline.com

Trial access instructions were distributed via a March 4, 2008 message to the TRIAL mailing list. If you are a Nebraska librarian and you didn't receiving this information or need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely.

 

February 21, 2008

OCLC eSerials Holdings Service Free Webinar

Entry Categories: Cataloging   E-Resources  

Looking for ways to automatically set and maintain your library’s eSerials holdings in WorldCat?

Join OCLC on February 28, at 2:30 Central Time for a live, FREE Web session on the OCLC eSerials Holdings service. Linda Gabel, eSerials Holdings Service Product Manager, will show you how your library can:

  • Make your electronic content more visible and accessible—without adding to your cataloging workload
  • Automate setting and maintaining your library’s location holdings in WorldCat
  • Increase the value of your investment in A-Z lists, OpenURL resolver, WorldCat, and WorldCat Collection Analysis
  • Increase usage of your electronic serials collection
  • Automatically control and/or deflect ILL requests from colleagues in the OCLC cooperative
  • Get started using the eSerials Holdings service—available at no charge to OCLC member libraries

Register for the Web session.

For more information, visit the eSerials Web site.

 

February 15, 2008

H.W. Wilson Promotional Pricing

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

The H.W. Wilson Company is currently offering promotional pricing on a number of their databases. To receive the promotional pricing, libraries must submit their orders to the Nebraska Library Commission by March 25, 2008.

Discounts are available on the following:

  • Art Gallery and Art Full Text Package
  • Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus and Current Issues: In Health
  • All Retrospective databases
  • Core Collection Packages (Community Colleges & Public Libraries)

Small two- and four-year colleges with fewer than 2,000 FTE are also being offered 25% off the table rate for site license access to all databases except the retrospective databases.

For more details see the Nebraska Library Commission Wilson Distributorship page

To request a price quote please email Susan Knisely

 

February 13, 2008

H.W. Wilson Retrospective Databases Trial and Promotion

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

The H.W. Wilson Company is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to the following databases through March 31, 2008:

  • Applied Science & Technology Index Retrospective: 1913-1983
  • Applied Science & Technology Full Text
  • Business Periodicals Index Retrospective: 1913-1982 - New!
  • Wilson Business Full Text
  • Applied Science & Business Periodicals Retrospective: 1913-1983
  • Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1905-1982
  • Book Review Digest Plus

Trial Access Instructions:

  1. Go to http://www.hwwilson.com/retros.htm
  2. The *first* time you go to this site you will need to register. Click on the “First Time Users Register” button at the top of the page.
  3. On subsequent visits click on the “Already Registered” button at the top of the page.
  4. When prompted, enter the email address you used when you registered, then you will be logged into a WilsonWeb account that provides access to the trial databases. These databases are listed at the top of the screen. Check the box to the left of the database you want to search.

Wilson is offering a special 10% discount for their retro databases for new orders submitted by March 25, 2008.

Pricing for these databases is available upon request. If you request pricing, please include your population served, FTE, or enrollment.

 

February 6, 2008

Taylor & Francis Offers Trial Access to Routledge / Europa Social Science Databases

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Throughout February 2008 Taylor & Francis Group is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to the following Routledge and Europa Social Science databases:

  • Europa World Plus
  • Europa World of Learning Online
  • Europa International Who's Who Online
  • IISS Armed Conflict Database
  • The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online
  • Routledge Politics & International Relations Resource
  • Routledge Religion Resource

Database descriptions and access information are available on our Database Trial Fact Sheet.

Nebraska librarian, please email Susan if you need the trial username and password or if you are interested in pricing.

 

February 4, 2008

NetLibrary announces distribution agreements with 21 international partners

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

New publishers expand NetLibrary catalog with thousands of new titles covering a broad range of critical subject areas worldwide

NetLibrary, OCLC’s platform for eContent, has announced agreements with 21 leading publishers that will add thousands of new eBooks and eAudiobooks to NetLibrary’s growing catalog of more than 160,000 titles. With increasing worldwide demand for electronic content, NetLibrary continually enhances its catalog by partnering with preeminent publishers of scholarly, trade, STM and reference content.

The new publisher partners are: A&C Black, Alcazar AudioWorks, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., The Chinese University Press, Cyan Communications, Ltd., Éditions MultiMondes, Electronic & Database Publishing, Inc., Encyclopedia Britannica, Freeway Guides, Garnet Publishing and Ithaca Press, Harriman House, The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Kensington Books, Kinokuniya, Mason Crest Publishing, Matrix Audio, an imprint of Summersdale Publishers, Ltd., Oasis Audio, Pensoft Publishers, The Peterson Institute for International Economics and PrePublishing.

View news release

 

January 15, 2008

Save 10% on NetLibrary’s NEW 2008 Tax eBook Set

Entry Categories: Discounts   E-Resources  

NetLibrary’s new eBook Tax package features 18 titles of the finest 2008 tax preparation guides, financial self-help resources and more.

This $500 set includes new release and front list titles from leading publishers including John Wiley & Sons, Nolo and McGraw-Hill. This is a comprehensive resource to help U.S. libraries serve the needs of all their users - individuals, professionals and businesses - and prepare for tax day, April 15. Includes, at no additional charge: promotional Web icon plus OCLC MARC records.

Special Offer!

Purchase any Subject Set by January 31, 2008 and receive 10% off the purchase price.

Back by popular demand, all new NetLibrary Subject Sets for 2008 are a great way to enhance, replace or start your eBook collection.

There are 35 sets to choose from, organized in nine topical collections. Additionally, Subject Sets feature all frontlist titles in subject areas relevant to your library users’ interests and requirements.

NetLibrary Subject Sets have been developed by our expert collection development librarians to provide the most relevant, quality, in-demand eContent from NetLibrary’s catalog of more than 150,000 titles. There is no duplication from set to set, nor from previous years’ sets.

With prices starting at $1,000, Subject Sets from NetLibrary are a low-cost way to introduce eBooks to your library’s users. Pricing includes ongoing access fees and OCLC MARC records at no additional charge.

For more details and to view title lists, visit the eBooks Subject Sets webpage.

 

January 7, 2008

New NetLibrary Offer - SOLINET/NEBASE Public Library Shared Collection

Entry Categories: Discounts   E-Resources  

In cooperation with NetLibrary and SOLINET, the Nebraska Library Commission and NEBASE are pleased to announce the launch of the first Shared Collection of NetLibrary eBooks for Public Libraries!

Building on the success of the previous SOLINET Shared Collections, we are now offering a collection created especially for public libraries. This unique and exciting collection is projected to begin with 350 titles and expand to 1,000 as participation grows.

The Public Library Shared Collection is expected to include content from leading publishers such as McGraw-Hill, AMACOM, Beacon Press, Class Publishers, and Elsevier. Having no duplications of other SOLINET shared collections, the Public Library Shared Collection’s emphasis will be on 2006 and later.

The initial title list includes books on consumer advice, do-it-yourself, parenting, general science, and gardening as well as titles for children and young adults. eBooks will be available in early 2008, depending on member participation levels.

Features:

  • MARC record sets included in price.

  • No additional licensing for those who have completed eBook and Subscriber Agreements in connection with purchases of NetLibrary eBooks since January 2003.

  • Reference Center functionality will be enabled for all participants, extending to their other Reference Center holdings as well.

The following features will also be available to subscribers:

  • Available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week
  • Can be viewed online on any PC connected to the Internet
  • Remote access available
  • Real time usage reports are available from your Library Resource Center.

For more information about this collection, including pricing and ordering instructions, go to our Public Library NetLibrary Shared Collection web site.

To learn more about NetLibrary, including background information on past shared collections (e.g., title lists, participants) go to our NetLibrary Consortium Information web site.

 

January 4, 2008

NLC Web Sites Down Saturday January 5th

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

All Nebraska Library Commission web sites, including NebraskAccess and Nebraska Memories, will be down for 10-12 hours on Saturday, January 5th, beginning at 6am.

This power outage is due to electrical work being done in the Atrium building and affects all NLC web sites. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to your own services.

1. If your library links directly to the database resources from your own library web site, and does not go through or login via the NebraskAccess web site, the power outage will NOT affect your use of the resources.

2. Libraries that use the NebraskAccess web site to link to the databases can use direct links and passwords during the outage. If your library has IP access, you will not need the usernames and passwords from within the library.

3. For those libraries and patrons that use the NebraskAccess web site to link to and login to the databases, you may use the direct links to login to select resources during this time.

A message with the direct database links and passwords has been sent to all Nebraska Library Commission mailing lists. If you did not receive this message, please contact the Reference Desk for the information at 800-307-2665 or 402-471-4016. Please note that the Commission closes at 5:00pm tonight.

 

December 13, 2007

Save Up To 60% on eBook Titles from NetLibrary

Entry Categories: Discounts   E-Resources  

For a limited time, OCLC NetLibrary is offering special savings on thousands of titles from John Wiley & Sons, CRC Press, CABI Publishing, How To Books and Elsevier.

Select from a comprehensive list of professional, STM and trade content, including thousands of titles from the popular For Dummies®, Webster's New World™, CliffsNotes™, Frommer's™, J.K. Lasser, Wrox and Capstone imprints.

Don't miss this opportunity to expand your eBook collection and enjoy significant savings.

See the details of these special offers

 

December 4, 2007

NetLibrary Grants Available for Academic, Public and K12 libraries

Entry Categories: Discounts   E-Resources  

Nebraska Library Commission Offering Grants to Assist in Purchase of 2007 NetLibrary Shared Collection VII

Libraries interested in purchasing the new 2007 SOLINET/NEBASE NetLibrary Shared Collection VII can apply for a grant of $325 to be applied towards their total cost. The grants are available to academic, public and K12 libraries. To apply visit the NetLibrary Grants website and fill out the online application form. Grant applications will be accepted through the April 1, 2008. Grants will be reviewed and funding awarded throughout the application period. To accept the grant award the library MUST submit its order forms to the Nebraska Library Commission for the 2007 NetLibrary Shared Collection VII by May 1, 2008.

-- GRANT INFORMATION --

Grant Amount -- $325.00

Eligible -- Academic, Public and K12 libraries

Grant Application -- NetLibrary Grants website

Application Deadline – April 1, 2008

Award Notices -- Ongoing throughout application period.

Order Submission Deadline – May 1, 2008

 

November 27, 2007

Extra Savings on Oxford Islamic Studies Online Database

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Oxford University Press recently announced that its new Oxford Islamic Studies Online Database is now live. As previously publicized, Nebraska libraries that order this product through the Nebraska Library Commission are eligible for a 25% discount off list price.

As an added incentive to libraries to subscribe, Oxford University Press is offering libraries an additional 20% discount for the first year for orders placed by 12/31/2007. This additional discount is for the unlimited access subscription option only; concurrent access subscriptions are not eligible for the additional 20% off.

For pricing and a description, see [obsolete link removde]

Trials are available upon request.

 

November 15, 2007

Serials Solutions Announces Year-End Special Pricing and 360 Counter Information

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Serials Solutions recently announced special year-end pricing available for new subscriptions to any of Serials Solutions’ e-resource access and management services and the limited-time special pricing available for Serials Solutions new 360 Counter e-resource assessment service.

Serials Solutions makes it easy for librarians to access, manage and assess your e-resources. Each of their services helps you optimize your electronic collection and helps your library be the best partner for research.

  • 360 Search - federated search service
  • 360 Link - OpenURL link resolver
  • 360 MARC Updates - OPAC updating service
  • 360 Resource Manager - e-resource access & management service
  • Serials Solutions AMS – basic e-journal access and management
  • Ulrichsweb.com - the first place to find magazines, journals and more
  • Ulrich's Serials Analysis System - the analytical and reporting toolkit for librarians

To learn how their 360 services and the Ulrich’s online services can help your library, please email them at 360@serialssolutions.com or call (866) SERIALS ext. 5. They can send you literature on each service and also supply you with pricing specific for your library.

You can also take advantage of free webinars for each service, including several scheduled for their new 360 Counter e-resource assessment service, by visiting www.serialssolutions.com/learning.html and registering for any session.

 

November 1, 2007

New NetLibrary Offer - SOLINET/NEBASE Shared Collection VII

Entry Categories: Discounts   E-Resources  

In cooperation with NetLibrary and SOLINET, the Nebraska Library Commission and NEBASE are pleased to announce the launch of the 2007 NetLibrary Shared Collection VII.

Public librarians: A special shared collection especially for public libraries is also under development. Details coming soon.

About the 2007 Shared Collection VII: The SOLINET 7th Shared Collection opened on October 30, 2007. Projected to include 2,500 to 3,000 titles, this collection continues the tradition of SOLINET regional shared purchasing of front list titles and post-2000 imprints newly available in electronic format. The collection is projected to include content from leading publishers such as McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press, AMACOM, Taylor & Francis, and university presses. Content will be available late in 2007 or early 2008, depending on member participation.

Features:

  • MARC record sets included in price.
  • No additional licensing for those who have completed eBook and Subscriber Agreements in connection with the 3rd Shared, 4th Shared, 5th Shared, 6th Shared, or unique collection purchases since 2003.
  • Reference Center functionality will be enabled for all participants, extending to their other Reference Center holdings as well.

The following features will also be available to subscribers:

  • Wide number of titles available from more than 325 publishers (see NetLibrary's TitleSelect for complete catalog). Please view the NetLibrary List of Publishers. Publishers not available for inclusion in the shared collections include ABC Clio, Columbia University Press, Gale, Harper Collins, Johns Hopkins University Press, and John Wiley. The following publishers require multiple licenses per title and will be added to the collection on a selective basis: Cambridge University Press, Taylor and Francis and their imprints, and Greenwood Press.
  • Available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week
  • Can be viewed online on any PC connected to the Internet
  • Remote access available
  • Real time usage reports are available from your Library Resource Center.

For more information about this collection, including pricing and ordering instructions, go to our 2007 NetLibrary Shared Collection VII web site.

To learn more about NetLibrary, including background information on past shared collections (e.g., title lists, participants) go to our NetLibrary Consortium Information web site.

 

October 31, 2007

Serials Solutions Announces New 360 Counter Service

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Serials Solutions has announced a November launch of their 360 Counter e-resource assessment service, along with an opportunity for NEBASE members to take advantage of pre-release pricing through December 15.

360 Counter is the first service that enables you to assess usage in combination with costs so that you can make better decisions. It automates the workload associated with aggregating, manipulating, calculating, reporting and archiving usage data from Project COUNTER reports and your library's e-resource cost data.

To request product literature and library-specific pricing, please contact Serials Solutions by emailing 360@serialssolutions.com. Please remember to mention that you are a NEBASE member to ensure you receive quotes that reflect the special NEBASE prices available for all of Serials Solutions’ services.

 

October 12, 2007

Serials Solutions Offers Additional Limited-Time Discounts

Entry Categories: Discounts   E-Resources  

As you begin to prepare for 2008, NEBASE is pleased to announce some limited-time discounts available from Serials Solutions. Through October 31st and December 15th, Serials Solutions is making it easier for you to have the e-resource access and management services you need and add to the NEBASE Serials Solutions 15% member discount.

  • Sign up for a new subscription to their basic service, Serials Solutions AMS, and you will benefit from a special introductory 20% discount. Deadline is December 15.
  • Sign up for a new subscription to a Serials Solutions 360 service and you will receive a 10% discount plus one month free service. Our 360 services include: 360 Search (federated search); 360 Link (OpenURL link resolver); 360 MARC Updates (OPAC updating service); 360 Resource Manager (ERM service). Deadline is October 31st.
  • Sign up for a new subscription to either one of the Ulrich’s online services, Ulrichsweb.com or Ulrich’s Serials Analysis System, prior to October 31, and you will benefit from a 10% discount. Deadline is October 31.

Since Serials Solutions employs a cumulative discount model and NEBASE offers members a 15% discount, the total savings can be nearly 25% to libraries for the 360 and Ulrich’s service limited time offers, and 32% for a new subscription to Serials Solutions AMS. Other discounts that can add up include multiple service and community college discounts. All the discounts add up!

For pricing specific to your institution, please contact Serials Solutions at 360@serialssolutions.com or (866) 737-4257 ext. 5. To learn more about the services available through Serials Solutions, please visit www.serialssolutions.com or register for one of their free webinars at www.serialssolutions.com/learning.html.

 

October 10, 2007

WilsonWeb Beta Testers Needed

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

H.W. Wilson is working on WilsonWeb 3.0 which is on course for a January ’08 release.  As part of this upcoming release the company is looking beta tester to provide their input. You can register to become a beta tester at: www.hwwilson.com/wilsonweb_ng_beta/wilsonweb_beta_volunteer.htm

WilsonWeb 3.0 will feature:

  • A Frameless Interface--for even faster loading, and better integration with your institution's website.

  • Enhanced Layout & Graphics: Clearer screens and more accessible tools, for quicker, more intuitive searching.

  • Navigational Improvements: New Full Text, Page Image, and Peer Reviewed tabs in results let you isolate those records at a click. In Full Display mode, you can now also choose between scrolling through results or clicking from record to record--navigating the way you find most comfortable.

  • Simplified Print, Email & Save functions: New buttons--Save This, Email This, and Print This--capture not just the citation, but also any available full text, saving a step. You can also use the Print Email Save button in the banner for simplified and complete functionality as well.

  • Simplified Search History screen allows you to more handily review, update, combine and organize saved searches, and receive new information on any search in email alerts.

  • Full text translations: Electronic conversion of articles into Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Korean.

  • Database Enhancements: New looks for Biography Reference Bank, Art Museum Image Gallery, Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus, and Current Issues in Health offer more immediate access to essential information, better navigation, and uggestions for related searches.

View WilsonWeb 3.0 sample screens at: www.hwwilson.com/Documentation/WilsonWeb/frameless.htm

 

September 26, 2007

Additional 20% Discount Available on Oxford Language Dictionaries Online Orders Placed Through October 31, 2007

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Oxford University Press is pleased to announce that their new Oxford Language Dictionaries Online is now available for trial and subscription!

Description: From September 2007, Oxford's high-quality language reference content in French, German, Spanish, and Italian, will be accessible online. The innovative Oxford Language Dictionaries Online features essential language resources never before available online - fully searchable, completely comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials that provide extra help with learning and using an expanding range of languages. For more information see http://www.oup.com/online/oldo/

To celebrate its launch, Oxford UP is offering an additional 20% discount off OLDA orders placed through October 31, 2007. (Nebraska libraries ordering through the Nebraska Library Commission are already eligible for 25% off list price.) This additional discount applies to unlimited access subscriptions only. Concurrent user access subscriptions to the database are not eligible.

For pricing information see [obsolete link removded]

To sign up for a free 30-day trial: Fill out and submit the online form located at https://ams.oup.com/user/trialnetwork.pfm

You may also contact Susan Knisely directly to request a trial.

 

September 25, 2007

Save Extra on Ulrichsweb.com and Ulrich's Serials Analysis System through October 31, 2007

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

NEBASE and Serials Solutions are offering a 10% introductory discount for new Ulrichsweb.com and Ulrich's Serials Analysis System subscriptions through October 31, 2007. This limited-time promotional discount is in addition to the 15% NEBASE discount available to all members for any Serials Solutions product. You can learn more about either Ulrich's service by registering for a September or October free webinar at www.serialssolutions.com/learning.html or by visiting www.serialssolutions.com/ulrichs.html.

Beyond the existing NEBASE member discount and this new, limited-time opportunity, members can also take advantage of Serials Solutions' other discount opportunities (multiple product, community college and others) for both Ulrichsweb.com and Ulrich's Serials Analysis System. The combination of all available discounts presents an opportunity for your library to recognize a significant amount of savings.

To request pricing or a preview for either Ulrich's service, please contact Don Litner via email don.litner@serialssolutions.com or call either (866) 737-4257 ext. 1064 or (248) 207-0384.

 

September 20, 2007

Discounts Available on Cambridge University Press Databases

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The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announce the addition of Cambridge University Press databases to our discount purchasing program. Cambridge UP Is offering Nebraska libraries a 15% discount off list price on the following databases when purchased through the Nebraska Library Commission:

Some of these products are available as annual subscriptions, while others are available as a one-time-purchase with a minimal annual maintenance fee. Brief descriptions of all these products can be found on our Cambridge University Press pricing page.

Trials: Trials are available upon request and will be set up using IP authentication. To request a trial please email Susan Knisely with the names of the products you are interested in, as well as your institution's IP address/range.

Pricing: Pricing is also available upon request. To request a price quote please email Susan Knisely with the names of the products you are interested in, as well as your FTE or population served.

Subscription Term: January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008

Order Deadline: December 15, 2008 for a January 1, 2008 start date. (Prorated mid-term subscriptions are also available.)

To place an order, print off, fill out, and return the Cambridge University Press Purchase Agreement available via a link on our Cambridge University Press pricing page.

 

September 13, 2007

Nebraska Libraries Offered Trial Access to Facts on File Databases

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Facts On File Inc. is offering Nebraska libraries free trial access to the following 14 online databases through October 15, 2007:

  • American History Online
  • Modern World History Online
  • Ancient & Medieval History Online
  • African American History Online
  • American Indian History Online
  • American Women's History Online
  • Bloom's Literary Reference Online
  • Curriculum Resource Center
  • Curriculum Resource Center Junior Edition
  • Science Online
  • Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
  • The World Atlas
  • Health Reference Center
  • Personal & Business Forms

Trial Dates: September 10, 2007 through October 15, 2007

Trial URL: http://www.fofweb.com/Demo

The trial username and password were distributed via a September 10, 2007 message to the Trial mailing list. If you are a Nebraska librarian and you did not receive this information or you need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan.

Pricing: Facts On File has indicated they will offer Nebraska libraries a 15% discount through December 31, 2007. This discount offer is available to new subscribers only. Price quotes are available from Susan upon request.

 

September 4, 2007

H.W. Wilson Announces New Database: Graphic Novels Core Collection

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

The H.W. Wilson Company is pleased to announce a new addition to their Core Collection product line: Graphic Novels Core Collection.

Graphic Novels Core Collection, which is scheduled for release in fall 2007, will feature approximately 2,000 recommended titles with descriptive and evaluative annotations, plus cover art. Highlights will include:

  • Searchable by author, title, subject, genre, and grade level.
  • Annotations include brief descriptions, review excerpts and awards the title has won.
  • Entries link to additional review excerpts from Wilson’s Book Review Digest Plus database.
  • Ratings by age appropriateness are strictly applied.
  • Cover art delivers important insights into the suitability of each novel.
  • Search simultaneously with other Wilson Core Collections or other Wilson databases, including Readers’ Guide.

In the near future you will be able to sign up for a free trial of Graphic Novels Core Collection.

Network discounts are available to libraries ordering through the Nebraska Library Commission. For a price quote please email Susan Knisely or call 800-307-2665 or 402-471-3849.

 

H.W. Wilson Announces New Database: Current Issues in Health

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

This September the H.W. Wilson Company plans to unveil Current Issues in Health, a new database modeled after the winning format and editorial approach of their Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus product.

Current Issues in Health will offer thorough information, in collections of articles hand-picked by Wilson editors. The database will encourage independent exploration and provide updated information, in new and related articles from thousands of publications.

This practical resource is designed to meet educational and research needs at public, school, and college libraries-including the needs of vocational students preparing for careers in health care.

Highlights will include:

  • More than 50 topics to start, with 20 added to the database each year

  • Some 30 full text articles per topic, hand-picked by Wilson editors to ensure thorough, unbiased coverage

  • Features a wide range of leading sources, from peer-reviewed journals to popular newsstand magazines

  • Links to primary sources and helpful web sites enhance topic coverage

  • PDF page images deliver all the illustrations, charts, graphs, and other graphical content essential to research

  • Links to automatic WilsonWeb searches expand on and update each topic

You can learn more about this database on the Wilson web site, and in the near future you will be able to sign up for a free trial.

Discounted pricing will be available to libraries ordering this database through the Nebraska Library Commission. For a price quote please email Susan Knisely or call 800-307-2665 or 402-471-3849.

 

July 25, 2007

Deadline Extended: NetLibrary Shared Collections III, IV, and V Re-Opened

Entry Categories: Discounts   E-Resources  

Good News!

The deadline to place your order for the re-opened 3rd, 4th and 5th Shared Collections of NetLibrary eBooks has been extended to November 30, 2007!


The SOLINET and NEBASE Regional Library Networks are pleased to announce that the 3rd, 4th and 5th NetLibrary Shared Collections have been temporarily re-opened!

Back by popular demand, SOLINET and NEBASE are now offering the chance to purchase their 3rd, 4th and 5th Shared Collections of NetLibrary eBooks. These collections of electronic books include content from the top academic and trade publishers in subjects suited for academic and public libraries, each including many of the same top university presses and trade and commercial publishers. The title lists are finalized, and no new content will be added. The only additions over time will be for additional copies of high use titles.

Overview

The following collections are available:

  • The SOLINET/NEBASE 5th Shared Collection (2005) (7,030 titles)
  • The SOLINET/NEBASE 4th Shared Collection (2004) (7,659 titles)
  • The SOLINET/NEBASE 3rd Shared Collection (2003) (11,173 titles)

NetLibrary Shared Collection Title lists

Features

  • MARC record sets included in price.
  • No additional licensing for those who have completed eBook and Subscriber Agreements in connection with 3rd Shared, 4th Shared, 5th Shared, or unique collections purchases since January 2003
  • Available 24 hours a day/seven days a week
  • Can be viewed online on any PC connected to the Internet
  • Remote access available
  • Real time usage reports are available from your Library Resource Center

For more information about this collection, including pricing and ordering instructions, go to our NetLibrary Re-Opened Shared Collections web site.

To learn more about NetLibrary, including background information on past shared collections (e.g., title lists, participants) go to our NetLibrary Consortium Information web site.

 

June 8, 2007

Learn in the Comfort of Your Own Library with Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions

Are you unable to attend a scheduled Nebraska Library Commission workshop? Would you like to learn more about NebraskAccess, Nebraska Memories or NetLibrary? Do you need to brush up on your searching, cataloging or interlibrary loan skills? Do you have a new staff member to train? Would you like to see a product in action before making a purchasing decision?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions are for you!

The Nebraska Library Commission offers instruction and demonstrations in live online sessions. These sessions allow participants to gain training and information through a web conference conducted via the Internet.

If you missed one of the live sessions, or if you would just like to see it again, these online sessions have been recorded and are available online for you to view at your leisure. Each recorded session is viewable from a web browser. You will need a sound card and either earphones or speakers. There is no cost to view these recorded sessions.

Some of the topics available are:

  • CatExpress
  • Connexion
  • Dewey Decimal Classification
  • FirstSearch
  • HeritageQuest Online
  • NebraskAccess
  • Nebraska Memories & CONTENTdm
  • NetLibrary
  • OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing
  • OCLC Usage Statistics
  • Understanding MARC 21 Bibliographic Records
  • Using WorldCat for Genealogical Research
  • WebDewey
  • WorldCat Cataloging Partners
  • WorldCat Collection Analysis Service
  • WorldCat Search Strategies
  • WorldCat.org

These sessions, and many others, are available via the Nebraska Library Commission Training Portal. To see the complete list of online or archived online classes, use the View all Training by Location pull-down menu and select Online.

 

May 22, 2007

Serials Solutions Offers Special Promotional Pricing to NEBASE Members

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

NEBASE is pleased to announce that SerialsSolutions is making the following special offer available to Nebraska libraries:

Promotional pricing is available on all new, add-on or upgrade subscriptions to Serials Solutions services. Serials Solutions will reduce your first year subscription cost by one price tier. In addition, you will receive the balance of June included in your subscription term at no additional cost.

NEBASE encourages members to investigate Serials Solutions' services and request pricing information. Simply submit a no-obligation Request for Quote at www.serialssolutions.com/rfq and a Serials Solutions representative will contact you within 48 hours.

Please be advised that subscription costs for all services are based on the number of full-text journal holdings available at your institution or the number of federated search connections for your library. Take advantage of this offer before the expiration date of July 31st.

For additional questions, simply email sales@serialssolutions.com

To learn more about the Serials Solutions' services included in this promotion, see the PDF flyer

 

May 16, 2007

Database Roadshow 2007

Entry Categories: E-Resources   Training  

We are shaking up the Database Roadshow this year! This is our 10th year of holding the Roadshow so we decided to change the format a bit. This year we will only cover the Wilson Magazines and Biographies databases and WorldCat. By doing this we hope to provide participants with more information about the featured databases as well as more time for hands-on practice. Make a list of any questions or problems you have and bring them with you to class. During the hands-on time we would be glad to help you answer them.

There will be a one hour lunch break at approximately 11:30. Lunch is on your own.

For your comfort, you may wish to bring a sweater, or dress in layers, as we are unable to make any adjustments to the temperature of the computer labs.

Database Roadshows dates and locations (all Roadshows will be held 9:30am - 3:00pm):

 

May 15, 2007

New FirstSearch documentation

Entry Categories: E-Resources   Reference  

A new quick reference, OCLC FirstSearch: The Basics, is now available.

This 8-page quick reference provides everything a new or experienced FirstSearch user needs to make effective use of the FirstSearch user interface, the Administrative Module, and OCLC Usage Statistics.

Some sample sections:

  • Searching
  • Selecting a Database
  • Search Results
  • The Administrative Module
  • OCLC Usage Statistics
  • Support for FirstSearch Users

OCLC FirstSearch: The Basics is available online in PDF format.

A Spanish-language version (FirstSearch de OCLC: Aspectos basicos) is also available. A French-language version will be available by the end of May, 2007.

Printed copies can be requested by sending an e-mail request to orders@oclc.org. If you are requesting OCLC FirstSearch: The Basics, please reference the product code REF1119. If you are requesting FirstSearch de OCLC: Aspectos basicos, please reference product code REF1121.

 

May 10, 2007

Trial: Routledge Social Sciences & CRC Science Databases

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Taylor & Francis is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to the following Routledge social science databases and CRC science databases through June 15, 2007:

Routledge Social Science Databases

  • EUROPA WORLD YEARBOOK ONLINE/EUROPA WORLD PLUS - First published in 1926 and now available online, the Europa World Yearbook is renowned as one of the world's leading reference works, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories. Europa World Plus adds to the Yearbook the content of the nine Regional Surveys of the World, making it the most comprehensive resource ever to cover the nations and territories of the world. Our team of regional specialists updates the site throughout the year, and provide fully revised statistical and directory name and contact data two times a year. In addition to the already massive pool of data provided by Europa World, the database provides access to a full range of sophisticated search and browse functions, interactive tables, and archived statistics.
  • EUROPA WORLD OF LEARNING - A comprehensive directory and guide to the organizations and institutions within the sphere of higher education and learning. Profiling some 30,000 academic institutions and more than 200,000 staff and officials, this highly esteemed work covers the entire education and learning spectrum. There is no other source that provides such comprehensive, international coverage.
  • IISS ARMED CONFLICT DATABASE - Interactive, objective, and user-friendly, the Database covers more than 70 armed conflicts around the globe, featuring top-notch analysis and data from the non-ideological, highly sought-after experts at the IISS, the International Institute for Strategic Studies. In addition, ACD provides in-depth analysis, historical background, data on human consequences, event timelines, military makeup of armed groups, and quarterly assessments for each conflict. A list of non-state armed groups, their estimated strength, origin, political or ideological aims, and areas of operation is also included.
  • INTERNATIONAL WHO'S WHO - The International Who's Who brings together our most gifted, famous and influential contemporaries from around the globe. This venerable resource takes full advantage of the Web to provide a valuable and sophisticated array of ways to locate biographical details for more than 20,000 individuals. Coverage is truly global and encompasses a broad sweep of professions, including science, medicine, business, finance, politics, international affairs, diplomacy, law, art, music, entertainment, and fashion, to name a few.
  • ROUTLEDGE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY - The first multi-volume Encyclopedia to be published in the discipline in over thirty years, REP is now regarded as the definitive resource in the field. Featuring 2,000 original entries from a team of over 1,300 of the world's most respected scholars and philosophers, REP swiftly accumulated rave reviews and awards, including selection by Library Journal as one of its 50 Sources for the Millennium, and recognition as an Outstanding Reference Source by the American Library Association.
  • Politics & International Relations and Religion Resources

CRCnetBASES

  • BIOSCIENCEnetBASE
  • CHEMnetBASE
    Including:
    • Combined Chemical Dictionary
      Including:
      • Dictionary of Commonly Cited Compounds
      • Dictionary of Drugs
      • Dictionary of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds
      • Dictionary of Natural Products
      • Dictionary of Organic Compounds
    • Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
    • Polymers: A Property Database
    • Properties of Organic Compounds
  • ENGnetBASE
    Including:
    • CivilENGINEERINGnetBASE
    • ElecticalENGINEERINGnetBASE
    • MechanicalENGINEERINGnetBASE
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONSnetBASE
  • ENVIROnetBASE
  • FOODnetBASE
  • FORENSICnetBASE
  • INFOSECURITYnetBASE
  • ITKnowledgenetBASE
  • MATERIALSnetBASE
  • MATHnetBASE
  • NANOnetBASE
  • NEUROSCIENCEnetBASE
  • PHARMACEUTICALnetBASE
  • PlantSCIENCEnetBASE
  • POLYMERSnetBASE
  • PublicADMINISTRATIONnetBASE
  • STATSnetBASE
Trial Dates: May 10, 2007 through June 15, 2007

Trial Access Instructions: The trial usernames and passwords were distributed via a May 10, 2007 message to the Trial mailing list. If you did not receive this message or you would like to have it sent to you again, please email Databases.

 

Rosen Publishing Offers Trial Access to Teen Health & Wellness Database

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Rosen Publishing is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to their Teen Health & Wellness database. This trial will extend through June 30, 2007.

Description: Teen Health & Wellness: Real Life, Real Answers is designed to provide students with comprehensive curricular support and self-help tools on topics including diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life, and more. Teen Health & Wellness is created for teens with their unique concerns and perspective in mind. The information throughout is presented using a sensitive, respectful, and age-appropriate approach. Teen-friendly articles make complex topics understandable. They also give insight into the teen experience-crucial for parents, teachers, librarians, health care providers, and others who are part of teens' lives and who support teens.

Trial URL: www.teenhealthandwellness.com

Trial Dates: May 10, 2007 through June 30, 2007

Trial Access Instructions: The trial username and password were distributed via a May 10, 2007 message to the Trial mailing list. If you did not receive this message or you would like to have it sent to you again, please email Databases.

 

May 8, 2007

Save 50% on Ancestry Library Edition if your Library Population Service Area is Under 50,000

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

ProQuest CSA recently announced the following promotion. It is aimed at libraries with a population service area of under 50,000, in states that subscribe to HeritageQuest Online! This means many Nebraska libraries would be eligible!

Here's the deal:

  • Until June 30th, any library with a population service area under 50,000 who would like to purchase a subscription to Ancestry Library Edition from ProQuest CSA can do so at the price of $869.
  • Subscriptions must be brand new (does not apply to renewals).
  • Future renewals will be based off of this discounted price and will not go up to regular price (which is $1,735).
Please contact Maria Hofbauer at (800) 521-0600 x4088 or at maria.hofbauer@il.proquest.com with questions or to sign up.

Reminder: This product is available for in-library use only.

 

April 25, 2007

Vendor Day May 1st

Interested in hearing the latest from a cross section of library vendors? Come to Vendor Day on Tuesday, May 1st at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. There is no registration fee for library staff and media specialists for this day's event so you can come learn about new products and have a great lunch at NO cost to you or your library. We do ask that you register for Vendor Day so we can keep a head count for sessions and meals. Lunch is complimentary for all library staff and media specialists attending Vendor Day.

To register visit the Vendor Day registration page.

We have added two additional technical sessions to this year's vendor day.

Second Life - One of the central tenants of Library 2.0 is "go to where the users are". The online, 3D virtual world Second Life has more than 1.5 million residents all potentially needing the services that a library can provide. This session, presented by Michael Sauers of the Nebraska Library Commission will introduce attendees to the both the world of Second Life and to the Second Life Library 2.0 project and the services that it offers.

Tech Terms - Do you know what podcasting is? Or phishing and malware? If you’re not familiar with Wikis, RSS feeds, or BitTorrent, you will soon be hearing about them from your patrons. This presentation by Michael Sauers of the Nebraska Library Commission will help you be more comfortable talking with your patrons about their technology needs.

In addition to these we will have presentations from the following library vendors:

3M
Wilson
Tutor.com
EBSCO
OCLC
NEBASE
Polaris
AWE
Serials Solutions
Index Data


AWE - The Early Literacy Station is a premiere all-in-one learning system that is targeted for pre-schoolers through third graders. This self-contained system crosses seven curricular areas and includes 33 educational software packages that are top-rated by Children’s Software Review. It has an imaginative interface that encourages exploration and is ready to use right out of the box.

CSA Illustrata
Introducing the most important and innovative indexing advancement in over 30 years, CSA Illustrata provides web-based access to indexed tables, figures, maps, graphs, charts and other images contained in scholarly articles. This unique tool provides researchers precision, efficiency, and relevance in the data discovery process.

EBSCO Session #1
The changing landscape of librarianship demands a wide selection of approaches to promote library resources. Our offerings will help librarians reach out to customers, e.g., faculty, communities, students, managers, and administrators. Ideas will be presented on marketing your library, funding guides and much more. Introduction to the latest new EBSCO databases will also be included.

EBSCO Session #2
Connecting Users with Electronic Resources
Can your users easily identify and efficiently use all of your various electronic resources? Learn how EBSCO's integrated services can link users from bibliographic resources to all of your e-journals and e-books, regardless of vendor. E-resource access and linking will be demonstrated using EBSCO A-to-Z, LinkSource, EBCSOhost Research Databases, and EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service (EJS).

Follett Software Company Destiny Resource Manager
For more than 20 years, Follett Software Company has been the leading provider of integrated applications that centralize the management of K-12 resources, including Library materials, Textbooks, Media, and other learning materials. Our innovative, browser-based technology helps schools and districts achieve their goals, reduce costs and redirect savings toward instruction. We invite you to learn about our vision and the strategic partnerships that help enhance the educational process and impact student achievement through leading-edge solutions.

Index Data

Attendees will see a demonstration of Index Data's new hosted metasearch service. Called MasterKey, it represents a new approach to metasearching and has the following performance characteristics:

Very simple and easy to use
Searches hundreds of databases instantly
Merges duplicate titles and sorts across all databases
Relevance ranks, merges & displays over 2000 records/sec
Performs faceted search limiting with a single click
Participants will discover why Index Data is offering this service without cost to any library for searching open content resources as well as the modest fees for also using this service to search commercial databases and library catalogs. YakPac, Index Data's kids catalog front end with built-in chat functionality and other patron communication features will be addressed as time allows.

NetLibrary
Attend this session presented by OCLC Library Services Consultant, Doug van der Zee and learn the latest on NetLibrary. Areas covered will be an update on the number of publishers, titles and collection development options. Also learn about the new interface and products including eAudioBooks. Doug will discuss the new eAudiobook business model and publisher partners.

OCLC WorldCat Cataloging Partners
Is your library faced with cataloging challenges and a limited budget? OCLC WorldCat Cataloging Partners can help. The OCLC PromptCat service and Cataloging Partners program are being combined and reborn as WorldCat Cataloging Partners. WorldCat Cataloging Partners offers three levels of service - automated copy cataloging, 100% record delivery, and customized record delivery. Attend this session to learn more about this new cost effective cataloging service.

Polaris Integrated Library System
Today’s libraries are looking for better ways to serve their patrons and streamline staff workflow. And that’s precisely what we do at Polaris. As a forward-thinking library automation company, our goal is to keep you at the leading edge of technology, helping you to maximize resources, reduce costs and improve patron satisfaction. Polaris signed over 50 contracts to libraries last year including Plattsmouth here in Nebraska. If you have outgrown your current system, being forced to migrate to something different than you want or just looking for other options, Please join us for an introduction to Polaris and an interactive demonstration of our Polaris Integrated Library System (ILS).

Tutor.com
Live Homework Help is a subscription-based, one-to-one online tutoring service connecting kids to qualified tutors from any Internet-enabled computer. English and Spanish-speaking tutors are available. Kids, parents and teachers connect to online tutors through your web site during the hours you choose — seven days a week. Students can use Live Homework Help as often as they need help

Wilson
New Products from an Old Friend
The H.W. Wilson Company, serving libraries for over 110 years, continues to serve up fresh and exciting databases, and offers some new access opportunities to its classic research tools . From art images to current events, collection development to in-depth biographies, learn and see how the H.W. Wilson Company can add depth and dimension to your online services.

Please register and make your lunch choices. There is no charge to attend and lunch is complimentary. We hope to see you there on Tuesday, May 1st.

 

April 19, 2007

NewsBank Trial and Purchase Opportunity for K12 Schools

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

NewsBank is offering Nebraska K12 schools trial access to the following products:

  • KidsPage - Elementary school teachers require resources that are fun and capture kids' attention. These resources must also provide access to relevant, safe information and be quick and easy to use, so teachers can spend their time leveraging content rather than finding it. KidsPage and Connections for Kids do all this and more by providing articles, activities and lesson plans designed to help students discover the joy of learning. These Web-based resources encourage students to use critical thinking, solve problems and establish connections between the classroom and the real world. They are appropriate for students of all abilities, and all articles and activities—some of which are in Spanish—include both a Lexile score and a reading level. Finally, in addition to providing lesson plans, KidsPage and Connections for Kids align with state education standards, helping teachers save time and making their jobs easier.

  • Access World News - Every day, important issues and events impact small towns, big cities and entire nations. This is reflected in the unique experiences and diverse perspectives of people worldwide. Today’s students need to be more aware of what is happening both locally and globally, and they must understand the various sides of any issue to draw their own conclusions. Additionally, many assignments require students to use primary sources to relate classroom learning to the real world. By providing primary source content from around the world, Access World News enables students and teachers to meet these and other challenges in today's learning environment. Access World News is a comprehensive resource that includes more than 2,000 news publications from nearly 200 countries worldwide. These sources include major national and international newspapers, as well as local and regional titles. Access World News is updated daily to keep students informed of current issues and events, and it includes deep archives that provide background information on important topics, enabling students to trace an issue or event over a period of time.

  • America's Historical Newspapers - Newspapers provide a concise record of the knowledge, opinions and beliefs of people from a specific time and place. America's Historical Newspapers helps students and teachers explore virtually every topic or aspect of American history and culture between 1690 and 1922. Researchers can quickly find news and first-hand accounts of events, issues and daily life in the colonies or during the Revolutionary War, westward expansion, the Civil War, Reconstruction, industrialization, the Progressive Era, World War I and other time periods. Newspapers of particular historical importance, regional weeklies and big-city dailies are available. African American, foreign language and Native American titles are included. Significantly, the collection includes not only all news stories from each issue, but also illustrations and fully searchable advertisements, classifieds, birth and marriage announcements, obituaries and other articles exactly as they appeared in print.America's Historical Newspapers enables students and teachers to easily search and browse more than 1,300 U.S. newspapers published during the past four centuries, including titles from all 50 present states. For the first time, school libraries and classrooms can offer Web-based access to this extensive resource, which features cover-to-cover facsimiles of the same newspapers that provided the American public with essential primary source information for hundreds of years.

Trial Dates: April 16 through June 4, 2007

Trial Access Instructions: Trial access instructions were distributed via an April 16, 2007 message to the TRIAL mailing list. If you did not receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely

Pricing: NewsBank will provide price quotes to any interested schools. To request a price quote fill out and submit the NewsBank Quote Request Form for K12 Schools. This quote will provide libraries with upfront information about the most that their subscription might cost. Depending on the total number of orders received, schools may be eligible for a 5% - 10% discount off their quoted price.

To place an order: Please fill out and submit the [obsolete link removed] purchase agreement

Order Deadline: June 15, 2007

 

April 17, 2007

OCLC to Pilot WorldCat Local

Entry Categories: Cataloging   E-Resources   NEBASE   Resource Sharing   Technical Services  

OCLC is piloting a new service that will allow libraries to combine the cooperative power of OCLC member libraries worldwide with the ability to customize WorldCat.org as a solution for local discovery and delivery services.

The WorldCat Local pilot builds on WorldCat.org, which allows Web access to the world's richest database for discovery of materials held in libraries. Through a locally branded interface, the service will provide libraries the ability to search the entire WorldCat database and present results beginning with items most accessible to the patron. These might include collections from the home library, collections shared in a consortium, and open access collections.

WorldCat Local will offer the same feature set as WorldCat.org, such as a single search box, relevancy ranking of search results, result sets that bring multiple versions of a work together under one record, faceted browse capability, citation formatting options, cover art and additional evaluative content.

The WorldCat Local service interoperates with locally maintained services like circulation, resource sharing and resolution to full text to create a seamless experience for the end user. WorldCat Local will also include future enhancements to WorldCat.org including more than 30 million article citations, and social networking services.

"WorldCat Local offers OCLC member institutions a way to leverage the ongoing investments that OCLC is making in WorldCat.org, within their local environment," said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. "As we add new features to WorldCat.org--and as OCLC member libraries add new content to WorldCat--those features and that content will also become available within WorldCat Local."

The WorldCat Local pilot will test new functionality that allows users to place requests, gain online access, or request an interlibrary loan within WorldCat.org.

Libraries and groups participating in the WorldCat Local pilot include:

University of Washington
Peninsula Library System in California
Libraries in Illinois, including:
University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign
Glenside Public Library District
CCS (Cooperative Computer Services) Consortium
Lincoln Library
Illinois State Museum
Illinois State Library
Hoopeston Public Library
Northeastern Illinois University
Mattoon Public Library
Champaign Central High School
Williamsville Senior High School

The University of Washington Libraries will be first to pilot WorldCat Local with OCLC in April. Other institutions will follow. OCLC will examine results of the pilot to determine a production schedule.

Bill Jordan, Associate Dean of University Libraries, University of Washington, said the University of Washington Libraries "has purchased or licensed an amazing number of high-quality information resources for our users, but we've hidden them in multiple silos with little or no integration between them. Our job is to take those quality resources and make them convenient for the user to find and use--to make quality convenient. WorldCat Local appeals to me as a platform that I can use to address those strategic concerns."

"With WorldCat Local, we get enhanced search and display capabilities like faceted browse, FRBR-ized results sets, and enhanced content like reviews and article metadata," said Mr. Jordan. "We bring together all our fulfillment options--electronic, locally held, consortial, and remote--into one interface that still leverages all the 'delivery smarts' that are built into our local and consortial systems. With the addition of article metadata, we begin to see the breakdown of our discovery silos by the aggregation of indexing for book and article content."

"Finally, WorldCat Local provides a syndication platform so that we can meet users at their point of need," said Mr. Jordan. "We have to complete the discovery-to-delivery chain no matter where the user starts out. It's here, in syndication, that OCLC is uniquely positioned to work with Microsoft, Yahoo! and Google on behalf of libraries in a way that nobody else really can."

OCLC will test interoperability with systems used by participating pilot libraries, including Innovative Interfaces, SirsiDynix, and ExLibris Voyager.

 

April 11, 2007

New NetLibrary eAudiobook Subject Sets

Entry Categories: E-Resources   OCLC News  

NetLibrary launches its first collection of eAudiobook Subject Sets for libraries

Sets include biographies, classics, young adult fiction and more

OCLC’s NetLibrary, the leading platform for full-text digital content in libraries worldwide, has launched its first collection of eAudiobook Subject Sets for libraries in the U.S.A.

eAudiobook Subject Sets are bundled sets of high-demand titles, each set offered at a fixed price. This new collection of Subject Sets is available to all library types in the U.S. through NetLibrary’s eAudiobook purchase program. Developed by NetLibrary collection development librarians, eAudiobook Subject Sets provide a quick and easy way for libraries to offer the most popular downloadable eAudiobook titles to their users.

NetLibrary is currently introducing nine eAudiobook Subject Sets: Biography, Business, Children's Fiction, Classics, Learning Guides, Mystery & Suspense, Popular Nonfiction, Self-Help and Young Adult Fiction. NetLibrary's eAudiobook Subject Sets feature titles from the audiobook industry's leading publishers: Books on Tape, Listening Library, Living Language and Blackstone Audio.

Read the full news release.

Visit the NetLibrary site for more information about eAudiobook Subject Sets, including title lists and pricing.

 

Special LearningExpress Advantage Pricing for K12 Schools

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

In a move designed to make their product more affordable to the Nebraska K12 market, LearningExpress LLC is offering Nebraska K12 schools access to a lower-cost "Economy" version of LearningExpress Advantage. They've also created special population tiers to make this Economy version more accessible to smaller-population schools.

Please note that the Economy version of LearningExpress Advantage will be the same as LearningExpress Advantage Basic, except it will not include the instant essay scoring for the written portions of the ACT and SAT. It will also not include eFolio or class reporting set-ups. (Normally, the "Basic" LearningExpress Advantage service offered to schools includes all tests and courses, and instant essay scoring for the ACT and SAT. It does not include eFolio, the online instantly-scored writing improvement program, or any class set-ups for reporting.)

If they desire, Nebraska schools can always upgrade to the BASIC service, which includes essay scoring for the ACT and SAT. They can also add eFolio on a per student basis as they wish, for an additional cost, or reporting set-ups for an additional cost of $50 per class.

For more information about LearningExpress Advantage see the PDF brochure [learningexpressSD_withefolio_Feb07.pdf].  Also, be sure to take advantage of the trial access LearningEXpress has provided to Nebraska libraries through May 31, 2007. Trial access instructions were distributed via an April 5, 2007 message to the TRIAL mailing list; if you did not receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan.

Pricing starts as low as $275! Contact us with your school enrollment for a price quote!

Order by May 15, 2007 and get June access FREE!

 

April 10, 2007

NewsBank Trial and Purchase Opportunity

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

NewsBank is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to the following products:

NewsBank's America’s Newspapers provides full text information. America’s Newspapers covers local, regional and national news. It includes the complete electronic editions of more than 800 U.S. newspapers—with 75% of these sources not available in any other library database. America’s Newspapers provides patrons with authoritative, staff-written coverage of local and national topics, along with specific articles, obituaries, statistics, quotations, facts, analysis and much more. With unlimited access from all library workstations—and remote access 24/7 for most titles—patrons can freely search, browse, print, save and email full-text articles without a per-article fee. America’s Newspapers can be enhanced with the addition of a variety of specialized, cross-searchable news and information resources that address specific areas of interest. Note that this collection includes the Columbus Telegram, Grand Island Independent, Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha World Herald and the York News Times - See these and more in the above trial.

America's Obituaries & Death Noticesis the most comprehensive database of obituaries and death notices in the United States. It is a unique resource that contains more than 21 million recent death records with new content added daily. America's Obituaries & Death Notices consolidates content from newspapers across the nation and many more newspapers will be added. With this amount of newspaper coverage in this database makes it easy to find family loved ones, colleagues, friends, prominent people, veterans and town folks from town to town and from all across the country. America's Obituaries & Death Notices content covers more than 70% of recent annual deaths in the US. No other obituary database comes close to offering the depth and breadth from newspapers...

America's GenealogyBank is one of the most unique genealogy databases to be released into the library market. The content reaches back in time to the 1690's to the present using digital copies of the newspapers, books, pamphlets, and government documents. NewsBank has more newspapers, obituaries and government documents than anyone else. There is no other resource like this for genealogists. America's GenealogyBank consolidates millions of the United States' core genealogical records from the 17th to the 21st centuries in a single, massive database. This comprehensive Web-based resource makes it easy for genealogists to search and browse digital images of genealogies, obituaries, marriage notices, birth announcements, local histories, casualty lists, military documents and many other types of primary sources published across the nation over hundreds of years.

Trial Dates: April 10, 2007 through June 4, 2007

Trial Access Instructions: Trial access instructions were distributed via an April 10, 2007 message to the TRIAL mailing list. If you did not receive this message or would like to have it sent to you again, please email Susan

Pricing: NewsBank will provide price quotes to any interested libraries. To request a price quote fill out and submit the NewsBank Quote Request Form. This quote will provide libraries with upfront information about the most that their subscription might cost. Depending on the total number of orders received, libraries may be eligible for a 5% - 10% discount off their quoted price.

Subscription Term: July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008

Order Deadline: NewsBank is asking for final order confirmations by June 15, 2007


 

April 4, 2007

Vendor Day

Entry Categories: Discounts   E-Resources  

Join us for a full day of vendor presentations at The Cornhusker Marriott, May 1, 2007, 8:30 - 4:00. Twelve vendors will be presenting sessions throughout the day and also will be on hand to talk with any interested library staff about their products. There will be presentations scheduled for a variety of library products, including those for academic, school and public libraries. Lunch will be provided. Cost to attend is $10.

To register go to the Nebraska Library Commission Training Portal and search on Vendor Day.

8:30 - 9:00Registration
9:00 - 9:30 Innovative Interfaces3MWilson
9:40 - 10:20Follett Index DataSerial Solutions
10:20-10:40Break
10:40-11:20PolarisTutor.com EBSCO
11:30-12:00AWE OCLC Christa Burns
12:00-12:40Lunch
12:40 - 1:20FollettInnovative InterfacesOCLC
1:20 - 2:00Tutor.com 3MWilson
2:00 - 2:20 Break
2:20 - 3:00EBSCOSerial SolutionsIndex Data
3:00 - 3:40PolarisAWECSA

[obsolete link removed] Session descriptions.

 

April 3, 2007

NetLibrary Grants Available for Academic, Public and K12 libraries

Entry Categories: Discounts   E-Resources  

Nebraska Library Commission Offering Grants to Assist in Purchase of 2007 NetLibrary Shared Collection

Libraries interested in purchasing the 2007 SOLINET/NEBASE Shared Collection can apply for a grant of $275 to be applied towards their total cost. The grants are available to academic, public and K12 libraries. To apply visit the NetLibrary Grants website and fill out the online application form. Grant applications will be accepted through the May 31, 2007 deadline. Grants will be reviewed and funding awarded throughout the application period. To accept the grant award the library MUST submit its order forms to the Nebraska Library Commission for the 2007 netLibrary Shared Collection by June 13, 2007.

-- GRANT INFORMATION --


Grant Amount -- $275.00

Eligible -- Academic, Public and K12 libraries

Grant Application -- NetLibrary Grants website

Application Deadline -- May 31, 2007

Award Notices -- Ongoing through application period.

Order Submission Deadline -- June 13, 2007

 

April 2, 2007

Pricing Available for Faulkner's FAITS and SMP Databases

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Trial access to the following two databases ended on Saturday, March 31, 2007:

  • Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies (FAITS) - FAITS is a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind online technology reports library created especially for use by the academic community. Continually updated and fully searchable, FAITS contains hundreds of reports addressing critical issues, trends, market conditions, products, services, and vendors driving the information technology industry. Recent additions to this service include modules on Health Care IT and Government IT. This dynamic, feature-rich tool, will be a benefit to educators, administrators, researchers, students, IT staff, and others. For more information see http://www.faulkner.com/library/aboutfaits.htm

  • Security Management Practices (SMP) - Security Management Practices (SMP) is an expert resource on the Web for learning about how to confront and manage organizational risk, plan for disruptions, deploy network security appliances, employ biometric technologies, safeguard intellectual property, establish security best practices, protect and train students, staff and much more. SMP would be appropriate for Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, or Emergency Management-type courses. For more information see http://www.faulkner.com/library/showcase/smp.htm

    If you participated in this trial and liked one or both of these databases, please note that Faulkner is offering Nebraska libraries a 15% discount off list price on each service.

    Subscription term: July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008

    Order deadline: The order deadline for a July 1, 2007 start date is May 25, 2007.

    For more information on pricing and ordering see: /discounts/faulkner.aspx

 

March 28, 2007

New NetLibrary Offer - SOLINET/NEBASE Shared Collection VI

Entry Categories: Discounts   E-Resources  

In cooperation with NetLibrary and SOLINET, the Nebraska Library Commission and NEBASE are pleased to announce the launch of the 2007 NetLibrary Shared Collection VI.

About the 2007 Shared Collection VI: The 2007 Shared Collection VI will include new content from the top academic and trade publishers in subjects suited for academic and public libraries. The collection policy is similar to that of the first five collections and includes many of the same top university presses and trade and commercial publishers, as well as some newly signed publishers. The 6th Shared Collection is projected to include approximately 3,000 NetLibrary titles.

Features:

  • MARC record sets included in price.
  • No additional licensing for those who have completed eBook and Subscriber Agreements in connection with the 3rd Shared, 4th Shared, 5th Shared, or unique collection purchases since 2003.
  • Reference Center functionality will be enabled for all participants, extending to their other Reference Center holdings as well.

The following features will also be available to subscribers:

  • Wide number of titles available from more than 325 publishers (see NetLibrary's TitleSelect for complete catalog). Please view the NetLibrary List of Publishers. Publishers not available for inclusion in the shared collections include ABC Clio, Columbia University Press, Gale, Harper Collins, Johns Hopkins University Press, and John Wiley. The following publishers require multiple licenses per title and will be added to the collection on a selective basis: Cambridge University Press, Taylor and Francis and their imprints, and Greenwood Press.
  • Available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week
  • Can be viewed online on any PC connected to the Internet
  • Remote access available
  • Real time usage reports are available from your Library Resource Center.

For more information about this collection, including pricing and ordering instructions, go to our 2007 NetLibrary Shared Collection VI web site.

To learn more about NetLibrary, including background information on past shared collections (e.g., title lists, participants) go to our NetLibrary Consortium Information web site.

 

March 19, 2007

ArchiveGrid and CAMIO Databases Now Available From OCLC

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

As a result of the July 2006 merger of RLG and OCLC, OCLC is now offering subscriptions to the following two databases via its CONTENTdm platform:

  • ArchiveGrid - ArchiveGridSM is an important destination for searching for historical documents, personal papers and family histories held in archives throughout the world. Developed by RLG, ArchiveGrid is an online service that provides access to detailed archival collection descriptions. It includes nearly a million descriptions of archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide. For more information on ArchiveGrid see: http://www.oclc.org/archivegrid/

  • CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online) - is a premiere resource of works of art from around the world contributed and described by leading museums. Showcasing a wide range of fine and decorative art, CAMIO provides high-quality art images for education, research and enjoyment. All content is rights-cleared for educational use. The scope of the CAMIO collection ranges from 3000 BC to the present. The content includes about 90,000 works of art—photographs, paintings, sculpture, decorative and utilitarian objects, prints, drawings and watercolors, jewelry and costumes, textiles and architecture—plus audio, video and mixed media. Difficult-to-find contemporary art is one of its strengths. For more information on CAMIO see: http://www.oclc.org/camio/


    Note: CAMIO fills the void left by the end of operations of the Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO), whose AMICO Library database could be subscribed to from 1998 to 2005. Individual arrangements have been negotiated with most of the AMICO museum members that allow us to continue to provide access to their works through CAMIO.

If either of these products is of interest to you, please let us know and we will be glad to request pricing on your behalf.

 

March 6, 2007

LearningExpressLibrary Trial for Academic Libraries

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

LearningExpress, LLC is offering 2-year and 4-year academic libraries in Nebraska trial access to LearningExpressLibrary.com, a comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons—students and adult learners—succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. LearningExpressLibrary.com features:

  • Instant scoring
  • Customized feedback
  • Engaging self-paced courses
  • Unlimited remote access
  • Interactive test preparation
  • Targeted skills practice

Trial access is provided for both a two-year-college LearningExpressLibrary platform and a four-year-college LearningExpressLibrary platform. Both trials include access to LearningExpress's recently-enhanced Writing Improvement program, which is now called eFolio.

eFolio gives students:

  • Unlimited opportunities to write practice essays
  • Instant essay scoring and individualized analysis
  • Writing diagnostics for skill analysis
  • Writing preparation for major assessment exams
  • Ongoing access to feedback on their written work

Professors are given the tools and resources to:

  • Flexibly assign student writing prompts
  • Accurately and effectively evaluate student writing
  • Target instruction
  • Utilize detailed reports to benchmark student growth

Trial Dates: Trial access will be available through April 30, 2007

Trial URL: http://www.LearningExpressLibrary.com/evaluation

Trial Username/Password:  The trial username and password were distributed via a March 6, 2007 message to the TRIAL mailing list.  If you did not receive this message or would like to have it sent to you again, please email Susan.

 

March 5, 2007

Tutor.com's Live Homework Help™ Available Free Through March 17, 2007

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Tutor.com has partnered with YALSA to offer Live Homework Help™ to anyone interested at no charge for Teen Tech Week.

Description: Introduced in 2000, Live Homework Help™ is an innovative afterschool program that connects kids in grades 4-12 and early college with expert tutors for live, one-to-one help with homework assignments via the Internet in math, science, social studies and English.

Live Homework Help™ is currently offered at over 1,500 public library sites and afterschool organizations across the U.S. and Canada. Libraries are successfully using technology they already have to deliver a service that students and communities rave about. All children, regardless of their ability to pay or geography, can now receive the homework help they need through their local library—either at designated terminals at library branches or remotely from home with a library card. Students can use the service as often as they like—there are no limitations!

Students report they are increasing their confidence in their schoolwork, completing their homework assignments and improving their grades and, perhaps most importantly, they enjoy Live Homework Help™ so much that over 95% of them recommend it to their friends. During the school year, an average of 70,000 sessions is completed monthly; we project over 1,000,000 sessions for the next school year alone.

Trial Dates: The service will be available from March 4th to March 17th, from 1:00pm to 12:00 am Central Time, 7 days per week.

Trial URL: http://www.tutor.com/teentechweek (No registration is needed, just follow this link to get access)

You can also access Tutor.com's Ask A Librarian Virtual Reference service on the same site.

 

Trial: netTrekker d.i. [Differentiated Instruction]

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Nebraska libraries are being offered free, trial access to the netTrekker d.i. (differentiated instruction) search engine through March 31,2007.

According to the vendor, here are just a few ways that netTrekker d.i., the latest version of netTrekker, the award-winning search engine for schools, supports educators as they differentiate their instruction to help every child achieve:

  • Access more than 180,000 educator-selected online resources organized by readability level and aligned with state standards.
  • Quickly and easily find resources for general-education students, ELL/ESL students, those working below or above grade level, those with reading challenges, special needs and more.
  • Exciting new features include:
    • Search for Resources by Readability Level
    • Customized ELL Content
    • Dictionary/Translation Hot Key
    • Safe, School-Friendly Image Search
    • Read Aloud
  • With netTrekker d.i., your educators and students spend less time searching for resources and more time teaching and learning!

To view a Flash or HTML Demo of netTrekker d.i. go to: http://www.nettrekker.com/di/tour/index.html

Trial URL: http://school.netTrekker.com

The trial username and password were distributed via a March 5, 2007 message to the TRIAL mailing list. If you are a Nebraska librarian who did not receive this information or would like to have it sent to you again, please email databases.

 

March 2, 2007

Trial: Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies (FAITS) and Security Management Practices (SMP)

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Faulkner Information Services is offering Nebraska libraries free trial access to the following two services:

  • Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies (FAITS) - FAITS is a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind online technology reports library created especially for use by the academic community. Continually updated and fully searchable, FAITS contains hundreds of reports addressing critical issues, trends, market conditions, products, services, and vendors driving the information technology industry. Recent additions to this service include modules on Health Care IT and Government IT. This dynamic, feature-rich tool, will be a benefit to educators, administrators, researchers, students, IT staff, and others. For more information see http://www.faulkner.com/library/aboutfaits.htm

  • Security Management Practices (SMP) - Security Management Practices (SMP) is an expert resource on the Web for learning about how to confront and manage organizational risk, plan for disruptions, deploy network security appliances, employ biometric technologies, safeguard intellectual property, establish security best practices, protect and train students, staff and much more. SMP would be appropriate for Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, or Emergency Management-type courses. For more information see http://www.faulkner.com/library/showcase/smp.htm

Trial Dates: March 1, 2007 through March 31, 2007

The trial URL with embedded username and password was distributed via a March 2, 2007 message to the TRIAL mailing list. If you did not receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely.

Faulkner is offering Nebraska libraries a 15% discount off list price on each service. Subscription terms will run from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. For more information on pricing and ordering see: /discounts/faulkner.aspx

 

CQ Press "New Subscriber" Pricing for 2007-2008

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

"New Subscriber" pricing for CQ Press online products for the July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008 subscription term is now available on the Network Services CQ Press pricing page. To view details go to nlc.nebraska.gov/discounts/CQPress.aspx

If you currently subscribe to a CQ Press online product through the Nebraska Library Commission, we will be contacting you separately with renewal pricing as soon as we receive it. If you have questions about this feel free to contact us at 800-307-2665, 402-471-2045, or email Databases.

 

February 14, 2007

Welcome to the New N3!

Welcome Nebraska librarians to the new version of the N3 newsletter.

In the Fall 2006 NEBASE Survey you asked for more timely information, as well as information in the form of a blog. With this new version of the N3, Nebraska Library Commission Network Services News, we are responding to both of these requests.

Previously N3 was published online every other month. Now, it will be continuously updated with content. We will post new items as we write them or as new content is made available to us from OCLC or our other library partners. This should help keep you up to date with everything happening in all areas of Network Services including, NEBASE, OCLC News, Databases, Training, Discounts and more.

Also, you can now subscribe to N3 via an RSS feed and have the posts go directly to your RSS aggregator service. You no longer need to go find our web site, the content will be pushed directly to your own account. You can also provide us or the library community with comments about any N3 post.

We hope this new method of delivery will meet each of your needs. Please let us know what you think of the new N3.

 

About E-Resources

This page contains all articles posted to N3 in the E-Resources category.

Many more can be found on the main page or by looking through the archives.