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July 1, 2009

NEBASE Closure

Yesterday was NEBASE’s last official day as an OCLC network and this will be the closing post to N3.

The Nebraska Library Commission would like to thank NEBASE members for their support over the last 33 years. We would like to thank those who served as our representatives to Users and Members Council, those who served on the NEBASE Advisory Council, and past and present NEBASE staff.

Remember, your final NEBASE billing for June will be sent by us around the middle of July. Future invoices for OCLC products and services (except for CatExpress, WebDewey, and NetLibrary) will come from BCR.

Christa Burns will continue to coordinate group purchases of CatExpress, WebDewey, and NetLibrary.

For all other OCLC products and services as well as technical support, you will need to contact:

  • Ordering, renewals, billing—When you contact BCR, 1-800-397-1552 or support@bcr.org, you will talk with Chris Cook, Ellie Nowicki, or Marisa Wood.

  • BCR Communications regarding OCLC—Check out BCR’s News page to subscribe to their newsletter, sign up for RSS feeds, and find other timely information.

  • Technical support—You will call OCLC Support, 1-800-848-5800, or support@oclc.org

  • Training opportunities—Check out BCR’s Continuing Education & Training page and OCLC’s Training Portal for listings from all Partners.

Since there will no longer be a “network” at the Library Commission and our programs have expanded greatly over the years, the name of our department, Network Services, has changed to Technology and Access Services (TechAccess for short).

Please be sure to check out future TechAccess activities on the Library Commission’s NCompass Blog.

 

June 9, 2009

Put OCLC on your ALA Annual schedule

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Put OCLC on your ALA Annual schedule, July 10-14; visit booth 3923

Key membership events:

OCLC Symposium: Leadership Beyond the Recession.
The course you set during tough times will have a profound impact on your library’s long-term sustainability. Keynote speaker and best-selling author Joseph A. Michelli, Ph.D, (The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary) will engage the audience in a conversation that explores ways to bring a unique customer experience to the library.
Friday, July 10, 1:30–4:30 p.m., Chicago Hilton, Grand Ballroom

From Awareness to Funding: The Next Chapter.

Join Cathy De Rosa and Jenny Johnson from OCLC for an update on OCLC’s continuing efforts—with generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—to help public library leaders heighten awareness of the needs of local libraries and increase support for the services they provide.
Saturday, July 11, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., McCormick Place West, Room W-474

OCLC Update Breakfast.
Join OCLC and your colleagues for breakfast, a free gift and an update on OCLC activities from Jay Jordan, President and CEO. Then, share roundtable conversation with colleagues who share your interests, hosted by OCLC staff.
Sunday, July 12, 7–9 a.m., Chicago Hilton, International Ballroom

Register online for OCLC events

 

June 2, 2009

OCLC Customer Support

Entry Categories: NEBASE   OCLC News   Resource Sharing   Technical Services   Training  

As OCLC, NEBASE and BCR continue to work in partnership on behalf of OCLC member libraries, we would like to remind you about some important changes with regard to how your library will access support for OCLC products and services.

Beginning July 1, 2009, OCLC members will contact OCLC Customer Support for all questions related to support for OCLC products and services.

OCLC’s teams of support professionals are available 14 hours a day, Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. Central Time, to assist you with your needs. These dedicated individuals will provide answers and information to help your library maximize the value of your membership and use of OCLC products and services. In addition to product support specialists, the OCLC Customer Support organization is also comprised of a specialized team of librarians focused on providing consultative and workflow support tied to the use and satisfaction of OCLC products and services.

The Nebraska Library Commission is the administrator of the CatExpress and WebDewey groups, and will remain so, even after BCR becomes the OCLC network for Nebraska. As the administrator of the CatExpress and WebDewey groups, the Nebraska Library Commission will continue maintaining the groups – adding new members, updating existing members, etc. Also, the Nebraska Library Commission will continue as the billing agent for your CatExpress and WebDewey groups.

After July 1, 2009, BCR will provide billing and ordering assistance to your library for all other OCLC products and services. BCR will also assist OCLC in keeping member libraries informed by communicating updates, enhancements, new product offerings, research, membership reports and other important information on OCLC member benefits.

  • After July 1, 2009, for all questions related to support for OCLC products and services, contact OCLC Customer Support, by telephone 1-800-848-5800 or e-mail support@oclc.org
  • After July 1, 2009, for CatExpress and WebDewey billing and ordering assistance, contact Christa Burns at the Nebraska Library Commission - 1-800-307-2665, 1-402-471-3107 or e-mail
  • After July 1, 2009, for other OCLC billing and ordering assistance, contact BCR via e-mail at support@bcr.org or by telephone at 1-800-397-1552 and ask for support
  • To contact NEBASE about these changes, call Christa Burns, 1-800-307-2665, 1-402-471-3107 or e-mail
 

May 28, 2009

New at WorldCat.org: Library Profile pages

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Your library’s page on WorldCat.org

Now libraries have profiles on WorldCat.org, too. Similar to the way a personal profile page gathers together your activities on WorldCat.org in a single page, now there’s a page that showcases all your library’s relevant information such as location, links to your catalog, Web site, virtual reference services and more.

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The new Library Profile page also gives users an easy place to know what the latest items are that you’ve added to WorldCat—automatically. The featured items are updated once a month, and are presented by relative popularity (as determined by number of holdings in WorldCat.)

Library Profile pages will keep evolving. They are built from data in the WorldCat Registry, so you may want to check your library’s Registry profile and make sure all the fields are populated and up-to-date.

 

May 22, 2009

OCLC Members Council discusses issues facing libraries worldwide

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OCLC prepares for new era of governance designed to reflect a broader, more inclusive membership

OCLC Members Council met May 17-19 in Dublin, Ohio, USA, to discuss issues facing libraries around the world, pass resolutions to implement the previously approved Global Council and three Regional Councils, and look back on 31 years of accomplishments as Members Council concluded its final meeting. Members Council also drafted a new definition of OCLC membership, which will be considered by the OCLC Board of Trustees at its meeting in June and, if approved, added to the Membership and Contributions Protocols that take effect July 1, 2009.

In addition, delegates heard a report from Jennifer Younger, chair of the Review Board on the Principles of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship, that recommended the proposed Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records be formally withdrawn, and a new policy drafted. “We affirm that a policy is needed, but not this policy,” said Ms. Younger. The Review Board was formed to discuss and gather information about the proposed policy, which has been delayed after concerns were raised about the policy. Until a new policy is in place, the Review Board suggested that OCLC reaffirm the existence and applicability of the Nov. 16, 1987 “Guidelines for the Use and Transfer of OCLC-Derived Records.”

The Review Board is accepting feedback on its report. The Review Board will submit a draft report for the June meeting of the OCLC Board of Trustees, and plans to finalize its report by the end of June. A video of Ms. Younger’s report, as well as her presentation slides, are available on the OCLC Web site.

View the full news release

 

May 12, 2009

WorldCat Local “quick start” Web information sessions

Entry Categories: OCLC News   Reference  

OCLC recently announced WorldCat Local “quick start”, a service that delivers the resources of your library and libraries around the world in a single search. This first step toward Web-scale, cooperative library management services connects your users’ search experience with library systems—today, that means WorldCat, your catalog, local availability and resource sharing. Soon, OCLC will take the next steps and pilot Web-scale delivery and circulation, license management, print and electronic acquisitions, and more. WorldCat Local “quick start” is now included in subscriptions to the WorldCat database on the FirstSearch service at no additional charge.

Learn more about WorldCat Local “quick start” at weekly Web information sessions. Registration is open, and additional sessions will be added regularly.

Built on the popular WorldCat.org interface, WorldCat Local “quick start” includes:

  • Your library’s brand in the URL, search box and user interface
  • Your library’s resources displayed first in search results
  • Interoperability with a single integrated library system
  • Smart integration with your library’s existing delivery services
  • Access to the same social networking tools available on WorldCat.org
  • Article-level records from well-known databases with links to full text where available

Visit the website to learn more about WorldCat Local “quick start,” and how your library can take advantage of this new service. In addition to introductory webinars, you may also register for webinars that provide an introduction to the service, instruction on configuration options and guidance on use of OCLC’s batch processing services to update your library’s holdings in WorldCat.

 

May 5, 2009

OCLC Offers Worldcat.org Webinars

Entry Categories: OCLC News   Reference  

Support additional users without spending additional funds. Find out how with OCLC's free live Web session about WorldCat.org and the WorldCat Mobile pilot.

When libraries work together, we can make the most of our resources, share our time, and leverage our collective expertise. Given the tough realities of the economy today, there’s never been a better time to learn how to work together for cooperative benefit.

In this session, come see how the power of library cooperation can help your library support additional new users without spending any additional funds. See the latest features on the WorldCat.org platform, hear an update on the WorldCat Mobile pilot, understand how easy it is to update your WorldCat Registry data and get a preview of the one-stop integrated discovery solution on the open Web that leads users back to your local library.

If you haven’t looked at WorldCat.org lately, then plan to attend one of OCLC's free one-hour Webinars.

Thursday, May 21 at 8-9 AM Central Time
Register for the AM Webinar

Thursday, May 21 at 3-4 PM Central Time
Register for the PM Webinar

 

April 14, 2009

Gates Foundation and OCLC Will Develop Community-Based Awareness Campaign to Increase Support for Libraries

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DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 14 April 2009 — Today, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a $5 million grant to the OCLC library cooperative to develop a public information campaign that will help public library leaders heighten awareness of the needs of local libraries and increase support for the services they provide during these challenging times. OCLC will pilot the campaign in select areas of Georgia and Iowa starting this summer as well as a limited number of other communities which will be selected later this spring. Later in the year, OCLC will make available community awareness campaign materials and other guides to assist library leaders throughout the country in their efforts to strengthen support for local libraries.

The current economic crisis has led to dramatic increases in library visitation across the nation, as people rely on libraries for free computer and Internet access to conduct job searches, access government services, learn new workforce skills, and use other resources they can no longer afford at home.

The tightening economy has also put library funding - 80 percent of which comes from local sources - at risk. Many library systems predict deep state and local funding cuts in 2009, a growing burden for the roughly half of all libraries struggling against declining or flat budgets.

Read the full press release.

 

March 11, 2009

NEBASE Members to Transition to BCR

As announced previously, the Nebraska Library Commission’s NEBASE department will cease to exist as an OCLC network in July 2009. Under OCLC’s new Partner structure, OCLC member libraries may go to any OCLC partner or directly to OCLC for billing, ordering and training.

After talks with several OCLC networks, consultation with the NEBASE Advisory Council and much consideration, we have made the recommendation to transfer Nebraska OCLC libraries to BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) for the initial transition in billing, renewals and ordering. At any time after August 1st, libraries may request to be transferred to another OCLC Partner or go directly to OCLC.

BCR, founded in 1935 and headquartered in Aurora, Colorado, has been a provider of OCLC products and services since 1976 and will continue to be an OCLC Partner for billing, marketing and training. OCLC member libraries using BCR’s services currently are found in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. For more information about BCR, visit http://www.BCR.org.

Staff from Nebraska OCLC member libraries will be able to attend BCR’s OCLC training—online or in-person at any location—at BCR member pricing. Libraries may learn about OCLC training opportunities through BCR’s training calendar or through a new national training calendar that OCLC will host starting in July 2009.

Under the new Partner system, Nebraska OCLC member libraries will be billed for OCLC cataloging subscriptions, ILL subscriptions, etc., without any added network administrative or membership fees. Price quotes for the coming fiscal year will be issued next week.

NEBASE will continue to handle invoicing through the June 2009 activity (invoices sent in July). Renewals, ordering, training and technical support will continue through June 30, 2009. Effective with your July invoices (sent in August 2009), your invoices will come from BCR. As of July 1, 2009, all technical support calls should go directly to OCLC (1-800-848-5800) and BCR will provide billing support assistance.

The Nebraska Library Commission will continue to coordinate CatExpress and WebDewey group purchases. NLC will also continue to provide access to statewide database subscriptions through NebraskAccess. And NLC will continue to negotiate vendor discounts and purchasing of other electronic resources for Nebraska libraries individually or in groups.

If you have questions about the transition, please contact Christa Burns, 471-3107 or 800-307-2665, or Devra Dragos, 471-4335 or 800-307-2665.

 

January 20, 2009

WorldCat.org now available for mobile phones

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Now your library materials on WorldCat.org are searchable through mobile devices, thanks to a new WorldCat mobile pilot that launched this month. The six month long pilot will operate in the US and Canada, to gather data which will inform future WorldCat mobile efforts.

Learn more about the WorldCat mobile pilot

Developed through a partnership with the mobile-technology leader Boopsie, mobile access to WorldCat.org provides a convenient way for information seekers to find known items in libraries and to identify libraries near their location quickly. The pilot also complements the recently released experimental WorldCat app for iPhone, built with the WorldCat Search API and available for download from the Apple site.

To download the application, go to www.worldcat.org/m on your mobile phone’s Web browser.

Your feedback requested
Once you’ve used WorldCat.org on your mobile phone, please give OCLC your feedback at worldcatmobilepilot@oclc.org with details of your experience and/or suggested enhancements that will make this mobile access to WorldCat even more useful to you and your users.

 

January 15, 2009

OCLC to convene Review Board to Discuss WorldCat Record Use Policy

Entry Categories: Cataloging   OCLC News   Technical Services  

OCLC Board of Trustees and Members Council to convene Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 13 January 2009—OCLC Members Council and the OCLC Board of Trustees will jointly convene a Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship to represent the membership and inform OCLC on the principles and best practices for sharing library data. The group will discuss the Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records with the OCLC membership and library community.

The purpose of this Review Board is to engage the membership and solicit feedback and questions before the new policy is implemented. In order to allow sufficient time for feedback and discussion, implementation of the Policy will be delayed until the third quarter of the 2009 calendar year.

Read the full Press Release

 

December 18, 2008

Put OCLC on your ALA Midwinter schedule, January 23-28

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Are you attending the American Library Association Midwinter meeting in Denver, Colorado on January 23-28? If so, plan to put OCLC on your ALA Midwinter schedule.

Register online today and get the latest information on OCLC services and programs. A variety of special events are planned, including the OCLC Update Breakfast and the OCLC Symposium on how the Web can change how we think and learn, entitled From Linking to Thinking—How We’ll Live When Information Surrounds Us.

In addition, OCLC will be demonstrating and discussing many OCLC services in booth #1704 at the Colorado Convention Center.

Register for OCLC ALA Midwinter conference activities

 

November 21, 2008

OCLC Members Council discusses similarities, embraces differences in libraries

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

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

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

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

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

Read the full press release

Audio and video of the October Members Council meeting

 

October 14, 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Doug Potts
Director, Network Partners, Pottsd@oclc.org 614-764-6000

 

OCLC and NEBASE's future

Entry Categories: NEBASE   OCLC News  

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

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


What does this mean for NEBASE?

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

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


What does this mean for NEBASE members?

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

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

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


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

 

July 29, 2008

OCLC's Small Libraries Advisory Group

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At the May 2008 OCLC Members Council meeting, a new initiative for small and rural libraries was announced. The Small Libraries Advisory Group was sponsored by George Needham, Vice President of OCLC Member Services, and is chaired by George Bishop, the library director for the Ovid-Elsie Schools in Michigan. The goal of the group is to recommend to OCLC new ways to package current services for the small library market, regardless of library type.

The first conference call meeting of the group is this Thursday, July 31. If you have suggestions or ideas on how OCLC can help small and rural libraries, OCLC wants to hear them.

How can OCLC make their products and services affordable for all libraries? Is there a way we can offer a selection of services that are quick to learn and could get smaller libraries (public, school, special, even small academics) into the cooperative with a low entry cost and minimal ongoing expense?

Add a comment on OCLC’s It’s All Good blog or e-mail George Needham and let them know what you're thinking!

 

NEBASE Hour for August: What's New at OCLC?

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The NEBASE Hour for August 2008 is "What's New at OCLC?".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation that you will access from your own computer via the Web. Audio is available via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). You may ask any questions you have during the session. The session will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time. IMPORTANT: Please note that we are using new web conferencing software - Centra. Please read the information below this announcement for details about technical requirements and procedures for accessing live online sessions through Centra.

NEBASE Hour for August 2008: What's New at OCLC?

August 6, 2008 - 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: August 4

OCLC continues to introduce new products and services and to support innovative research and library initiatives. Attend this session to hear all about the newest OCLC activities.

The session will be conducted by Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE. Participants will receive 1 hour of CE credit. There is no cost to participate in this session.

For more information and to register to attend this session, please go to our Training Portal.

INTRODUCING CENTRA LIVE! This Online Session will be conducted using Centra Live web conferencing software. For this reason it is crucial that you review the Centra Live technical requirements and perform the recommended Centra system check even if you've successfully attended previous Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions. (Previous sessions used Genesys and Live Meeting software.) Please do this several days in advance of your scheduled session so you have plenty of time to update your system if necessary. Technical requirements (including a link to the system check) and general access instructions are available on the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions webpage.

AUDIO NOTE: Audio for Centra Live online sessions will be handled via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, as opposed to a telephone conference call. This means access to a telephone is not required. However, in order to hear the presentation attendees must be using a computer with a sound card and speakers. To ask questions and participate in class discussion, attendees will also need a microphone. If you don't have a microphone for your computer, you may request one from the Nebraska Library Commission, at no cost to you, by emailing Jeannette Powell at least a week in advance of your session. If only one individual is attending the session from a particular computer, a headset may be used in place of the speakers and microphone.

 

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!

--- AGENDA ---

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 15, 2008

From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

OCLC was awarded a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to explore attitudes and perceptions about library funding and to evaluate the potential of a large-scale marketing and advocacy campaign to increase public library funding in the U.S. The findings of this research are now available in the latest OCLC report, From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America.

Among the findings from the report:

  • Library funding support is only marginally related to library visitation.
  • Perceptions of librarians are an important predictor of library funding support.
  • Voters who see the library as a "transformational" force as opposed to an "information" source are more likely to increase taxes in its support.

The report suggests that targeting marketing messages to the right segments of the voting public is key to driving increased support for U.S. public libraries.

Purchase a print copy of the report or download a free, electronic version

 

May 28, 2008

OCLC Members Council approves new governance structure

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DUBLIN, Ohio, May 27, 2008 - OCLC has adopted a new governance structure designed to extend participation in the cooperative to an increasing number of libraries and cultural heritage institutions around the world.

On May 20, the OCLC Members Council approved changes to the Articles of Incorporation and Code of Regulations that had been recommended by the Board of Trustees. The changes will transform the current Members Council into a Global Council that connects with Regional Councils around the world.

Members Council also elected two delegates to six-year terms on the OCLC Board of Trustees: Tony Ferguson, University Librarian, University of Hong Kong Libraries; and Sandy Yee, Dean of Libraries, Wayne State University, and outgoing OCLC Members Council President.

The new Global Council will replace the Members Council in a transition that is expected to take 12-18 months and will be coordinated between representatives of the 2008-2009 Members Council and the Board of Trustees.

Read the full News Release

 

May 23, 2008

Rating and review features updated on WorldCat.org

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

Full-featured ratings and reviews are now available on WorldCat.org. Web users who use WorldCat to find materials in libraries near them and around the world can:

  • Quickly rate items on a five-star scale
  • Create and save drafts of review
  • Write a review in their preferred language

Users viewing their WorldCat.org profile (My WorldCat > My Profile) now see links to reviews they have published as well as draft reviews they are still working on. To read others’ opinions, they follow the link to posted reviews right below the five-star rating utility on an item’s detailed record.

Reviews from additional sources will be available on WorldCat.org soon. Write a quick review of your favorite movie, book or article today---on its detailed record, look for the “Review this item” link under the section titled “Add to It.”

Also new: Cover art added to lists

You have seen full-color cover art on WorldCat detailed records. Now covers are also available on user-created lists. Covers bring the titles on lists of library-owned items to life, and help users locate materials at a glance.

Public and private lists are available in three different views:

  • Details and Notes, with small cover art and list management
  • Covers Only, with large cover art
  • Citations, with no art and printing or exporting of bibliographic citations

If you haven’t created a list, check out other users’ lists with cover art and then sign in to start your own!

Search WorldCat lists

Sign in and make your own list

 

May 20, 2008

OCLC and Google to exchange data, link digitized books to WorldCat

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

OCLC and Google Inc. have signed an agreement to exchange data that will facilitate the discovery of library collections through Google search services.

Under terms of the agreement, OCLC member libraries participating in the Google Book Search™ program, which makes the full text of more than one million books searchable, may share their WorldCat-derived MARC records with Google to better facilitate discovery of library collections through Google. Google will link from Google Book Search to WorldCat.org, which will drive traffic to library OPACs and other library services. Google will share data and links to digitized books with OCLC, which will make it possible for OCLC to represent the digitized collections of OCLC member libraries in WorldCat.

View the news release

 

May 19, 2008

Put OCLC on your ALA Annual schedule, June 27-30

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

Register online today for OCLC events and meetings at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, including the popular WebJunction member reception, the OCLC Update Breakfast and a symposium on The Mashed-Up Library.

OCLC Symposium: The Mashed-Up Library - Friday, June 27 - 1:30 - 4:30pm

Developing new library services can now mean mixing data and functionality from several sources into “mash-ups” to provide a unique and powerful user experience. Some librarians have discovered how to use Web applications to adapt or create new services. Others are investigating this trend and looking for further guidance. Still others have found creative ways to deliver traditional programs to new populations.

Join our keynote speaker, Michael Schrage, author of Shared Minds—The New Technologies of Collaboration and columnist for CIO and MIT’s Technology Review, and our panel of three librarians who have developed their own mash-ups. We’ll hear from:

  • Susan Gibbons, Associate Dean, Public Services & Collection Development, University of Rochester (NY) River Campus Libraries
  • David Lee King, Digital Branch & Services Manager, Topeka & Shawnee County (KS) Public Library
  • Mary Beth Sancomb-Moran, Librarian, University of Minnesota, Rochester

New for ALA Annual 2008: Take the WorldCat Challenge!

This game lets you demonstrate your WorldCat searching skills. Contestants will be selected from random drawings at six qualifying rounds at OCLC Booth 1448 and at two OCLC events - check the OCLC ALA website for the designated events.

All contestants will receive a WorldCat t-shirt; winners of qualifying rounds will also win an ALA Store gift certificate and will be invited back to OCLC Booth 1448 for the final challenge round at 4:00 pm, Monday, June 30. The champion will win a video iPod!

More than 40 special OCLC sessions and meetings are planned. Register online for OCLC events

 

May 6, 2008

OCLC Programs and Research offers online PARcasts

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

The first in a new series of podcasts and webinars from Programs and Research staff, PARcasts, is now available on the OCLC Web site.

The podcasts are recorded impromptu interviews in which Programs and Research staff ask industry thought leaders “What’s keeping you awake at night?”.

In the first podcast, RLG Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt interviews RLG Program Partner Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress, about The Value of Physical Artifacts in an Increasingly Virtual World.

The webinars are recorded online presentations that cover topics such as the latest RLG Programs work agenda updates, reports or project findings. Participation in live webinars is available exclusively to RLG Programs partners as a benefit of partnership, but recordings are made available on the PARcast Web page for the benefit of all.

The recording of the first webinar, Out of the Stacks and onto the Desktop: Rethinking Assumptions about Access and Digitization, with RLG Program Officers Ricky Erway and Jennifer Schaffner, is also available online.

Check out the OCLC PARcasts.

See what OCLC Research is up to.

Learn more about RLG Programs.

 

April 28, 2008

View YouTube video of OCLC Symposium at ALA Midwinter

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

More than 400 people attended New Leadership for New Challenges, which explored how both individual and institutional leadership has an impact on the success of libraries.

View the 8-minute YouTube video:

Featured speakers were Leslie Crutchfield, Managing Director of Ashoka and co-author of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, and Dr. Rush Miller, Hillman University Librarian, University of Pittsburgh and co-author of Beyond Survival: Managing Academic Libraries in Transition.

 

April 21, 2008

WorldCat now contains more than 100 million bibliographic records

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

On April 1, a record for the 1950s publication from the U.S. Fisheries Laboratory, Miscellaneous Contributions, marked the 100 millionth bibliographic record entered into WorldCat. The record was part of a retrospective conversion project for the University of Washington Libraries.

In the past, WorldCat millionth bibliographic records were easily recognized by an OCLC record number that ended in zeros. Over the past year, additional types of records have been added to WorldCat, including article-level citations available in WorldCat.org and Institution Records reflecting an institution’s edited version of a bibliographic record. Both of these types of records are assigned OCLC numbers from the same numbering sequence applied to master bibliographic records. As a result, OCLC has developed a process that continuously monitors the total number of master bibliographic records in WorldCat. This process was used to determine which master bibliographic record was the 100 millionth.

The WorldCat database continues to grow at an extraordinary rate. Libraries added 18.7 million records to WorldCat in 2007 compared with 9.3 million in 2006 and 4.7 million in 2005.

Learn more about WorldCat

 

March 11, 2008

User-created lists on WorldCat.org now available as RSS feeds

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

WorldCat.org users can now share lists of items and subscribe to others’ lists from anywhere on the Web: public WorldCat lists are available as RSS feeds that can be monitored using any RSS-capable service or software.

To subscribe to a list’s feed, users can view the list and click the RSS Feed button at the top right. The displayed “Subscribe to Feed” page provided by AddThis.com links to a variety of free Web services that can monitor RSS feeds, including personalized home pages at Google and Yahoo!.

If your library has created one or more WorldCat lists to promote a specific set of resources - recently-added books or videos, staff recommendations or local authors - a number of methods enable display of a list directly on your Web site, with your updates to the list reflected in real time via its RSS feed.

Other recently installed enhancements:

  • The Refine Your Search and advanced search features of WorldCat.org now let users limit search results to a specific format within broader categories, such as book, visual material and sound recording.
  • A WorldCat list exported to HTML from the list’s Citations View now includes hyperlinks for each item back to WorldCat.org.

Learn more

 

March 4, 2008

Give the WorldCat Blog a try

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

Recently introduced, the WorldCat Blog is designed to be a fun spot to read about what’s happening on WorldCat.org and to share cool ways that people are using the site in their libraries.

The team at WorldCat.org is working on new social and Web 2.0 tools to allow you to make the most of all the resources WorldCat has to offer. They will be sharing these things with you in this blog and hope that you will share your ideas as well. They would love to get your thoughts along the way on how they’re doing and any lessons learned that you may want to share from your activities.

Check out the WorldCat Blog

 

February 29, 2008

Put OCLC on your PLA schedule

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

Are you going to the Public Library Association 12th National Conference March 25-29 in Minneapolis, Minnesota?

If so, plan to put OCLC on your schedule by registering to attend any of the 17 special sessions OCLC has planned, including the popular OCLC Update Breakfast with President Jay Jordan and sessions on WorldCat discovery and social networking tools that your library can use.

And make sure you visit OCLC booth 617 to see OCLC eContent and digitization services, including NetLibrary eBooks and eAudiobooks and CONTENTdm, as well as the WorldCat.org program, which points Web searchers to resources owned by your library. To help plan your time, a complete list of OCLC events is available online.

Register for OCLC PLA events

 

February 26, 2008

OCLC Members Council discusses innovation in libraries, governance of the worldwide cooperative

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

OCLC Members Council met February 10-12 in Dublin, Ohio, to explore innovative ideas for new services, opportunities that global members and cultural heritage institutions bring to the collaborative, and discuss new possibilities for governance of the world’s largest library cooperative.

Under the leadership of OCLC Members Council President Sandy Yee, Dean of Libraries, Wayne State University (MLC), Council heard from a variety of speakers in plenary sessions offering ideas in library and information science innovation, and met in small groups to discuss ideas and topics of particular interest to delegates. Among the featured speakers:

  • Joe Branin, University Librarian, The Ohio State University, opened the General Session with a brief virtual tour of The Ohio State University Main Library, which is in the ninth year of a 10-year, $109 million renovation project.
  • Carol Mandel, Dean of Libraries, New York University, discussed findings of a study focused on defining a library research environment in her presentation, “Defining a 21st Century Library for Faculty and Graduate Student Research.” The study was conducted with the assistance of Katzenbach Partners, LLC (KPL) in 2006.
  • George Bishop, Director, Ovid-Elsie Area Schools Information Center, provided his vision of OCLC global resource sharing from the perspective of a small school library in rural Michigan.

The Members Council Executive Committee allowed time during the meeting for delegates to hear a variety of short presentations promoting innovative ideas, including:

  • “Libraries and Low-Cost Laptops for Learners Worldwide,” by Beth Barlow, Chief Librarian, Surrey Public Library, British Columbia (OCLC Canada)
  • “Pumping Up Automated Cataloging,” by Migell Acosta, Head, ILS Operations, County of Los Angeles Public Library (OCLC Western)
  • “Web Learning Integration and Community E-spaces for Libraries,” by Lynn Wiley, Head of Acquisitions and Coordinator for Technical Services, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Main Library (ILLINET)

View the full report

 

February 15, 2008

OCLC unveils global Web site: The world’s libraries. Connected.

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

oclc.org is a consolidated Web presence that brings together sites for every geographic region OCLC serves, providing a single access point for global and regional information about OCLC.

The new site went live February 11 and is another step in an ongoing process of change that OCLC is going through to serve libraries as a global cooperative with a global strategy and global focus.

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Visitors to oclc.org arrive at a new global gateway where they can select their preferred regional site and language. One of the goals of the new site is to bring together and integrate all regional Web sites for OCLC, making them consistent in design and architecture. The content at each regional site is localized and translated for that location.

The regional sites available are:

Asia Pacific
Canada
France
Germany
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East
Netherlands
United Kingdom and Ireland
United States

OCLC welcomes your feedback on the new design and its usability. You’ll find a feedback link at the bottom of the home page enabling you to send comments to https://www3.oclc.org/app/contac/.

 

February 5, 2008

OCLC Symposium at ALA Midwinter

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

View a webcast of the OCLC Symposium at ALA Midwinter, as well as one for the OCLC Update Breakfast

More than 400 people attended the symposium, New Leadership for New Challenges, which explored how both individual and institutional leadership has an impact on the success of libraries.

Featured speakers were Leslie Crutchfield, Managing Director of Ashoka and co-author of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, and Dr. Rush Miller, Hillman University Librarian, University of Pittsburgh and co-author of Beyond Survival: Managing Academic Libraries in Transition.

About 500 people attended the OCLC Update Breakfast, where Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO, reported on OCLC’s current activities and strategic directions.

Presentations from the ALCTS Forum: Moving Library Services to the Network Level are also available for viewing.

View the webcasts and presentations

 

January 29, 2008

OCLC WorldMap: Visualizing information about collections and libraries worldwide

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

The OCLC WorldMap is a prototype system that provides an interactive tool for selecting and displaying international library holdings represented in WorldCat, as well as publishing, library, cultural heritage and population data.

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The OCLC WorldMap allows users to select countries of interest, then to compare various library holding and data by country. WorldMap will generate interactive graphs that compare several different kinds of data for up to four countries at a time.

Learn more on the OCLC Research website.

 

January 23, 2008

Facebook application now available at WorldCat.org

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

The new WorldCat Facebook application provides access to WorldCat searches and user-created lists from personalized pages within a Facebook account. The application includes a home screen with the WorldCat search box, as well as quick links to WorldCat searches based on topics listed in a Facebook profile as personal interests.

The application also includes:

  • a built-in, advanced WorldCat search;
  • a panel that allows users to invite other Facebook friends to install WorldCat;
  • a “Something to Read” panel that displays books recently added to WorldCat lists; and
  • a “Favorite WorldCat Lists” panel where users track their own lists or those of other WorldCat users.
 

January 16, 2008

OCLC announces three libraries set to use WorldCat Local service

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

Following results from several pilots, Cornell University Library, the State Library of Ohio and the University of Delaware Library have signed agreements to use WorldCat Local, a new service that combines the cooperative power of OCLC member libraries worldwide with the ability to customize WorldCat.org as a solution for local discovery and delivery services.

WorldCat Local 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, WorldCat Local provides libraries the ability to search the entire WorldCat database and present localized results most accessible to the patron. These might include internal special collections, collections shared in a consortium, and open access collections.

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.

Read the full news release

 

OCLC Research Report: Service Sea Change: Clicking with Screenagers Through Virtual Reference

Entry Categories: OCLC News   Reference  

Today’s “screenagers” are totally at home in the IM and chat environment. Find out what these future academic library users or non-users expect from virtual reference services (VRS) and systems and how to evaluate these services based on behavioral aspects.

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., OCLC and Marie L. Radford, Ph.D., Rutgers University School of Communications, Information and Library Science first presented findings from their report, Service Sea Change: Clicking with Screenagers Through Virtual Reference, at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 13th National Conference in April 2007.

The pre-print edition is now available online.

 

January 14, 2008

EZproxy acquired by OCLC

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

EZproxy, the leading software solution for serving library patrons remotely, has been acquired by OCLC from Useful Utilities of Peoria, Arizona. Useful Utilities founder Chris Zagar will join OCLC as a full-time consultant. Mr. Zagar will help ensure a smooth transition of EZproxy operations to OCLC, the world’s largest library service and research organization, and assist OCLC in developing state-of-the-art authentication services for the cooperative.

Mr. Zagar, a librarian at the Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona, developed EZproxy to provide libraries a better solution for authenticating remote user access to licensed databases. EZproxy software allows libraries to manage access and authentication configurations through a proxy server so that library users do not have to make any configuration changes to their personal Web browsers.

More than 2,400 institutions in over 60 countries have purchased EZproxy software. OCLC will honor EZproxy's current service arrangement for existing and new customers whereby licensees continue to enjoy access to new releases of EZproxy and technical support at no additional charge.

OCLC will also continue to develop and support EZproxy by working with commercial vendors to create new connectors to authentication systems and online content resources to libraries. EZproxy version 4.1 is scheduled for release in March 2008.

Read the full news release

 

January 11, 2008

Collaborating with Your Community: WebJunction Rural In Focus Webinar

Entry Categories: OCLC News   Training  

Join WebJunction on January 24, 12:00 noon MT/ 1:00 pm CT for their next FREE, one-hour Rural In Focus webinar, Collaborating with Your Community.

Wouldn't it be great to collaborate in 2008? Join Bonnie McKewon, Director of Northwest Iowa Library Service, as she presents a "Top 10" list of ideas to reinvigorate cooperation among libraries. Ideas like shared programming, shared staffing, board and staff development days, countywide wikis, and more will be discussed.

Incorporate these ideas into your workflow, and see the results:

  • Strengthen Relationships
  • Use time and talent more effectively
  • Be more deliberate and find greater purpose
  • Tell even better stories to county supervisors, commissioners, etc.

WebJunction's monthly Rural In Focus webinars are presented via Live Space, WebJunction's web conferencing service for libraries.

Find information on joining the webinar, and access to the archives of past webinars, at the Rural In Focus website.

And explore more Services to Rural & Small Libraries on WebJunction.

 

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 12, 2007

2006/2007 OCLC Annual Report now available

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

OCLC publishes 40th annual report to the membership.

In the report, Jay Jordan, OCLC President and Chief Executive Officer, wrote that fiscal 2007 was “an exciting and innovative year for the cooperative. We achieved remarkable growth, introduced new services and enhanced existing ones. At the same time, we made significant progress toward the goal of becoming a globally integrated organization.”

Jordan noted that the outstanding accomplishment for the cooperative was the launch of the WorldCat.org Web site, which makes collections of OCLC member libraries visible on the Internet to people everywhere. “Our goal is to drive search traffic from the Web to the library, and we are succeeding—the number of click-throughs to library service has increased fourfold in fiscal 2007, going from 1.9 million to 7.6 million click-throughs.” In addition, Jordan said that the cooperative’s long-term strategy is to provide local, group and global nodes that work together symbiotically to pursue the mission of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing the rate of rise of library costs.

Eleven libraries and consortia are featured in the report, which is being mailed to regional service providers, global service providers and OCLC member libraries.

View the PDF of the report

 

December 6, 2007

Put OCLC on your ALA Midwinter schedule

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

Are you attending the American Library Association Midwinter meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 11-16? If so, plan to put OCLC on your ALA Midwinter schedule.

Register online today and get the latest information on OCLC services and programs. A variety of special events are planned, including the OCLC Update Breakfast and the OCLC Symposium on how both individual and institutional leadership has an impact on the success of libraries, entitled “New Leadership for New Challenges".

In addition, OCLC will be demonstrating and discussing many OCLC services in booth #1543 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Register for OCLC ALA conference activities

 

November 8, 2007

OCLC Members Council discusses innovation in creation, delivery of library services

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

OCLC Members Council met October 21-23 in Dublin, Ohio, to discuss innovative development and delivery of services to libraries worldwide.

Under the leadership of Members Council President Sandy Yee, Dean of Libraries, Wayne State University (MLC), delegates also provided input to an ongoing governance study, passed a resolution encouraging OCLC leadership to advance delivery of eContent to libraries, and met in small groups to discuss ideas and topics of particular interest to delegates.

Among the featured speakers with links to audio files of their presentations:

  • Stephen Abram, Vice President of Innovation at SirsiDynix: “Information 3.0—What’s Next?”
  • Meribah Mansfield, Director, Worthington Public Library: “Innovation at Worthington Public Library”
  • Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO: “OCLC President’s Report”
  • Karen Calhoun, OCLC Vice President, WorldCat & Metadata Services: “WorldCat and the Future of Bibliographic Control”
  • Sandy Yee, Dean of Libraries, Wayne State University, University Libraries: “Members Council President’s Report”
  • Larry Alford, Dean of University Libraries, Temple University: “OCLC Board of Trustees Report”

Listen to all presentations from audio files of the October 2007 Members Council meeting.

View the full report.

 

October 23, 2007

Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World explores social spaces online and the library’s role.

OCLC has released the third in a series of reports that scan the information landscape to provide data, analyses and opinions about users' behaviors and expectations in today's networked world.

The practice of using a social network to establish and enhance relationships based on some common ground - shared interests, related skills, or a common geographic location - is as old as human societies, but social networking has flourished due to the ease of connecting on the Web. This OCLC membership report explores this web of social participation and cooperation on the Internet and how it may impact the library’s role, including:

  • The use of social networking, social media, commercial and library services on the Web
  • How and what users and librarians share on the Web and their attitudes toward related privacy issues
  • Opinions on privacy online
  • Libraries’ current and future roles in social networking

OCLC commissioned Harris Interactive to administer the online surveys for the report. Over 6,100 respondents, ages 14 to 84, from Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, were surveyed. The surveys were conducted in English, German, French and Japanese. OCLC and Harris also surveyed 382 U.S. library directors.

Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World is available for download free of charge. Print copies of the 280-page report will also be available for purchase from the same site beginning October 29.

 

OCLC announces a new global identity

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

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OCLC, the world's largest library service and research organization, is uniting all offices under one name and visual brand identity to reflect a global enterprise with a unified strategy to serve libraries worldwide.

As a result, OCLC PICA, with offices in the Netherlands, Australia, France, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, will be known as OCLC. By bringing together all offices under one name and identity, libraries worldwide can benefit from OCLC membership, research and an expanded portfolio around a comprehensive set of products and services.

The OCLC organization is now uniquely positioned to provide libraries with services at the point of need. OCLC has continued to grow and attract new partners that have increased its resources and capabilities worldwide. Each organization that has joined OCLC has contributed distinctive competencies, vision and innovation to the global organization.

The new OCLC organization is represented by a new logo and brand identity. The new logo and brand identity will be integrated in OCLC communications - including a new, global Web site - throughout the end of the year.

View the full news release.

 

October 11, 2007

WebJunction Rural In Focus Webinar

Entry Categories: OCLC News   Training  

Join WebJunction on October 25, 12:00 noon MT/ 1:00 pm CT for their next FREE, one-hour Rural In Focus webinar, Bringing people together at the library: Rural Libraries as Place.

More and more people are accessing information and resources from home and work computers. Does that mean the physical library will go away? NO WAY! In this session we will talk about the evolving role of the physical library space. We will highlight innovative and interesting rural library examples. Join the Rural In Focus webinar facilitator, Brenda Hough, and guest presenter Cindi Hickey, Continuing Education Librarian and WebJunction Coordinator for the State Library of Kansas.

WebJunction's monthly Rural In Focus webinars are presented via Live Space, WebJunction's web conferencing service.

Find information on joining the webinar, and access to the archives of past webinars, at the Rural In Focus website.

And explore more Services to Rural & Small Libraries on WebJunction.

 

September 11, 2007

Second WorldCat Local pilot site released

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

The Peninsula Library System (PLS), a consortium of 34 public and community college libraries throughout San Mateo County, California, has released its WorldCat Local pilot site.

All 34 PLS library branches participated in the pilot.

WorldCat Local is a new service that allows you to configure WorldCat.org as a solution for local discovery and delivery services. 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.

The URLs listed below represent the 11 PLS Web sites (several PLS libraries have multiple branches):

http://canadacollege.worldcat.org
http://csm.worldcat.org
http://skyline.worldcat.org
http://smco.worldcat.org
http://plsinfo.worldcat.org
http://burlingame.worldcat.org
http://dalycity.worldcat.org
http://menlopark.worldcat.org
http://redwoodcity.worldcat.org
http://sanbruno.worldcat.org
http://sanmateo.worldcat.org
http://ssf.worldcat.org

The University of Washington Libraries were the first to pilot WorldCat Local.

Learn more about OCLC's WorldCat Local.

 

August 22, 2007

WebJunction Rural In Focus Webinar

Entry Categories: OCLC News   Tech Notes   Training  

Join WebJunction on August 23, 12:00 noon MT/ 1:00 pm CT for their next FREE, one-hour Rural In Focus webinar, You can do it! Practical techniques for supporting public computing.

How are your peers meeting the challenges of providing access to public computers? Pooling resources, developing technology plans, and staff training are three things that can help. In this month’s Rural In Focus webinar, we will take a look at The Joy of Computing Cookbook for small and rural libraries at The Maintain IT Project.

Join a lively discussion around best practices that will include three of the libraries who contributed to the cookbook. Bring your success stories as well as your nightmares, and let’s find solutions together!

WebJunction's monthly Rural In Focus webinars are presented via Live Space, WebJunction's web conferencing service.

Find information on joining the webinar and see archives of past webinars at Rural In Focus.

 

July 3, 2007

OCLC Symposium at ALA Annual

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

Is the Library Open?

View video clips or listen to the podcast of the OCLC Symposium held June 22 during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Over 300 attended the symposium, which addressed information property law, digital communication, copyright, intellectual property and user privacy rights in relation to library policies.

The experts who gave their views on these issues were:

  • Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and professor of privacy law at Georgetown University Law Center;
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan, a cultural historian, media scholar and Associate Professor of culture and communication at New York University; and
  • Mary Minow, Library Law Consultant with LibraryLaw.com, coauthor of The Library's Legal Answer Book and a public librarian for 10 years.

View video clips or listen to the podcast

 

June 18, 2007

WorldCat.org adds ability to build and share lists

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

WorldCat.org has been enhanced with a social-networking feature: Users across the Web can now add individual items cataloged in WorldCat to personalized lists. They can group items owned by your library and other WorldCat libraries, and share their lists with friends, colleagues and millions of site users.

Users can add any book, video, article or another item to a list right from its WorldCat record, or use the checkboxes and "Save to" button in WorldCat search results.

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Library users can build as many lists as they like on any subject

They can make lists for every purpose—personal or professional, educational or recreational. Some ideas:

  • Movies I want to check out
  • Mystery novels I recommend
  • Research sources to review for my paper
  • Excellent children’s books
  • Best CD’s for learning about jazz

Share lists with friends and the world

Lists can be public—which allows other WorldCat users to search for and discover them—or private so only the list author can view them. (A list's privacy is easily changed by following its "Settings" link.) And a public list can be shared with anyone, regardless of whether they've used WorldCat before: The "Share" link lets a list author send an invitation via e-mail.

Easy to manage and export

List items can be added or removed at any time, and items can even be copied between lists. Users can also:

  • Reorder a list by title, author, publish date or date added to the list
  • Save a short note for each added item
  • Export a list in CSV (comma-delimited) format

The ability to export a list in common citation styles to bibliographic-software formats, including EndNote and RefWorks, will be added soon.

Users can start making lists now

All they need is an e-mail address to create a free WorldCat account. Let your customers know about this exciting new feature—encourage them to visit WorldCat.org and sign up!

More WorldCat news

WorldCat profiles have expanded

A WorldCat user's online profile now allows them to provide greater detail about their interests and occupation; link to any WorldCat lists they have created; and link to a personal Web page, RSS feed or instant messaging address. Providing this personal information is optional, and the user can still control the public availability of their e-mail address or their entire profile in the privacy settings for their account.

Export bibliographic citations from WorldCat records

Individual WorldCat records now include the option to export a bibliographic citation for the item. Citations can be saved in two popular formats: EndNote and RefWorks. Look for the "Export" links next to the "Cite this Item" link. (Enhanced export capabilities will be available soon.)

Create your WorldCat lists today – at WorldCat.org

 

June 12, 2007

OCLC Board seeks input from librarians about OCLC governance study

Entry Categories: OCLC News   OCLC News  

In February 2007, the OCLC Board of Trustees authorized a review of OCLC’s governance structure. The review will evaluate current and alternative governance forms for OCLC as it becomes an increasingly global cooperative.

The review is being facilitated by The Higher Education Consultancy Group (HECG) based in the United Kingdom, and will be supervised by a governance study committee consisting of current and past trustees and delegates to Members Council. The committee will recommend a governance structure appropriate to the roles that OCLC is expected to carry out in the next decade.

To ensure wide consultation for the study, the Board, OCLC management and HECG are seeking contributions from librarians throughout the library community.

If you are interested, send your contribution to Allan Schofield by July 20, 2007. Submissions will be treated in confidence unless respondents indicate that they are happy for committee members to see their comments. It is important that responses be solely about issues relevant to governance; the consultants are not seeking submissions on broader issues outside their terms of reference, such as OCLC services.

Further information about the review can be obtained from George M. Needham, Vice President, Member Services - needhamg@oclc.org

Send your comments, with the Subject "Comments on governance review" to as@oclcstudy.powernet.co.uk

 

OCLC Board seeks input from librarians about OCLC governance study

Entry Categories: OCLC News   OCLC News  

In February 2007, the OCLC Board of Trustees authorized a review of OCLC’s governance structure. The review will evaluate current and alternative governance forms for OCLC as it becomes an increasingly global cooperative.

The review is being facilitated by The Higher Education Consultancy Group (HECG) based in the United Kingdom, and will be supervised by a governance study committee consisting of current and past trustees and delegates to Members Council. The committee will recommend a governance structure appropriate to the roles that OCLC is expected to carry out in the next decade.

To ensure wide consultation for the study, the Board, OCLC management and HECG are seeking contributions from librarians throughout the library community.

If you are interested, send your contribution to Allan Schofield by July 20, 2007. Submissions will be treated in confidence unless respondents indicate that they are happy for committee members to see their comments. It is important that responses be solely about issues relevant to governance; the consultants are not seeking submissions on broader issues outside their terms of reference, such as OCLC services.

Further information about the review can be obtained from George M. Needham, Vice President, Member Services - needhamg@oclc.org

Send your comments, with the Subject "Comments on governance review" to as@oclcstudy.powernet.co.uk

 

June 7, 2007

OCLC Members Council meets to discuss values of the cooperative

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

Delegates examine future of OCLC services, governance as membership broadens worldwide

OCLC Members Council met May 20-22 in Dublin, Ohio, to discuss the values of the cooperative and how well the OCLC governance structure, products and services are meeting the current and future needs of its members.

Members Council also elected new leaders for the next session, and bid farewell to Phyllis Spies, a senior OCLC manager who participated in 80 Members Council meetings before her retirement this month.

At the conclusion of the meeting, OCLC Members Council President Ernie Ingles, Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian, University of Alberta, OCLC Canada, passed the gavel to Sandy Yee, Dean of Libraries, Wayne State University, who will serve as Members Council President for 2007/2008.

Loretta Parham, CEO and Library Director, Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center (Clark Atlanta University, Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, Spelman College), representing SOLINET, was elected Vice President/President-Elect.

View the full report

 

May 21, 2007

Put OCLC on your ALA Annual schedule, June 21-27

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

Register online today for OCLC events and meetings, including a WebJunction member reception, the popular OCLC Update Breakfast and a symposium on “Is the Library Open?”.

Get the latest information on OCLC services and programs at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. More than 35 special OCLC sessions and meetings are planned.

Demonstrations at OCLC Booth #1725 will feature WorldCat.org, WorldCat Collection Analysis, contract cataloging services, NetLibrary eContent, WorldCat Resource Sharing, Connexion, virtual reference services, and digital collection and preservation services.

Join us for engaging discussions, previews of new functionality and more.

Register online for OCLC events.

 

May 8, 2007

WorldCat Local live at University of Washington Libraries

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

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The University of Washington Libraries is the first to pilot WorldCat Local, a new service that builds on WorldCat.org to allow Web access to the world’s richest database for discovery of materials held in libraries.

The goal of the pilot is to provide users with a single search and request service that covers the University of Washington Libraries, Summit libraries (most academic libraries in Washington and Oregon), WorldCat and a selection of article citations—all through one catalog.

Features initially include a single search box, relevancy ranking of search results, result sets that bring multiple versions of a work together, faceted browsing, citation formatting options and cover art.

Through a locally branded interface, the service provides libraries the ability to search the entire WorldCat database and present results beginning with items most accessible to the user. WorldCat Local interoperates with locally maintained services like circulation, resource sharing and resolution to full text to create a seamless experience for the end user.

Try a search!

 

May 3, 2007

First step in merging RLG Union Catalog with WorldCat complete

Entry Categories: Cataloging   OCLC News  

Phase 1 of the RLG Union Catalog integration into WorldCat is complete.

Phase 1 involved matching RLG Union Catalog primary cluster records against WorldCat and adding new WorldCat master records for titles in the RLG Union Catalog not already represented in WorldCat. In this phase, OCLC processed 50.4 million records and added 7.8 million new master records.

The “Status: RLG Union Catalog Integration into WorldCat” Web page has a complete set of statistics for Phase 1 as well as a tentative schedule for Phases 2 and 3.

 

April 30, 2007

OCLC WorldCat Collection Analysis Speakers Series

Entry Categories: Cataloging   OCLC News   Technical Services  

From the OCLC WorldCat Collection Analysis team:

This message is to remind you that you are invited to join us on Tuesday, May 1st, from 2:00 – 3:00pm EST (1:00pm-2:00pm Central Time) for the first installment of our new WorldCat Collection Analysis Speakers Series. Throughout the year, OCLC will offer Webinars that feature current WCA users who will share with us real-life examples of ways they are using WCA to accomplish library goals.

Paul Metz, Director of Collection Management at the Virginia Tech University Libraries, will lead off this series by discussing his use of WCA to study and improve his libraries’ collections from both macro and micro perspectives. By comparing Tech’s holdings to the holdings of fellow Southeastern Research libraries, whose data were available in the ASERL group subscription, Paul was able to determine whether Tech's collections differed from peers in desirable or undesirable ways in terms of subject, age, and language. Though overall the analysis results were encouraging, Paul will discuss some of the specific kinds of collection deficiencies that can be detected using the tool. He will then show how Tech used the same data to identify widely held recent books that were good candidates for purchase.

After the presentation, Paul will hold a question and answer session.

Register online or by visiting the WCA homepage.

 

April 24, 2007

Article-level citation records added to WorldCat.org search results

Entry Categories: OCLC News   Reference  

OCLC has added article-level citation records to Worldcat.org search results from four FirstSearch base package databases: GPO, ArticleFirst, Medline and ERIC. Now a broad base of Web users performing searches at WorldCat.org can discover article citations as well as relevant WorldCat records for books, audio and video recordings, and other content formats.

What users can do
Article records link to fulfillment options appropriate to a user based on their IP address. IP information determines what nearby WorldCat libraries offer access to the article and which options are displayed to the user via the record. Options may include:

- Links to full text in subscription-based online databases;

- Links to library-maintained resolvers for access to available articles; or

- Links to an article delivery service.

As with checkout and other local-system functionality also reachable via WorldCat.org, article fulfillment links may require a user to authenticate access with a library account.

Full-featured FirstSearch access to articles still available
GPO, ArticleFirst, Medline and ERIC continue to be available for full-featured searching by individual database in the OCLC FirstSearch service. In FirstSearch, researchers may search these databases individually or combine them with up to two additional databases for cross-database searching. The FirstSearch interface also supports flexible options such as searching indexes specific to each database.

Try a search now
Visit Worldcat.org and try a search to locate articles on a favorite subject. Hint: Limit your search results to just articles by using the "Refine Your Search" feature--just click the "Article" link under the "Format" heading.

Worldcat.org
Search for what you want among more than 1 billion library-owned items, then find it at a library near you.

 

April 18, 2007

OCLC Board launches Governance Study

Entry Categories: NEBASE   OCLC News  

The OCLC Board of Trustees has appointed a special Governance Study Committee to conduct a study of OCLC’s governance structure. The Board will also retain a consulting firm to assist the committee in the study.

“As OCLC becomes an increasingly global cooperative, we need to adjust our governance to ensure representation and participation by our members around the world,” said Lizabeth Wilson, Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees, and Dean of University Libraries, University of Washington. “This study will review and evaluate current and alternative governance forms for OCLC. The Committee will recommend a governance structure appropriate to the roles that OCLC is expected to carry out in the next decade.”

The Chair of the Governance Study Committee is William J. Crowe, Spencer Librarian, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas. Members of the committee are: Brad Baker, Dean of Libraries and Learning Resources, Northeastern Illinois University; Berndt Dugall, Director/Librarian, University of Frankfurt, Germany; Barbara A. B. Gubbin, Director, Jacksonville Public Library, Florida; Vickie Hanawalt, College Librarian, Reed College Library; Marshall Keys, Nantucket, Massachusetts; Loretta Parham, Library Director/CEO, The Atlanta University Center, Atlanta, Georgia; Jane Ryland, Membership Consultant, Internet2; and Sandy Yee, Dean of Libraries, Wayne State University. George Needham, Vice President, Member Services, OCLC, is the OCLC staff liaison.

“The governance study is on a fast track,” said Mr. Crowe. “Our goal is to submit recommendations to the Board in November 2007. The Board will then forward to the Members Council any proposed changes to the governance. The Council will discuss them at its February 2008 meeting and act on them at the May meeting, with any modifications to take effect on July 1, 2008.”

OCLC’s present governance structure, which was adopted in 1977 and last modified in 2001, consists of Governing Members, Members Council and the Board of Trustees. Governing Members are those institutions that contribute all their current cataloging to the WorldCat database. As of February 28, 2007, there were 9,702 Governing Members.

There are now 13 Members Council delegates elected from outside the United States. In fiscal 2006, revenues from non-U.S. operations were 22 percent of total revenues of $208.4 million, compared with 9 percent of total revenues in 2000, when OCLC’s governance was last reviewed.
In the past three years, OCLC has processed approximately 22 million records from non-U.S. libraries for loading into WorldCat and is scheduled to process some 70 million additional records in the coming year. Most of these records are being added through agreements with national libraries.

Governing members elect 66 delegates to the OCLC Members Council. Currently, the apportionment of delegates among networks and service centers is based on cataloging and resource sharing activity. The Members Council meets three times a year to provide advice and counsel to OCLC; its principal governance responsibilities are to elect six members of the OCLC Board of Trustees and to ratify changes in the articles of incorporation and code of regulations of OCLC.

The 15-member OCLC Board of Trustees has fiduciary and policy-setting responsibility for the corporation. Six trustees are elected by the Members Council, eight are elected by the board itself, and the president and chief executive officer of OCLC serves as a trustee by virtue of the office. Three of the eight trustees elected by the board must be members of the library profession.

-from OCLC

 

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.

 

March 20, 2007

OCLC acquires TechAtlas software with grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

OCLC has acquired TechAtlas technology planning software using a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

WebJunction, OCLC’s online community where library staff share ideas and use online resources to help them in their work, will further develop this Web-based technology management and planning tool with particular attention to helping public libraries create E-Rate compliant technology plans. E-Rate is a federal program that grants discounts for telecommunication services and Internet access to schools and libraries.

With support from the Gates Foundation, OCLC will now take over ownership of the TechAtlas product and WebJunction will begin an intensive round of design and development work to extend TechAtlas features, such as expanding the ability to allow consortia to review and approve technology plans for their member libraries.

Read the full news release on the OCLC website.

 

March 6, 2007

WorldCat.org - new citation feature helps students and researchers

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

Item records in WorldCat’s open-Web interface, WorldCat.org, now include a “Cite this Item” link that provides bibliographic citations in five common styles: APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian. Displayed in a separate pop-up window, the citations follow the reference standard for each style.

The citations window cautions users that “formatting rules within a style can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study,” and that they should apply the specific requirements of a reviewing body.

Visit the OCLC website to learn more about WorldCat on the Web.

 

February 23, 2007

WebJunction Has a New Look

Entry Categories: OCLC News   Tech Notes   Training  

Have you seen the new WebJunction?

The WebJunction staff have spent the last 6 months redesigning the entire site. The new, refreshed version was launched earlier this month. The new design, based on user input, makes it easier to find and use WebJunction resources.

The new site has a cleaner, brighter look to it, with easy navigation to Resources, Courses and Community sections. Links to member groups, such as Rural and Small Libraries, are prominently displayed on the front page. The new design has enhanced the helpful sense of community that has grown within WebJunction.

WebJunction, launched by OCLC in 2002 with a $9 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is an interactive, online community where library staff meet to share ideas, solve problems and take online courses. WebJunction gives librarians a broad range of resources, including a forum for sharing information on policies and practices (e.g., Internet access for minors), technical resources, advice for purchasing hardware and software, and community message/discussion boards that cover both day-to-day support issues as well as broader management topics.

And registration is free!

But, the WebJunction staff are not done! They still need your help and input.

Their immediate follow-up plans include:

* Collecting input from the community
* Conducting a section 508 accessibility audit
* Conducting formal usability testing with the new site
* Putting together a survey of member experience

So, check out the new look and let them know what you think!

 

February 20, 2007

OCLC Members Council meets in Quebec City

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

OCLC Members Council meets in Quebec City to examine issues facing libraries and the cooperative from a different perspective; Delegates celebrate differences, focus on common goals.

OCLC Members Council met in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, February 5–7 to explore issues facing libraries and the OCLC cooperative from a different perspective and vantage point. It was the first time in the 29-year history of Members Council that the body has convened outside the United States.

Ernie Ingles, OCLC Members Council President and Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian, University of Alberta, OCLC Canada, presided and, as the first Members Council president from outside the United States, welcomed delegates to the historic meeting. The theme for the 2006/2007 session is “OCLC Organizational Dissonance: The New Harmony.”

“Even though Canada is not far away from the United States, it is far enough that we have attributes and values that are different,” said Mr. Ingles. “It is only by exemplar that we talk about Canada in some of our programs. So many of the things we’ll talk about apply here in Canada, and in other parts of the world.”

View the full report

 

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.

 

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