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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.

 

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 11, 2009

New FirstSearch option: CONTENTdm

Entry Categories: Digitization & Preservation   Reference  

OCLC has expanded our subscription to the FirstSearch Base® Package to include access to an entry-level, hosted version of CONTENTdm for digital collection building at no additional charge to your library. The Base Package is the group of FirstSearch databases that the Nebraska Library Commission purchases for all Nebraskans as part of NebraskAccess.

What is CONTENTdm?
OCLC’s CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software can make everything in your digital collections available to everyone, everywhere. No matter the format—student projects, local history archives, newspapers, books, maps, slide libraries or audio/video—CONTENTdm can handle the storage, management and delivery of your collections to users across the Web.

If you are not familiar with CONTENTdm databases, take a look at Nebraska Memories. This database, maintained by the Nebraska Library Commission, focuses on Nebraska-related historical materials. Participation in Nebraska Memories continues to be encouraged and the Library Commission continues to offer free digitization of up to 50 items for contribution to Nebraska Memories. However, if you have materials that don’t fit Nebraska Memories criteria, you might want to consider this optional “quick start” service.

As a Nebraska library receiving FirstSearch through NebraskAccess, you are eligible for 10GB of storage for up to 3,000 digital items. If you find that your requirements exceed this limit, BCR or OCLC will work with you to review purchasing options to continue seamless growth of your collections. Libraries that currently have a CONTENTdm license may choose to take advantage of this offer and utilize CONTENTdm “quick start” as a second implementation to support additional projects.

The goal of this Base Package addition is to facilitate access to your library’s unique digital resources via the Web, and to do so in a way that highlights your unique online presence. Connecting these resources through WorldCat® also allows users to more easily find high-quality materials through local libraries.

If you have questions about any of these details, please contact Devra Dragos by phone 800-307-2665, 402-471-4335 or e-mail.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

June 20, 2008

H.W. Wilson and MLA to make article-level records available in WorldCat.org

Entry Categories: Reference  

Database producers H.W. Wilson and MLA have agreed to permit a portion of their content to be indexed and made available in WorldCat.org as article-level records, increasing the visibility of content licensed by libraries on the Web.

The article-level metadata will be added to the more than 50 million articles indexed from the National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE, the Department of Education’s ERIC database, the British Library Inside Serials, the GPO Monthly Catalog and the OCLC ArticleFirst® database to expand access and discovery of authoritative content through WorldCat.org.

Read the full news release

 

April 21, 2008

New WorldCat Collection Analysis Scenarios Available

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Reference   Training  

Two new OCLC WorldCat Collection Analysis Best Practices scenarios are now available.

Annual Collection Review shows how to use WorldCat Collection Analysis to make and support informed decisions on which titles to retain, weed, and acquire as a result of an annual collection review.

Introduction to Using Excel® provides a brief introduction to some of the more common actions within Microsoft Excel®, and is designed to help those who are unfamiliar with Excel® gain familiarity with working with spreadsheets.

These scenarios are available from the WCA Documentation page.

 

February 13, 2008

FirstSearch and WorldCat Resource Sharing Now Support IE7

Entry Categories: Reference   Resource Sharing  

FirstSearch and WorldCat Resource Sharing now support both IE6 and IE7. OCLC has completed testing and all problems discovered have been resolved.

FirstSearch settings

However when using IE7 for FirstSearch, you will need to modify your pop-up settings. You can update the pop-up blocker so that wanted sites are listed as trusted sites. For FirstSearch, that would be the FirstSearch website and also RefWorks, if RefWorks is used for export.

To allow pop-ups from FirstSearch or from RefWorks (if you are using RefWorks for exporting records) the following changes are needed. In IE, go to: Tools / Popup Blocker / Popup Blocker Settings. Then in the area labeled Allowed Sites, enter *.oclc.org. If RefWorks is being used, add *.refworks.com also.

Make sure the Require server verification (https:) for all sites in this zone is unchecked, otherwise you will get a warning Sites added to this zone must use the https:// prefix. If you get that message, uncheck the required server verification and enter *.oclc.org again.

Next click on Close and OK to exit the menu and close the browser. Now when you open your browser you will find export to RefWorks and other features work.

You may also found it useful to set your security option lower. See instructions below.

WorldCat Resource Sharing settings

For WorldCat Resource Sharing, you will need to modify your security settings in your browser and add oclc.org as a trusted site. Below are complete instructions for changing the security settings in IE7.

For IE6 the default setting for “Security Level for this Zone” is LOW, so users of IE6 only need to complete the second task of adding oclc.org as a trusted site.

First, close down all active applications (including Outlook, Word, and all instances of IE, etc.).

Open your browser.

Security settings for IE7

Select the following options:

  • Click on the TOOLS menu
  • Open INTERNET OPTIONS
  • Go to the SECURITY TAB
  • Click on the TRUSTED SITES icon
  • Change "Security Level for this Zone" to LOW with the Slider Bar (Default Level is Medium)
    o LOW IS THE PREFERRED SETTING, but MEDIUM LOW will work
  • Next select the SITES button and add *.oclc.org to the trusted sites.
  • Make sure the “Require server verification (https:) for all sites in this zone” is UNCHECKED
  • If the box is checked when you enter *.oclc.org in the trusted sites, you will get a warning "Sites added to this zone must use the https:// prefix.” This prefix assures a secure connection."
    o Click on the OK button
    o UNCHECK the box
    o Add again.
  • Click on CLOSE
  • Click on OK to exit from menu
  • Close your browser
  • Open your browser

Adding *.oclc.org as a trusted site for IE7 and IE6

  • Click on the TOOLS menu
  • Open INTERNET OPTIONS
  • Open on the SECURITY tab
  • Click on the TRUSTED SITES icon (green)
  • Click on SITES button
  • Enter: *.oclc.org in the "Add this Web site to the zone" box
  • Unclick the server verification / https: requirement
  • Click ADD
  • Click OK to close the Trusted Sites window
  • Click OK to close Internet Options window

Continue your work.

 

January 18, 2008

Introducing Qwidget, the QuestionPoint widget

Entry Categories: Reference  

Qwidget combines the power of QuestionPoint's reference management system with the simplicity of a widget.

On the librarian side, the interface is the same as it is today, with all the tools you need to collaboratively handle chat patrons, review and refer session transcripts, and obtain reports and statistics on chat activity. On the patron side, you will be able to provide access to your chat service via a widget, which will connect to your QuestionPoint account.

Here's how it works:

When you deploy Qwidget on your library web site, your users will enter your service through the widget interface. On the librarian side, they will appear in the chat monitor inside QuestionPoint. This allows multiple librarians to use your existing QuestionPoint account to handle users that come in via the widget, along with all other patrons arriving via the web-based chat and email forms in use today. The same collaborative and administrative tools would be available as well.

What is a widget?

A widget is a small application that adds utility or other information from external sources, via html code that you add to your webpage. A common widget used by several libraries is the MeeboMe widget. Meebo is a web-based IM service. You can see the MeeboMe widget in action on the [obsolete link removed] NEBASE home page and the Nebraska Library Commission's Ask A Librarian page.

Qwidget availability:

Qwidget will be available as part of QuestionPoint. A preview version of Qwidget will be available after the next software install, currently scheduled for March 2008. OCLC plans to hold a virtual user group meeting prior to the release - details will be sent via the QuestionPoint listserv and posted on the QuestionPoint Blog.

 

January 16, 2008

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

OCLC FirstSearch Feature: Patron Comments

Entry Categories: Reference  

Did you know that you can allow your patrons to send their Comments directly to you when they are using FirstSearch?

By default, Comments in FirstSearch are sent to OCLC Customer Support, where library patrons are then referred to their local reference librarian. By adding a direct Reference email address to your library's FirstSearch Administrative Module, your patrons will be sent directly to you for help.

How it Works
In the FirstSearch Administrative Module, on the Authentication/Access tab, choose General from the menu on the left. At the very bottom of the page, you can enter the Reference Librarian's Email Address. Don't forget to click Save Changes button.

After you have saved this change, in FirstSearch, Comments that are self-identified as "I am a library patron" (not "library staff member") will be forwarded to this email address.

Please note that OCLC Customer Support is still available to help library staff with all questions. So please continue sending your own questions for help or feedback to them.

 

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.

 

August 17, 2007

NEBASE Hour for September: WorldCat Local: Global Network, Local Results

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Reference   Resource Sharing   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for September 2007 is "WorldCat Local: Global Network, Local Results".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services. The NEBASE Hour is held on the first Wednesday of the month, from 11:00 am-12:00 noon (Central Time) unless otherwise noted.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation, available at no cost, 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 September 2007: WorldCat Local: Global Network, Local Results

September 5, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) Registration Deadline: September 3

OCLC is piloting its new WorldCat Local service that will allow your library to customize WorldCat.org as a solution for local discovery and delivery services. WorldCat Local interoperates with locally maintained services like circulation, resource sharing and resolution to full text to present a locally branded interface to your patrons. Attend this session to learn how this new service works and to see the beta being run at the University of Washington Libraries.

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.

 

June 8, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

Some of the topics available are:

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

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

 

May 15, 2007

New FirstSearch documentation

Entry Categories: E-Resources   Reference  

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

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

Some sample sections:

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

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

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

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

 

May 8, 2007

NEBASE Hour for June: Track Your Activity with OCLC Usage Statistics

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE   Reference   Resource Sharing  

The NEBASE Hour for June 2007 is "Track Your Activity with OCLC Usage Statistics".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services. The NEBASE Hour is held on the first Wednesday of the month, from 11:00 am-12:00 noon (Central Time) unless otherwise noted.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation, available at no cost, 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 June 2007: Track Your Activity with OCLC Usage Statistics

June 6, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) * Registration Deadline: June 4 *

The OCLC Usage Statistics web site provides statistics on your library’s FirstSearch, Resource Sharing, Cataloging, and Open WorldCat activity. These reports are available to OCLC libraries at no extra charge.

Attend this session to learn how to use the updated and enhanced interface to analyze and interpret your library’s OCLC usage patterns.

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 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.

 

April 25, 2007

Vendor Day May 1st

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

To register visit the Vendor Day registration page.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Index Data

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

April 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 23, 2007

New on FirstSearch: Citation Feature Helps Students and Researchers

Entry Categories: Reference  

WorldCat records in the WorldCat, Ebooks and WorldCat Dissertations databases on the OCLC FirstSearch service now include a "Cite This Item" link.

When users select “Cite This Item” in the External Resources links within records from these databases, they will see the citation for a selected record in the reference standard for five common styles: APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian. Users may copy and paste the needed format into a bibliography.

Users should note 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.

Log on to FirstSearch with your library’s account to try this new citation formatting option in the WorldCat database.

 

February 14, 2007

Welcome to the New N3!

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

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

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

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

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

 

About Reference

This page contains all articles posted to N3 in the Reference category.

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