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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 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
 

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.

 

February 9, 2009

OCLC announces the Expert Community Experiment

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Technical Services  

In response to requests from the cataloging community, OCLC is introducing the Expert Community Experiment which enables cataloging members to make more changes to WorldCat records.

During the Experiment, members with full level cataloging authorizations have the ability to improve and upgrade more WorldCat master records than has been previously possible. The Experiment begins in mid-February 2009, and is expected to last six months.

Introductory web information sessions will be held throughout February for those interested in participating in the Experiment.

Please see the Expert Community Experiment page to register to attend a web sessions. More information will be added to this page over the next few days.

 

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

 

January 8, 2009

New quick reference available from OCLC: Searching Authorities

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Technical Services  

A new quick reference, OCLC Connexion: Searching Authorities is now available. This 6-page guide provides all the essential information you need to search OCLC authority records using either the Connexion client or Connexion browser interface.

This document is available online in PDF format, on the OCLC website, at the following locations:

WorldCat and Cataloging documentation

Connexion client Authorities documentation

Connexion browser documentation

Printed copies are also available at no charge. To request a printed copy, please send an e-mail request to orders@oclc.org and ask for product code REF1132.

 

December 9, 2008

New OCLC user guide available....Authorities: Format and Indexes

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Technical Services  

Authorities: Format and Indexes provides details on selected topics that catalogers need to identify and verify information in bibliographic and/or authority records via the OCLC authority file.

Authorities: Format and Indexes
contains detailed authorities-related information that can assist the following library staff:

  • Fully authorized NACO (Name Authority Cooperative Program) participants who lock, edit, and replace master records, and add new records.
  • Cataloging users at NACO institutions who lock and edit master records prior to verification by authorized NACO users at their institution.
  • Cataloging users at non-NACO institutions who edit and save authority records locally and verify names and titles when updating and/or enhancing WorldCat™ bibliographic records.
  • Public services, reference, resource sharing, and acquisitions staff who verify names and titles for local use or for interlibrary loan.
This new 62 page user guide supersedes the former Authorities User Guide.

It is available online in both HTML and PDF formats.

 

November 12, 2008

NEBASE Hour for December: Cataloging with CatExpress

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Discounts   NEBASE   Technical Services  

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

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

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

NEBASE Hour for December 2008: Cataloging with CatExpress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

October 1, 2008

Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 4th ed. now available

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Technical Services  

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

 

May 23, 2008

New technical bulletin available: OCLC-MARC Format Update 2008

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Technical Services  

Technical Bulletin 255: OCLC-MARC Format Update 2008 describes the changes to OCLC-MARC records based on:

  • MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data Update 7
  • MARC 21 Format for Authority Data Update 7
  • MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data Update 7
  • MARC Code List Technical Notices
  • Comments and requests from OCLC users and staff
  • Changes derived from ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee announcements

This technical bulletin is currently available in PDF format. It will also be available in HTML format in the near future.

Complete list of current Technical Bulletins

 

April 29, 2008

Statewide Open Source ILS Symposium Moved to Bellevue University

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Resource Sharing   Technical Services  

We have moved the Statewide Open Source ILS Symposium, scheduled for Thursday, May 22, to Bellevue University in order to accommodate the overwhelming number of registrations.

We invite all Nebraska library staff interested in learning more about open source ILS solutions for libraries to attend the meeting. This new venue will allow more to attend, so please go ahead and register for the event.

This day-long learning opportunity will feature presentations from vendors that support open source solutions for libraries, as well as librarians who are currently responsible for the implementation of shared open source catalogs. It should be a great opportunity to ask questions and explore possibilities!

Speakers will include:

• Bob Molyneaux, Vice President, Business Development, Equinox
• Josh Ferraro, CEO & Marc Roberson, Vice President, Library Partners, LibLime
• Elizabeth McKinney de Garcia, PINES Program Director, Georgia Public Library Service
• Ruth Dukelow, Associate Director, Michigan Library Consortium (MLC)
• Kathy Rippel, Pathfinder Central Manager, Central Kansas Library System

A detailed agenda and link to the online registration form are available online.

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to email Susan Knisely or Shannon White or call us at 800-307-2665.

We hope to see you on May 22nd at Bellevue University!

 

February 25, 2008

Basic Cataloging Certificates Awarded

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Technical Services   Training  

Congratulations go to Sheryl Williams and Peggy Smith Finch, both at University of Nebraska Medical Center. They are the first two people to complete the requirements for the Basic Certificate in the Nebraska Library Commission’s Cataloging Certificate Program.

To receive a Basic Certificate, participants must complete the workshop “Understanding MARC 21 Bibliographic Records” and four additional approved cataloging workshops. An Advanced Certificate is available for the next step. For more information, see Cataloging Certificate Program.

 

February 13, 2008

WorldCat Collection Analysis for Public Libraries

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Resource Sharing   Technical Services  

OCLC WorldCat Collection Analysis now offers the features that matter most to public libraries!

Join Global Product Manager, Glenda Lammers, for an online demonstration of the new version of Collection Analysis designed for public libraries and similar institutions.

Glenda will show you how WorldCat Collection Analysis can help you make the most of your acquisitions budget with precise data that reveals the strengths and gaps in your collection.

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM Central Time

Register online

 

January 10, 2008

Join the NEBASE Dewey Group Purchase

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Discounts   Technical Services  

Save money on the print and web versions of the DDC!

PLEASE NOTE: Libraries who wish to order any Dewey product do not have to be members of OCLC. Any library can subscribe – Dewey products are available to both OCLC member and non-member libraries.

Dewey in Print

The NEBASE Dewey Group includes the print versions of the Abridged Edition 14 of the Dewey Decimal Classification and the 22nd edition of the unabridged Dewey Decimal Classification.

OCLC is offering 10% off of the original price on the DDC 22 and Abridged Edition 14 in print.

If your library is interested in ordering the DDC 22 or Abridged Edition 14 in print, you will find Pricing information on the online Book Order Form.

For more information about the DDC, please visit Dewey Services.

Dewey on the Web

Now your library can benefit from web-based access to an enhanced version of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) database through WebDewey or Abridged WebDewey. OCLC is offering a discounted price to users who join the NEBASE Dewey Group.

WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey, which correspond to the unabridged and abridged print editions, are updated on a quarterly basis, bringing you ongoing updates implemented by the Dewey editorial team almost as soon as they occur. The Web versions also offer additional electronic functionality not available in the print editions to make your classification work more efficient.

To see a hands-on demo of WebDewey, you can watch the NEBASE Hour: Introduction to WebDewey online session which was recorded and is available online for you to view at your leisure. The 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 this recorded session. To view the WebDewey session, go to the Nebraska Library Commission Training Portal, and do a keyword search for "WebDewey".

The current WebDewey & Abridged WebDewey Group subscription year runs from January 1, 2008 - December 31, 2008. Libraries may join the WebDewey & Abridged WebDewey Group at any time. Midyear subscriptions will be prorated. Orders must be received by the 15th of the month for a start date of the 1st of the following month.

If your library is interested in subscribing to WebDewey or Abridged WebDewey, you will find Pricing information on the online WebDewey Order Form.

To see WebDewey in action, try the OCLC tutorial, Using WebDewey.

If you have any questions about DDC 22, Abridged Edition 14, WebDewey, Abridged WebDewey or the NEBASE Group, please contact Christa Burns, 402-471-3107, or 800-307-2665.

 

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.

 

January 2, 2008

OCLC Connexion Client version 2.10 available for download

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Technical Services  

This message is for users of the Windows-based Connexion client only; it does not impact the Web-based Connexion browser users.

Connexion client version 2.10 is available for download from the Software download area of Product Services Web. You will be required to upgrade to version 2.10 by April 1, 2008. An upgrade warning message will begin appearing when you start version 1.7x or 2.00 beginning in early February 2008.

If you have been using version 1.7x, you can use the enhancements from version 2.00 in addition to the enhancements in version 2.10.

For more details and to download the client, go to Connexion client recent enhancements.

Enhancements in version 2.10 :

  • Use new macro commands GetListCellData and GetListCellDataUnicode to retrieve data from lists
  • Set an option to be warned before you export when unlinked non-Latin fields are present in a record
  • Select one of multiple headings in a bibliographic field to lock a linked authority record
  • Control genre headings in fields tagged 655 second indicator zero.
  • Display language of cataloging from field 040 subfield b in WorldCat search results lists
  • See the code S for SCIPIO records in the Library type column in WorldCat search results lists
  • See the SCIPIO date of sale in hyphenated format (1899-08-19) in WorldCat search results lists
  • Export and import in Dublin Core Qualified, Dublin Core Simple, OCLC Dublin Core Qualified and OCLC Dublin Core Simple
  • Include non-Latin data in 4xx, 7xx and selected 6xx fields in authority records when Library of Congress makes this available no earlier than April 2008.

 

December 13, 2007

NEBASE Hour for January: Who Are You? Evaluate Your Library Holdings with WorldCat Collection Analysis

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE   Resource Sharing   Technical Services   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for January 2008 is "Who Are You? Evaluate Your Library Holdings with WorldCat Collection Analysis".

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 January 2008: Who Are You? Evaluate Your Library Holdings with WorldCat Collection Analysis

January 9, 2008- 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: January 7

To make the most of your library’s acquisitions budget, you need precise data that reveals your library's subject-matter strengths, gaps, and overlaps. WorldCat Collection Analysis is a Web-based service that provides analysis and comparison of library collections based on holdings information contained in the WorldCat database.

Attend this session to learn how you can:

  • Evaluate your library’s collections thru peer comparisons
  • Use the new Circulation Analysis to see how your collection is being used
  • Use the ILL analysis tools to evaluate your borrowing and lending activities
  • Produce detailed reports with spreadsheets and graphs

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

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

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

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

 

November 13, 2007

Building a non-English collection can be easy!

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Discounts   Technical Services  

Building a non-English collection has always been easy with OCLC Language Sets.

Now it’s even easier on your budget. Save 30% on Introductory Sets until December 31, 2007. Start a non-English book collection or add to your current one - and save 30%.

OCLC Language Sets are the fast way to build multilingual collections, making it easy and affordable to serve your culturally diverse community. And, libraries who wish to order Language Sets do not have to be members of OCLC. The sets are available to both OCLC member and nonmember libraries.

What do I get with OCLC Language Sets?

  • High-quality, popular books
  • Complete MARC records
  • No shipping charges
  • Free promotional materials
  • Available in Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese

To learn more about OCLC Language Sets, you can watch the recording of our October NEBASE Hour, "OCLC Language Sets: Prepare for the Multilingual World". The 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 this recorded session.

How much will I save?

  • 25-title set of books - Original Price - $571 - Adult or Juvenile - With 30% Discount - $400
  • 50-title set of books - Original Price - $1,142 - Adult or mix of Adult and Juvenile - With 30% Discount - $800
  • 75-title set of books - Original Price - $1,714 - Adult or mix of Adult and Juvenile - With 30% Discount - $1200

Place your order today!

For more information on the Introductory and other available Language Sets, call OCLC Library Services at 1-800-898-6252, Option #7.

 

September 20, 2007

Special Event on Optimizing Technical Services Workflow

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Technical Services   Training  

NEBASE members are invited to attend an exciting workshop being offered by the Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC).

"From Selection to Access: Optimizing the Collections/Technical Services Workflow" will be held in St. Louis on October 17, 2007. The workshop is being presented by R2 Consulting, a company that specializes in library workflow analysis and implementing change.

In this session R2 Consulting staff, Rick Lugg and Matt Barnes, will discuss:

  • Coping with smaller technical services staffs, continuing budget pressures, and demand for electronic resources
  • Rethinking current operations and viewing the technical services workflow in its entirety
  • Applying a business approach to productivity and throughput

R2 has worked with many libraries and vendors to analyze workflows and data flows, and has developed principles, methods, and tools that lead to improved performance. The session will include examples drawn from R2's experience, practical advice, and techniques for analyzing your institution's workflow.

To find out more about this session or to register online, please visit MLNC's Workshops webpage.

 

July 18, 2007

NEBASE Hour for August: Connexion Client v. 2.00 Enhancements

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE   Technical Services   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for August 2007 is "Connexion Client v. 2.00 Enhancements".

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 August 2007: Connexion Client v. 2.00 Enhancements

August 1, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) Registration Deadline: July 30

Would you like to learn more about the recent enhancements to the Connexion Client? Version 2.00 of the client was released on June 26, 2007. With client 2.00, you are able to:

  • Export bibliographic records in Dublin Core
  • Use Connexion client under Windows Vista
  • Specify to display the toolbar on one or two rows and view shorter menu lists
  • Use RLG bibliographic institution records (IRs)
  • ...and more!

See the Recent Enhancements page on the Connexion web site for additional information.

NOTE: This session covers the new enhancements only. Participants should have some previous experience with the Connexion client interface. The OCLC Connexion client is only available to OCLC full-cataloging institutions. >** This workshop is not appropriate for CatExpress users - the Connexion Client interface is not available to CatExpress users. **

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 2, 2007

OCLC Connexion client 2.0 is available for download

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Technical Services  

For more details and to download the client, go to the Connexion Client website.

OCLC does not expect to discontinue 1.7X until a future release of the client is available. You are not required to upgrade to 2.00.

However, OCLC recommends that you upgrade to 2.00 to have the most current features available:

  • Display your toolbar on two rows
  • Use shorter menus: Edit, Action, View and Tools menus are rearranged
  • Use Z39.50 access via the client to retrieve bibliographic records from your local system to create authority records or add bib records to WorldCat
  • Use RLIN21 keyboards for Arabic, Cyrillic, Hebrew, and Latin scripts
  • Use Unicode control characters for Arabic and Hebrew script cataloging
  • Use automatic switch from non-Latin to English mode for delimiter and subfield code
  • Use Institution records.
  • Use New OCLC macros in the macro book OCLC.mbk

New documentation for Connexion client 2.00

The Connexion client Help is fully updated for version 2.00 of the Connexion client software, released yesterday. HTML and PDF Web documentation is in the process of being updated. Web documents covering many new features and enhancements are updated and available now, including:

Also available:

Tips: After clicking a link above to open a document, click "Abstract & revision notes" in the left-hand navigation list to see where updates appear. Click "PDF" in the navigation list to get an easy-to-print version or to use table of contents bookmark links to find very specific information.

The remainder of the updated client Web documents will be available in the next several days.

 

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

OCLC Technical Bulletin 254 now available

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Technical Services  

Technical Bulletin 254: OCLC-MARC Format Update 2007 and Institution Records to Accommodate the RLG Union Catalog is now available in HTML and PDF.

It covers these topics:

  • The OCLC-MARC format update (new and changed fields, subfields, and MARC codes).
  • The implementation of institution records to accommodate the RLG Union Catalog (new and changed fields).
 

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 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 17, 2007

OCLC to Pilot WorldCat Local

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Libraries and groups participating in the WorldCat Local pilot include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

February 21, 2007

Understanding MARC21 Bibliographic Records Classes to be Held in Holdrege

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Technical Services   Training  

Why would you use a 651 MARC tag instead of a 610 tag or a 655 tag instead of a 650 tag? What is the difference between a 130 tag and a 240 tag? Where do you put the note about closed captioning?

If you have questions about MARC21 catalog records or would like to learn more about entering records into your local system, join us for a two-day session -April 24 and 26 - exploring MARC21.
Topics will include:

  • Fixed and variable fields, subfields, tags
  • Title and statement of responsibility
  • Edition
  • Publication
  • Physical description
  • Notes
  • Subject headings
  • Series
  • Main and added entries
  • Special topics
Prerequisite: Basic Skills “Organization of Library Materials” or some library automation experience.

To register: Go to the Nebraska Library Commission Training Portal and search on MARC21.

 

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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