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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
 

April 20, 2009

Cataloging Sound Recordings Workshop Scheduled

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Training  

Compact discs, audiocassettes, Playaway audio books, downloadable audio books, podcasts… How many kinds of sound recordings does your library acquire? Join us for a workshop discussing MARC cataloging of various music and non-music sound recordings.

Audience: Library staff with some knowledge of AACR2, MARC records and cataloging.

Date and Time: June 18th, 2009, 9am - 4pm CT,  Lunch is on your own.

Location: Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln

To register: /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8997

This workshop is approved for the NLC Cataloging Certificate Program.

 

March 11, 2009

NEBASE Members to Transition to BCR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

January 6, 2009

Workshops to be Held in North Platte in May

Entry Categories: Training  

The following workshops have been scheduled at the North Platte Community College, 1101 Halligan Drive, North Platte. The instructor is Michael Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission.


Introduction to Web Page Creation with XHTML

Description:
Even if you use FrontPage, Dreamweaver, Drupal to Blogger to create your Web site, there’s XHTML under the hood. This six-hour workshop will give you a basic understanding of how the eXtensible HyperText Markup language works and how to create Web pages using it through a hands-on approach. By the end of the day attendees will be able to create new pages from scratch and have a solid
foundation on which to build their future Web page creation skills.

Date and Time: May 5, 9am - 4pm CT

For more information and to register:
/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8825


Style Your Web Site with CSS

Description:
Once you have the content of your Web page written and your markup added, it’s time to add some style. Cascading Style Sheets is the language that gives you the power to make your pages look the way you want them to. CSS also allows you to give your site a consistent look across all of your pages in less code than you’d imagine. Ultimately, designing your Web site using CSS allows you to accomplish more work, in less time, and make your site easier to manage over the long-term. This full-day, hands-on workshop, will give you the basic skills to begin designing professional future-compatible looking Web sites.

Date and Time:
May 6, 9am - 4pm CT

For more information and to register:
/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8826


I Blog, You Blog, Weblog

Description:
Blogs are an easy way to not only receive information, but also to publish the information you have. More than just an online journal, blog-based publishing might be the best way for you to present your library's information to the public.

Date and Time:
May 7, 9am - 12 noon CT

For more information and to register: /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8827


Internet Access: What's Your Policy?

Description:
You offer computers to the public. You most likely offer Internet access on those computers. You may even offer WiFi Internet access for the patrons with their own laptops and other devices. So, what’s your policy on what they can do, when they can do it, and what they may do it with? Issues range from filtering, to floppies. Do you leave the WiFi on after hours or worry about someone using it in their car across the street? Take a moment to re-read your policies and let’s have a chat.

Date and Time: May 7, 1pm - 4pm CT

For more information and to register: /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8828


RSS: The Basics

Description:
The new technology of RSS, also known as feeds allows users to subscribe to content that they wish to receive in a regular and timely manner. Feeds also allows information providers to send this information in the format necessary for users to subscribe. This three hour hands-on workshop will introduce attendees to both providing and consuming content via RSS.

Date and Time:
May 8,  9am - 12 noon CT

For more information and to register: /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8829


RSS: Next Steps

Description: Once you’ve mastered subscribing to and reading feeds, what’s next? How about manipulating, mashing, sorting, and republishing the information you’ve found for your patrons? Imagine automatically posting up to date local or industry headlines on your library’s homepage. This is just one of the things you can do in just a few simple steps. This workshop covers many other RSS tools and services, including one that will create feeds from content without its own feed and another that will automatically turn your text-based content into an audio podcast.

Date and Time:
May 8,  1pm - 4pm CT

For more information and to register: /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8830


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

 

November 24, 2008

Workshops Scheduled for Scottsbluff in March

Entry Categories: Training  

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


I Blog, You Blog, Weblog

Description:
Blogs are an easy way to not only receive information, but also to publish the information you have. More than just an online journal, blog-based publishing might be the best way for you to present your library's information to the public.

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

For more information and to register:
/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8804


RSS: A New Way of Communicating

Description:
The new technology of RSS, also known as feeds allows users to subscribe to content that they wish to receive in a regular and timely manner. Feeds also allows information providers to send this information in the format necessary for users to subscribe. This three hour hands-on workshop will introduce attendees to both providing and consuming content via RSS.

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

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


Welcome to the Social Web

Description: Social software is one of the hottest concepts on the Internet today. This full-day workshop will introduce you to its components and show you examples of many of the most popular Web sites in this area. Attendees will then get a chance to play with several social services of most use to libraries in a hands-on environment. The services used in the hands-on portion will vary but may include Flickr, del.icio.us, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube.

Date and Time: March 18, 9am - 4pm MT

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


Introduction to Web Page Creation with XHTML

Description: Even if you use FrontPage, Dreamweaver, Drupal to Blogger to create your Web site, there’s XHTML under the hood. This six-hour workshop will give you a basic understanding of how the eXtensible HyperText Markup language works and how to create Web pages using it through a hands-on approach. By the end of the day attendees will be able to create new pages from scratch and have a solid foundation on which to build their future Web page creation skills.

Date and Time: March 19, 9am - 4pm MT

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


Style Your Web Site with CSS

Description:
Once you have the content of your Web page written and your markup added, it’s time to add some style. Cascading Style Sheets is the language that gives you the power to make your pages look the way you want them to. CSS also allows you to give your site a consistent look across all of your pages in less code than you’d imagine. Ultimately, designing your Web site using CSS allows you to accomplish more work, in less time, and make your site easier to manage over the long-term. This full-day, hands-on workshop, will give you the basic skills to begin designing professional future-compatible looking Web sites.

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

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


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

 

October 15, 2008

NEBASE Hour for November: Introduction to WebDewey

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Discounts   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for November 2008 is "Introduction to WebDewey".

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 November 2008: Introduction to WebDewey

November 5, 2008 - 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: November 3

Experience the power of Dewey on the web! Now you can have web-based access to an enhanced version of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) database through WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey.

WebDewey is part of the OCLC suite of cataloging and metadata services that OCLC offers through the OCLC Connexion service.

Attend this session to see how WebDewey can make assigning Dewey numbers easier and faster. And learn how you can save by joining the NEBASE WebDewey/Abridged WebDewey group subscription.


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.

 

August 27, 2008

Just When I Get Comfortable ... Everything Changes

Entry Categories: Training  

Save October 23rd for an exciting change management workshop!

Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC), the OCLC Regional Service Provider in Missouri, is extending their member workshop rate to NEBASE Member libraries for "Just When I Get Comfortable ... Everything Changes," a change management workshop led by Andrew Sanderbeck of the People-Connect Institute on Thursday, October 23, 2008 in Independence, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City.

Change is all around us today. Library 2.0 Technology evolves and changes. We change the look of our buildings and of our personnel. We change our policies and procedures. And many times, change is “dumped” on us, where we have little if any input into the implementation and effects of the change.

The good news is…change can be effectively managed. There are processes and techniques that we can use to make the most of change…or at least to minimize the resistance to it. Participants will learn to identify strategies for helping change be accepted and implemented in the workplace, to see change as an opportunity for self-motivation and innovation, to become change leaders in their organizations, and to complete an action plan for implementing specific goals created during the session.

For more details and to register online, visit the MLNC website.

 

August 18, 2008

Video from NEBASE Annual Meeting 2008

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Training  

For those of you who weren't there, or for those of you who just couldn't get enough of our presentations, videos from NEBASE Annual Meeting 2008 are now available on Blip.tv.

Welcome to the New WebJunction: Michael Porter

Participating in the Creative Commons: Michael Sauers

How are You Accessing WorldCat.org?: Allana Novotny

Next Generation Cataloging: Renee Register
 

August 15, 2008

NEBASE Hour for September: WorldCat on the Web

Entry Categories: Training  

The NEBASE Hour for September 2008 is "WorldCat on the Web".

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 September 2008: WorldCat on the Web

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

WorldCat.org? Open WorldCat? What's the difference?

These two services make records of library-owned materials in OCLC's WorldCat database available to Web users via a unique destination website and on popular Internet search, bibliographic and bookselling sites. The result: OCLC member libraries are more visible on the Web, and their catalogs are more accessible from the sites where many people start their search for information.

Attend this session to learn how your library and your patrons benefit from all of the features of WorldCat on the Web, such as:

  • Personal profiles
  • Lists
  • Ratings & reviews
  • RSS feeds
  • Citation formatting
  • and more!

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.

 

August 8, 2008

The Next WebJunction & Technology Planning for Your Library

Entry Categories: Training  

WebJunction is the online community where library staff come together to connect, create, and learn. WebJunction has just moved to an entirely new platform that includes new courses, easier direct-to-WebJunction publishing of your documents, videos, presentations, or other resources you want to contribute, and new ways to connect with library colleagues.

This September, The Next WebJunction & Technology Planning for Your Library sessions are being held at 4 locations across the state. Spend a day exploring and discovering the new and improved features of WebJunction. Some of the topics we will cover are:

  • Making the most of your Member Profile
  • Connecting with your colleagues in the Rural & Small Library Community
  • Serving your patron's needs with the Spanish Language Outreach Program
  • Managing your Technology Planning with TechAtlas
  • TechAtlas' connection to the 2009 Gates Hardware Grant program
  • Learning about E-Rate Information & Resources

  • ...and much more!

Dates and locations are:

  • September 9 - Lincoln, Nebraska Library Commission
  • September 11 - Kearney, ESU 10
  • September 23 - Norfolk, Northeast Community College
  • September 25 - Scottsbluff, Harms Technology Center

To register, and for details about travel reimbursement, visit the NLC Training Portal.

 

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 23, 2008

NEBASE Hour for July: What's New in WorldCat Resource Sharing?

Entry Categories: Resource Sharing   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for July 2008 is "What's New in WorldCat Resource Sharing?".

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 July 2008: What's New in WorldCat Resource Sharing?

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

OCLC continues to make improvements to the WorldCat Resource Sharing system. Attend this session for an overview of the most recent enhancements to WorldCat Resource Sharing, such as:

  • Printing and Searching improvements
  • Updates to the Policies Directory
  • Additional deflection and Reasons for No options
  • and more!

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 16, 2008

Cataloging Workshops to be Held in North Platte

Entry Categories: Training  

Two cataloging workshops: Understanding MARC 21 Bibliographic Records, and Monographic Copy Cataloging have been scheduled for August and September at the Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.

Understanding MARC 21 Bibliographic Records is a two-day workshop that will be held August 22, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm and August 29, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm. Monographic Copy Cataloging will be held September 19, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Sharon Mason will be the instructor for both workshops. Sharon was the Head of Technical Services at University of Nebraska at Kearney for many years.

For more information or to register for these workshops or cataloging workshops scheduled at other locations, please go to the Nebraska Library Commission's Training Portal and search on cataloging.

These workshops are approved for the NLC Cataloging Certificate Program.

 

June 2, 2008

Cataloging Workshops Scheduled for Lincoln

Entry Categories: Training  

The following cataloging workshops have been scheduled in Lincoln at the Nebraska Library Commission. For more information and to register for these workshops go to the NLC Training Portal and search on cataloging.


Monographic Copy Cataloging - July 18th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Assigning Library of Congress Call Numbers - August 14th, 9:00 - 4:00 pm.

 

Workshops Scheduled for Scottsbluff in Fall

Entry Categories: Training  

The following workshops have been scheduled at ESU 13 in Scottsbluff.  Michael Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian at the Nebraska Library Commission is the instructor.  To register, go to the Nebraska Library Commission's Training Portal and search on Scottsbluff.

Welcome to the Social Web

Social software is one of the hottest concepts on the Internet today. This full-day workshop will introduce you to its components and show you examples of many of the most popular Web sites in this area. Attendees will then get a chance to play with several social services of most use to libraries in a hands-on environment. The services used in the hands-on portion will vary but may include Flickr, del.icio.us, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube.

Date and Time: September 30
Time:
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


 
Blog, You Blog, Weblog



Blogs are an easy way to not only receive information, but also to publish the information you have. More than just an online journal, blog-based publishing might be the best way for you to present your library's information to the public.

What can you expect if you attend this training session?

  • Learn what a blog is, who writes blogs, why blogs are so popular, and the different types of blogs.
  • View some of the best examples of LIS blogs and discover what makes them worth reading.

  • Create your own blog in just minutes using the free blogger.com service.

  • Discover many of the options for customizing your blog to fit your meeds.

  • Leave with ideas on just how blogging can be integrated into your library's Web site.

Date: October 1
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon



RSS: A New Way of Communicating

The new technology of RSS, also known as feeds allows users to subscribe to
content that they wish to receive in a regular and timely manner. Feeds also allows information providers to send this information in the format necessary for users to subscribe. This three hour hands-on workshop will introduce attendees to both providing and consuming content via RSS.


Date: October 1
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm



Introduction to Web Page Creation with XHTML

Even if you use FrontPage, Dreamweaver, Drupal to Blogger to create your Web site, there’s XHTML under the hood. This six-hour workshop will give you a basic understanding of how the eXtensible HyperText Markup language works and how to create Web pages using it through a hands-on approach. By the end of the day attendees will be able to create new pages from scratch and have a solid foundation on which to build their future Web page creation skills.

Date and Time: October 2
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm



Style Your Web Site with CSS 

Once you have the content of your Web page written and your markup added, it’s time to add some style. Cascading Style Sheets is the language that gives you the power to make your pages look the way you want them to. CSS also allows
you to give your site a consistent look across all of your pages in less code
than you’d imagine. Ultimately, designing your Web site using CSS allows you to accomplish more work, in less time, and make your site easier to manage over the long-term. This full-day, hands-on workshop, will give you the basic skills to begin designing professional future-compatible looking Web sites. (Attendees must have a working knowledge of HTML and/or XHTML before attending this workshop.)


Date October 3
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

 

May 20, 2008

Database Roadshow 2008

Entry Categories: Training  

We are shaking up the Database Roadshow again. This year we are dividing the Database Roadshow into two parts. This means you can choose to attend one or both parts.

Part 1
will be held in the morning and cover eLibrary. Part 2 will be held in the afternoon and cover Books In Print and FictionConnection.

As in past years we will cover a variety of features in each database and provide participants with time for hands-on practice. With the Roadshow divided into two parts now you can choose to register for one or both parts. This also allows participants the ability to attend Part 1 in one location and Part 2 in another location.

Don’t forget if you want to attend both sessions you will need to register twice!

For more information and to register, click on the Roadshow you wish to attend:

July 9 - Western Community College, Sidney
Part 1: eLibrary

Part 2: BIP and FictionConnection


July 16 - Wayne State College
Part 1: eLibrary

Part 2: BIP and FictionConnection


August 8 - ESU 1o, Kearney
Part 1: eLibrary

Part 2: BIP and FictionConnection


August 20 - Metropolitan Community College - Elkhorn Campus
Part 1: eLibrary

Part 2: BIP and FictionConnection


August 27 - Nebraska Library Commission
Part 1: eLibrary

Part 2: BIP and FictionConnection

 

May 1, 2008

NEBASE Hour for May: Loads of Options: OCLC Batch Processing

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for May 2008 is "Loads of Options: OCLC Batch Processing".

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 May 2008: Loads of Options: OCLC Batch Processing

May 7, 2008 - 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: May 6

Do you need to bring your holdings up-to-date in WorldCat? Would you like to make your collection more visible - increasing user access and circulation of materials? Do you have a backlog or special cataloging project that needs to be added to WorldCat? Would you like to save time and money, and free your staff up for other projects?

Whether you want to add holdings to WorldCat for the first time or keep your collection information up to date, OCLC Batch Processing helps you add large numbers of holdings and records to WorldCat more efficiently. Use it to maintain your holdings and receive MARC records offline.

Attend this session to learn about all of the Batch Processing options and how to get started with your own project.

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.

 

April 22, 2008

New NetLibrary webinar now available: Getting to Success with eBooks

Entry Categories: E-Resources   Training  

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

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

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

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

Register today!

New Online Demos Now Available

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

View Demos

 

April 21, 2008

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.

 

March 26, 2008

What is Open Source? Online Sessions Scheduled

Entry Categories: Training  

The concept of Open Source is both simple and complex. Instead of the standard model of purchasing software and doing only what it allows you to do, open source software (OSS) is typically free and allows you to change it to fit your needs. However, as it has been said, OSS is not free as in beer, but free as in kittens. There may be no up-front costs, but that doesn’t mean there’s no costs in the long run. The costs are just different. In this session, Michael Sauers, the Nebraska Library Commission’s Technology Innovation Librarian will introduce you to the concepts behind open source, give examples of some of the most influential OSS packages being used today, and discuss why libraries should be paying attention to this model.

Sessions have been scheduled on April 22, 10:00am - 10:30am and April 28, 2:00pm - 2:30pm. To register for one of the sessions go to the Nebraska Library Commission's Training Portal and search on open source.

 

March 12, 2008

NEBASE Hour for April: OCLC Online Service Center

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for April 2008 is the "OCLC Online Service Center".

Please note that this is a rescheduling of the March NEBASE Hour, which was canceled due to illness.

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 April 2008: OCLC Online Service Center

April 2, 2008- 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: March 31

The OCLC Online Service Center is the convenient way for you to purchase various OCLC products and services and manage your OCLC account information. The Web-based Online Service Center was designed to save you time and effort, which in turn saves your library money. Attend this session to learn how to use this secure, Web-based tool to order OCLC products and services as well as view, update and manage your OCLC account information.

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.

 

March 7, 2008

Workshops to be held at Chadron State College

Entry Categories: Training  

The following workshops have been scheduled at Reta King Library, Chadron State College:

May 20, 9am - 4pm: Welcome to the Social Web

May 21, 9am - 12pm: I Blog, You Blog, Weblog
May 21, 1pm - 4pm: RSS: A New Way of Communicating

May 22, 9am - 4pm: Introduction to Web Page Creation with XHTML

May 23, 9am - 4pm: Style Your Web Site with CSS

For more information and to register go to the Nebraska Library Commission
Training Portal and click on the date of the class or search by a key word in the title.

 

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 19, 2008

NEBASE Hour for March: OCLC Online Service Center

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for March 2008 is "OCLC Online Service Center".

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 March 2008: OCLC Online Service Center

March 5, 2008- 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: March 3

The OCLC Online Service Center is the convenient way for you to purchase various OCLC products and services and manage your OCLC account information. The Web-based Online Service Center was designed to save you time and effort, which in turn saves your library money. Attend this session to learn how to use this secure, Web-based tool to order OCLC products and services as well as view, update and manage your OCLC account information.

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

 

January 17, 2008

DDC Online Training

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Training  

OCLC is developing an online set of DDC training materials focused on the needs of experienced librarians who need Dewey application training. They may also be useful as supplementary materials in other Dewey training contexts, e.g., teaching Dewey to LIS students.

All course materials will be made available on the Dewey Training Courses web site at no charge. The presentations and exercises assume the availability of the latest version of the DDC database (i.e., WebDewey), and a professor, trainer, and/or experienced Dewey user for offering explanations and fielding questions. The materials will include a basic course on the structure and use of the DDC, plus a series of short modules based on special topics (including a general overview).

Currently available for the Basic Course:

  • Technical Introduction to the DDC
  • WebDewey: Basics
  • Introduction to Table 1

Short Modules available:

  • Technical Introduction to the DDC (Refresher)
  • Choice of Number Review
  • Number Building: Add Tables

Announcements and descriptions of the modules and related materials will be made on 025.431: The Dewey blog. OCLC welcomes your comments - please feel free to post them directly on the blog entry for each module. Comments may also be sent to dewey@loc.gov. Be sure to put the title of the course or module in the subject line of your message.

 

January 11, 2008

Collaborating with Your Community: WebJunction Rural In Focus Webinar

Entry Categories: OCLC News   Training  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

NEBASE Hour for February: Connexion Client v. 2.10 Enhancements

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for February 2008 is "Connexion Client v. 2.10 Enhancements".

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 February 2008: Connexion Client v. 2.10 Enhancements

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

Would you like to learn more about the recent enhancements to the Connexion Client? Version 2.10 of the client was released on December 27, 2007.

With client 2.10, you are able to:

  • 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
  • ...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.

 

January 4, 2008

NLC Web Sites Down Saturday January 5th

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

December 13, 2007

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 28, 2007

NEBASE Hour for December: eSerials Holdings Service: Increase the Visibility of Your eSerials

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for December 2007 is "eSerials Holdings Service: Increase the Visibility of Your eSerials".

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 2007: eSerials Holdings Service: Increase the Visibility of Your eSerials

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

Tired of trying to maintain an ever-changing list of eSerials holdings? Looking for ways to automatically set and maintain your library’s eSerials holdings in WorldCat? The OCLC eSerials Holdings service has what you need!

Attend this session to learn how your library can:

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

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.

 

Instant Messaging Trends & Practice Online Session

Entry Categories: Training  

Description: Instant messaging is becoming an increasingly popular way to communicate. In fact, in some environments and among some populations, it is surpassing email in popularity. What does this mean for libraries? During this presentation we will look at instant messaging trends in order to understand who uses IM, and for what purposes. We will also look at some of the ways libraries are implementing IM, and for those who are new to this communication technology we will cover the basics of setting up and using an IM account.

Instructor: Susan Knisely, Online Services Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission
Date and Time: January 16, 2008, 10 am – 11 am (Central Time)
Register:/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8420 

 

October 19, 2007

Call for Proposals: Library Assessment Conference

Entry Categories: Training  

Call for Proposals: Library Assessment Conference -- Deadline February 1, 2008

Library Assessment Conference
Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment

August 4-6, 2008
Seattle, Washington

October 2, 2007, Washington DC-The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the University of Virginia Library, the University of Washington Libraries, and the Conference Planning Committee are pleased to issue this call for proposals for the second Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Seattle, Washington, August 4-6, 2008. The conference goal is to support and nurture the library assessment community through a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers and posters, workshops, and engaging discussion.

Audience

The conference is designed for library and information professionals and researchers with responsibility for or an interest in the broad field of library assessment with an emphasis on (but not limited to) North American academic libraries.

Conference Topics

Conference presentations are sought in all areas of library assessment, including the following:

  • Digital libraries
  • Information resources & collections
  • Learning & teaching
  • Management information
  • Methods & tools
  • Organizational issues
  • Performance measurement & measures
  • Return on investment (ROI)
  • Services
  • Space planning & utilization
  • Usability
  • Usage & e-metrics
  • User needs
  • Value & impact

The Conference Planning Committee is especially interested in contributions that show how assessment results have been used to improve library services and add value to the user community.

Presentation Formats

Proposals are invited for presentations in a variety of formats, including papers, posters, and panel discussions. Presentation time for papers should be no more than 25 minutes. Panels will be given 50 minutes or less, including time for questions from the audience. Poster sessions are particularly welcome from attendees and specific time will be set aside for attendees to discuss posters with the presenters. The language of the conference is English (bilingual French/English or Spanish/English posters will also be accepted). Accepted proposals will be published in the conference proceedings, and all PowerPoint presentations will be posted on the conference Web site.

Proposal Submission Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures

1. All proposals will be submitted via the conference Web site.
2. Proposals will include a title, author(s), format, and abstract (maximum 500 words) describing the proposal.
3. Authors will provide a separate biographical statement (50 words).
4. The Conference Planning Committee will evaluate all proposals based on:
* their relevance to effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment;
* the significance of their contribution to the body of work associated with library assessment; and
* clarity of expression.
5. Proposals must be submitted by February 1, 2008.
6. Those submitting proposals will be notified of their status by March 15, 2008.
7. Presenters will be guaranteed a registration place and will be expected to pay registration fees.

Conference Planning Committee

Conference Co-Chairs

Steve Hiller, University of Washington
Martha Kyrillidou, Association of Research Libraries
Jim Self, University of Virginia

2008 Conference Planning Committee

Colleen Cook, Texas A&M University
Francine DeFranco, University of Connecticut
Margaret Martin Gardiner, University of Western Ontario
Debra Gilchrist, Pierce College
Irene Hoffman, OCLC
Kristina Justh, Association of Research Libraries
Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse University
Joan Stein, Carnegie Mellon University
Stephen Town, York University
Stephanie Wright, University of Washington

Additional Information

The conference Web site will provide complete information about the conference, including plenary and keynote speakers, workshops, registration, and accommodations.

For further information, please contact:

Kristina Justh
Statistics and Measurement Program
Association of Research Libraries
E-mail: laconf@arl.org
(202) 296-2296 office
(202) 872-0884 fax

 

October 12, 2007

NEBASE Hour for November: WebJunction: Resource for Rural Libraries

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for November 2007 is "WebJunction: Resource for Rural Libraries".

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 November 2007: WebJunction: Resource for Rural Libraries

November 7, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) Registration Deadline: November 5

WebJunction is an online community where library staff meet to share ideas, solve problems, take online courses - and have fun! If you have not looked at the offerings at Web Junction lately, it's time to take a look. WebJunction provides resources and training specifically for rural and small libraries covering advocacy, funding, outreach and technology. Attend this session to learn what your colleagues across the country are doing to bring library services to their rural and small communities.

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 11, 2007

WebJunction Rural In Focus Webinar

Entry Categories: OCLC News   Training  

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

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

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

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

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

 

September 21, 2007

NEBASE Hour for October: OCLC Language Sets: Prepare for the Multilingual World

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for October 2007 is "OCLC Language Sets: Prepare for the Multilingual World".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services. PLEASE NOTE: Due to scheduling conflicts, this NEBASE Hour is being held on the SECOND Wednesday of the month, not the first Wednesday of the month, when previous NEBASE Hours have been held.

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 October 2007: OCLC Language Sets: Prepare for the Multilingual World

October 10, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) Registration Deadline: October 8

OCLC Language Sets is an easy and inexpensive way to build your multilingual collections with fiction and non-fiction books, videos and DVDs. Language Sets offers pre-selected sets of current popular materials in 14 languages - Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Panjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese. The Custom Collection option lets you design a collection based on your library users’ specific needs.

You receive the most current and popular titles, full-level MARC records for each title, plus free shipping and cataloging. Your new holdings are added to the WorldCat database of shared records from libraries around the world, which means your users will be able to find library materials on the Web through familiar sites such as Yahoo! Search and Google. Language-specific posters and bookmarks are included to help you promote your non-English resources.

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.

Attend this session to see an overview of Language Set content, delivery options, pricing and information about how you can create your own custom collections.

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.

 

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.

 

August 22, 2007

WebJunction Rural In Focus Webinar

Entry Categories: OCLC News   Tech Notes   Training  

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

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

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

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

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

 

August 21, 2007

Authority Control Workshop Scheduled for October 4

Entry Categories: Training  

Libraries use authority control to manage the names, uniform titles, series, and subject headings in their catalogs. Participants in this workshop will learn what authority control is and why it is needed, how to read a MARC authority record, how to use OCLC's authority file, and how to keep headings in their local systems up-to-date. Subject heading authority control will focus on the Library of Congress Subject Headings.

For more information and to register go to:
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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.

 

August 9, 2007

Cataloging Sound Recordings Workshop /NLC Cataloging Certificate Program

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Training  

Are you interested in increasing your cataloging knowledge?

There are still a few open seats and a few days time to sign up for the Cataloging Sound Recordings workshop to be held in Lincoln on Thursday, August 16. The workshop will include discussion of audiocassettes, compact discs, Enhanced compact discs Playaway audio books, downloadable audio books and streaming audio. Register at Cataloging Sound Recordings - Lincoln.

Would you like recognition for your expanding cataloging skills?

Take part in the Nebraska Library Commission Cataloging Certificate Program at the Basic and Advanced Levels. Information is available at Cataloging Certificate Program.

If you have questions about the program, the application form, or workshop schedules, please contact Devra Dragos, 471-4335, (800)307-2665, or email.

 

August 8, 2007

Reflections on a Year of Flickring

Entry Categories: Training  

It’s been almost a year since the Nebraska Library Commission created its Flickr account (actual creation date: August 30, 2006). Given this fact, we thought it might be nice to pause a moment and reflect back on how the account has grown and what our involvement with Flickr has taught us.

Let’s start with some statistics. As of July 23, 2007, we’ve uploaded 601 photos and screenshots to our account, and these photos and screenshots have been viewed 7,197 times. We’ve created two Flickr groups: Nebraska Libraries, which boasts 16 members and 83 photos, and Pets of Nebraska Librarians, which boasts 40 members and 81 photos. We’ve offered at least eight Flickr training sessions at five different locations in Nebraska.

What’s the most popular photo in our account? Judging by Flickr’s “interestingness” criteria, it’s a photo of the “Laptop Friendly” sign in Holdrege Public Library’s front window. After being posted to NLC’s Flickr account and added to the Library Signage group, this photo got pointed to by several librarian bloggers who publicly praised the sign, thereby drawing traffic to the photo in Flickr. As a result, it’s been viewed 346 times, and six Flickr users count it as a “favorite.”

So why did NLC get involved in Flickr? We believed that if we were going to start talking about how libraries could use Web 2.0 tools to connect with users and promote services, then we should have some first-hand experience using them ourselves. And Flickr was a logical place to start. Librarians have been busily uploading pictures of anything and everything related to libraries to Flickr, and through these pictures they have been sharing success stories and shining the spotlight on best and worst practices as never before. This provided a ready-made community for us to plug into.

Our Flickr experience has also proved to us that library content uploaded to Flickr will be noticed by non-librarians. For example, our Nebraska Libraries Flickr group boasts at least two members who are not librarians but who live in Nebraska and had pictures of Nebraska libraries they wanted to share. There is also the case of the former Nebraska resident who discovered a picture of his home-town library on our site. He not only marked the picture as a favorite, he also reminisced on his personal blog about going there as a kid to check out books on Babe Ruth and dinosaurs.

NLC’s Flickr account also received publicity via the USA Today Tech_Space blog. In this instance Nebraska native and USA Today blogger Angela Gunn pointed readers to our Nebraska Public Libraries photoset, which features 278 mapped images of Nebraska public libraries. What is particularly gratifying about her post is that she takes the time to point out to her national audience that not all communities are able to support huge public libraries like Seattle’s: “The collection's a pretty amazing document, and if you aren't familiar with how small towns squeeze in their libraries, it's likely to be an eye-opening. (Seattleites and other folk accustomed to high-profile library construction and starchitectural edifices are especially invited to browse).”

If you haven’t visited us on Flickr yet, please stop by and say hi!

 

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.

 

June 12, 2007

NEBASE Hour for July: Streamline Your OCLC ILL with Custom Holdings & Direct Request

Entry Categories: Resource Sharing   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for July 2007 is "Streamline Your OCLC ILL with Custom Holdings & Direct Request".

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 July 2007: Streamline Your OCLC ILL with Custom Holdings & Direct Request

July 11, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) Registration Deadline: July 9

Custom Holdings allows an OCLC ILL library to set up automatic borrowing strings, eliminating the need for analyzing lenders on a request-by-request basis. Direct Request uses your Custom Holdings to automate the ILL borrowing process, letting you control the process electronically just as you do now manually.

Attend this session to learn how to design, create, update and use multiple Custom Holding paths and Direct Request profiles.

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.

 

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 31, 2007

RSS and Wiki Workshops Scheduled for Omaha in August

Entry Categories: Training  

RSS: A New Way of Communicating
The new technology of RSS, also known as "feeds" allows users to subscribe to content that they wish to receive in a regular and timely manner. Feeds also allow information providers to send this information in the format necessary for users to subscribe. This three hour hands-on workshop will introduce attendees to both providing and consuming content via RSS.

Location: Omaha Public Library - W Dale Clark
Date and Time: August 2 and 3, 2007, 9 am - 12 noon
Presenter: Michael Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission
To register:
August 2 - /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8249
August 3 - /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8250



The Wonderful World of Wikis
Many have heard of Wikipedia, but just what is a wiki? This workshop will take a look at not only Wikipedia, but other high-profile wikis and show attendees just what a wiki is and how it can be used in the library environment. In this half-day, hands-on workshop, attendees will gain an understanding of what wikis are and the technologies behind them, explore Wikipedia and other public wikis and learn about the psychology and sociology of wiki-based resources, and create their own wiki on a project of their choice. (Please bring an idea or two with you.)

Location: Omaha Public Library - W Dale Clark
Date and Time: August 2 and 3, 2007, 1 pm - 4 pm
Presenter: Michael Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission
To register:
August 2 - /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8252
August 3 - /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8251

 

May 30, 2007

The Wonderful World of Wikis Workshops Scheduled for Lincoln

Entry Categories: Training  

Many have heard of Wikipedia, but just what is a wiki? This workshop will take a look at not only Wikipedia, but other high-profile wikis and show attendees just what a wiki is and how it can be used in the library environment. In this half-day, hands-on workshop, attendees will gain an understanding of what wikis are and the technologies behind them, explore Wikipedia and other public wikis and learn about the psychology and sociology of wiki-based resources, and create their own wiki on a project of their choice. (Please bring an idea or two with you.)

Location: Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room
Date and Time: June 21, 2007, 9am - 12 noon and 1pm - 4pm
Presenter: Michael Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission

To register:
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May 22, 2007

Cataloging Video Recordings

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Training  

Description: Discussion in this workshop will focus on copy and original cataloging of video recordings in VHS and DVD formats. Topics will include series/episodes, cast notes, editions, and access points.

Audience: Library staff with some knowledge of AACR2, MARC records and cataloging.
Location: Nebraska Library Commission, Crane Room
Date and Time: September 13, 2007, 9am - 4pm (Lunch is on your own)
Presenter: Devra Dragos, Cataloging Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission

To register:Go to /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8245


This workshop is approved for the NLC Cataloging Certificate Program.

 

May 16, 2007

Database Roadshow 2007

Entry Categories: E-Resources   Training  

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

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

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

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

 

May 14, 2007

I Blog, You Blog, Weblog and RSS: A New Way of Communicating Scheduled for Scottsbluff

Entry Categories: Training  

I Blog, You Blog, Weblog
June 12 & 13, 9am - 12pm

Location: Harms Advanced Technology Center, Computer Lab C150, 2620 College Park, Scottsbluff

Blogs are an easy way to not only receive information, but also to publish the information you have. More than just an online journal, blog-based publishing might be the best way for you to present your library's information to the public.

For more information and to register:

June 12: /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8222

June 13: /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8224



RSS: A New Way of Communicating
June 12 & 13, 1pm - 4pm

Location: Harms Advanced Technology Center, Computer Lab C150, 2620 College Park, Scottsbluff

The new technology of RSS, also known as "feeds" allows users to subscribe to content that they wish to receive in a regular and timely manner. Feeds also allows information providers to send this information in the format necessary for users to subscribe. This three hour hands-on workshop will introduce attendees to both providing and consuming content via RSS.

For more information and to register:

June 12: /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8223

June 13: /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8225

 

May 11, 2007

Understanding MARC21 Bibliographic Records - Online Session

Entry Categories: 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 once a week for a seven session online workshop.

Date and Time: September 5 - October 17; 10am-11am

Presenter: Charity Martin, History Librarian and cataloger at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.

To register: Go to /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8221


This workshop is approved for the NLC Cataloging Certificate Program.

 

Understanding MARC21 Bibliographic Records in Alliance

Entry Categories: 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 - August 3 and 10 - exploring MARC21.

Location: Alliance Public Library
Date and Time: August 3, 2007, 9:30am - 3:30pm and August 10, 9:30am - 2:30pm MT (Lunch is on your own)
Presenter: Sharon Mason, retired Head of Technical Services, University of Nebraska at Kearney

To register: Go to /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8220

This workshop is approved for the NLC Cataloging Certificate Program.

 

May 10, 2007

Cataloging Sound Recordings Workshop

Entry Categories: Training  

Audiocassettes, compact discs, Playaway audio books, downloadable audio books… How many kinds of sound recordings do you have in your library? Join us for a workshop discussing MARC cataloging of various music and non-music sound recordings.

Audience: Library staff with some knowledge of AACR2, MARC records and cataloging.
Location: Nebraska Library Commission, Crane Room
Date and Time: August 16, 2007, 9am - 4pm (Lunch is on your own)
Presenter: Devra Dragos, Cataloging Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission

To register: Go to /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8214


This workshop is approved for the NLC Cataloging Certificate Program.

 

Basic Serials Cataloging Workshop

Entry Categories: Training  

This workshop provides the basic principles of serials cataloging for original and copy cataloging. The primary focus will be on print serials but some discussion of electronic serials will be included. Topics will include title changes and when to create a new record, what to edit when working with copy, and how to determine the chief source for title transcription. The workshop will look at the proposed CONSER standard record. The workshop will be adapted from sessions of the Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program’s courses.

Audience: Library staff with some knowledge of AACR2, MARC records and cataloging.

Location: Nebraska Library Commission, Crane Room

Date and Time: July 17, 2007, 9am - 4pm (Lunch is on your own)

Presenter: Margaret Mering, Principal Serials Cataloger and Metadata Librarian at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln

To register: Go to /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8213

This workshop is approved for the NLC Cataloging Certificate Program.

 

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 13, 2007

NEBASE Hour for May: Cataloging with CatExpress

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for May 2007 is "Cataloging with CatExpress".

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 May 2007: Cataloging with CatExpress

May 2, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) * Registration Deadline: April 30 *

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 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.

 

March 21, 2007

Introduction to WebJunction Learning

Entry Categories: Training  

WebJunction Learning Webinar Series: Introduction to WebJunction Learning

April 4 - 1:00 PM MDT/2:00 PM CDT
FREE Online via WebJunction's Live Space

WebJunction is pleased to announce a new webinar series aimed at addressing the needs of decision makers, trainers and individual learners engaged with online learning in the library field.

The first webinar in this series, Introduction to WebJunction Learning, presents an overview of the e-learning services and resources WebJunction has for libraries. Whether you are taking courses, facilitating training, creating courses or managing training programs, we are creating material aimed at supporting your success.

You’ll discover our wide variety of self-paced and live online courses. We’ll talk about examples of the kinds of research, best practices and tips we have for trainers and managers implementing training programs. And we’ll spotlight our newest initiative – the E-Learning Institute. Find out what it is and learn more about the new courses we are offering through it, including:

We’ll give you a sneak peek of some of the exciting new courses we are working on to offer later this year. And even give you a chance to have a say in what new courses we develop and offer.

All of this will be offered through our new web conferencing platform we call Live Space.

Visit our Learning Webinars Instructions page for the details of how to attend – all you need is a computer with an Internet connection and either speakers, headphones or a telephone.

Please note that Introduction to WebJunction Learning is a FREE webinar and there is no registration is required for this webinar. Anyone may attend simply by following these instructions.

 

I Blog, You Blog, Weblog Workshops Scheduled in Hastings and Omaha

Entry Categories: Training  

Two new I Blog, You Blog, Weblog workshops have been scheduled:

  • May 22 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Hastings College Computer Lab in the Fleharty Center
  • May 24, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon, Omaha Public Library, W. Dale Clark Computer Lab
Blogs are an easy way to not only receive information, but also to publish the information you have. More than just an online journal, blog-based publishing might be the best way for you to present your library's information to the public.

What can you expect if you attend this training session?
  • Learn what a blog is, who writes blogs, why blogs are so popular, and the different types of blogs.
  • View some of the best examples of LIS blogs and discover what makes them worth reading.
  • Create your own blog in just minutes using the free Blogger.com service.
  • Discover many of the options for customizing your blog to fit your needs.
  • Leave with ideas on just how blogging can be integrated into your library's Web site.
What should you bring with you to class?

In class you’ll be creating a blog of your own. You’re welcome to create a personal blog or a blog for your library. Either way, before class please take a few minutes to consider what you would like to blog about. In class you’ll be giving your blog a title and creating several posts on your topic of choice. A little advanced planning regarding these items will make the class run smoothly.

Attendees are expected to have familiarity with using the Web. (X)HTML experience is not necessary.

To register: Go to the Nebraska Library Commission's Training Portal and search on blog.

There is no charge to attend these workshops.

 

March 19, 2007

NebraskAccess Online Sessions Scheduled

Entry Categories: Training  

Five online sessions designed to help librarians become more familiar with the NebraskAccess databases have been scheduled.  They are:

  • Introduction to Searching Books in Print with Reviews and Fiction Connection Through NebraskAccess (May 4)

  • Introduction to WorldCat - What is it and how can it help me do my job? (June 1)

  • NebraskAccess Databases: The Whirlwind Tour (June 28)

  • Introduction to Searching HeritageQuest Online Through NebraskAccess (July 27)

  • FirstSearch Administrative Module Basics (September 7)

For more information on the sessions and to register, please go to the Nebraska Library Commission Training Portal.

 

March 6, 2007

I Blog, You Blog, Weblog

Entry Categories: Training  

Blogs are an easy way to not only receive information, but also to publish the information you have. More than just an online journal, blog-based publishing might be the best way for you to present your library's information to the public.

What can you expect if you attend this training session?

  • Learn what a blog is, who writes blogs, why blogs are so popular, and the different types of blogs.
  • View some of the best examples of LIS blogs and discover what makes them worth
    reading.
  • Create your own blog in just minutes using the free Blogger.com service.
  • Discover many of the options for customizing your blog to fit your needs
  • Leave with ideas on just how blogging can be integrated into your library's
    Web site.
What should you bring with you to class?

In class you’ll be creating a blog of your own. You’re welcome to create a personal blog or a blog for your library. Either way, before class please take a few minutes to consider what you would like to blog about. In class you’ll be giving your blog a title and creating several posts on your topic of choice. A little advanced planning regarding these items will make the class run smoothly.

Attendees are expected to have familiarity with using the Web. (X)HTML experience is not necessary.

To register: Go to the Nebraska Library Commission's Training Portal and search on blog

 

March 5, 2007

Digitization Training Workshops Set for April

Entry Categories: Digitization & Preservation   Training  

Are you interested in learning how your institution can develop a digitization project? Join us in April for a set of workshops on the basics of digitization planning.

The sessions will be taught by University of Nebraska - Lincoln Electronic Text Center faculty and the cost to attend both days is $20.00. The fee includes class materials and lunch both days. The April workshops will be held at the the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln.

To register and read more about the training visit the registration page in the Training Portal.

Introduction to Digitization
Monday, April 9 from 9:00am - 4:00pm

This session will provide a general overview of digitization project planning and execution. Topics covered will include: digitization concepts, selection, legal issues, outsourcing options, sustainability, best practices, equipment and access.

Introduction to Scanning Principles & Best Practices
Tuesday, April 10 from 9:00am – 3:00pm

This session will provide an overview of digital imaging. Topics covered will include: general principles, terminology, hardware, software, master images, access images, quality control, image delivery and outsourcing. This session will not include step-by-step scanning training.

Intended Audience

Staff/administrators of Nebraska Cultural Heritage Institutions (libraries, museums, archives) who have materials in their collections that they want to make available to the public in digital format.
Project planners.
Participants or potential participants in Nebraska Memories.
Recipients of or potential applicants for LSTA digitization grants from the Nebraska Library Commission (public libraries or public libraries in collaboration with other CHIs).

This class is NOT for students needing class credit, corporate or agency records management personnel, private citizens wanting scanning training, persons already experienced in digitization who have advanced technical questions more appropriate to a private consultation.
Please contact me with any questions.

 

March 1, 2007

Online Training Session on Searching eLibrary through NebraskAccess Scheduled for 4/5/07

Entry Categories: NebraskAccess   Training  

Are you interested in database training but short on time? If so, you may want to attend the live one-hour "Introduction to Searching eLibrary through NebraskAccess" training session scheduled for Thursday, April 5, from 10-11am Central.

Description: eLibrary is a wonderful information resource. It boasts searchable full-text content from magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference books, as well as tv/radio transcripts, audio/video clips, pictures, and maps. It is designed to be easy to search -- type in almost any term and you will get results! As with any resource, however, the more you know about eLibrary the better your chances of getting GREAT results! If you'd like to learn more about eLibrary so that you can search with confidence and retrieve improved results, then this is the training session for you. Attendees will see a variety of search techniques demonstrated and they will also learn what search functionality lurks under the Topics and Reference tabs!

Intended Audience: Librarians and media specialists who haven’t attended the Database Roadshow, or those wanting a review. (Reminder: eLibrary is not available to K12 schools through NebraskAccess. However, media specialists at schools that have their own eLibrary subscriptions are welcome to attend.)

Date: Thursday, April 5, 2007
Time: 10-11 am Central
Cost: Free
To register, please visit the NLC Training Portal and search for "eLibrary" or go directly to the online session entry.

This session will be conducted using Centra Live web conferencing software. For more information about Centra visit the Online Training Info page.

 

February 23, 2007

WebJunction Has a New Look

Entry Categories: OCLC News   Tech Notes   Training  

Have you seen the new WebJunction?

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

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

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

And registration is free!

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

Their immediate follow-up plans include:

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

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

 

Learn How You Can Participate in Nebraska Memories

Entry Categories: Digitization & Preservation   Training  

Would you like to add your libraries historical materials to the Nebraska Memories database? Find out how your institution can do this during the live one hour online session to be held on Friday, March 2nd from 10-11 Central.

Don't have time for scanning? Think the word metadata is just too intimidating? Then attend the session to find out about new and easy ways to describe your historical materials for the Nebraska Memories database that don't involve learning metadata schemes or digitization training.

Libraries and other cultural heritage institutions are welcome to add digitized materials such as photographs, maps, sound recordings, and more to the publically available database.

Topics to be covered in the session include:

What is Nebraska Memories?
History of the project
Tour of the Nebraska Memories web site
Options to participate
New EZ Descriptions -- small projects don't need metadata training
Free scanning options
Training Options

Date: Friday, March 2, 2007
Time: 10-11am Central
Cost: Free
To register, please visit the NLC Training Portal and search for "Nebraska Memories"
or go directly to the online session entry.

This session will be conducted using Centra Live web conferencing software. For more information about Centra visit the Online Training Info page.

 

February 22, 2007

Training opportunities for NEBASE Members

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Training  

NEBASE has joined the Network Education Exchange!

The Network Education Exchange (NEE) is a cooperative online training program between NEBASE and other OCLC Regional Networks that offers selected online courses to members of other networks at member rates. The purpose of this program is to provide members with a wider variety of cost-effective workshops in an online format.

To register for any of the NEE workshops, you must:

* Be a staff member at a NEBASE Member Library
* Register directly with the providing network, including creating an account if necessary.
* Pay by credit card.
* Review the registration, attendance policies and technical requirements of the providing network.
* Also, please note time zones, as they may differ from yours.

To see a list of the courses currently offered, visit our [obsolete link removed] Network Education Exchange web page.

New courses will be added to the list on a regular basis, so check back often to see what's available!

 

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 15, 2007

NEBASE Hour for March: OCLC ILL Policies Directory

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Resource Sharing   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for March 2007 is "OCLC ILL Policies Directory".

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 March 2007: OCLC ILL Policies Directory

March 7, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) * Registration Deadline: March 5 *

The OCLC ILL Policies Directory provides users of OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing with a web-based, central source for entering and retrieving policies, billing, system, and contact information for member libraries worldwide. The ILL Policies Directory replaced the Name-Address Directory (NAD) for ILL use only on August 24, 2003.

Attend this session to learn why the Policies Directory is important, how to enter your library's information, and how to read other institutions' ILL Policies Directory information.

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.

 

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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