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OCLC News  

OCLC PRODUCT OF THE MONTH : QUESTIONPOINT

COLLABORATIVE REFERENCE SERVICE

The new QuestionPoint collaborative reference service links a global network of reference librarians who interact with library users and share questions and answers.

With QuestionPoint, your library will gain a powerful, easy-to-use resource to provide digital reference services. Your users will gain a resource that allows them to submit questions at any time through your library's web site. QuestionPoint extends reference support directly to your users through web-based forms and online chat capabilities, and it enables you to answer your users' questions or route them to libraries within your group prior to escalating unanswered questions to the global network.

What is QuestionPoint?

QuestionPoint is a collaborative reference service the Library of Congress and OCLC worked together to develop, with input from participating members of the Global Reference Network (a group of libraries and institutions worldwide that are committed to digital reference.) It enables libraries to:


What features does QuestionPoint provide?

Version 1.0 of QuestionPoint has the following components:

Libraries can:

For more information about QuestionPoint, see <http://www.questionpoint.org/> where you will find the following and more:

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEW OCLC INSTITUTE COURSES

The OCLC Institute and MindLeaders are pleased to announce that new courses are available and that a number of enhancements have been made to the courses offered through the Institute. The September 2002 MindLeaders release brings us to a total of over 800 online courses, with over 143 new hours of training covering 45 new courses.

New course content includes additional training in Linux, Oracle 9i, and Exchange 2000 Administration. There are all new series teaching Flash Animation, Windows 2000 Network Management, and SQL Server Database Design.

There are also newly improved orientation materials and completion certificates, greater use of Flash animation simulations and audio, and updated orientation screens.

For more information on these enhancements, or to see the complete offerings of MindLeaders through the OCLC Institute, check out <http://institute.oclc.org/bin/catalog.asp>. If you are a current subscriber and have not logged on lately, you may want to take advantage of these new offerings.

George Needham
Vice President, Member Services, and Director, OCLC Institute
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

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OCLC WEB INFORMATION SESSIONS

OCLC is offering FREE web information sessions to both OCLC member and nonmember libraries. The sessions will include a live presentation that you will access via the web, with audio available via a conference call. You will be able to submit questions you have at any time during the presentation. Registration information and complete descriptions of the sessions can be found on the OCLC web site: <http://www.oclc.org/news/announcements/upcoming.shtm>.

QuestionPoint - Make Digital Reference a Reality for your Library

Tuesday November 19 12:00 - 1:00 pm (CST)
Tuesday November 26   1:30 - 2:30 pm (CST)


OCLC Language Sets - Learn how to develop your non-English collections affordably!

Tuesday November 26 3:00 - 4:00 pm (CST)
Wednesday December 11 1:30 - 2:30 pm (CST)


OCLC Custom Cataloging - Learn how to give your patrons improved access to your entire collection.

Monday December 9 3:00 - 4:00 pm (CST)


OCLC ILLiad - See all the new enhancements to OCLC ILLiad and learn how you can improve your library's ILL efficiency with OCLC ILLiad.

Tuesday November 19   3:00 - 4:00 pm (CST)
Friday December 6 12:00 - 1:00 pm (CST)


OCLC Digital Archive - Preserve, Manage and Access Your Digital Collections

Tuesday November 26 12:00 - 1:00 pm (CST)


OCLC Digital & Preservation Cooperative - Managing Your Digital Library

Monday December 9 1:30 - 2:30 pm (CST)


OCLC Digital & Preservation Resources - Digitizing your Historic Newspapers

Tuesday November 19 1:30 - 2:30 pm (CST)
Tuesday December 17 1:00 - 2:00 pm (CST)


OCLC's Automated Collection Assessment and Analysis Services - Learn how collection analysis can help your library

Monday December 9 12:00 - 1:00 pm (CST)


OCLC MARC Record Service (OCLC MARS®) - Enhance Your Collection's Accessibility

Wednesday December 11 12:00 - 1:00 pm (CST)


Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Reference   

OCLC FIRSTSEARCH FEATURED DATABASE AND ELECTRONIC COLLECTIONS ONLINE FEATURED PUBLISHER FOR NOVEMBER

Featured Database for November is Sociological Abstracts.

Sociological Abstracts, produced by CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts), is available during November as the FirstSearch Featured Database of the Month. The database is available for searching at no charge from the FirstSearch web site at <http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/databases/index.htm>.

Sociological Abstracts provides access to the latest research in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. It draws information from an international selection of journals, serials, conference papers, books, and dissertations. Records added after 1974 contain in-depth and non-evaluative abstracts of journal articles. Click the Subjects icon to access the Thesaurus of Sociological Indexing Terms, recently added to Sociological Abstracts on FirstSearch to help improve search precision.

Featured Publisher for November 2002 is Edward Arnold Publishers Ltd.

Edward Arnold Publishers Ltd. <http://www.arnoldpublishers.com> is the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online Featured Publisher for November 2002. Arnold publishes academic journals in engineering, linguistics, geography and environmental sciences, medicine, the humanities and statistics. Its journal War in History is available during November for searching at no charge from <http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/databases/index.htm> and also from <http://www2.oclc.org/oclc/fseco/frames/frames_pub.asp>.

Please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665) with questions about discounts for the featured Database or Journal, or OCLC Support http://www.oclc.org/support/ with general questions

To request trials of additional FirstSearch databases or Electronic Collections Online journals, please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665).

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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NOTICE OF DISCONTINUATION OF THE OCLC FIRSTSEARCH FEATURED DATABASE OF THE MONTH PROMOTION

Effective at the end of December 2002, OCLC will discontinue its FirstSearch Featured Database of the Month promotion. The Featured Publisher of the Month will continue, however, for the foreseeable future.

OCLC has featured a database each month on the FirstSearch web site for searching at no charge since March 2001. The Featured Database of the Month promotion was intended to provide a way for librarians and library users to sample unfamiliar databases and help libraries make purchase decisions.

There are now several no-charge practice databases available on the FirstSearch web site at <http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/learning/index.htm>. The set of practice
files includes a newly updated subset version of WorldCat, PWorldCat, that features recent popular enhancements. PWorldCat in particular will help libraries experience the power of the FirstSearch service, using OCLC's premier database. Libraries may also request trials of FirstSearch databases they would like to try out.

Please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665) or OCLC Support (1-800-848-5800 or <support@oclc.org>) with questions.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC FIRSTSEARCH PSYCARTICLES DISCOUNT

Until December 1, customers who either already have a PsycINFO site license or who purchase a new PsycINFO license will receive a 20% reduction on the FirstSearch price for a "new" PsycARTICLES license.

And by signing a three-year agreement with American Psychological Association, customers can guarantee that data fee increases for PsycARTICLES will be no more than 4 percent annually during second and third years of the contract. You can take advantage of either offer or both offers. The discount applies only to PsycARTICLES; purchasing both PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO concurrently does not provide a discount on PsycINFO.

Please call Jeannette Powell at 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 or e-mail Jeannette Powell for more information and pricing.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission
 

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OCLC FIRSTSEARCH SERVICE ENHANCEMENTS

This article includes information for library staff in reference, interlibrary loan, collection development and systems.

Please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665) or OCLC User and Network Support (1-800-848-5800 or <support@oclc.org>) with questions about these enhancements to the OCLC FirstSearch service.

SEPTEMBER 2002 ENHANCEMENTS

WORLDCAT

Option to Suppress ILL by Document Type
Librarians have asked for a way to suppress the ILL icon for selected document types, particularly Internet Resources, in order to avoid confusion and disappointment among users who submit ILL requests for items that can't be borrowed. In response to this request, FirstSearch administrators can now control which document types retrieved in WorldCat on FirstSearch will display an interlibrary loan icon. Librarians will save time and money because they will not be processing requests for document types their library cannot or does not want to attempt to borrow, and users will experience less frustration over ILL requests for materials that cannot be borrowed, since they will not be able to submit them.

Practice WorldCat Database (PWorldCat) Now Includes All Enhancements to WorldCat on FirstSearch
The practice version of the WorldCat database, PWorldCat, available from the FirstSearch web site at <http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/learning/index.htm>, now reflects all of the many enhancements that have been made to WorldCat on FirstSearch over the last year. The practice database is a 6,000 record subset of the full WorldCat database and represents a wide range of dates and record formats. It is available at no charge for those wishing to learn the FirstSearch service. Libraries that do not yet provide access to WorldCat on FirstSearch can try out a version that reflects the full functionality of the database, and libraries will find the practice version of WorldCat on FirstSearch useful for instruction purposes.

FIRSTSEARCH CONTENT

Sixty-two New OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online Journals
Eleven new journals from four publishers have been added to OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, bringing the online total to 4,236 journals available. The new titles and their ISSNs are available at <http://www2.oclc.org/oclc/fseco/index.asp>.

Thesaurus Now Available in INSPEC Database
Users of the INSPEC database are now able to search the INSPEC Thesaurus. As in the thesauri and subject heading files available in other FirstSearch databases, users access the INSPEC Thesaurus by clicking the Subjects icon on the basic, advanced, or expert search screen, then typing in a word or concept. The INSPEC Thesaurus supplies preferred term(s) for the search concept, along with broader and narrower terms, that may be expanded. Clicking a hotlinked term automatically launches a search.

OCTOBER 2002 ENHANCEMENTS

WORLDCAT

netLibrary Tables of Contents Available
OCLC continues to enhance records in WorldCat on the OCLC FirstSearch service with content that will let users evaluate materials that they want to research in greater depth. Users will now be able to see tables of contents available in netLibrary's collection of eBooks in the detailed WorldCat records for these items.

FIRSTSEARCH CONTENT

New OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online Journals
40 new journals from 13 publishers have been added to OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, bringing the online total to 4,276 journals available. The new titles and their ISSNs are available at <http://www2.oclc.org/oclc/fseco/index.asp>.

Thesaurus Now Available in Sociological Abstracts Database
Users of the Sociological Abstracts database on FirstSearch are now able to search the Thesaurus of Sociological Indexing Terms. As in the thesauri and subject heading files available in other FirstSearch databases, users access the Thesaurus of Sociological Indexing Terms by clicking the Subjects icon on the basic, advanced, or expert search screen, then typing in a word or concept. The Thesaurus of Sociological Indexing Terms supplies preferred term(s) for the search concept, along with broader and narrower terms, that may be expanded. Clicking a hotlinked term automatically launches a search.

ATLA Religion and ATLA Serials (ATLAS) Databases Reloaded
The ATLA Religion and ATLA Serials (ATLAS) databases have been reloaded, resulting in the following changes:

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Resource Sharing  

OCLC ILL ENHANCEMENT WILL ADD LENDER'S LDR INFO TO ILL REQUESTS

In response to user requests and feedback, OCLC will be adding local data record information from the OCLC Union List service to the lender screen of ILL requests in the OCLC ILL service. The lender's local holdings information will appear in ILL requests in the Web interface to the OCLC ILL service, as well as in Passport, ILLME, and ILLiad.

The purpose of the addition of local holdings information to the lender screen is to allow lending libraries to quickly and efficiently identify requests that can be immediately declined. This enhancement will support quicker processing of new lending requests and improve turn-around time.

How it will work in ILL:

Preparing for the addition of Local Data Record information:
Recognizing that this enhancement will give greater visibility to libraries' local data records, OCLC is encouraging libraries to update their local data record information. For available options which include batchloading holdings from a library catalog as well as direct input mechanisms, contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665).

This enhancement is scheduled to be installed in November or December 2002. More information will be distributed as soon as the exact installation date is known.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC LOCAL DATA RECORD BATCHLOADING SERVICE OFFERED AT NO CHARGE THROUGH JUNE 2003

Libraries wishing to update their local data records (LDR) can do so through OCLC Batch Processing at no charge for data compliant with the MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data through June 2003. A nominal fee is charged for patterned data submitted in non-MARC formats. Libraries must request to have their holdings batchloaded before June 30, 2003 to take advantage of the promotion. A library may submit batch files on a regular schedule of their choice, or update with one-time batch project and then maintain LDRs online through the OCLC Union List service.

For more information on OCLC Batch Processing, go to <http://www.oclc.org/batchprocessing/localdatarecords/>.
For more information on the OCLC Union List service, go to <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/menu/union.htm>.

If you have any questions, please contact NEBASE at 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665 or e-mail Christa Burns.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC LOW VOLUME ILL PRICING FOR CATEXPRESS SUBSCRIBERS

Are you looking for a simple, low cost way to provide ILL services to your patrons? Would you like to pay a single annual fee for your OCLC ILL service just as you do for your OCLC CatExpress service?

If you are a CatExpress subscriber, you are eligible for OCLC's Low Volume ILL pricing option. This Low Volume ILL option is special pricing available only to CatExpress libraries.

Low Volume ILL pricing is based on the number of ILL requests you make per year. The three levels available are:

    1 - 50 requests per year $ 150.00
  51-100 requests per year $ 295.00
101-150 requests per year $ 425.00

This ILL cost would be in addition to the cost of whichever level of CatExpress you subscribe to, and is an annual charge, just like CatExpress.

Using CatExpress and the Web Interface to the OCLC ILL service, you will have access to both OCLC cataloging and interlibrary loan through simple Web-based interfaces. You will be able to utilize the world's largest library-supported bibliographic database for all of your cataloging and interlibrary loan needs.

If you are interested in switching your current ILL pricing to the Low Volume ILL pricing option or if you would like to add OCLC ILL to your account, please contact Christa Burns at 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665 or e-mail Christa Burns.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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END OF SUPPORT FOR CATME VERSIONS 1.20, 1.21, 2.00

OCLC ended support for all versions of CatME except versions 2.10 (English) and 2.11 (Spanish) on October 31, 2002. If you are still using an older version of CatME, please upgrade to CatME version 2.10 or 2.11 as soon as possible. CatME software is available for download from the OCLC web site and it is included on the OCLC Access Suite compact disc. Consult the CatME home page at <http://www.oclc.org/catme/> for more information on downloading the software or ordering the OCLC Access Suite CD.

CatME versions 2.10 and 2.11 are the final releases of CatME software. The CatME team is focusing on developing the new Windows client for OCLC Connexion. The first phase of the client is scheduled for release in 2nd quarter 2003. For more information, please visit the Connexion home page at <http://www.oclc.org/connexion/>. Eventually, Connexion will replace all currently existing cataloging interfaces including CatME. However, OCLC does not have a timeframe for when CatME 2.10 and 2.11 support will end. It will be sometime after 2004, when all CatME functionality has been added to Connexion, and when CatME users have had time to migrate to the new interface. OCLC will notify users at least one year in advance of discontinuing CatME.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

 

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LEARNING TO USE OCLC CATME

The second edition of Learning to Use OCLC CatME for Windows (March 2002) has been available on the OCLC web site in PDF format and in English only.

Now it is available in both HTML and PDF formats in English:

<http://www.oclc.org/catme/learningtouse>
<http://www.oclc.org/catme/learningtouse/catmelessons.pdf>

It is also available in HTML and PDF formats in Spanish:

<http://www.oclc.org/catme/learningtouse/espanol>
<http://www.oclc.org/catme/learningtouse/espanol/catlessonsspanish.pdf>

Judy Barnes
Information Developer
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
 

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OCLC CATEXPRESS LABEL PRINTING ENHANCEMENT

The CatExpress Label Printing install on Sunday September 29, 2002 was successful.

CatExpress subscribers and other Connexion cataloging users can now print spine and pocket labels one-by-one in the Connexion Express interface. Version 1.22 of the OCLC Cataloging Label Program is required to print labels in Express. Please see the OCLC Connexion News item or the CatExpress News item for details.

Anna M. Sylvester
Cataloging Products Management
OCLC

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BUILDING MULTILINGUAL COLLECTIONS WITH OCLC LANGUAGE SETS: TWO OPTIONS

Preselected Sets:

In one convenient package, you receive everything you need to start or expand a non-English language collection-including high-quality materials, full MARC cataloging and free delivery of all items. Language Sets offers pre-selected, shelf-ready collections of materials for children and adults in 12 languages: Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Panjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Custom Collections:

Need more flexibility? Language Sets now offers Custom Collections based on your library's specific collection development criteria. OCLC Language Sets staff select, acquire and provide custom full MARC cataloging for collections of books, videos, and other media.

Custom Collections is the right solution for your library if:

We can help you build a non-English collection with several levels of support. Language Sets librarians can perform custom selection for your library based on a profile of subject matter, format, reader level and other preferences. If your library staff has already done the selection or if you just have a list of authors you wish to add to your collection, we can take care of the acquisition, cataloging and physical processing of your materials.

Each project is priced individually. The cost of a collection depends on the level of services needed, the collection size, subject matter, format of the materials and the estimated cost of the materials.

Currently, we offer custom collection development in six languages: Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian. Depending on the nature of the collection, projects for other languages may be possible. Contact OCLC Library Services at <langsets@oclc.org> for more information.

For more information about Language Sets options for your library, see Language Sets web site at <http://www.oclc.org/languagesets/>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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DEWEY CUTTER PROGRAM UPDATED

Do you use the Cutter Sanborn or the Cutter tables for your cutter numbers? Are you tired of looking them up in the printed tables? Then try the Dewey Cutter Program, recently updated, and available for free download at <http://www.oclc.org/dewey/products/index.htm#cutter>. This program is based on OCLC's Four-Figure Cutter tables, and is a stand-alone application. It allows you to enter text, get the Cutter number, and then paste it back.

The OCLC Four-Figure Cutter tables (Cutter and Cutter Sanborn) are compatible with the earlier tables and reduce the need to extrapolate numbers. New features in this version of the software include automatic pasting of text to be cuttered, copying of the resulting cutter, and a new help topic.

The same cuttering ability is already present in the latest versions of OCLC CatME, OCLC CJK software, and as a macro that can be downloaded for use with Passport.

Linda Gable
Cataloging and Metadata
OCLC

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OCLC BIBLIOGRAPHIC FORMATS AND STANDARDS AND OCLC INPUT STANDARDS TABLES

Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 3rd edition, and OCLC Input Standards Tables are available in HTML and PDF formats on the OCLC web site at <http://www.oclc.org/bibformats/> and <http://www.oclc.org/bibformats/tables/> respectively.

Bibliographic Formats and Standards provides input standards, guidelines and tagging conventions for entering bibliographic information on records in WorldCat. OCLC Input Standards Tables replaces the Concise Input Standards booklet. It provides standards for full and minimal-level cataloging.

Please send comments about Bib Formats to Ron Jones, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., Documentation Department at <jonesro@oclc.org>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC-MARC RECORDS, REV. 1

OCLC-MARC Records, Rev. 1, is available in a PDF format on the OCLC web site at <http://www.oclc.org/multiservice/documentation/marcrecords/>. Print copies were distributed in October 2002. OCLC-MARC Records, Rev. 1, contains changes documented in Technical Bulletin 244 <http://www.oclc.org/technicalbulletins/244/> and MARC 21.

Additions include:

OCLC-MARC Records describes the record structure, character sets, and exchange media formatting for OCLC-MARC records on magnetic tape, via electronic file transfer and via export.

Ron Jones
Documentation Department
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

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OCLC-MARC TECHNICAL BULLETIN 247: OCLC-MARC FORMAT UPDATE 2002 -- NOW AVAILABLE

Technical Bulletin 247: OCLC-MARC Format Update 2002 is now available at <http://www.oclc.org/technicalbulletins/247/> in both PDF and HTML formats.

TB247 announces changes to OCLC-MARC records based on MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data Update (October 2001), MARC 21 Bibliographic and Authority New Data Elements Technical Notice (June 2002) and MARC Code List Technical Notices and Updates.

TB247
also includes information about coding practices for integrating resources.

System implementation for the Format Update is scheduled for December 1, 2002.

Distribution of printed copies begins the week of November 11.

Ron Jones
Documentation Department
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

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OCLC CONNEXION MONTHLY MAINTENANCE INSTALLATIONS

OCLC completes monthly maintenance and quarterly enhancement installs for OCLC Connexion. Monthly installs generally include minor enhancements that do not affect documentation or training, as well as some problem fixes. Monthly installs in March, June, September, and December coincide with quarterly updates to the WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey databases.

SEPTEMBER INSTALLATION
The OCLC Connexion September maintenance installation was completed Sunday, September 29, 2002. Changes in this installation include:

Automatic logoff when browser closed
Previously, if you closed your browser without first logging off Connexion, your session would stay connected at OCLC until it timed out due to inactivity. Now, if you close your browser without first logging off, you will be logged off from Connexion as your browser closes. A new option under General, Admin, Preferences, General Options, Interface Customization Options has been added so you can turn this feature off if desired.

Blank subfields retained in constant data records
Users may now retain MARC subfield(s) that have no valid data using the bar syntax BLANK in Constant Data records so that when the Constant Data is applied, those subfield(s) can remain in the target record. For example, the Constant Data field 949 $b |BLANK| $i m $l |BLANK| $z cp will be retained as 949 $b $i m $l $z cp in the record. All upper case letters are used to enter BLANK.

Collection Management tab offers optional ACAS demo
When the Collection Management tab is selected in Connexion, a new message is provided in a pop-up box stating that an ACAS demo will be started in a separate window and recommends that you return briefly to the Connexion session to log off while viewing the demo. OK and Cancel choices are provided. The Collection Management tab, which does not display by default, may be turned on under General, Admin, Preferences, General Options, Interface Customization Options.

Save File - Deleting Save File records
In some cases previously, you could not delete your Save File records from a list if you took an action on a record and then tried to delete it from a list without first resaving it. This problem has been corrected.

Save File - Resetting Save File Expiration Dates
Previously, if you attempted to reset the expiration date of more than 100 save file records, only some of the dates were reset. You were forced to reset expiration dates in batches of 100 records. This problem has been corrected.

Metadata Extraction shortcut linking
Problems with Metadata Extraction Shortcut linking via General, Admin Options have now been corrected.

Single/Multiple Record Create URL Matching
Previously, both the Create Single Record and Create Multiple Records URL duplicate matching was disabled. The multiple URL extractor and the single record creation option for checking duplicate URLs have now been resolved.

WebDewey/Abridged WebDewey quarterly updates
The September update provides the most up-to-date version of the DDC database. This includes changes in the Classification made by the Dewey editors and new editorially mapped subject headings based on LC's Weekly Lists. The Abridged WebDewey database includes all updates to Abridged Edition 13 through September 2002 (including corrections, new developments, new built numbers, additional electronic index terms, and selected editorially mapped LCSH/DDC from LCSH Weekly Lists through no. 14, 2002). The WebDewey database includes all updates to the Dewey Decimal Classification, Edition 21, through September 2002 (including corrections, new developments, new built numbers, and additional electronic index terms). It also includes all editorially mapped LCSH/DDC from LCSH Weekly Lists through no. 14, 2002. New editorially mapped numbers/subject headings and/or DDC numbers include: 174.29, Specific topics and branches of medicine; 523.24, Extrasolar planets; T2-7951, Western Oregon. Additionally, the Quick Browse default index is now consistent with the default Browse index selected at User Preferences for both databases.

Workflow statuses
Previously, the workflow status options included "Needs-PREP-record" and "DA-record-complete" for all users. These should only appear if you are authorized for Digital Archive functionality. The system has been updated so that Cataloging authorizations will not see these workflow statuses.

WorldCat search cursor
Some of you have reported that when you go to search WorldCat, your cursor is not placed in the search box, and you have to click with the mouse to put it there. OCLC has made changes to minimize this problem. If you continue to experience it, please contact OCLC User & Network Support at Connexion at <support@oclc.org>.

OCTOBER INSTALLATION
On October 27, 2002, OCLC reimplemented the Resource Catalog, the bibliographic save file and the bibliographic constant data database in OCLC Connexion. The changes are OCLC's first implementation of database utilizing the Oracle platform.

Databases and indexing for WorldCat, Pathfinders, Authorities, the Digital Archive, and WebDewey are unaffected. Work is underway to move the Connexion Pathfinders and Authorities databases to Oracle. The changes will not affect any of the databases available through the OCLC Online System via Passport or CatME.

For the most part, you will notice no difference in your search results or in how you interact with the databases in Connexion. However, you might observe the following differences:

Delay in indexing:
When you add a new record to any of the converted databases, the OCLC control number or Save File slot number is immediately indexed. You can search by these numbers right away. There may, however, be a slight delay of a few seconds before you can retrieve the record with the other indexes. The delay is so slight, however, that we expect few users to experience this phenomenon.

Diacritics and special characters:
Searching words with diacritics and special characters is now easier. To search for words with diacritics and/or special characters, you must enter the characters in your search query. You may use any of these three methods to enter diacritics or special characters. Use the method that you find most convenient. Your query retrieves the same set of records, no matter how you insert the necessary diacritics or special characters. Plurals:
Connexion databases presently index plural words in English as if they were singular; the plural word is changed to a singular word in the indexes. Therefore, the search term 'dogs' retrieves all records containing 'dog' or 'dogs'. In the new index, you must search for the precise term; the software does not convert plural words to singular. To retrieve all records containing either 'dog' or 'dogs', you must enter a Boolean search "dog or dogs". This produces more precise search results than are obtained by using truncation or character masking to search for the variant endings.

All index in Resource Catalog:
The All index in the Resource Catalog does not actually contain all index terms. While this was true prior to the change to Oracle, the extent of terms not included in the All index is greater in the new database. Indexes that are excluded from the All index are:
Sort order in results:
The order in which records are sorted in search results may differ, especially if you select the "Do Relevance Ranking" check box when searching the Resource Catalog. The Oracle rules for relevance ranking differ from those currently used. Sorting results by author, title, etc., produces an order similar to the current order.

Changes to MARC workforms: For further information about OCLC's strategic direction and the implementation of the Oracle platform, see <http://www.oclc.org/strategy/>.

OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Services [edited]

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OCLC WINDOWS CLIENT TO OCLC CONNEXION PREVIEW

OCLC has added additional information to the Connexion web site about the upcoming Windows client interface to OCLC Connexion. Please see <http://www.oclc.org/connexion/features/client/> for more information about the client. We will continue to add information to the web site in the coming months.

Here is a summary of the first three releases of the client:

  1. The first release of the client, 2nd quarter 2003 (April - June), will include interactive, online functionality along with macros and labels.

  2. The second release, 3rd quarter 2003 (July-September), will add functionality for cataloging electronic resources and performing NACO activities for authority records.

  3. The third release, 4th quarter 2003 (October - December), will add additional offline and batch functionality, including offline local files and other "CatME-like" functionality.
We hope this additional information on the web site is helpful!

David Whitehair
Cataloging and Metadata Services
OCLC

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USING OCLC CONNEXION: AN OCLC TUTORIAL IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Go to the Connexion Training web page at <http://www.oclc.org/connexion/support/training/> to use this free online tutorial.

This tutorial provides both an introduction to Connexion and a workflow-oriented approach to searching and cataloging. Within the tutorial, you can print review pages and use them later for online practice or as job-aids.

The tutorial is suitable for existing and new OCLC cataloging users as well as cataloging users migrating from Passport. The tutorial is web-based and is best viewed with Internet Explorer version 4.01 or higher.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC Tech Notes   

BROWSER REQUIREMENTS FOR OCLC ILL WEB INTERFACE

The browser requirements for using the OCLC ILL Web Interface will be changing in the next few months. With the release of the new OCLC Policies Directory in the first quarter of 2003, the ILL Web Interface will no longer support the use of Netscape version 4.x or Internet Explorer version 4.x. The functionality needed for the Policies Directory is not supported by these older versions and in order to have a smooth interaction between the ILL Web Interface and the Policies directory, OCLC will discontinue support of the older browser versions for the ILL Web Interface.

If you have not already done so, please upgrade your browsers to:

Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher
Netscape 6.1 or higher

Judith Carter & Cathy Kellum
Cooperative Discovery Services
OCLC

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NETSCAPE 4.X SUPPORT ENDS JANUARY 19, 2003

OCLC plans to end OCLC Connexion support for Netscape 4.x on January 19, 2003. At that time, Connexion users, including CatExpress and WebDewey users, will no longer be able to log on using Netscape 4.x. If you are accessing Connexion via one of these older version browsers, please upgrade to a higher version as soon as possible.

Ending support of Netscape 4.x will enable quicker development of enhancements to the Connexion service because additional programming has often been necessary to support these older versions of Netscape. Since special coding to accommodate for Netscape 4.x will no longer be needed, OCLC will be able to add new and better features to the system. In addition, ending support of Netscape 4.x will eliminate the system problems that users often experience when using one of these older versions of Netscape.

Susan Walker
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

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