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OCLC News  

OCLC PRODUCT OF THE MONTH : LANGUAGE SETS

STRESS FREE SPANISH LANGUAGE COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT

If your library would like to establish or expand a Spanish language collection, OCLC Spanish Sets can meet your collection development needs. OCLC Spanish Sets are pre-selected sets of books and videos for adults and children containing current bestsellers in Latin American Spanish. Libraries who wish to order Spanish Sets do not have to be members of OCLC. The sets are available to both OCLC member and nonmember libraries.

OCLC Spanish Sets make it easy and affordable to start or develop a Spanish language collection, allowing you to serve your diverse and growing community without outgrowing your budget. Beyond significant savings on material costs, you receive full-level cataloging for all materials and delivery right to your door, while leaving the searching and acquisitions to OCLC.

Four OCLC Spanish Sets are available: Adult book sets contain newly published titles. Libraries can choose to receive Fiction, Non-fiction or Mixed Sets. Mixed sets contain about an even number of fiction and non-fiction titles. Children's book sets contain in-demand, popular and classic titles that provide recreational and educational reading. Video sets contain popular new releases selected from pre-release lists. Videos for adults are American feature films with Spanish subtitles. Children's videos are dubbed in Spanish.

A new Spanish set in each category will be created every other month from pre-publication sources to guarantee that you get the newest materials possible. Sets do not duplicate titles, and each set "retires" upon shipment. Sets will be shipped in January, March, May, July, September and November.

You can order a single set, just a few sets or create a standing order to build your collection at a steady rate. Libraries anticipating heavy circulation of Spanish materials can order duplicate sets to ensure that patrons always find materials on the shelf.

The cost of the set includes: Physical processing is available for an additional charge.

Free with your order, you will receive full-color bookmarks and tabletop posters, in Spanish and English, announcing the availability of materials. As a special bonus, for new Spanish Sets orders, you will receive two Dewey Schedule Posters in Spanish, one for adults and one for children - thanks to OCLC Forest Press.

The OCLC Language Sets service also provides sets of current popular fiction and non-fiction titles in Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Panjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Need more flexibility? OCLC Language Sets also offers Custom Collections based on your library's specific collection development criteria. 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 Custom Collections 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.

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

Please feel free to email Christa Burns, NEBASE OCLC Member Services Coordinator, or phone 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665 if you have any questions.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

 

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OCLC MEMBERS COUNCIL 2002-2003 PLAN AVAILABLE ON OCLC WEB SITE

The focus of the 2002/2003 Members Council is two-fold: "Libraries, Their Present and Future Global Environment: National, Regional, Local," and "OCLC Strategic Plans and Measurements for Success." Both are required for Members Council to better understand and contribute to the future development of OCLC as a viable partner for libraries in the 21st century. And both are designed to facilitate Members Council in its role of assisting the OCLC Board of Trustees and management in the continued development of OCLC as a worldwide, world-class, library cooperative.

Read more in the Members Council Annual Plan: <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/uc/plans/2002_2003.htm>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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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/events/websessions/index.shtm>.


QuestionPoint - Make Digital Reference a Reality for Your Library

January 15  1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CST
January 30  1:30 pm - 2:30 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.

January 30 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm CST


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

January 9  12:00 noon - 1:00 pm CST
February 6  12:00 noon - 1:00 pm CST


OCLC Digital & Preservation Cooperative - Managing Your Digital Library

January 9 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST
February 6  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm CST


OCLC Digital & Preservation Resources - Digitizing your Historic Newspapers

January 9  1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CST
February 6  1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CST


Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC WEB INFORMATION SESSION ARCHIVE

Were you unable to attend a scheduled OCLC Web Information Session? Would you like to hear and see a presentation again?

You can download web information sessions from OCLC's Web Information Session Archive to view at your convenience. With a web/audio presentation, you gain valuable information without the added costs of travel and time away from the library.

All of these OCLC web information sessions are available for download from the web:

Go to <http://www.oclc.org/events/websessions/webseminararchive.shtm> for detailed descriptions of each session and to register. OCLC will send you details for downloading after you register.

If you have questions about the web information sessions, please contact OCLC at 1-800-848-5878, ext. 6251, or <libservices@oclc.org>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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PUT OCLC ON YOUR ALA MIDWINTER SCHEDULE

Are you going to the ALA Midwinter Meeting, January 24-27, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania? Register online by Monday, January 20 to attend a free OCLC event to get the latest information on OCLC's services and programs and set aside time on your schedule to visit the OCLC booth (1500). Share your library's successes and challenges, and hear what's new from the Cooperative. Enter the daily drawing for the free OCLC service of your choice.

Go to the OCLC Web site to view a complete list of all OCLC activities and meetings: <http://www.oclc.org/events/ala/>

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Reference   

OCLC FIRSTSEARCH SERVICE ENHANCEMENTS

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

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

NOVEMBER 2002 ENHANCEMENTS

WORLDCAT

Index counts in More Like This Advanced Options
When users click the "Advanced Options" link in the "More Like This" field in the Brief or Detailed Record display, they can now choose to see counts of items displayed after the terms listed under each index. If a user clicks on the "Show counts" hotlink next to the Search and Clear button at the bottom of the Advanced Options screen, the counts will appear. The index counts will help searchers determine if refining their original search by choosing and combining terms is likely to result in a manageably sized set. For example, if there is only 1 record in the WorldCat database for a term, combining it with any other index is unlikely to expand the results. Choosing to combine other terms that have more occurrences in the database will be a more effective means of expanding the search.

FIRSTSEARCH CONTENT

New OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online Journals
Thirty-five new journals from four publishers, including 25 titles from new publisher Urban and Fischer, have been added to OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, bringing the online total to 4,311 journals available. The new titles and their ISSNs are available at <http://www2.oclc.org/oclc/fseco/index.asp>.

Diacritics Now Display in MLA International Bibliography Database
With its recent reload, the MLA International Bibliography database on FirstSearch switched to the Latin-one character set, meaning that proper diacritics now appear in non-English language records. At least sixty non-English languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian, Portuguese, Norwegian, and Swedish, are represented in the materials indexed in the database; the presence of diacritics enhances the truly international character of the database.

DECEMBER 2002 ENHANCEMENTS

WORLDCAT

Spellchecker
A major cause of search failure in WorldCat comes from typos or misspellings in search terms. This new feature offers search suggestions after a search that results in zero or a low number of records, similar to what users see in Amazon.com or Google. The suggested term(s) come from WorldCat indexes, increasing the likelihood that the user will get results. For zero-hit searches, when a term within the search is identified as having zero postings or low postings (e.g., fewer than 5 postings) in a keyword, author, or title index, words that are "close" will be suggested as possible replacements. If non-keyword indexes were specified in the original search, the indexes specified will be maintained for the suggestions. When the user accepts the suggestion and clicks the Search button, it counts as a new search. The spellchecker will increase the likelihood of successful and relevant results, saving users time and effort.

ArticleFirst Tables of Contents Browseable from WorldCat Serial Records
Users of WorldCat on FirstSearch who also have access to OCLC ArticleFirst are now able to click on a record for a serial title in WorldCat and browse detailed contents information for the corresponding title in the ArticleFirst database. Libraries that have access to journals in Electronic Collections Online, or have turned on access to any of the other sources of linked full text in FirstSearch databases (ABI/INFORM, Periodical Abstracts, PsycARTICLES, Wilson Select, and Wilson Select Plus) will see links to the full text in these journals or databases from the ArticleFirst records they can now access through WorldCat.

Subtype Limiters (Audience, Content, and Format) Now Available for Refining Search Results
Drop-down limit options for subtypes available within the Material Type index are now available on search results screens, giving users another way to refine their results. These post-search subtype limiters help users identify materials in the exact formats and content types that they can use.

If a user does not limit a search to a subtype before running it, subtype limiters will appear on the results screen. The subtype limits shown depend on the document types in the results, and the values for the limits are customized for each document type:

No subtype limits display for Archival Materials, Articles, or Maps. Unlike the document type limits, which display the number of records a search will retrieve, the number of records matching a subtype limit is not known in advance and could result in no records being retrieved.

The options to refine results lists by material format subtype may be used either individually or combined. When a user limits a search by more than one category, the limit options are combined using the AND Boolean operator.


MORE WORLDCAT LINKING OPTIONS FROM OUTSIDE FIRSTSEARCH

Link To WorldCat on the OCLC FirstSearch Service From ExLibris SFX Now Available
OCLC and ExLibris have successfully implemented linking from ExLibris' SFX to WorldCat on FirstSearch. Libraries that subscribe to both WorldCat on FirstSearch and SFX can enable links from a range of OpenURL-enabled resources, via the SFX link server, so that users can connect to WorldCat to discover holdings at their local library. Users will view library holdings in their region, plus all the fulfillment features the library employs in FirstSearch, such as links to OCLC interlibrary loan, links to Infotrieve for document delivery, and links to netLibrary eBooks. Information on setting up the link is available in the SFX Target Setup documentation. Users may also email <sfx_help@exlibris-usa.com> or call 866-232-0202 toll free for technical support. ExLibris is the latest company to link to WorldCat. Other participating partners include EBSCO and Bowker's booksinprint.com. For more information on these links and to see a current list of partners please visit <http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/documentation/libraryaccess/>.

FIRSTSEARCH CONTENT

New OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online Journals
Forty-five new journals from 14 publishers have been added to OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, bringing the online total to 4,356 journals available. The new titles and their ISSNs are available at <http://www2.oclc.org/oclc/fseco/index.asp>.

New Database: Alternative Press Index Archive
OCLC has partnered with the Alternative Press Center (APC), an OCLC member library, to convert the paper backfiles of the Alternative Press Index from 1969-1990 to digital form and to archive them for the library community. The Alternative Press Index Archive complements the Alternative Press Index database, also available via FirstSearch, which covers the years 1991 to present. Both are international, interdisciplinary and include popular and scholarly magazines and journals covering subject areas such as: African-American studies, anarchism, ecology, ethnic studies, feminism, gay-lesbian studies, indigenous peoples, international studies, labor, Marxism, national liberation, radical democracy, and socialism. The Alternative Press Index Archive is available exclusively via FirstSearch.

Advance Notice: 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 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.

FIRSTSEARCH CUSTOMIZATION (FirstSearch Administrative Module)

FirstSearch Administrative Module Now Supports Multiple OpenURL links
FirstSearch administrators will now be able to add up to 10 OpenURL links to their institutions' administrative module on a redesigned OpenURLs screen under the Fulfillment tab. This change will immediately benefit libraries with ILLiad interlibrary loan management software that want to link from FirstSearch to both ILLiad and an OpenURL server. Previously, only a single OpenURL link could be added. As OpenURL servers become more affordable and widely available, the ability to add multiple OpenURLs will appeal to a greater number of FirstSearch institutions.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Resource Sharing  

OCLC ILL "LENDER LDR" ENHANCEMENT

The "Lender Local Data Record (LDR)" enhancement was installed on Sunday, November 10. This enhancement adds the lender's LDR information from the OCLC Union List service to all "Pending" requests in ILL Web, Passport, ILLME, and ILLiad. The addition of local holdings information to the lender screen allows lending libraries to quickly and efficiently identify requests that can be immediately declined. This enhancement supports quicker processing of new lending requests and improves turn-around time.

How it works 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.

Libraries wishing to update their local data records (LDRs) 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 Local Data Record Batch Processing, go to <http://www.oclc.org/batchprocessing/localdatarecords/>.

For more information on the OCLC Union List service, see the September/October 2002 issue of N3, "OCLC Product of the Month: Union List Service", at </netserv/archives/n32002spocb.html#oclc>.

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

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC ILL NON-SUPPLIER STATUS

OCLC ILL Non-Supplier Status is convenient for staff vacations, academic breaks, or a leave of absence.

As an ILL supplier, your library's OCLC symbol appears in upper-case in the OCLC ILL Service. When other libraries locate an item in OCLC that you own, they may create an ILL request and use your symbol in their lender string.

At some time, you may need to change your institution's ILL lending status. If your library is closed for a long scheduled holiday or you are going on vacation or you must be closed for at least a week due to unforeseen circumstances such as inadequate staffing or a natural disaster, you can change your status from supplier to non-supplier for a temporary time. As a non-supplier, your library's OCLC symbol appears in lower-case and other libraries may not use your symbol to request materials from you.

Remember, the supplier status of your symbol is verified only at the time the borrower builds the lender string. If your symbol had already been included in the borrower's request before your symbol was switched to lower case, you might receive requests in your Message File. Given this, you may want to start being a non-supplier before the actual date your ILL staff will not be available. This will give you time to clear out any requests that are still in process.

The change to non-supplier status can be made any day of the week. You should allow at least a couple of days for processing by NEBASE and OCLC.

If you would like to switch to non-supplier status for a temporary time, please e-mail Christa Burns or contact NEBASE at 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665. Tell us your beginning date of non-supplier status and when you wish to go back to supplier status.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC ILL WEB INTERFACE: USING CUSTOM HOLDINGS

OCLC ILL Custom Holdings is a time-saving feature of OCLC's Interlibrary Loan system. When you list libraries you prefer to borrow from in Custom Holdings, the system can do the checking for you to determine if an item is held by one of those libraries.

Instructions on how to set up your ILL Custom Holdings using the OCLC ILL Web Interface have been added to the NEBASE web site: </netserv/nebase/customholdings.html>

Please feel free to contact NEBASE at 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665 if you have any questions.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Cataloging   

OCLC CATEXPRESS OFFER FOR NEW SUBSCRIBERS: 13 MONTHS FOR THE PRICE OF 12

NEBASE is offering a free trial month of OCLC CatExpress access to new subscribers. CatExpress provides web-based copy cataloging to small libraries at a low, flat-fee subscription price.

The OCLC CatExpress trial subscription is a no-risk way to see if CatExpress is right for you and your library. Many libraries new to OCLC would like to know what kind of hit rate they will receive with CatExpress. You may also want to know how the records from OCLC can be processed by your local system. The trial option allows you to do real work with CatExpress, before committing to a subscription.

The introductory subscription is for the month of June 2003, and is free. If you do not wish to continue with CatExpress, simply cancel before the end of the month. If you do not cancel within that first month, the subscription automatically rolls over to the regular 12 month subscription, which runs from July 2003-June 2004.

NEBASE will be taking orders for CatExpress from now through May 15. The free trial month will begin on June 1, 2003. If you decide to continue with CatExpress after the free trial month is over, you don't need to do a thing. You will automatically be added to NEBASE's CatExpress Group Subscription. You will only pay for the regular 12 month subscription, receiving 13 months of CatExpress access for the price of 12.

To learn more about CatExpress, and to see the special NEBASE Group Subscription Pricing, go to </netserv/nebase/catx.html>.

Email Christa Burns or phone 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665 if you have any questions and to sign up for the CatExpress offer.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC CATEXPRESS USER GUIDE, 4TH EDITION, NOW AVAILABLE

The fourth edition of the OCLC Cataloging Express Service User Guide is now available on the OCLC web site in Word, PDF, and HTML formats. The fourth edition adds coverage of label printing and record export features. All earlier editions are obsolete.

The fourth edition is available online at <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/cataloging/catexpress/guide/>.

OCLC encourages users to consult electronic documentation whenever possible. For most services and in most cases, OCLC continues to provide one no-charge copy of printed documentation to users of the service. If the online versions of the CatExpress User Guide, 4th ed., do not meet your needs and you need to order a printed copy, go to the OCLC Documentation web site for User Guides at <http://www2.oclc.org/documentation/default.asp?Type=MAN>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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END OF SUPPORT FOR PASSPORT FOR CATALOGING

On June 30, 2002, OCLC Connexion was introduced as the new OCLC cataloging platform. Over the past 6 months, OCLC has introduced many enhancements, and more are on the way. In mid-2003, the Windows client to OCLC Connexion will be introduced. Take a moment and visit <http://www.oclc.org/connexion/> to see all of the benefits and enhancements that Connexion has to offer.

OCLC would like to remind users that Passport for cataloging will no longer be supported after December 31, 2002. This means that there will no longer be any enhancements or patches developed for Passport for cataloging purposes. If you have questions specifically related to Passport for cataloging, OCLC User & Network Support staff may ask you to consider migrating to OCLC Connexion or to OCLC CatME. However, this does not mean that Passport will cease to work. Passport will continue to operate with the OCLC Cataloging service until December 31, 2003. OCLC will continue to support and answer questions about cataloging functionality (searching, editing, etc.) with Passport until the end of 2003.

IMPORTANT: This announcement does not affect Passport users of Interlibrary Loan, Union List, and the Name Address Directory services. These services will continue to operate with Passport until replacement systems are implemented.

We hope that you have already taken a look at Connexion at <http://connexion.oclc.org>. If not, please logon with your current cataloging authorization and password and begin planning your migration.

Roman S. Panchyshyn
Metadata Services Division
OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc.
 

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OCLC-MARC FORMAT UPDATE 2002

The OCLC-MARC format changes announced in Technical Bulletin 247, OCLC-MARC Format Update 2002 became effective December 1, 2002. In addition to the bibliographic format changes and the newly defined codes, users should follow the new practices for coding field 041 (Language Code) and for cataloging integrating resources that are outlined in TB 247. Here are a few highlights of the 2002 Update. Please see Technical Bulletin 247 at <http://www.oclc.org/technicalbulletins/247/> for additional details.

DVD code "v" for 007 subfield ‡e
A new code "v" specifically for DVD format videorecordings has been defined for the Videorecording 007 field subfield ‡e. The existing value "g" has been redefined more narrowly and should no longer be used for DVDs.

Form code "s" for Sound Recordings
Form of Item code "s" (electronic) is now valid for the Sound Recordings fixed field (REC 008/23) and the Sound Recordings 006/06.

Field 041 Coding
Every subfield in the Language Code field 041 is now repeatable. OCLC users should discontinue the practice of placing multiple language codes in one subfield and begin using the single code per repeatable subfield practice.

Integrating Resources
According to AACR2, 2002 revision, an integrating resource is "a bibliographic resource that is added to or changed by means of updates that do not remain discrete and are integrated into the whole. Integrating resources can be finite or continuing. Examples of integrating resources include updating loose-leafs and updating Web sites."

Starting December 1, 2002 and continuing until the future full implementation of Bibliographic Level code "i", please follow these guidelines for integrating resources:

URIs and LCRIs 9.7B and 21.3B for Remote Access Electronic Resources
Two Library of Congress Rule Interpretations, 9.7B and 21.3B, offer some guidance about how to deal with remote access electronic resources based on the new, more serial-like treatment of integrating resources and the disposition of the resource's Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). Additional details regarding the treatment of integrating resources are available in a newly revised version of "Cataloging Electronic Resources: OCLC-MARC Coding Guidelines" at <http://www.oclc.org/connexion/documentation/type.htm>.

Code List Additions for December 2002
The Library of Congress recently announced several additions to the MARC Code Lists for Relators, Sources, Description Conventions that were too late to be included in OCLC Technical Bulletin 247, OCLC-MARC Format Update 2002. These codes became available for use by OCLC members on 01 December 2002.
 
Category Code Source Codes: Field 072 Subfield ‡2

electre

Electre  [online database]
wsb Warengruppen-Systematik des Buchhandels




 

 

Classification Scheme Sources: Field 084 Subfield ‡2; Field 852 Subfield ‡2
flarch Florida State Archives arrangement and description procedures manual
nhcp NH classification for photography


Term, Name, Title Sources: Fields 600-651 Subfield ‡2
cash Canadian subject headings
ceeus Counties and equivalent entities of the United States, its possessions, and associated areas
huc U.S. Geological Survey water-supply paper 2294: Hydrologic basins unit codes [HUC]
 


Term, Name, Title Sources: Fields 655-658 Subfield ‡2
cash Canadian subject headings
nal National Agricultural Library subject authority file
rvm Répertoire de vedettes-matière


Description Conventions Source Codes: Field 040 Subfield ‡e
amremm Pass, Gregory A. Descriptive cataloging of ancient, medieval, renaissance, and early-modern manuscripts


Jay Weitz
OCLC
WorldCat Content Management

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CHANGE IN ENTRY OF DIACRITICS IN CONNEXION PLANNED FOR FEBRUARY 2003

Beginning February 16, 2003 OCLC Connexion browser users will enter diacritics following the character they modify instead of preceding the character. This change will conform to Unicode standards and bring OCLC's handling of diacritics more in line with worldwide practice.

You will continue to have the option to enter diacritics using bar syntax, copy and paste, or a Unicode-enabled keyboard as you do now. Display of bar syntax when in edit view will be optional. You will be able to select the option to display bar syntax under Admin Options in Connexion.

If you access Connexion via Internet Explorer, you will be able to enter diacritics by selecting the characters from a pop-up dialog box. This will be very similar to the character selection box currently used in Passport and CatME.

Important points to remember:

Susan Walker
OCLC
Online Computer Library Center

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OCLC CONNEXION BROWSER: AN OCLC TUTORIAL - REVISED

Using OCLC Connexion Browser: An OCLC Tutorial, revised to incorporate November 2002 enhancements, is now available! All modules have been revised except the final one on Managing Constant Data. This module will be revised following the constant data enhancements planned for February 2003.

The tutorial can be accessed via the OCLC web site at: <http://www.oclc.org/connexion/support/training/> and from the Related Links section of the OCLC Connexion logon screen. 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 4.01 or higher. Netscape browsers are not supported for this tutorial.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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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.

NOVEMBER INSTALLATION
The OCLC Connexion November Enhancements install on Sunday November 24, 2002 was successful. The enhancement included:

For details about these enhancements, as well as information about previous Connexion enhancements, log on to Connexion at <http://connexion.oclc.org> and search Connexion News. A link to News appears on the Welcome screen. To list enhancements, choose the category "System Updates" on the News search screen

DECEMBER INSTALLATION
The OCLC Connexion December maintenance installation on Sunday, December 22, 2002 was successful.

This installation included changes to:

Authorities, Cataloging, Pathfinders, Digital Archive - Show by Status
On the Show by Status page, you now will see a "Please mark at least one checkbox" error message if you do not select a status checkbox in the Show Save File area in Authorities, Pathfinders, Digital Archive, and Cataloging (as well as the Show Problem URLs area in Cataloging). Previously, you would retrieve results in Show by Status even when you did not select any status checkbox(es).

Cataloging - Show by Status
When you search the bibliographic save file by status, previously the buttons for "Show Records" and "Reset" were at the bottom of the screen. These buttons are now listed at both the top and bottom of the screen to save you from having to scroll to the bottom.

CatExpress - return to results list
CatExpress users now have the ability when viewing records from a result set to return to the same relative spot in the list, instead of returning to the first screen.

Jump bar - cursor position
The cursor position in the record in edit mode will be restored to where it appeared before the jump bar enhancements were installed. The cursor will be restored to the first variable field portion of the record for editing.

Jump bar - view record
The cursor in the View Record box will now be in overstrike mode. Previously you had to highlight and delete, or type over the number in this box to move easily through records. You will now be able to type in the record number, hit enter and you will be taken to that record. You can also continue to use the record hotlink provided in the Search Results list to retrieve a specific record.

Keystroke assignments
Connexion now provides an easy way to view and print keystroke assignments. Connexion provides various shortcut keys to help users. Some are fixed, in that they cannot be re-assigned. Others can be reassigned to specific commands. The new keystroke view routine will provide all keystroke equivalents, including any that have been re-assigned. Just enter <Shift><F7> (only for IE users) from any Connexion screen to display and print the list. The print command will also be available on the keystroke shortcut screen (from the General tab: Admin Options/Preferences/General Options).

MARC bibliographic workforms
Several changes are being made to the field, indicator and subfield code prompts. Most of the changes will help make the workforms more consistent, e.g., equal number of 6xx and 7xx prompts. A few changes are format specific, e.g., adding subfield $b to Maps. The full list of these changes will be available after installation.

WebDewey/Abridged WebDewey quarterly updates
WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey are updated quarterly. Both services contain the latest version of the schedules, tables, Manual, and Relative Index entries (print and electronic) from the respective enhanced DDC databases. The hierarchical displays in WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey feature updated main class and division captions (e.g., 700 Arts & recreation; 790 Sports, games & entertainment).

This January 2003 release of WebDewey includes: This January 2003 release of Abridged WebDewey includes: The April 2003 quarterly release for both WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey is scheduled to install March 23, 2003.

Connexion Help
Updated Help was included in the releases of OCLC Connexion installed in November and December 2002.

Click Help on the header bar of any Connexion screen to view context-specific information and instructions. To find other Help topics, use: Connexion Online Documentation
Connexion system guides have been updated to reflect system changes, clarify information, and correct minor errors. All Connexion system guides (HTML and PDF) are available on the Connexion documentation page: <http://www2.oclc.org/connexion/documentation>.

To go to the documentation page from within Connexion: OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Services [edited]

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RELIEVE BUDGET WORRIES WITH THE OCLC PROMPTCAT SERVICE

The OCLC PromptCat service is an automated copy-cataloging tool that helps libraries copy catalog more materials, place them on the shelves faster, and decrease backlogs. With PromptCat, you get OCLC-MARC records at the same time you receive materials from vendors, and your library holdings are set in WorldCat.

There are currently 18 active PromptCat vendors:

Academic Book Center
Ambassador Book Service, Inc.
Baker & Taylor, Inc.
Blackwell's Book Services (including UK titles)
Book Clearing House
the Book House, Inc.
Book Wholesalers, Inc.
BUSCA, Inc.
Casalini Libri
Coutts Library Services, Inc.
Eastern Book Company
Ingram Library Services, Inc.
Majors Scientific Books, Inc.
Matthews Medical Books
Midwest Library Service
Rittenhouse Book Distributors
Theodore Front Musical Literature, Inc.
YBP Library Services

For more information about the OCLC PromptCat service, visit the OCLC web site at <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/menu/prompt.htm>. You may also contact Robin Buser, OCLC PromptCat library liaison, at <buserr@oclc.org> or 800-848-5878, ext. 5213.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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