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OCLC PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: DEWEY DECIMAL CLASSIFICATION

DDC 22 PRINT VERSION AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER

Every seven years, a new print edition of the Dewey Decimal Classification is published. The new edition, DDC 22, is coming this September. The 14th edition of Abridged Dewey is scheduled for release in January 2004.

DDC 22 reflects user suggestions as well as worldwide changes in areas such as technology, medicine, geography and politics since publication of the 21st edition in 1996. It provides the most updated view of the Dewey classification and is available in both print and Web versions to fit your preferences.

DDC 22 features:

A detailed description of DDC 22 changes is available at <http://www.oclc.org/dewey/news/Edition22_in_WebDewey.htm>.

Reserve your copy of DDC 22 now at <http://www.oclc.org/dewey/products/index.htm#dewey22>.

Submit your plans for DDC 21

OCLC wants to hear what future awaits your old copy of the DDC. Will they become birdhouses? Lamps? Outrageous works of art? Get creative and enter the contest for the best uses for your outdated 21st DDC edition! Winning ideas will be published on the Dewey Web site, and the top three winners will receive a free WebDewey subscription. E-mail your ideas (pictures encouraged!) to <dewey@oclc.org>.

WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey

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. Abridged WebDewey is currently the enhanced version of Abridged Dewey 13.

WebDewey is now based on the enhanced DDC 22 database!

Key features of WebDewey include: For more information about web access to the DDC, go to <http://www.oclc.org/dewey/products/webdewey/about.htm>.

Try WebDewey Free for 30 Days

You can try WebDewey at no charge for 30 days to see how online access to the DDC can streamline your cataloging operation. Experience the increased efficiency that WebDewey is already providing for many libraries like yours.

To register for the free trial, go to <http://www.oclc.org/dewey/products/webdewey/trywebdewey.htm>.

WebDewey Tutorial

"Using WebDewey: An OCLC Tutorial" can be used to learn how to make the most effective use of WebDewey or to preview WebDewey before subscribing. This tutorial introduces you to searching and browsing, teaches you how to create user notes, and shows you how to build numbers accurately and efficiently with WebDewey.

Access the tutorial at <http://www.oclc.org/dewey/about/tutorials.htm>.

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

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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HELP SHAPE OCLC'S DIRECTION

Take a look at the OCLC Members Council Annual Plan for 2003-2004 at <http://www.oclc.info/oclc/uc/may03/AnnualPlan03-04_Final.pdf>.

Prepared by the Members Council Executive Committee at the beginning of each Council year, the eight-page plan includes proposed questions and objectives for each meeting as well as related activities and deliberations.

As one of two governance bodies representing the OCLC global cooperative, Members Council helps shape the direction of OCLC and libraries by serving as a key strategic discussion forum and the major communications link among member libraries, network and service centers, delegates, the Board of Trustees and OCLC management.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC CUSTOMER SUPPORT CHANGES

OCLC User & Network Support (UNS) has changed its name to the OCLC Customer Support Department (CSD). In addition, CSD stopped providing Saturday on-site support with the start of the new fiscal year, July 1. No change was made to support hours during the typical business week. Customer support staff are onsite Monday - Friday 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Central Time.

In recent years, demand for weekend support has steadily declined. On average, Customer Support received just under one call each Saturday. Based on this very low need, coupled with a desire to keep costs down for OCLC's customer community, OCLC determined that having a CSD presence on Saturdays no longer represents a significant benefit.

Callers on Saturdays, Sundays and after our business hours, are invited to leave a message for callback on the next business day. Callers may also press option 1 if they are unable to connect to our services; this results in a transfer to OCLC's telephone operator. The operator is able to contact OCLC computer operations and support staff, who may then address OCLC system problems.

On an ongoing basis, OCLC will monitor the number of calls received by the Customer Support telephone system on Saturdays. This will help ensure a continuing awareness of the situation.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC DOCUMENTATION DISTRIBUTION POLICY CHANGES

OCLC's Documentation Department strives to provide superior document support services. In recent years, OCLC's Documentation Department has made changes in our policies regarding printed documentation in order to bring you the latest information in the most easy-to-use formats. These changes include:

User Guides
We are continuing our electronic document delivery migration. Effective August 1, 2003, we will be delivering all OCLC user guides electronically via the OCLC web site. We are eliminating print copies of most user guides, with the following exceptions: These three user guides will be available in print for a small charge. Please see <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/bit/277/Table1.htm#user> for details.

During this migration to electronic delivery, we will continue to provide printed copies of many user guides and booklets (e.g., Cataloging, ILL, FirstSearch) at no charge until the items are obsolete or until inventory is depleted. We will not reprint these once inventory is depleted. Please see <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/bit/277/Table1.htm#free> for available titles.

Reference Cards
We will continue to provide reference cards at no charge. Please see <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/bit/277/Table1.htm#cards> for available titles.

Selected Titles
We will continue to provide printed editions of OCLC Selected Titles for University and Research Libraries for the current subscription price.

Participating Institutions
Participating Institutions will no longer be available in print. OCLC will continue to deliver the electronic Participating Institutions list (updated weekly). The OCLC ILL Policies Directory is also available electronically.

Online Participating Institutions can be found at <http://www.oclc.org/contacts/libraries/> and the OCLC ILL Policies Directory can be found at <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/ill/illpolicies.htm>.

Ordering Documentation from OCLC
Ordering printed copies of documentation from OCLC is easy. To check status and request a printed copy of any item, go to <http://www2.oclc.org/documentation/>. If the Order hard copy link is active, you can click the link and follow the instructions for ordering one or more copies.

You may also order printed copies of available documentation by sending an e-mail to <orders@oclc.org> Remember to include the following information: Thank you, we appreciate the opportunity to serve you.

Bruce Crocco
Director, Global & Segment Marketing
OCLC

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OCLC NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE IN NEW ELECTRONIC EDITION

The OCLC Newsletter, OCLC's quarterly membership publication, debuts this issue in a new Web-based format. Now, if you prefer, you can read the Newsletter on your computer with the convenience, speed and searching capabilities that the HTML digital format provides. The Newsletter will still be published and distributed in print format.

The OCLC Newsletter has been published continuously since 1967. Its first editor was Frederick G. Kilgour, OCLC's founder and first president.

Read the July 2003 OCLC Newsletter at <http://www.oclc.org/news/e-newsletter/n261/default.htm>.

Find the Newsletter Archive at <http://www.oclc.org/news/newsletter/>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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WEBJUNCTION VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE

Support public access computing by joining WebJunction, a new online community of libraries and other agencies sharing knowledge and experience to provide the broadest public access to information technology. View this six-minute video from the WebJunction Home Page at <http://www.webjunction.org> (scroll down to Launch Announcement) or order it online to learn how WebJunction was formed and how it can help you.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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USE OCLC'S FREE ONLINE TUTORIALS IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR LIBRARY

Are you unable to attend a scheduled NEBASE workshop? Would you like to brush up on your OCLC searching, cataloging or interlibrary loan skills? Do you have a new staff member to train? Would you like to see an OCLC product in action before making a purchasing decision? Tutorials, lessons, guided tours, and demonstrations for many OCLC products and services can be found on the OCLC Training web site at <http://www.oclc.org/support/training/>.

Using OCLC Connexion Browser: An OCLC Tutorial has been revised to incorporate February's enhancements for controlling headings, using diacritics and special characters and using constant data. In addition to learning about these enhancements, this tutorial introduces the Connexion browser and offers a workflow-oriented approach to searching and cataloging. Review pages, located throughout the tutorial, can be printed for use with online practice or as job-aids.

Using OCLC CatExpress in Connexion: An OCLC Tutorial provides a simulation of the CatExpress service, a web-based tool for inexpensive and easy copy cataloging. The course includes exercises in searching, adding local information, setting holdings, and downloading records. It takes the learner through the basic steps of CatExpress from start to finish and mirrors the simplicity of the product itself.

Using the OCLC Interlibrary Loan Web Interface: An OCLC Tutorial is available in two versions, one for current users and one for new users of OCLC ILL. The tutorials use interactive screen shots to teach basic and advanced features of the ILL Web Interface.

Using WebDewey: An OCLC Tutorial can be used to learn how to make the most effective use of WebDewey or to preview WebDewey before subscribing. This tutorial introduces you to searching and browsing, teaches you how to create user notes, and shows you how to build numbers accurately and efficiently with WebDewey.

Go to the Cataloging Micro Enhancer Learning and Teaching web site to learn what CatME can do for your library. The OCLC CatME Guided Tour provides screen graphics to illustrate system features and functions. Learning to Use OCLC CatME for Windows includes lessons that may be used as learning guides or review tools.

Searching WorldCat: An OCLC Tutorial uses hands-on exercises to teach searching strategies and techniques in a self-paced, offline environment. Use this tutorial to become a more efficient searcher of WorldCat records from the OCLC Cataloging, Interlibrary Loan, Selection, and Union List services.

Using Interlibrary Loan: An OCLC Tutorial contains self-paced training materials that teach the main functions of the OCLC borrowing and lending cycle as well as general ILL concepts. In the easy-to-use Windows environment, users get practical, hands-on information through system simulation and practice exercises. Other topics include OCLC ILL Custom Holdings, multiple constant data, "Reasons for saying No," and OCLC ILL Direct Requests.

Training materials are also available on the OCLC Training web site for OCLC FirstSearch, Pathfinders, and MARC Tagging.

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 from your own computer 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/>. The following sessions are currently scheduled:

OCLC Language Sets
Learn How To Develop Your Non-English Collections Affordably

Wednesday, Sept. 17 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. (CDT)

QuestionPoint
Make Digital Reference a Reality for Your Library

Thursday, Sept. 4 1:30 -2:30 p.m. (CDT)
Thursday, October 9 1:30 -2:30 p.m. (CDT

OCLC Custom Cataloging
Learn How To Give Your Patrons Improved Access To Your Entire Collection

Tuesday, October 23 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. (CDT)

Automated Collection Assessment and Analysis Service (OCLC ACAS)
Learn how collection analysis can help your library

Thursday, Sept. 25 12:00 -1:00 p.m. (CDT)

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

Thursday, Sept. 25 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (CDT)

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

Thursday, Sept. 4 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (CDT)
Thursday, October 9 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (CDT)

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

Thursday, Sept. 18 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. (CDT)

OCLC CONTENTdm Software Suite
Managing Your Digital Library

Thursday, Sept. 18 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (CDT)

OCLC Digital & Preservation Resources
Digitizing your Historic Newspapers

Thursday, Sept. 18 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (CDT)

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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MISSED ALA? VIEW THESE PRESENTATIONS FOR UPDATES ON OCLC SERVICES AND PROGRAMS

Learn what's new at OCLC by downloading the slides and text from the OCLC Update Breakfast at ALA in Toronto.

Presented by Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO; and George Needham, OCLC Vice President of Member Services, these slide shows give you the latest information on OCLC programs and services, including updates on e-books, virtual reference, digitization and WorldCat enhancements.

View the presentations at <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/uc/other/index.htm>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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REPORT FROM MAY OCLC MEMBERS COUNCIL MEETING

Presentations and minutes from both the general session as well as the library group and interest group discussions are now available on the OCLC Web site. In addition, a web cast featuring the reports from Members Council President Kristin Senecal, OCLC Board Chair Bill Crowe and OCLC President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Jordan is available for viewing.

OCLC Members Council Meetings web site: <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/uc/meet.htm>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEW MINDLEADERS ONLINE COURSES AVAILABLE THROUGH OCLC INSTITUTE

In July, the OCLC Institute added several new online courses from MindLeaders, a leading provider of e-learning courses to librarians and information professionals via industry-standard Web browsers.

The new courses made available in each course group are:

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.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Reference   

FIRSTSEARCH CUSTOMIZING TIP: SETTING UP THE RESOURCE SHARING STAFF INTERFACE IN FIRSTSEARCH

Did you know that in addition to using FirstSearch to search for materials, interlibrary loan staff can now use FirstSearch to:

Once access to your FirstSearch staff interface is established, ILL staff will have a streamlined workflow providing the additional tools they need in the FirstSearch interface to allow them to submit requests in FirstSearch to the OCLC ILL service.

Before you get started, you will need to get the following information from your ILL staff: To set up your resource sharing authorization to work within the FirstSearch staff interface, all you need to do is: You will be taken directly to the Fulfillment - Staff ILL Settings - Staff ILL Authorizations area in your FirstSearch administrative module. To make changes: Once you have entered the ILL authorization number, you will have to enter the constant data portion of the administrative module: After your FirstSearch administrative module has been set up allow ILL staff access, they can log onto the staff interface in one of two ways:
Questions? Online help is available on the site, or contact Network Services at 800-307-2665, 402-471-3849 or e-mail Network Services or OCLC Customer Support at 800-848-5800 or <support@oclc.org>.

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. 800-848-5800 or <support@oclc.org>, with questions about these enhancements to the OCLC FirstSearch service.

JULY 2003 ENHANCEMENTS

FIRSTSEARCH FUNCTIONALITY AND INTERFACE

FirstSearch User Interface Changes
As previously announced, the OCLC FirstSearch service user interface now has a new, updated appearance. The changes will improve navigation, provide more customization options, and give FirstSearch a similar look to other OCLC products and services.

FIRSTSEARCH CUSTOMIZATION (Administrative Module)

New User Interface Customization Options
The expanded Interface Display-Your Library Settings-Your Library screen in the FirstSearch administrative module allows libraries to display two logos or images and text names of their choice on the search interface. Librarians can select from one of four pre-defined color palettes or designate their own custom colors on the new User Interface Colors screen that has been added under Your Library Settings.

FIRSTSEARCH CONTENT

Forty-two Journals Added to OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online
Forty-two new journals from thirteen publishers were added to OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, bringing the online total to 4,637 journals available. The new titles and their ISSNs are available at <http://www2.oclc.org/oclc/fseco/index.asp>.

"Hot Topics" in PAIS International
The PAIS International database on FirstSearch now features a box labeled PAIS Hot Topics at the top of the basic and advanced search screens from which users can view a pull down menu of current, popular search topics. Selecting any of the topics from the menu will generate a search on that topic. When a user launches a search from this list, their account is charged one search, which will result in a charge for per-search users and in statistical tracking for subscription users. Complete terms and search structure are displayed with the search results, as with other searches on FirstSearch. Hot Topics will provide library users with a quick and efficient means to retrieve relevant results on topics that would have otherwise taken several searches and additional time to perform.

Cited References In PsycINFO, PsycFIRST and PsycARTICLES
Users of the PsycINFO, PsycFIRST and PsycARTICLES databases on OCLC FirstSearch now have the option to display or hide the Cited References in the detailed record for the citations they view, export or print. This enhancement, made in response to several requests from libraries, allows users the option to display Cited References by clicking on the "Show Cited References" link in the Cited References field of the detailed record. When this option is selected, cited references display for all the citations the user elects to view, export or print. Users can elect to turn off the display of Cited References by clicking on the "Hide Cited References" link in the detailed record.

Thesaurus added to GeoRefS
OCLC has added the GeoRef Thesaurus to the GeoRefS database in FirstSearch. The Thesaurus is a guide to the index terms used in GeoRefS and contains more than 21,000 terms. It includes broader, narrower and related terms as well as scope notes, map coordinates for place names and the hierarchies as they are in the print version.

DataTimes, Ethnic NewsWatch and GenderWatch Discontinued
As announced earlier, the DataTimes, Ethnic NewsWatch and GenderWatch databases have been discontinued on the OCLC FirstSearch service.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Resource Sharing  


TOP 20 OCLC ILL LENDERS

NEBASE would like to salute the top twenty NEBASE libraries that loaned the most items through OCLC ILL. Below are the Top 20 OCLC ILL lenders for the last OCLC fiscal year - July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003. Thanks go to these libraries, as well as to all NEBASE libraries that participate in Interlibrary Loan.

 
OCLC
Symbol

Institution Name

Loans
 LDL University of Nebraska - Lincoln 19,038
NBU University of Nebraska at Omaha 8451
OCA Creighton University 4269
KRS University of Nebraska at Kearney 3420
HAS Hastings Public Library 2270
BLL Bellevue Public Library 2033
WAY Wayne State College 1990
NLN Lincoln City Libraries 1819
BCN Bellevue University 1599
UNM University of Nebraska Medical Center 1585
NBC Concordia University 1417
KPL Kearney Public Library & Information Center 1365
NBZ Nebraska Methodist Hospital 1242
CPK Columbus Public Library 1185
BLN Beatrice Public Library 1078
GIP Grand Island Public Library 1060
NFM Midland Lutheran College 1039
NPG North Platte Public Library 1033
NHO Holdrege Public Library 937
NBD Doane College 910

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC ILL POLICIES DIRECTORY

The Name Address Directory no longer stores ILL policies information as of August 24, 2003.

OCLC encourages you to enter your library's policy information into the ILL Policies Directory as soon as possible so this important information remains available to your borrowing partners.

There are two ways you can access the new ILL Policies Directory to enter your library's information:

  1. You can go straight to the Directory at <http://illpolicies.oclc.org>. Log on using your ILL Authorization number and Password.

    OR

  2. You can log on to the OCLC ILL Web interface at <http://illweb.oclc.org> and click on the Policies Directory link at the top of the screen. This will launch the Directory in a new browser window. Close the ILL Web interface window in order to make changes to your Policies Directory record without incurring Access and User Support Fees.
NOTE: Access and User Support Fees will NOT accrue in ANY ILL Policies Directory session no matter which interface you choose to enter from.

Once you are in the Policies Directory, click "My Units" at the top of the screen to view and edit your own library's records.

Instructions for entering your information into the new ILL Policies Directory can be found in a new reference card, Getting Started with the OCLC ILL Policies Directory, which is available from the Directory web site at <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/ill/illpolicies.htm>.

In addition, Technical Bulletin 248: OCLC ILL Policies Directory, available at <http://www.oclc.org/technicalbulletins/248/>, provides detailed information about the OCLC ILL Policies Directory, including instructions on using the Directory and screen shots.

Christa Burns
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CATEXPRESS MONTHLY TRANSACTION REPORTS

Are you wondering how many titles you have left in your CatExpress subscription? Do you need accurate statistics on your cataloging activity? The OCLC CatExpress Monthly Transaction Reports have what you need.

Every month OCLC mounts Monthly Transaction Reports detailing your library's CatExpress cataloging activity on the Product Services Web. The Reports list transactions for the current month's activity and year-to-date activity. Year-to-date activity is for the current subscription year - July 1, 2003-June 30, 2004. Reports remain available for 90 days. There is no extra cost to access the Reports. They are included as part of your CatExpress subscription.

Why do you need to know how much of your CatExpress subscription you have used?
Libraries who exceed their subscription limit may be charged $.82 for each record over the limit. If you monitor your usage and don't go over your subscription limit, you can avoid having to pay any extra charges at the end of the subscription year.

For detailed information about the Monthly Transaction Reports and instructions on how to use them, see the NEBASE CatExpress web site at </netserv/nebase/catxreports.html>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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REVOLUTIONS IN CATALOGING

Handcrafted or mass produced: What are you willing to pay and is it worth it?

In this article from the OLA Quarterly, Gary Houk, OCLC Vice President, Cataloging and Metadata Services, presents a provocative overview of the effects automation has had on cataloging and what needs to be done. "Automation in cataloging in particular still is and has been used as a tool to get old tasks accomplished more productively, rather than as a tool to create more productive ways of getting things done."

For the complete text of the article see <http://www.olaweb.org/quarterly/quar9-1/houk.shtml>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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RECORDS FOR ALL JSTOR TITLES IN WORLDCAT COLLECTION SETS

OCLC has recently added three sets of MARC records for JSTOR collections to the WorldCat Collection Sets, making them available for purchase. The sets include the JSTOR Business Collection, the JSTOR Ecology and Botany Collection, and the JSTOR Language & Literature Collection. With these additions OCLC now offers the complete MARC record sets for all JSTOR titles.

For more information, visit the WorldCat Collection Sets web site at <http://www.stats.oclc.org/wcs_list.html>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission
 

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CONNEXION ENHANCEMENTS INSTALLED AND HELP DOCUMENTATION UPDATED

OCLC completes regular maintenance and enhancement installs for OCLC Connexion. Maintenance installs generally include minor enhancements that do not affect documentation or training, as well as some problem fixes. Details are noted below and are also included in System Update messages in Connexion News.

JULY INSTALLATION
The OCLC Connexion July quarterly enhancement install on Sunday, July 20, 2003 was successful.

This installation includes changes to:

Pica GGC Searching
The July 2003 installation adds Corporate Name and Conference Name indexes for searching in the Pica GGC database, and the ability to limit searches by date(s).

WebDewey/Abridged WebDewey Searching

The July 2003 installation adds the following three improvements to WebDewey/Abridged WebDewey searching: improved search result sort; left truncation; and expanded searching capabilities.

Improved Search Results
Two improvements affect search sorting and filing with the July 2003install: first, an improved ascending Dewey number sort; and second, improved filing of Manual, table, and schedule records.

Improved ascending Dewey number sort
Search results now file in true ascending Dewey number order. For example, before July 2003, 363.123 was filed after 363.12381 (for example, search "water safety" in the All Fields index). Now 363.123, Water transportation,  files before 363.12381, Rescue operations-water safety; meaning the Dewey numerical order is retained in the new search result.

Improved filing of Manual, schedule and table records
Before July 2003, table and Manual records sorted at the end of search results. With the July 2003 install, table records file ahead of schedule records, and Manual records interfile with schedule records. For example, in search results, the Manual record for 780 now files immediately after the schedule record for 780, highlighting useful Manual records as they appear in context.

Left Truncation
Previously, left truncation was unavailable. With this install, you can use left truncation to expand a search in any index. For example, a search for "*0922" in the Dewey Numbers index no longer produces an error message.

NOTE: Searches using left truncation may take longer than searches using right truncation, but offer additional access to records. For instance, in the example above, you can now query the database to find instances of Table 1 notation 0922 for Collected persons treatment by searching *0922 [and/or *0922*] in the Dewey Numbers index. To increase search efficiency, select the index that best matches your query. For example, a search for "*073" is more efficient in the Dewey Numbers index or All Dewey index than in the All Fields index. For a description of WebDewey indexes, see
<http://www.oclc.org/dewey/updates/tips/webdewey/searchindex.htm>.

Improved Retrieval
All mapped LCSH subdivisions are now retrieved in search results. For example, a search for "earthquake" in the All Fields index now also retrieves schedule record 621.4832 Design, construction, shielding, siting-a record in which "earthquake" appears as a part of the subdivision in the mapped LCSH, "Nuclear power plants-Earthquake effects."

See the complete list of Dewey changes at <http://www.oclc.org/dewey/news/connexion_200307.htm>.

OCLC Connexion recommended browser information is available at: <http://connexion.oclc.org/html/corc/help/en/gs_login_sysreq_hardware_software.html#browser-support>.

AUGUST INSTALLATION
The OCLC Connexion Browser installation on Sunday, August 24, 2003 was successful.

This installation includes the following enhancements: Search History
A Search History button has been added to the Search WorldCat screen and the new Quick Search. To view up to 10 of your previous WorldCat searches, click the Search History button or press (Alt + =). Click the Revise button if you want to edit the previous search and perform a new search. Click the Repeat button if you want to perform the same search again. To clear the search history and remove all existing searches from the Search WorldCat screen, click Clear History. The search type, timestamp, and search query are displayed on the Search History window. The timestamp indicates the time and date of the search. Your Search History is retained between sessions and persists on a per-authorization basis. The Search History applies only to searches entered from the Search WorldCat screen or the Quick Search command line.

New Quick Search
With this install, you can perform a command line search in WorldCat while looking at search results or a record. Quick Search can be toggled on with a simple keystroke, (Alt + Q). Once invoked, Quick Search appears at the top of every group list, every brief list, and every WorldCat record until you toggle it off with the same keystroke, (Alt + Q). You can also toggle Quick Search off/on via the Show/Hide Quick Search item on the View list on a bibliographic record. Connexion will remember whether or not your authorization number showed Quick Search when you logged off from your last session, and will show it when you begin your next session, if you had Quick Search turned on when you logged off.

Your last command line search appears in Quick Search, whether you performed that search from the Search WorldCat screen or Quick Search. On group lists and brief lists and records in display mode (read-only view), your previous command line search is highlighted in Quick Search. When you begin editing a record, your cursor begins at the fixed field. The keystroke (Alt + period) moves the cursor to the Quick Search box.

Once you have entered your command line search, you can start the search by either using the Enter key or by clicking on Search. You can clear the search with the Clear Search button. And you can view the Search History from Quick Search. The Search History works the same way here as it does on the Search WorldCat screen. Search History includes searches made at the Search WorldCat screen or Quick Search. If you choose to revise a search from the Search History, Connexion will format your search as a command line search and place it in Quick Search.

Quick search is not available for the Save file or Resource Catalog.

Expanded Automatic Logon Options
Connexion's Local Browser Settings now allow you to save up to 10 authorizations/passwords for automatic logon. And you can now assign a name to each authorization/password combination. Select More Detail from the Choices list on the Logon Screen to view the names you have assigned to your authorization/password pairs.

Hotlinks
This project has three parts:

Show Institution Name
The Show Institution Name feature allows you to mouse over an institution's symbol in the 040 field in bibliographic records and see the corresponding institution's name. The ability to view an institution's name on a bibliographic record display reduces your dependence on the Name Address Directory. To edit the 040, open the Function list and select: Edit Field.

Navigate Through Related Records via Hotlinks in Host Record
This feature allows you to view and use related OCLC records via hotlinked OCLC control number(s) in the host record. You can click the link to display the record, or you can choose to view, edit, export, etc. A new cataloging option lets you choose whether to show the OCLC control numbers as links or to show MARC tags 760-787 as editable variable fields. To use this option, go to Preferences, select Cataloging Options, and scroll down to the following setting: 760-787 Fields: Show OCLC Control Numbers as Links. Choose either Show as Editable Text or Show as Live Link. Searches resulting from the navigation process do not generate search charges.

Linking Fields
This feature allows you to direct the Connexion system to automatically supply data in a linking field (MARC tags 760-787) derived from another bibliographic record. This functionality is useful for catalogers creating records for in-analytics and serials. To use this feature, first add a linking field (supply the linking field tag and desired indicators). Enter the OCLC control number of the record to be cited in the linking field in subfield $a. Then open the Function list and select: Insert from Cited Record. The system automatically changes the added linking field to insert data from the bibliographic record you specified. Finally, edit the resulting field as appropriate.

WebDewey/Abridged WebDewey -- Retain Quick Search/Browse
The retain search/browse feature is now available through WebDewey's Quick Search/Browse function. The buttons have also been changed to correspond to the Quick Search or Quick Browse function (The retain search/browse feature was introduced to the main Search/Browse pages in June.) Details available at <http://www.oclc.org/dewey/news/connexion_200308.htm>.

910 Field in Bibliographic Records
Previously, the 910 field was retained with master records created or replaced in Connexion. This is a local field that is not retained with the master records in Passport and CatME. Connexion has been changed to no longer retain this field with the master record. OCLC is working to scan the database to remove 910 fields that were previously added with Connexion. You might continue to see 910 fields in records in Connexion until the database scan is complete; however, this problem is resolved for new records added or replaced via Connexion.

Bibliographic Save File
The bibliographic save file has been changed to automatically delete records when you do the Update Holdings, Produce and Update Holdings or Alternate Produce and Update actions on existing records. Previously, workforms were deleted with these actions, but existing records were retained. In addition, existing records are deleted when you do the Replace Record or the Replace and Update Holdings actions. If you want to save your record after doing one of these actions, you must resave it.

CONNEXION HELP
Updated Help was included in the releases of OCLC Connexion installed July 20 and August 24.

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 errors. All Connexion system guides (HTML and PDF) are available on the Connexion documentation page:
<http://www2.oclc.org/connexion/documentation>.

On the Connexion login screen, under Related Links, click Connexion Documentation.

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

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OCLC Digitization & Preservation   

WORLDCAT MAKING DIGITAL COLLECTIONS ACCESSIBLE WITH NEW CONTENTdm™ LINK

Libraries and other cultural heritage institutions that use CONTENTdm™ Digital Collection Management Software will soon be able to make unique digitized collections more visible and accessible to libraries through WorldCat, the OCLC Online Union Catalog.

With the WorldCat link, a new feature of CONTENTdm version 3.5 released in July, metadata harvested automatically from CONTENTdm servers is converted to MARC format, loaded into WorldCat and made available to library patrons searching the OCLC FirstSearch service.

See the full announcement at <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/press/20030619.shtm>.

Learn more about CONTENTdm at <http://www.oclc.org/digitalpreservation/services/digitizing/contentdm/>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC Tech Notes   

NEW RECOMMENDED CACHE SETTINGS TO OPTIMIZE BROWSER PERFORMANCE

OCLC recently reviewed recommended browser cache settings for the ILL Web Interface and Connexion browser. The following are new guidelines. Please review/change your current settings to ensure optimal performance.

About cache settings

Recommended settings Before changing browser settings Detailed instructions for reviewing and changing your cache settings can be accessed from the System Requirements link found in the black bar at the top of the Connexion browser login screen <http://connexion.oclc.org/html/corc/help/en/gs_login_sysreq_hardware_software.html>,
or from the Connexion booklet titled "Requirements, Access, and Interface Roadmap": HTML <http://www2.oclc.org/connexion/documentation/rec_access_interface.shtm>,
or PDF <http://www2.oclc.org/connexion/documentation/rec_access_interface.pdf>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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