November/December  2004  vol.10  no.6 issn 1082-4383  





Highlights in this Issue

Getting Your Historical Collection on the Web with Nebraska Memories

Interested in having your library's historical collections available over the web? Take a look at the information available on the Nebraska Library Commission's Nebraska Memories web page to find out how you can participate in this statewide digitization effort.

NetLibrary IV Shared Collection Order Deadline Extended

Due to popular demand, the deadline for participation in the NEBASE/SOLINET NetLibrary Shared Collection IV has been extended. The new deadline is Wednesday, November 24th!

OCLC ILL Subscription Pricing

Effective July 1, 2005 all OCLC resource sharing will be migrated to subscription (unlimited) pricing. Transaction-based pricing will end June 30, 2005.


Table of Contents


  NEBASE Annual Meeting 2004
  Getting Your Historical Collection on the Web with Nebraska Memories
  Wanted: The Best Small or Rural Library in American
  NebraskAccess Link Contest Winners Announced
  NEBASE Workshops
  FirstSearch Administrative Module Basics Online Session
  NetLibrary IV Shared Collection Order Deadline Extended
  Discounts Available on New Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online
  Special Promotional Pricing Available on Select Wilson Databases
  AP Multimedia Archive Trial
  Serials Solutions New Pricing Initiatives
  Nebraska Memories Metadata Guidelines
  OCLC NEWS     
  OCLC Product of the Month: WebDewey
  OCLC Online Computer Library Center and Yahoo!
  Open WorldCat Program Update: October 2004
  OCLC ILL Subscription Pricing
  New Pricing for WorldCat Resource Sharing
  OCLC ILL Policies Directory: Help Your Policies Send the Right Signals
  WorldCat Resource Sharing Enhancement Update
  WorldCat Resource Sharing Online Training
  CatExpress Export Default File Name
  OCLC Connexion Browser Export Enhancements
  OCLC Connexion Client Macros
  OCLC Union List Service Migration Update

Past issues of N3





This year's NEBASE Annual Meeting offered a lot to think about regarding the future of libraries with George Needham's keynote presentation on OCLC's Environmental Scan. Through his presentation, "Gamers, Google and the Gathering Place: the Library Environment Today" George explored five areas of the library landscape, Social, Economic, Technology, Research and Learning and Libraries. You can print out your own copy of George's presentation from the NEBASE web site: </netserv/nam.html>.

The second half of the morning was set for a presentation of the Nebraska Library Commission's Nebraska Memories program. The Nebraska Memories program is a plan for a Nebraska digital library for historical materials using the CONTENTdm software. This program focused on the how-tos for libraries interested in participating in the project. For more information on Nebraska Memories visit: </nebraskamemories>.

The afternoon offered two tracts for participants to choose; one for Technical Services and Resource Sharing and the other for Digitization. Christa Burns, OCLC Members Services Coordinator for NEBASE, presented overviews of the new OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing interface as well as news regarding replacement times and dates for Passport coming in May 2005. Christa also presented a session on the new Connexion client and the migration schedule for the replacement of Passport as a cataloging interface for OCLC users.

Paul Cappuzzello of OCLC presented two sessions on CONTENTdm software. Paul's first session focused on CONTENTdm and examples of current digitization projects using the software. Paul's second session focused on how to use the software and create your own digital collection for the web.

Plans are already underway for next year's NEBASE Annual Meeting. Currently we are thinking about a summer date. Let us know what you think about that time of year and any topics you would like to see included on the agenda.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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Interested in having your library's historical collections available over the web? Take a look at the information available on the Nebraska Library Commission's Nebraska Memories web page to find out how you can participate in this statewide digitization effort. The web site provides information on what materials are acceptable for the project, how to apply for LSTA funding, information on CONTENTdm software, and more.

The Nebraska Memories project will provide access to historically and culturally significant digital collections created by Nebraska libraries, either alone or in partnership with other Nebraska institutions such as museums and historical societies. The Nebraska Memories project is being built using OCLC's CONTENTdm software. CONTENTdm allows institutions to import, organize, manage, store, search and share digital objects. It can handle any digital media type, including scanned photographs, digital image files and digital audio and video files.

Participants in the project are asked to have attended or attend a future training session on Digitization and Scanning offered by the Nebraska Library Commission. Room is still available in the upcoming December 1 and 2 sessions to be held in Lincoln. You can find more information on the workshops on the Nebraska Memories site </nebraskamemories/>.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
NEBASE/Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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Library Journal is seeking nominations for their new annual Award for the Best Small or Rural Library in America. This award is cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and has been founded to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of small and rural libraries. The award honors the library that most profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to populations of 25,000 or less. Members of the editorial board of Library Journal, librarians from around the country, and a representative from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will judge nominations based on key factors, including:

  • Creativity in developing services and programs that can be replicated by other libraries
  • Innovation in introducing and supporting public access computing, educating patrons in its use, and measuring the impact of this technology usage
  • Use of technology to expand the reach of library services
  • Demonstrated community support
  • Success in developing cooperation with other libraries and partnerships with other agencies and businesses
  • Significant increase in library use, particularly by new users
  • Evidence of library's role as community center
The first winning library will receive a $10,000 cash award, a feature story in the February 1, 2005 Library Journal, membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the Public Library Association Biannual Conference in 2006, and a gala reception at the conference.

To find out how to nominate your favorite small or rural library, read the Eligibility and Submission Requirements available at <>.

But please hurry! The nomination deadline is December 1!

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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Congratulations to the following libraries!

Hartington Public Library & Lyons-Decatur Northeast Schools

They are the winners of our NebraskAccess Link Contest.

These two libraries will receive a free, personalized training session on NebraskAccess database resources for an audience of their choice. Hartington Public Library will be hosting a training session for teachers in their area in one of the local schools computer labs. Training will cover the databases used in the local schools.

Entries to the contest were accepted from public and school libraries with a link from their web site to NebraskAccess or directly to the database resources provided by the Nebraska Library Commission.

Please remember to create a link to these valuable resources from your library and media center web sites. Your communities and schools can only use the resources if you inform them about their ability to access the information.

If you would like directions on how to create links to the NebraskAccess web site or directly to any of the state-funded databases, please visit Linking to NebraskAccess.

Thanks to the following libraries that submitted entries to our Link Contest! We appreciate all of your efforts to link your patrons, students, faculty and communities to the NebraskAccess resources.

Bellevue Public Schools
Boone Central Schools
Burwell Jr.-Sr. High School
Cottonwood Elementary-MPS
Crawford Public Library
Creighton Prep School
Doniphan Trumbull Schools
Fremont Middle School
Fullerton Public Schools
Garden County High School
Goodall City Library
Grace Abbott Elementary School
Gretna Public Library
Hampton Public Schools
Hartington Public Library
Hastings Public Library
Holdrege Public Library System
J. Sterling Morton Elementary School
Kearney Public Library
La Vista Public Library
Lexington Public Schools-Elementary
Lincoln City Libraries
Lincoln Southwest High School
Lyons-Decatur Northeast Schools
Medicine Valley High School
Norfolk Public Library
Pierce High School
Raymond A. Whitwer Tilden Public Library
Rock County Public Library
Scottsbluff Public Library
Stromsburg Public Library
Wakefield Community Schools

If you have questions about this contest, please call Shannon Behrhorst at 402-471-4031, 800-307-2665 or e-mail Shannon Behrhorst.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEBASE workshops have been scheduled for Lincoln.

For a quick glance at what workshops are scheduled and where, see the NEBASE Training Calendar at </netserv/TrainingCal.html>.

The location and date, as well as a description of each of the workshops below, can be found at </netserv/nebase/oclcworkshopsdesc.html>. To register for any of the workshops, please complete the online registration form at </netserv/nebase/oclcworkshopform.html>. The workshop fee for NEBASE libraries is $10. If you are not a NEBASE library*, please check the registration form for your workshop fee. If you have any questions, please contact Jeannette Powell at 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 or e-mail Jeannette Powell for registration fee.

*NEBASE libraries are Nebraska libraries who use OCLC cataloging or interlibrary loan services or who subscribe to FirstSearch. Although libraries who subscribe only to FirstSearch are eligible to pay the $10 workshop fee, they must pay by check.

  • OCLC ILL: WorldCat Resource Sharing Basics
  • OCLC Connexion: Client Interface for Cataloging

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Need an introduction to the FirstSearch Administrative Module and want to do it from the convenience of your own desk at work or home? Then register for this one-hour online training session--FirstSearch Administrative Module Basics-to be held on Wednesday, December 8, from 3:00-4:00 PM CST.

These online sessions are provided at no cost to you and allow you to view a live presentation from your own computer via the web. Audio will be available via a toll-free telephone conference call. You may ask any questions you have during the session.

DESCRIPTION: This class is designed to introduce Nebraska librarians to some of the basic FirstSearch settings they can customize using their FirstSearch Administrative Module. It will be geared toward librarians who have rarely or never ventured into their FirstSearch Administrative Modules, although all are welcome to attend. Topics to be covered include:

  • Accessing and navigating the FS Administrative Module.
  • Changing your FS Service Password and your FS Administrative Module Password.
  • Setting up or changing IP-Address Recognition.
  • Turning database access ON/OFF.
  • Changing your FS Session Timeout period.
  • Linking to Online Booksellers and Document Delivery Services.
  • Linking to your Library Web Catalog.
  • Linking to NetLibrary.
  • Changing your default search screen (e.g. from Basic to Advanced).
  • Changing or overriding the default library holdings display (e.g. give patrons/staff the option of seeing ALL holding libraries)
  • Creating a Custom Library Group
This FirstSearch Administrative Module Basics training session will be conducted by Susan Knisely, Online Services Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission. Participants will receive 1 hour of CE credit. There is no cost to participate in the session, but registration is required.

To register to attend this session, and to see full description of all our online sessions, please go to our Online Sessions web site at:

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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Due to popular demand, the deadline for participation in the NEBASE/SOLINET NetLibrary Shared Collection IV has been extended. The new deadline is Wednesday, November 24th!

In another piece of good news, SOLINET has indicated that with $550,000 in committed funding to date, and 238 participating libraries, we will reach our initial goal of purchasing 5,000-6,000 titles for this collection. However, with the extended deadline the collection could exceed 6,000 titles.

To view a list of titles already purchased for the collection, see our 2004 NetLibrary Title List located at:

To learn more about the collection and how to order it, go to:

Also, if you've already bought into this collection, don't miss out on a chance to influence ongoing title selection. The simplest way to make title suggestions is to use TitleSelect™, NetLibrary's collection development tool, available at <>.

With TitleSelect, you may browse NetLibrary's entire eBook catalog, while keeping a running list of titles you'd like to recommend for the shared collection. When finished with your selection, save the list on an excel spreadsheet and e-mail it to Shannon Behrhorst.

If you have questions about the 2004 NetLibrary Shared Collection IV, please don't hesitate to contact a Network Services staff member at 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, or via e-mail Network Services.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission


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The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announce that we are now offering discounted subscriptions (20% off list price) to the recently released Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online.

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) is an illustrated collection of 50,000 specially written biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain's past, from the fourth century BC to the year 2000. DNB Online provides desktop access to the complete text of the new sixty-volume Oxford DNB (50,000 biographies and 10,000 portrait illustrations), as well as the complete text of the original thirty-three volume DNB. New and revised biographies and new features will be added on a regular basis.

To learn more about the new DNB Online, go to: <>.

To sign up for a free trial, fill out and submit the online form available at:

(When completing the form, select "Nebraska Library Commission (NEBASE)" as your Network.)

To view pricing and ordering information, go to: </netserv/pricing/oxford.html>.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at 402-471-3849, 800-307-2665, or via email: Susan Knisely.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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Nebraska libraries are eligible to receive special promotional discounts on the following Wilson databases when ordering through the Nebraska Library Commission. These discounts range from 15% to 30% off list price and are available through March 18, 2005.

  • Bibliographic Index Plus
  • Biography Reference Bank
  • Book Review Digest Plus
  • Standard Catalogs - 5 Pack
  • Art Abstracts (purchased with Art Retro at regular price)
  • Education Abstracts (purchased with Education Retro at regular price)
  • Humanities Abstracts (purchased with Humanities Retro or Humanities/Social Sciences Retro at regular price)
  • Readers' Guide Abstracts (purchased with Readers' Guide Retro at regular price)
  • Social Sciences Abstracts (purchased with Social Sciences Retro or Humanities/Social Sciences Retro at regular price)
Detailed database descriptions are available at: <>.

Public and academic libraries: If you request a price quote, please indicate if you are interested in a site license or a specific simultaneous user level. The following simultaneous user levels are available: 1 SU, 2-4 SU, 5-8 SU, 9-12 SU, 13-20 SU. If you request site license pricing, please indicate your FTE or population served.

School libraries: A site license based on enrollment is the only subscription option available to you. Please indicate your enrollment when requesting price quotes.

This discount offer is good through March 18, 2005. This promotion only applies to product upgrades or new subscriptions.

For more information or a price quote contact Susan Knisely at 402-471-3849, 800-307-2665, or via email: Susan Knisely.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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Nebraska libraries are being offered free trial access through December 31 to The Associated Press Multimedia Archive, which spans multiple disciplines and offers students a non-biased, and reputable source to use for their research, assignments, projects, reports and presentations.

School and home use of this database includes:

  1. Associated Press Photos with Captioned Text - Over 1 million photos and growing! From the early 1800's up to a few minutes ago, with around the world coverage as the event occurs!

  2. Associated Press Graphics - Thousands of Charts, Tables, Maps, Graphs, Timelines, How To's, and much more . . .in both English and Spanish!

  3. Associated Press Text - Over 1.5 million AP Stories and Headlines reported from 1997 up to 48 hours ago!

  4. Associated Press Audio - Over 850 thousand AP sound clips and flashbacks recorded from the 1920's, up to 48 hours ago!

  5. Associated Press Photo Correlations to various State Learning Standards, with Lesson Plans for K-12. Now Teachers can find a visual that is correlated to the standard they will cover the next day or week in class.
Trial access instructions were distributed via a November 10 message to the Trial mailing list. If you did not receive this information or would like to have it sent to you again, please contact me at 402-471-3849, 800-307-2665 or via email: Susan Knisely. Trial access is limited to Nebraska libraries.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission




Serials Solutions has announced new pricing initiatives for librarians to take advantage of, in addition to the 15% NEBASE member discount available to you. They have announced new offers that can help you with your library's budgeting challenges.

  1. A price schedule freeze for 2005, with no increases to the 2004 schedule.

  2. Three- and five-year licensing options, featuring upfront payments and nominal annual maintenance fees, that will help you realize savings over the term of your agreement and have greater budget certainty over time.

  3. An offer of 18-months of service for the price of 16-months, for a new subscription to any Serials Solutions service before January, 1, 2005, with the NEBASE discount; a 12-month subscription with the NEBASE discount; or take advantage of a 6-month prorated subscription, without the NEBASE discount.
Please remember, the number of full-text journal holdings in your collection and the service your library selects determines your institution's subscription cost. For libraries renewing a Serials Solutions service, your library's renewal invoice may change based on this factor.

These offers are available to clients and non-clients. If you aren't an existing client and are interested in pricing for their services, please fill out a no-obligation Request for Quote form at <>. If you are a client and interesting in a service upgrade or renewal pricing, simply e-mail <>.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement please call Serials Solutions at 866-SERIALS (866-797-4257) ext. 5 or e-mail them at <>.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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Catalog This!  


The last Catalog This! column mentioned that Dublin Core is used as the basis for metadata records in CONTENTdm and that CONTENTdm would be used in the Nebraska Library Commission's digital project. Information has been posted since then about the Nebraska Memories project </nebraskamemories>.

Part of the Nebraska Memories documentation includes metadata guidelines </nebraskamemories/metadata.pdf> for records to be created in CONTENTdm by our participants. These guidelines are based on the Western States Dublin Core Metadata Element Set developed as part of the Western Trails digitization project.

Our guidelines define the fields, specify which fields will be mandatory, and offer some options. Record templates may be customized depending on the particular project. The guidelines do rely on library standards for consistency. For instance, AACR2 formatting and capitalization rules are followed. Controlled vocabulary files will be created for name and subject headings.

If you are thinking of applying for an LSTA grant for a digitization project, please review these guidelines.

Devra Dragos
Cataloging Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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