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OCLC News  


The OCLC Online Service Center is the convenient new way for you to purchase various OCLC products and services and manage your OCLC account information. The Web-based Online Service Center was designed to save you time and effort, which in turn saves your library money.

The Online Service Center is being rolled out in phases. Today, libraries can view, update and manage their OCLC account information. You can also order and renew individual institution FirstSearch subscriptions, purchase blocks of searches, and view FirstSearch account information in a secure online environment-including order status, order history, and group purchases made on your behalf. In the future OCLC will add online ordering for services including cataloging, reference, and collection analysis tools.

More information about the OCLC Online Service Center is available on the web at <http://www.oclc.org/servicecenter>. There you will find a Guided Tour which will show you the basics of account management and FirstSearch ordering capabilities. The Frequently Asked Questions will give you more background information about the new service.

In addition, NEBASE has scheduled an online session to teach you more about the OCLC Online Service Center. The session will be held on February 2 from 2:00 pm -3:00 pm (Central Time). The session will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time.

For more information and to register to attend this session, please go to our NEBASE Online Sessions web site at </netserv/training/onlinesessions/index.html>.

If you have any questions about the OCLC Online Service Center, email Christa Burns, or call 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Don't forget - the retirement of OCLC Cataloging and Resource Sharing software is approaching fast. Here are the retirement dates for each service:

May 1

OCLC will retire:

  • Passport for Cataloging - You must migrate before May 1st to Connexion - either the Browser and/or the Client.
  • Passport for Interlibrary Loan
  • ILL Web
  • ILL ME
  • ILLiad 6.x
If you use Passport for ILL, ILL Web, ILL ME or ILLiad 6.x for interlibrary loan you must migrate to WorldCat Resource Sharing (presently referred to as the FirstSearch staff view) or upgrade to OCLC ILLiad 7.0.


OCLC will retire Passport for union listing. Those who use Passport for Union List activities must migrate to the Connexion browser interface. The availability and timing for other interfaces beyond June is still under discussion.

July 1

OCLC will retire CatME, CJK and Arabic. All users of these interfaces must migrate to Connexion Client.

For more details about these dates, and what is happening with each service, please visit the NEBASE web site at </netserv/nebase/migration.html>.

If you have any questions, email Christa Burns, or call 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Delegates discuss online gaming, e-learning and extension of library services worldwide

OCLC Members Council met October 24-26 in Dublin, Ohio, to explore the social landscape of the information world. Delegates discussed implications of online gaming, e-learning and extending services to more libraries in more countries worldwide as part of its overall theme of "Moving Libraries Beyond Their Comfort Zones."

It was the first of three meetings for the 2004/2005 Members Council that will consider questions and findings from The OCLC Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition, a report produced for the OCLC worldwide membership to examine significant issues and trends impacting OCLC, libraries, museums, archives and other allied organizations, now and in the future.

"The social, technology, learning and library landscapes from the environmental scan will frame this year's Members Council discussions, programs and activities, as delegates discuss implications of these landscapes and how best to move beyond their comfort zones," said Charles Kratz (PALINET), Members Council President and Director, Library and Information Resources, Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton.

Massively Multiplayer Gaming
Electronic games, home computers and the Internet have assumed an important place in the lives of many students and adults. Use of new media has created major changes in the nature of learning, and there appears to be a gap between what people learn and the way new generations approach information and knowledge. Games constitute the most interactive, multi-media resource in our culture today, so Members Council heard from gamers to get a closer look at what we can learn from these gamers, games and other information technology tools-and the social culture that drives them.

Kurt Squire, Assistant Professor, and Constance Steinkuehler, Associate Lecturer, Human Abilities and Learning, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, spoke about how information professionals and teachers can learn from online gaming-particularly Massively Multiplayer Gaming that enables thousands of participants to play in an evolving virtual world at the same time over the Internet.

Dr. Squire touched on the evolution of computer gaming, from early games played by individuals using primitive-by today's standards-technology, to more social, multiplayer games where participants log on 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to create unique characters and take part in complex activities and storytelling in a virtual world.

"Massively multiplayer games are on the leading edge of online activity and they will be very important for information scientists and educators as we examine what people are doing with technology," said Dr. Squire.

Dr. Squire described gamers as a very social group who look at information differently than other online users, and who view the Internet as both a tool to get things done and as a place to go to experience things.

He said that information in the gaming community is expected to be "open," and participants determine the quality of information in context.

"If you look at how people are processing information or how they are deciding what is important, it is not just a person sitting alone; it is within a rich social network that has values-and values things in particular ways," Dr. Squire said. "In looking at the information landscape, information is inherently open source-information is expected to be online and open, you can debate its validity, integrity, and come to a shared understanding as to the quality of the information."

Dr. Squire and Ms. Steinkuehler will continue their discussion and how it applies to information technology during an OCLC symposium at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January.

Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, Research and Chief Stategist, led a panel discussion on "Future Directions of E-Learning." Mr. Dempsey was filling in for Patricia Albanese, Chief Information Office, Mt. Holyoke College and Chair of OCLC E-Learning Task Force, who was unable to attend.

Discussion centered on an E-learning white paper issued by the Task Force that stated, in part: "E-learning integration offers libraries a powerful medium for reaching faculty and students directly as they engage in teaching, learning, research and outreach. In turn, this integration provides enriched services for an academic community that has used traditional library services and it offers a way to reach those faculty and students who have begun to ignore the library and go directly to the Web for their information needs."

Panelists included moderator Benita Weber Vassallo (CAPCON), Chief of Library Services, Inter-American Development Bank; David Cohen (SOLINET), Associate Provost, College of Charleston; and Marilyn Mason, Director, OCLC Web Junction.

OCLC President's Report
Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO, updated delegates on OCLC activities since their last meeting in May.

Mr. Jordan discussed a new strategic document under way, The Internationalization of OCLC 1967-2004 and Beyond, and encouraged delegates to review and provide feedback on the draft.

"We began as an organization providing services in the United States and have added other regional service centers across North America, Europe and part of Asia," said Mr. Jordan. "Led by the programs of OCLC Research and the work of individual OCLC scientists and researchers, we have been able to increase our level of participation and stature at the international level in the last decade. Our standards work and increasing number of partnerships with other organizations have added to our international impact.

""Going global' is an ongoing strategic discussion of how much globalization, when to begin, how fast to proceed and how to successfully execute the required business processes necessary to become a global organization," said Mr. Jordan.

Mr. Jordan encouraged delegates to read the draft report thoroughly and provide input to OCLC "as we work together to determine the best path to fulfilling OCLC's mission," he said.

Extending the cooperative
Kathleen Imhoff (SOLINET), Executive Director/CEO, Lexington Public Library, led a panel discussion to explore models for bringing the OCLC collaborative to libraries in a global environment.

Panelists, representing three different organizations that provide OCLC services to libraries, included Daniel Mattes, Director de Biblioteca, Universidad Anáhuac del Norte, and a delegate from OCLC Latin America & the Caribbean, an OCLC service center; Kimihiro Niimoto, Manager, OCLC Center, Kinokuniya Company, Ltd., a distributor of OCLC services; and Cathy Wilt, Executive Director, PALINET, a U.S. regional network.

Discussion centered on how the OCLC collaborative can extend services to more libraries in more countries around the world. Panelists discussed the need for collaboration and cooperation, as well as some of the challenges in working together, such as differences in culture, language, technological platforms and formats. Participants discussed the potential of sharing information and services between and among locally controlled and locally managed systems. All agreed that some level of cooperation is necessary for libraries to thrive.

"There are many libraries in Latin America-but many are poorly funded, lacking in resources, both in terms of materials and human resources," said Mr. Mattes. "Librarians in Latin America are looking for ways to help their populations and help their countries. OCLC has a goal to help libraries everywhere. So I think there is an important role that OCLC can play to not only help libraries, but, more importantly, to help societies in Latin America."

Members Council also:

  • heard a report from Betsy Wilson, OCLC Board of Trustees Chair, who discussed the year in review and the year ahead.
  • met in small group discussions, determined by specific interest and library type. Interest Groups discuss OCLC products and services and what's on the horizon, and Library Groups discussed the implications of gaming in libraries and Members Council's future meeting structure.
  • met with OCLC Marketing staff to review and provide feedback on a new advocacy advertising campaign that will promote libraries and their value to the communities they serve. Poster-size versions of the concepts were displayed, and delegates were encouraged to respond to surveys providing feedback.
The next OCLC Members Council meeting is set for February 6-8, in Dublin, Ohio.

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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 at <http://www.oclc.org/education/websessions/usa/>.

OCLC will be adding more sessions in the coming weeks. The following sessions are currently scheduled:

NetLibrary Audiobooks - add a new dimension to your online collections

Thursday, January 13 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Tuesday, January 25 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (Central Time)

OCLC Language Sets - develop your non-English collections affordably

Wednesday, January 26 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Wednesday, February 16 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Central Time)

NetLibrary - Curious about eBooks that are accessible via the Web and FirstSearch?

Wednesday, January 26 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC and Yahoo! Co-Branded Toolbar Announcement

OCLC and YAHOO! Agreement Provides the Ability to Search the Web and the Richest Database of Items in Libraries with a co-branded Toolbar

OCLC and Yahoo! Inc. announced a pilot program that leverages the strength of the Yahoo! Toolbar and Yahoo! Search to enable consumers to explore the Web and WorldCat database. The program offers consumers a co-branded toolbar that provides one-click access to 2 million of the most popular records found in WorldCat, a central catalog of library holdings created and maintained collectively by more than 9,000 libraries. WorldCat includes books, movies and audio files.

The Yahoo!/OCLC toolbar is a project associated with Open WorldCat, a new OCLC initiative designed to increase the online visibility of libraries and their collections. OCLC will be promoting the co-branded toolbar on its website, providing consumers access to information previously only available from within libraries. The toolbar enables consumers to narrow their search results to the WorldCat database and helps them locate libraries in their vicinity that have the record they are looking for. OCLC and Yahoo! will work together to increase accessibility to more of WorldCat's 57 million records as they become available.

"The Open WorldCat program has gained traction and support in the library community because libraries recognize the need for greater visibility on the Web," said Phyllis B. Spies, Vice President, OCLC Collection Management Services. "The Yahoo! Toolbar with WorldCat searching will help us build on that momentum by making it easy to search for WorldCat content using Yahoo! Search. Working with a powerful partner such as Yahoo! will help us extend the reach of libraries by bringing Web searchers to some of the most reliable and authoritative information available on the Internet. And, we believe this will bring more people into libraries."

"Having a direct relationship with OCLC enables Yahoo! to provide consumers with content that would otherwise be difficult to access," said David Mandelbrot, vice president, Yahoo! Search Content. "The co-branded toolbar serves as a vehicle for delivering this content and empowers users with the ability to seamlessly search for information that is available in offline databases."

How the Yahoo!/OCLC Toolbar Works
To access WorldCat's most popular records, consumers simply enter a query in the search box located in the toolbar and either click the WorldCat logo or use the drop-down menu which features a "libraries" link. Consumers will then be prompted for their zip code to determine if the library materials they are looking for are available in a nearby OCLC member library. The co-branded toolbar features Yahoo! Search, which provides consumers with a rich research technology to help them access both online and offline databases.

The Yahoo!/OCLC Toolbar also includes a drop-down menu, located next to the WorldCat logo, which provides access to the OCLC FirstSearch service, the NetLibrary eBook service, the OCLC member library list, the OCLC Web site and a link to the About WorldCat site which leads to more information on the database. The co-branded toolbar will also be available in OCLC libraries across the nation.

The Yahoo!/OCLC Toolbar can be downloaded from the OCLC website at <http://www.oclc.org/toolbar>.

[OCLC Edited]
Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Resource Sharing  


Attention OCLC ILL Staff....

Is your library closing for a long scheduled holiday? Are you or other members of your ILL staff going on vacation? If so, you should update your ILL Policies Directory record to change your library's ILL status from supplier to non-supplier. When a library establishes themselves as a non-supplier, their OCLC symbol changes to lower-case in holdings displays, and prevents their symbol from being added to new ILL requests.

To update your ILL Policies Directory record:
  1. Go to the ILL Policies Directory at <http://illpolicies.oclc.org>. Log in to the Policies Directory with your ILL authorization and password.
  2. On the Basic Search screen, click on MY UNITS in the upper right corner of the screen to view and edit your own library's records.
  3. On the My Units screen, click on the CHANGE SUPPLIER STATUS button.
  4. On the Change OCLC ILL Supplier Status screen:
    • Click on the "Non-Supplier" radio button
    • Enter the beginning and ending date for which you will be a non-supplier
    • Click on the SAVE button in the upper left corner of the screen
  5. The system will give you a confirmation message.
  6. Log off the ILL Policies Directory.
The change to non-supplier status can be made any day of the week and will remain active until any day of the week you choose.

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 Pending 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.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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

With subscription pricing, your monthly ILL costs are fixed, and your staff no longer has to worry about the cost of every ILL transaction. Your annual rate increases are tied to overall price increases for the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service, not your library's usage.

A subscription for OCLC ILL services can begin any month and will be renewable each year in the same month you began your service. Your subscription will be automatically renewed each year unless you let us know you wish to cancel at least 30 days before the end of your subscription period. Price quotes will be sent to NEBASE ILL libraries in January.

Libraries that are net lenders will continue to receive a credit on their OCLC bill with their lending credit frozen at its current level once they move to subscription ILL. Lending levels for net lenders will be reevaluated annually and adjusted to reflect their current lending.

As well as providing predictable ILL costs, subscription pricing offers the following advantages:

  • ILL and cataloging telecommunications fees will be frozen at their current rate. For example, if you use Flat Fee Internet and have a limited number of cataloging and ILL simultaneous users, you will no longer experience turnaways or incur overflow fees. Your telecommunications (Internet Access and Support) fee will appear as a separate line item on your invoice.

  • You can expand user access, enabling users to place requests through FirstSearch or OpenURL services (e.g. ILLiad), without increasing your costs.

  • Subscription pricing includes unlimited use of online Union List, ILL Fee Management, and all ILL Management statistics at no additional charge. A list of all product codes covered by the Subscription ILL Service is available at <https://www3.oclc.org/app/rssub/productcodes.htm>.

To help our members understand this change to OCLC ILL pricing, NEBASE has scheduled an online session to be held on January 12 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Central Time). The session will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time.

For more information and to register to attend this session, please go to our NEBASE Online Sessions web site at </netserv/training/onlinesessions/index.html>.

In addition, an OCLC ILL subscription pricing web page is in development for the NEBASE web site. This page will detail the pricing and give you instructions on how to switch your library to subscription pricing. Keep watching the NEBASE web page and the NEBASE-L mailing list to find out when this page will be live!

If you have any questions about OCLC ILL subscription pricing, please email Christa Burns or call 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Join the NEBASE WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey Group and experience the power of Dewey on the web!

Now your library can benefit from web-based access to an enhanced version of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) database through WebDewey or Abridged WebDewey. OCLC is offering a discounted price to users who join the NEBASE WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey Group.

The next WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey Group subscription year runs from January 1, 2005 - December 31, 2005. Libraries may join the WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey Group at any time. Midyear subscriptions will be prorated. Orders must be received by the 15th of the month for a start date of the 1st of the following month.

Libraries who wish to subscribe do not have to be members of OCLC. Any library can subscribe - WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey are available to both OCLC member and non-member libraries.

WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey, which correspond to the unabridged and abridged print editions, are updated on a quarterly basis, bringing you ongoing updates implemented by the Dewey editorial team almost as soon as they occur. The Web versions also offer additional electronic functionality not available in the print editions to make your classification work more efficient.

If your collection holds less than 20,000 titles, Abridged WebDewey is for you. It gives you access to an enhanced version of the Abridged Dewey. Abridged WebDewey is based on the new Abridged Edition 14.

WebDewey has been based on the enhanced DDC 22 database since June 2003.

To see a hands-on demo of WebDewey, you can watch the NEBASE "Introduction to WebDewey" online session which was recorded and is available online for you to view at your leisure. The recorded session is viewable from a web browser. You will need a sound card and either earphones or speakers. There is no cost to view this recorded session. To view the WebDewey session, go to the Online Sessions Archive web site at:

For more information about web access to the DDC, go to <http://www.oclc.org/dewey/versions/default.htm>.

Joining the NEBASE WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey Group is easy!

If your library is interested in joining the new WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey Group, please complete the online Order Form at </netserv/nebase/deweyorder.html>.

If you have any questions about WebDewey, Abridged WebDewey or the NEBASE Group, please email Christa Burns at Christa Burns, or call 402-471-3107, or 800-307-2665.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC is in the process of implementing the MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data (MFHD), and invited holdings experts Frieda Rosenberg and Diane Hillmann to OCLC to advise OCLC staff on interpretations of the standard and on common usage of the standard to accelerate OCLC's implementation.

WorldCat currently contains local holdings data for more libraries than any other single repository in the world. Those holdings support resource sharing activities, measurably reducing the cost of resource sharing for participating libraries. When these holdings are converted to the MFHD format, they will allow further reduction in resource sharing costs through automatic routing of requests based on detailed information in the local data records.

Ms. Rosenberg is Head of Serials Cataloging, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked with serials since 1979 and with the MFHD format since 1993. She is a co-author of the CONSER Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program (SCCTP) Serial Holdings Workshop, and is currently completing a North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Guide to Holdings for the NASIG web site.

Ms. Hillmann is the Director of Library Services and Operations, National Science Digital Library, is the co-editor of the recently published, Metadata in Practice, and was a member of the Machine Readable Bibliographic Information Committee (MARBI) for 10 years, specializing in the Holdings and Authorities formats. She is also a current member of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) Advisory and Usage Boards, and is co-chair of the DCMI Education Working Group.

As part of the implementation, OCLC will convert the existing repository of WorldCat Local Data Records (LDRs) to the MFHD format, and will add local holdings maintenance functionality to the Connexion browser. In June 2005, libraries will be able to use the Connexion browser to maintain local holdings in WorldCat in the MFHD format and OCLC will retire Passport for Union Listing. Libraries will also be able to use OCLC's Local Data Record Updating batch processing service (LDRUS) to maintain local holdings in WorldCat. Local holdings will continue to display in FirstSearch databases and in OCLC Resource Sharing.

To support library migration to local holdings maintenance in the Connexion browser and to the MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data, OCLC is working with the OCLC regional service providers to create an online tutorial plus training materials for the regional service providers to use in training library staff.

OCLC will continue to release more details about OCLC's implementation of MFHD and the Union List service migration as they become available.

Deborah L. Bendig
Product Manager, FirstSearch WorldCat
OCLC Online Computer Library Center

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On October 25, OCLC announced the intent to initially provide the functionality to maintain local holdings (LDRs) in the Connexion browser in June 2005, when Passport for Union Listing will be retired. OCLC has chosen the Connexion browser as the first interface for this functionality as it supports a broad range of users maintaining their local holdings manually. Libraries will also still be able to use OCLC's batchload service, Local Data Record Updating (LDRUS), to maintain local holdings in WorldCat.

Several libraries posted messages to various listservs and contacted OCLC staff directly about the decision to put local holdings maintenance in the Connexion browser as opposed to the Connexion client or WorldCat Resource Sharing. OCLC shares your concerns about having multiple entry points for this data. It is their intent to eventually put this functionality where it will be most useful to libraries. The Connexion browser will be the first access point. OCLC is beginning to conduct additional market analysis as more libraries migrate to the Connexion client and to WorldCat Resource Sharing on the FirstSearch platform to help them decide which of the interfaces might benefit from this functionality following the Connexion browser release.

OCLC will continue to release more details about the Union List service migration over the next few months.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Are you migrating to Connexion? Be sure to check the Connexion migration page at <http://www.oclc.org/connexion/migrating/default.htm>.  Even if you have already migrated, you might learn about a new Connexion feature that you didn't know about previously!

From this site, you can view a list of new features available in Connexion that are not available in Passport or CatME. Select the "Connexion features for Passport users" or the "Connexion features for CatME users" links to learn more.

You can access the Connexion browser and client documentation from this site. One item that might help you is the "Passport, CatME, Connexion comparison", which compares commands and actions across the interfaces. You can print the PDF version, or download the Word version to edit and customize for your own use.

You can also view the Connexion browser and client tutorials. The client tutorial was recently updated to include client 1.20 functionality, and a new tutorial for client batch processing functionality is currently being developed. The browser tutorial is also currently available, and the Searching WorldCat section is in process of being updated to reflect the recent enhancements to searching WorldCat from the browser interface.

We hope this site helps you with your migration!

David Whitehair
Connexion Client Product Manager
OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Services

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Are you migrating from CatME to the Connexion client? Do you use macros in CatME? Would you like to learn more about the client macro functionality as it compares to CatME?

Then join NEBASE in Lincoln on February 8 for a Connexion client macro session with macro gurus Harvey Hahn, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, and Joel Hahn, Niles Public Library District.

NEBASE is hosting this live presentation at the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln. The session will be broadcast over the web from OCLC, Dublin, Ohio, with audio available via a conference call. There is no cost to attend this session.

In addition to Joel and Harvey's presentations, time will also be provided for you to ask any questions you have. The session will be recorded for later viewing and made available from the OCLC Web site, so you will have another opportunity to see the session even if you cannot attend.
WHAT: OCLC Connexion Client Macro Session for CatME users
WHERE: Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, Crane Room (lower level meeting room)
WHEN: Tuesday, February 8, 2005 - 10:00-11:30 am (Central Time)
REGISTER: To register for this session, please send an e-mail to Jeannette Powell with your name and institution, or call Jeannette at the Nebraska Library Commission/NEBASE at 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665.
Please note that this session will focus on moving from CatME to Connexion client. A previous session was held focusing on moving from Passport to Connexion client, and it is available for viewing from the OCLC Web site at <http://www.oclc.org/connexion/support/macros.htm>.

Christa Burns
OCLC Member Services Coordinator
Nebraska Library Commission

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Version 1.20 of the Connexion client was released on November 9, 2004 and is now available for download from the OCLC Web site. This release includes NACO support for authorities functionality, local files, batch processing, and more. See the client recent enhancements page at <http://www.oclc.org/connexion/interface/client/enhancements/recent.htm> for more information about the changes, to download the software, and to access the updated tutorials and documentation.

If upgrading from client 1.10 to 1.20, please be sure to review section 5 of the getting started document at <http://www.oclc.org/support/documentation/connexion/client/

OCLC will discontinue version 1.10 on March 1.

David Whitehair
Connexion Client Product Manager
OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Services

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On November 21, OCLC successfully installed the following Connexion Browser enhancements:

Connexion Browser Searching Reimplementation:
With this installation OCLC is moving all Connexion browser searching to the Oracle platform.

  • Users will now be able to use a single set of indexes with all OCLC interfaces: Cataloging, Resource Sharing, and Reference.
  • We are introducing new browsable indexes, and allowing full Boolean operators.
  • The reimplementation of the truncated display means that all searching functionality has successfully migrated to Connexion.
WebDewey/Abridged WebDewey November 2004 Quarterly Update:
  • Both databases have been updated with the latest content and mapped terminology.
  • WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey are updated quarterly. Both services contain the latest version of the schedules, tables, Manual, and Relative Index entries from their 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).
Search Results button from Save File
  • Users will now be able to easily access the Search Results button after completing a final action on a record from the save file.
Additionally, because of the extensive enhancements to our interface this month OCLC recommends that you clear your browser cache prior to logging on for the first time after the November install. This is to ensure that your browser will be using only the most recent Connexion updates. Instructions for clearing cache are at the link below (#4 under the Troubleshooting Checklist):

Connexion Browser Help

Updated Help was included in the release of OCLC Connexion browser installed November 21, 2004.

In Connexion browser, click Help on the header bar of any screen to view context-specific information and instructions. To find other Help topics, use:
  • Links to Related Topics (listed at the end of each Help topic)
  • Search Help function (above the title of each Help topic)
  • Contents tab (top of each Help window)
Connexion Browser Online Documentation

Connexion browser guides have been updated to reflect recent system changes, clarify information, and correct errors.

For a list of the guides updated in November 2004:
  1. Go to the Doc Finder page on the OCLC Web site: <https://www3.oclc.org/documentation/>.
  2. Click "Recent updates" (navigation area, left side of page).
  3. Look for titles that begin with "Connexion Browser - ". From a listed title, you can view the guide in either HTML or PDF format.
All Connexion browser guides (HTML and PDF) are available on the Connexion browser documentation page:

On the Connexion browser documentation page:
  • To view a guide in HTML format, click the title.
  • From the title page, use the links in the left-side navigation area:
  • PDF - View and/or print the guide in PDF format.
  • Abstract & revision notes - View a list that describes recent changes to the document. The Revision history is also on page 2 of the PDF).
Quick links to online documentation:
  • On the Connexion browser login screen, under Related Links, click Connexion Documentation.
  • After logging on to Connexion browser, on the General tab, click the Documentation button.
  • On the home screen (screen displayed after logon), under Topics, click OCLC Connexion Documentation.
We welcome and appreciate your comments on Connexion browser Help and online documentation.

Julie Whitley
Cataloging Products Management
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

Joanne Murphy
Consulting Information Developer
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.


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N³ (Ncubed) Newsletter is published bimonthly by the Nebraska Library Commission Network Services team. It is the intent of Network Services to promote and support libraries in their cooperative efforts to share resources and information. Circulation: 600. Published on PC software. Editor: Shannon Behrhorst. Word Processing: Jeannette Powell. ISSN 1082-4383 Send mail to: N³ Editor Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, NE, 68508 Phone: 402-471-4031 or 800-307-2665 Fax: 402-471-2083 E-mail: Shannon Behrhorst Home Page: </netserv/netserv.html>


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