May/June 2005  vol.11  no.3 issn 1082-4383  





Highlights in this Issue

Mark Your Calendars for NEBASE Annual Meeting - East 2005
The NEBASE Annual Meeting in Lincoln will be held in July this year rather than the usual autumn date.

Nebraska Memories LSTA Grant Awards
Six Nebraska libraries were awarded grants in March to participate in the Nebraska Memories program.

Register Now for the Database Roadshow 2005
We are pleased to announce that the eighth annual Database Roadshow has been scheduled for summer 2005.

OCLC Migration - Training Opportunities
Attention OCLC ILL and Cataloging libraries! Have you migrated yet?

DDC in Print Group Pricing
The NEBASE WebDewey & Abridged WebDewey Group is being expanded to include the print versions of the DDC 22 and Abridged Edition 14!

Table of Contents


  Mark Your Calendars for NEBASE Annual Meeting - East 2005
  Calvin T. Ryan Library's Cataloging/Systems/Serials UNK Department of the Month in March
  Nebraska Memories LSTA Grant Awards
  Digital Imaging Tutorial
  NEBASE Workshops
  Online Digitization Course Available Through WebJunction
  Register Now for the Database Roadshow 2005
  Books In Print Workshops in Kearney, Lincoln and Omaha
  Don't Cry Over Missed Online Sessions-View an Archived Recording!
  NebraskAccess on Exhibit
  Spring 2005 Database Trials Underway
  Database Pricing Now Available for 2005-2006 Subscription Term
  Latest News from Serials Solutions
  New Discount for Nebraska Libraries: The Shopper Inc.
  ISSN: Changes in the future
  OCLC NEWS     
  OCLC Product of the Month: WorldCat Collection Analysis
  Audiobooks Now Available from NetLibrary
  Save up to 35% on NetLibrary Subject Sets Through June 20
  OCLC Migration - Training Opportunities
  OCLC Web Information Sessions
  Deep Linking from Open WorldCat to Your Library's Catalog
  "Bigger, Better WorldCat" discussed at OCLC Members Council
  Order Per-Search Access to FirstSearch today!

New Indexes in FirstSearch WorldCat support Union Listing

  WorldCat Resource Sharing and ILLiad 7.0 Migration Dates
  Create Custom Holdings Groups with Policies Directory Data
  WorldCat Resource Sharing Install Announcements
  Join the WebDewey & Abridged WebDewey Group Purchase
  DDC in Print Group Pricing
  WebDewey/Abridged WebDewey February 2005 Quarterly Update

Passport for Cataloging Migration Date Change

  Authorities Migration Session Recording Available
  Authorities Migration Timeline
  Demo Version of WorldCat Collection Analysis Now Available
  Connexion Client Version 1.30 is Now Available!
  Connexion Browser NACO Functionality Changes Implemented
  Connexion Client Changes Implemented

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The NEBASE Annual Meeting in Lincoln will be held in July this year rather than the usual autumn date. We are currently planning the meeting agenda and the day will include sessions on the future of OCLC's WorldCat, NetLibrary AudioBooks, and WorldCat Collection Analysis.

Mark your calendars now for Thursday, July 21 to attend the NEBASE Annual Meeting - East at the Cornhusker Hotel. Registration and a full agenda will be available in late May. We hope to see you there.

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The Calvin T. Ryan Library's Cataloging/Systems/Serials Department is the Univerisity of Nebraska at Kearney's Department of the Month for March. Whenever a member of the UNK community or the public picks up a book, magazine, newspaper, microfiche, VHS, DVD or CD; uses the reference section of the library; or searches for data on ROSI, it is the Cataloging/Systems/Serials Department that made it available.

The department maintains the library online catalog (ROSI); assigns locations of books on shelves in the library; determines call numbers, subject headings and processes to access the books and other materials; updates the Web page; and ensures that magazines, newspapers and journals are shelved appropriately.

Each year the department catalogs approximately 12,000 books. In so doing, the department draws upon the resources of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The Calvin T. Ryan Library has been a member of this extensive international network of libraries for 30 years--long before the World Wide Web and most other computer networks were available. Today, Calvin T. Ryan Library is one of more than 50,584 libraries in 84 countries and territories throughout the world served by OCLC. Further, the Cataloging/Systems/Serials Department members have contributed to, and drawn on, OCLC's WorldCat, which now contains more than 47 million catalog records contributed by more than 9,000 member libraries. The OCLC is a major resource for the department as its members draw upon its resources to serve the UNK academic community.

Members of the department include: Sharon Mason, professor and department head; Jeanne Schultz and Julie Stall, Library Assistant III; Glenda Wilson, Computer Software Technician II; and Rosemarie Wilson, LaVonne Fries and Cynthia Messenger, all Library Assistant II rank.

As the nomination noted, while members of the Cataloging/Systems/Serials Department may not be very visible to the general library users, the results of their efforts are very visible to the public and UNK community.

University of Nebraska at Kearney
Office of Communications

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Six Nebraska libraries were awarded grants in March to participate in the Nebraska Memories program. These libraries are planning a variety of  digitizing projects:

  • Keene Memorial Library, Fremont
  • Crawford Public Library
  • Hastings Public Library
  • Polley Music Library at Lincoln City Libraries
  • Hruska Memorial Public Library, David City
  • Omaha Public Library

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Are you thinking about starting a digitization project, but don't feel you know enough? Reading the Moving Theory into Practice Digital Imaging Tutorial, made available by Cornell University Library, may be a good place to start. Along with providing users with basic terminology, it also provides information on selection, scanning and metadata. The tutorial is available online at: It is also available as a 138 page PDF document that can be printed.

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We are pleased to announce that the eighth annual Database Roadshow has been scheduled for summer 2005. The five-hour Database Roadshow will provide Nebraska librarians and media specialists with an overview of the state-funded databases available through NebraskAccess. The Roadshow will also include a tour of the Librarian's Toolbox, which contains promotional and training material about NebraskAccess.

As in past years, the Roadshow will be divided into segments, with each focusing on a particular database. During each segment we will discuss and demonstrate a database, and then the class will have hands-on time to practice what they've learned. Please bring any questions you may have and we will help you work through them during the hands-on time.

There is no cost to attend the Database Roadshow. Sessions will run from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. with a one hour lunch break at approximately 11:30. Lunch is on your own. Five hours of Continuing Education Credit will be given for attending the Roadshow.

The Database Roadshow will be held at the following locations:

  • Broken Bow - Broken Bow Middle School - July 13
  • Columbus - Central Community College - June 15
  • Elkhorn - Metropolitan Community College - July 27
  • Hastings - Hastings College - July 12
  • Lincoln - Nebraska Library Commission - August 10
  • North Platte - North Platte High School - June 9
  • Scottsbluff - Western Nebraska Community College - June 30
  • Wayne - Part of the Northeast Library System Institute. Contact them for more information. or 800-578-1014 - June 2
Sessions are already filling up, so register now by completing the form located at: /nebraskaccess/toolbox/roadshow.html.

Allana Novotny
Network Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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NEBASE workshops have been scheduled for Lincoln, Omaha, and Hastings.

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.asp>. 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 email Jeannette Powell or phone 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 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 Connexion: Browser Interface for Cataloging
  • OCLC Connexion: Client Interface for Cataloging
  • OCLC ILL Web Interface Basics

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If you're interested in learning more about digitization, consider taking WebJunction's Developing Digital Projects online course.

Description: WebJunction's Developing Digital Projects was created in collaboration with OCLC's Digital Collection Services unit. The course covers the basics of preparing for a digital project including staffing, budgeting, planning the project, outsourcing, and the difference between digital projects, digital programs, and digital libraries. This course emphasizes the importance of the planning process for your project and the benefits of connecting the project to your organization's goals. Learners will understand the importance of early planning for the project. By the end of the course, learners will be able to identify a vision for their digital project; recall the way collaboration, architecture, and governance affect each other when structuring a digital project; identify their project's goals, objectives, and audience; create a digitization selection policy that is specific to their project; list five leading principles; recall the relationship between resolution and image clarity; calculate file sizes for different image resolutions; recall some hardware and software options as they relate to the needs and requirements of digitization projects; determine their metadata needs to help people find and access their digital objects; weigh the factors in deciding whether or not to outsource all or portions of their digitization project; gather the necessary information for properly budgeting and staffing a project; and recall the similarities and differences between digital projects, digital programs, and digital libraries. The estimated amount of time needed to complete this course is two hours.

Cost: This course costs $50.

Requirements: You must be a registered member of WebJunction to enroll in WebJunction Online Courses. Registration is free.

For more information:

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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Are you interested in attending a Books In Print (BIP) training session? If so join us in May for one of three BIP workshops being offered in Nebraska.

Paul Hoffman of R.R. Bowker will be conducting three hands-on training sessions. Training for Books In Print will be of interest to all staff and will cover various functions that will be useful for reference, acquisitions, interlibrary loan and some technical support that will customize the databases to work for your library.

Books In Print (BIP) is a bibliographic database that contains over 4.7 million titles, more than 600,000 full-text reviews, 7,000 author bios, over 300 awards, stock availability from over 20 major suppliers and more! The database includes information from Books in Print, Books Out-of-Print, Children's Books in Print, Forthcoming Books, Bowker's Publisher Authority Database, Bowker's Complete Video Directory, Words on Cassette, plus information on award winners and bestsellers. The Publishers Authority Database contains over 165,000 publishers, distributors, wholesalers and book agents. The full-text reviews provided in Books In Print are from well-known sources including Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, School Journal, Choice and The Horn Book.

Library staff and media specialists from Nebraska are welcome to attend these free sessions.

Date: May 16, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln

Date: May 17, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Omaha Public Library, W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th Street, Gates Computer Lab, lower level. Attendees may find it convenient to park in Omaha Park 2 at 14th and Harney, one block south of the library.

Date: May 20 , 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: Computer Lab, Central Community College, 3519 Second Avenue, Kearney, NE.

To register for a free training session, please visit the online registration form at: /nebraskaccess/toolbox/biptraining.html.


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Did you miss an online session offered by Network Services or NEBASE? Is it difficult for you to attend in-person training? If so, be sure to check out our Online Session Archives. It contains recordings of almost all online sessions offered by Network Services and NEBASE, including:

OCLC Resource Sharing

  • OCLC ILL Custom Holdings & Direct Request
  • OCLC ILL Policies Directory
  • OCLC ILL Subscription Pricing Q & A
  • WorldCat Resource Sharing - August Enhancements / December Enhancements / Training
OCLC Cataloging
  • Connexion Client v. 1.30 Enhancements
  • CatExpress Training
  • Introduction to WebDewey
OCLC General
  • OCLC Online Service Center
  • OCLC Usage Statistics
  • Nebraska Memories Digitization Using CONTENTdm
  • NetLibrary: Training
  • FirstSearch Administrative Module Basics
  • FirstSearch User Registration
  • Introduction to WorldCat
  • WorldCat Search Strategies
Archived recordings can be played on the following versions of Windows Media Player:
  • Windows Media Player 7
  • Windows Media Player for Windows XP
  • Windows Media Player 9 Series.

In order to listen to the audio portion of the presentation, you will need either speakers or headphones for your computer. There is no cost to view these sessions and continuing education credit is available upon request.

For more information, visit the Online Session Archives at /netserv/training/onlinesessions/archives.html.  If you have a slow Internet connection and would prefer to have a session sent to you on CD, email Susan Knisely or phone 402-471-3849 or 800-307-2665.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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Plans are currently underway to exhibit NebraskAccess at two upcoming conferences:

  • Nebraska State Genealogical Society Annual Conference - To be held Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 , at the Quality Inn/Sandhills Convention Center, I-80 & Highway 83, North Platte, Nebraska. For more information, please contact Jeannette Cline at 1-308-534-5040 or see
  • Midwest Internet Institute - To be held July 25 and 26, at Southwest High School, 7001 S. 14th St., Lincoln, Nebraska. For more information see
If you plan to attend either of these conferences, please feel free to stop by our booth with questions or just drop by to say hi.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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The Nebraska Library Commission is currently sponsoring trials of the following databases and online services.

  • CQ Press - Nebraska libraries will have free trial access to the following databases through May 30, 2005:
    • CQ Congress Collection
    • CQ Encyclopedia of American Government
    • CQ Historic Document Series Online Edition
    • CQ Public Affairs Collection
    • CQ Researcher Online
    • CQ Supreme Court Collection
    • CQ Voting and Elections Collection
    • CQ Weekly
  • Trial URL: (Username and Password: NLC2005)
    Pricing: /discounts/CQPress.aspx.
  • Oxford Digital Reference Shelf - To sign up for a 7-day free trial of one of the following titles fill out and submit the form located at 
    • Encyclopedia of Evolution
    • Encyclopedia of Global Change
    • The Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment
    • The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
    • The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance
    • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
    • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History
    • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America
    • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance
    • The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation
    • Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
    • International Encyclopedia of Dance
    Pricing: drspricing.html

  • Oxford University Press - To sign up for a 30-day free trial fill out and submit the form located at
    • American National Biography Online
    • Grove Art Online
    • Grove Music Online
    • Oxford English Dictionary Online
    • Oxford Reference Online Core Collection
    • Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection
    • Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection PLUS Western Civilization Collection
    • Oxford Scholarship Online
    • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online
    Pricing: oxford.html. 

  • McGraw-Hill AccessScience - To sign up for a 30-day free trial fill out and submit the form located at
    Pricing: /discounts/accessscience.aspx

The best way to stay informed about current trials is to monitor the TRIAL mailing list. Database trials are posted to the TRIAL mailing list as soon as they become available. Trial announcements typically include database descriptions, trial URLs, trial usernames and passwords, and trial dates. To subscribe to the TRIAL mailing list go to /lists, click on the "Subscribe or unsubscribe" link, and follow the on-screen instructions.

Current trials are also listed on the Database Trial Fact Sheet available at /netserv/trial.html. The Trial Fact Sheet is a good place to get an overview of all the trials that are going on at a particular time. The Trial Fact Sheet includes database descriptions, trial URLs, and trial dates. At the vendors' request trial usernames and passwords are not posted to this web page.

If you have questions or comments about database trials, please feel free to contact me at 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, or via email.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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To date the Nebraska Library Commission has received updated pricing for the following databases:

  • AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive
  • BioOne
  • Britannica
  • CountryWatch
  • CQ Press
  • Facts on File News Service (
  • H.W. Wilson
  • Lexis-Nexis
  • LitFinder (formerly from Roth Publishing; currently from Gale)
  • McGraw-Hill AccessScience
  • Oxford University Press (includes former Grove Dictionaries products)
  • SIRS

For a comprehensive rundown of which databases we've received 2005-2006 pricing for, please go to our Database Pricing index page at /netserv/pricing. If a green 2005 gif () appears to the right of a database name, it means we've received 2005-2006 pricing for that database. If you currently subscribe to a product with a subscription term ending June 30, 2005, please pay close attention to renewal deadlines so you won't experience a service interruption.

If you have any questions about 2005-2006 pricing or about order/renewal procedures, please contact a Network Services staff member at 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665 or e-mail Network Services .

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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Serials Solutions has just released another access solution called Central Search. Central Search, Serials Solutions' new federated search engine allows patrons and librarians to search a wide range of disparate digital resources from a single, easy-to-use interface. It delivers on the original promise of federated search by dramatically reducing the time required to search multiple resources, while introducing your patrons to the richness of your collection.

In addition to the Central Search solution the company has also released a series of enhancements to all of their e-serial access and management services - Access and Management Suite (A.M.S.), Full MARC Records for e-serials, and Article Linker - an OpenURL link resolver.

Since mid-October Serials Solutions has been communicating these types of enhancements, and more about the services, through FREE online seminars. If you are interested in what Serials Solutions is doing in the realm of e-serial access and management, you can attend one of these sessions.

These free, web-based seminars cover a range of topics:

  • Central Search - learn about our new powerful federated search engine
  • Article Linker - discover more about our OpenURL solution, including its newest features and customizations
  • Full MARC Records - learn more about our MARC updating service and new enhancements
  • E-Journal A.M.S. - find out more about several new access and management features

To view a comprehensive list of the scheduled March online sessions and register, please visit If you can't attend any of these sessions, but are interested in future sessions, please just send an email to

If you aren't subscribing to any or all of their services, but would like to learn more about their current offering and what is in development, please contact them at or dial 1 (866) SERIALS ext. 5. You can also visit the Serials Solutions pricing page at /discounts/SerialsSolutions.aspx.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission
[Serials Solutions, edited]

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The Shopper Inc. has been in business since 1985 supplying the needs of libraries, government facilities, video stores and various retail establishments. They offer a wide range of products including display racks, media cases, shelving, storage drawers and many other supplies. Libraries may view products online at  Catalogs are available upon request.

Discount: All Nebraska libraries will receive a 15% discount off the regular price of all catalog items with a minimum $25 order. To receive this discount, please refer to bid # 386 on all orders.

Effective Dates: February 16th, 2005 through February 15th, 2006.

Billing: All orders will be billed on a Net 30 basis.

Ordering: Libraries may place orders directly with Brock Helvie (see contact information below). Orders may also be placed online at using salesman # 386 during checkout . If ordering online the 15% discount will not be reflected in the prices during checkout, but will be deducted prior to invoicing and shipping from our location.

Brock Helvie
National Account Executive
The Shopper Inc.
3987 Heritage Oak Ct.
Simi Valley, CA 93063
800-325-6867 ext.113
805-426-0042 direct
800-947-2060 fax

Additional discount opportunities on books and supplies are listed at /netserv/discount.aspx.  If you have questions or comments about any of the discount opportunities available through the Nebraska Library Commission, please don't hesitate to contact Susan Knisely at 402-471-3849, 800-307-2665, or e-mail Susan Knisely .

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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Catalog This!  


In the March/April issue of N3, we reminded you about the upcoming switchover to a 13-digit ISBN. And in the January/February issue, we reviewed FRBR implications for works, expressions, manifestations, and items. With all these changes in the works it is not surprising that the assignment of the ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is in the process of being revised.

Although the number of digits in an ISSN is not being increased like the ISBN, the International Standards Organization (ISO) working group has taken FRBR issues into consideration. To collocate manifestations of the same title, their solution is to assign a "tissn" or Title ISSN in addition to the ISSNs assigned for each new medium that the title is produced in. So a search using a tissn should retrieve all versions-print, electronic, etc.

Details are still being hammered out by the working group. Decisions made at their February meeting can be found at Other documents related to the changes may be found from the working group's home page The working group will meet again in Paris on April 25 and 26.

Devra Dragos
Cataloging Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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