September/October  2005  vol.11  no.5 issn 1082-4383  





Highlights in this Issue

NEBASE Annual Meeting 2005 - West in Scottsbluff
Registration is now available for the NEBASE Annual Meeting - West. This year's meeting is being held on Thursday, October 13 in Scottsbluff at the Harms Advanced Technology Center.

2005 NetLibrary Shared Collection Grants Offered to Academic, Public and K12 Libraries
The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announce that we will once again be offering grant assistance to Nebraska libraries interested in purchasing the 2005 SOLINET/NEBASE NetLibrary Shared Collection.

World's Largest Library Database Reaches Billionth Milestone
On Thursday, August 11 a cataloger at Worthington Libraries in Ohio entered the 1 billionth holding in WorldCat.

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  NEBASE Annual Meeting 2005 - West in Scottsbluff
  2005 NetLibrary Shared Collection Grants Offered to Academic, Public and K12 Libraries
  Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata Released
  WebJunction Focus is Dealing with Difficult Patron Behavior
  WebJunction Support for Library Services to Seniors
  Catch Us At the Exhibits This Fall
  OCLC Members Council
  NEBASE Workshops
  Database Tips & Tricks: Getting Database Usage Statistics
  NetLibrary Offers Special eAudioBooks Trial Program
  Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Updates
  Database Trials on Tap for Fall 2005
  ARIEL 4.1 Now Available
  Cataloging Classes Go Online
  OCLC NEWS     
  OCLC Product of the Month: OCLC Usage Statistics
  OCLC Pilot Designed to Increase Use of Libraries' eSerials
  World's Largest Library Database Reaches Billionth Milestone
  Quick References Available from OCLC
  Use OCLC's FREE Online Tutorials in the Comfort of Your Own Library
  OCLC Web Information Sessions
  Streamlining FirstSearch WorldCat Results
  WorldCat Resource Sharing: Saving Your Authorization and Password
  Connexion Client Version 1.40 is Now Available!
  Connexion Enhancement Installation
  Introducing….The Dewey Blog!
  WebDewey/Abridged WebDewey August 2005 Quarterly Release
  Connexion Client Tip: Using the Macro Recorder

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Registration is now available for the NEBASE Annual Meeting - West. Since spring is such a busy time of the year for the Panhandle Library System members they requested we try the meeting in the fall. So this year's meeting is being held on Thursday, October 13 in Scottsbluff at the Harms Advanced Technology Center.

Floyd Smith III will be the featured keynote speaker in the morning. Smith will discuss the creation of the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center, as well as pass along some tips on how libraries can help their patrons pursue genealogical research.

Directly after the keynote the group will have instruction on the newest NebraskAccess database, HeritageQuest Online. Computer labs are available at the meeting site, so this will be a hands-on session for all attending.

In the afternoon those participating can choose two of four following sessions to attend:

  • NetLibrary eAudioBooks
  • Digging Through the NebraskAccess Toolbox
  • How Easy is it to Participate in Nebraska Memories?
  • OCLC Usage Statistics: Track Your Activity in WorldCat Resource Sharing and Connexion
For more details on the day's agenda and to register online, please visit: /netserv/nam.html.

Cost for the meeting is $15.00 and includes lunch. Participants will earn 6 continuing education credit hours for attending. The registration deadline is October 7.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announce that we will once again be offering grant assistance to Nebraska libraries interested in purchasing the 2005 SOLINET/NEBASE NetLibrary Shared Collection. This year Nebraska academic, public, and K12 libraries of all sizes may apply for a grant of $250 to be applied towards their total cost.

To apply for one of these grants go to /netserv/2005netlibrarygrant.html and fill out the online application form. Grants will be reviewed and funding awarded throughout the application period. The deadline for submitting your grant application is December 1. After being awarded a grant, your library MUST submit its order form for the 2005 NetLibrary Shared Collection to the Nebraska Library Commission by December 31. Libraries not meeting this order deadline will forfeit their funding.

Grant information at a glance:

  • Grant Amount - $250.00
  • Eligibility - Academic, Public and K12 libraries of all sizes
  • Grant Application - /netserv/2005netlibrarygrant.html
  • Application Deadline - December 1
  • Award Notices - Ongoing through application period.
  • Order Submission Deadline - December 31
To learn more about the 2005 NetLibrary Collection see /netserv/netlibrary2005.html

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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OCLC and RLG are pleased to announce the release of a comprehensive guide to core metadata for supporting the long-term preservation of digital materials.

Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata is the final product of the Preservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies (PREMIS) Working Group, an international set of more than 30 experts from libraries, museums, archives, government, and the private sector, jointly sponsored by OCLC and Research Libraries Group (RLG).

The new publication includes the working group's final report, the data dictionary, and a series of examples illustrating use of the data dictionary. Get the new report at the PREMIS Working Group Web site.

Ongoing maintenance of the data dictionary and associated XML schemas, along with a forum for implementers, is hosted at
Read the full news release

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Turn to in August for help with supporting library users who exhibit difficult behavior, ranging from the picturesque to the downright dangerous. The WebJunction team has assembled a collection of policies and best-practice stories from the WebJunction community to help you address users whose activities are unseemly, illegal, or a little bizarre.

Front Line Wisdom
WebJunction members have contributed a lot of good suggestions about handling tricky patron situations. Learn from the experiences of colleagues in the community who share words of advice on a variety of topics ranging from detailed policies to finding just the right way to inform someone about an overdue fine. Go to:

Sweet Smell of Success
Join the WebJunction All Aboard discussions of difficult patron behavior and share your challenges and solutions. From body odor to bedrolls, there's a lot to talk about! Go to:

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Older adults are one of the primary user groups of public libraries. Find out how libraries are serving this growing population in the content contributed by WebJunction Connecticut. Explore this section under Services to Libraries at

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Network Services and NEBASE staff will be at the Nebraska Library Commission booth during the NLA/NEMA 2005 Conference September 29 & 30. Exhibit hours are 8:00 am to 5:30 pm on Thursday and 8:00 am to 1:00 pm on Friday. If you have questions about OCLC services, NebraskAccess databases, training or Nebraska Memories, be sure to stop by and see us.

The Nebraska Library Commission will be exhibiting at the Nebraska Rural Institute in York, September 20-22. The Nebraska Library Commission will provide the Internet Café for this year's Rural Institute. For more information visit:

Shannon W. Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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More than 175 delegates, alternates, Board members, network and service center directors, guests, and OCLC staff participated in the recent Members Council from May 15-17. The theme for the spring meeting was "Future Patterns of the Library Landscape: Moving Libraries Beyond Their Comfort Zones" and focused on the future of libraries worldwide, strategic objectives, OCLC membership, and projects of the Office of Research.

Michael LaCroix, Director of the Reinert Alumni Library at Creighton University represented NEBASE at the May meeting. The next meeting of the OCLC Members Council will be October 23-25 at the Marriott Northwest in Dublin, Ohio.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
Network Services Director
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.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.

Online Workshops

Online workshop sessions are also available. These sessions are live presentations that you access from your own computer via the internet, with audio available via a toll-free conference call. Although there is no cost to participate in these sessions, registration is required. To register for the online workshop sessions, please complete the online registration form at /netserv/training/onlinesessions/registration.asp.

Online sessions that are currently scheduled are:

  • WorldCat Collection Analysis Service: What It's All About
  • OCLC CatExpress Training
If you cannot participate in an online session at the time it is scheduled, each session will be recorded. Recorded sessions are viewable from a web browser. To see what archived sessions are available go to /netserv/training/onlinesessions/archives.html.

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How often do you analyze usage statistics for your library's database subscriptions? Getting into them can be daunting, especially if you do not have accurate username/password information for your administrative account. Saving those original messages that you get from the vendor when your subscription starts is a good idea, as is recording account number and username/password information in a central place offline. Designate a back-up in case the responsibility for gathering statistics passes to someone else.

Here are basic instructions for getting usage statistics from some of the database vendors that participate in the Nebraska Library Commission's discount purchasing program. Instructions on accessing statistics for databases included in the NebraskAccess statewide database program can be found at: /nebraskaccess/statistics.aspx.

Note: when contacting vendors via e-mail, always make sure to include your institution's name, the name of your consortium or distributor (Nebraska Library Commission/NEBASE in this case), and complete contact information for yourself.

AccessScience (McGraw-Hill)
Contact Information:
Phone: 877-304-3225
What you will need: Your administrative username and password from the original set-up e-mail are all you need to get into the statistical reporting module. If you don't have that, please e-mail or call AccessScience to get the information.

AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive
Contact Information:
Phone: 800-249-5389
What you will need: You can get the usage statistics for your institution simply by entering your username and password and selecting the time frame for which you want to see your institution's usage.

ACM Digital Library
Contact Information:
Phone: 800-462-5348
What you will need: ACM provides usage data on a biannual basis, as they manually create reports. Subscribers can request usage information from MINITEX. Contact Karen Docherty by phone 800-462-5348 or e-mail 

Britannica Online
Contact Information:
E-mail: Use the online help form linked off Britannica's Help/Contact Us page
Phone: 800-621-3900
What you will need: To obtain a User ID and password for the usage statistics system, please contact Britannica customer service.

Usage statistics are available to current CountryWatch customers via WebTrends Reporting Software; however, a statistic profile will have to be built for your account. This process usually takes 3-5 business days to complete.
Contact Information:
E-mail: Use the form at; include Access Code.
Phone: 800-879-3885
What you will need: Your Access Code.

Please contact Customer Service to obtain usage statistics.
Contact Information:
Phone: 800-528-6279

URL:  (Select the Reports & Statistics Tab)
Contact Information:
Phone: 800-758-5995
What you will need: Customer ID and EBSCOadmin password.

Facts on File News Service
Contact Information:
Phone: 800-363-7976
What you will need: Your username.

Info URL:
Registration URL:
Statistics URL:
Contact Information:
Phone: 800-638-8380
What you will need: Registration is required. It helps to have your user ID, a six-character code that looks like this: 118B5H. If you don't have that, you can still register for statistics by completing the Lexis Nexis web form.

Literature Online Reference Edition
Contact Information:
Phone: 800-889-3358
What you will need: To view your new consolidated usage statistics, just go to:  First, enter the username and password you normally use to access your Chadwyck-Healey subscription, which will not be required if you access by IP address.  Next, click on the 'consolidated usage statistics' link.  Finally you will be prompted for: Username: logadmin; Password: USERstats

Customers can contact Gale technical support to get LitFinder statistics.
Contact Information:
Phone: 800-877-4253 option 4

See also Usage Statistics FAQs:
Contact Information:
Phone: 800-321-4267
What you will need: Access to MathSciNet usage statistics is authenticated via IP address recognition.

Contact Information:
Phone: 800-848-5800
What you will need: Usage statistics for NetLibrary eBooks are available through NetLibrary's Library Resource Center. To access the Library Resource Center your username and password must be set up for administrative access. If you do not have a username that is set up for administrative access, you will need to e-mail OCLC customer support at and request that your personal NetLibrary account be upgraded to an administrator. When you contact them please provide them with your library name and your personal NetLibrary user name.

OCLC FirstSearch, Open WorldCat, Resource Sharing, and Connexion
Contact Information:
E-mail: Network Services
Phone: 800-307-2665 or 402-471-2045
What you will need: Your OCLC authorization and password. FirstSearch users will need their FirstSearch authorization and administrative or statistics password. If you don't have that, contact Christa Burns at NEBASE via e-mail or phone for this information.

Oxford University Press
Contact Information:
Phone: 877-304-3221
What you will need: Your administrative username and password from the original set-up e-mail are all you need to get into the statistical reporting module. If you don't have that, please e-mail OUP to get the information. There are lots of options for compiling these statistics, so read screens carefully to make sure you get what you need.

Project Muse
Contact Information:
What you will need: A username and password, which must be obtained by contacting Also, you need to have your institution's name exactly as recorded by Project Muse. For best results, verify your institution's name when you contact Muse to get your password info.

Contact Information:
E-mail: E-mail  to request monthly usage statistics for SIRS resources. Be sure to include your institution and contact information. Your statistics report will automatically be sent to your e-mail address every month in your selected format: Text, HTML, or CSV.
Phone: 800-232-7477
What you will need: Your customer number.

Contact Information:
Phone: 800-367-6770
What you will need: Either your account number or your username and password, both of which should have been in your original set-up message. Contact Wilson tech support for assistance.
* Institution-level usage statistics are NOT available for Wilson OmniFile Full Text Select and Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated, which are part of the NebraskAccess statewide database program.

Xrefer provides monthly usage reports so libraries can see how their patrons are using xreferplus. Reports include:
  • Number of sessions
  • Number of searches performed
  • Number of entries displayed
  • Top entries viewed
  • Top search terms
  • Number of times specific features used (advanced search, help, tours, etc.)
  • Number of entries viewed by title
Contact Information:
E-mail: To contact Xrefer electronically, fill out their feedback form at
Phone: 877-426-5202

Frustrated by the lack of consistency in statistical reporting for databases? You are not alone. Below are some resources and initiatives that assist in or advocate for the creation and analysis of meaningful usage statistics. Highly recommended: the ARL E-Metrics Project and the E-Metrics Instructional System both have a good mix of philosophical and practical information, and are probably the most useful links if your goal is to better use and understand your statistical reports.

ARL E-Metrics Project

  • Originator: Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

  • What is it? An effort to explore the feasibility of defining and collecting data on the use and value of electronic resources.

  • More information:

COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources)

  • What is it? International initiative designed to serve librarians, publishers and intermediaries by facilitating the recording and exchange of online usage statistics.

  • More information:

E-Metrics Instructional System

  • Originator: Information Use Management Policy Institute, School of Information Studies, Florida State University

  • What is it?: Provides extensive tools and training to help practitioners know about their database use, digital reference services, and other selected services and resources.

  • More information:

ICOLC Guidelines for Statistical Measures of usage of Web-based Information Resources

  • Originator: The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC)

  • What is it? The Guidelines specify a set of minimum requirements for usage data, and also provide guidance on privacy, confidentiality, access, delivery and report formats.

  • More information:

NISO Standard Z39.7

  • Originator: NISO (National Information Standards Organization)

  • What is it? Details and defines significant library input and output measures.

  • More information:

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NetLibrary and Recorded Books are pleased to offer a special eAudiobooks Trial Program that allows you to evaluate eAudiobooks with minimal cost and no long-term commitment.

Now you can join the hundreds of other libraries that are providing eAudiobooks to their patrons and see for yourself how easy it is to get started. In this collection of 100 classic and best-selling titles, you'll find New York Times bestsellers - Trump: Think Like a Billionaire; Angels and Demons by Dan Brown; and David McCullough's 1776, to name just a few.

The Trial Program also offers a wide range of literature classics, including Sense & Sensibility, Anna Karenina, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, plus Pimsleur Language Program Short Courses for Spanish and French. Depending on your library size and circulation, you can participate in the eAudiobooks Trial Program for as little as $350. NetLibrary will credit the Trial Program fees toward the price of an annual subscription when you purchase the eAudiobooks Core Collection.

To learn more about the trial program visit:

For general information about NetLibrary eAudiobooks, as well as ordering information visit: /netserv/pricing/netlibraryaudio.html.

Shannon W. Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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The second update of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online is now live! This update adds 140 new biographies of men and women who left a mark on some aspect of the British past between the thirteenth and twentieth centuries, along with 18 new ready reference lists and eight feature articles for ready reference.

Each update spotlights distinct groups of people with a shared identity or common link. This update examines three areas (90 biographies in total), all with an introductory essay: European exiles and visitors to Britain; Women in politics; and Household names. The remaining biographies are of men and women who left their mark in the arts, diplomacy, the military, trade, religion, and education.

You can also get a 30-day trial to the American National Biography online by contacting Oxford Online. Nebraska Library Commission offers discounted pricing for Oxford University Press databases.  For more information see:
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The Nebraska Library Commission Network Services Department is in the process of setting up fall trials of the following databases:

  • FAITS (Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies) - a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind online technology reports library that was created especially for use by the academic community. Continually updated and fully searchable, FAITS contains hundreds of reports designed to help students, educators, and administrators learn about and keep up with the critical issues, trends, market conditions, products, services, and vendors driving the information technology industry.
  • - a new research tool for art, antiques, and collectibles, containing data from eBay, GoAntiques and TIAS. can be used as a price guide as well as an identification tool.
  • Weiss Ratings - evaluates and rates the financial strength of more than 15,000 institutions, including banks & thrifts, HMOs, life & health insurers, property & casualty insurers, long-term care insurance, and Medicare supplement insurance. They also track the risk-adjusted performance of over 12,000 mutual funds and more than 9,000 stocks.
  • Campus Research - a new research service powered by Westlaw. Campus Research promises to provide college and university students with an easy-to-use online source for news, business and law-related information. News and business content includes current and archival coverage of newspapers, magazines, broadcast transcripts, wires and trade journals, with sources like The New York Times, USA Today, Financial Times, Associated Press and CNN. West will introduce Campus Research to interested Nebraska librarians via a WebEx presentation in mid-September (exact date TBA). Trials will follow for those wishing to explore Campus Research more thoroughly.
If you are interested in participating in these trials, please stay tuned to the TRIAL mailing list for further details. If you are not currently a member of the TRIAL mailing list, learn what it is and how to join at /netserv/listservs.html.

Trials of additional databases will be coordinated and announced on an ongoing basis throughout the remainder of the year. For a snapshot of database trials available at any given moment, please see our Database Trials page located at /netserv/trial.html. 

If you have questions about or suggestions for database trials, please don't hesitate to let me know at 800-307-2665, 402-471-3849, or e-mail Susan Knisely.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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At the 2005 ALA conference, Infotrieve, Inc. announced the release of Ariel 4.1! Ariel 4.1 is backwards compatible with Ariel version 3.x and 2.2, allowing for uninterrupted workflows and document sharing throughout the academic world. For libraries that have purchased Ariel 4.0, the 4.1 upgrade is available at no charge. A step-by-step upgrade guide is available on the Infotrieve website.

Nebraska libraries can order ARIEL at discounted rates through the BCR network. Ordering information is available at /netserv/discount.aspx.

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Catalog This!  


Expanding on the experience with OCLC software classes online, we will now try cataloging classes online. These online classes allow:

  • people from a widespread area to attend without traveling,
  • personal interaction,
  • people who may need to miss one or two sessions from the longer running class to still get CE credit by watching a recording of the session and completing assignments.

For online classes, attendees must have Internet access and a telephone line to call a toll-free number. Voice transmission over the Internet still needs some work, especially for those with dial-up access only, so we need to talk over a regular phone line. All the technical requirements for participating in the online classes are available at /netserv/cataloging.html.

Based on the evaluation of these two classes, we will make decisions on repeating them and on adding classes on other topics.

Our first two offerings:

  • Understanding MARC21 Bibliographic Records: The weekly sessions run from September 13 to November 1. Each session lasts an hour and will focus on a specific section of a MARC record.
  • Dewey Decimal Classification: The weekly sessions run from November 30 to December 14. Each session lasts an hour and a half.
These two classes are full. For more details on these classes or to be put on a waiting list, see /netserv/cataloging.html.

Stay tuned. Who knows what's next-cameras and mikes on all the computers?

Devra Dragos
Cataloging Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission



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