January/February  2006 vol.12  no.1 issn 1082-4383  





Highlights in this Issue

NetLibrary Shared Collection V to Remain Open Through June
If you've been thinking about buying into the NetLibrary Shared Collection V but haven't gotten around to it yet - it's not too late! The deadline has been extended until mid-June.

Digitization Workshops in 2006
If you are interested in learning more about digitization be sure to join us for one of the two-day sessions to be sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission this year.

Disaster Preparedness Workshops Available in Spring
In May the Nebraska Library Commission will be sponsoring two sets of Disaster Preparedness workshops for Nebraska library staff.

New Databases Vendors Added to Discount Purchasing Program The Nebraska Library Commission Network Services Department is pleased to announce the addition of Faulkner Information Services, Greenwood Publishing Group, and GoAntiques, Inc. to our discount purchasing program.


Table of Contents


  NetLibrary Shared Collection V to Remain Open Through June
  Nebraska Libraries Receive Grants to Purchase NetLibrary
  NEBASE Workshops
  HeritageQuest and eLibrary Online Training Sessions Available for Viewing
  Digitization Workshops in 2006
  Disaster Preparedness Workshops Available in Spring
  Database Tips and Tricks: Troubleshooting HeritageQuest Online Access Problems
  New Databases Vendors Added to Discount Purchasing Program
  Computers in Libraries 2006 Conference Discount
  The Case of the Missing Comma
  OCLC NEWS     
  OCLC Product of the Month: Online Service Center
  OCLC Releases International Library Research Report
  OCLC Members Council Meeting
  Amazon.com is New Fulfillment Partner in the Open WorldCat Program
  OCLC Open WorldCat Promotional Tools
  WebJunction December Update
  You Want to do what?!?
  FirstSearch Tips Page Updated
  Open WorldCat Promotional Tools Now Available
  FirstSearch Content: Databases and E-Journals
  OCLC ILL Non-supplier Status
  OCLC ILL Policies Directory Enhancements
  OCLC Announces End of Connexion Browser Support for IE Versions 5.0 and 5.01
  Connexion Client 1.30 End of Life is January 1
  Connexion Client Version 1.50 is Now Available!
  Connexion Install for November 2005
  Connexion Browser Cataloging Quick Reference Available
  Connexion Client Documentation and Tutorials Updated
  WebDewey/Abridged WebDewey November 2005 Quarterly Update
  OCLC WebDewey Tutorial Update
  Join the NEBASE Dewey Group Purchase

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If you've been thinking about buying into the NetLibrary Shared Collection V but haven't gotten around to it yet - it's not too late! The deadline has been extended until mid-June.

This 5th Shared Collection of NetLibrary eBooks will be similar in content to past shared collections. Emphasis will be on current titles from top academic and trade publishers in subjects suited for academic and public libraries.

Publishers not available for inclusion in shared collections include ABC Clio, Columbia University Press, Gale, Harper Collins, Johns Hopkins University Press, and John Wiley. The following publishers require multiple licenses per title and will be added to the collection on a selective basis: Cambridge University Press, Greenwood Press, and Taylor and Francis and their imprints.

SOLINET estimates that when the Collection closes in 2006 it will contain approximately 3,600 unique titles, and a total of 4,500 "copies."

For more information about the NetLibrary Shared Collection V, including pricing and ordering instructions, see /netserv/netlibrary2005.html. 

To learn more about NetLibrary in general, including background information on past shared collections (e.g., title lists, participants) go to:

If you have questions feel free to contact any member of the Network Services department at 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665 or email Databases.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded $250 grants to the following Nebraska public, academic, and school libraries to assist them in their purchase of the 2005 SOLINET/NEBASE Shared Collection of NetLibrary eBooks:

  • Alliance Public Library
  • Bayard Jr/Sr High School
  • Bridgeport High School
  • Burwell Jr/Sr High School
  • Dana College
  • Gering High School
  • Goodall City Library
  • Gretna Public Library
  • Hastings Public Library
  • Holdrege Public Library System
  • La Vista Public Library
  • Lied Pierce Public Library
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Midland Lutheran College
  • Mid-Plains Community College
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Norfolk Public Library
  • Northeast Community College
  • Potter-Dix Schools
  • Rock County Public Library
  • Schuyler Public Library
  • Seward Memorial Library
  • Southeast Community College
  • Southern Public Schools
  • Union College
  • Walthill Public School
  • Wisner-Pilger Public School
To accept this grant award, libraries were required to submit their 2005 NetLibrary Shared Collection order forms to the Nebraska Library Commission by December 31, 2005. Grant recipients purchasing their first NetLibrary Shared Collection also committed to attending a NetLibrary Online Training Session.

To learn more about the 2005 NetLibrary Shared Collection visit /netserv/netlibrary2005.html.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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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 can be found at [obsolete link removed]. 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 contact Jeannette Powell at 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 or email 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.

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Don't worry if you missed out on the HeritageQuest and eLibrary online training sessions offered in December 2005. Recordings of both are now available online. Watch them when it's convenient for you! As an added bonus, if you participate in the Nebraska Library Commission continuing education program you can even apply for CE credit after viewing a session!

The recent HeritageQuest and eLibrary online training sessions were conducted and recorded using the Genesys Meeting Center. System requirements for viewing archived copies of these sessions are as follows:

  • Speakers or headphones for the computer.
  • Windows Media Player
  • JavaScript, cookies and Active X controls must be enabled
  • Popup windows must be allowed
  • Computer system: Requirements depend on the operating system used. It is recommended that you have at least an Intel Pentium II 400 MHz processor with 128 MB or equivalent RAM.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher or Netscape Navigator 4.7x™ only
  • Microsoft Java Virtual Machine build VM2339 or later (except build VM3155).
  • Note: Genesys Meeting Center archives will not run on Macs
To view a list of all archived online training sessions available from the Nebraska Library Commission Network Services/NEBASE team, go to: /netserv/training/onlinesessions/archives.html. Click on NebraskAccess to jump to training sessions on NebraskAccess databases, including eLibrary and HeritageQuest Online.

Please let us know if you have questions about viewing our archived online training session. We hope you enjoy them!

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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The Nebraska Library Commission is sponsoring two sets of digitization workshops in 2006. The first set of two-day workshops will be held March 7 and 8 in Walton, five miles east of Lincoln. The second set will be held July 17 and 18 in North Platte.

If you are interested in learning more about digitization be sure to join us for one of the two-day sessions. The workshops are intended to help library and other cultural heritage institution staff learn more about developing a digitization project. The workshops will be available to help instruct attendees on what you need to know when planning a digitization project. All sessions will be taught by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Electronic Text Center faculty.
Participants interested in their own digitization projects or those that would like to be a part of the Nebraska Memories project are encouraged to attend the sessions.

Introduction to Digitization, Tuesday, March 7, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
This day-long workshop will provide a general overview of digitization project planning and execution. Topics covered will include: digitization concepts, selection, legal issues, outsourcing options, sustainability, best practices, equipment and access.

Introduction to Scanning Principles & Best Practices, Wednesday, March 8, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
This workshop will provide an overview of digital imaging. Topics covered will include: general principles, terminology, hardware, software, master images, access images, quality control, image delivery and outsourcing. This session will not include step-by-step scanning training.

Both sessions will be held at the Cornhusker Council Outdoor Education Center in Walton, five miles east of Lincoln. Please contact Shannon Behrhorst at 402-471-4031 or 800-307-2665, with any questions.

Library, museum and other cultural heritage institution staff are welcome to attend the sessions. There is a limit of 50 participants in each session.
For more information and to register for the March session online visit: /nebraskamemories/digitizationworkshops.html.  The registration form for the July workshops will be available later.

Shannon Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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Preparing for a disaster is not always number one on our list of things to do in a world where we are answering our patrons' questions, developing community programming and preparing library budgets, but it is necessary.

Even here in Nebraska we face disasters, both natural and man-made. You will remember the destructive tornado that Norris school system faced in 2004. On the other hand even those mundane disasters such as pipes bursting or smoke damage still requires planning to help mitigate the damage.

Just this past spring Creighton University library was faced with water damage in their archive storage facility from an unsealed pipe. Whatever the disaster, the better the chance of your libraries recovery depends on the time spent planning before the disaster occurs. To prevent unnecessary loss of materials libraries must be prepared to handle large scale disasters, as well as minor incidents.

In May the Nebraska Library Commission will be sponsoring two sets of Disaster Preparedness workshops for Nebraska library staff. The workshops will be presented in Lincoln, May 1 and 2 and again in Scottsbluff, May 4 and 5. The two-day classes will help Nebraska librarians better understand the importance of library disaster response and recovery planning, be aware of steps to take in developing disaster plans and risk assessment, and become familiar with various disaster recovery activities.

Registration for the workshops will be available in late January. Space is limited for each workshop and registration will be limited to one staff member per institution.

The workshops are being taught by Tom Clareson, Program Director for New Initiatives at the OCLC regional network, PALINET. Tom was most recently the Manager of Education & Planning, Digital Collection & Preservation Services Division at OCLC.

The Nebraska Library Commission will cover costs of lodging for attendees traveling more than 90 miles to the workshop. Those needing to register for lodging at the conference hotel will be able to note their need on the registration form.

For more information on Preparing for a Disaster in your library visit:

  • WebJunction's Focus on Disaster Planning and Recovery for Libraries http://webjunction.org/do/DisplayContent?id=11514
  • Heritage Emergency National Task Force http://www.heritagepreservation.org/PROGRAMS/TASKFER.HTM
  • Library Disaster Planning and Recovery from Library HQ http://www.libraryhq.com/disaster.html
  • Northeast Document Conservation Center Technical Leaflet http://www.nedcc.org/plam3/tleaf33.htm

Shannon Behrhorst
Network Services Director
Nebraska Library Commission

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Have any of your patrons reported receiving an Authentication Failed or Login Required error message when trying to access HeritageQuest Online from home? If so, it could be that their computers are running a personal firewall (or other security software) that stops their browser from sending a referring URL. Another possibility is that they tried to access HeritageQuest Online via a browser bookmark or by typing the HeritageQuest Online URL in their browser's address box, rather than clicking on the appropriate hyperlink on the NebraskAccess Web site.

HeritageQuest Online uses referring URL authentication to provide authorized users with remote access to HeritageQuest Online and keep unauthorized users from getting into the system. Referring URL authentication checks the information transmitted by the user's browser to make sure that the user is connecting through an authorized institution. If the referring URL is absent, the user will get an error.

To overcome this problem, users need to configure their personal firewalls to stop them from blocking the referrer information. Most firewalls will allow users to set up a trusted site. Once this is done, users will be able to access the site. For HeritageQuest Online to work, users need to mark the following sites as trusted:

  • heritagequestonline.com
  • umi.com
  • persi.heritagequestonline.com
For step-by-step instructions on setting up trusted sites using various versions of Norton Internet Security software, see http://www.proquest.com/techsupport/answers/hqo/hqo_ans_448.shtml.

For additional assistance with HeritageQuest Online, please don't hesitate to contact a member of the Nebraska Library Commission Network Services team at 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665 or email NebraskAccess.

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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After fall trials of their products, the Nebraska Library Commission Network Services Department is pleased to announce the addition of three new database vendors to our discount purchasing program: Faulkner Information Services, Greenwood Publishing Group, and GoAntiques, Inc.

  • Faulkner Information Services is offering Nebraska libraries discounted pricing on their Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies (FAITS) and Security Management Practices (SMP) databases. FAITS is a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind online technology reports library, created especially for use by the academic community. SMP is an expert resource on the Web for learning about how to confront and manage organizational risk, plan for disruptions, deploy network security appliances, employ biometric technologies, safeguard intellectual property, establish security best practices, protect and train students, staff and much more.

  • Greenwood Publishing is offering Nebraska libraries discounted pricing on their Daily Life Online Suite of electronic social history products, which includes Daily Life through History and World Cultures Today. A Library Journal 2004 Best Reference Source, Daily Life through History focuses on the billions of men and women history often forgets, but whose everyday lives created the world we know. Perfect for general readers and students of world history it shines a light on the ordinary - and shows just how extraordinary it can be. A Booklist Editors' Choice "Best of 2005" Resource, World Cultures Today turns users into true citizens of the world, giving them quick access to the vibrant societies of their contemporaries. Focusing on the cultural richness and diversity of the modern world it is ideal for students working on papers or projects or for general readers looking in to their next destination.

  • GoAntiques, Inc. is offering Nebraska libraries discounted pricing on PriceMiner.com, an up-to-date, innovative research tool for the art, antiques and collectibles market. With more than 20 million records and 10 million pictures covering 5,200 categories and subcategories, it is used as both a price guide and an identification guide.
The above databases are available on a January 1 through December 31 subscription term. The order deadline for a January 1 start date was December 15, 2005, but prorated mid-term subscriptions will also be accepted.

For more information on these and other subscription opportunities see: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/pricing/ .

Susan Knisely
Online Services Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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The Nebraska Library Commission/NEBASE is offering a group discount to all Nebraska librarians who attend the Computers in Libraries 2006 conference. The conference is planned for March 22-24, at the Hilton Washington in Washington, D.C. Detailed information about the conference can be found on the conference web page at http://www.infotoday.com/cil2006/.

The price of the conference with the discount is $185.00 for the three-day event (March 22-24). This is more than a 50 percent savings off the regular price. No discount rates are available for the pre- or post-conference seminars and workshops.

In addition, discount prices of $99.00 on the Internet@Schools East conference and $199.00 for the combo of Internet@Schools East and Computers in Libraries general conference are also available.

To register for the conference, print off the registration form located at http://www.infotoday.com/cil2006/CIL2006_Registration.pdf. Mail the completed form to Sue Biltoft at the address below. Payment must accompany your registration form. Please make checks or money orders payable to Information Today, Inc. To receive the discount your registration MUST be sent to the Nebraska Library Commission. Completed registration forms must be received by February 3.

Sue Biltoft
Nebraska Library Commission
1200 N St., Suite 120
Lincoln, NE 68508-2023
Phone: 402-471-4009 or 800-307-2665

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Catalog This!  


Do you put a comma before the and in a series of three or more items? It might depend on when and where you went to school or if you follow the current style manuals.

A question related to the practice of inserting a comma before the and started a flood of emails on the AUTOCAT list in December. A cataloger from South Africa complained that catalog records she received had these commas inserted in titles when the title on the title page did not include them. Responders argued for and against this practice of adding commas that were not in the original piece, quoting cataloging rules and providing examples of how meanings could be changed.

AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd edition) has two specific rules pertaining to punctuation within the title field (not including the punctuation used to separate the parts of each field in the cataloging record) that were referred to frequently.
          Rule 0.11 states, "In matters of style not covered by the rules and appendices (e.g., matters of punctuation other than prescribed punctuation), follow the Chicago Manual of Style."
          Rule 1.1B1 states, "Transcribe the title proper exactly as to wording, order, and spelling, but not necessarily as to punctuation and capitalization. … Capitalize according to appendix A. … If the title proper as given in the chief source of information includes punctuation marks . . . or [ ], replace them by - and ( ), respectively."

The Chicago Manual of Style has two rules that were mentioned as applicable to the use of commas in a series in a title.
          Rule 6.19 states, "Comma needed. Items in a series are normally separated by commas … If the last element consists of a pair joined by and, the pair should still be preceded by a serial comma and the first and …" Several examples follow including:
                    The owner, the agent, and the tenant were having an argument.
                    The meal consisted of soup, salad, and macaroni and cheese.
          Rule 8.175 states in part, "Punctuation in quoted titles. On title pages, where the title often appears in very large type, commas are sometimes omitted from the ends of lines. When a title is quoted, such commas should be added. (Serial commas need be added only if it is clear that they are used in the work itself.)"

As several responders pointed out AACR2 rules can be ambiguous. That is where cataloger's judgment comes in to play. Many of the responders never referred to the second Chicago Manual rule listed above. Responders who defended the addition of a comma to a title series based their judgment on their reading of the first sentence in AACR2 Rule 1.1B1. Because it states that the transcription need not be exact as to punctuation, they say Rule 0.11 takes effect, thereby bringing the Chicago Manual Rule 6.19 into play.

I, however, read Rule 1.1B1 differently. Yes, the rule says the exact transcription is exempted as far as punctuation and capitalization are concerned, but I would argue the rule states when those exemptions should absolutely occur. Capitalization is to follow the rules laid out in appendix A and punctuation should be changed when ellipses or square brackets appear in the title. In my opinion, the only time Rule 0.11 comes into play is when the title page designers have deliberately left out punctuation because of the layout. In those cases, I would turn to the Chicago Manual Rule 8.175 to make the title readable.

After reading the above rules, what would your decision be?

Devra Dragos
Cataloging Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission

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Dewey Decimal Classification Online Workshop

The three-session DDC workshop will be held again starting February 22. The workshop will include a discussion on assigning classification numbers when a topic might fall under more than one discipline, choosing the right number based on Notes and Manual entries, building numbers using the tables, and a look at OCLC's Abridged WebDewey.

The registration form and further details are available at /netserv/cataloging.html.


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