Nebraska Library Commission
          Network Services

                July/August 2001  vol.7  no.4 issn 1082-4383



Greetings! I am pleased to be with the Nebraska Library Commission as your new Network Services Director. Even though I have only been in Lincoln a couple of weeks, I've already received a warm welcome from the Nebraska library community.

Shannon We have a number of items to announce this summer. NEBASE and OCLC are bringing an OCLC Update meeting to western Nebraska July 11. Anne Donohue from OCLC, as well as Christa Burns and myself will be at Scottsbluff Public Library on July 11 from 9:00 to noon. Anne will present an OCLC update, including their new Global Strategy, and a preview of the new Web ILL interface, scheduled for release this August. For those of you in the eastern part of the state, these same items will be covered again at the NEBASE Annual Meeting-East in Lincoln. We hope you can make it to one of the upcoming meetings and see OCLC's new ILL interface and hear about their Global Plan for the future.

The Network Services Database Roadshow completed its tour June 20 in Lincoln. This year's Roadshow has been a success and I would like to thank the Network Services staff for doing such a great job. Let us hear from you if you are interested in additional database training. Also, new database trials will be coming this fall for your preview. If you have any suggestions for the upcoming trials call or e-mail us with your suggestions.

The NEBASE Annual Meeting - East is scheduled for September 20 at the Cornhusker in Lincoln. We are currently finalizing the details and agenda. It looks like it will be a full day of activities to provide our NEBASE members with updates on OCLC activities and NEBASE history, as well as a choice of afternoon sessions. Look for further information on the meeting on NEBASE-L and the Network Services Web site.

I look forward to meeting many of you in the coming months. If there is anything we can assist you with, don't hesitate to contact us for help or information.

--Shannon White
  Network Services Director


Beginning July 1, libraries that formerly used regional resource centers for Interlibrary Loan (ILL) transactions will receive backup Interlibrary Loan service from the Nebraska Library Commission. There will be no charge for most transactions. Libraries currently doing their own Interlibrary Loan will continue to do so. In the future, Commission staff plan to focus on training and consultation to help local library staff do their own ILL using a new OCLC Web interface that is expected to simplify ILL requests.

For those of you interested in submitting your backup Interlibrary Loan requests online, you may do so at the following address: </ref/ill/>. If you wish to call in your requests, please call 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665 to reach the reference desk. E-mail requests may be sent to Information Services. For more information contact Lisa Kelly, 402-471-4015, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Lisa Kelly.

--Lisa Kelly
  Nebraska Library Commission


Highsmith has increased the discount offered to Nebraska libraries to thirteen percent on stock shipments from their current catalogs and nine percent on drop shipments with a minimum order of $25, through June 30, 2002. The freight is prepaid and added to your invoice.

For more information see </netserv/discount.aspx#highsmith>. If you have any questions please call Highsmith at 800-543-2180.

--Jeannette Powell
  Nebraska Library Commission


The NEBASE Advisory Council will meet July 19 at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Calvin T. Ryan Library.


NEBASE and OCLC are hosting an OCLC Update Meeting on Wednesday, July 11 at the Scottsbluff Public Library. Anne Donohue, from OCLC headquarters in Ohio, will be speaking on various OCLC topics. Refreshments will be served.

Come see the new Web interface to OCLC's ILL service! A live demonstration of this new product will be shown. The Web interface is expected to be available in mid-August of this year.

And, learn about OCLC's new global strategy. A three-year plan is in place to reaffirm OCLC's commitment to library cooperation, develop new Web-based services, and implement a new technological platform. Come hear the new strategic direction OCLC is taking!

An overview of all OCLC products and services is also part of the program.

Date: Wednesday, July 11
Location: Scottsbluff Public Library, Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon MDT
Fee: FREE!
To register: Contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.


The Nebraska Library Commission is unveiling a new program of promoting cooperative efforts among Nebraska libraries called the NebrasKard Program. The program encourages Nebraska libraries to participate in a reciprocal borrowing arrangement with other libraries throughout the state. This will allow registered borrowers of one library to borrow materials from other libraries than their own county, town, academic or regional library. The underlying intent is to permit registered borrowers in good standing to borrow materials from multiple libraries, in addition to the borrower's home library. The NebrasKard program begins July 1. For more information about the program take a look at: </netserv/nebraskard/nebraskard.html>.

--Shannon White
  Nebraska Library Commission



The Database Roadshow 2001 was a great success. We had approximately 125 people register to attend at one of the many locations. We received a lot of positive feedback this year. Most attendees preferred the longer format and the opportunity to have hands-on time for each database. Please remember you can call or e-mail us any time you have questions about accessing or using the databases.

Phone: 800-307-2665
E-mail: Network Services

--Allana Novotny
  Nebraska Library Commission

ACCESS TO ELECTRIC LIBRARY POSSIBLE WITHOUT UPGRADE, the vendor for Electric Library, is currently promoting a new database called bigchalk Library. bigchalk Library offers more functionality and additional content than the existing Electric Library currently used by libraries across Nebraska. The new version can be bought for a supplemental fee and provides additional functionality, as well as a new interface to the existing database. The Nebraska Library Commission has renewed the statewide license agreement for access to the original Electric Library for academic and public libraries through June 2002. Nebraska academic and public libraries accessing the database through the Commission do not need to purchase the updated version to continue their access to the original Electric Library. We will plan a trial of the new database, bigchalk Library, for all libraries at a later date to determine desire for change or other possible discounted rates for Nebraska libraries. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about Electric Library.

--Shannon White
  Nebraska Library Commission



The Nebraska Library Commission is currently working on an offer through netLibrary for a second collection of ebook titles. Participation in the second netLibrary collection is open to all Nebraska libraries, regardless if the library was a participant in the first collection. Our current goal for the second collection is 1500 new titles. If your library is interested in participating in the new collection you can find netLibrary pricing information at: </netserv/pricing.html>.

If you have any questions about netLibrary please contact Jeannette Powell 800-307-2665 or 402-471-7740, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

--Shannon White
  Nebraska Library Commission




Libraries Very Interested in Sharing (LVIS) is an excellent example of OCLC regional networks working together to provide better service to their members.

Established in 1993 by the Illinois State Library and the Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC), LVIS was the first OCLC "no charge" Group Access Capability (GAC) organization in the midwest. During its first year, more than 200 libraries in Illinois and Missouri became LVIS members. Iowa libraries started joining LVIS in 1994.

In an effort to expand LVIS participation and assist libraries trying to locate "no charge" lenders, LVIS opened its membership to any library interested in no charge resource sharing, and, in 1995-1996, the group went countrywide. As of June 2001, there are 1,468 libraries of all types participating in LVIS; 31 of those are Nebraska libraries.

As the number of LVIS members increases, the burden for interlibrary loan lending is shared by a greater number of libraries. LVIS allows libraries to break down geographic barriers and create strong interlibrary loan networks based on the spirit of cooperation and partnership.

To be a participant you need to:

NEBASE strongly encourages all Nebraska libraries to join the LVIS GAC. To become an LVIS library, contact Jeannette Powell either by email or phone 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, and she will send you an LVIS Participant Agreement. Please note that there is no additional cost to join the LVIS GAC. After you complete the agreement and return it to NEBASE, we will request that OCLC add you to the LVIS GAC.

--Christa Burns
  Nebraska Library Commission


NEBASE has joined with BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) to include our members in their CISTI discount program.

CISTI, the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, has one of the most comprehensive collections in the world in the physical and life sciences, engineering, medicine and technology and is a leader in the collection of technical reports and conference proceedings.

Once you have registered with CISTI as a NEBASE member, you can order copies from any of their over 54,000 different serial titles and over 700,000 books, conference proceedings and technical reports in science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and medicine. You will receive ten percent off the regular Direct Supply service per-article charge. If you use the OCLC ILL service and IFM billing option to order and pay for articles, you'll receive twenty percent off! (There is no discount on copyright fees, loans or Custom Services charges.)

CISTI's collection is available to you through OCLC's ILL Service, as well as the CISTI catalog, CISTI online order form <>, DOCLINE, various Internet Gateways, e-mail, mail, fax or phone.

To take advantage of this discount offer, you must register through NEBASE by contacting Jeannette Powell either by e-mail, Jeannette Powell or phone 402-471-7740 or 307-2665. If you are already registered for a CISTI service, you may transfer your account to NEBASE to take advantage of the discounted pricing.

Having NEBASE as part of the CISTI program will help maintain and maybe even increase the volume numbers, which is what determines the discount level. This ends up benefiting all of the libraries that participate.

--Christa Burns
  Nebraska Library Commission


Clio is a widely used ILL Management System that is now available to NEBASE member libraries at a five percent discount. You can acquire some or all modules of this set of Windows interlibrary loan management software to help you in your day-to-day ILL and collection development operations.

Clio helps manage your ILL transactions on the local level from the time a patron makes a request through the entire cycle, including loan, return, billing, and payment. Clio has all the functions you need to manage your ILL operation including tracking copyright compliance, preparing and tracking customizable lending and borrowing notices and archiving completed transactions for later statistical use.

Clio can be used with OCLC's Passport for Windows or Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer. The various message file categories are downloaded into Clio and added to its local database. Requests are updated in Clio, passed to the ILL Micro Enhancer, and updated in the online system.

Clio is priced on a sliding scale according to the number of transactions processed in the previous year by an Interlibrary Loan office. This is a one-time fee, not a yearly subscription. Users purchase the current version, plus free upgrades for one year and a license to install the software on an unlimited number of workstations at one site.

ClioRequest is an add-on module to Clio that automatically reads e-mail borrowing requests submitted by patrons through your library's Web page. ClioRequest can then route the requests to your OCLC Review file, to OCLC's Direct Request service, to document suppliers such as Infotrieve, to other libraries via e-mail, or to a printer to produce an ALA form. Whichever option you choose, ClioRequest will automatically add the request to your Clio Borrowing database. ClioRequest can be downloaded at no charge by current Clio users.

ClioWeb is a module libraries can purchase that allows patrons to check on the status of their ILL requests using any standard browser from any location with Web access. It is password protected to guarantee patron privacy.

NEBASE libraries can learn more about Clio at <>. To take advantage of the five percent discount offer, you must place your order through NEBASE by contacting Jeannette Powell either by e-mail, Jeannette Powell, or phone 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665

--Christa Burns
Nebraska Library Commission


Where's the best place to get a question answered on the Web? Wouldn't it be great if most people answered this question, "At the library!"? Services like AskJeeves, Northern Light, and Google proliferate, but how many of their users' questions are answered completely? Accurately?

Wouldn't it be great if you could participate in a pioneering collaborative service that provides quality, authoritative reference service by professional reference librarians twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year? A service that will position your library as the first place your patrons turn to for quality information on the Internet.

Now you can! The Library of Congress and OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. are collaborating to make this vision a reality. LC and OCLC, at the forefront of library cooperation efforts for over three decades in shared cataloging and resource sharing, are now beginning a brand new era in cooperative reference services. The Collaborative Digital Reference Service (CDRS) is a pioneering new service that will provide professional reference service to researchers--anywhere, anytime--through an international, digital network of libraries and related institutions. Librarians will assist their users by connecting to the CDRS to send questions that are best answered by the expert staff and collections of CDRS institutions from around the world. A large searchable archive of previous questions and answers will also be available to CDRS users.

There are now over eighty institutions participating in the project, including the Nebraska Library Commission, Yale University, Cleveland Public Library, the National Gallery of Art, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Membership in the CDRS is open to libraries including public, academic, special, research, government and corporate; cultural institutions such as archives, art galleries, museums and historical societies; and "Ask-a" services providing information based on professional information specialists such as scientists and librarians. Members may fulfill a variety of roles including Requestor, a library that only sends questions to other members for answers, or Contributor, a library that not only posts questions but also answers questions from others. There are no minimum membership requirements for size or scope of collections or size of staff. For more information on how your library can become a founding member in this exciting project go to <> or <>.

--Christa Burns
  Nebraska Library Commission


In late July, CatExpress will move to the CORC environment. CatExpress users will be able to do everything they currently do, but the screens and help will look more like CORC, as OCLC works to integrate different cataloging interfaces.


CORC users will be able to choose the CatExpress subset from within CORC. CatExpress subscribers will not have access to the CORC Resource Catalog or the Pathfinders.

There is no change in billing. The CatExpress tutorial will be revised to reflect these changes.

More information about these changes will be sent in the coming weeks.

--Linda Gabel
  OCLC Metadata Services


The OCLC Users Council unanimously ratified changes to the OCLC Articles of Incorporation and Code of Regulations recommended by the OCLC Board of Trustees following a year-long study of strategic directions and governance.

Under new bylaws adopted May 21, Users Council changed its name to Members Council and added six new delegates from outside the United States to better define its role in strategic planning and extend global representation.

Action came May 20-22 during the third and final meeting of the 2000/01 Users Council with the dual themes of "The Library as a Virtual Place" and "OCLC Strategic Directions and Governance Study."

The OCLC Board of Trustees retained the Arthur D. Little consulting firm in January 2000 to conduct an independent study of OCLC's strategic directions and related issues of governance. An advisory council of distinguished librarians and other leaders in the information professions and academe interacted with the consultant and prepared recommendations. The Users Council spent a great deal of time during its 2000/01 meetings discussing these issues before the May vote.

In addition to changing its name, council bylaws were amended to read that the "Members Council shall advise the Board of Trustees and OCLC management of emerging, critical issues that require OCLC tracking, planning, or other responses so that OCLC's own strategic planning is informed by this input."

Council voted to add delegates from the Netherlands, Japan, South Africa, France, Mexico and China to serve for the next three years while a group of representatives from council, the Board of Trustees, regional networks and service centers continue work on a new algorithm to help define new standards for membership and council representation.

"These changes represent a reinvigorated council that has the opportunity to advise OCLC on the needs of members early and often, upstream as far as is practical, and to have a significant impact on the directions OCLC takes in the next few years," said Larry Alford, OCLC Users Council president and deputy university librarian, Davis Library, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Featured speaker Sarah Thomas, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, Cornell University, addressed the May meeting topic, "Partnerships in Creating the Library Portal," with her presentation, "OCLC's Metadata Strategy and the Catalog as Portal to the Internet."

Dr. Thomas said libraries are still very popular on college campuses, but changing expectations in information access and delivery mean that libraries should work with other types of information providers and partners to keep pace with the current environment. She said OCLC's plan to extend WorldCat--from a single database covering eight formats to an international network of metadata repositories connected with a variety of fulfillment options--is on the right track.

"There is an incredible convergence in the way I've been thinking and what OCLC is doing, only OCLC is doing it much more concretely and systematically," said Dr. Thomas.

"People want to be able to do a single search across files, retrieving a variety of materials and, of course, find what they're looking for," Dr. Thomas said. "We want to be able to take features that we see manifested so well in the more successful Internet services and combine those with the core values and the excellence we bring to libraries."

During the previous Users Council meeting in February, interest groups discussed in detail plans to extend the OCLC cooperative. Discussion leaders met with Bob Seal, member of the Users Council Executive Committee, and university librarian, Mary Couts Burnett Library, Texas Christian University, who summarized the group discussions for the full council. Mr. Seal listed several recommendations from group leaders for OCLC to consider.

At the May meeting, Phyllis Spies, vice president, OCLC Worldwide Library Services, responded to council's recommendations and presented an update on extending the cooperative.

Jay Jordan, OCLC president and CEO, updated delegates on OCLC services including new projects such as a digital collection management and preservation service pilot project to develop tools for libraries and archives to preserve and maintain access to digital content; a names service that will provide a registry of identifiers such as ISBN, ISSN, BICI and SICI; and progress in extending the cooperative through Pica B.V., OCLC's partner in the Netherlands.

"I think it is fair to say that this has been a very demanding year," said Mr. Jordan. "Users Council has been very much involved in development and validation of our global strategy. And, of course, you have been immersed in the governance study. In my opinion, you were in the right place at the right time, and OCLC is the better for it."

Council elected the 2001/02 Members Council Executive Committee: Jerry Stephens, librarian and director, Mervyn H. Sterne Library, University of Alabama-Birmingham, president; Kris Senecal, director, Waidner-Spahr Library, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, vice president/president-elect; and delegates-at-large, Tom Kirk, college librarian, Lilly Library, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana; Ian Mowat, librarian, Edinburgh University Library, Edinburgh, United Kingdom; and Jay Starratt, associate vice chancellor/dean, Lovejoy Library, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Delegates met in interest group discussions focusing on Collections and Technical Services, Online Reference/Electronic Publishing, Preservation/Electronic Archiving, Research, and Resource Sharing. During the Members' Forum portion of the meeting, facilitated by George Needham, vice president, OCLC Member Services, interest group leaders reported discussion topics to council.

Minutes from the May 2001 meeting are available on the OCLC Members Council web site <>. The next regularly scheduled Members Council meeting is Oct. 7-9, 2001.

The Members Council supports OCLC's mission by serving as a key discussion forum and communications link between member libraries, regional networks and other partners, and OCLC management. By providing a channel for recommendations and questions from Members Council delegates, approving changes in the Code of Regulations, and electing six members of the Board of Trustees, Members Council helps shape the future direction of OCLC.

--OCLC News [edited]


OCLC Forest Press will discontinue the Dewey for Windows CD-ROM product effective December 31, 2001. Subscribers should plan to migrate to WebDewey in CORC or WebDewey. WebDewey in CORC is available now to full cataloging members and partial users. It will become available to CatExpress users this August. An annual subscription to WebDewey in CORC is $500 for an unlimited number of users at the same physical location. A single-user subscription option, priced at $225 per year, will become available in January 2002. See the WebDewey in CORC order form at <>.

WebDewey will be released in January 2002. Based on the same database as WebDewey in CORC, WebDewey will be available to those without an OCLC Cataloging service authorization. Licenses to WebDewey will be available by subscription at a special introductory price of $225 per year for a single user and $500 per year for an unlimited number of users at one location. The introductory prices will be in effect through March 31, 2002. After that the regular subscription prices will apply-$275 per year for a single user and $575 per year for an unlimited number of users at the same site. After the first year, all subscriptions will renew at the regular subscription prices. Further information, including an online order form, will be available on the Dewey web site this fall.

The Dewey for Windows CD-ROM product was released annually since 1997. In keeping with the OCLC strategy's emphasis on web-based services, our efforts are on developing web-based versions of the enhanced DDC database. Development of web versions of an updated and enhanced Abridged Edition 13 database will begin late this summer. The DDC databases are currently enriched with intellectual and statistical mappings to Library of Congress Subject Headings. Planned enhancements to web versions include mappings to other terminology sets as well.

If you have questions, please contact Dawn Lawson at <> or (800) 848-5878 x5288.

--OCLC "Bits and Pieces"




The ATLA Serials database (ATLAS), published by the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), is now available through the OCLC FirstSearch service. On FirstSearch, the ATLAS database supplies full text (page images) of 29 journals in religion and theology covering the period 1946 to the present.

"ATLAS is the first major digital full-text journal project created for religion scholars by religion scholars," said James Adair, ATLAS director. "The ATLAS Collection will be an important research tool for scholars and students alike, and it will continue to improve as we add new journals. ATLA is pleased that OCLC FirstSearch has its very own version of ATLAS. The partnership of OCLC and ATLA will greatly enhance the resources available for students of theology and religion for generations."

"We are very pleased to offer our libraries direct linking to the electronic full text of articles that appear in the ATLA Religion database, an unparalleled resource for researchers in this field," said Chuck Costakos, director, OCLC Product Management. "OCLC and ATLA are working together to provide these full-text articles via linking from OCLC's FirstSearch service directly to the ATLAS database on ATLA's site. Searchers should find it very easy to get full-text results in electronic form instantly via this special collection of journals corresponding to indexed content in ATLA."

ATLAS is a project undertaken by the American Theological Library Association to digitize essential journals that deal with the academic study of religion and theology. ATLA, which plans to expand the coverage of journals in the ATLAS database on an ongoing basis, has signed agreements with publishers for the inclusion of 69 journals in the project. The full text of 16 additional journals will soon be added to the database, increasing to 45 the number of ATLAS journals available through the FirstSearch service.

Established in 1946, the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), based in Chicago, has more than 650 personal and 230 institutional members. ATLA's international membership represents many religious traditions and denominations. Membership is open to any person who is engaged in professional library or bibliographic work in theological or religious fields, or who has an interest in the literature of religion, theological librarianship, and the purposes and work of the association. ATLA indexes over 600 of the leading journals in the field of religion. More information about ATLA can be found on their web site at <>.

FirstSearch is designed for people who use libraries and requires no training or online search experience. FirstSearch provides access to more than 70 databases, including OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online and more than 50 databases that either contain full text or deliver full text through links to other FirstSearch databases. FirstSearch also links to the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service. The OCLC FirstSearch service came online in 1991. More information about FirstSearch, including a guided tour, is available on OCLC's web site <>.

--OCLC News [edited]



A practice version of the OCLC ArticleFirst database is now available for library use from the OCLC FirstSearch Web site. The database, a 5,000-record subset of ArticleFirst database, may be used at no charge by libraries for instructional or promotional purposes. A link to the three practice databases now available, PArticleFirst, PGPO and PWorldCat, is available from the "Learning/Teaching" section of the FirstSearch Web site at <>. As additional practice versions of FirstSearch databases become available, OCLC will provide access to them from the same page of the FirstSearch Web site.

--OCLC Reference


CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) is the FirstSearch Featured Database of the Month for July. You may search CINAHL at no charge during July from these pages on the FirstSearch web site: <> and <>.

The CINAHL database now includes full text for selected materials, in addition to indexing and display enhancements that have been made in response to user requests.

--OCLC [edited]


The OCLC FirstSearch service now contains a collection of full text for the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL) database and an additional 122 journals in OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online. In addition, a new administrative module feature allows libraries to control their use of the direct article access link pickup feature by database.

Expanded Content
The CINAHL database now includes full text provided by CINAHL, in addition to indexing and display enhancements that have been made in response to requests from CINAHL users. The new CINAHL full text may be purchased through either the subscription or per-search options. Other database enhancements include a new Journal Subset limiter, new indexes for Access Method, Current Awareness Categories, Named Person and Original Study, and an expanded full record display.

The OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online service now provides access to over 3,300 journals, following the addition of 122 new electronic journals from 21 publishers. The new journals include 37 journals from BioOne and three journals from the new publisher Guilford Publications.

New Administrative Module Control
FirstSearch administrators may now control their use of direct article access at the database level through their libraries' administrative modules. Direct article access facilitates linking from an external site such as a reserve list on a library Web site directly to individual articles in the OCLC FirstSearch service. Details about implementing Direct Article Access for your library are provided in the document "FirstSearch Direct article access: linking from your library's Web pages to the full text of journal articles in FirstSearch" at <>.

Please contact NEBASE 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665 with questions about the OCLC FirstSearch service.

--OCLC [edited]


Has this happened to you? You are searching in several bibliographic databases. You do not see links to your Electronic Collections Online journals in your results for a particular journal. Several factors may be at work. Here are some troubleshooting tips.

--Tam Dalrymple
  OCLC Reference Services


Findings from a research study evaluating the teaching effectiveness of "Cataloging Internet Resources Using MARC 21 and AACR2," a web-based, distance learning course from the OCLC Institute, indicate that the new course provides catalogers with a significant and superior learning experience. See the preliminary results at <>.

--OCLC [edited]


This month's (June) featured participant in the OCLC ILL Document Supplier Program is the Canada Institute for Scientific & Technical Information (CISTI). The following article details its collections along with some ILL policies.

CISTI supplies loans and copies of original documents subject to restrictions imposed by Canadian copyright legislation. CISTI is an international document supplier for scientific, technical, and medical information.

CISTI covers the fields of science, technology, and medicine. It holds more than 50,000 journal titles in most languages, worldwide conference proceedings, over 1 million technical reports in microform, and 500,000 monographs.

The CISTI catalogue offers free searching of CISTI's holdings <>. CISTI Serials List, available in print, lists over 15,000 currently received subscriptions alphabetically by title with ISSN when available.

CISTI offers both loans and copies. OCLC orders are downloaded frequently throughout the day. To order, clients must register with CISTI and establish a billing or credit card (Visa or Master Card) account. IFM is accepted. Photocopies may be kept. Loaned documents must be returned within one month; renewals for loan charge for each month. For detailed current price information, see Name-Address Directory record NACN :4531, or call Document Delivery Client Assistant at: Tel: 800-668-1222 or 613-993-9251; fax: 613-993-7619; E-mail: <>, or see CISTI's Web site <>.

To register, contact CISTI Client Registration at: Tel: 800-668-1222; fax: 613-954-2217; E-mail: <>; URL: <>.

Orders are generally filled within 48 hours of receipt. Enter the symbol, CAI, only once. Copies are sent via fax or Ariel, or by overnight courier. There is no additional charge for Shipping/Handling and Urgent Service is available. Two-hour guaranteed turnaround time for copies is available. Loans and lengthy articles are delivered by overnight courier. See :BORROWING NOTES:.

Prices outside Canada vary-see NACN :4531 for details. For U.S. and Mexican clients see NACN :100247. For International clients (non U.S. and Mexico) see NACN :100248. Other specialized services are available. For further details, contact Document Delivery Client Assistant.

For complete lending polices and workform instructions, please see Name-Address Directory record NACN :4531, or contact CISTI Document Delivery or NEBASE 800-307-2665.

Product Help Desk
Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information
National Research Council of Canada Ottawa K1A 0S2, CANADA
Telephone: 1-800-668-1222 or +613-993-9251, Fax: +613-993-7619, E-Mail: <>, URL: <>.

Editor's Note: Be sure to check out the CISTI discount program article for information on how to register for CISTI through NEBASE at 10% and 20% off regular pricing.

--Mark Tullos [edited]
  OCLC Resource Sharing




May 2001 Enhancements to CORC:

On May 27th, OCLC implemented the following enhancements to CORC in upgrade 1.15:

A. TCP/IP export of bibliographic and authority records: CORC upgraded the record export feature to allow users to open a TCP/IP session and export bibliographic and authority records directly from CORC to their local integrated library system in a way similar to that supported by OCLC's micro-based interfaces (Passport, CatME, Arabic, CJK). Bibliographic records from the Resource Catalog, the RC save file, or WorldCat can now be exported in MARC, Dublin Core HTML, or Dublin Core RDF. Authority records from the CORC authorities database can be exported in MARC only. All users with a full-level authorization or higher are able to configure and select this export option.

CORC TCP/IP Export differs from export supported by the micro-based interfaces because it requires a direct connection between the CORC server and the local system. CORC implemented a proxy router for TCP/IP Export that insures that exported records will be delivered from a consistent OCLC IP address. Sites that have implemented firewalls for security purposes need to be aware that direct TCP/IP export will not function properly if the CORC router cannot connect directly to the local system. The production IP address for the CORC router is If your firewall uses IP recognition, it must be configured to accept this CORC IP address. Users need to work with local system administrators to resolve any firewall issues that may arise.

New statuses: To help users manage their workflows for bibliographic record export, we added two new status categories in the Resource Catalog save file: Export and Exported.

Export status. You can assign Export status to saved records to accumulate a batch of records for export across several CORC sessions. After assigning Export status, you can use Show By Status to retrieve all records ready for export; then tag the records and export them as a group.

Exported status. When a saved record is exported successfully via TCP/IP (that is, directly to a local system), CORC automatically changes the record status to Exported. CORC resets the expiration period for records assigned Exported status to 14 days. If you export to a file on your workstation, you can assign Exported status to the records using the batch Set Status To function of the RC save file.

This release included updated Help on export. In addition, the PDF documents "Create, Import, and Export CORC Resource Records" and "Use CORC Authority File" have been updated to cover the changes summarized in this message.

Additional components of this install included various changes and corrections to:

B. Constant data: Interface changes to clarify distinctions between records in your institution's constant data database (shared by all users at the institution) and the "current constant data" (associated with a specific user/session and used when you add constant data to a resource record). Here are the significant changes:

  1. The "Submit Constant Data" action now appears as two specific actions: "Add to Constant Data Database" (add a new CD record) and "Replace in Constant Data Database" (replace an existing CD record with an edited version).
  2. To make it easier to edit current constant data (to modify text and/or to specify which MARC fields to apply), we added the navigation bar item "Current CD" under Resource Catalog> Show. This link displays your current constant data in edit mode.
  3. The option to edit current constant data has been removed from the Create Constant Data screen (Resource Catalog> Create> Constant Data). That screen is now used only to create new CD records to be added to your institution's constant data database.
This release included updated Help on constant data. In addition, the PDF document "Edit CORC Resource Records" was updated to cover constant data changes.

C. Pathfinders: Corrected some problems with diacritic/special character displays in Pathfinders, so that Unicode characters display properly

D. Countdown timer: Fixed a problem with incorrect reset of the CORC countdown timer

E. 003 Field: Corrected a problem with CORC not exporting field 003 in MARC Export

F. Record Cloning: Corrected a problem with incorrect tags transferring in Clone

--Roman S. Panchyshyn [edited]
  Metadata Services Division

June 2001 Enhancements to CORC:

On June 24, 2001, OCLC implemented several enhancements to CORC. Among them are extra blank topical subject fields in the Dublin Core view, updated WebDewey, changes to Pathfinders, and several fixes and minor enhancements.

A. Dublin Core: When a user selects 'Create New' record, four blank subject fields (Subject.topical.LCSH) will be added in the DC view. This enhancement was added to the MARC view previously.

B. WebDewey Updates: The WebDewey database will be updated. The new content will include all updates to Dewey Decimal Classification, Edition 21, from May through June 2001 (corrections, new developments, new built numbers, and additional electronic index terms). Notable additions will be all editorially mapped LCSH/DDC (EM) from LC Subject Headings Weekly Lists nos. 46-51, 2000, and 1-5, 2001; a number for the post-Fujimori administration in Peru; and revised historical periods for Scandinavia, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Iceland.

C. Pathfinders: Several Pathfinder enhancements are included:

  1. Pathfinders Constant Data: Provides the ability to create, edit and apply constant data (similar to constant data for RC records)
  2. The user will be able to run a utility (from the actions menu) to embed links into the pathfinder IF a record exists in the Resource catalog.
  3. Browsing options by title, description, record number or cataloging source (similar to the Authorities File browse function)
  4. User may choose either a "Linear" or "Outline" display option
  5. Local override of cascading style sheets feature to specify font type and size, background color and insert background images in the Pathfinder
Finally, the installation will include a few problem fixes.

New CORC documentation will be mounted to reflect these changes.

Feedback about CORC is always welcome. We recommend that you use the Contact Support feature in CORC to send both reports of problems and also suggestions for improvements. The general information site for CORC is <>.

--Susan Westberg [edited]
  Metadata Services Division


Both OCLC Bibliographic Record Notification (BibNote) and CORC offer a form of URL checking service. BibNote offers the 856 OCLC-MARC record upgrade and delivery. CORC offers the URL checking and notification service.

BibNote automatically delivers upgraded OCLC-MARC records to your library if an 856 field has been added/changed/deleted. Your holding symbol must be attached to the record to receive the upgrade and you must have a BibNote profile.

For libraries so profiled:

Additional BibNote information is available at: <>.

The CORC URL checking service scans the URL in resource records to detect links that are not found, or have been relocated temporarily or permanently. When a problem link is found, the system assigns the appropriate URL problem status to the record and displays it in a list of URL problems compiled for an institution. By setting the URL notification option to Yes, a user is notified when the URL has problems. To access the status links, go to the Resource Catalog; under Show, click By Status to display. Additional CORC information is available at: <>.

Summary of Differences The BibNote product delivers OCLC-MARC records that have been upgraded with either new, or changed, or deleted Electronic Location and Access fields (856 according to the BibNote user's profile and user's holding on the record).

The CORC service offers a listing of records by status that have URLs that are not found or have moved temporarily or permanently. Once the master record is updated with a new/corrected URL, CORC removes the URL problem status from the record. It is pulled off the user's list. This service is based on the URL notification option within CORC.

General Information BibNote documentation is available at: <>.

CORC general information is at: <>.

More Information About the Services If you would like more information about BibNote, please contact NEBASE or Julie Whitley at <>.

If you would like more information about the CORC service, please contact <>.

--Julie Whitley
  OCLC Metadata Services


In its recommitment to supporting and improving the CORC Pathfinders toolset, OCLC suspended all Pathfinder charges effective May 2001. All charges associated with the CORC Resource Catalog are still in place.

Members are encouraged to use their current OCLC cataloging authorizations to search the Pathfinder database, "clone" (re-use an already created pathfinder), create, store, and export Pathfinders <>.

Created or customized for local use by library staff, Pathfinders can incorporate reviewed and selected Internet resources, references to library materials, licensed resources, OCLC records, and non-electronic resources.

Members can provide access to Pathfinders via their OPACs by creating OCLC bibliographic records for Pathfinders and exporting the records with links to the Pathfinders in the CORC database.

Numerous Pathfinders features have recently been added. To view enhancements, point your browser to: <>.

To learn more about Pathfinders, use the contextual online help in CORC, or point your browser to the online tutorial at <>.

Please direct your feedback about CORC's Pathfinders to NEBASE or OCLC at <>, or Sandy McIntyre Colby at <>.

--Sandy McIntyre Colby
  OCLC Metadata Services


In April 2001 OCLC PAIS began using CORC to create Pathfinders for new and archived Hot Topics posted on the PAIS web site. The Web Resources section of each Hot Topic Pathfinder contains annotated links to Internet resources, usually grouped by type, such as "Educational institution sites," "Government sites," "Media organization sites," and "Nonprofit organization sites."

To build the Web Resources section of a Hot Topic Pathfinder, PAIS editors glean relevant sites already indexed in PAIS' growing websites database, and conduct Internet searches about the topic at hand. The PAIS bibliographic database resources section of a Hot Topic Pathfinder contains citations from PAIS International. For more information or to suggest a Hot Topic Pathfinder contact: Catherine Korvin, PAIS +1-212-736-4161. <>

--OCLC "Bits and Pieces"




TB236: Form (Form of Item 008/23 and 006/06)

Do not use Form value 's' for 'electronic item' for records in the Sound Recordings format (008/23 and 006/06). Only value 'blank' (b/) is valid.

TB236 and the LC Code Lists

The Relator Term (subfield ‡4) for the code 'cpc' should be listed as 'Copyright claimant'. The code for the relator term 'Draftsman' should be listed as 'drm'.

Do not use code 'clutscny' for Classification of the Library of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York in subfield ‡2 (Source) for fields 600-651(Subject Added Entries) or 655 (Index Term--Genre/Form). Use it in field 084 (Other Classification Number) subfield ‡2 (Source) as defined in Technical Bulletin 227.

Do not use code 'rasuqam' for Répertoire des autoritiés-sujet de l'Université du Québec a Montréal in field 655 (Index Term--Genre/Form) subfield ‡2 (Source). Use it in fields 600-651 (Subject Added Entries) subfield ‡2 (Source) as defined in Technical Bulletin 227.

OCLC plans to remove codes 'clutscny' and 'rasuqam' from the appropriate lists in the Validation rules for cataloging later this year.

--Ellen Caplan
  OCLC Metadata Services


TECHNICAL BULLETIN 242: OCLC SYMBOL EXPANSION is now available on the OCLC web site at <>.

TB 242 describes OCLC symbol expansion and its effect on OCLC products and services. Currently OCLC symbols are three characters. Starting in August, newly assigned OCLC institution symbols will be five characters. This change will allow OCLC to continue to assign unique symbols.

OCLC began shipping printed copies of TB242 to members May 4.

--Ron Jones
  OCLC Documentation Department



Version 1.21 of the OCLC CatME for Windows software is now available for electronic download. This new version includes fixes to reported problems. To download the software, and for more information about the changes in this version and upcoming changes with CatME 2.00, please visit the CatME Web site at <>.

--David Whitehair
  OCLC Metadata Services


The Spelling Checker for CatME, developed by InfoWorks Technology Company, is now available for electronic download at no charge from the OCLC web site. Download, install, setup, and begin using the Spelling Checker with current versions of OCLC CatME for Windows. You can customize the software to check selected fields. With many fields, you can specify to skip subfields that include names. For more information and to download the software, visit the CatME home page at <>.

--David Whitehair
  OCLC Metadata Services


Due to the upcoming installation of expanded institution symbols later this year, it became necessary to install some changes to Union List commands and displays. OCLC installed these changes on May 13, 2001.

Command changes The system will accept this command with or without the space. Previously, no space was allowed.
ULxxx will be entered as ULxxx or UL xxx (with "xxx" being an institution symbol of 3 or 5-8 characters)
ULxxxx will be entered as ULxxxx or UL xxxx (with "xxxx" being a 4-character group symbol)

New commands UI xxx (with "xxx" being an institution symbol of 3 or 5-8 characters)
UG xxxx (with "xxxx" being a group symbol)

Display changes The Union List Group displays will have space for up to 8-character symbols.
Old display example:
CGP  (19821000,0,4,8) 1-  1845-
IAI  (19891000,0,4,8) 1-14;1-  1845-1859;1859-

New display example:
CGP  (19821000,0,4,8) 1-  1845- IAI  (19891000,0,4,8) 1-14;1-  1845-1859;1859-

Please contact OCLC User & Network Support (800-848-5800 or <>) with questions.

--OCLC [edited]


In May 2001, OCLC removed National Library of Canada (NLC) control numbers from field 010 and constructed field 016 using data from field 029. A total of 734,697 records in WorldCat, the OCLC Online Union Catalog, were modified. Field 010 is restricted for Library of Congress control numbers and National Library of Canada serials control numbers. NLC control numbers in serial records are stored in field 010 and field 016. NLC control numbers in all other records are stored in field 016 and field 029. Do not input NLC control numbers in field 010 in records other than serials; use field 016 instead.

For additional information about this conversion, see Technical Bulletin 241: National Library Control Number Changes <>.

--Susan Walker
  OCLC Metadata Services


In April 2001, OCLC moved National Library of Medicine (NLM) control numbers from field 069 to field 016. A total of 754,769 records were modified. This conversion relates to Technical Bulletin 241: National Library Control Number Changes <>.

Field 016 was formerly used for the National Library of Canada control number only. As part of OCLC-MARC Bibliographic Update 2000, field 016 was renamed and redefined to be used for unique numbers assigned to a record by a national bibliographic agency other than the Library of Congress. For more information, see Technical Bulletin 236 <>.

OCLC plans to invalidate field 069 in May 2001. Do not input field 069; use field 016 instead.

--Susan Walker
  OCLC Metadata Services


On July 1, 2001, OCLC will implement the current standard for holdings statements, ANSI/NISO Z39.71-1999, "Holdings Statements for Bibliographic Items," for the creation of Local Data Records (LDRs) in the OCLC Union List service.

The Z39.71 standard merges Z39.44-1986 (holdings standard for serial items) and Z39.57 (holdings standard for non-serial items). For specific coding and punctuation changes contained in the new standard, please consult Technical Bulletin 243: ANSI/NISO Z39.71-1999 Holdings Standard, which is available at <>. OCLC began shipping printed copies of TB243 to members on June 18.

--Cathy Kellum [edited]
  OCLC Discovery and Fulfillment


July 11
OCLC Update for Western Nebraska
Location: Scottsbluff Public Library
Time: 9:00 - 12:00 noon MDT
Fee: Free
To register: Contact Jeannette Powell, 800-307-2665 or 402-471-7740, e-mail: Jeannette Powell .

September 20
NEBASE Annual Meeting - East
Location: The Cornhusker , 333 South 13th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT
Fee: $20.00
To register: Registrations for the NEBASE Annual Meeting East will be taken beginning July 16, 2001. Complete the form at </netserv/nam.html>


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