Nebraska Library Commission
          Network Services

                July/August 1998 vol.4 no.4 issn 1082-4383

JULY/AUGUST Issue Highlights:
Highlights Of The NEBASE Annual Meeting
Guest Columnists: Jane O'brien, Laurie Brasile, Carey L. Draeger
OCLC Access Suite Available At No Additional Cost
OCLC Access Options Change: Flat Fee Internet Available 

Due to the overwhelming response to FirstSearch subscriptions and training needs, we will not publish the September/October issue of N³. Currently we have 540 libraries who have subscribed to the Nebraska Package of FirstSearch Databases.


This spring we acquired two puppies within two weeks: Tipper and Bob. Although both are affectionate and attentive, they are very different in temperament. Bob is much more relaxed and easygoing than Tipper who tends to be always in-a-hurry. A good example is how each learned to respect our cats: Tipper rushed up to our oldest tabby, Garfield, and received a smack to the nose; Bob observed Tipper in her headlong rush and repelling, took note, and has always avoided Garfield although he plays with the other cats!

Adding two puppies brought the number of dogs in our home to three. Walking three dogs can be challenging. We have a yoke harness which connects two of the dogs with the leash attached at the "Y." No matter which of the other two Bob is paired with, his pace is slower than that of the other dog. When he was much littler, he tended to allow himself to be dragged along at the other dog's pace. But lately I've noticed a change: since he has begun to catch up in body weight with Tipper, he asserts himself more readily. On this morning's walk, she was plunging headlong into the ditch with him in tow and Bob just sat down. His harness went with Tipper with the yoke over his head. Not too long ago, Bob would have reluctantly plunged forward at this point. But not today. He merely laid down, dug his front paws into the ground and held on tight. The funny thing is: it worked. Tipper stopped, turned around, and waited. Then we went on at a slower pace, in the same direction, together.

There is a lesson here. With respect to library services, there are exciting and wonderful things to explore and take advantage of just ahead or to the side of the path on which we are traveling. I would be the first to admit that technology is an alluring bait, a tool both challenging and rewarding. But it is important to remember that it is not always necessary (or wise!) for us to rush headlong into every situation nor is it necessary for everyone to go at the same speed toward the end goal.

In August 1996 the Nebraska Library Commission held a Resource Sharing Dialogue Retreat. Thirty-four librarians came together to share ideas and create a vision toward which we hoped to work. One thing all attendants agreed upon was that libraries are very important in our state and that we want to provide the best possible library service to all Nebraskans. Ideally, we would like to see every Nebraskan have access to the information and the material he or she needs or wants anytime, anywhere. There are many ways we might achieve this ideal.

Some of the specific dreams and vision of this Retreat were carried over and incorporated into the plans of the Nebraska Library Association's "Libraries for the 21 st Century" campaign. Some of these things have come to pass: the statewide group purchase of databases, greater distribution of interlibrary loan requests and lending. Much of the vision remains "just ahead".

Many might argue that we are going too slow; many that we are going too fast. The fact of the matter is that both arguments are true. Some libraries and their communities are not ready for technology and all that it has to offer (both in challenges and opportunities). For some this may always be the case for a variety of reasons: personality, budgetary, community needs. It is important to recognize our differences while we support one another in our efforts to improve library service to all Nebraskans. Funding is a key element. None of this is possible without financial support.

The Nebraska Library Commission was appropriated $400,000 in the 1998 Legislative Session. The Governor indicated that he supported the $400,000 for technology and specifically use for database licensing. Clearly this is not going to affect every one of our libraries. However, this is a beginning. If we are able to show how this funding has effectively improved library service to our citizens, to show how we worked together to do this, it is possible (and I believe highly likely) that there will be funding in the future for more cooperative endeavors.

As librarians in Nebraska, we are all connected in our common goal: that every Nebraskan have access to the information and material he or she needs or wants when he or she wants it, regardless of geography. If we hope to "arrive" at this goal, it is important that we walk in tandem, in the same direction, cooperating and supporting one another along the way. This is not to say that the Bobs and Tippers amongst us must change. It is to say that we must acknowledge our differences and adapt to one another as we travel together if we hope to get anywhere!

-Jo Budler

Nebraska Library Commission


Seventy-seven librarians representing 16 public libraries, 19 academic libraries, seven schools (K-12), four Library Systems, and one institutional library attended the 1998 NEBASE Annual Meeting in Hastings on June 19,1998. All were welcomed by Rod Wagner, Director of the Nebraska Library Commission. Reminding us of the long-standing connection between Nebraska and OCLC, Rod also pointed out how OCLC has changed in recent years. OCLC is no longer only a provider of Cataloging products and Interlibrary Loan processing, but recently has moved to the number one position in providing Reference Service in the form of FirstSearch. In addition, OCLC has been working with a Small Library Initiative Task Force in an attempt to respond to concerns that small libraries do not have a cost-effective and efficient way to acquire "good" copy cataloging. This has led to a pilot product which has been tested in Ohio and which, Rod announced, will be field-tested in Nebraska for a two month period, starting sometime in September.

Eric Childress, Senior Product Support Specialist, gave an excellent overview of this new integrated service being developed by OCLC. This service is intended for small libraries which require mainly copy cataloging and do little, if any, original cataloging. Other components or modules of this service are Interlibrary Loan, Reference, and Selection. These modules are not as developed as is the Cataloging component. Pricing is NOT yet available nor has a decision been made as to whether these components will be sold separately or will be available only as a package.

Several librarians attended this year's meeting to learn more about the FirstSearch group subscription (of the Nebraska Package of FirstSearch Databases) but are not "officially" NEBASE members. The afternoon session on this topic gave attendees an opportunity to review the history of database trials in Nebraska and to have their questions answered about FirstSearch and other database subscriptions.

All attendees heard the message that people are a very important component in the formula to improve library service. This was emphasized by keynote speaker, Dr. Gene Harding. During his presentation, Dr. Harding gave a number of examples of how attitude affects outcome. Optimists not only live longer but they have more productive and (of course) happier lives than their counterparts, the Pessimists. Attendees were all encouraged to perform an exercise to determine the behavioral style of each. After briefly describing the characteristics of each behavioral style, Dr. Harding reminded those in attendance that each behavioral style has strengths and weaknesses and that each style complements the others. He ended his program with helpful tips on how best to communicate with each behavioral style to enhance communication. The unspoken message, loud and clear, was this: it is important that each of us respect one another's strengths and build upon these to most efficiently work together in our cooperative efforts.

-Jo Budler

Nebraska Library Commission


In the fall of 1997, surveys were sent to all 131 NEBASE member libraries. Forty-three surveys were returned: 20 public libraries; 19 academic libraries; and four special and school libraries.

The survey was broken down into the following parts: Training, Support and Communication, and NEBASE Annual Meeting. Under each, I have tried to note the respondents' perception of the benefits of NEBASE and also ways in which respondents felt NEBASE might improve and better serve its members.


A majority of the respondents felt that the training offered met their needs. Some said they never went for a variety of reasons: distance, timing, topics being offered were not of high interest.

Suggestions for improving training included: try Web training and more computer-based training. In response to this we are promoting the Web Guided Tour <> FirstSearch training (created by OCLC). We will continue to encourage all FirstSearch participants to use this as an alternative or complement to the hands-on training we plan to offer during late summer or early fall 1998.

For the most part, however, respondents adamantly said, "We prefer hands-on training and we want it offered locally." We wish that there were more time to allow us to travel on a more regular basis and bring these training opportunities to NEBASE members at their local level. Although this is not entirely possible, we are willing to bring training to you whenever possible. If you see a class on our home page or in any of our publications that you would like to have brought to your area, please let us know by contacting Devra Dragos, 402-471-4021 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Devra Dragos . We will work with you to locate training labs in your area and to advertise any classes of interest. However, we must have a minimum number of participants in order to most efficiently and cost-effectively deliver our training. (We would love to but simply cannot provide one-on-one training!)

General feeling about training is: MORE, MORE, MORE. Although there is a great demand for OCLC training in all areas (Interlibrary Loan, Cataloging, and Reference) and at all levels (basic, intermediary and advanced), the training needs go beyond OCLC and include training on the Internet, cataloging (outside of the OCLC environment), government document searching, on group-purchased databases, public relations, adult programming, youth services, reference, Dewey 21, authority control. As one member put it: "Always room for more training opportunities!" This is duly noted! We are working on a new training schedule which will be available on our home page and will be publicized there and in our print publications as soon as it is available.

Support and Communication

OCLC publications

All but one respondent felt that OCLC publications and documentation were being delivered to NEBASE members in a timely manner. Some of the members actually felt that they were drowning in information but the general feeling was: it is better to receive, read and toss than never to receive at all!!

Benefits of NEBASE membership

Cost: reduction in price of products, training cost; pricing; single source for OCLC products; consortium pricing for the databases. One respondent said it like this: "NEBASE provides OCLC services and benefits at a cost this library can handle." Other comments included: "Ease of communication;" "It (NEBASE) has been very easy to use, good support." "Staff is efficient, very helpful and well-informed." "(NEBASE) helps us meet needs of patrons with our limited budget." And another responded to "How does NEBASE benefit you?" with "Staff availability, group purchasing, training, serving all libraries not just public libraries; we think this is already one of the best consortia around."

Some things NEBASE can do better: "Keep members aware of changes and prices, specifically give us (members) more lead time." "Continue to keep rates low." "Keep providing information and expertise." And regarding duplicate e-mail messages: we will try harder in the future to avoid this!

People: NEBASE is small enough to know each member; NEBASE staff is knowledgeable; people we know help us; having a resource person in Nebraska to call with questions; helpful people who always find answers; NEBASE staff effectively transmits our needs to OCLC.

Areas for improvement in NEBASE: Need more technical expertise! Provide more classes. Sometimes (it is) confusing about whom to talk to, sometimes even the Library Commission operator is confused. Continue the statewide lists. Database trials information should have been on the first page of the Library Commission Web, had to spend too much time searching for it (HINT: Use the Search this Site button on the top left hand side of the first page of our home page. This will give you a list of choices and help you more readily find the desired location on our home page.)

NEBASE Annual Meeting


Although responses were mixed, there was agreement on several things regarding speakers: it is most interesting when we mix up the speakers and presenters at the meeting. Although some survey respondents wanted "More futuristic speakers so we can tie their comments into our own lives" some wanted "topics (that were not) too technical for the general audience."


In response to the many comments telling us how valuable it is to have the NEBASE Annual Meeting in more than one place, we are planning something a little different next year: two locations at two entirely different times of the year. We are planning a NEBASE meeting in Chadron in spring, 1999 and a NEBASE meeting in Lincoln in fall, 1999. All of the meeting material from each site will be placed on our home page so that the material and information is available to all members.

To those of you who took the time to respond to the NEBASE Advisory Council survey, thank you. Your feedback is important to us. We weigh our decisions carefully, keeping your stated needs and wants in mind. Remember: we cannot respond to comments or needs which we do not hear. Keep communicating and we will keep listening and adapting whenever possible to make NEBASE more beneficial to you, Nebraska's librarians, our NEBASE members.

-Jo Budler

Nebraska Library Commission



Librarians are such a quirky lot! We spend our days working with delightful people and helping them find the resources they need, and we work with recalcitrant machines and often tear our hair out over them; and yet, if someone asks us during our time off about the world of the Internet we find ourselves inviting them to the Library so we can share these marvels of the age with them.

As parents of students, parents of faculty and staff and friends and other relatives asked about this new world order, Mary-Anne Vieregger and I asked the administration if we could bring people to the Library to show them how to access the Internet. John Naatz, Prep's principal, said, "Prep is a place for learning. Students have the right to first access during school time, but any other time is the perfect time to let the adults in on the wonders of the Internet."

As a result, parents and friends can learn about the Internet through the Librarians and other faculty at Prep.

-Jane O'Brien, Library Director

Creighton Prep School


The Early Childhood Training Center is a statewide project of the Nebraska Department of Education, Offices of Early Childhood Care and Education and Special Populations, and is administered by Educational Service Unit #3.

Anyone in the state of Nebraska who works with young children and their families can borrow materials. At the first of the year, the services of the Media Center were extended to include parents, through a grant awarded to the Family Resource Center Coalition of Nebraska.

The Center's mission is to provide, enhance, and coordinate professional development opportunities across the state and to promote an interdisciplinary model of training. The Center believes that these approaches will enable those who provide care and education to young children and their families to design services which will offer the highest quality of care and education possible, promote the optimum development of all children, and create partnerships with families.

There are three main components of the Early Childhood Training Center: Training/Consultation, the Childline, and the Media Center.

Training and consultation are available on any number of early childhood topics from discipline, to creating a developmentally appropriate classroom, to inclusion of children with special needs in the classroom. In addition to providing training statewide, the Training Center has sponsored many training of trainers projects. Most recently, the Training Center has sponsored training in Early Childhood Care and Education Management Training, Mentoring, High/Scope and Brain Development. While some of the training is done by training center staff, the Training Center also contracts with others who comprise a statewide network of trainers. Training and consultation are tailored to meet the needs of each audience.

The Childline (1-800-89-CHILD) was established in 1991 to provide support to child care providers. A toll-free line and a listening, caring ear is available to programs to access information about working with children and families, licensing, and how to start a child care home or center. Callers can also request information on child care trainings offered in their part of the state. Child care providers can also use this line to request items from the Media Center.

The Media Center contains over 7,000 titles which address virtually all areas of early childhood care and education, parenting education and families. The collection includes books, journals, newsletters and videotapes. Except for a small collection of issue-oriented children's books (divorce, death, disabilities, sexuality), the collection is used for training or self-study by adults. Many of the titles support current training activities. The Media Center circulates approximately 800 titles each month. There is no charge to borrow items from the Media Center except for the cost to return them, insured.

The Early Childhood Training Center is located at Educational Service Unit #3, 6949 S. 110th Street, Omaha, NE 68128. Visitors are welcome between the hours of 8-5, Monday through Friday. To contact the Early Childhood Training Center, call 402-597-4820 (main line) or 402-597-4826 (Media Center). Be sure to visit our Web site at <>.

-Laurie Brasile

Coordinator of Media and Information Services, Early Childhood Training Center


Business Services director Janet Laverty traveled north in late April to the Alberta Library Conference in Jasper, Alberta, Canada. Approximately 500 delegates representing all types of libraries and public library trustees in Albert Province attended the annual conference form April 30 to May 2, 1998.

Laverty was asked to speak on the Library of Michigan's MichiCard program, which began as a pilot concept to offer a statewide library borrowing card to state residents during the 1988-89 session of the Michigan legislature. Today, the MichiCard program is administered by the Library of Michigan; a statewide Library Card advisory Committee provides assistance in developing and implementing operating policies and procedures.

MichiCard, a completely voluntary program, provides a key to the resources and information housed in Michigan's libraries. Through the increased availability of resources in participating libraries, library patrons have a passport to an expanded collection of knowledge and information and increased library access.

"Reciprocal borrowing among all types of libraries and the implementation of a provincial library card is one of our long-term goals," said Lucy Pana, executive director of the Alberta library, which sponsored Laverty's session. "While there is a degree of support for the concept here in Alberta, there are also a number of concerns, the chief one being that an individual library's resources will be depleted by 'outside' clients."

While Laverty appreciated these fears, she said that during the course of the MichiCard program, participating libraries saw no drain on their resources. "Those libraries loaning large numbers of books and other materials from their collections are usually getting them back. Over 99 percent of the loaned materials are returned," she remarked. "And the cost of lost books is reimbursed by the Library of Michigan, so it's a win-win situation for libraries and patrons alike."

-Carey L. Draeger
Public Information Officer
Library of Michigan
Reprinted with permission from the Library of Michigan Access, March-April 1998.



Beginning May 3, the "tagged Records Feature" on the FirstSearch Web interface has been streamlined to eliminate the "Save records" step. Capturing records is now a two-step process: Mark and Show. There is still a limit of 20 records that can be marked at one time, though changing this limit is under consideration for FirstSearch 5.0.

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The World Book Encyclopedia database, from World Book, Inc., is now available on the FirstSearch service, via the Web interface, only.

World book is the online version of the 1998 World Book Encyclopedia, International Edition, consisting of more than 17,500 full-text articles and more than 1,000 tables contained in 21 volumes. Images are available for articles that have them. When viewing a full text article, click the "Image" hot link, if available.



The OCLC FirstSearch service, one of the library community's fastest growing information systems, and OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, which provides Web access to a growing collection of more than 1,200 electronic journals, are now available 24 hours a day, Monday through Saturday. Both services will continue to be available 20 hours on Sundays, cutting weekly downtime to four hours-between 2 A.M. and 6 A.M. U.S. Eastern Standard Time. The new schedule provides six additional hours a week of access, which will benefit library users worldwide.

"Since FirstSearch's 1991 introduction, we have been extending its accessibility to meet the needs of remote-access users-who often access the service long after their libraries close-as well as libraries and their users in different time zones around the world," said John Sullivan, director, OCLC Online Reference Services. "With distance and lifelong learning initiatives on the rise, and more and more use of FirstSearch by libraries all over the world, we are now working toward the next step-providing round-the-clock availability seven days a week."

The OCLC FirstSearch service 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 a dozen full-text databases. FirstSearch also links to OCLC's Interlibrary Loan service and can be used via the World Wide Web or a text-based interface. For more information about FirstSearch, including a guided tour, see <>.

Electronic Collections Online allows libraries to search across hundreds of journals from many different publishers, using a single interface and access point. Titles are available in many different subject areas, including life and physical science, social science and the humanities. More information about Electronic Collections Online, including a list of available journals, can be found at <>.

Hours for the OCLC EPIC service are unchanged. OCLC has announced plans to integrate EPIC with the FirstSearch service by July 1999.



H.W. Wilson and OCLC have signed an agreement to significantly increase the number of journal titles in H.W. Wilson Select-a general reference, full-text database on the OCLC FirstSearch service. All articles from the 800 journals will be available in full text. H.W. Wilson Select is available via per-search and subscription, including the new Base Package with Full Text and General Reference options.

"Combine the value and quality of H.W. Wilson full-text data with the reach of OCLC FirstSearch, and you go a long way in improving the caliber of information available to library users," said Geoff Worton, H.W. Wilson vice president, Sales and Marketing. "That's an important part of Wilson's goals-and we're happy to have a partner like OCLC in meeting our goals."

"The publications in Wilson Select are chosen based on the recommendations of an ALA committee of librarians, which means their quality, reference value and subject breadth make Wilson Select the first place to go for information," said Connie Zuga, OCLC vice president, Reference Services. "OCLC continues to expand FirstSearch's full-text resources. Wilson Select's broad coverage is a tremendous asset for all types of libraries and their users."

Subscriptions to H.W. Wilson Select include full text. Current subscribers to H.W. Wilson Select will receive the additional coverage provided by the new titles at no extra charge. The new FirstSearch packages will become available July 1. OCLC will be adding the new full text to H.W. Wilson Select as the data is received in June and July.

The expanded H.W. Wilson Select full text, from 800 journals, provides:

· Multidisciplinary coverage: general, science, business, social sciences and the humanities

· Publications selected on quality, reference value and subject balance, with the help of the ALA Reference and User Services Association's Collection Development and Evaluation Section and formal input from librarians

· Indexing by trained librarians and others with subject backgrounds in every field from art to zoology

· Links to full text from Wilson's high-quality Abstract and Index citations

· Affordable pricing

The OCLC FirstSearch service, one of the library community's fastest growing information systems, 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 a dozen full-text databases. FirstSearch also links to OCLC's Interlibrary Loan service and can be used via the World Wide Web or a text-based interface. More information about FirstSearch, including a guided tour, can be found at <>.



On February 22, OCLC made enhancements to the Web interface of the FirstSearch service. OCLC added author and subject hotlinks that allow users to search by authors or subject headings in records. Hotlinks are now available in the following databases:

Author hot links: ArticleFirst, BasicBIOSIS, Books in Print, ERIC, EconLIT, FastDoc H. W. Wilson Select, INSPEC, MEDLINE, MLA Bibliography, Periodical Abstracts, PsycFirst, PsycINFO, WorldCat.

Subject hot links: ABI INFORM, BasicBIOSIS, Books in Print, CA Student Edition, CINAHL, ContentsFirst, EBSCO MasterFile, ERIC, GeoRefS, GPO, H. W. Wilson Select, INSPEC, MEDLINE, NetFirst, Periodical Abstracts, PsycFIRST, PsycINFO, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, SocioAbs, Sociological Abstracts, OCLC Union Lists of Periodicals, WorldCat.

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The INSPEC database will be available on FirstSearch under the annual subscription pricing option only at the request of the database producer, Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE). As of September 20, 1998 the database will no longer be included under the per-search pricing option.

The single institution annual subscription price for INSPEC is $29,000. Group subscription prices are available on a custom quote basis. IEE offers site-based pricing only (i.e. no varying port level prices for the database).

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The Board of Trustees of OCLC Online Computer Library Center has named Robert L. "Jay" Jordan as president and chief executive officer. In May, Jordan, 55, became the fourth president in OCLC's one-year history, succeeding K. Wayne Smith, who stepped down after 10 years. Jordan was previously president, new business development for Information Handling Services Group, Englewood, CO.

In announcing Jordan's appointment, Sharon J. Rogers, chair of the OCLC Board of Trustees, said: "In Jay Jordan, the OCLC board of Trustees has identified a worthy successor to K. Wayne Smith, whose stewardship of OCLC over nearly a decade has been exemplary. Mr. Jordan brings to OCLC an international perspective and a record of imaginative leadership. We believe he will take OCLC to a new level as it pursues its public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs."

"I am honored to have been selected by the OCLC Board of Trustees to assume the role of president and CEO," Jordan said. "OCLC has consistently delivered value to its worldwide members, and I look forward to continuing OCLC's tradition of leadership in providing new services to libraries and their users."

Mr. Jordan graduated with a BA in English literature from Colgate University in 1966. He served as an officer in the US Army from 1966-1969. From 1969-1974, he was in sales with 3M (Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing) in Germany and Washington, DC.

In 1974, he joined his present company, Information Handling Services Group. IHS Group, <> is a leading international publisher of electronic information databases with project 1998 sales of $440 million. Its individual operating companies serve the information needs of customers across the world's technical, business, and professional sectors. IHS Group employs 1,400 at its Colorado headquarters and over 3,000 worldwide.

Jordan has held several key positions during his 23-year career with IHS Group. From 1996-1998, he was president, new business development and president, software standards and print products, where he managed multiple operating companies in diverse markets. From 1989-1996, he was president, IHS Engineering, where he was responsible for the rapid migration of the IHS customer base from microfilm services to virtually all electronic products as well as the development of many new electronic products. He was vice president, US sales, 1979-1980; vice president sales, 1980-1981; senior vice president, sales and marketing worldwide, 1981-1984; and executive vice president, sales and marketing worldwide, 1984-1989.

Jordan has served as a director of the Association for Information and Image Management and as director of the Information Technology Industry Council, the Information Industry Association and the Colorado Center for the Book. He has also been active with the Standards Engineering Society, the Standards Publishing advisory Board and the 1991 White House conference on Libraries and Information Services.

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OCLC has recently announced that it is making the Access Suite available to all OCLC users at no additional cost. The cost of the OCLC Access Suite is now bundled into monthly telecommunications charges for member libraries.

The OCLC Access Suite is a combination of access, cataloging, and resource sharing programs, offered on CD-ROM or via download from the OCLC WWW site. Included are OCLC Passport for Windows software, OCLC CatME for Windows software, OCLC ILL ME for Windows software, OCLC CJK software, and the OCLC Cataloging Label Program.

The goal of this new pricing structure is to make available to all OCLC member libraries, all of the software that they may need to perform cataloging or resource sharing tasks. Now that cost is no longer a consideration, libraries can decide which microcomputer software product best suits their needs and workflow based on functionality. Users may load the software on as many workstations in their library as they need to access OCLC.

All components of the Suite are available for downloading from the OCLC Access Suite Web page <>. Select the "Download Software" option from the web page menu. All that you need is your OCLC Cataloging, Selection, ILL, or UL authorization and password, and you may download and use the software on as many workstations as your library requires for OCLC use. Actual downloading times may take a few minutes to several hours depending on the file and on your connection to the Internet. While you can download the software using a dial-up TCP/IP connection, it is not recommended due to speed constraints.

Also present on the web site is the documentation for each package. You may view or download this information at your leisure.

New versions and updates will be available to all users via this new Web page. If you wish, you can be notified via e-mail whenever a new version is available by filling out the URL-Minder form on the download page. This allows you to obtain the latest in OCLC microcomputer software. OCLC will no longer automatically mail out updates to its software.

If you require the actual CD-ROM (or diskettes) and/or documentation package, you may fill out the online order form on the Suite Web Page, or contact NEBASE, your OCLC-affiliated Regional Network. OCLC will ship up to two copies of the OCLC Access Suite software and/or documentation package to you. Individual software packages are no longer offered now that the Suite is available at no extra charge.

If you have any questions, please visit the OCLC Access Suite Web page at <>, or contact NEBASE, your OCLC-affiliated Regional Network office.

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OCLC will discontinue product CAT ME Plus (DOS) using a phased approach. All users of CAT ME Plus should plan to migrate to the CatME for Windows software.

As of October 1, 1998, OCLC will discontinue support of CAT ME Plus via the Internet. This method will NOT be "shut off." However, OCLC will not provide any support to access the software via the Internet. Users attempting to use CAT ME Plus with Internet access are encouraged to migrate to CatME for Windows.

As of May 1, 1998, OCLC discontinued support of the CAT ME Plus software. Again, the product will NOT be "shut off." It will continue to work with OCLC Cataloging until the end of life of the software is announced. However, OCLC will not provide support for troubleshooting problems.

At this time, OCLC has not determined the end-of-life date for the DOS version of CAT ME Plus. OCLC will continue to watch the migration rate to the Windows product. OCLC will give a minimum of 90 days advance notice before announcing the date for the end of the life of the product.

-David Whitehair

OCLC Collections and Technical Services Division


Check the OCLC Cataloging MicroEnhancer for Windows Web page for tips on using the program <>. Currently the site includes detailed information on transferring your library's constant data records from the old CatME Plus (DOS) system to the new system, batch searching, batch replacement of master bibliographic records in the OCLC Online Union Catalog, and reporting errors electronically.

David Whitehair, OCLC Collections and Technical Services Division, the CatME for Windows expert, has written the tips for the Web site and will continue to add information, so check this page regularly.

-Devra Dragos

Nebraska Library Commission


Changes in the world of telecommunications have brought about changes in options for accessing OCLC services. As OCLC phases out two longtime access methods, Multidrop Modems and Asynchronous Dial Access, libraries must consider which new option best suits their needs and perhaps acquire new hardware and/or software. A summary of the new access methods is included below.

One of the most popular access options is the Internet. But for libraries with a few heavily-used workstations, who formerly had unlimited access through a Multidrop Modem, the per minute charge on the Internet can be costly. However, OCLC has announced a new pricing option for Internet Access that you may order as of July 1. If your library uses the Internet to access OCLC for more than 36 hours per month, this option should be considered. For a flat fee of $134 per simultaneous user per month, libraries may have unlimited access per simultaneous user to OCLC through the Internet (the cost of Internet Access to OCLC by the minute for 36 hours will equal $133.92).

Libraries may further decide whether or not to block staff from logging on when the maximum number of simultaneous users has already logged on. For example, a library pays for two simultaneous users. If two staff members are logged on when a third staff member tries to log on (and the library has chosen to block further usage), the system will block him/her. If a library decides not to block extra users beyond the number of flat fee simultaneous users, the extra staff logging on will be charged at the regular Internet fee of $0.062/minute (1998/99FY pricing).

There are no extra charges related to this pricing option or minimum number of simultaneous users as there are with Dedicated TCP/IP Access. Members should evaluate how consistent their Internet Access is and then consider signing up for Dial TCP/IP Access as a backup. There is no annual fee for Dial TCP/IP Access; members are charged only for connect time.

OCLC requires thirty days lead time for initial sign up and will accept orders as of July 1. Libraries may increase or decrease the number simultaneous users as needed, which also requires thirty days lead time. If you are interested in signing up for Flat Fee Internet Pricing, contact Devra Dragos, 402-471-4021 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Devra Dragos.


Two common OCLC access methods, Multidrop Modems and Asynchronous Dial Access, are being phased out. Member libraries who have not already switched to one of the methods below will be required to do so by January 1, 2001. Look over the information in the table to determine which access method, or combination, may work best for your library.

Method Internet Dial TCP/IP Dedicated TCP/IP
Which libraries would best use this method Libraries with reliable Internet access Libraries with a need for less than three simultaneous users and no Internet access or needing a back-up to Internet access Libraries with a need for three or more simultaneous users and no Internet access or inconsistent Internet access speed
How the method works Library connects to OCLC through a local Internet Service Provider Library dials into OCLC with an 800 number or a CompuServe number Library has a dedicated connection to OCLC; extra hardware is required
Software/Hardware requirements or recommendations Window 3.x or Windows95 Windows95 or WindowsNT; Pentium processor and 28.8bps or faster modem is recommended see Dedicated TCP/IP section of OCLC's Communications & Access Planning Guide 1997 Edition <> or the Site Preparation Guide <>
$134/simultaneous user/ month
$0.14/minute using 800 number
$0.12/minute using CompuServe
$112/month/56K line
$134/simultaneous user/ month
Considerations If Internet service is not reliable, you may consider Dial TCP/IP as a back up. Library must set up Dial-up Networking for the 800# or Dial-up Scripting for CompuServe. Library must order a minimum of three simultaneous users.
NotesSimultaneous users flat fee must be ordered; allow 30 days lead time for setup or changes. There is no annual fee. Allow 45 days after order reaches OCLC for installation.
For more information, see the OCLC Web Site for each Service


Effective July 12, the :PATRON: and :LOCATIONS: fields will switch positions on the ILL Workform. In most cases this means that the :PATRON: field will appear on the first screen of the ILL Request.

In June, OCLC queried the ILL-L listserv about whether switching the positions of the :PATRON: and :LOCATIONS: fields would be beneficial. The response was overwhelmingly positive. This confirms OCLC's view that the change in the ILL workform will improve the ILL workflow for the majority of our users.

OCLC notified the major third party vendors, who provide ILL statistical packages, of the impending change, and provided test data when it was requested. None of the vendors have notified OCLC of any potential problems.

See Technical Bulletin 222Rev. on the OCLC Web site at: <>.

-Myrtle Myers



In response to member feedback detailed in a recent survey of member library communications, the Communications Division will begin issuing a weekly electronic newsletter on an experimental basis beginning June 1, 1998. Available via listserv subscription, OCLC Abstracts will be delivered directly to subscribers' desktops each Monday afternoon.

Designed to augment and complement OCLC's online and print communications, OCLC Abstracts will offer summaries and links to timely information about OCLC services, programs, news and events obtained directly from new installs on the OCLC Web site. In addition, both current and past issues will be available on the Web in a searchable archive located at <>.

To subscribe to this list, send a "subscribe oclcabstracts <your name>" command to <>, or complete the online OCLC Internet List Subscription Request form at <>. Subscribers may send subscription questions or comments about the list to

-Marifay Makssour



NEBASE is offering a group discount to all librarians in Nebraska who attend the Internet Librarian '98 Conference. The conference is a three day event being held on November 3-5, 1998 in Monterey, California. The price of the conference with the discount is $149.50 per person. This is a 50% saving. Additional information can be found on the Nebraska Library Commissions home page at < us/netserv/confdiscounts.html>.

-Allana Novotny

Nebraska Library Commission


Since Outreach may be a significant factor in the success of the Nebraska Package of FirstSearch Databases Project, Nebraska librarians are asked to provide the Library Commission with input on outreach training needs. Your input is very valuable as we consider how to assist you in your outreach activities. Please take a few moments to make some notes on this topic. Please copy the short questionnaire from the Library Commission home page, </>, (search on outreach), and e-mail it to Mary Jo Ryan or send it via U.S. mail to Mary Jo Ryan, NE Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023. We really do appreciate your input.


Is your library included in this list? If not, why not? Access to these databases is provided to all Nebraska libraries, at no cost, by the Nebraska Library Commission and is made possible by funding from the Legislature and Governor. If your library would like to participate in the Nebraska Package of FirstSearch Databases, you can find all the information you need at </netserv/fs.html>.

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
Adams Elementary School
Ainsworth Community Schools
Ainsworth Public Library
Albion Public Library
Alcott Elementary School
Alice M. Farr Library
Allegent Immanuel Medical
Alliance High School
Alliance Middle School
Alliance Public Library
Alma Public School
American Historical Society of Germans from Russia
Anselmo-Merna School
Ansley Public Schools
Arapahoe Public Library
Arapahoe Public Schools
Arbor Park Middle School
Arcadia Public Schools
Arnold Elementary School
Arnold Middle School
Ashland Park/Robbins School
Ashland Public Library
Atkinson Elementary/Junior High School
Atkinson Township Library
Auburn Memorial Library
Aurora Public Schools
Axtell Community School
Axtell Public Library
Bancroft-Rosalie Schools
Bancroft Elementary School
Bancroft Public Library
Banner County School
Barr Middle School
Bartley Public Library
Bassett Grade School
Battle Creek Public Library
Battle Creek Public School
Bayard Elementary School
Beals Elementary School
Beatrice Public Library
Beattie Elementary School
Beaver City Public Library
Belle Ryan Elementary School
Bellevue Public Library
Bellevue University
Bellevue West
Belmont Elementary School
Belvedere Elementary School
Bennet Elementary School
Bennington Public Schools
Benson High School
Benson West Elementary School
Bergan Mercy Medical Center
Bertrand Community School
Bess Johnson Elkhorn Public Library
Beveridge Middle School
Blackburn Study Center
Blair Community High School
Blair Public Library
Bloomfield Community Schools
Blue Hill Community Schools
Blue Hill Public Library
Boyd Elementary School
Boys Town High School Library
Boys Town Library Services
Broken Bow Public Library
Broken Bow Public Schools
Brownell-Talbot Preparatory School
Brownell Elementary School
Brownlee Elementary School
Bruning Public School
Bruun Memorial Library
Bryan Memorial Hospital and School of Nursing
Bryan Middle School
Burke High School
Burwell Jr/Sr High School
C L James Middle School
Calvert Elementary School
Cambridge Public Schools
Catlin Elementary School
Cavette Elementary School
Cedar Bluffs Public Schools
Cedar Rapids Public Schools
Centennial Schools
Central City High School
Central City Public Library
Central Community College - Grand Island
Central Community College - Hastings
Central Community College - Platte
Central High School
Central Park Elementary School
Centura Public Schools
Ceresco Community Library
Chadron High School
Chadron Middle School
Chadron Public Library
Chadron State College
Chandler View Elementary School
Chappell Public Schools
Chase County High School
Clarks Public Schools
Clarkson Public Library
Clay Center Public Library
Clinton Elementary School
Coleridge Community School
College of St. Mary
Columbian Elementary School
Columbus Public Library
Concordia University
Conestoga Elementary School
Cook Public Library
Creighton Prep School
Creighton Public Library
Creighton University - Health Sciences
Creighton University - Law Library
Creighton University - Reinert Alumni Library
Crestridge Elementary School
Crete Public Library
Crete Public Schools
Crofton Community School
Culbertson Public Library
Dana College
Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School
Davenport Community School
David City Public Schools
Dawes Middle School
Dawson-Verdon School
Deshler Public Library
Deshler Public Schools
Doane College
Dodge Elementary School (Grand Island)
Dodge Elementary School (Omaha)
Dodge Public Schools
Doniphan Public School
Dundee Elementary School
Dundy County Public School
Dvoracek Memorial Library
Eagle Elementary School
Early Childhood Training Center
East Butler Public Schools
Eastern Library System
Eastern Township Library
Eastridge Elementary
Edison Elementary School
Edith Abbott Memorial Library
Educational Service Unit # 5
Educational Service Unit #14
Educational Service Unit #15
Educational Service Unit #16
Educational Service Unit #2
Educational Service Unit #7
Educational Service Unit #8
Elkhorn High School
Elliot Elementary School
Elmcreek School
Elmwood Public Library
Emerson Public Library
Engelman Elementary School
Everett Elementary School
Ewing Public Schools
Exeter Public Library
Exeter Public Schools
Fairbury High School
Fairbury Public Library
Fairmont Public Library
Fairmont Public Schools
Faith Regional Health Services
Falls City Public Schools
Field Club Elementary School
Florence Elementary School
Fontenelle Elementary School
Franklin Public Schools
Fredstrom Elementary
Freeman Public Schools
Fremont Junior High School
Fremont Senior High School
Fullerton Public Library
Fullerton Public Schools
Funk Public Schools
Garden County High School
Gates Elementary School
Genoa Public Library
Genoa Public Schools
Gering High School
Gering Public Library
Gibbon Public Library
Gilder Elementary School
Giltner Public Schools
Goodall City Library
Goodrich Middle School
Gordon City Library
Gordon Elementary School
Gordon Senior High School
Gothenburg Public Library
Gothenburg Public Schools
Grace University
Grand Island Central Catholic High School
Grand Island Senior High School
Grant County Library
Grant Public Schools
Grattan Township Library
Graves Public Library
Greenwood Public Library
Gretna Public Library
Guardian Angles School
Guide Rock Public School
Hale Middle School
Hamlow Elementary School
Hampton Public School
Harrison Elementary School
Hartley Elementary School
Hartman Elementary School
Harvard Public Library
Hastings College
Hastings Middle School
Hastings Public Library
Hastings Regional Center
Hastings Senior High School
Hawthorne Elementary School
Hay Springs School
Hayes Center Public School
Heartland Community Schools
Hebron Public School
Hemingford Public Library
Hemingford Public Schools
Highland Elementary School
Hoesch Memorial Library
Holdrege High School
Holdrege Middle School
Holmes Elementary School
Holy Name School
Howard Elementary School
Howells Public Library
Howells Public Schools
Hruska Memorial Public Library
Humann Elementary School
Humphrey Public Library
Humphrey Public School
Huntington Elementary School
Hyannis High School
Imperial Public Library
Indian Hill Elementary School
Irving Middle School
Jackson Alternative Center
Jefferson Elementary School (Grand Island)
Jefferson Intermediate School Library
Jensen Memorial Library
Jewish Federation Library
John A Stahl Library
John Rogers Memorial Library
Johnson-Brock Schools
Joslyn Art Museum
Joslyn Elementary School
Kahoa Elementary School
Karlen Memorial Library
Kearney Catholic High School
Kearney High School
Kearney Public Library
Keene Memorial Library
Kellom Elementary School
Kenesaw Public Schools
Kinckrehm Elementary School
King Primary School
King Science Center
Klyte Burt Memorial Library
Lakeview High School
Lakeview School
LaPlatte Elementary School
LaVista Public Library
Lawrence Public School
Lefler Middle School
Leigh Community School
Leigh Public Library
Lewis & Clark Elementary School
Lewis & Clark Middle School
Lewiston Consolidated Schools
Lexington Public Library
Leyton Elementary - Middle School
Leyton High School
Lincoln City Libraries
Lincoln East High School
Lincoln Elementary School
Lincoln General Hospital
Lincoln High School
Lincoln Public Schools
Staff Library Media Department
Lincoln Regional Center
Lincoln School of Commerce
Lisco Grade School
Little Priest Tribal College
Logan View Public Schools
Longfellow Elementary School
Lord Elementary School
Lothrop Elementary School
Louisville Public Schools
Loup City Library
Lydia B. Woods Memorial Library
Lyons Public Library
Madison Public Schools
Magnet Career Center
Malcom Public Schools
Maltman Public Library
Marrs Middle School
Mary Lynch Elementary School
Masters Elementary School
Maxey Elementary School
Maywood District 46
McCook Community College
McCook Public Library
McMillan Middle School
McPhee Elementary School
Mead Public Library
Mead Public Schools
Meadow Grove Library
Meadow Lane Elementary School
Medicine Valley Public Schools
Mercy High School
Meridian Library System
Meridian Public School
Metropolitan Community College
Mickle Middle School
Mid-Plains Community College
Midland Lutheran College
Milford Public Schools
Millard Public Schools
Millard West High School
Miller Park Elementary School
Milligan Public Schools
Minatare Public Schools
Minne Lusa Elementary School
Mitchell High School
Mitchell Public Library
Monroe Middle School
Monroe Schools
Morley Elementary School
Morrill Public Library
Morrill Public Schools
Morton James Public Library
Morton Middle School
Mount View Elementary School
Mullen Public Schools
National Park Service
Nebraska Christian College
Nebraska City Public Schools
Nebraska College of Business
Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
Nebraska Department of Roads
Nebraska Indian Community College
Nebraska Methodist Hospital
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Neligh-Oakdate Public Schools
Neligh Public Library
Nemaha Valley Schools
Newcastle Public Schools
Newell Elementary School
Newman Grove Public Library
Niobrara Public Library
Niobrara Public Schools
Norfolk Public Library
Norfolk Regional Center
Norfolk Senior High School
Norris Middle School
Norris School District #60
North Bend Public Library
North Platte High School
North Platte Public Library
Northeast High School
Northeast Library System
Northwest High School
Norwood Park Elementary School
Oak Valley Elementary School
Ogallala High School
Omaha North High School
Omaha Northwest High School
Omaha Public Library
Omaha Public Schools Educational Research Center
Omaha Public Schools Library & Instructional Information Services
Omaha South High School
Omaha Veterans Administration Medical Library
Orchard Public Library
Ord Elementary School
Ord Township Library
Oshosh Grade School
Osmond Public Library
Otte Blair Middle School
Panhandle Library System
Park Middle School
Parkview Christian School
Parrish Study Center
Pawnee Elementary School
Pershing Elementary School
Peru State College
Picotte Elementary School
Pierce Public Library
Pierce Public Schools
Pinewood Elementary School
Plainview Carnegie Library
Plainview Public Schools
Plattsmouth High School
Pleasanton Public School
Ponca Elementary School
Potter-Dix High School
Pound Middle School
Prairie Wind School
Prescott Elementary School
Pyrtle Elementary School
Ralston High School
Ralston Public Library
Randolph Elementary School
Randolph Public Library
Ravenna Public Schools
Raymond A. Watson Elementary School
Republican Valley Library System
Riley Elementary School
Rock County High School
Rock County Public Library
Roper Elementary School
Rosehill Elementary School
Rousseau Elementary School
Rushville Public Schools
Ruth Hill Elementary School
Sandhills Public Schools
Saratoga Elementary School (Lincoln)
Saratoga Elementary School (Omaha)
Schuyler Grade School
Schuyler Public Library
Scott Middle School
Scottsbluff Public Library
Scotus Central Catholic High School
Scribner Public Library
Seedling Mile Elementary School
Seward High School
Seward Public Library
Shelby Public Library
Shelby Public School
Shelton Public School
Sheridan Elementary School
Sherman Elementary School
Shickley Public Schools
Shoemaker Elementary School
Sidney Public Library
Silver Creek Schools
Skutt Catholic High School
South Sioux City Public Library
South Sioux City Senior High School
Southeast Community College - Beatrice
Southeast Community College - Lincoln
Southeast Community College - Milford
Southeast High School
Southeast Library System
Southeast Nebraska Consolidated School
Southern Valley Jr/Sr High School
Spencer-Naper High School
Spencer Township Library
Spring Lake Elementary School
Springfield Elementary School
St. Patrick Jr/Sr High School
St. Joseph School
St. Edward Public Library
St. Elizabeth Community Health Center
St. Paul Public Library
St. Paul Public Schools
St. Robert Bellarmine School
Stanton Community Schools
Stanton Public Library
Stapleton High School
Starr Elementary School
Sterling Public School
Stolley Park Elementary School
Sump Memorial Library
Sunny Slope Elementary School
Superior High School
Superior Public Library
Sutherland Public Schools
Sutton Public Schools
Swanson Elementary School
Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca High School
Syracuse Public Library
Tecumseh Public Library
Tekamah-Herman Community Schools
Tekamah Public Library
Thedford High School
Tilden Public Library
Trenton Public Library
Tri-County Schools
Trumble Park Elementary
Twin Valley School
U S Army Corps of Engineers
Union College
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University of Nebraska - Kearney
University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of Nebraska Medical Center
V.A. Medical Center Library Service
Valentine City Schools
Valentine High School
Valentine Public Library
Verdigree Public Library
Wahoo Public Library
Wahoo Public Schools
Wakonda Elementary School
Wallace Public Schools
Walnut Hill Elementary School
Walnut Middle School
Walthall Public School
Washington Elementary School
Wasmer Elementary School
Waverly Middle School
Waverly Senior High School
Wayne Public Library
Wayne State College
Webermeier Memorial Library
Weeping Water Public Schools
West Holt High School
West Kearney High School -YRTC
West Lincoln School
Western Hills Elementary School
Western Nebraska Community College
Western Nebraska Community College-Sidney
Westlawn Elementary School
Westmont Elementary School
Westridge Middle School
Westside Community Schools
Wheatland Public Schools
Wilber-Clatonia Public School
Wilcox Public School
Wilson Public Library
Wilson Study Center
Wisner-Pilger Schools
Wood River Rural Jr/Sr High School
Wymore Public Library
Wynot Public School
Yates Elementary School
York College
York High School
Yutan Public School
Zeman Elementary



1 FirstSearch Training, 1:00 A.M. -3:30 P.M., Burwell Junior-Senior High School computer lab, 190 "I" Street, Burwell, NE.

2 FirstSearch Training, 9:00 A.M. -11:30 A.M., Wayne State College, library computer lab, 1111 Main Street, Wayne, NE.

3 FirstSearch Training, 9:00 A.M. -11:30 A.M., Educational Service Unit #7, 2657 44 th Avenue, Columbus, NE.

15 OCLC Cataloging II: Books, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M., Library Commission, Heron Room. Instructors: Carole Goebes, Julie Swann, Sue Ann Lewandowski, UNL. Registration Deadline: September 3.


28 OCLC Cataloging II: Sound Recordings, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M., Library Commission, Heron Room. Instructor: Carol Geobes, UNL. Registration Deadline: October 12.


18 OCLC Cataloging II: Videotapes, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M., Library Commission, Heron Room. Instructor: Carol Goebes, UNL. Registration Deadline: November 13.


3 OCLC Cataloging II: Electronic Resources, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M., Library Commission, Heron Room. Instructors: Ming Jian, Margaret Mering, Sue Ann Lewandowski, UNL. Registration Deadline: November 18.

Training for the Nebraska Package of FirstSearch Databases is being offered at a number of sites across the state. Please watch the Library Calendar on the Nebraska Library Commission home page at </calendar/libcal.html> for a FirstSearch training session in your area. An online form to register for FirstSearch training is available at </netserv/fstrainreg.html>. To register for any of the other training sessions listed above, please contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.


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