Nebraska Library Commission
          Network Services

                july/august 1999  vol.5  no.4 issn 1082-4383

The Nebraska Library Commission NEBASE team,
from left to right: (back row) Jeannette Powell,
Allana Novotny, Doreen Kuhlmann, Kimberly Shelley,
Lisa Brawner, Beth Goble, (front row) Rod Wagner,
Jo Budler, Devra Dragos and Susan Knisely.
Knowing the Future of Your Community
Library Commission Backup Reference Service
CatExpress:OCLC’s Newest Cataloging Product
New FirstSearch Access Delayed


For the second year, the Nebraska Library Commission will provide funding for subscriptions to a variety of databases so that Nebraska libraries of all types may access these databases at no cost to the individual libraries. In addition, the Library Commission has arranged for substantial discounts for libraries to dozens of databases via OCLC, EBSCO, GALE Group, Bell and Howell Information and Learning, Electric Library, SIRS, Grolier, and Britannica. The subscription period for these services is July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000.

What will be Available to all Libraries

On behalf of all Nebraska libraries, the Library Commission is subscribing to the following databases:

H.W. Wilson OmniFile FullText Select

H.W. Wilson Biographies Plus

Books-in-Print with Reviews

FirstSearch Base Package

Librarians will have an opportunity to register to use these databases on our home page at </netserv/databases.html>

PLEASE NOTE: If you have already been included in the FirstSearch and BIP subscriptions, you will NOT have to register again. However, all libraries will need to register for access to the H.W. Wilson databases.

Other Databases: Access and Discounts

Although it is the preference of the Library Commission to make all services available to all libraries in the state of Nebraska, our limited funding will not allow this. Therefore, we have chosen to make additional databases available to specific types of libraries at no cost to the individual libraries and to arrange for additional discounts for all other libraries who might be interested in subscribing to these databases.

Health Source Plus (via EBSCOhost)

PLEASE NOTE: Sixty-four public libraries participated in a subscription to Health Source Plus from January 1, 1999 through June 30, 1999. Thirty-five of the libraries in this subscription were part of a renewal starting on July 1, 1999. These 35 will NOT be required to register again. You are already included in this subscription in the renewal.

Those who did NOT use the subscription were not included in the renewal.

If your library was part of the subscription from January 1 through June 30 and you were NOT included in the renewal but you now feel you are in a better position to promote and use this database, you MAY request and you WILL be included in the subscription beginning on September 1. This subscription will begin on September 1, 1999 and run through June 30, 2000.

A form will be placed on our home page for you to complete in order to be included in the price quote and the subscription agreement.

Training, training materials, and promotional materials will be available for all participating libraries and their staff. At this point, we are making arrangements to offer training during August and September. Details will be communicated when they are available.

Electric Library (Public and academic libraries)

Electric Library (K-12 media centers)

Information on registration and ordering is available at </netserv/electriclib.html>

Again, PLEASE NOTE: If you have already registered to participate in the subscription to Electric Library, you do NOT need to register again. You will be included in the subscription through June 30, 2000.

A summary of this information will be placed on the Library Commission home page in chart form.

As additional information becomes available about these and other subscriptions, it will be posted to the Trial e-mailing list as well as in Library Commission print publications. If you have not yet subscribed to the Trial e-mailing list, please do so by going to </netserv/tlist.html>.

—Jo Budler

Nebraska Library Commission


Knowing the Future of Your Community

Future population change has important implications for a range of public policy issues and business decisions, including library services. Changes in the school-age population, for example, impact local and state educational systems as well as purchasing and planning for library programs. Changes in the working-age and elderly population affect the tax base of a community and the funding available for providing library services. These are just a few reasons why librarians in all types of libraries should be aware of population trends. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bureau of Business Research has published Nebraska County Population Projections 1990 to 2020 to assist planners with their decision making. For each county, Census Bureau population estimates for 1995 and 1997 are listed followed by projections for 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2020. Population growth or decline rates for each decade from 1990 to 2020 are also included. The data is broken down into five-year age groups.

The Projections (call number U2720S003-1999) are available for loan from the Library Commission reference desk by calling 800-307-2665, direct 402-471-4016. Microfiche copies will also be sent later this year to each of the 14 state depository libraries (check the directory at </docs/locdep.html> for the depository nearest you). To order copies send $15.00, which includes postage and handling, to Bureau of Business Research, 114 CBA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0406.

—Beth Goble

Nebraska Library Commission

Announcing the Nebraska Library Commission backup reference service!

A number of Nebraska’s Library Systems have contracts with various libraries to provide reference backup for System member libraries. The trend noticed in most of the Systems over the last few years has been for the number of reference questions to diminish. This might be attributed to increased access to statewide data bases, the improved ability of individual libraries to find answers to questions via the Internet, etc.

For whatever the reason, it no longer seemed necessary, at least in some of the Systems, to contract for reference backup for the decreasing number of requests being asked. That’s where this new arrangement comes in. Beginning now, you are able to contact the Nebraska Library Commission for reference backup and subject requests if you are not able to find satisfactory answers on your own. The reference librarians at the Nebraska Library Commission are here to help. We can be reached at 800 307-2665 (ask for the information desk); by fax at 402-471-6244 direct to the information desk; or by e-mail . We are prepared to help you with on-the-spot assistance and if the answer can be found in a resource close to you, we’ll help you find the way. Reference backup and subject request assistance is available to all Nebraska library and media center staff. Never voice mail—always a human response and best of all—at no cost to your library or your Library System. In addition to our new and updated reference resources:

If you’d like to look more closely at the kinds of resources in the Library Commission collections, take a look at our newly revised Access and Selection (formerly Collection Development) Policy located at: </ref/accessandselection.html>.

The Library Commission reference desk is staffed with experienced, professional librarians who are ready to help.

Meet the reference staff:

Julie Pinnell earned her MLS from the University of Iowa and has worked in a variety of reference settings. Her background is in Psychology and Biology and during her tenure as a Library Science Student, she worked as a backup reference librarian to the entire state of Iowa. She has over 10 years experience in providing information and is a wonderful teacher on all aspects of Internet and online resources. Julie recently provided for the Meridian and Panhandle Library Systems training on the areas of various aspects of using the Internet for reference, search engine techniques, and evaluating Web sites. Before coming to the Library Commission, Julie worked at Johnson County Community College in Kansas City, MO, for four years; this library served as a public library for area residents.

Beth Goble earned her MLS from the University of Toronto and has worked in libraries in three countries. Beth holds dual bachelor’s degrees in English and Library Science. She’s worked in three different public libraries systems including Lincoln City Libraries and also worked as a one-person librarian at St. Elizabeth Community Health Center for five years before coming to the Library Commission. Beth’s specialties include medical and science searches. She is active in the Lincoln Health Sciences group. Beth has been providing reference for over 20 years - with 8 years in the public library setting.

Lisa Brawner earned her MLS from the University of Missouri and has worked in libraries for over 15 years. Her background is in music and fine arts. She was the assistant manager at a branch library in the Houston Public Library System and graduated to the Central Library where reference phone calls were answered at the rate of 20-30 per hour. Lisa is active in the City Area Reference Professionals (CARP) organization and is well connected to other reference experts in Lincoln.

Lori Sailors has worked with Federal Documents and reference for 20 years. She worked for the Library Commission when it was the Public Library Commission and provided 16mm films and reference to the state. Lori is a lifelong resident of Lincoln, NE, and started working in libraries when she was a student in high school.

Bonnie Henzel has over 10 years experience in libraries and state government and currently works full-time with Nebraska state government publications. Bonnie was formerly involved with acquisitions, serials, circulation, and reference at Peru State College where she earned her degree in business administration.

Belinda Booe - last but certainly not least, Belinda is the voice of the reference desk and handles circulation, overdues, and many video reservations. In addition Belinda updates the Library Commission calendar and library job Web pages and works with Interlibrary Loan. She has over 15 years library experience. She is well-experienced in the public service world having formerly been a Realtor and working in a hospital emergency room. Belinda is currently attending classes at Southeast Community College.

Some examples of reference questions we’ve answered recently:

We look forward to serving you as you strive to meet the needs of your customers.

—Lisa Brawner

Nebraska Library Commission

CatExpress: OCLC’s Newest Cataloging Product

OCLC designed CatExpress as a user-friendly copy-cataloging product for small libraries who catalog 2,000 items or less per year. CatExpress does not require separate software; catalogers access CatExpress using Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer and search WorldCat for records with an interface similar to FirstSearch. Once the correct record is chosen, local information such as call number, barcode number, and notes may be added; then, with a click of the mouse, the library’s holdings are attached to the record. A copy of the record is placed in a file overnight for retrieval within the next 90 days. The retrieved file of records may then be imported into the library’s local system. CatExpress can also be used to delete holdings.

Twenty-eight Nebraska libraries, who originally took part in the batchload program, were among the first OCLC members to use CatExpress. From October 1998 to June 1999, a combination of Nebraska public, school, and academic libraries participated in a Roll-Out of CatExpress. The overall response was excellent; survey answers to "What I liked" included:

CatExpress is being offered as an annual subscription service for OCLC selective users; thirty-eight Nebraska libraries accepted the Nebraska Library Commission’s offer to subsidize their use of CatExpress in the coming fiscal year. The annual subscription price includes searching, setting of holdings, record copying, delivery of records, and Internet access. These selective users will also have interlibrary loan access to libraries outside of Nebraska.

OCLC full cataloging members may use the CatExpress interface with their current authorizations. However, Internet access will be charged and any activity will be billed at the usual rate per transaction, i.e. an ISBN search will create a numeric/derived search charge of $0.355. In addition, the following are not available with the CatExpress service: direct export, save file, lock/replace, editing (other than adding 020, 090/092/099, 500, 505, 520, 590, and 852 fields), and access to authorities. Records must be retrieved through the Electronic MARC Service, which full cataloging members would have to order and pay for separately if they do not already subscribe to the Service.

For more information, contact Devra Dragos, 402-471-4021 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Devra Dragos .

—Devra Dragos

Nebraska Library Commission

OCLC 800 and Local Dial Access Connections

Effective June, 1999, OCLC extended the OCLC 800 and Local dial access (Asynchronous and TCP/IP) speeds to support up to 56Kbps. (CompuServe dial access to OCLC already supports 56Kbps.) If you have a 56Kbps modem and good quality phone line, you should be able to make higher speed connections. No changes in OCLC software logon macros or automatic logon scripts are needed to make the connections. No new telephone numbers are needed to make the connections. Ordering or billing are not changed. The 56Kbps dial access connections are billed at the same rate as lower speed connections.

Hardware, Software, and Access Requirements

Access for 56Kbps requires:

Access to OCLC 800 and Local dial access at 56Kbps supports the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) V.90 standard. (ITU is a United Nations agency that coordinates global communications standards.) V.90 modems are designed for connections which are digital at one end and have only one digital-to-analogue conversion. Download speeds of up to 56,000 bps (bit/s) are possible, depending on telephone line conditions, with upload speeds of up to 33,600 bit/s. Average line quality connection speeds are typically 43Kbps for downloads and 26.4Kbps for uploads.

Modems using one of the earlier proprietary 56Kbps specifications—Rockwell/Lucent’s K56flex—should be able to connect with varying degrees of success. The other earlier proprietary 56Kbps specification—x2 from U.S. Robotics—will probably not work satisfactorily. The hardware used by OCLC does not claim to support the x2 specification. OCLC did not test x2 modems. If you have an x2 modem, you should investigate upgrading to the V.90 standard. Many modem manufacturers have download sites on the Internet where you can get free V.90 modem software upgrades.

Connection failure

A 56Kbps connection may fail for many reasons:

The FCC limits the amount of power used to send signals over the network to a maximum 53Kbps, regardless of the capabilities of your modem.

Many good discussions of the pros/cons of 56Kbps are available on the Internet—including the CNET article Why you won’t get 56k at <>. No new telephone numbers are needed to make OCLC 800 and Local dial 56Kbps connections. For CompuServe access, you can check the CompuServe Web site at <> for 56K numbers.

For More Information

For more information, contact NEBASE or OCLC User and Network Support. OCLC User and Network Support can work with you to determine the best modem setup and configuration settings to use dial access to OCLC and other hosts.

—Sharon Knowlton

OCLC Telecommunications and User Support [edited]

Two-hour document delivery through OCLC ILL with CISTI

DUBLIN, Ohio, May 18, 1999—CISTI, the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, is now offering two-hour turnaround on its Urgent Document Delivery Service via OCLC Interlibrary Loan. The two-hour turnaround is guaranteed; if a document order is not filled within the two-hour time frame, there will be no charge.

Naomi Krym, Manager, CISTI Document Delivery, noted that CISTI has had a long-standing relationship with OCLC as a document supplier and the Urgent Service is an important component of CISTI’s document delivery service.

To request CISTI’s two-hour Urgent turnaround time on OCLC orders, enter CAI once in the lending string and type CISTIURGENT in the Borrowing Notes.

CISTI, part of the National Research Council Canada, is North America’s largest science and technical library and Canada’s leading publisher of scientific journals. For more information on CISTI services, visit the CISTI Web site at <>.

OCLC Flat Fee Internet / Dedicated TCP/IP: Current Status Reports and Monthly Reports

On April 4, 1999 Current Status and Monthly Reports became available through the Product Services Web. These reports are provided free of charge. No ordering is required; delivery of the reports to the Product Services Web <> occurs automatically.

Why Use the Reports?

Beginning April 4, 1999, Flat Fee Internet users started receiving messages indicating that they are either being blocked or incurring connect hour charges for the duration of their session. More specifically, blocked users receive the message: "Maximum number of simultaneous users logged on, please try later." Overflow users receive the message: "Maximum number of simultaneous users logged on, this session will be charged connect time pricing."

Use the current statistics report to determine how many users are currently logged on to OCLC and the number of simultaneous users for which your household is configured. If your Household chose the overflow option, the "Active Now" and "Max Today" totals may reflect a higher number than the amount in the "Simultaneous Users Configured" field. However, the statistics will not indicate which Cataloging and Resource Sharing sessions, if any, are on hourly billing.

If you log on using the connect hour pricing rate, and a Flat Fee port becomes available you will not be switched. If you plan to be online for some time, it is best to check to see if a Flat Fee port has become available. Open a new session and if you do not get the connect hour pricing message, terminate the first session.

When investigating logon problems, or trying to determine whether your session has been diverted to connect hour charges, please note the following:

If the household has opted for overflow, then it will also have separate reports showing overflow usage. OCLC Dedicated TCP/IP users that have elected to use Flat Fee Internet in combination with the Dedicated access method may also have overflow reports to view.

For more information see OCLC’s Web sites for OCLC Flat Fee Internet / Dedicated TCP/IP Current Status Reports <> and OCLC Flat Fee Internet / Dedicated TCP/IP Monthly Reports <>.

If you determine from these reports that the number of simultaneous users for your library or the blocked/unblocked option needs to be changed, please call Devra Dragos at NEBASE, 402-471-4021 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Devra Dragos .

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Label Program Version 1.20 Released in June

OCLC released version 1.20 of the OCLC Cataloging Label Program for download from the OCLC Web site in June 1999. This new version includes two enhancements that have been requested by users: the ability to specify the column and row to begin printing labels for laser printer stock, and the ability to define a font size for printing labels.

The Label Program is a 32-bit Windows-based product which requires either Microsoft Windows 95/98 or Windows NT (version 3.51 with Service Pack 5, or higher). The software supports functionality to import, create, display, edit, and print labels for library materials.

As an OCLC Access Suite component, the Label Program is available to all OCLC members at no charge. This new version will be available in June for electronic download from the OCLC Web site, and it will be added to the OCLC Access Suite compact disc with version 3.00 later this year. Please note that the current version of the OCLC Access Suite compact disc includes version 1.10 of the Label Program and not this new version.

For more information on the Label Program and to download this new version of the software in June, please see the Label Program Home page at <>.

—David Whitehair

OCLC Product Management and Implementation

Library of Congress Now Implementing Form Subdivisions

As of February 17, Library of Congress has started to use the new form subdivision coding (‡v) in subject headings. Form subdivisions used to be included in the same subfield coding as topical subdivisions (‡x). They are now broken out into their own subfield code designation to allow local systems to make more use of them in indexing and displays. For examples of records from LC with the new coding, see #40868830 (LCCN 98-226492), #40869728 (LCCN 99-18894) and #40869738 (LCCN 99-19268).

OCLC first implemented the ‡v in 1996 for use with subject headings in schemes other than LC. Form subdivisions have been used with MeSH (Medical Subject Headings from the National Library of Medicine) since March of that year. The OCLC-MARC Bibliographic Update reported in Technical Bulletin 227 made the ‡v valid for all subject thesauri in October 1998.

To help support these new subdivisions, LC is also now establishing authority records for form, topical, and chronological subdivisions. For examples of the new topical subdivision (180) and form subdivision (185) authority records, see ARN 4928250 (sh99-1161): "Abbreviations" as topical subdivision, ARN 4928254 (sh99-1165): "Abbreviations" as form subdivision; and ARN 4928248 (sh99-1159): "Electronic information resources" as topical subdivision. For further information from LC on the new authority records, please refer to <> and OCLC Technical Bulletin 228.

—Linda Gabel

OCLC Product Management and Implementation Division

OCLC IP Address Change

During summer 1999, OCLC will change the direct numeric IP addresses for OCLC services and drop some domain names (URLs). Doing this adds additional security checks and better support for the growing national and international use of OCLC services.

Domain Name Server (DNS) preferred names for OCLC services will not change. All domain names (URLs) with "prod" in the name will no longer work. Users should ALWAYS use the preferred DNS names for OCLC services when possible. You should not use Numeric IP addresses unless they have no alternative.

OCLC plans to change the IP addresses in four phases based on access types. Users accessing OCLC via the OCLC UK communications node and via Digital Island are not affected by the change. The old IP addresses will continue to work for about a month after the change to allow OCLC-affiliated Regional Networks and OCLC to contact the affected users. OCLC will contact OCLC Dedicated TCP/IP sites and work with each site to implement the IP address changes. After the old IP address end date, a message will direct users to update their links and bookmarks.

OCLC IP Address Change Schedule

Internet to Cataloging (including Z39.50 cataloging), Interlibrary Loan, Selection, and Union List services, New OCLC IP Address Effective Date: 1999 June 13, Old OCLC IP Address End Date: 1999 July 25.

Dedicated TCP/IP OCLC begins contacting sites on May 23, 1999. New OCLC IP Address Effective Date: 1999 July 11, Old OCLC IP Address End Date: 1999 August 1.

Internet to FirstSearch (including Z39.50 access), Electronic Collections Online, EDX, and all remaining OCLC services, New OCLC IP Address Effective Date: 1999 July 25, Old OCLC IP Address End Date: 1999 August 22.

Check Your Bookmarks and Links!

If your bookmarks or links use numeric IP addresses or old names, please change them to the preferred URL as shown in the list below. If your method of reaching OCLC requires using numeric IP addresses, please contact your OCLC-affiliated Regional Network or OCLC User & Network Support (USA and Canada 800-848-5800 or e-mail to: <>) to discuss options.

OCLC Internet Domain Names

OCLC service: OCLC Cataloging, Interlibrary Loan, Selection, and Union List services

Internet OCLC domain name:

OCLC service: OCLC CatExpress Internet OCLC domain name:

OCLC service: OCLC FirstSearchWeb, TTY, & Electronic Collections Online OCLC

Internet OCLC domain name: Preferred name:

OCLC service: FirstSearch Administrative Module

Internet OCLC domain name: Obsolete names that will eventually be phased out:

OCLC service: OCLC New FirstSearch (Beta Release)

Internet OCLC domain name:

OCLC service: OCLC New FirstSearch Administrative Module (Beta Release)

Internet OCLC domain name:

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Electronic Exchange

OCLC service: IPIG (ISO ILL Protocol Implementers Group)

Internet OCLC domain name:

OCLC service: ILL

Internet OCLC domain name:

OCLC service: Old ISO ILL

Internet OCLC domain name:

OCLC service: ILL Direct Request, ILL Direct Request Profiling

Internet OCLC domain name:

OCLC service: ILL PRISM Transfer (IPT)

Internet OCLC domain name:

OCLC service: OCLC Home Page Internet OCLC domain name:

OCLC service: Electronic Data Exchange (EDX) through FTP

Internet OCLC domain name:

OCLC service: FirstSearch Usage Statistics Reports

Internet OCLC domain name:

OCLC service: Product Services Web

Internet OCLC domain name:

OCLC service: Z39.50 access to Reference Services

Internet OCLC domain name:

OCLC service: Z39.50 access to Cataloging Server

Internet OCLC domain name:

—Sharon Knowlton

OCLC Telecommunications and User Support [edited]

Searching WorldCat Tutorial Available

Searching WorldCat: An OCLC Tutorial offers strategies for searching WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) through the OCLC Cataloging, Interlibrary Loan, Selection, and Union List services. Using hands-on exercises, it teaches searching techniques and strategies in a self-paced, offline environment.


Select the tutorial from the Select Components dialog box of the OCLC Access Suite CD or download it from the OCLC Web at <>. It installs to your hard disk as a stand-alone application. There is no extra charge for the tutorial.

Minimum system requirements

Searching WorldCat requires Microsoft Windows 3.1 or higher, Windows 95 or 98, or Windows NT. The minimum system requirements are:

After installation, use the Start menu (or the Program Manager icon) to start the tutorial.

—Lynn Ziegler

OCLC User Support Division

New OCLC Technical Bulletins

All OCLC institutions should have received print copies of the following technical bulletins. Current technical bulletins can be found on OCLC’s Web site; a list is located at <>.

TB 230: OCLC Interlibrary Loan Service: New Request Status and Special Messages for ISO ILL

In April, OCLC installed changes to comply with the international standard for interlibrary loan forms. This will allow better interchange of information between OCLC’s ILL System and local systems. While an individual institution need not change its workflow, be aware that a new status (Cancel/Pending) and special messages (Borrower—Lost or Lender—Lost) may be appearing in your Message File. For more information, see Technical Bulletin 230.

TB 231: OCLC-MARC Authority Update

In July, OCLC will be installing three new indexes in the online Authority File: form/genre phrase, subject subdivision phrase, and children’s subject heading phrase. These changes will be reflected in the November 1999 version of CatCD for Windows LC Authorites. OCLC will also be updating online displays in the Authority Files. For more information see Technical Bulletin 231, in print or online at <>.

TB 232: OCLC-MARC Processing Field 994 Added

In June, OCLC installed the 994 field to allow for the expansion of OCLC symbols from three characters to five or more characters. With the character expansion program, holding library codes will no longer be unique to a specific library, so, to be able to connect both an institution’s symbol and holding code to a record, the 994 field will be used. This should not require current members to make changes in their workflow. For more information, see Technical Bulletin 232, in print or online at <>.

—Devra Dragos

Nebraska Library Commission


The fiscal year 1999/2000 OCLC price list is now available on the NEBASE web site at </netserv/nebase/pricelist99/index.html>. The price list is separated into sections of services and products, so you may print off any or all of the sections as needed. At this time, no print copies will be available from NEBASE.

Everyone will be affected to some extent by the new prices. While prices for Internet and Dial Access remained the same, Multidrop Access charges increased approximately 16 percent. Searching charges increased slightly, as did ILL produces and Cataloging exports. The largest change in cataloging is the elimination of the prime/non-prime differential: the charge for updating/producing is now $0.40, no matter when a record is touched or the command is executed. For a breakdown of all the major pricing changes, see </netserv/nebase/pricechanges99.html>. Prices are effective from July 1, 1999.

—Devra Dragos

Nebraska Library Commission

New FirstSearch Access Delayed

OCLC’s timeline and approach to the release of New FirstSearch have changed; librarians will not be able to access the new interface this summer. While the August release for New FirstSearch is still expected, there will not be a hot cutover as previously planned. Librarians will have from August to December to be trained and to train patrons on the new system. The current interface will be eliminated in December. OCLC regrets any inconvenience to librarians who had already started preparations for making changes this summer.

The new interface will be demonstrated at the NEBASE annual meeting in September and at NLA in October. Plans for training sessions are currently in the works.

—Devra Dragos

Nebraska Library Commission


OCLC is now re-indexing all FirstSearch databases and modifying display features to better conform to MARC standards in preparation for the New OCLC FirstSearch service. This work will require changes at institutions now using Z39.50 to access the FirstSearch service.

The first set of revised database specifications is now available on the "FirstSearch Databases Available from OCLC’s Z39.50 Server " list located at <>. New specifications are for the following databases: ECO, NetFirst, New York Times, Wilson Select, and WorldCat. All existing specifications are still available at this Web site, since they will remain valid through the full release of the new FirstSearch service. Revised specifications are identified with the phrase "New FirstSearch Database Information."

As additional revised database specifications are completed, they will also be added to the Web page, and will be announced through the Z39.50FS-L list.

—Sonya Thelin Oliver

OCLC Reference and Resource Sharing Product Marketing

OCLC FastDoc Removed from FirstSearch

OCLC FastDoc was withdrawn from the OCLC FirstSearch Service effective July 1, 1999.

The new OCLC FirstSearch service, scheduled for release in the third quarter 1999, features improved links to full text across all FirstSearch databases. FastDoc was originally created as a database to provide easy access to full text. Since full text will be readily available for new FirstSearch, the reason to continue FastDoc as a separate database has been eliminated. (EBSCO MasterFile, from which FastDoc draws its full text, remains a FirstSearch database that is available via subscription only.)

OCLC continuously evaluates its reference services and the databases it makes available. In the case of FastDoc, OCLC determined that it could offer better value to customers through other options, such as WilsonSelect, Electronic Collections Online, and Periodical Abstracts. The increased availability of full text in the new OCLC FirstSearch service was expected to further decrease the use of FastDoc.

—Joan Giglierano

OCLC Reference and Resource Sharing [edited]

Dewey Decimal Classification

Check out OCLC’s Forest Press Dewey Decimal Classification Web site at <> for updates and interesting information. Changes, corrections, and updates to DDC 21 and Abridged Edition 13 made by the Library of Congress are listed the first day of each month; previous months’ pages are archived. A list of new LC headings with appropriate DDC numbers is updated weekly. Here is a sample from the May 28 update. (All updates, corrections, and changes may be downloaded.)

LC Subject Headings (Weekly List 1999 no. 13-14) and DDC 21 Numbers:

Acquisitiveness: 155.232; 178

Bullwinkle (Fictitious character): 791.4572

Celebrity weddings: 392.508621

Clicker training (Animal training): 636.0887

Deaf—Nazi persecution: 940.53180872

La Niña Current: 551.4761; 551.6

Tax sparing: 341.4844

United Nations—Peacekeeping forces: 355.357

Warlordism: 321.9

The site also includes an introduction to DDC, the latest news about DDC, application notes, product information, research information, and discussion papers. You can even download a DDC screen saver or wallpaper. Bookmark the site and check it out regularly.

—Devra Dragos

Nebraska Library Commission



8 OCLC Union List Basics, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Nebraska Library Commission Heron Room, Instructor: Devra Dragos.


10 NEBASE Annual Meeting, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Nebraska Center for Continuing Education, 33rd & Holdrege Streets, Lincoln, NE.

Please watch the Library Calendar on the Nebraska Library Commission home page at </calendar/libcal.html>.

To register for the training session above, contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665,
e-mail: Jeannette Powell .


N3 (Ncubed) Newsletter is published bimonthly by the Nebraska Library Commission Network Services team. It is the intent of Network Services to promote and support libraries in their cooperative efforts to share resources and information.

Circulation: 500. Published on PC software. Editor: Jo Budler. Word Processing: Jeannette Powell. Design and Production: Joanne Corson. ISSN 1082-4383

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