Nebraska Library Commission
          Network Services

                January/February  2000  vol.6  no.1 issn 1082-4383

January/February Issue Highlights:


A series of videoconferences are being planned to give librarians across Nebraska an opportunity to learn about the databases and trials offered through the Nebraska Library Commission.

Affectionately dubbed "Campfire Chats," these programs are intended to be informative but, as the title suggests, they are less formal than "true training." It is our intention that we start with very basic information in the first of the series and that each ensuing "chat" go into more depth. The first is scheduled on January 21, from 2:00-3:30 pm, CST. You may register to participate at a videoconference site near you by filling out the registration form at </netserv/campfirechats.html>.

If you have any questions, please call Jeannette Powell at 800-307-2665 or email at Jeannette Powell .

--Jo Budler
  Nebraska Library Commission


New York has NOVEL, Utah has PIONEER, Georgia has GALILEO, Indiana has INSPIRE, Tennessee has TEL, Texas has TSEL (Texas State Electronic Library).

Now's your chance to give a name to Nebraska's set of online services. All ideas are welcome.

Our first statewide subscription included 15 FirstSearch databases and we called this the "Nebraska package of FirstSearch databases." Since then we have added many databases and included other services. As time goes by, there will undoubtedly be additional services and products added to these.

Please send your suggestions to or fax at 402-471-2083.

--Jo Budler
  Nebraska Library Commission


In October, NEBASE joined with INCOLSA to sponsor a teleconference on the possibilities of creating the Earth's Largest Library. Steve Coffman, director of FYI Government Information Services for the County of Los Angeles Public Library described his vision of how we could create and build the single largest library in the world. The foundation of this library resides firmly on OCLC's WorldCat which contains over 43 million records of all types of material, both in and out-of-print.

But, Coffman contends, patrons want more than "skimpy bibliographic records." They want more robust records, maybe even the first chapter of the book so that each reader could more readily judge if the book were really of interest. Coffman suggests that we build these records cooperatively with publishers, wholesalers, review sources, librarians and readers themselves.

When books become digital objects, the model of the old catalog which tells us where a book physically resides will give way to a new model which tells us that the book indeed exists and how it might be accessed.

Since the Coffman videoconference in October several projects - including netLibrary trial and discussions of shared automation systems -- have cropped up which made me reflect again upon Coffman's words and suggestions.

The trial of netLibrary

From November 9th through December 10th Nebraska librarians were offered a trial of netLibrary. In its founders' own words, "netLibrary is an easy-to-use, web-based system for accessing and retrieving full text reference, scholarly, and professional books. netLibrary provides twenty-four-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week access to the world's most comprehensive collection of full-text eBooks via standard browser technology." Digital books are available today through netLibrary.

Immediately librarians wanted to know how they might obtain MARC records for these works and, as importantly, how they might add their holdings to WorldCat. (OCLC and netLibrary have worked out an arrangement. See related article entitled netLibrary Records Available.)

An advisory team of librarians is being formed to select titles from the netLibrary collection for inclusion in a statewide group purchase. Those who have volunteered to work on this project are: Tom Boyle, Library Director, Midland Lutheran College; Ann Stephens, Director, Keene Memorial Library; Jane O'Brien, Director, Creighton Prep School Library; Suzan Connell, Coordinator of Library Resources, Lincoln City Libraries; Chris LeBeau, Librarian and Electronic Resources Coordinator, Creighton University, Reinert/Alumni Memorial Library; Mike Boettcher, Director, Link Library, Concordia University. If you are interested in assisting in this project, please let me know via e-mail or phone 800-307-2665.

A Shared Catalog

There are a variety of reasons for creating a shared catalog: to facilitate resource sharing is probably the first to come to mind. This is cost-effective in that it allows for greater use of material across the state and it is efficient in that librarians and library users alike are able to do one search across the collections of libraries across the state.

The good news is that this is already in place in the form of our statewide union catalog which resides within FirstSearch's WorldCat. Through our statewide FirstSearch contract, this catalog is available to all libraries, regardless of type, and to all Nebraskans through remote patron access. When a librarian or library user searches WorldCat for material, if that material is owned by a Nebraska library, that library's symbol or THOSE libraries' symbols will be the first to appear. In the new FirstSearch there is also a symbol to indicate if this material is owned by the library if that library's holdings are included in WorldCat.

At the present time, more than 100 Nebraska libraries are adding their holdings to the state union catalog - 43 of these are using a product named CatExpress. This is a web-based product which allows small libraries to not only add their holdings but also to download MARC records for their local catalogs. For more information about CatExpress, you may email Devra Dragos or call 800-307-2665. (For a related article, see Enter the OCLC CatExpress Photo Contest.)

Just as there is no one reason for creating a shared catalog, there is no "correct way" to go about doing this. It is fortunate that one of the ways available to ALL libraries is to strengthen the infrastructure which is firmly in place in our state union catalog by adding their holdings to this catalog. This is truly the way for us to ensure that "the resources of all (libraries) are the resources for all (library users)." Our libraries users -- citizens across the state - deserve this kind of excellent library customer service. How exciting that technology and innovative spirit allows us to make this a reality!

--Jo Budler
  Nebraska Library Commission


Many users have been requesting cataloging records for netLibrary resources and some Regional Networks are making arrangements with netLibrary to offer these electronic resources to their members. Therefore, OCLC is offering this set of electronic records prior to the completion of the enhancements to OCLC WorldCat Collection Sets.

The initial file of netLibrary cataloging records consists of 1,628 records. Additional records are expected to be added to WorldCat as original records as the bibliographic information becomes available. Consequently, this set of records will be considered open ended and libraries may order as a subscription.


Users will complete the existing WorldCat Collection Sets order form and may choose only among the options that are currently available. Users who wish to receive additional netLibrary records should check the Standing Order box on the Collection Sets order form.

Pricing and Billing

Records will be billed at a per-record charge of $.97 per record.

Processing Limitations

No special processing will be done beyond the options currently available within WorldCat Collection Sets. Any standing orders for additional netLibrary records will be tracked manually. OCLC expects that most users will be satisfied with the records as they are. However, because of these processing limitations, OCLC will provide these records again (free of charge) after the completion of the enhancement project and the availability of additional processing options. It is anticipated that some users will want to have new versions of records that would reflect the additional processing options that will be available after the completion of the WorldCat Collection Sets enhancements. Users who wish to re-order the records following the enhancement will need to submit an order form within 90 days of the project completion. Those users who have a system that cannot overlay records efficiently are advised to wait and purchase this set once the enhancements are complete in January 2000. For more information email Devra Dragos or phone 800-307-2665.

Purchase Opportunities


The Nebraska Library Commission is preparing to ring in the New Year with a two-month trial of Project Muse, a database of scholarly electronic journals in the humanities and social sciences. Project Muse originally provided online full-text access to journals published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Beginning in the year 2000, however, Project Muse will also incorporate journals from Carnegie Mellon University Press, Duke University Press, Indiana University Press, MIT Press, Oxford University Press, Pennsylvania State University Press, University of Hawaii Press, University of Texas Press, and the University of Wisconsin Press. This will bring the total titles available through Project Muse to 110! More information about Project Muse is available at <>.

The Project Muse trial is tentatively scheduled to run from January 15, 2000 through March 15, 2000. As details are finalized they will be posted to the TRIAL listserv and the Database Trial page available at </netserv/trial.html>.

To assist libraries interested in subscribing to Project Muse obtain the maximum discount possible, the Commission has arranged to participate in the group purchase of Project MUSE coordinated by SOLINET, one of our sister OCLC networks. SOLINET has arranged a 40% discount off subscription prices for its member libraries. Nebraska libraries will pay SOLINET a 5% administrative fee, based on the discounted price, in order to join in this group purchase. This means Nebraska libraries will receive a net discount of 37%.

If you are interested in subscribing to Project MUSE, please complete the following steps:

  1. Go to <>

  2. Fill out this form. Your order will go directly to Johns Hopkins University.

  3. Be sure to select SOLINET from the drop down list of library consortia in order to be included in the SOLINET subscription.
  4. E-mail Jim Washburn at SOLINET at <>. Tell him when you want your subscription to begin. Your subscription will be prorated until December 31, 2000.

  5. Be sure to include your fax number in the e-mail to Jim so that he can send you a copy of the network subscription terms and conditions.

If you have additional questions, you may call Jim at 1-800-999-8558 x4930.

--Susan Knisely
   Nebraska Library Commission


The Nebraska Library Commission has received news from SIRS that discounted pricing for the upcoming year will remain the same as last year. The price for either SIRS Researcher or the SIRS Discoverer is based on the school's enrollment or the population served by a public library. You may subscribe to either the CD-ROM format or the Web version of either/both program(s).

2000-2001 Pricing
Per Site
Per Site
1-99 $600 $250
100-299 $700 $300
300-499 $800 $350
500-999 $900 $400
1,000+ $1,000 $450

The subscription period begins July 1, 2000 and expires on June 30, 2001. You may subscribe or renew your subscription by filling out the form on the Nebraska Library Commission homepage at </netserv/sirsorder.html>


--Jo Budler
  Nebraska Library Commission


All libraries in the state of Nebraska were invited to participate in a trial of a variety of EBSCO products from October 19th through December 31st. In order to assist librarians in their decision-making regarding purchasing, the Nebraska Library Commission has arranged for demonstrations of EBSCO products by EBSCO staff. A demonstration and hands-on opportunity will be held on February 11th at the Nebraska Library Commission from 10 am - 12:00 noon. A demonstration and hands-on opportunity will also be held on February 11, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon CST in the Crane Room at the Library Commission and February 25, 10:00 am -12:00 noon MST at the Educational Service Unit #13, 4215 Avenue I in Scottsbluff, NE. To register, please e-mail or call 800-307-2665. Deadline: February 1, 2000.

--Jo Budler
  Nebraska Library Commission



The Nebraska Library Commission is once again offering a group discount to Nebraska librarians interested in attending the Computers in Libraries 2000 conference. The conference is a three-day event being held on March 15-17, 2000 at the Washington Hilton & Towers in Washington, DC. The price of the conference with the discount is $129.00 per person. This is more than a 55% savings off the regular price. No discount rates are available for the pre- or post-conference seminars and workshops. For a detailed description of the conference, see the Computers in Libraries 2000 Conference website located at <>.

To register for the conference, print off the registration form located at <>. Mail or fax the completed registration form to Sue Biltoft at the address below. Payment (check or credit card payable to Information Today, Inc.) must accompany your registration form. To receive the discount, your registration MUST be sent to the Nebraska Library Commission. Completed registration forms must be received by February 7, 2000.

Send registrations to:

Sue Biltoft
Nebraska Library Commission
The Atrium
1200 N St. Suite 120
Lincoln, NE 68508-2023
Phone: 1-800-307-2665 or 402-471-4009
Fax: 402-471-2083

--Susan Knisely
   Nebraska Library Commission


The World Wide Web continues to grow and expand, providing tools for librarians and patrons. One tool that might be useful is the free translation services on the web. These sites will take text and translate it from one language to another. This could be useful to translate web pages, journal articles or other text for patrons who do not read English. Translation services can also be useful for people doing genealogy research who need to translate web pages or documents.

There are a number of sites that provide translation services. I wanted to point out two that I found useful. Both services allow you to enter text into a box or enter a URL and have the complete web page translated. AltaVista Translations is located at: <>. It will translate text written in English to Spanish, French, Portages, German, or Italian. You may also translate text in those languages to English. It is a quick and easy service to use.

InterTran <> is another useful translation service because of the wide variety of languages it offers. Currently you can translate to and from any of these languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, European Spanish, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, and Welsh.

It is important to keep in mind that these translations may not produce the best possible translations. A computer does the translation and it is limited to the words and phrases in its dictionary. Items such as slang and misspelled words can decrease the accuracy of the translations. Hopefully these services will work well enough to convey the meaning of the text. The next time you need something translated try one of the services available on the web.

--Allana Novotny
   Nebraska Library Commission


The Trial listserv is our primary means of communication for information about databases to which the Nebraska Library Commission purchases access for libraries across the state, database trials and group discount opportunities. Database renewal season is fast approaching so it is important that you join Trial so you do not miss any information and purchasing opportunities. Currently there are 460+ librarians on Trial.

Trial allows us to efficiently distribute information in a timely manner to the hundreds of libraries that access the databases. It also provides participants with an easy way to share their impressions about databases along with any searching hints or tips. There is no charge to join the Trial listserv but you do need to have an e-mail account.

To Subscribe: Send an e-mail message to [obsolete]. In the body of the message type: subscribe trial Firstname Lastname
Example: subscribe trial Jane Doe

To Post a Message to the Group: Send an e-mail message to [obsolete]

To Remove Your Name from the Listserv: Send a message to [obsolete]
In the body of the message type: SIGNOFF TRIAL

The Trail Listserv is archived at </archives/trial.html>

Email Allana Novotny or phone 1-800-307-2665 if you have problems with the Trial listserv.

--Allana Novotny
   Nebraska Library Commission



Bob T. Dog You've always known your cat has the cutest face in town--now you can prove it by entering a photo of your cat in the OCLC CatExpress photo contest! We're looking for a few good cats (and other types of pets) to feature in a series of upcoming postcards and on a poster to promote the OCLC CatExpress service. Entering is easy. Simply send a photo of your pet along with a completed OCLC CatExpress Contest entry form to OCLC. From now until June 16, we'll choose 10 winning photographs-9 winning cat photographs and one winning dog (or other pet) photo-to appear on one of four OCLC CatExpress postcards and an OCLC CatExpress poster. If your pet's photo is chosen, you'll receive an OCLC carry-all bag. Plus, your pet's photo will appear on an OCLC CatExpress postcard and OCLC CatExpress poster! Be sure your pet gets the recognition it deserves! Enter the OCLC CatExpress contest today!

See <> for more details. You need not be a CatExpress subscriber to enter.

--OCLC [edited]


In Search of Excellence is on more library shelves than any other book, according to a survey of WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog). With 3,971 libraries listed as having it in their collections, the book tops the list of 100 books held by libraries that catalog their materials on WorldCat. It has held that position consistently since 1989. The top 100 list is based on the holdings of OCLC member libraries. These libraries use the bibliographic records in WorldCat to catalog the books in their collections. When they do, a notation is made in the database, which is a merged, computerized catalog of the materials in 8,650 libraries around the world that use the OCLC online cataloging system. Available to libraries since 1971, WorldCat currently contains 42 million records and 720 million holding symbols.

See <> for a complete list of the top 100.

--OCLC [edited]


OCLC is extending the mandatory cutover date for the new FirstSearch from January 31, 2000, for a minimum of five months, through at least June 2000. This is being done because the performance of the new service is not meeting the high standards that have been set for FirstSearch. Intensive testing of the new system with its full set of features shows unsatisfactory levels of response time, and full migration of users to the new system would exacerbate the problem. OCLC has assigned all available engineering and systems staff to improving response time and performance of the new system. We expect to see significant improvements in performance over the next few months, and will keep you apprised of our progress. In any case, please be assured that OCLC will not discontinue the current service until the new FirstSearch is robust enough to serve the needs of all the libraries that use FirstSearch. We hope you will use the additional time to plan your transition to the new system. Staff from OCLC, its international division and distributors, and U.S. Regional Networks will be happy to assist you in determining the best time for your library to move to the new FirstSearch.

We regret any inconvenience these events may have caused your library and users. You have been most patient and understanding in accommodating schedule changes and unsatisfactory levels of system performance. We must again ask you to be patient and understanding for a few more months. We are confident that the new FirstSearch service, when fully installed and performance-tuned, will provide a system that meets your expectations and needs for online reference.


**Note: If you have already migrated to the New FirstSearch and are satisfied with the service, you need not switch back to the current FirstSearch. OCLC has posted a list of frequently asked questions regarding the delay at <>.


Starting in March 2000 OCLC will expand the number of delivery formats for the Serial Union List Offline Products (SULOP). In addition to the current formats (paper, microfiche, and 1600bpi tape) SULOP will be available in 6250 bpi tapes, IBM Cartridge, and FTP through EDX and the Product Services Web. The new delivery mechanisms will provide current and new SULOP subscribers with critical new delivery formats that allow them to provide this information to their end users quickly and efficiently.

--Myrtle Myers
  OCLC Reference and Resource Sharing Services


Want to improve your interlibrary loan productivity and save money on your OCLC bill at the same time? Just start using one or more of the following OCLC Interlibrary Loan services before Leap Day-February 29, 2000!

Here are three reasons you should leap into OCLC ILL by February 29, 2000:

  1. Sign up for ILL Direct Request and we'll let you use it for one month at no charge!
  2. Choose ILL Management Statistics and get a one-month preview through your OCLC-affiliated regional network or division office!
  3. Implement any two or more of these services and we'll take $29.00 off your OCLC bill to celebrate your leap to OCLC ILL!**

OCLC Interlibrary Loan services expand your library's reach far beyond its walls. You can access the resources of more than 6,700 libraries and resource centers worldwide that participate in OCLC ILL services. You can tap into WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog), a vast information storehouse of more than 42 million bibliographic records. Finally, you can link to the OCLC FirstSearch service, which users in almost 15,000 libraries consult regularly for the online reference information they need.

To start using any of these OCLC Interlibrary Loan services before Leap Day 2000, contact Devra Dragos at NEBASE, 471-4021, 800-307-2665 or e-mail: Devra Dragos .

**Contact NEBASE by Monday, March 20, 2000 to confirm your installation of two or more of the OCLC ILL services mentioned in this article. OCLC will credit your April 2000 OCLC bill accordingly. Limit of one credit (US $29) per institution.

--OCLC [edited]


The OCLC WebExpress service, which will provide an easy-to-use, integrated gateway to library resources, is expected to be introduced in the second quarter of 2000. OCLC WebExpress will bring the library's full range of resources together by providing access via a single interface to both remote and local information resources, including the OCLC FirstSearch service, non-OCLC Z39.50 databases, and local information such as the library catalog. Abstract and index, full-text and print resources can also be included, from within the region or from around the world. WebExpress will also allow these resources to be linked to resource sharing options. In addition, OCLC WebExpress will provide an administrator's interface that is composed of wizards that make it easy to create access to information resources, group them in a logical way for users, and link them to other resources when appropriate.

See <> for more details.

--OCLC [edited]


The Library of Congress published MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data in summer 1999. Several OCLC members have contacted OCLC about MARC 21 Format and what it means. Below are a few points to remember.

An edited version of LC's announcement concerning publication of MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data is available in Bits & Pieces, no. 221 (November 1998) <>.

--Rich Greene
   OCLC Product Management and Implementation


Version 3.00 of the OCLC Access Suite compact disc is now available. This version includes software that has been previously released for electronic download from the OCLC Web site at <>. New software programs with this version of the compact disc are:

In addition, the compact disc includes OCLC Dewey Cutter Macro, OCLC Passport for Windows 1.10a, and Searching WorldCat: An OCLC Tutorial 1.00. These versions were included with previous versions of the OCLC Access Suite compact disc.

If you have already downloaded the electronic versions of the software, you do not need to order the compact disc. To order the compact disc or for more information on this release of the OCLC Access Suite, please visit the OCLC Access Suite home page at <>.

--David Whitehair
   OCLC Product Management & Implementation Division


The vendors of the month [November] for the PromptCat service are Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc. (OCLC symbol RTH) and Yankee Book Peddler.

Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc., located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, provides health science titles to college stores, health science libraries, hospitals and other health care related institutions. Rittenhouse became an active PromptCat vendor in June 1998 and currently has one active library.

Yankee Book Peddler, located in Contoocook, New Hampshire, is an international provider of books and other media to academic libraries and research markets. Yankee was one of the first vendors to participate in PromptCat. Yankee also was quick to take advantage of the new shelf-ready options available through PromptCat.

PromptCat, introduced in January 1995, automatically provides copy cataloging for monographic library materials as libraries receive them from participating book vendors. Vendors send OCLC an electronic list that identifies items selected by approval plan and/or firm order. PromptCat matches the items to bibliographic records in WorldCat, adds data to records, sets holdings in WorldCat, and provides the records to the library. Bibliographic records from PromptCat and the items from the vendor arrive concurrently. PromptCat also can provide customized spine and pocket labels that vendors affix to items so that the items come to the library shelf-ready.

For further information about the OCLC PromptCat service, Rittenhouse Book Distributors Inc. or Yankee Book Peddler, email Devra Dragos or phone 800-307-2665.

--Beth Baran
  OCLC Product Management and Implementation [edited]


Days that are not counted in the aging of an ILL request are called non-referral days. For example, a potential lender has 4 system days to respond to a Pending request. However if a Pending request arrives in your Message File at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday before Labor Day, you have until midnight the following Thursday to respond to the request-Saturday, Sunday, and the Monday Labor Day holiday are non-referral days:

OCLC treats weekends and the holidays as non-referral days. The calendar dates for the non-referral dates in 2000 are:

January 3 New Year's Day
January 17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 21 President's Day
May 29 Memorial Day
July 4 Independence Day
September 4 Labor Day
October 12 Columbus Day
November 10 Veteran's Day
November 23 Thanksgiving 
November 24 Day after Thanksgiving
December 22 Christmas Eve
December 25 Christmas Day
December 29      New Year's Eve

--OCLC [edited]


The Accessions List Service provides libraries a list of their recently cataloged current acquisitions. Libraries use Accessions Lists as a current awareness service to inform faculty and/or patrons about new materials.

The Accessions List has moved from a paper product delivered by mail to an electronic-only product delivered via Product Services Web. The new electronic list is in an HTML format that can either be imported into a word processor for further editing or mounted on an institution's Web page. The current print format will be discontinued in January 2000. All other current options are supported; note, though, that the electronic list does NOT contain diacritics.

Sample List Available

A sample Accessions List, providing examples of the 5 options for sorting, is available via OCLC Product Services Web at <>. Current subscribers will receive paper and electronic lists during the October-December period. They will be billed for the paper, but electronic will be free during this time. Beginning in January, OCLC will discontinue the paper list and will start billing for the electronic list.

The new Accessions List Web page provides a link to the new online order form, available at <>. If you are not a current subscriber, you must complete this order form. Current subscribers will automatically move to the new electronic product. Current subscribers who wish to change or cancel their subscription can do so via the order form.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Baran <> or Chris Grabenstatter <>.

--Beth Baran
   OCLC Product Management and Implementation [edited]


The OCLC Selection service, introduced in July 1996, serves as a selection and ordering service for libraries. This service now has a new vendor: Centro Di s.a.s. (OCLC symbol FDT). Centro Di, located in Florence, Italy, has been in the publishing and distribution business for more than 30 years.

In support of OCLC Selection, Centro Di records are being loaded into WorldCat. OCLC Selection provides access to multiple resource files, including WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) and direct access to bibliographic records from Casalini Libri, HARRASSOWITZ, Iberbook, Puvill Libros, and Touzot, as well as, Centro Di.

Centro Di and other Selection vendor records are standard MARC records, with the exception of a local 938 field that is created as part of the batchload process. Records that match an existing record in WorldCat add a vendor-specific 938 field to the existing record and set the vendor's holding symbol. Records that do not match existing records are loaded as new records with the vendor-specific 938 field and holdings set.

Centro Di, founded in 1968 by Ferruccio and Alessandra Marchi, produces and distributes in Italy and abroad. Publications include fine art, architecture, graphics, photography, and performing arts with a special focus on exhibition catalogues. Centro Di has two main departments: Publishing and Distribution.

The Publishing Department specializes in art publications including exhibition catalogues, monographs, proceedings, museum bulletins, and periodicals (over 500 publications).

The Distribution Department primarily concentrates on exporting Italian books, exhibition catalogues, monographs, essays in the history of art, and art periodicals. A section is devoted to out-of-print titles and Bank books. Another section is devoted to the humanities in general including history, literature, law, and economics.

Centro Di will accept acquisition orders via the OCLC ILL service. Libraries should be VERY careful when sending requests to Centro Di. Centro Di treats ILL requests as requests to PURCHASE, not as requests to borrow. Libraries should use caution in entering FDT in ILL lender strings.

Other vendors that contribute records to WorldCat in support of OCLC Selection include Casalini Libri, HARRASSOWITZ, Iberbook International, Puvill Libros, and Touzot. Casalini, Iberbook and Touzot accept acquisition orders via the OCLC ILL service. HARRASSOWITZ and Puvill accept orders via other traditional methods such as mail, telephone, fax, e-mail, etc., but NOT through the OCLC ILL service.

--Beth Baran
   OCLC Product Management and Implementation


The training sessions listed below will be held in the Heron Room of the Nebraska Library Commission located at 1200 N Street, Lincoln. All sessions will have a lecture, demonstration and hands-on format and will be conducted by Devra Dragos, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE.

To register for any of the training sessions, contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 or e-mail: Jeannette Powell . The registration fee is $10 per session for NEBASE members. If you are not a NEBASE member, please contact Jeannette for registration fee.

Description: Learn the ins and outs of Passport for Windows. Topics include: screen layout; toolbar; online help; setting up sessions; changing settings for sessions; changes in the function keys from Passport for DOS; printing; setting up macros; accessing online reports, useful macros, and help via the WWW; and signing up for listserves.
Audience: New users and current users who have questions.
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the Windows environment.
Date and Time: Thursday, March 9, 2000, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CE Credits: 3 hours

Description: This workshop provides basic training on the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service for libraries who borrow materials. Topics include: choosing the correct record, choosing a lender string, creating a request, updating the message file, establishing constant data records, group access capability, and using ILL policy statements in the Name-Address Directory.
Audience: New selective library staff and current users who have questions.
Prerequisites: Passport for Windows workshop would be helpful.
Date and Time: Thursday, March 16, 2000, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CE Credits: 3 hours

We are experimenting with a full-day workshop that will cover topics normally included in the beginning and advanced ILL workshops.
Description: In addition to covering how to create and fill ILL requests, we will talk about streamlining the ILL process and handling more advanced problems. Topics will include choosing the correct record, creating requests for items which have not been cataloged in OCLC, creating custom holdings, using union lists, modifying your NAD record and constant data records, using FirstSearch to create requests, ILL Direct Request Service, ILL Fee Management (IFM), and statistical reports.
Audience: New users and current users who have questions.
Prerequisites: The Passport for Windows Workshop would be helpful for new users.
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 21, 2000, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
CE Credits: 6 hours

Description: Learn how to use the ILL-ME for Windows to make your interlibrary loan workflow more efficient. Version 2.0 handles new Message File categories, Reasons for No codes, scheduling of multiple batches, print two records per page and printing mailing labels. Workshop topics include: loading the software, customizing options, printing message file items, entering message file updates, using constant data, scheduling batch loads, and setting up macros.
Audience: OCLC ILL users currently using or interested in using ILL ME including NEON libraries. ILL-ME for Windows has point-and-click command options in addition to function key commands.
Prerequisites: Some knowledge of the OCLC ILL system.
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 11, 2000, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CE Credits: 3 hours

Description: The OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows software increases productivity and reduces costs by combining online searching and processing with offline editing. Topics covered in this workshop include: loading the software; customizing options; searching for bibliographic records and authority file records interactively and in batch-mode; editing offline; original cataloging; printing labels; workflow.
Audience: New users and current user who have questions.
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows95 environment.
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 18, 2000, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CE Credits: 3 hours

Description: A basic workshop on the OCLC Union List (UL) service. Topics include: searching, retrieval, and interpretation of OCLC bibliographic records for union listing; retrieval and interpretation of union list group holdings displays; creation, modification, and deletion of local data records (LDRs). With the addition of the OCLC Union Lists of Periodicals Database to the FirstSearch service, it is more important than ever for libraries to keep their union listing data up-to-date on OCLC. Keeping your union list holdings up-to-date also impacts ILL requests positively, since a borrowing library may check the holdings of a potential lender to make sure the lender has the appropriate volume or year. Incorrect or old data causes superfluous ILL requests and wastes time and money.
Audience: New union list member staff and current union list member staff who have not updated their holdings recently and want a refresher.
Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog would be helpful.
Date and Time: Tuesday, May 23, 2000, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CE Credits: 3 hours


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: 600. Published on PC software. Editor: Jo Budler.
Word Processing: Jeannette Powell.
ISSN 1082-4383

Send mail to: N3 Editor Nebraska Library Commission The Atrium, 1200 N St.
Suite 120 Lincoln, NE, 68508
Phone: 402-471-4031 or 800-307-2665
Fax: 402-471-2083
E-mail: [obsolete]
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