Nebraska Library Commission
          Network Services

                january/february 1998 vol.4 no.1 issn 1082-4383

JANUARY/FEBUARY Issue Highlights:
Value of FirstSearch
Guest Columnist: Mary Jackson, Maximizing Your Potential
More Database Trials Coming Soon!
New OCLC Workstation
and more!

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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Taken from the minutes of the October 5-7, 1997 Users Council Meeting

"… WorldCat remains the most consulted reference database in higher education. It also remains the world's busiest bibliographic database for cataloging and resource sharing. Libraries added 2.1 million records to it last year and 36 million location listings…."

Of this number of holdings, over half a million belonged to Nebraska's libraries who participated in the Batchload Project, namely:

Alice M. Farr, Aurora
Auburn Memorial Library
Bertrand Community Schools
Blue Hill Public Library
Broken Bow Public Library
Crete Public Library
Fairbury Public Library
Gering Public Library
Goodall City Library, Ogallala
Gothenburg Public Library
Grant County Library, Hyannis
Grattan Township Library, O'Neill
Imperial Public Library
Jensen Memorial Library, Minden
John A. Stahl Library, West Point
La Vista Public Library
Lexington Public Library
Lydia B. Woods Memorial Library, Falls City
Mid-Plains Community College, North Platte
Morton James Public Library, Nebraska City
Neligh Public Library
Ord Township Library
Plattsmouth Public Library
Schuyler Public Library
Scribner Public Library
Seward Public Library
Southeast Community College, Lincoln
Southeast Community College, Milford
Superior Public Library
Sutton Memorial Library
Sutton Public Schools

In addition to adding to the value of the OCLC database, WorldCat, these libraries are now full-participants in the OCLC Interlibrary Loan System-capable of lending material from their collections as well as borrowing from other libraries.

-Jo Budler
Nebraska Library Commission


Since the OCLC FirstSearch service went online in October 1991, other organizations have gradually introduced similar services to help meet libraries' needs for online reference information. These services offer some comparable features and some unique features, with pricing models that vary considerably.

Libraries may find the increasing number of choices ever more difficult to navigate. Yet, to meet your users' information needs effectively while leveraging your budget, you need to focus on value to guide your purchase decisions.

At age five, FirstSearch continues to become a better value with every new database and enhancement, largely because of invaluable input from libraries. In evaluating FirstSearch's value, consider that:

· FirstSearch offers unique databases, among them: WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog), OCLC ArticleFirst, OCLC FastDoc, and OCLC NetFirst. This past July, another unique database was made available: OCLC Union Lists of Periodicals, through which over seven million serials holdings records are available to help your users locate the articles they need from within your local collections and those of other member libraries.

· FirstSearch provides online full text for a growing number of popular periodicals and newspapers. This summer saw a significant new addition to the FirstSearch online full-text collection, H.W. Wilson Select Full Text, which covers some 430 essential periodicals and contains ASCII full text for every record in the database.

· In addition to the unique OCLC databases, and an ever growing collection of online full text, FirstSearch also provides access to many specialized scholarly sources. Overall, FirstSearch offers a substantial collection of databases from a variety of producers and publishers, covering a broad spectrum of online information needs. Most importantly, since individual database selections have always and continue to be based largely on library input, the collection reflects the needs of OCLC members and their users.

· FirstSearch is integrated with OCLC holdings and the OCLC interlibrary loan service. This functionality allows users to determine what libraries have the sources they need and provides them with a reliable system to obtain those sources.

· FirstSearch pricing has been both stable and increasingly flexible. There are now many new pricing options available to meet the varied needs of libraries and groups of all types and sizes.

· FirstSearch is an open system, compatible with industry standards (e.g., Z39.50 and WWW), and tightly integrated with OCLC SiteSearch.

As information providers within your institutions, your challenge is to select from among the many options available, those services that offer maximum value for the dollar. Over the past five years, FirstSearch has been continually improved to make sure you and your users get that maximum value.

-John Sullivan, Director, OCLC Online Reference Services Division
Reprinted and adapted from OCLC Reference News, June 1997


Periodicals Contents Index, a database published by Chadwyck-Healey that indexes the contents of pre-1991 issues of periodicals in the humanities and social sciences, will be added to the OCLC FirstSearch service in December.

Periodicals Contents Index makes it possible to search back volumes of journals with the same ease and convenience as more recently published ones. It contains journals in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and other Western languages, and includes the complete table of contents for each issue of each journal.

Every year, Periodicals Contents Index adds records for more than 1 million articles. It already covers more than 2,076 journals and includes records for more than 8.5 million articles. It will grow to encompass 3,500 journals and 15 million articles.

"This is the first time that Chadwyck-Healey has licensed one of its electronic publications to another information provider, and I am delighted that OCLC is our first such partner," said Steven Hall, managing director of Chadwyck-Healey Ltd. "Periodicals Contents Index will be the perfect complement to other FirstSearch databases in the humanities and social sciences, and we expect this agreement to enable it to reach a still wider audience."

"The important work Chadwyck-Healey has done becomes even more useful when combined with the work OCLC member libraries have done to document their serials holdings," said John Sullivan, director, OCLC Online Reference Services. "With Periodicals Contents Index on FirstSearch, users can locate articles and find out instantly if their library owns a particular journal or even a particular issue."

Periodicals Contents Index will be offered in two editions: Complete, with coverage from 1970 to 1990/91; and Subset, with coverage from 1960/61 to 1990/91. The full file will be available on FirstSearch via subscription only; the subset will be available under all FirstSearch pricing options.

The current complete list of titles is on Chadwyck-Healey's PCI home page: or Periodicals Contents Index will include a link to OCLC holdings and OCLC Interlibrary Loan via FirstSearch.

To order or for more information, libraries should contact their OCLC-affiliated regional network, the OCLC National Sales Office, or their local distributor.

OCLC FirstSearch, 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, which provides access to more than 60 databases, full text and a link to OCLC's Interlibrary Loan service, can be used via the World Wide Web or a text-based interface. The FirstSearch Web is available from

Chadwyck-Healey is an international group of publishing companies with offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Spain. The company publishes reference and research publications for the academic, professional and library markets in a variety of media, including electronic, microform and print.

OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 25,000 libraries in 63 countries and territories



Academic Press, one of the world's largest publishers of scientific information, will broaden its online delivery activity by partnering with the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online service. With the addition of the Academic Press collection, Electronic Collections Online will offer users more than 1,100 electronic journals from 23 publishers.
Licensed libraries may use Electronic Collections Online as a gateway to the Academic Press International Digital Electronic Access Library (IDEAL) for access to all 175 Academic Press scientific research journals.

"We are very pleased to partner with OCLC, a well-respected library service organization," said Pieter Bolman, president of Academic Press. "Electronic Collections Online will be the first gateway service to IDEAL, providing access to all of IDEAL's current and future features through the Electronic Collections Online comprehensive search interface."

"Academic Press has been on the forefront of the transition to electronic journals through their consortia licensing model," said K. Wayne Smith, OCLC president and chief executive officer. "Many OCLC member libraries have licensed the Academic Press journals, and OCLC is pleased now to be able to provide integrated access to them along with the journals from the many other publishers now participating in Electronic Collections Online."

Through Electronic Collections Online, libraries can search across hundreds of journals from many different publishers, using a single interface and access point. To meet the needs of its diverse library community, OCLC is aggregating a broad collection of titles in many different subject areas, including life and physical science, social science and the humanities. In 1998, OCLC will begin linking the 65 databases from the OCLC FirstSearch service with the full-text journals available on Electronic Collections Online to create a fully integrated system for library users.

Academic Press will participate in the Electronic Collections Online archiving service, which will provide access in perpetuity to licensed material. "By maintaining archived issues of journals as well as current materials, Electronic Collections Online helps Academic Press fulfill its archiving responsibilities and becomes part of the Academic Press disaster-recovery strategy," said Dr. Bolman.

OCLC has made a commitment to create an electronic archive of all journals available through Electronic Collections Online, assuring that libraries have perpetual access to the electronic versions of the journals libraries subscribe to, freeing them from the burden of storing print copies.



Eighty-two journals from six publishers were added to the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online service on November 9, 1997, bringing the total number of available journals to 378. Three of these publishers will make journals available through Electronic Collections Online for the first time in November:

Carfax Publishing (32 titles). The UK's foremost publisher of educational research, Carfax also publishes in geography, politics and economics, gender studies, as well as medicine and related professional disciplines.

Kluwer Academic Publishers (36 titles), an international scientific publisher of approximately 320 research journals in natural and applied sciences, medicine, social sciences and the humanities.

National Research Council of Canada (7 titles), the principal science and technology agency of the Canadian federal government.

In addition, one title from Blackwell Publishers and three each from Lawrence Erlbaum Associates and Scandinavian University Press will be made available through the service in November bringing the total number of journals available from these publishers to 39, 17, and 10, respectively.

To date, 22 publishers have agreed to make more than 1,000 journals available through Electronic Collections Online.

For a complete list of participating publishers, available journals, and journals under contract, see the Electronic Collections Online Web site at



All Nebraska librarians are invited to attend a videoconference on Telecommunications and Networking Technology to be held on March 19, 1998, 1:30-3:30 Central Time. The conference is intended for administrators, librarians and staff responsible for technology and serving on technology planning committees. The conference will include presentations from invited experts in the field of telecommunications and library technology with moderated discussion among the presenters and viewing audience. NEBASE will arrange for downlink sites that will not charge for this service. If you are interested in hosting or down-linking at a site near you please contact Allana Novotny (see below).

You may register starting on January 20, 1998. The registration form and additional information will be available on the NEBASE Web page, /netserv/nebase/vidconf.html. Contact: Allana Novotny, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, phone: 402-471-6681 or 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Allana Novotny .

This videoconference is sponsored by NEBASE in coordination with other OCLC Networks in the form of the Alliance of Library Service Networks.

-Allana Novotny
Nebraska Library Commission



Seems like these days fake virus warnings show up in my mailbox every few days. The booming popularity of the Internet has led to large increases in the number of virus hoaxes. How is it that you can tell the real warnings from the ever-growing number of hoaxes? Below are a few tips for identifying a virus hoax from a true virus warning.

Hoax says:

This virus destroyed my computer (smoke, fire, etc.). This is not possible. A virus CANNOT cause physical damage to your computer.

Do not open an e-mail message with the subject " x ", it will erase your hard drive. Again, not possible. The only thing that you have to worry about is an attached file. The text of an e-mail message is just that-text, and cannot delete files or format hard disks. It is possible that an attachment can carry a virus the same as any other type of file and you should exercise proper caution when dealing with attached files.

Uses very technical language and many terms you have never heard. Most advisories do not use highly technical language. Instead, they try to communicate their message without using overly technical details. This technical information is available to those seeking more information but is not needed in a general alert.

Send this message to as many people as you can. If the virus is real the NCSA and the Anti-virus software companies will distribute warnings about the virus; you really don't need to send it to every possible mailing list and all of your friends.

Some "expert" in the field sent this message to me. Many times hoax creators try to gain credibility for their virus stories by claiming the information came from a reputable source. Here is a list of current popular virus hoaxes: AOL 4 Free, Good Times, Bud Frogs, Deeyenda, Join the Crew, PENPAL GREETINGS, Make Money Fast, and Naughty Robot.

The next time you see a message warning you about the "Good Times" virus or some other horrible computer-destroying fiend, don't jump the gun, evaluate the warning and beware of the hoax!

OCTOBER 1997 (v.19, no.10)


For information on cookies, check out the following Web sites:

PC Webopædia (This site also lists other sites that talk about cookies.)

Free On-line Dictionary of Computing

Opening the HTTP cookies jar

-Allana Novotny
Nebraska Library Commission


As public, Internet-enabled workstations make their way into more libraries, library staff members are faced with the problem of helping patrons find quality information on the Internet. Traditionally, librarians exercise their judgment about the value of a print resource before the patron ever sees it. Acquisitions staff read reviews, evaluate publishers and make considered choices about what material finds its way into the library. With the Internet, however, librarians currently have few ways to screen material in advance. If a patron wants information about cancer treatments, he can find both the web page of the National Cancer Institute and Jo Bob's Guaranteed Cancer Cure Liniment page. How do we help patrons sort it all out?

Several online resources can make the job a little easier. For school librarians, Kathy Schrock provides individual web evaluation checklists geared for elementary school, middle school and high school students. She provides places where students identify the sponsor of the web site and author of the material they are using as a source. She asks them to check for a date on the page, if the author provides a way to contact himself or herself and if the page seems biased or unbalanced. She provides space for the students to write a short narrative about the Web site based on his or her answers to the checklist questions. All in all, she provides a good foundation for thinking critically about Web resources, and students using her checklists should be well on their way to asking thoughtful questions about the reliability of particular pages. Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators can be found at:

Another excellent set of checklists (this one not specifically for educators) has been put together by Jan Alexander and Marsha Tate at Widener University. They provide checklists for different kinds of pages-specifically, advocacy Web pages, business/marketing Web pages, informational Web pages, news Web pages and personal home pages. They contribute a list of questions for users to ask themselves about the authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, and coverage of the page in question. They also provide links to other web evaluation resources online. The Widener page can be found at:

If you're still in the market for Web evaluation materials, check out Alistair Smith's "Webliography" of evaluation sites at Smith has links to a wide variety of online evaluation materials, as well as links to articles about collecting web resources. No matter what population you serve, there will be a link to something relevant for you.

You can't force your patrons to think critically about Web resources, but for those who are willing to try and just want some guidance, these links provide excellent starting points.

-Ellen Fox
BCR, Action for Libraries
June 1997



If there were a magic spell that could make public libraries indispensable to the communities they serve, an influential element in governmental decision-making, at the heart of community planning, and the first city utility to be considered when budgets are planned wouldn't you do almost anything to get a piece of that magic? These idyllic conditions could describe libraries who become wholeheartedly involved in community development efforts. A library is the perfect city agency to act as the circulatory system for community development. The library is the information center for the community; the information it provides is trusted because neutrality or fairness and balance is a fundamental library ideal. The library is a natural crossroads for discussion of community issues and concerns as well as events in the larger world. The library has the power to broaden perspectives and open windows of awareness for the general public; library personnel are often very familiar with local issues and personalities and are good at relating these issues to more abstract principles and solutions as represented in materials in the collection. Libraries are in a prime position to promote local community development efforts to members of the general community who might not otherwise hear of them.

Following are some actions libraries may take to become the heart of community development, or at least a key player:

Find out if there is a community development group in your town. Ask about their activities and goals. Offer library meeting space and resources, including your information search skills. Attend the development meetings or send another library staff person. Ask the group if there are community development materials it would be helpful to make available in the library.

Connect with the Nebraska Development Network (NDN). These are regional groups who meet monthly to share ideas, plan training and coordinate development efforts. There are seven regions in Nebraska. For information about the regions you may go to the NDN home page at or call JoAnn McManus, Network Manager, The Nebraska Development Network, 402-471-3775 or 800-426-6505, e-mail: These are inspiring, high-energy meetings that are open to anyone who wants to participate in community development. Few librarians attend the meetings, but it may be the most valuable time investment of your month. You will come away from the meetings with lots of ideas about things your community could be doing and renewed appreciation for the initiative and creativity of Nebraskans. You will also have a clearer idea of how libraries may contribute to community development efforts, from developing and promoting economic well-being to bringing community members together to solve [community] problems.

Be aware of the economic development award winners, grant recipients or activities in your community or area. Promote their achievements by displaying newspaper clippings, maintaining a scrapbook for new businesses and products, or inviting library patrons to view their home pages on your public access computer. The next two years are a good time to develop a bulletin board or display with the caption, [Your Town] Moves Into the 21st Century. The first juried show for Nebraska arts and crafts occurred in 1996. Invite the participants from your area to display their creations in the library.

Offer adult programming based on community issues and problems. As you recognize key issues in your specific setting, find information or books that address these issues. Be sure you can provide information that highlights all sides. Invite experts or knowledgeable lay people to speak or serve on a panel and hold a community forum with opportunity for open discussion. This is an excellent way to use the Continuous Library Improvement Program (CLIP) process to move your community forward.

Your library's fortunes are closely linked to community well-being. The more creative and aggressive you are in promoting your community, the more your community will value the library. And thus the library will thrive and survive into the millennium.

-Mary Jackson
Nebraska Library Commission


We have purchased the access and we are looking for librarians who want to share in this at a subsidized cost. And now the cost is even lower. That's right. General Reference Center* is available at a reduced price for the rest of this fiscal year (through June 30,1998).

Nebraska Public Libraries participating in this project will share five (5) simultaneous users at the onset. Cost is based on population served and is as follows:

Under 10,000 $187.50
10,001-20,000 $237.50
20,001-30,000 $287.50
30,001-40,000 $375.00
40,001-50,000 $500.00

Nebraska K-12 Schools participating in this project will share ten (10) simultaneous users on the onset of this project. The pricing is based on enrollment on a sliding scale as follows:

1-99 $225.00
100-199 $250.00
200-299 $275.00
300-399 $300.00
400-499 $325.00
500-599 $350.00
600-699 $375.00
700-799 $400.00
800-899 $425.00
900-999 $450.00
1000-1099 $475.00
1100+ $500.00

If you are interested in subscribing or have questions, call Jeannette Powell at 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell .

*General Reference Center is a fully integrated database which provides access to full text and image articles from general interest magazines, reference books and newspapers. It features indexing of 415 magazines and full text to 315 titles, plus a number of children's magazines, Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service articles, The New York Times & Wall Street Journal (indexing only) and more than 15 reference books.

-Jo Budler
Nebraska Library Commission



Spring '98 Vendors and Trial Dates:

African American Biographical Database (Chadwyck-Healey) - 1/15/98 -2/28/98
Congressional Compass (CIS) - 2/2/97-3/13/98
Health Reference Center (IAC) - 2/1/98-3/31/98
Health Reference Center-Academic (IAC) - 2/1/98-3/31/98
Health Source Plus (EBSCO) - 2/1/98-3/31/98
¡Informe! (IAC) - 2/1/98-3/31/98
International Index to Music Periodicals (Chadwyck-Healey)- 3/1/98-4/30/98
Literature Online (Chadwyck-Healey)- 3/1/98-4/30/98 PolicyFile (Chadwyck-Healey)- 3/1/98-4/30/98
SIRS Researcher (Social Issues Resource Series Inc. (SIRS)) - 2/1/98-3/31/98
TOPICsearch (EBSCO) - 2/1/98-3/31/98

Databases Available for Spring '98:

African American Biographical Database (AABD) (Chadwyck-Healey): is a landmark resource for African-American studies, including genealogy, covering over 40,000 biographical sketches of 30,000 African-Americans. Drawn from over 350 monographs and other sources, the initial file will cover 1790-1950. Based on Chadwyck-Healey's acclaimed Black Biographical Dictionaries and updated with additional new entries bimonthly-10,000 additional entries within the first year-AABD will continually grow, with records from the Tuskegee and Hampton collections and links to further Web resources coming in early 1998. The database is searchable by name, occupation, place of birth, date of birth and death, and will allow for full-text search of the files.

Congressional Compass (CIS): is the most comprehensive Web-based source for information from and about the United States Congress. This service provides the indexing and abstracts of the CIS/Index to congressional working papers and legislation from the last 25 years. Congressional Compass also gives students and other researchers access to a wide variety of information about Congress including member biographical and committee assignment information, voting records, financial data, and the full text of the Congressional Record. In addition, access is provided to the full text of key regulatory and statutory resources. There are Hot Topics and Hot Bills features on controversial current issues and legislative proposals. Designed with students in mind, Congressional Compass is easy to use, even for novice users, and it offers both keyword searching and extensively cross-referenced vocabulary.

Detailed help is available for using the service as well as for understanding the legislative process and different types of congressional documents. Students and professors can access Congressional Compass from libraries, dorm rooms, and offices-wherever a computer is linked to the campus network. There are no limits on connect time or simultaneous users.

Health Reference Center (IAC): is a one-stop, multisource reference center for health and wellness research. An HIRC Award winner, Health Reference Center integrates a greater variety of current, full text sources than any competing database: medical journals, consumer health magazines, health newsletters, reference books, referral information, topical overviews, pamphlets, and newspaper articles. Designed especially for lay research, Health Reference Center provides unrivaled depth and breadth of information in terms that everyone can understand. InfoTracs powerful, intuitive search features make it easy to link between different source types and pinpoint relevant information in one self-service process. And with its regular updates, Health Reference Center makes it easy to offer the most current, reliable health information available.

Health Reference Center-Academic (IAC): This full text, multisource database provides single-search access to the wide variety of health information sources in Health Reference Center plus 40 full text nursing and allied health journals. Health Reference Center-Academic integrates the full text of respected nursing, allied health, and medical journals; consumer health magazines; reference books; newsletters; pamphlets; newspaper articles; referral information; and topical overviews. And with InfoTracs intuitive linking between sources, users can quickly find the information they need, all in the privacy of a self-service reference system.

Health Source Plus (EBSCO): offers coverage of general health magazines as well as professional health care journals. This reference database features: searchable full text for over 200 titles including The New England Journal of Medicine (CD-ROM only) and The Lancet, covering nearly 150,000 articles; abstracts and indexing for nearly 500 general health, nutrition, and professional health care titles, covering over 400,000 articles; USP Pharmacopoeia DI: Volume II Advice for the Lay Patient searchable full text for nearly 1,000 health-related pamphlets.

¡Informe! (Revistas en Español) (IAC): is the first reference database to provide indexing, full text, and images of the most popular Hispanic magazines. It also includes full text pamphlets on a variety of topics, such as health care. Not only that, ¡Informe!'s Spanish thesaurus and interface were created especially for Spanish speakers, based on InfoTracs well known user interface. ¡Informe! also features bilingual citations to help non-Spanish speaking staff, or students of Spanish, navigate easily through the database.

International Index to Music Periodicals (Chadwyck-Healey): IIMP draws its current content from more than 350 international music periodicals from over 20 countries, and also indexes feature music articles and obituaries appearing in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

IIMP covers nearly all aspects of the world of music, from the most scholarly studies to the latest crazes. See the Title List for periodicals included. Every IIMP record in the current file (1996 forward) contains an abstract.

Literature Online (Chadwyck-Healey): combines hundreds of thousands of fully-searchable texts, with reference works, bibliographies and catalogues on a single site, and provides hypertext links to relevant resources on other Web sites.

PolicyFile (Chadwyck-Healey): collects data from world renowned public policy think tanks including the American Enterprise Institute, Brookings Institution, Cato Institute, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Economic Strategy Institute, Heritage Foundation, Hoover Institute, Hudson Institute, International Monetary Fund, RAND Corporation, Urban Institute and the World Bank; university research program and publishers. Dozens of sources are combined to provide the user with a database of thousands of abstracts, fully searchable and linked via the World Wide Web.

SIRS Researcher (Social Issues Resource Series Inc. (SIRS)): is a general database containing thousands of full-text articles exploring social, scientific, historic, economic, political, and global issues. Articles are carefully selected from more than 1,200 domestic and international newspapers, magazines, journals, and government publications. Brief summaries accompany all articles added to the database since 1994. It will be available directly from SIRS, via IAC, and via OCLC FirstSearch.

TOPICsearch (EBSCO): Explore social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms with TOPICsearch. This current events database includes: 40,000 full text documents carefully selected by our staff of librarians and teachers, 2,500 diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, EBSCO's unparalleled periodicals collection, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, government information and EBSCO's Current Issues database.



The detailed IFM Monthly Report (which is now only available in an electronic format) can now be easily downloaded from the OCLC Product Services Web site at

Users who subscribe to the ILL Management Statistics (for which there is a fee) can access their file via two URLs: and

At, click Reports and respond to prompts for your OCLC authorization and password. Once you provide that information, a list of all reports that OCLC provides via Product Services displays.

Users may also access reports through the ILL Management Statistics Site. At This page also provides three Microsoft Excel macros that OCLC has created. These Macros help you format the files and do some basic sorting and counting for the borrower's report.

Note: Subscribers to the ILL Management Reports may retrieve their reports only via the OCLC Web interface to the Product Services Menu.

Technical Bulletin 225 provides detailed information about this new method of retrieving ILL files.

[Tony Melvyn, OCLC , edited]


OCLC is pleased to announce the M6233 Workstation ($2,655). The new M6233 Workstation is available immediately and replaces both the M5166Gs and the M5200 workstations as the sole workstation offering from OCLC.

The M6233 workstation is based on the new Intel Pentium II processor. The Pentium I processor is quickly being moved aside as Intel shifts its production and marketing towards this new processor technology. The price of a typical 200 MHz Pentium I as compared to a Pentium II configuration is small enough to make it nearly redundant to offer a low-end workstation. Until such time as the price delta between processors becomes large enough to warrant a high-end, low-end offering, OCLC will offer one, well configured workstation.

The configuration of the M6233 is as follows:

Dell P6233/Gxa/M Base
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
Integrated Audio
2MB Video memory
32MB (1 EDO SDRAM Dimm) Memory
512K Cache
Altec Lansing ACS90 Speakers
12/24X CD-ROM Drive
3.5 Floppy Drive
3.2GB IDE Hard Drive
15" Trinitron SVGA .28 pitch non-interlaced 72Hz Monitor
Passport for Windows, Windows 95, and a Mouse
3-Year on-site Warranty

For information about add-ons or upgrades to this configuration or to order the M6233, please contact Jeannette Powell at 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail Jeannette Powell .

[OCLC, edited]


In response to requests from libraries to make information on local serial holdings available via FirstSearch, OCLC has introduced the OCLC Union Lists of Periodicals database. This collection of more than seven million local data records, contributed by libraries to WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) and linked to some 750,000 serial bibliographic records in that database, provides local serials holdings information via easy-to-use search capabilities.

Previously, library users searching FirstSearch could find a citation and determine that their library owned the title in question. Now through the copy-and volume-specific information available through OCLC Union Lists, they also can find out if the library-or a library nearby-owns the specific volume required, as well as its location and how many copies the library has.

Though online full-text information is becoming more common, being able to locate printed material quickly remains important.

The database offers several direct benefits to libraries:

· It enhances a library's collection by making it more accessible to users.
· It boosts collection development efforts and makes reference services more responsive by providing complete bibliographic information, expanded access points and local holdings information.
· It enhances the value of the local data records themselves and solidifies the library's investment of time and intellectual effort to maintain them.

After obtaining a citation or list of citations from other serials databases, users can search the OCLC Union Lists database for local holdings information by most of the fields searched on FirstSearch's WorldCat. In addition to the bibliographic fields in the WorldCat record, searchable fields include:

· Contributing library name or symbol
· City and State of contributing libraries
· Union List of the contributing library

The title-level search results list for the database includes serial title and records sorted by state, then by institution name, city and state-one record for each library that contributed a local data record matching the search criteria. The user must go into the record and read the information to determine if the issue is likely to be held by the library. The full record on FirstSearch includes:

· Title
· Three-character institution symbol
· Four-character location symbol, name and information on coverage at that site
· Institution name, city and state code (or province, territory, etc.)
· Union List or Group Access Capability groups the owning library belongs to
· Other fields from the OCLC WorldCat record
· ISSN or other control number
· OCLC control number

Updated semiannually, the OCLC Union Lists database will look and function like any other FirstSearch database. By giving copy-and volume-specific information, it complements other FirstSearch and EPIC databases linked to holdings records indicating that the library owns the title. Since the record represents a serial title and not an article, document ordering and the ILL link do not apply to this database.

September 1997. V.19(9)


OCLC ended their support for Passport for DOS January 1, 1998. Enhancements and patches or fixes to problems encountered with Passport for DOS will no longer be available. There is no guarantee for those libraries still using the Passport for DOS software, that support problems can be solved or that OCLC online services (Cataloging, ILL, FirstSearch, etc.) will remain compatible. If you have not already made plans to purchase Passport for Windows and/or computer equipment compatible with Windows software, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Passport for Windows is $40. per copy per workstation. For information on ordering Passport for Windows, contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell .


The following OCLC information was mailed to your library in October. If there is anything on this list that you did not receive or you need extra copies of please contact Jeannette Powell, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, phone: 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, or e-mail: Jeannette Powell .

OCLC EPIC Service Databases
OCLC Union List
OCLC Dedicated TCP/IP Access

-Jeannette Powell
Nebraska Library Commission


Fundamentals of Acquisitions Institute Teleconference, March 13, 1998.

Presented by the Acquisitions Section, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association.

Cosponsored by the College of Library & Information Science, University of South Carolina.

The 1998 Fundamentals of Acquisitions (FOA) Institute will be offered as a teleconference broadcast to selected sites in the Eastern and Central time zones. (None of these are in Nebraska. If you have a site to which you would like to downlink, please contact Jeannette Powell at the Nebraska Library Commission 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell .)

The Institute

This institute focuses on what you need to know about the basics of acquiring monographs: goals and methods; financial management of materials budgets; and relationships between acquisitions librarians and library booksellers.

Audience: sessions are tailored to librarians and paraprofessionals new to the acquisitions field. Presentations are geared to cover issues of interest to staff in all types of libraries.

Goals and Objectives: through speaker presentations, case studies, and role play, participants will receive a broad overview of the operations involved in acquiring materials after the selection decision is made.

This institute will discuss methods and strategies for acquiring different types of library materials, introduce financial management and fiscal procedures related to library materials acquisitions, discuss strategies for selecting, evaluating, and monitoring vendors, and look at the trends which affect the way acquisitions is done in the library.

Faculty: Trisha L. Davis - Head, Continuation Acquisition Division, Ohio State University; Carol Pitts Diedrichs - Head, Acquisition Department, Ohio State University; Ann L. O'Neill - Assistant Professor, College of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina. Tentative Program Outline:

Hour 1 - Introduction and the basics of acquisitions.
Hour 2 - Ordering, claiming, and receiving library materials.
Hour 3 - Fiscal matters.
Hours 4 and 5 - Vendors - services; selecting, monitoring, and negotiating.
Hour 6 - Current trends and issues.

Registration: deadline for Registration: March 1, 1998.

Fees: ALCTS/Libr. Network personal member: $75.; ALA personal member: $90.; Non-ALA personal member: $115. Special Group Rate for 5 or more participants from an organization: $50. per person (must include one ALCTS or ALA personal member).

Each registered participant will be added to an electronic discussion list and given a password to access the FOA Web site for additional resources to facilitate discussion and learning prior to and following the institute. For registration form please contact Jeannette Powell.

Library Network Co-Sponsors:


Corporate Sponsors:

ALCTS and CLIS gratefully acknowledge these companies for underwriting a portion of the institute (partial list)!

Baker & Taylor; Brodart; Volcano Press; Women's Presses Library Project.



21 OCLC's Passport for Windows, 9:00 A.M. - 12 NOON, (FULL) 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.


10 OCLC Cataloging I: MARC Format and Copy Cataloging, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M., Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.


10 OCLC Cataloging II: Books, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M., Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.

For more information contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell or see the Library Calendar on the Library Commission home page /calendar/libcal.html.

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