Nebraska Library Commission
          Network Services

                march/april 1999  vol.5 no.1 issn 1082-4383

March/April Issue Highlights:
Guest Columnist: Jean Lukesh
FirstSearch Success Story Winners
Finding Health Information Using FirstSearch
Senator Daschle Posts CRS Reports on the Internet


As is stated on the Nebraska Library Commission home page, "Network Services promotes and supports Nebraska libraries in their cooperative efforts to share resources and information." This newsletter was created to assist us in achieving this. It is here that we share information with articles produced by Commission staff and by guest contributors.

This issue of includes articles on a wide variety of topics ranging from highly technical OCLC information to an article by guest contributor: Jean Lukesh, "Streetwise Stories for Reluctant Readers." Someone asked me recently how an article on books for reluctant readers (rather than machines!) fit with network services. Clearly we were intending this to be a sharing of information amongst our readership. As one librarian put it during a phone conversation last week, "This [project] helps us get books into the hands of our users and, after all, that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?"

But the question started me thinking about the relationship between books and computers, databases and books, information online and information in books. It occurred to me that in my own life there was clearly a progression which all started with the reading of books. By the time I got to the position of "embracing technology", I had not given up my love of books. Clearly there is room for both in one’s life. One does not replace books with technology. If we think of technology as a means to enhance library service, perhaps it would be appropriate to label books the foundation. It is with books that most readers begin. (I say most because certainly someone out there will cite a case of some child who learned to read on a computer!)

It seems to me that we must encourage our reluctant readers to become eager readers. While it may be possible to embrace technology and not books, clearly this is not traditionally true. This is not an exclusive endeavor: utilizing technology (whether that is accessing databases online or using a word processing program to create a report) does not mean one gives up books. I would venture to say that this is an "inclusive progression." Readers may move on to test technology and incorporate it into their lives but few move to technology without first becoming readers (and hopefully continuing to be readers!)

—Jo Budler

Nebraska Library Commission


The terms streetwise students and reluctant readers often (but not invariably) go together—as many librarians and teachers are finding out. . . . And trying to find a book that streetwise students will read is no easy task!

In fact, it takes a very special kind of book for those readers. Usually, the content needs to be highly interesting, extremely relevant to teens, and fairly contemporary in nature. The main character generally needs to be someone the reader’s own age, someone the reader can identify with strongly—the stronger the identification, the better. Sometimes these books can be raw and somewhat more graphic than books for other readers.

Other than S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, the following books are the best books I’ve found to hook today’s streetwise reluctant readers (and wannabes) and keep them reading. These books are always checked out or on reserve:

Lower Reading (Upper elementary, middle school and up), Fiction: Draper, Sharon. Forged by Fire (Aladdin, 1998, 156 p.) When his beloved aunt dies, Gerald, who has lived a very traumatic life, is forced to move back in with his mother, his abusive stepfather, and his abused younger stepsister. Gerald tries his best to protect his stepsister and to go on with his own life after a tragic accident causes the death of a high school friend. (Companion to Tears of a Tiger.)

Ewing, Lynne. Drive-By (HarperCollins, 1996, 85 p.) Tito and his little sister watch as their brother Jimmy is gunned down in the streets, the victim of gang violence. But Tito can’t believe Jimmy was a gang member! Now the gang members are back, and they want something Jimmy had—and they are willing to kill Tito to get it. (This quick reader is the most popular book in my library right now. It is usually checked out just as soon as it is checked in.)

Mead, Alice. Junebug (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995, 101 p.) A ten-year-old inner-city boy, nicknamed Junebug, wants to get his family out of the projects and away from the gangs, but all he can do is make wishes and send them out to sea in bottles. When his good friend and protector, a high school boy, becomes the target of a local gang, Junebug knows he must risk death to help his friend.

Upper Grades (Upper Middle School/Junior High through Adult), Fiction: Draper, Sharon. Tears of a Tiger (Aladdin, 1994, 1996, 180 p.) After a playoff game, the Tigers, a group of inner-city high school basketball players, celebrate too much and wind up in a tragic car accident. The surviving friends, classmates (including Gerald from Forged by Fire), family, and teachers all try to cope with their guilt and grief. The story is told through narratives, notes, class assignments, poems, newspaper clippings, yearbook articles, conversations, and other media. (Companion to Forged by Fire. This is another high interest quick reader! The only thing I don’t like about this book is the use of dashes in place of quotation marks to denote direct quotes.)

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey (Aladdin, 1997, 125 p.) A high school girl reluctantly keeps a journal for her language arts class, marking each entry with a note telling her teacher not to read it. When the girl’s abusive stepfather moves back into her home, her entries become more serious and personal, but she still refuses to seek help. Then one day she forgets to tell her teacher not to read the journal, and things really get complicated.

Kropp, Paul. Encounters series (St. Paul, Minnesota: EMC Publishing, 1979, 1982, 93 p. each, with black and white sketches of age-appropriate subjects), which includes the following:

Burn Out—Two teenage boys try to figure out who is starting house fires in their neighborhood but find themselves trapped in a burning basement.

Dead On—A ghost, an old house, and a clairvoyant sister lead a teenage boy to a secret message.

Dirt Bike— A member of Alcoholics Anonymous helps a teenage motorcyclist learn to control his drinking and find value in life.

Dope Deal—Brian faces many problems, not only with the law and with his family, but also with a motorcycle gang.

Fair Play—Andy sees nothing wrong with asking Carol to the dance, even though their skins are different colors. But her old boyfriend does.

Hot Cars—Robert tries to find out who is killing his dogs and wrecking his father’s truck but finds himself caught up with a car-theft gang that wants to kill him.

No Way—When his parents separate, a teenager begins shoplifting and winds up in trouble with the law.

Runaway—Kathy’s father is an abusive alcoholic, and her boyfriend wants to get too friendly. What can she do? (Paul Kropp is a reading teacher with more than twenty years of classroom experience. He is a featured speaker on educational television and has written a book for parents and teachers called Raising a Reader: Make Your Child a Reader for Life, published by Doubleday, 1993, 1996.)

Upper Grades (Upper Middle School/Junior High through Adult), Nonfiction: McLinden, Shannon. The Me Nobody Knew (Lerner, 1997, 144 p.) The author tells the story of her troubled growing up years, of her depression, poor body image, and concerns about friends, boyfriends, and dating. Written in typewriter font, this story is very personal and powerful, as if the reader is right there, one-on-one, hearing the secrets the author shares. Upper grade girls (even reluctant readers) tell me they are compelled to read this in one sitting, even if it takes them all night!

And these books by Beatrice Sparks:

Almost Lost: The Story of an Anonymous Teenager’s Life on the Streets (Avon Flare, 196, 239 p.) The true story of fifteen-year-old Sam, a boy on the streets, a runaway, a gang member—who is angry, depressed, and guilt-ridden by his own self-destructive behavior—until he finds help from a psychologist.

Annie’s Baby: A Pregnant Teenager (Avon Flare, 1998, 245 p.) The true story in diary form of a fourteen-year-old girl who falls in love with an older boy and gives her love unconditionally, only to find that he is just using her—and she is pregnant. Panicky and desperate, she tries to keep her baby and win her boyfriend back—no matter how unrealistic those hopes, as she comes to realize.

It Happened to Nancy: A True Story From Her Diary (Avon Flare, 1994, 219 p. plus questions and answers, and addresses of Rape and AIDS organizations and resources) True story in diary form of a fourteen-year-old girl who falls in love with a dream boy (actually a man much older than he appears) who seduces and date-rapes her, makes her feel it is all her fault, infects her with HIV, and leaves her for a younger girl. Poignant and compelling, this tragic story is an important cautionary tale for teens at risk. Note: This book graphically details the physical and emotional damage as the HIV/AIDS virus ravages Nancy’s body and eventually kills her.

(Beatrice Sparks is a clinical psychologist who edits her case studies and develops them into high interest, longer books about troubled teens; some of her books, such as Go Ask Alice have been credited to Anonymous. Her books are extremely popular with many of the more capable reluctant readers.)

These streetwise books are entertaining, but they also have some social value. They are not for everyone, but they certainly have been popular with my middle school reluctant readers, and with other readers across the country.

—Jean Lukesh

Walnut Middle School

Grand Island, NE


EBSCO Publishing, the leading producer of school reference products, has developed a revolutionary ONE STOP solution for all of your school’s research needs; the Ultra Online Package. The Ultra Online Package provides your school library with current full text information from a rich collection of quality sources including magazines, reference books, news wires, pamphlets, maps, government documents and historical documents.

The Ultra Online Package contains the following five databases:

EBSCO Publishing also provides quality databases for every grade level in your school district including Middle Search Plus with over 85 full text titles suitable for middle schools, and Primary Search, featuring over 50 unique full text titles for elementary school students. To find out more about this package, please call Tracy Glessner, Inside Sales Representative for EBSCO Publishing at 800-653-2726 ext. 235 or e-mail address <>.


New FirstSearch Browser Requirements and Downloading

The new release of FirstSearch is scheduled for August 1999. In preparation for this new release you will need to make sure that you are using either Netscape Navigator 4.0 or higher or Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher. At this time both of these browsers can be downloaded from the Internet.

First check to see which version of the browser you are currently using. To do this start the browser and click on Help. Under Help you should see an About option. Depending on the browser and version the wording may be slightly different. In most cases it will say something like About Internet Explorer or About Netscape or About Communicator. You will need to download a newer version of the browser if you are not running version 4.0 or higher.

No matter which product you choose to download there are a few things about your computer that you will need to know. First you will need to know what Operating System (OS) you are running. Examples of Operating Systems are Windows 3.1, 95, 98 or NT. It will also help if you know how much memory is in your computer. Please keep in mind that it may take an hour or two to download either browser depending on you Internet connection.

Netscape users will want to start by looking at Netscape’s Product Information page located at <>. You will then need to look at the Product Specs to find the correct version that will run on your machine. Once you reach the Product Specs, make sure that you chose the English version. I would suggest getting the highest version that will run on your machine. At the time I am writing this article version 4.0 is the highest version available for Windows 3.1 users. Windows 95, 98 and NT users will be able to download version 4.5. Under the Product Specs it will also give you an estimation of the time it will take you to download the product. After you have selected the product to download follow Netscape’s download and installation instructions.

Internet Explorer users will also need to read the System Requirements for the browser. PC users will want to go to <>. On this page find your operating system and select the browser that you want. On the next page you should see a link to System Requirements. Click on this link and make sure that you meet the requirements. It will also tell you how long it will take to download the product. Follow Microsoft’s download and installation instructions.

Mac users will need to go to <>.On this page select download. On the next page you should see a link to System Requirements. Click on this link and make sure that you meet the requirements. It will also tell you how long it will take to download the product. Follow Microsoft’s download and installation instructions.

If you have any questions about any of the above information, please contact Allana Novotny at 402-471-6681 or 800-307-2665.

—Allana Novotny

Nebraska Library Commission

FirstSearch Success Story Winners

The December and January FirstSearch winners have been selected. Both libraries will receive $50 towards attendance at the 1999 NEMA-NLA convention.

The December winner is the Gothenburg Public Library. The winning story is:

Picture this . . . 30+ students walking through the doors of the library with 30+ different reports on diseases for their Health class. There was farmer’s lung, sleep apnea, Alzheimer’s, malaria, bipolar, asthma, bulimia, anorexia, chicken pox, measles, lyme disease, migraines, and schizophrenia, just to name a few. If that wasn’t enough they needed 3-5 different references for each disease!

Enter Super FirstSearch Librarians! What an introduction we gave them to FirstSearch! We only had two computers so we rotated the students on them and did we make believers out of them.

What a great tool for research! A few months ago we would have been overwhelmed trying to find references for these kids, but not now. We are Super FirstSearch Librarians, able to leap tall obstacles...Well, we know we still have a lot to learn but we thank you for training us and thank you Nebraska Legislature and thank you Mr. Governor, from the Gothenburg Public librarians.

The January winner is Sump Memorial Library in Papillion. The winning story is:

A patron is taking a class and required reading includes an article in a magazine that we didn’t subscribe to nor could find in another electronic database. I found the article in FirstSearch for her by using the advanced search with keyword title and the year. She was very pleased to get the 19 page article!

Complete details including how to participate in the drawing can be found on our home page </netserv/fsclass/stories.html>. All of the stories submitted are located at: </netserv/fssuccess.html>. Other stories submitted include the following:

Bloomfield Community Schools

We had a parent looking for information on a drug used to treat autism. Information about the drug was found through FirstSearch and the child is receiving treatment.

Edith Abbott Memorial Library in Grand Island

The Edith Abbott Memorial Library in Grand Island hosted a "Rock and Research" Open House to introduce the library’s new databases including the OCLC FirstSearch. In attendance were Nebraska Senator Chris Peterson, Grand Island Mayor Ken Gnadt, Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner, and others interested in the new resources.

The Open House was extremely successful in drawing attention to the FirstSearch products funded through the Nebraska Legislature. We urge other Nebraska libraries to be proactive in their efforts to make the public aware of the great services now available.

FirstSearch is an unbeatable bargain for the state’s citizens providing a wide range of databases for every level student and patron. We have had a great response from area schools and colleges from both students and instructors interested in accessing FirstSearch. Groups touring the library request information and orientation to the databases. We have had an outstanding response from many users who are now finding materials that were previously not available at our library.

The Nebraska Legislature’s funding of the OCLC FirstSearch for Nebraska public libraries has truly brought the world of information to the fingertips of even the smallest library. Through continued funding, Nebraskans will remain connected to the global information highway.

—Allana Novotny

Nebraska Library Commission

Finding health information using FirstSearch

It seems like sooner or later, no matter what type of library you work in—public, academic, even special—someone is going to ask you for help finding health information. It might be one of your regular patrons, it might be a "walk-in" who falls outside your primary service jurisdiction, it might even be a co-worker or family member. If you serve the general public or a medical community, you may be prepared for this; if you have the funds, you may even subscribe to special medical or consumer health databases! If this is not the case, however, you might have to stop and think about where to look.

While the Nebraska Package of FirstSearch databases includes only one truly medical database, many of the other databases in the package contain medical information. If you spend some time familiarizing yourself with this content, you may find you are able to meet many of your patrons’ health-related information needs using our 15 state-funded FirstSearch databases!

MEDLINE – This is the one true medical database in the Nebraska Package of FirstSearch databases. Because it is the primary indexing and abstracting service in the field of medicine, MEDLINE is the tool to use if patrons are interested in identifying authoritative articles in respected medical journals. Most MEDLINE records include detailed abstracts, which sometimes provide patrons with all the information they need. When patrons are interested in obtaining the complete text of articles, however, they may have to rely on interlibrary loan since most libraries will own only a fraction of the 3,500 journals indexed in MEDLINE. (Hint: MEDLINE journal titles are often abbreviated to the point where they are undecipherable. For translation assistance, check out the National Library of Medicine’s Journal Database Browser at <>. Type in your journal title abbreviation, and retrieve complete title information!)

WilsonSelect - If your patrons want immediate access to full text articles on health-related topics, there’s a good chance they’ll find something of interest in WilsonSelect. Using this database, they can identify and retrieve articles in general interest consumer publications like Time, Health, and Good Housekeeping, as well as scientific and social science journals like Annual Review of Physiology, Geriatrics, and Journal of Psychology.

NetFirst - There is a great deal of debate in the library community about the pros and cons of searching for health information on the Internet. If you don’t want to set your patrons (or yourself, for that matter!) loose in the vast expanse of cyberspace, consider giving the NetFirst database a try! NetFirst contains information about and provides links to Internet accessible resources, including World Wide Web pages. Each Internet resource listed in NetFirst has been cataloged with a summary, Library of Congress subject headings, and Dewey classification numbers. Resources are added to the database according to selection criteria outlined in the NetFirst Collection Development Policy (<>). Criteria include substance (i.e. authority), currency, durability, and interest. (To see for yourself what NetFirst can do, try searching the database for information on diabetes. You should retrieve a number of records linked to high quality Internet resources, such as "Information From Your Family Doctor: Diabetes," which includes the full text of patient education fact sheets from the American Academy of Family Physicians.)

GPO - A government documents database might not be the first place you think to look for health information. When you stop and consider all the agencies and institutes that fall under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, however—Centers for Disease Control, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration—government documents start looking more promising. Use GPO to identify everything from patient-oriented educational brochures and pamphlets to government-sponsored medical research studies and health statistics!

WorldCat - Because it contains over 40 million records describing items owned by libraries around the world, WorldCat is a great place to look for books on health-related topics. If a patron has heard a TV interview with a doctor, during which the doctor plugs his or her new book, you can probably identify and locate a copy of that book using WorldCat. Because the database is so large, consider using date, type, and language limits to restrict results to current English-language books. Or, if your patron is a non-English speaker, see if you can find material in their native language!

NYT - Search the New York Times database for late-breaking health news. If your patron catches the tail end of a news story which cites a study published in the latest issue of JAMA or The New England Journal of Medicine, and she wants to find out what she missed, you can be pretty sure of finding a similar story in the New York Times. (Hint: Try a search statement like "colon cancer AND New England Journal of Medicine.")

—Susan Knisely

Nebraska Library Commission


UPDATED OCLC NetFirst Calendar Planner Data Available

The OCLC NetFirst Calendar Planner features high-quality Web sites that your library can use for upcoming events. Links to sites about Hans Christian Andersen and Washington Irving’s birthdays, the anniversaries of Paul Revere’s Ride, Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, and the Titanic’s sinking, Winston Churchill Day, and Zimbabwe Independence Day were just a few included in the January listings for April happenings.

Check out the OCLC NetFirst Calendar Planner <> each week for new additions or to refer back to previous entries.

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The Y2K Problem and Database Vendors

Are the database vendors that you purchase information from Y2K compliant? We have put together a web page that contains links to a number of vendor web sites that have Y2K statements. The Web page is located at: </netserv/dbvy2k.html>.

Another great source of Y2K information is our Year 2000 News page located at: </libdev/Year2000.html>

—Allana Novotny

Nebraska Library Commission


This quote was found on the LEXIS®-NEXIS® Academic Universe home page by a Library Commission staff member: "LEXIS®-NEXIS® Academic Universe is a service we’ve wanted for a long time for use in communications and business. It is a tremendous resource for marketing, accounting, political science, for reference, for biographies, even for the English department. The system is so friendly too."

—Robert Nedderman

Director of Library

Hastings College, Hastings, NE

Senator Daschle posts CRS Reports on the Internet

Citizens, scholars, journalists, librarians, businesses, and many others have long wanted access to Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports via the Internet. CRS Reports are valuable compendiums of current information on "hot topics" in Congress, and often in state legislatures. On June 10, 1998 the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration advised Senators that "With the rapidly expanding use of the Internet, we believe it is appropriate for Members and Committees to use their web sites to further disseminate CRS products....we encourage you to post CRS products on your Web site." Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD) is the first to respond and has placed almost 300 on the Internet at <>.

Senator Daschle’s Internet collection represents only about 1/10th of the current library of CRS reports, but it is a good first step toward providing the public with easy access. A more complete list of abstracts of CRS Reports for sale is available on the Pennyhill Press site, <>.

—Beth Goble

Nebraska Library Commission

OCLC Software And Windows 98 Evaluation Results

OCLC has evaluated Windows 98 for compatibility with OCLC systems and software. Users who install OCLC software on workstations running factory-installed Windows 98 may need to take the steps outlined below to ensure compatibility. Users who install Windows 98 on workstations that already have OCLC software installed may not need to take these steps. User results may vary by machine. Results of the OCLC evaluation follow.

OCLC M6300 and M6350 (Dell) workstations were used for the evaluation. One workstation ran a Windows 98 upgrade (from Windows 95), and the other unit ran a factory-installed version of Windows 98.

OCLC Access Suite 1.00

OCLC found you must use the OCLC Access Suite CD to install OCLC software products in the Windows 98 environment. Windows 98 is not compatible with the Product Services Web download or with the diskette versions of Passport for Windows, ILL ME, or CJK version 2.11. Testing uncovered the following problems when these methods were used:

Printer Settings

While testing printing of bibliographic records in some of the OCLC Suite components (CatME for Windows, the Label Program, CJK 2.11, and Passport for Windows 1.10a), OCLC discovered a problem printing certain characters on some laser printers. Characters such as the SOM (Start of Message) character, EOM (End of Message) character, subfield delimiter character, and diacritics do not print incorrectly. To solve this problem, change the workstation’s printer settings as follows:

1. Click the Start button, highlight Settings, and click Printers. Put the cursor on Printer and right-click.

2. Left-click on Properties; choose the Fonts tab. In the box labeled True Type Fonts, select Print True Type as Graphics.

3. Choose Apply and click Ok.

Note: The print character problem does not occur with the Okidata ML 391 printer that is recommended for use with CJK 2.11.

CatME for Windows 1.01 and 1.10

After installing CatME using the compact disc and setting the print font as indicated, the software ran successfully. OCLC plans to support CatME for Windows 1.01 and 1.10 running under Windows 98.

CJK 2.11 and 3.0

CJK 2.11 was installed from the compact disc and tested. Online cataloging transactions completed successfully. Users may continue to use the Okidata ML393 Plus or ML395 Plus printers to print bibliographic records and cards in CJK 2.11 or CJK 2.11a.

Windows 98 does not support Unicode. Thus, CJK 3.0, which will be available in early 1999, cannot be run in the Win98 environment. Windows NT 4.0 with service pack 3 is required to run CJK 3.0.

ILL ME for Windows 1.00

ILL ME was installed from the compact disc successfully. ILL ME was also tested while Passport for Windows was running. The download, upload, transfer, printing and Constant Data Managers functions worked correctly. Although no problems were uncovered, compatibility between ILL ME and other applications running under Windows 98 cannot be guaranteed. ILL ME was not tested in Windows 98 with other programs running on the workstation at the same time. A new version of ILL ME will be available in 1999.

OCLC Cataloging Label Program 1.10

This program tested without problems in Windows 98 after it was installed from the compact disc and after the printer settings were adjusted as indicated.

Passport for Windows 1.10a

In the Windows 98 environment, Passport for Windows must be installed from the compact disc. The printer settings must be adjusted.

CatCD for Windows

This 16-bit program is not part of the OCLC Access Suite and is available on a diskette. Although CatCD 1.10a is compatible with Windows 98, some problems with the CatCD installation program were uncovered. If the user installed CatCD 1.10a before upgrading to Windows 98, the installation program works correctly. If the workstation has a factory-installed version of Windows 98, the GPF error occurs. It is anticipated these issues will be resolved in CatCD version 1.11 planned for May 1999 release.

Dewey for Windows 1.10 and 1.20

While installing Dewey for Windows 1.10 in Windows 98, if you choose to install the segmentation notes option, the install stops and gives an error message. You should not install the segmentation notes (their installation is not required). No other problems were uncovered. Dewey for Windows version 1.20, scheduled for release in early 1999, has fixed this installation problem.

Additional Information

Users who have Dell workstations can find valuable information specifically related to Dell workstations and Windows 98 at <>. Click the Support box and look for Windows 98 on the bottom right of the screen.

—Kay Covert



Win $1,000 in the "What the OCLC Interlibrary Loan Service Means to Me" Essay Contest

To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service, OCLC is holding an essay contest. Librarians, library users, students and faculty members may enter by submitting a 500-word-or-less essay describing what the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service means to them, along with a completed entry form, by April 23, 1999. The Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000 and transportation to the OCLC President’s Luncheon in June 1999 at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Four additional $500 prizes will also be awarded. For more information, visit the OCLC Web site at <>.


OCLC Updated ILL ME for Windows Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The ILL Micro Enhancer for Windows Web page <> has a link to an updated version of the FAQ. Many answers have been updated and more questions have been added. For example: "Why do I sometimes get multiple update errors?" and "Why can’t I update records to Will Supply?" Find out what the warning message "Previous download sessions have not been printed" means.

Take a look and see if the updated FAQ answers your frequent questions. If it does not, please contact your OCLC-affiliated Regional Network, International Distributor, OCLC Training and Implementation Specialist, or OCLC User and Network Support (1-800-848-5800) for more information.

—Judith Carter




You’ve been asking for it, and here it is ... basic training for the MARC format.

Kimberly Shelley, Cataloger/Technical Services Librarian at the Nebraska Library Commission, will offer cataloging classes throughout the state. The initial course offering is an Introduction to MARC Cataloging for the Books Format, covering such topics as:

The course consists of lecture, hands-on experience, and active participation during the lecture by attendees. Participants should come ready to ask lots of questions. If anyone has had difficulty understanding a certain MARC record or has had problems cataloging an item, they are asked to bring examples to class. Participants will earn three hours of CE credit.

Another cataloging class we plan to offer is MARC Cataloging for Videocassettes, including basic instruction for creating original MARC records for videocassettes.

For dates and times of classes in your area, please refer to the NLCommunicator, your system newsletter, or search the keyword "Cataloging" in the Nebraska Library Commission’s online calendar at </calendar/libcal.html>.

—Kimberly Shelley

Nebraska Library Commission

CatME Plus (DOS) Ends June 30, 1999

OCLC has outlined plans to discontinue the DOS product CAT ME Plus. All users of CAT ME Plus should plan to migrate to the CatME for Windows software.

Phase 1 ended OCLC support for CAT ME Plus via the Internet. Although this telecommunications method continues to work, OCLC ended its support on October 1, 1998.

Phase 2 ends support for the CAT ME Plus software on May 1, 1999. The product will NOT be "shut off." It will continue to work with OCLC Cataloging; however, OCLC will provide no support for troubleshooting problems.

Phase 3 ends the life of CAT ME Plus on June 30, 1999. As of July 1, 1999, CAT ME Plus will no longer work with the OCLC Cataloging service. All users must migrate from the DOS product CAT ME Plus prior to this date.

—David Whitehair


CatME for Windows Version 1.10 Now Available

Version 1.10 of the Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows software is now available. This new version includes fixes to reported problems and several enhancements. With OCLC CatME 1.10, you are able to:

OCLC CatME 1.10 also includes the Dewey Cutter Macro and the OCLC Four-Figure Cutter Tables which provide automatic cuttering of Dewey call numbers. The macro and tables are automatically installed with this new version of CatME.

As a component of the OCLC Access Suite, this new version of software is available to all OCLC members at no charge. The electronic version of the software and the CatME documentation are currently available for download from the OCLC Web site at < >. If you prefer a printed copy of the updated documentation, you can order the CatME for Windows Version 1.10 Upgrade Documentation package using the OCLC Access Suite order form. Please note that changes were made to only the Getting Started with OCLC CatME for Windows printed document; the upgrade documentation package includes only this item.

The software is not yet available on compact disc; it will be available with the new version of the OCLC Access Suite compact disc later during first quarter 1999.

OCLC no longer automatically ships upgrades to current users, so you must either download this new version now or wait and request the compact disc version when it is available.

After installing OCLC CatME 1.10, take a look at the What’s New With 1.10 TourGuide for a brief overview of some of the new functionality. The TourGuide is available from the Help menu in CatME.

—David Whitehair



As announced previously, OCLC will discontinue the OCLC EPIC service, the OCLC ContentsAlert service and OCLC FirstSearch card accounts effective June 30, 1999.

The OCLC EPIC service is being integrated into the New FirstSearch service, which is scheduled for full implementation in August 1999. If you use EPIC and choose to subscribe to the OCLC FirstSearch service (and ultimately to New FirstSearch) you will have access to the same quality of information you became accustomed to on EPIC. New FirstSearch will offer expert, command-line searching and many new and expanded search features. You will also have more online full-text information; Web and text-based access options; and search interfaces in English, French and Spanish. In addition, with the integration of OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online into New FirstSearch, you will also gain the ability to identify articles from electronic journals and purchase them on an as-needed basis. For more information see <http://www.oclc. org/oclc/menu/fs_new.htm>.

OCLC ContentsAlert will be discontinued due to low usage and Y2K programming issues. Though not a replacement for ContentsAlert, the OCLC ContentsFirst database on FirstSearch allows you to e-mail records of table of contents pages to an Internet address. For more information see <>.

Finally, FirstSearch card accounts will also be discontinued next June, since this method of purchasing access to FirstSearch no longer meets OCLC’s objective of reducing information costs for libraries. For more information on this discontinuation, see OCLC Reference News No. 38 online at <>.

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OCLC and WLN Agree To Merge

OCLC and WLN announced that they have agreed to merge, effective January 1, 1999.

WLN, a nonprofit corporation, serves 550 libraries in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. and Canada from its office in Lacey, Washington. OCLC is a nonprofit corporation based in Dublin, Ohio, which serves over 33,000 libraries in 65 countries and territories.

"We are very excited about the possibilities for WLN customers and staff as we join with OCLC in this merger," said Paul McCarthy, WLN president and CEO. "WLN libraries will share in the strengths of OCLC, and the new OCLC/WLN Pacific Northwest Service Center will benefit by having several of its products and services marketed nationally and internationally through OCLC’s strong sales force. The benefits of these same products and services will now be more directly available to OCLC’s many libraries.

"Since the announcement of the Letter of Intent on Oct. 21, I have been immensely impressed by the energy, the focus and the commitment of staffs from both companies to put this merger together. The fact that we were able to do it in less than 10 weeks is a tremendous tribute to the good will and professional commitment of all involved. We look on this merger as truly a ‘win-win’ situation," said Mr. McCarthy.

"We believe this merger will benefit member libraries of both organizations," said Jay Jordan, OCLC president and CEO. "WLN libraries will join OCLC’s digital, global community for cataloging, resource sharing and reference services, and OCLC member libraries will benefit from the inclusion of libraries in the Pacific Northwest in the OCLC network. OCLC brings strong financial, technical, marketing and networking resources to WLN’s expertise in authority control and collection analysis. Working together, WLN and OCLC will eliminate duplicate services, introduce new and better products, and lower costs for member libraries."

"We are very pleased to be able to leverage WLN’s strengths in the Pacific Northwest and build on its uniqueness," said Donald J. Muccino, OCLC executive vice president and chief operating officer, who is leading the negotiation and transition teams. "While both organizations have very similar missions, each brings different strengths to this new relationship." More information is available at the WLN/OCLC Merger page on OCLC’s Web site <>.

WLN is a nonprofit corporation devoted to the provision of innovative and high-quality information products and services, including an online bibliographic database, CD-ROM catalogs, database preparation/authority control services, and collection assessment services <>.

OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 33,000 libraries in 65 countries and territories.




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