Nebraska Library Commission
          Network Services

                November/December 2001  vol.7  no.6 issn 1082-4383



NEBASE celebrated its 25th Anniversary at the recent Annual Meeting -NEBASE Annual Meeting audience East in Lincoln on September 20. The morning began with a look  back at the history of NEBASE's twenty-five years of serving Nebraska libraries with a keynote speech by three long-time library advocates: Rod Wagner, Director of the Nebraska Library Commission; Sharon Mason, Head of Cataloging, University of Nebraska at Kearney; and Maggie Harding, Executive Director of the Nebraska Library Association.

Anne Donohue, OCLC Member Services Consultant provided information on current OCLC activities, such as the new Global Strategy which includes a commitment to develop new web based services and implement a new technological platform, as well as updates on other OCLC products and services. Anne's discussion also highlighted the new Cataloging and Metadata Services Timeline OCLC has developed to show the upcoming conversion from Passport to web-based systems. For more information on the timeline visit <>.Sandy Herzinger

Sandy Herzinger, Chair of the NEBASE Advisory Council, provided the group with updates on Advisory Council activities such as the Advisory Council's Training Assessment Survey that was distributed during the Annual Meeting. Tom Boyle, Director of Luther Library at Midland Lutheran College, stepped in to provide all with an update on OCLC Members Council activities. OCLC Members Council provides regional networks and OCLC members with a voice on OCLC governance issues through an elected membership.Tom Boyle

The afternoon was spent in a number of informative product and service sessions including one on OCLC's New Web Based ILL Service. Anne Donohue presented the new service and answered questions regarding the changes in the newly developed web environment and its uses. This new interface will make training easier for staff not fully devoted to ILL activities, especially student workers and other library staff not needing to do a high number of ILL transactions on a regular basis. To find out more about the new interface and work through the tutorial please visit <>.

The day ended with a choice of afternoon break-out sessions for attendees to choose from. Five sessions were offered each geared to a new type of electronic service for libraries. DDevra Dragos and CatExpress sessionevra Dragos, Cataloger from the Library Commission, presented possibilities for using OCLC's CatExpress service. CatExpress offers small libraries an easy to use and affordable cataloging solution.

Paula Rumbaugh, Product Manager of Cooperative Reference Services at OCLC, presented a session on the new collaborative Digital Reference Service (CDRS). Along with the Library of Congress, OCLC has partnered to build a complete web-based reference service offering professional reference service twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. For further information on the CDRS service visit <>.

netLibrary basics were presented during a hands-on session with Allana Novotny, Network Librarian, for the Library Commission. Allana Novotny and netLibrary session Allana and attendees experienced the process of using netLibrary, including defining e-books, and retrieving Commission purchased ebooks for use by library patrons.

Shannon Berhorst, Network Services Director at the Library Commission, presented an overview of possible solutions for libraries needing to track their electronic journal holdings. Options such as Openly Jake, Journal Web-Site, Serials Solutions, and TDNet were presented and participants discussed possible options of negotiating discount pricing for the products for Nebraska libraries.

The fifth session offered was on OCLC's WebExpress service. WebExpress provides libraries a customized gateway to a library's electronic resources. Doug Doherty, OCLC Library Services Consultant, led the program and discussion of the uses and benefits of WebExpress in various libraries.Shannon Berhorst and electronic journal session

Plans are already underway for both the NEBASE Annual Meeting - West for the Spring of 2002 and the Annual Meeting - East for September 26, 2002 in Lincoln. If you have any suggestions or comments to share for upcoming Annual Meetings please give us a call. See you all next year as we embark on the 26th year of NEBASE serving Nebraska libraries!

--Shannon Behrhorst
  Nebraska Library Commission


Brian Striman, Head of Technical Services, Catalog Librarian, and Professor of the Schmid Law Library at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, was elected in October as the newest academic delegate to the NEBASE Advisory Council. Brian will begin serving his three-year term on the Council in January.

Pat Hughes of Hastings College was chosen as the Chair of the Advisory Council taking the place of Sandra Herzinger, University of Lincoln, Love Library, whose term will expire at the end of December.

NEBASE would like to thank Sandy and our other outgoing delegates for their service to the Advisory Council. Other outgoing members include: Jim Soester, Chadron State College; Jan Roth, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia; Michelle Parks, Regional West Medical Center.

NEBASE extends its thanks to all those who served as council delegates. The NEBASE Advisory Council was created to provide a channel of communication between NEBASE and its members. The Council is made up of seven delegates elected to three-year terms. For more information on the Advisory Council please visit </netserv/nebase/nac.html>.

--Shannon Behrhorst
  Nebraska Library Commission


Thanks to all that responded to the NEBASE Advisory Council Training Assessment Survey distributed at the September NEBASE Annual Meeting in Lincoln, as well as on NEBASE-L and other Commission mailing lists. We received a total of seventy-six responses, covering all six Regional Library Systems.

Results from the survey show the most requested training session to be "Understanding MARC." Other highly requested training events were: "Cataloging Books Using OCLC", "Cataloging Electronic Resources", "Advanced ILL", and "Authority Control." Survey responses have told us members are willing to drive two hours for a workshop, spring and summer are the best months to attend training sessions, and many are willing to attend more than one workshop each day. Only four respondents felt they were not receiving adequate information from NEBASE.

Fifty-two respondents are interested in NEBASE sponsoring an OCLC Institute in Nebraska and the Institute topic with the most votes was "Creating a New Reference Librarianship." NEBASE is currently investigating this possibility and hopes to bring an OCLC Institute to the state.

Using the above results as a guide, NEBASE staff is presently reserving space and dates throughout the state to hold a number of requested workshops. Watch for upcoming dates to be posted to NEBASE-L and System mailing lists.

--Shannon Behrhorst
  Nebraska Library Commission


The Nebraska Library Commission is sponsoring trials of the following databases and online services during the month of November:

The best way to stay informed about current trials is to monitor the TRIAL mailing list. Database trials are posted to the TRIAL mailing list as soon as they become available. Trial announcements typically include database descriptions, trial URLs, trial usernames and passwords, and trial dates. To subscribe to the TRIAL mailing list go to </lists>, click on the "Subscribe or unsubscribe" link, and follow the on-screen instructions.

Current trials are also listed on the Database Trial Fact Sheet available at </netserv/trial.html>. The Trial Fact Sheet is a good place to get an overview of all the trials that are going on at a particular time. The Trial Fact Sheet includes database descriptions, trial URLs, and trial dates. At the vendors' request trial usernames and passwords are not posted to this web page.

A final reminder: if you try out one of the trial databases and think you might be interested in purchasing it, please let us know as soon as possible. Knowing in advance how many libraries are interested in a product gives us leverage to negotiate discounted pricing. If there is little or no interest in a product, we typically don't request pricing from the vendor. To offer feedback or express interest in a trial database you can phone or e-mail any member of the Network Services staff directly, or you can send an e-mail to Network Services. Also feel free to post comments about databases to the TRIAL mailing list by sending e-mail to

--Susan Knisely
  Nebraska Library Commission


Plan to attend a LIVE web seminar on November 30, 2001 to learn more about how OCLC solutions can help your library. These web seminars, available at no charge, will include a presentation that you will access via the web with audio available by conference call.

1. OCLC Contract Services - Learn how to give your patrons improved access to your entire collection.

Plan to attend this web seminar to learn more about OCLC's customized cataloging solutions -OCLC Metadata Contract Services and the OCLC MARC Record Service (OCLC MARS). OCLC Metadata Contract Services -OCLC TechPro and OCLC RetroCon-offer a complete range of cataloging and conversion services for all types of collections. We provide contract cataloging and physical processing for materials in all bibliographic formats and about 40 languages, for both long- and short-term solutions.

OCLC Metadata Contract Services let you add an experienced team of catalogers to your staff at a price you can afford. You can improve your users' search results by providing a complete and upgraded online catalog, with all of your records in full MARC format. Our services free your staff for higher priorities within your library, while giving your users access to your entire collection -even those you haven't yet found time to catalog.

To complement these services, we offer the OCLC MARC Record Service (MARS), providing authority control, bibliographic record upgrading, smart barcode number generation, ongoing authority updating and notification services, and record enrichment with tables of contents. If you're considering a change to a new local system, the time is right for you to consider authority control.

Seminar name: OCLC Contract Services
Time: November 30 from 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. EST.
Host: Chris Mottayaw, OCLC Regional Manager

2. OCLC ILLiad - Learn how you can improve your library's ILL efficiency.

Imagine having a new interlibrary loan management tool that allows your users to get the materials they need more quickly, while you eliminate all of those paper files that your library currently maintains. With OCLC ILLiad, your staff saves time by managing all your library's borrowing, lending, and document delivery through a single, Microsoft Windows-based staff interface. It also saves you time and money through online, automated procedures, improving the efficiency of your ILL department while giving your staff more powerful tools to use. And, now that OCLC ILLiad is ISO-ILL compliant, you can transmit and receive ILL requests from other ISO-ILL compliant services.

During the first hour, Tony Melvyn, OCLC Senior Consulting Product Support Specialist, will demonstrate and discuss OCLC ILLiad; the last 30 minutes will be devoted to answering your questions.

For more information on OCLC ILLiad, please visit the web site at <>.

Seminar name: OCLC ILLiad
Time: November 30 from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST.
Host: Tony Melvyn, OCLC Senior Consulting Product Support Specialist

3. OCLC Language Sets - Learn how to develop your non-English collections affordably.

Plan to attend this seminar to learn how OCLC Language Sets make it easy and affordable to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population of library users. We make it simple to start or expand your current collection of materials in the following languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, and Spanish.

Choose from separate collections for children and adults in several sizes of pre-selected sets for each language. You can order just one set or add sets on a regular basis at a budget-friendly, fixed price. In addition to carefully selected current titles, you receive the added value of full OCLC cataloging for all materials.

What we do for you:

For more information on OCLC Language Sets, please visit the web site at <>.

Seminar name: OCLC Language Sets
Time: November 30 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. EST
Host: Ron Gardner, OCLC Regional Manager

4. OCLC Electronic Collections Online - Learn how to build your e-journal collection --with the assurance of permanent, secure archiving.

OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, a database on the OCLC FirstSearch service, lets you build and offer your users a collection of academic and professional journals with the assurance of permanent, secure archiving. Your users will appreciate how easily they can search across journals, view journals by publisher, retrieve articles from those journals to which you subscribe, and do much more.

Electronic Collections Online offers access to more than 3,600 academic and professional journals with full-image articles from nearly 60 publishers. Journals cover a wide range of topics -from science, medicine, and technology to business, economics, humanities, theology, and social sciences.

During the first 45 minutes, Paul Cappuzzello, OCLC Regional Manager, will demonstrate and discuss Electronic Collections Online; the last 15 minutes will be devoted to answering your questions.

For more information on Electronic Collections Online, please visit <>.

Seminar name: OCLC Electronic Collections Online
Time: November 30 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. EST.
Host: Paul Cappuzzello, OCLC Regional Manager

REGISTRATION: Space for these web seminars is limited, so please register early. To register, send the following information via e-mail to <>: (1) web seminar name, (2) your name and title, (3) institution name, and (4) your e-mail and phone number.

Details for logging on to the November 30th web seminar will be sent after you register. To optimize your experience, you will need access to the web during the seminar, as well as a telephone with a mute button. Additionally, if several staff in your library want to attend, we recommend a telephone with both speaker and mute functionality.

For more information on these OCLC services, please visit <>.

If you have questions about the web seminars, please contact OCLC at 800-848-5878, ext. 6251, or <>.

--OCLC [edited]


FirstSearch IP Address Recognition Setup Now Available in the Administrative Module

Libraries can now easily set up and manage their IP access to FirstSearch through the FirstSearch administration module. This feature is located in the System Settings section under the heading of IP-Address Recognition. In this area you can add or delete IP addresses. The changes will take affect as soon as you save the changes.

To access the FirstSearch administrative module you will need your FirstSearch authorization number and your administrative password. Please contact a member of the Network Services team if you need your password information or need help setting up or changing your IP recognition. Phone: 800-307-2665 or E-mail: Network Services.

--Allana Novotny
   Nebraska Library Commission



OCLC has successfully enhanced the WorldCat database on the OCLC FirstSearch service with features that increase the visibility of its diverse library resources and simplify access to its over 46 million records. These enhancements represent the first phase of changes outlined in OCLC's global strategy and, like many elements of that strategy, are in response to requests from FirstSearch users. All of the WorldCat enhancements described in this message display automatically to users of WorldCat on the FirstSearch Web interface. The new features are available at no additional charge.

Now available in WorldCat are:

Format-specific icons and expanded format labels
Search and results screens for WorldCat now include icons representing document types present in the database. In addition, brief records in results lists contain detailed document subtype information that comes from MARC records entered by libraries that catalog their collections in WorldCat. The new format-specific icons will display on WorldCat search screens with checkboxes for limiting searches by document type, in the brief records in WorldCat results lists to indicate the document types of the retrieved material, and in the full record displays. By highlighting more format-level detail, the WorldCat database in FirstSearch will increase visibility of the vast amounts of cataloging that has been contributed by OCLC member libraries for more than 30 years.

Document-type icons are included in WorldCat displays for Books, Serial Publications, Visual Materials, Computer Files, Sound Recordings, Archival Materials, Musical Scores and Maps. Icons that represent subtypes within primary document types display in brief records for DVD/CD, LP, VHS tape, large print, cassette tape, Braille, film and microform.

WorldCat brief record displays now include labels for document subtypes such as language and audience. This information is based on fixed field values within MARC records in WorldCat. Examples of this additional document subtype information are terms such as "dissertation," "spoken recording," "newspaper," "folk music," and "globe."

The additional document type information permits users to easily limit search results sets of fewer than 100,000 records by document type through the use of tabs on results screens.

Expanded language limiter
Users may now expand the list of languages available for use in limiting WorldCat searches from the previous list of the 30 most common languages in WorldCat to the approximately 400 languages represented in the database.

Link to OCLC participating institutions resource
Advanced and Expert search screens now include a link to the OCLC Participating Institutions search screen, where users can locate OCLC symbols of known libraries to which they wish to limit searches.

Evaluative content
Evaluative content is now present in WorldCat records for current popular material. The initial content includes tables of contents, cover art, book summaries, and notes about authors provided by Ingram Library Services. The Ingram content includes 500,000+ cover images, 250,000+ book summaries and author notes from publisher catalogs and 76,000+ tables of contents.

All of the WorldCat enhancements described in this message display automatically to users of WorldCat on the FirstSearch Web interface. The new features are available at no additional charge.

Please contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665) or OCLC User and Network Support (800-848-5800 or <>) with questions about the OCLC FirstSearch service.

--OCLC Reference


The OCLC ArticleFirst and OCLC ContentsFirst databases, which have been available to users of the OCLC FirstSearch service since 1992, have been combined and enhanced with bibliographic records from the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online database to provide a single, powerful serials content resource for libraries and their users, at no additional cost.

The ContentsFirst database was incorporated into ArticleFirst in order to give users the ability to browse journal tables of contents, as they can now in Electronic Collections Online. To access the tables of contents, users simply click a link to Browse Journals and Magazines, then select from an alphabetical list the title of the periodical they want to browse. With the integration of these two databases, separate access to the ContentsFirst database has been discontinued in the FirstSearch Web and text-only interfaces. Combining the databases streamlines the search process, eliminating the need to go to one database to view the contents of a journal and a different one to search for articles. This change was made in response to requests from users for access to both the tables of contents and article-level information in a single database.

Bibliographic information from the Electronic Collections Online database has been added to ArticleFirst. If an Electronic Collections Online record duplicates a record present in the ArticleFirst database, the search automatically keeps only the Electronic Collections Online record, thus automatically removing duplicates from the results set. Electronic Collections Online remains as a separate database, as well, and continues to offer the following options not available to ArticleFirst users: limit to subscription, limit to publisher collections, limit to subject collections, abstracts, and references.

The enhancements provide additional ways to browse the ArticleFirst database, making it easier and more efficient to discover content. Per-search institutions will save money since users can accomplish in one search what it formerly took multiple searches to do. Per-use purchase of Electronic Collections Online articles will now be available from ArticleFirst, making it easy for institutions to deliver content from journals to which they do not have subscriptions.

Please contact NEBASE  (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665) or OCLC User and Network Support (800-848-5800 or <>) with questions.

--Joan Giglierano
  OCLC Product Marketing


OCLC has successfully implemented the first step of a new program that will soon be available to OCLC FirstSearch users: The Partner Access Program.

The Partner Access Program will expand the reach of WorldCat and libraries by establishing relationships between commercial providers of books, alternate information providers and specific non-OCLC databases.

The first step in this program is the link from FirstSearch to the Alibris bookseller's web site in the FirstSearch Administrative Module. Libraries need to be aware of this change in order to implement the Alibris link.

The FirstSearch Administrative Module Reference Guide is located at <>. The Reference Guide is updated on an ongoing basis when features are added to the administrative module. On September 16, documentation for the Enable a link to the Alibris site from WorldCat records feature was added.

You must turn on this feature in the administrative module in order to make the link available to your users. The section of the Reference Guide titled, "Link your library, FirstSearch, and other web resources" has been revised to describe the new feature. (This section was previously called "Add your library's logo and catalog links to FirstSearch.")

WorldCat Linking to Alibris
Once this feature is enabled through the Administrative Module, WorldCat users will be able to link from the detailed record of a book searched in WorldCat to the Alibris web site to purchase that item. Libraries have control over this linking and can turn it on or off in the System Settings section of the main menu of the Administrative Module.

This agreement with Alibris is the first of what OCLC hopes to be a number of vendors and information providers with which OCLC will collaborate. More information about these partnerships will be made available in the upcoming months.

--OCLC Reference [edited]


OCLC has added the option to link from the OCLC FirstSearch service to libraries' OpenURL servers to support library efforts to streamline user access to many different online full-text resources. Through the FirstSearch administrative module, library staff may establish a link to an existing OpenURL server.

Libraries that have an OpenURL server in place may link to this server from the OCLC FirstSearch service in order to deliver documents to users who identify needed items when searching FirstSearch databases. Once implemented, the OpenURL links display in detailed records in FirstSearch results sets.

FirstSearch administrators establish access to a library's OpenURL server by entering the URL of the server in the FirstSearch administrative module. This administrative module feature works in a way that is similar to the way libraries link to their library OPAC for the display of local holdings. Libraries may choose to display their OpenURL link using text, a library-supplied icon or both text and an icon. When a library implements the OpenURL link, it will be available by default for every citation database in FirstSearch, with an option to disable the link at the database level.

Online help within the FirstSearch administrative module and the OCLC FirstSearch Administrative Reference Guide <> contain information to help administrators implement the OpenURL link in the FirstSearch administrative module.

--Sonya Oliver
  OCLC Product Marketing



NetFirst is an abstracted and indexed database of Internet resources that has been available on FirstSearch since 1996. The database began record production in early 1995.

NetFirst records are created for the NetFirst database, in accordance with the NetFirst collection policy for the primary benefit of NetFirst users, who include students at all levels, librarians, teachers, professors, and public library users.

The NetFirst staff are librarians who are dedicated to building a useful reference database of abstracting and indexing records. They assisted the CORC project at its beginning by providing the core of records available in the CORC service. They continue to supply CORC and WorldCat with new abstracting and indexing NetFirst records and updates to current records.

The NetFirst production database contains over 500,000 records. More than 194,000 of these records are currently searchable in NetFirst. URLs from the balance of the records in the production database are used to remove duplicates.

NetFirst records are also loaded into CORC. NetFirst records are not, and are not meant to be, catalog records. They are Abstract and Index records that CORC users may find useful as a basis to create full cataloging records.

NetFirst records are regularly updated on FirstSearch. NetFirst staff add 5,000 new records monthly, and update more than 3,000, which include record deletions as well as updates to URLs or other record fields.

All new records and updates are provided daily to both CORC and WorldCat. CORC and WorldCat determine how, when, and if these updates are applied.

NetFirst has an automatic duplicate detection to prevent the addition of exact duplicates into the NetFirst database.

Development staff are currently working on an automated process whereby we can dedupe candidate URLs against records in CORC or WorldCat, as well as those in NetFirst's own production database.

The NetFirst staff use a proprietary editorial system developed by OCLC for our database production. The system includes modules for record creation, thesaurus maintenance, workflow management, URL "harvesting" and deduping, link checking, etc. We share this technology and our experience with CORC and WorldCat developers. While we do not currently use CORC to create A&I records, we do use it to add CORC pathfinders. We also believe that, in the future, all of us will be working in a CORC-based environment to add quality data to WorldCat.

--Lana Stokes, OCLC Managing Editor, NetFirst
--Julia Myers, OCLC Assistant Managing Editor


On September 23, 2001, OCLC implemented the following enhancements to CORC:


WebDewey Quarterly Release:

CORC enhancements for October were successfully installed October 28. The following enhancements were implemented:

NACO Functionality in CORC
Adding NACO functionality to CORC allows NACO participants to do any needed authority work related to CORC workflows. This includes an authorities save file, the ability to create and apply constant data records, support for authority workforms, a "generate authority record" feature (this is similar to Robert Bremer's Passport macro), and other editing functions such as clone (Passport "new" command), create, edit, add, and replace.

The current OCLC Authority File and the CORC Authority File are now synchronized for better searching and to aid in preventing duplicate records. Any update to an existing authority record or any new authority record created in CORC is added to the OCLC Authority File and vice versa. However, real-time updating of linked headings in bibliographic records will be installed at a later date. Currently linked headings are updated nightly.

When creating a new authority record, CORC notifies the user of an existing duplicate record. This "duplicate detection" is based on NACO main entry normalization routines. Note: The CORC Authorities save file will not be available from your current OCLC Authority save file and vice versa. The save files have not been synchronized as have the OCLC and CORC Authority Files.

Use of the "submit" command was not included in this installation. As soon as "submit" is available, an announcement will be made to users. NACO trainers will be notified as soon as other review capabilities are available in CORC. If your institution is still under review by LC staff or other NACO trainers, please continue to use your current methods.

Two problems with workarounds to note:

Other enhancements:

When creating a Pathfinder from a URL you already have the ability to: 1) link and embed existing OCLC records/description for the URLs in the Pathfinder (available in CORC's online help); and 2) have CORC indicate which URLs in the Pathfinder have no corresponding records that exist in either your institution's Resource Catalog or RC save file. As a result of taking the Pathfinder action "Link URLs to RC records," this install allows the additional option to select which URLs in the Pathfinder that you want CORC to create and place preliminary RC records in your institution's RC save file with the status of: URL in Pathfinder.

For more information, refer to previous CORC install announcements that include Pathfinder Enhancement notices:

Finally, the installation included a number of other problem fixes.

Currently CORC works well with versions of Netscape 4.75, 4.76, 6.1 and 6.01 as well as Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) IE 5.0 or 5.5. but not Netscape 6.0. IE 6.0 is still being tested for compatibility with CORC. Appropriate OCLC Web site pages, CORC logon screens and CORC documentation will be updated as necessary.

Feedback about CORC is welcome. We recommend that you use the Contact Support feature in CORC to send both reports of problems and also suggestions for improvements. General information site for CORC: <>.

--Dawn Lawson, OCLC Forest Press
--Susan Westberg, OCLC Metadata Services Division


Are you responsible for providing user access to subject-specific electronic resources? If so, log on at NO COST to the CORC Pathfinders database and toolset. Pathfinders include member-selected, subject-specific collections of URLs and resource summaries (many embedded with existing Resource Catalog records). You can build your own Pathfinders from a URL (generates up to 250 links on a single pathfinder) or from existing Resource Catalog Records using any of the 17 indexes including DDC.

OCLC members are encouraged to request additional cataloging authorizations at no charge to provide non-technical services staff access to CORC's Pathfinders. An authorization with limited privileges allows your institution's subject specialists, collection development, reference and webmaster staff to search, export edit, create Pathfinders, at no cost, while limiting access to other CORC features.

Expand Access to Subject Specific Collections
Staff can create Pathfinders by using CORC's 500,000+ records of electronic resources selected by librarians around the world. And use CORC's Pathfinder toolset to create up to 250 brief bibliographic records at a time from a URL.

CORC also creates Resource Catalog save file records from URLs embedded in your Pathfinder. Fees including export (as an HTML page or the URL), clone, edit, create, and search are temporarily suspended. Log on and try Pathfinders at <> today.

For more information, contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665) or OCLC User and Network Support (800-848-5800 or <>).

--Sandy Colby [edited]
  OCLC Metadata Services



OCLC CatME for Windows, version 2.00, is available for download from the OCLC Web site. Version 2.00 includes several enhancements to existing functionality and new support for NACO activity for creating authority records. For more information on the enhancements and to download the software, please visit the CatME home page at <>. OCLC CatME software, which combines interactive online searching and processing with optional offline batch functionality, is available at no charge to OCLC Cataloging members.

--David Whitehair
  OCLC Metadata Services Division


The OCLC Cataloging services are still hard at work for you. They include:

OCLC Cataloging services remain valuable tools to help you increase productivity and save time. They automate your cataloging tasks. They help save time and effort throughout the workflow process. They range from cataloged sets of records to delivery of OCLC-MARC upgraded records. OCLC Cataloging services help reduce costs and increase savings. Here's how:

WorldCat Collection Sets provides reasonably priced, pre-cataloged sets of records with OCLC holdings set, saving time and making quick user access possible. Sets arrive ready to load into your local catalog, or you can create your own set and we facilitate your WorldCat cataloging at no charge. It is your choice. More information about WorldCat Collection Sets is available on OCLC's web page at <> or contact Susan Walker at <>.

PromptCat automatically delivers MARC records with OCLC holdings set, for new materials when they arrive from the vendor, to increase productivity and streamline your workflow. Customized record editing and label files are available at no additional charge, including LC, NLM, and full Dewey call numbers. To learn more about how PromptCat records can be delivered to your local system, visit PromptCat at <> or contact Robin Buser at <>.

Accessions List delivers electronic lists of your library's recently acquired materials, so you can quickly and easily promote what's new in your library. The electronic format makes the lists quick and easy to present in a number of different formats for use by external and internal library users. The lists are easily customized. Sample accessions lists and additional information can be found at the Accessions List web page at <> or contact Anna Sylvester at <>.

Bibliographic Record Notification automatically delivers upgraded MARC records to maintain your existing materials, thus reducing time and costs spent on updating records. Choose the record upgrade options and fields that meet your needs. Receive upgraded OCLC-MARC records complete with your OCLC symbol. Find out how Bibliographic Record Notification can enhance your workflow, by visiting <> or contact Julie Whitley at <>.

Find out how you can realize the timesaving benefits of using the OCLC Cataloging services.

--Kay Covert
  OCLC Metadata Services


Beginning September 1, you may have noticed a new symbol on records replaced in the WorldCat database. OCLC quality control staff began using the new OCLC symbol OCLCQ, represented in the Name-Address Directory by NACN :109951, for correcting and replacing bibliographic records.

--Brenda Block
  OCLC Metadata and Standards


The Library of Congress has announced the following plans for the implementation of Amendments 2001 to AACR2 <>:

The Library of Congress intends to implement Amendments 2001 to AACR2 on December 1. By that time, the Library of Congress Rule Interpretations related to Amendments 2001 will have been distributed by the Cataloging Distribution Service to LC staff and to NACO participants.

The Amendments 2001 rule revisions are already included in the current LC Cataloger's Desktop; they have been incorporated into the AACR2 text and they also appear separately under "Most recent Amendments." Printed copies of Amendments 2001 are available from the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, and Library Association Publishing.

There are three major rule revisions in Amendments 2001:

  1. Conference publications can be entered under the heading for the conference if the name of the conference appears anywhere in the item being cataloged (21.1B2(d)). LC will apply this rule revision to conference publications cataloged after November 30.
  2. British terms of honor ("Sir," "Dame," "Lord," "Lady") will no longer be included in headings (22.1C, 22.12) but will be retained in statements of responsibility (1.1F7) and can be used to resolve conflicts in headings (22.19B). LC will apply this rule revision to headings being newly established after November 30.
  3. Chapter 9 has been renamed "Electronic Resources." The GMD "electronic resource" replaces "computer file" and conventional terminology (e.g., "1 CD-ROM") can now be used in the extent statement. The entire chapter has been reissued although a number of the rules within the chapter do not contain any changes. LC will apply revised Chapter 9 to items cataloged after November 30.

OCLC will coordinate its implementation of the Amendments 2001 with LC's implementation and asks that member libraries begin applying the amendments for items cataloged after November 30.

In conjunction with the implementation of revised Chapter 9, Electronic Resources, OCLC member libraries are asked to cease using Guidelines for the Bibliographic Description of Interactive Multimedia (American Library Association, 1994) as the basis for bibliographic descriptions and to use the revised Chapter 9 for the bibliographic description of all electronic resources. OCLC staff are investigating conversion of the existing general material designations, "computer file" and "interactive multimedia," to the new general material designation, "electronic resource."

--Glenn Patton
  OCLC Metadata Standards & Quality


In the past, there have been problems where bibliographic records for large-print publications were merged into records for their regular-print counterparts. Recently, changes have been made to matching algorithms to prevent these incorrect matches. OCLC staff believe that, as long as bibliographic records are correctly coded, the potential for these incorrect merges has been eliminated.

Correct coding in records for large-print publications is essential to the matching process. Libraries that catalog large-print publications may wish to pay particular attention to the following fields:

Fixed-field element "Form." This element should be coded 'd' for a large-print publication. (Note also that correct coding of the "Form" element is also an essential part of the matching process for other forms of material, including electronic (code 's'), microfilm (code 'a'), microfiche (code 'b'), and Braille (code 'f').)

Field 010. If the large-print publication contains the Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) for the regular-print counterpart, enter that LCCN in 010 ‡z, rather than ‡a.

Field 300. For the matching algorithms used in Duplicate Detection and Resolution software, the presence of the phrase "large print" in field 300 is also a factor in correct matching. See AACR2 rule 2.5B24.

--Glenn Patton
  OCLC Metadata Standards & Quality Division


The new Searching WorldCat User Guide is available on the OCLC Web Site at <>.

The print version will be available in 2002. This manual replaces Searching for Bibliographic Records.

The Searching WorldCat Reference Card, revised June 2001, is available on the web at <> and in print.

The Searching WorldCat User Guide incorporates information from the following technical bulletins:

The Guide also shifts emphasis from search techniques used only in OCLC Passport for Windows to generic search techniques used in any OCLC cataloging interface, including:

--Judy Barnes
  OCLC Quality Assurance


Catalogers and other library professionals have entered over 500,000 records describing electronic resources into WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog). On Aug. 29, Linda Swope, OCLC Metadata Contract Services Division, entered the 500,000th record on behalf of OhioLink--a consortium of libraries from 78 Ohio colleges and universities and the State Library of Ohio. The record describes an electronic copy of Optical Networks Magazine.

"WorldCat contains records describing physical and digital resources," said Marty Withrow, director, OCLC Metadata Services. "From records for digital art and historical collections, to oral interviews and scientific documents, this valuable resource is constantly increasing in value for library staff and library users."

Library staff and users access records in WorldCat for reference, interlibrary loan and cataloging needs. Libraries may catalog records for digital resources--items accessed via a URL--using either the OCLC Cooperative Online Resource Catalog (CORC) service or the OCLC Cataloging service. The records describing these resources may be viewed using the OCLC FirstSearch service or any OCLC cataloging interface.

CORC is a web-based, metadata-creation system optimized for the creation of bibliographic records and pathfinders (subject bibliographies) for electronic resources--both those held in the library and those available on the web. OCLC continues to enhance and develop CORC, with the goal of introducing a new, browser-based cataloging toolset by mid-2002.

"OCLC is moving full speed ahead with its services in order to meet the challenges of 21st century scholarly research activities," said Jackie Shieh, president of the CORC Users Group and team leader, Special Projects & Collections Team, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan "CORC, which began as a research project in 1999, provides the foundation for the soon-to-be cataloging and metadata interface, a leading-edge tool that will benefit users worldwide."

CORC is built on the same model as WorldCat. By helping libraries work together and eliminate duplicate effort, OCLC helps lower cataloging costs for all libraries. Now in its 30th year, WorldCat contains more than 48 million unique records for books and other resources held by libraries around the world.

The OCLC Metadata Contract Services (<>) offer customized contract cataloging and physical processing for libraries of all types and sizes, in all formats, and in a wide variety of languages.

The OCLC Cooperative Online Resource Catalog service (<>) offers a toolkit, based on technology developed at OCLC, that supports automated record creation, authority control, URL maintenance and pathfinder creation.



If your library would like to establish or expand a Spanish language collection, OCLC Spanish Sets can meet your collection development needs. OCLC Spanish Sets are pre-selected sets of books and videos for adults and children containing current bestsellers in Latin American Spanish. Libraries who wish to order Spanish Sets do not have to be members of OCLC. The sets are available to both OCLC member and nonmember libraries.

OCLC Spanish Sets make it easy and affordable to start or develop a Spanish language collection, allowing you to serve your diverse and growing community without outgrowing your budget. Beyond significant savings on material costs, you receive full-level cataloging for all materials and delivery right to your door, while leaving the searching and acquisitions to OCLC.

Four OCLC Spanish Sets are available:

A new Spanish set in each category will be available every other month. Sets do not duplicate titles, and each set "retires" upon shipment. To offer greater flexibility, libraries may order a small number of sets or create a standing order to get the latest new Spanish materials. Sets will be shipped in January, March, May, July, September and November.

The cost of the set includes:

The OCLC Language Sets service also provides sets of current popular fiction and non-fiction titles in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Russian.

For more information or to order, go to <> or email Christa Burns or call 402-471-3107, or 800-307-2665.

--Christa Burns
  Nebraska Library Commission



Your library could win a $1,000 credit on your OCLC ILL bill simply by using the "Feedback Form" within the new ILL Web Interface to let us know what you think about OCLC ILL on the web.

To enter the contest:

  1. Logon at <> using your current ILL authorization and password.
  2. Select "Contact" from the black menu bar at the top of the screen.
  3. Use the "Feedback Form" to submit your comments. Please include the phrase $1,000 CREDIT in the body of your comments.

All comments submitted to OCLC by December 31, 2001 will be entered into a prize drawing from which we will award three $1,000 credits. The winners will be announced at ALA Midwinter 2002 in New Orleans.

--OCLC Resource Sharing


A new, easy-to-use, browser-based interface for the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service is up and running. The web interface to the OCLC ILL service, now available at <>, provides all OCLC ILL users with the basic functionality of the OCLC ILL service. It is an alternative to, not a replacement for, the current Passport interface. The web interface to OCLC ILL benefits all sizes and types of libraries. Its simple, intuitive interface is ideal for infrequent users of the OCLC ILL service. Logon with your current OCLC ILL authorization and password to try the new interface. For additional information about this exciting development from OCLC Resource Sharing, link to <>.

Just a few of the benefits this new web interface offers:

For more information, see OCLC Technical Bulletin 245 <> or contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665) or OCLC User and Network Support (800-848-5800 or <>) 

--Cathy Kellum [edited]
  OCLC Resource Sharing


OCLC is pleased to announce the recent installation of several enhancements to the new OCLC ILL Web Interface, in response to requests from users and network staff:

Benefits of these enhancements include:

More detailed information about the OCLC ILL Web Interface and these recent enhancements can be found in the revised Technical Bulletin 245, available at <>.

--Cathy Kellum [edited]
  OCLC Resource Sharing


OCLC offers a 90-day free trial of the OCLC ILL Direct Request Service. This free trial allows you to evaluate the program virtually risk free. Here are some of the important aspects of the free 90-day trial:

Libraries that have already participated in the trial are not eligible.

Just contact NEBASE (402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665)  to arrange your free ILL Direct request trial. For more information on the OCLC ILL Direct Request Service, go to: <>.

--Tony Melvyn
  OCLC Resource Sharing


This month's (September) featured participant in the OCLC ILL Document Supplier Program is the Danish Loan Centre. The following article details its collections along with some ILL policies.

The Danish Loan Centre provides loans and photocopies of Danish publications. If the Centre is unable to loan from its own collections, it tries to locate the material in other Danish libraries. The Danish Loan Centre is located at the State and University Library in Aarhus.

The Danish Loan Centre has approximately 2 million titles and 12,000 periodicals. Special collections include U.N. material and European Common Market publications. The Danish Loan Centre has the National Newspaper Collection founded in 1916. The Centre holds substantial collections in other Scandinavian languages, i.e., Norwegian and Swedish materials.

The Danish Loan Centre is a depository library. It has a copy of all materials published in Denmark. Holdings are not included in WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog). A listing of the Centre's catalogs is available via <>.

Materials are available for loan or copy. There is no charge for loans, and frequently, no charge for photocopies. When payment is required, an invoice is sent to the borrower. The loan period is one month. Renewal requests will be granted unless the item is needed by another patron.

For complete lending polices and workform instructions, please see Name-Address Directory record NACN :92773, or contact the Danish Loan Centre or your OCLC regional service center.

The Danish Loan Centre
State and University Library
DK-8000 Aarhus C
Telephone: +45 89 46 2136
Fax: +45 89 46 2130
E-mail: <>
URL: <>
(Velkommen til Statsbiblioteket)

--Mark Tullos
  OCLC Resource Sharing


This month's (October) featured participant in the OCLC ILL Document Supplier Program is the ERIC Document Reproduction Service (EDRS). The following article details its collections along with some ILL policies.

EDRS provides microfiche or 8" x 11" paper copies of more than 400,000 documents announced in the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) monthly journal and Resources in Education (RIE). Shipment occurs within 3 business days after receipt of order. Electronic copies of Level 1 ERIC Documents after 1993 (ED348466 and higher) are available for FTP download. Ordering of these electronic copies is only available through the EDRS web site.

EDRS coverage includes technical and research reports, conference papers, government documents, and documentary materials acquired by the ERIC system. ERIC, sponsored by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement of the U.S. Department of Education, is the world's largest education database.

EDRS can be searched through the OCLC FirstSearch service and other sources. ERIC documents are also listed in the ERIC Microfiche Indexes, a set of indexes that are cumulative from 1966 to the most recent full calendar year (updated annually). Indexes include title; author; subject; institution; descriptor usage; identifier usage; and the resumes of all ERIC documents issued during the past year. The set can be purchased from EDRS.

PRE-PAID ACCOUNTS OR CREDIT CARD PURCHASES ONLY. If using a credit card, enter credit card type (Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover), number, expiration date, name on card, contact name, and phone number in the BORROWING NOTES field of request. RIE citations include a price code for paper copy (PC) and microfiche (MF). Fax service is available for a handling fee and transmission costs. For current price information, see Name-Address Directory record, NACN :9824.

Orders to EDRS are processed within 3 business days of receipt. Fax (up to 50 pages, but not greater) or overnight-mail delivery is available. Charges are billed at cost plus a handling (service) charge. International ordering is the same as above, however shipping rates will be higher.

For complete lending polices and workform instructions, please see Name-Address Directory record NACN :9824, or contact the ERIC Document Reproduction Service (EDRS) or your OCLC regional service provider.

ERIC Document Reproduction Service
7420 Fullerton Road
Suite 110
Springfield, VA 22153-2852
Telephone: 800-443-ERIC
or +703-440-1400
Fax: +703-440-1408
E-mail: <>
URL: <>

--Mark Tullos
  OCLC Resource Sharing


Are you unable to attend a scheduled NEBASE workshop? Would you like to brush up on your OCLC searching, cataloging or interlibrary loan skills? Do you have a new staff member to train? Would you like to see an OCLC product in action before making a purchasing decision? Tutorials, lessons, guided tours, and demonstrations for many OCLC products and services can be found on the OCLC Training web site at <>.

Searching WorldCat: An OCLC Tutorial includes recent changes to Keyword searching, LCCN searching, and ISSN searching. This tutorial uses hands-on exercises to teach searching strategies and techniques in a self-paced, offline environment. Use this tutorial to become a more efficient searcher of WorldCat records from the OCLC Cataloging, Interlibrary Loan, Selection, and Union List services.

Using Interlibrary Loan: An OCLC Tutorial contains self-paced training materials that teach the main functions of the OCLC borrowing and lending cycle as well as general ILL concepts. Other topics include OCLC ILL Custom Holdings, multiple constant data, "Reasons for saying No," and OCLC ILL Direct Requests.

The OCLC CatExpress Tutorial provides a simulation of the CatExpress service, a web-based tool for inexpensive and easy copy cataloging. The course includes exercises in searching, adding local information, setting holdings, and downloading records. It takes the learner through the basic steps of CatExpress from start to finish and mirrors the simplicity of the product itself.

Two OCLC WebExpress Online Demonstrations, available to the public and with no authorization or password required, let you visit sample OCLC WebExpress implementations, perform searches, and explore firsthand some of the functionality and customizability available from the service. The OCLC WebExpress Guided Tour lets you explore OCLC WebExpress features and functions.

Using the OCLC Interlibrary Loan Web Interface: An OCLC Tutorial is available from the ILL Web Interface web site at <>. Two versions of the tutorial, one for current users and one for new users of OCLC ILL, are included in this training module. The tutorials use interactive screen shots to teach basic and advanced features of the new ILL Web Interface.

Go to the Cataloging Micro Enhancer Learning and Teaching web site at <> to learn more about CatME, and what it can do for your library. The OCLC CatME Guided Tour provides screen graphics to illustrate system features and functions. Learning to Use OCLC CatME for Windows includes lessons that may be used as learning guides or review tools.

Training materials are also available on the OCLC Training web site for OCLC FirstSearch, the OCLC Cooperative Online Resource Catalog (CORC), and Dewey for Windows.

--Christa Burns
  Nebraska Library Commission


Recently, OCLC has seen a growing interest in Union Listing and a number of libraries have expressed an interest in a listserv dedicated to the discussion of union list topics. In response to this interest, OCLC has established a listserv specifically to discuss union list issues and concerns.

To subscribe to this new listserv, send the following command to <>:

subscribe ul-l [first name] [last name]

If you have any questions, please contact Myrtle Myers at <> or Cathy Kellum at <>.

--OCLC "Bits and Pieces"


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.

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