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April 2, 2007

Pricing Available for Faulkner's FAITS and SMP Databases

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Trial access to the following two databases ended on Saturday, March 31, 2007:

  • Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies (FAITS) - FAITS is a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind online technology reports library created especially for use by the academic community. Continually updated and fully searchable, FAITS contains hundreds of reports addressing critical issues, trends, market conditions, products, services, and vendors driving the information technology industry. Recent additions to this service include modules on Health Care IT and Government IT. This dynamic, feature-rich tool, will be a benefit to educators, administrators, researchers, students, IT staff, and others. For more information see

  • Security Management Practices (SMP) - Security Management Practices (SMP) is an expert resource on the Web for learning about how to confront and manage organizational risk, plan for disruptions, deploy network security appliances, employ biometric technologies, safeguard intellectual property, establish security best practices, protect and train students, staff and much more. SMP would be appropriate for Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, or Emergency Management-type courses. For more information see

    If you participated in this trial and liked one or both of these databases, please note that Faulkner is offering Nebraska libraries a 15% discount off list price on each service.

    Subscription term: July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008

    Order deadline: The order deadline for a July 1, 2007 start date is May 25, 2007.

    For more information on pricing and ordering see: /discounts/faulkner.aspx


April 3, 2007

NetLibrary Grants Available for Academic, Public and K12 libraries

Entry Categories: Discounts   E-Resources  

Nebraska Library Commission Offering Grants to Assist in Purchase of 2007 NetLibrary Shared Collection

Libraries interested in purchasing the 2007 SOLINET/NEBASE Shared Collection can apply for a grant of $275 to be applied towards their total cost. The grants are available to academic, public and K12 libraries. To apply visit the NetLibrary Grants website and fill out the online application form. Grant applications will be accepted through the May 31, 2007 deadline. Grants will be reviewed and funding awarded throughout the application period. To accept the grant award the library MUST submit its order forms to the Nebraska Library Commission for the 2007 netLibrary Shared Collection by June 13, 2007.


Grant Amount -- $275.00

Eligible -- Academic, Public and K12 libraries

Grant Application -- NetLibrary Grants website

Application Deadline -- May 31, 2007

Award Notices -- Ongoing through application period.

Order Submission Deadline -- June 13, 2007


April 4, 2007

Vendor Day

Entry Categories: Discounts   E-Resources  

Join us for a full day of vendor presentations at The Cornhusker Marriott, May 1, 2007, 8:30 - 4:00. Twelve vendors will be presenting sessions throughout the day and also will be on hand to talk with any interested library staff about their products. There will be presentations scheduled for a variety of library products, including those for academic, school and public libraries. Lunch will be provided. Cost to attend is $10.

To register go to the Nebraska Library Commission Training Portal and search on Vendor Day.

8:30 - 9:00Registration
9:00 - 9:30 Innovative Interfaces3MWilson
9:40 - 10:20Follett Index DataSerial Solutions
10:20-10:40Break EBSCO
11:30-12:00AWE OCLC Christa Burns
12:40 - 1:20FollettInnovative InterfacesOCLC
1:20 - 3MWilson
2:00 - 2:20 Break
2:20 - 3:00EBSCOSerial SolutionsIndex Data
3:00 - 3:40PolarisAWECSA

[obsolete link removed] Session descriptions.


April 5, 2007

CONTENTdm - April's Featured Collections

Entry Categories: Digitization & Preservation  

Each month, three collections from the CONTENTdm Collection of Collections are featured on the CONTENTdm Web site. The featured collections for April are the American Society for Cell Biology's Image & Video Library, Digital Past, and the Chikanobu and Yoshitoshi Woodblock Prints.

American Society for Cell Biology's Image & Video Library
The American Society for Cell Biology
The Image & Video Library of The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is a collection of peer-reviewed cell images, video clips, and digitized texts that illustrate the structure, function and biology of the cell, the fundamental unit of life.

Digital Past
North Suburban Library System
Digital Past is a local history digitization initiative based at the North Suburban Library System in Wheeling, IL featuring collections from Illinois libraries, museums and other cultural institutions.

Chikanobu and Yoshitoshi Woodblock Prints
Claremont Colleges
This collection contains examples of late 17th century to early 20th century Japanese woodblock prints from the Scripps College Collection of Japanese Prints by the artists Chikanobu (1838-1912) and Yoshitoshi (1839-1892).

These are just a few of the many outstanding digital collections created by CONTENTdm users.

If you would like to add your collections to the Collection of Collections, log in to the CONTENTdm User Support Center and follow the instructions. Be sure to submit metadata for all required fields including the Entered by field.


Connexion Client version 1.60 End of Support

Entry Categories: Cataloging  

**NOTE** If you use the Web-based Connexion browser interface or you are a CatExpress user, you can ignore this message. This applies only to users of the Windows-based Connexion client software.

Connexion Client version 1.60 End of Support April, 15, 2007

OCLC will discontinue Connexion client 1.60 on April 15, 2007. As of this date, you cannot log on with client 1.60. To verify your version number, go to the Help menu and select About OCLC Connexion Client. OCLC released client 1.70 in December 2006.

Connexion client version 1.72, released in March 2007 includes several enhancements along with the changes to resolve problems associated with Microsoft Windows update KB918118. You can upgrade directly to version 1.72 without installing version 1.70. Both versions 1.70 and 1.72 are supported by OCLC.

For more information about Connexion client 1.70, 1.72 and to download the software, go to the Connexion Client Recent Enhancements webpage.


April 10, 2007

NewsBank Trial and Purchase Opportunity

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

NewsBank is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to the following products:

NewsBank's America’s Newspapers provides full text information. America’s Newspapers covers local, regional and national news. It includes the complete electronic editions of more than 800 U.S. newspapers—with 75% of these sources not available in any other library database. America’s Newspapers provides patrons with authoritative, staff-written coverage of local and national topics, along with specific articles, obituaries, statistics, quotations, facts, analysis and much more. With unlimited access from all library workstations—and remote access 24/7 for most titles—patrons can freely search, browse, print, save and email full-text articles without a per-article fee. America’s Newspapers can be enhanced with the addition of a variety of specialized, cross-searchable news and information resources that address specific areas of interest. Note that this collection includes the Columbus Telegram, Grand Island Independent, Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha World Herald and the York News Times - See these and more in the above trial.

America's Obituaries & Death Noticesis the most comprehensive database of obituaries and death notices in the United States. It is a unique resource that contains more than 21 million recent death records with new content added daily. America's Obituaries & Death Notices consolidates content from newspapers across the nation and many more newspapers will be added. With this amount of newspaper coverage in this database makes it easy to find family loved ones, colleagues, friends, prominent people, veterans and town folks from town to town and from all across the country. America's Obituaries & Death Notices content covers more than 70% of recent annual deaths in the US. No other obituary database comes close to offering the depth and breadth from newspapers...

America's GenealogyBank is one of the most unique genealogy databases to be released into the library market. The content reaches back in time to the 1690's to the present using digital copies of the newspapers, books, pamphlets, and government documents. NewsBank has more newspapers, obituaries and government documents than anyone else. There is no other resource like this for genealogists. America's GenealogyBank consolidates millions of the United States' core genealogical records from the 17th to the 21st centuries in a single, massive database. This comprehensive Web-based resource makes it easy for genealogists to search and browse digital images of genealogies, obituaries, marriage notices, birth announcements, local histories, casualty lists, military documents and many other types of primary sources published across the nation over hundreds of years.

Trial Dates: April 10, 2007 through June 4, 2007

Trial Access Instructions: Trial access instructions were distributed via an April 10, 2007 message to the TRIAL mailing list. If you did not receive this message or would like to have it sent to you again, please email Susan

Pricing: NewsBank will provide price quotes to any interested libraries. To request a price quote fill out and submit the NewsBank Quote Request Form. This quote will provide libraries with upfront information about the most that their subscription might cost. Depending on the total number of orders received, libraries may be eligible for a 5% - 10% discount off their quoted price.

Subscription Term: July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008

Order Deadline: NewsBank is asking for final order confirmations by June 15, 2007


April 11, 2007

Special LearningExpress Advantage Pricing for K12 Schools

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

In a move designed to make their product more affordable to the Nebraska K12 market, LearningExpress LLC is offering Nebraska K12 schools access to a lower-cost "Economy" version of LearningExpress Advantage. They've also created special population tiers to make this Economy version more accessible to smaller-population schools.

Please note that the Economy version of LearningExpress Advantage will be the same as LearningExpress Advantage Basic, except it will not include the instant essay scoring for the written portions of the ACT and SAT. It will also not include eFolio or class reporting set-ups. (Normally, the "Basic" LearningExpress Advantage service offered to schools includes all tests and courses, and instant essay scoring for the ACT and SAT. It does not include eFolio, the online instantly-scored writing improvement program, or any class set-ups for reporting.)

If they desire, Nebraska schools can always upgrade to the BASIC service, which includes essay scoring for the ACT and SAT. They can also add eFolio on a per student basis as they wish, for an additional cost, or reporting set-ups for an additional cost of $50 per class.

For more information about LearningExpress Advantage see the PDF brochure [learningexpressSD_withefolio_Feb07.pdf].  Also, be sure to take advantage of the trial access LearningEXpress has provided to Nebraska libraries through May 31, 2007. Trial access instructions were distributed via an April 5, 2007 message to the TRIAL mailing list; if you did not receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan.

Pricing starts as low as $275! Contact us with your school enrollment for a price quote!

Order by May 15, 2007 and get June access FREE!


New NetLibrary eAudiobook Subject Sets

Entry Categories: E-Resources   OCLC News  

NetLibrary launches its first collection of eAudiobook Subject Sets for libraries

Sets include biographies, classics, young adult fiction and more

OCLC’s NetLibrary, the leading platform for full-text digital content in libraries worldwide, has launched its first collection of eAudiobook Subject Sets for libraries in the U.S.A.

eAudiobook Subject Sets are bundled sets of high-demand titles, each set offered at a fixed price. This new collection of Subject Sets is available to all library types in the U.S. through NetLibrary’s eAudiobook purchase program. Developed by NetLibrary collection development librarians, eAudiobook Subject Sets provide a quick and easy way for libraries to offer the most popular downloadable eAudiobook titles to their users.

NetLibrary is currently introducing nine eAudiobook Subject Sets: Biography, Business, Children's Fiction, Classics, Learning Guides, Mystery & Suspense, Popular Nonfiction, Self-Help and Young Adult Fiction. NetLibrary's eAudiobook Subject Sets feature titles from the audiobook industry's leading publishers: Books on Tape, Listening Library, Living Language and Blackstone Audio.

Read the full news release.

Visit the NetLibrary site for more information about eAudiobook Subject Sets, including title lists and pricing.


April 13, 2007

NEBASE Hour for May: Cataloging with CatExpress

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for May 2007 is "Cataloging with CatExpress".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services. The NEBASE Hour is held on the first Wednesday of the month, from 11:00 am-12:00 noon (Central Time) unless otherwise noted.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation, available at no cost, that you will access from your own computer via the Web. Audio is available via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). You may ask any questions you have during the session. The session will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time. IMPORTANT: Please note that we are using new web conferencing software - Centra. Please read the information below this announcement for details about technical requirements and procedures for accessing live online sessions through Centra.

NEBASE Hour for May 2007: Cataloging with CatExpress

May 2, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) * Registration Deadline: April 30 *

OCLC CatExpress provides copy cataloging with limited editing capabilities at a low, flat-fee subscription price. With CatExpress, your library can search WorldCat, set and delete holdings, enter information in optional data fields, print labels, retrieve MARC records for loading into your local system, and track your library's usage with the Monthly Transaction Reports.

Attend this session to see a live demonstration of this easy to use, web-based interface to OCLC's WorldCat. And hear about the special NEBASE offer of a free trial month of the OCLC CatExpress service to new subscribers.

The session will be conducted by Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE. Participants will receive 1 hour of CE credit. There is no cost to participate in this session.

For more information and to register to attend this session, please go to our Training Portal.

INTRODUCING CENTRA LIVE! This Online Session will be conducted using Centra Live web conferencing software. For this reason it is crucial that you review the Centra Live technical requirements and perform the recommended Centra system check even if you've successfully attended previous Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions. (Previous sessions used Genesys and Live Meeting software.) Please do this several days in advance of your scheduled session so you have plenty of time to update your system if necessary. Technical requirements (including a link to the system check) and general access instructions are available on the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions webpage.

AUDIO NOTE: Audio for Centra Live online sessions will be handled via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, as opposed to a telephone conference call. This means access to a telephone is not required. However, in order to hear the presentation attendees must be using a computer with a sound card and speakers. To ask questions and participate in class discussion, attendees will also need a microphone. If you don't have a microphone for your computer, you may request one from the Nebraska Library Commission by emailing Jeannette Powell at least a week in advance of your session. If only one individual is attending the session from a particular computer, a headset may be used in place of the speakers and microphone.


April 17, 2007

OCLC to Pilot WorldCat Local

Entry Categories: Cataloging   E-Resources   NEBASE   Resource Sharing   Technical Services  

OCLC is piloting a new service that will allow libraries to combine the cooperative power of OCLC member libraries worldwide with the ability to customize as a solution for local discovery and delivery services.

The WorldCat Local pilot builds on, which allows Web access to the world's richest database for discovery of materials held in libraries. Through a locally branded interface, the service will provide libraries the ability to search the entire WorldCat database and present results beginning with items most accessible to the patron. These might include collections from the home library, collections shared in a consortium, and open access collections.

WorldCat Local will offer the same feature set as, such as a single search box, relevancy ranking of search results, result sets that bring multiple versions of a work together under one record, faceted browse capability, citation formatting options, cover art and additional evaluative content.

The WorldCat Local service interoperates with locally maintained services like circulation, resource sharing and resolution to full text to create a seamless experience for the end user. WorldCat Local will also include future enhancements to including more than 30 million article citations, and social networking services.

"WorldCat Local offers OCLC member institutions a way to leverage the ongoing investments that OCLC is making in, within their local environment," said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. "As we add new features to as OCLC member libraries add new content to WorldCat--those features and that content will also become available within WorldCat Local."

The WorldCat Local pilot will test new functionality that allows users to place requests, gain online access, or request an interlibrary loan within

Libraries and groups participating in the WorldCat Local pilot include:

University of Washington
Peninsula Library System in California
Libraries in Illinois, including:
University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign
Glenside Public Library District
CCS (Cooperative Computer Services) Consortium
Lincoln Library
Illinois State Museum
Illinois State Library
Hoopeston Public Library
Northeastern Illinois University
Mattoon Public Library
Champaign Central High School
Williamsville Senior High School

The University of Washington Libraries will be first to pilot WorldCat Local with OCLC in April. Other institutions will follow. OCLC will examine results of the pilot to determine a production schedule.

Bill Jordan, Associate Dean of University Libraries, University of Washington, said the University of Washington Libraries "has purchased or licensed an amazing number of high-quality information resources for our users, but we've hidden them in multiple silos with little or no integration between them. Our job is to take those quality resources and make them convenient for the user to find and use--to make quality convenient. WorldCat Local appeals to me as a platform that I can use to address those strategic concerns."

"With WorldCat Local, we get enhanced search and display capabilities like faceted browse, FRBR-ized results sets, and enhanced content like reviews and article metadata," said Mr. Jordan. "We bring together all our fulfillment options--electronic, locally held, consortial, and remote--into one interface that still leverages all the 'delivery smarts' that are built into our local and consortial systems. With the addition of article metadata, we begin to see the breakdown of our discovery silos by the aggregation of indexing for book and article content."

"Finally, WorldCat Local provides a syndication platform so that we can meet users at their point of need," said Mr. Jordan. "We have to complete the discovery-to-delivery chain no matter where the user starts out. It's here, in syndication, that OCLC is uniquely positioned to work with Microsoft, Yahoo! and Google on behalf of libraries in a way that nobody else really can."

OCLC will test interoperability with systems used by participating pilot libraries, including Innovative Interfaces, SirsiDynix, and ExLibris Voyager.


April 18, 2007

OCLC Board launches Governance Study

Entry Categories: NEBASE   OCLC News  

The OCLC Board of Trustees has appointed a special Governance Study Committee to conduct a study of OCLC’s governance structure. The Board will also retain a consulting firm to assist the committee in the study.

“As OCLC becomes an increasingly global cooperative, we need to adjust our governance to ensure representation and participation by our members around the world,” said Lizabeth Wilson, Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees, and Dean of University Libraries, University of Washington. “This study will review and evaluate current and alternative governance forms for OCLC. The Committee will recommend a governance structure appropriate to the roles that OCLC is expected to carry out in the next decade.”

The Chair of the Governance Study Committee is William J. Crowe, Spencer Librarian, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas. Members of the committee are: Brad Baker, Dean of Libraries and Learning Resources, Northeastern Illinois University; Berndt Dugall, Director/Librarian, University of Frankfurt, Germany; Barbara A. B. Gubbin, Director, Jacksonville Public Library, Florida; Vickie Hanawalt, College Librarian, Reed College Library; Marshall Keys, Nantucket, Massachusetts; Loretta Parham, Library Director/CEO, The Atlanta University Center, Atlanta, Georgia; Jane Ryland, Membership Consultant, Internet2; and Sandy Yee, Dean of Libraries, Wayne State University. George Needham, Vice President, Member Services, OCLC, is the OCLC staff liaison.

“The governance study is on a fast track,” said Mr. Crowe. “Our goal is to submit recommendations to the Board in November 2007. The Board will then forward to the Members Council any proposed changes to the governance. The Council will discuss them at its February 2008 meeting and act on them at the May meeting, with any modifications to take effect on July 1, 2008.”

OCLC’s present governance structure, which was adopted in 1977 and last modified in 2001, consists of Governing Members, Members Council and the Board of Trustees. Governing Members are those institutions that contribute all their current cataloging to the WorldCat database. As of February 28, 2007, there were 9,702 Governing Members.

There are now 13 Members Council delegates elected from outside the United States. In fiscal 2006, revenues from non-U.S. operations were 22 percent of total revenues of $208.4 million, compared with 9 percent of total revenues in 2000, when OCLC’s governance was last reviewed.
In the past three years, OCLC has processed approximately 22 million records from non-U.S. libraries for loading into WorldCat and is scheduled to process some 70 million additional records in the coming year. Most of these records are being added through agreements with national libraries.

Governing members elect 66 delegates to the OCLC Members Council. Currently, the apportionment of delegates among networks and service centers is based on cataloging and resource sharing activity. The Members Council meets three times a year to provide advice and counsel to OCLC; its principal governance responsibilities are to elect six members of the OCLC Board of Trustees and to ratify changes in the articles of incorporation and code of regulations of OCLC.

The 15-member OCLC Board of Trustees has fiduciary and policy-setting responsibility for the corporation. Six trustees are elected by the Members Council, eight are elected by the board itself, and the president and chief executive officer of OCLC serves as a trustee by virtue of the office. Three of the eight trustees elected by the board must be members of the library profession.

-from OCLC


April 19, 2007

NewsBank Trial and Purchase Opportunity for K12 Schools

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

NewsBank is offering Nebraska K12 schools trial access to the following products:

  • KidsPage - Elementary school teachers require resources that are fun and capture kids' attention. These resources must also provide access to relevant, safe information and be quick and easy to use, so teachers can spend their time leveraging content rather than finding it. KidsPage and Connections for Kids do all this and more by providing articles, activities and lesson plans designed to help students discover the joy of learning. These Web-based resources encourage students to use critical thinking, solve problems and establish connections between the classroom and the real world. They are appropriate for students of all abilities, and all articles and activities—some of which are in Spanish—include both a Lexile score and a reading level. Finally, in addition to providing lesson plans, KidsPage and Connections for Kids align with state education standards, helping teachers save time and making their jobs easier.

  • Access World News - Every day, important issues and events impact small towns, big cities and entire nations. This is reflected in the unique experiences and diverse perspectives of people worldwide. Today’s students need to be more aware of what is happening both locally and globally, and they must understand the various sides of any issue to draw their own conclusions. Additionally, many assignments require students to use primary sources to relate classroom learning to the real world. By providing primary source content from around the world, Access World News enables students and teachers to meet these and other challenges in today's learning environment. Access World News is a comprehensive resource that includes more than 2,000 news publications from nearly 200 countries worldwide. These sources include major national and international newspapers, as well as local and regional titles. Access World News is updated daily to keep students informed of current issues and events, and it includes deep archives that provide background information on important topics, enabling students to trace an issue or event over a period of time.

  • America's Historical Newspapers - Newspapers provide a concise record of the knowledge, opinions and beliefs of people from a specific time and place. America's Historical Newspapers helps students and teachers explore virtually every topic or aspect of American history and culture between 1690 and 1922. Researchers can quickly find news and first-hand accounts of events, issues and daily life in the colonies or during the Revolutionary War, westward expansion, the Civil War, Reconstruction, industrialization, the Progressive Era, World War I and other time periods. Newspapers of particular historical importance, regional weeklies and big-city dailies are available. African American, foreign language and Native American titles are included. Significantly, the collection includes not only all news stories from each issue, but also illustrations and fully searchable advertisements, classifieds, birth and marriage announcements, obituaries and other articles exactly as they appeared in print.America's Historical Newspapers enables students and teachers to easily search and browse more than 1,300 U.S. newspapers published during the past four centuries, including titles from all 50 present states. For the first time, school libraries and classrooms can offer Web-based access to this extensive resource, which features cover-to-cover facsimiles of the same newspapers that provided the American public with essential primary source information for hundreds of years.

Trial Dates: April 16 through June 4, 2007

Trial Access Instructions: Trial access instructions were distributed via an April 16, 2007 message to the TRIAL mailing list. If you did not receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely

Pricing: NewsBank will provide price quotes to any interested schools. To request a price quote fill out and submit the NewsBank Quote Request Form for K12 Schools. This quote will provide libraries with upfront information about the most that their subscription might cost. Depending on the total number of orders received, schools may be eligible for a 5% - 10% discount off their quoted price.

To place an order: Please fill out and submit the [obsolete link removed] purchase agreement

Order Deadline: June 15, 2007


April 23, 2007

New on FirstSearch: Citation Feature Helps Students and Researchers

Entry Categories: Reference  

WorldCat records in the WorldCat, Ebooks and WorldCat Dissertations databases on the OCLC FirstSearch service now include a "Cite This Item" link.

When users select “Cite This Item” in the External Resources links within records from these databases, they will see the citation for a selected record in the reference standard for five common styles: APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian. Users may copy and paste the needed format into a bibliography.

Users should note that formatting rules within a style can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study, and that they should apply the specific requirements of a reviewing body.

Log on to FirstSearch with your library’s account to try this new citation formatting option in the WorldCat database.


April 24, 2007

Article-level citation records added to search results

Entry Categories: OCLC News   Reference  

OCLC has added article-level citation records to search results from four FirstSearch base package databases: GPO, ArticleFirst, Medline and ERIC. Now a broad base of Web users performing searches at can discover article citations as well as relevant WorldCat records for books, audio and video recordings, and other content formats.

What users can do
Article records link to fulfillment options appropriate to a user based on their IP address. IP information determines what nearby WorldCat libraries offer access to the article and which options are displayed to the user via the record. Options may include:

- Links to full text in subscription-based online databases;

- Links to library-maintained resolvers for access to available articles; or

- Links to an article delivery service.

As with checkout and other local-system functionality also reachable via, article fulfillment links may require a user to authenticate access with a library account.

Full-featured FirstSearch access to articles still available
GPO, ArticleFirst, Medline and ERIC continue to be available for full-featured searching by individual database in the OCLC FirstSearch service. In FirstSearch, researchers may search these databases individually or combine them with up to two additional databases for cross-database searching. The FirstSearch interface also supports flexible options such as searching indexes specific to each database.

Try a search now
Visit and try a search to locate articles on a favorite subject. Hint: Limit your search results to just articles by using the "Refine Your Search" feature--just click the "Article" link under the "Format" heading.
Search for what you want among more than 1 billion library-owned items, then find it at a library near you.


April 25, 2007

Vendor Day May 1st

Interested in hearing the latest from a cross section of library vendors? Come to Vendor Day on Tuesday, May 1st at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. There is no registration fee for library staff and media specialists for this day's event so you can come learn about new products and have a great lunch at NO cost to you or your library. We do ask that you register for Vendor Day so we can keep a head count for sessions and meals. Lunch is complimentary for all library staff and media specialists attending Vendor Day.

To register visit the Vendor Day registration page.

We have added two additional technical sessions to this year's vendor day.

Second Life - One of the central tenants of Library 2.0 is "go to where the users are". The online, 3D virtual world Second Life has more than 1.5 million residents all potentially needing the services that a library can provide. This session, presented by Michael Sauers of the Nebraska Library Commission will introduce attendees to the both the world of Second Life and to the Second Life Library 2.0 project and the services that it offers.

Tech Terms - Do you know what podcasting is? Or phishing and malware? If you’re not familiar with Wikis, RSS feeds, or BitTorrent, you will soon be hearing about them from your patrons. This presentation by Michael Sauers of the Nebraska Library Commission will help you be more comfortable talking with your patrons about their technology needs.

In addition to these we will have presentations from the following library vendors:

Serials Solutions
Index Data

AWE - The Early Literacy Station is a premiere all-in-one learning system that is targeted for pre-schoolers through third graders. This self-contained system crosses seven curricular areas and includes 33 educational software packages that are top-rated by Children’s Software Review. It has an imaginative interface that encourages exploration and is ready to use right out of the box.

CSA Illustrata
Introducing the most important and innovative indexing advancement in over 30 years, CSA Illustrata provides web-based access to indexed tables, figures, maps, graphs, charts and other images contained in scholarly articles. This unique tool provides researchers precision, efficiency, and relevance in the data discovery process.

EBSCO Session #1
The changing landscape of librarianship demands a wide selection of approaches to promote library resources. Our offerings will help librarians reach out to customers, e.g., faculty, communities, students, managers, and administrators. Ideas will be presented on marketing your library, funding guides and much more. Introduction to the latest new EBSCO databases will also be included.

EBSCO Session #2
Connecting Users with Electronic Resources
Can your users easily identify and efficiently use all of your various electronic resources? Learn how EBSCO's integrated services can link users from bibliographic resources to all of your e-journals and e-books, regardless of vendor. E-resource access and linking will be demonstrated using EBSCO A-to-Z, LinkSource, EBCSOhost Research Databases, and EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service (EJS).

Follett Software Company Destiny Resource Manager
For more than 20 years, Follett Software Company has been the leading provider of integrated applications that centralize the management of K-12 resources, including Library materials, Textbooks, Media, and other learning materials. Our innovative, browser-based technology helps schools and districts achieve their goals, reduce costs and redirect savings toward instruction. We invite you to learn about our vision and the strategic partnerships that help enhance the educational process and impact student achievement through leading-edge solutions.

Index Data

Attendees will see a demonstration of Index Data's new hosted metasearch service. Called MasterKey, it represents a new approach to metasearching and has the following performance characteristics:

Very simple and easy to use
Searches hundreds of databases instantly
Merges duplicate titles and sorts across all databases
Relevance ranks, merges & displays over 2000 records/sec
Performs faceted search limiting with a single click
Participants will discover why Index Data is offering this service without cost to any library for searching open content resources as well as the modest fees for also using this service to search commercial databases and library catalogs. YakPac, Index Data's kids catalog front end with built-in chat functionality and other patron communication features will be addressed as time allows.

Attend this session presented by OCLC Library Services Consultant, Doug van der Zee and learn the latest on NetLibrary. Areas covered will be an update on the number of publishers, titles and collection development options. Also learn about the new interface and products including eAudioBooks. Doug will discuss the new eAudiobook business model and publisher partners.

OCLC WorldCat Cataloging Partners
Is your library faced with cataloging challenges and a limited budget? OCLC WorldCat Cataloging Partners can help. The OCLC PromptCat service and Cataloging Partners program are being combined and reborn as WorldCat Cataloging Partners. WorldCat Cataloging Partners offers three levels of service - automated copy cataloging, 100% record delivery, and customized record delivery. Attend this session to learn more about this new cost effective cataloging service.

Polaris Integrated Library System
Today’s libraries are looking for better ways to serve their patrons and streamline staff workflow. And that’s precisely what we do at Polaris. As a forward-thinking library automation company, our goal is to keep you at the leading edge of technology, helping you to maximize resources, reduce costs and improve patron satisfaction. Polaris signed over 50 contracts to libraries last year including Plattsmouth here in Nebraska. If you have outgrown your current system, being forced to migrate to something different than you want or just looking for other options, Please join us for an introduction to Polaris and an interactive demonstration of our Polaris Integrated Library System (ILS).
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Please register and make your lunch choices. There is no charge to attend and lunch is complimentary. We hope to see you there on Tuesday, May 1st.


April 30, 2007

OCLC WorldCat Collection Analysis Speakers Series

Entry Categories: Cataloging   OCLC News   Technical Services  

From the OCLC WorldCat Collection Analysis team:

This message is to remind you that you are invited to join us on Tuesday, May 1st, from 2:00 – 3:00pm EST (1:00pm-2:00pm Central Time) for the first installment of our new WorldCat Collection Analysis Speakers Series. Throughout the year, OCLC will offer Webinars that feature current WCA users who will share with us real-life examples of ways they are using WCA to accomplish library goals.

Paul Metz, Director of Collection Management at the Virginia Tech University Libraries, will lead off this series by discussing his use of WCA to study and improve his libraries’ collections from both macro and micro perspectives. By comparing Tech’s holdings to the holdings of fellow Southeastern Research libraries, whose data were available in the ASERL group subscription, Paul was able to determine whether Tech's collections differed from peers in desirable or undesirable ways in terms of subject, age, and language. Though overall the analysis results were encouraging, Paul will discuss some of the specific kinds of collection deficiencies that can be detected using the tool. He will then show how Tech used the same data to identify widely held recent books that were good candidates for purchase.

After the presentation, Paul will hold a question and answer session.

Register online or by visiting the WCA homepage.



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