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June 1, 2007

Antelope County Content Added to Nebraska Memories

Entry Categories: Digitization & Preservation  

The Antelope County Historical Society is the most recent addition to the list of Nebraska Memories participants. Searchers of the Nebraska Memories database can now find a small collection of digitized glass plate negatives from the historical society. These are images of various people, buildings and scenes in and around Neligh and Antelope County. The Society’s photograph collection is continually expanding and they hope to have about 200 pictures of historical significance digitized and available through Nebraska Memories.

The Antelope County Historical Society in Neligh, in partnership with the Raymond A. Whitwer Tilden Public Library in northeast Nebraska, received an LSTA grant for the digitization of a collection of large (4x6 to 8x10) glass plate negatives.

Go ahead and take a look at the Nebraska Memories web site to see the new stuff from Antelope County. Let us know what you think using the online survey.

If your library or other cultural heritage institution in town has material that would fit into Nebraska Memories give us a call or email so we can talk about digitization options. The Commission can scan items for you and help you create the cataloging records needed to be part of the Nebraska Memories project. We would love to have your materials included in the site.


June 4, 2007

New NetLibrary Offer: eAudiobook Shared Collection

Entry Categories: Discounts  

UPDATE: Due to low participation, we are unable to create a NEBASE NetLibrary Shared eAudiobook Collection. We are working with NetLibrary to rethink how we can offer NetLibrary eAudiobooks to our members. We will keep you posted as we progress in our discussions. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Nebraska Library Commission and NEBASE are pleased to announce the launch of the first NetLibrary Shared eAudiobook Collection. The collection offers new releases and best-selling leisure titles, including sports and recreation, romance, classics, mystery, young adult books, children’s books, arts and entertainment, westerns, and horror. Order by June 15, 2007, to take advantage of this limited-time offer.

About NetLibrary eAudiobooks: NetLibrary, the trusted source for providing eBooks to libraries and their users worldwide, extends its offering with a comprehensive collection of eAudiobook titles. Through partnerships with Recorded Books, Blackstone Audio, Books on Tape and other leading publishers, NetLibrary's eAudiobook collections feature over 4,700 titles with new titles added monthly. Libraries that select eAudiobooks from NetLibrary are expanding their range and variety of services to meet the needs and interests of their changing communities.

About the Shared eAudiobook Collection: The NEBASE NetLibrary Shared eAudiobook Collection includes 200 titles from publishers such as Random House, Books on Tape, Listen and Live, Listening Library and Blackstone Audio. Among the mixture of fiction, non-fiction and some children's titles you'll find titles from best-selling authors such as Robert B. Parker, Sue Grafton, Jonathan Kellerman, Alice Munro and Dean R. Koontz. The collection includes "My Life in France" by Julia Child and " Life After Death: The Burden of Proof" by Deepak Chopra and as well as two titles from the popular "Artemis Fowl" series.


  • MARC record sets included in price.
  • Reference Center functionality will be enabled for all participants, extending to their other Reference Center holdings as well.
  • Available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week
  • Can be accessed online on any PC connected to the Internet
  • Remote access available
  • Real time usage reports are available from your Library Resource Center.

For more information about this collection, including pricing and ordering instructions, go to our NetLibrary Shared eAudiobook Collection web site.

To learn more about NetLibrary, including background information on past shared collections (e.g., title lists, participants) go to our NetLibrary Consortium Information web site.


June 5, 2007

OCLC eSerials Holdings Web Session

Entry Categories: Cataloging  

Looking for ways to automatically set and maintain your library’s eSerials holdings in WorldCat?

Join OCLC on June 12, 12:00noon Central Time, for a live, free Web session on the OCLC eSerials Holdings service and we’ll show you how your library can:

  • Make your electronic content more visible and accessible - without adding to your cataloging workload
  • Automate setting and maintaining your library’s location holdings in WorldCat
  • Increase the value of your investment in A-Z lists, OpenURL resolver, WorldCat, and WorldCat Collection Analysis
  • Increase usage of your electronic serials collection
  • Automatically control and/or deflect ILL requests from colleagues in the OCLC cooperative
  • Get started using the eSerials Holdings service - available at no charge to OCLC member libraries

Register to attend the Web session.

For more information, visit the eSerials Holdings Web site.


June 7, 2007

OCLC Members Council meets to discuss values of the cooperative

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

Delegates examine future of OCLC services, governance as membership broadens worldwide

OCLC Members Council met May 20-22 in Dublin, Ohio, to discuss the values of the cooperative and how well the OCLC governance structure, products and services are meeting the current and future needs of its members.

Members Council also elected new leaders for the next session, and bid farewell to Phyllis Spies, a senior OCLC manager who participated in 80 Members Council meetings before her retirement this month.

At the conclusion of the meeting, OCLC Members Council President Ernie Ingles, Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian, University of Alberta, OCLC Canada, passed the gavel to Sandy Yee, Dean of Libraries, Wayne State University, who will serve as Members Council President for 2007/2008.

Loretta Parham, CEO and Library Director, Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center (Clark Atlanta University, Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, Spelman College), representing SOLINET, was elected Vice President/President-Elect.

View the full report


CONTENTdm - June'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 June are the Civil War Letters Collection, Gulf Coast Community College Memory Collection and the Images d'aménagement.

Civil War Letters Collection
University of Washington
This collection contains a selection of original Civil War correspondence between soldiers from the battlefields and their family members and friends on the home front. These letters describe firsthand accounts of battle, reflections on the nature of war and its profound effect on those involved.

Gulf Coast Community College Memory Collection
Gulf Coast Community College
The Gulf Coast Community College digital archives contain historical photographs, monographs, newspaper articles, and documents covering the history of the institution. The Memory Collection is funded by a Gulf Coast Community College Foundation Mini-Grant and managed by the library.

Images d'aménagement (Environmental Design Images)
Université de Montréal
This collection presents a selection of 3,430 images related to three academic disciplines (architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism) served by the Landscape and Architecture Branch Library. One can find in this collection images of the architectural heritage of the cities of Outremont and Montreal, of Montreal's "underground city", of Canadian gardens created since the 17th century, of most renowned English parks and gardens designed in the 18th century, and, finally, of Chinese parks and gardens.

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.


June 8, 2007

Learn in the Comfort of Your Own Library with Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions

Are you unable to attend a scheduled Nebraska Library Commission workshop? Would you like to learn more about NebraskAccess, Nebraska Memories or NetLibrary? Do you need to brush up on your searching, cataloging or interlibrary loan skills? Do you have a new staff member to train? Would you like to see a product in action before making a purchasing decision?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions are for you!

The Nebraska Library Commission offers instruction and demonstrations in live online sessions. These sessions allow participants to gain training and information through a web conference conducted via the Internet.

If you missed one of the live sessions, or if you would just like to see it again, these online sessions have been recorded and are available online for you to view at your leisure. Each recorded session is viewable from a web browser. You will need a sound card and either earphones or speakers. There is no cost to view these recorded sessions.

Some of the topics available are:

  • CatExpress
  • Connexion
  • Dewey Decimal Classification
  • FirstSearch
  • HeritageQuest Online
  • NebraskAccess
  • Nebraska Memories & CONTENTdm
  • NetLibrary
  • OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing
  • OCLC Usage Statistics
  • Understanding MARC 21 Bibliographic Records
  • Using WorldCat for Genealogical Research
  • WebDewey
  • WorldCat Cataloging Partners
  • WorldCat Collection Analysis Service
  • WorldCat Search Strategies

These sessions, and many others, are available via the Nebraska Library Commission Training Portal. To see the complete list of online or archived online classes, use the View all Training by Location pull-down menu and select Online.


June 12, 2007

NEBASE Hour for July: Streamline Your OCLC ILL with Custom Holdings & Direct Request

Entry Categories: Resource Sharing   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for July 2007 is "Streamline Your OCLC ILL with Custom Holdings & Direct Request".

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 July 2007: Streamline Your OCLC ILL with Custom Holdings & Direct Request

July 11, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) Registration Deadline: July 9

Custom Holdings allows an OCLC ILL library to set up automatic borrowing strings, eliminating the need for analyzing lenders on a request-by-request basis. Direct Request uses your Custom Holdings to automate the ILL borrowing process, letting you control the process electronically just as you do now manually.

Attend this session to learn how to design, create, update and use multiple Custom Holding paths and Direct Request profiles.

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.


OCLC Board seeks input from librarians about OCLC governance study

Entry Categories: OCLC News   OCLC News  

In February 2007, the OCLC Board of Trustees authorized a review of OCLC’s governance structure. The review will evaluate current and alternative governance forms for OCLC as it becomes an increasingly global cooperative.

The review is being facilitated by The Higher Education Consultancy Group (HECG) based in the United Kingdom, and will be supervised by a governance study committee consisting of current and past trustees and delegates to Members Council. The committee will recommend a governance structure appropriate to the roles that OCLC is expected to carry out in the next decade.

To ensure wide consultation for the study, the Board, OCLC management and HECG are seeking contributions from librarians throughout the library community.

If you are interested, send your contribution to Allan Schofield by July 20, 2007. Submissions will be treated in confidence unless respondents indicate that they are happy for committee members to see their comments. It is important that responses be solely about issues relevant to governance; the consultants are not seeking submissions on broader issues outside their terms of reference, such as OCLC services.

Further information about the review can be obtained from George M. Needham, Vice President, Member Services -

Send your comments, with the Subject "Comments on governance review" to


OCLC Survey: Connexion client Help and documentation

Entry Categories: Cataloging  

OCLC would like to better understand your Connexion client documentation experiences and needs.

Please take a few minutes and complete the survey on Connexion client Help and documentation.

Your response is important to us as we work to provide online Help and documentation that meets the real needs of Connexion client users. Survey responses will be accepted through Wednesday, June 20, 2007.


June 13, 2007

New Playaway Titles for June

Entry Categories: Discounts  

Nebraska libraries receive a 20% discount off all Playaway orders placed through the Nebraska Library Commission. Discounted prices for each available title are listed on the order form.

Ordering: The Nebraska Library Commission will collect order forms from Nebraska libraries and forward them to Playaway. Your order will be shipped directly to your library, but billing will be through the Nebraska Library Commission. For more information, including ordering instructions, links to order forms, and an extensive FAQ, see:
/discounts/playaway.aspx. There is no minimum order - you can start your Playaway collection with as few as one title if you'd like.

Please note: K-12 school libraries will need to contact their Follett Library Resources sales representative to order Playaway digital audiobooks.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to let a member of the Network Services team know. You can email us at Network Services any time.


June 18, 2007 adds ability to build and share lists

Entry Categories: OCLC News has been enhanced with a social-networking feature: Users across the Web can now add individual items cataloged in WorldCat to personalized lists. They can group items owned by your library and other WorldCat libraries, and share their lists with friends, colleagues and millions of site users.

Users can add any book, video, article or another item to a list right from its WorldCat record, or use the checkboxes and "Save to" button in WorldCat search results.


Library users can build as many lists as they like on any subject

They can make lists for every purpose—personal or professional, educational or recreational. Some ideas:

  • Movies I want to check out
  • Mystery novels I recommend
  • Research sources to review for my paper
  • Excellent children’s books
  • Best CD’s for learning about jazz

Share lists with friends and the world

Lists can be public—which allows other WorldCat users to search for and discover them—or private so only the list author can view them. (A list's privacy is easily changed by following its "Settings" link.) And a public list can be shared with anyone, regardless of whether they've used WorldCat before: The "Share" link lets a list author send an invitation via e-mail.

Easy to manage and export

List items can be added or removed at any time, and items can even be copied between lists. Users can also:

  • Reorder a list by title, author, publish date or date added to the list
  • Save a short note for each added item
  • Export a list in CSV (comma-delimited) format

The ability to export a list in common citation styles to bibliographic-software formats, including EndNote and RefWorks, will be added soon.

Users can start making lists now

All they need is an e-mail address to create a free WorldCat account. Let your customers know about this exciting new feature—encourage them to visit and sign up!

More WorldCat news

WorldCat profiles have expanded

A WorldCat user's online profile now allows them to provide greater detail about their interests and occupation; link to any WorldCat lists they have created; and link to a personal Web page, RSS feed or instant messaging address. Providing this personal information is optional, and the user can still control the public availability of their e-mail address or their entire profile in the privacy settings for their account.

Export bibliographic citations from WorldCat records

Individual WorldCat records now include the option to export a bibliographic citation for the item. Citations can be saved in two popular formats: EndNote and RefWorks. Look for the "Export" links next to the "Cite this Item" link. (Enhanced export capabilities will be available soon.)

Create your WorldCat lists today – at


June 28, 2007

NEBASE Annual Meeting 2007 : Do you know where your patrons are? Exploring new spaces at your library

Entry Categories: NEBASE  

The NEBASE Annual Meeting has been scheduled for August 9 at the Cornhusker Merriott Hotel in Lincoln. Topics for this year's meeting include

  • A Gaming Panel
  • Social Networking: The Intersection between Content, Collaboration & Community
  • MySpace is Your Library’s Space
  • CONTENTdm & OCLC Digitization: How to Move Your Historical Newspapers to the Web with Nebraska Memories
  • OCLC Update and WorldCat Local: The Intersection between Content, Collaboration & Community
A gaming room will be available throughout most of the meeting.

To register go to: /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=7878



This page contains all N³ articles for June 2007. They are listed from oldest to newest.

Many more can be found on the main page or by looking through the archives.