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August 3, 2007

New Playaway Titles Added for August

Entry Categories: Discounts   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.


Serials Solutions News: Ulrich's Serials Analysis System and

Entry Categories: Discounts  

NEBASE is excited to announce that Ulrich’s Serials Analysis System and will join the Serials Solutions family of e-resource management tools for libraries on August 1, 2007. As a result of this announcement, libraries purchasing new subscriptions to the Ulrich’s online services can take advantage of Serials Solutions’ special NEBASE program discount and possibly further benefit from Serials Solutions’ multiple-service discount plan.

The alignment of Serials Solutions and Ulrich’s will provide libraries and publishers with the broadest and deepest coverage of serials information available anywhere. It also creates opportunities for further interoperability and integration of the Ulrich’s and Serials Solutions’ services, as well as presents opportunities to promote further service development. Serials Solutions subscribers have already witnessed benefits of collaboration with the Ulrich’s online products in recent years through Serials Solutions 360 Search, 360 Link and its AMS service.

For specific questions surrounding the addition of Ulrich’s Serials Analysis System and to the Serials Solutions service line, please download an FAQ at If you are not yet a subscriber to Ulrich's Serials Analysis System and please review datasheets at and

If you wish to receive a quote for pricing details, or have questions about Serials Solutions’ or Ulrich’s services, please send an email to


August 6, 2007

NebraskAccess Passwords Scheduled to Change October 1, 2007

Entry Categories: NebraskAccess  

It's hard to believe but it's time to change the NebraskAccess Passwords again! In preparation for the October 1 change we have e-mailed the new password to Library Directors and School Media Specialists today. The new password is working and will continue to work through March 31, 2008. If your patrons login with the old password after October 1, they will be prompted to contact you for the new password.

If you are the Director or Media Specialists remember that the password was only sent to you! Please don't forget to distribute the new password to staff members and patrons.

If you have any questions about your new NebraskAccess password or the pending change, please don't hesitate to contact us.

You can also reach us at:
Email: nebraskaccess
Phone: 402-471-2045 / 800-307-2665
IM: NebraskAccess


August 7, 2007

CONTENTdm - August'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 August are the UWM Yearbook Collection, The Voyages of Alex Haley: Notebooks and Memoirs of an African-American Writer, and the Castle Collection of Natural History Illustrations.

UWM Yearbook Collection
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The collection includes 25 volumes of the student yearbook, The Ivy. The annual was published from 1942 to 1968. It documents the history of both the Milwaukee State Teachers College (later renamed the Wisconsin State College, Milwaukee) and the formative years of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The Voyages of Alex Haley: Notebooks and Memoirs of an African-American Writer
Broward County Library
The Alex Haley Collection consists of various materials and personal ephemera from his life including: eight typed unfinished manuscripts, along with drafts and handwritten notes; correspondence between Haley and writers, students, friends, politicians, and noted celebrities such as Quincy Jones, Johnny Carson and Phyllis Diller; engagement contracts for commencement ceremonies, conferences and television show appearances; fan mail from around the world; magazine articles interviewing Haley; and various photographs of Haley with celebrities such as Stevie Wonder and the ensemble cast of ROOTS.

Castle Collection of Natural History Illustrations
Bryn Mawr College
This collection consists of representative images from more than 150 botanical and ornithological books printed between 1499 and 1920. The books are from the Ethelinda Schaefer Castle Collection, Bryn Mawr College Special Collections.

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.


August 8, 2007

Reflections on a Year of Flickring

Entry Categories: Training  

It’s been almost a year since the Nebraska Library Commission created its Flickr account (actual creation date: August 30, 2006). Given this fact, we thought it might be nice to pause a moment and reflect back on how the account has grown and what our involvement with Flickr has taught us.

Let’s start with some statistics. As of July 23, 2007, we’ve uploaded 601 photos and screenshots to our account, and these photos and screenshots have been viewed 7,197 times. We’ve created two Flickr groups: Nebraska Libraries, which boasts 16 members and 83 photos, and Pets of Nebraska Librarians, which boasts 40 members and 81 photos. We’ve offered at least eight Flickr training sessions at five different locations in Nebraska.

What’s the most popular photo in our account? Judging by Flickr’s “interestingness” criteria, it’s a photo of the “Laptop Friendly” sign in Holdrege Public Library’s front window. After being posted to NLC’s Flickr account and added to the Library Signage group, this photo got pointed to by several librarian bloggers who publicly praised the sign, thereby drawing traffic to the photo in Flickr. As a result, it’s been viewed 346 times, and six Flickr users count it as a “favorite.”

So why did NLC get involved in Flickr? We believed that if we were going to start talking about how libraries could use Web 2.0 tools to connect with users and promote services, then we should have some first-hand experience using them ourselves. And Flickr was a logical place to start. Librarians have been busily uploading pictures of anything and everything related to libraries to Flickr, and through these pictures they have been sharing success stories and shining the spotlight on best and worst practices as never before. This provided a ready-made community for us to plug into.

Our Flickr experience has also proved to us that library content uploaded to Flickr will be noticed by non-librarians. For example, our Nebraska Libraries Flickr group boasts at least two members who are not librarians but who live in Nebraska and had pictures of Nebraska libraries they wanted to share. There is also the case of the former Nebraska resident who discovered a picture of his home-town library on our site. He not only marked the picture as a favorite, he also reminisced on his personal blog about going there as a kid to check out books on Babe Ruth and dinosaurs.

NLC’s Flickr account also received publicity via the USA Today Tech_Space blog. In this instance Nebraska native and USA Today blogger Angela Gunn pointed readers to our Nebraska Public Libraries photoset, which features 278 mapped images of Nebraska public libraries. What is particularly gratifying about her post is that she takes the time to point out to her national audience that not all communities are able to support huge public libraries like Seattle’s: “The collection's a pretty amazing document, and if you aren't familiar with how small towns squeeze in their libraries, it's likely to be an eye-opening. (Seattleites and other folk accustomed to high-profile library construction and starchitectural edifices are especially invited to browse).”

If you haven’t visited us on Flickr yet, please stop by and say hi!


New Lower Pricing for Nebraska Overdrive Group

Entry Categories: Discounts  

Attention! If your library was interested in participating in the Nebraska Overdrive group but you didn’t think you could afford it, it’s time to take another look!

The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announce that we will now be able to subsidize the Nebraska Overdrive group at a higher rate than originally anticipated. This means that each participating library’s initial and ongoing costs will be lower. Costs will also be more predictable and consistent from year to year since they will be based on population served and FTE as opposed to previous year’s usage.

The Nebraska Library Commission has also determined that it will be able to handle remote patron authentication on behalf of libraries running systems like Follett. This will eliminate the need for these libraries to purchase and set up their own proxy servers.

Cost Breakdown

NLC will contribute the following funds to the project:

  • One-time cost of $28,000 to get the group web site set up by Overdrive.
  • Yearly maintenance fee of $12,000 for this year and each year of the group hereafter.
  • Initial content purchase of $20,000 for the group.

Libraries participating in the group will pay annual subscription fees based on the following formulas:
  • Public Library pricing will be $0.07 per population served, with a minimum cost of $500. (This means that libraries with fewer than 7,140 population served would pay the minimum $500.)

  • Academic Library pricing will be based on FTE: under 500 FTE = $500; 501-2,000 FTE = $1,500; 2,001-10,000 = $2,500. Call for more than 10,000 FTE.
Overdrive has agreed to waive the additional “per library” integration fee for Nebraska libraries joining the group at its outset. This fee may be applied to Nebraska libraries joining the group in subsequent years.

Subscription fees will be used to purchase content on an ongoing basis. Content purchased by the group will be added to the collection, and will consist of best-selling titles from over 150 publishers.

Overdrive Digital Library Reserve® is a web-based digital media platform that enables library patrons to download popular digital content, including digital audio books, from your library's web site.

Overdrive digital audio books can be downloaded to a PC/laptop, burned to CD, or transferred to a wide variety of portable devices, including most MP3 players, smartphones, and car stereos. Patrons download and enjoy their selection anytime and anywhere via the web, so the process is virtually hands free for library staff.

These digital books may be checked out for a limited period of time, downloaded to the patron's device and are automatically returned to the collection when the checkout time expires. The library does not need to purchase any additional equipment to provide this remote service to patrons.

We would like to formalize the Nebraska Overdrive group by the end of the August. To read more about Overdrive go to

If you have questions about the shared Nebraska Overdrive group, or to let us know you want to participate, please email Shannon White or Susan Knisely.


August 9, 2007

Cataloging Sound Recordings Workshop /NLC Cataloging Certificate Program

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Training  

Are you interested in increasing your cataloging knowledge?

There are still a few open seats and a few days time to sign up for the Cataloging Sound Recordings workshop to be held in Lincoln on Thursday, August 16. The workshop will include discussion of audiocassettes, compact discs, Enhanced compact discs Playaway audio books, downloadable audio books and streaming audio. Register at Cataloging Sound Recordings - Lincoln.

Would you like recognition for your expanding cataloging skills?

Take part in the Nebraska Library Commission Cataloging Certificate Program at the Basic and Advanced Levels. Information is available at Cataloging Certificate Program.

If you have questions about the program, the application form, or workshop schedules, please contact Devra Dragos, 471-4335, (800)307-2665, or email.


August 17, 2007

NEBASE Hour for September: WorldCat Local: Global Network, Local Results

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Reference   Resource Sharing   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for September 2007 is "WorldCat Local: Global Network, Local Results".

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 September 2007: WorldCat Local: Global Network, Local Results

September 5, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) Registration Deadline: September 3

OCLC is piloting its new WorldCat Local service that will allow your library to customize as a solution for local discovery and delivery services. WorldCat Local interoperates with locally maintained services like circulation, resource sharing and resolution to full text to present a locally branded interface to your patrons. Attend this session to learn how this new service works and to see the beta being run at the University of Washington Libraries.

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, at no cost to you, 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.


August 21, 2007

Authority Control Workshop Scheduled for October 4

Entry Categories: Training  

Libraries use authority control to manage the names, uniform titles, series, and subject headings in their catalogs. Participants in this workshop will learn what authority control is and why it is needed, how to read a MARC authority record, how to use OCLC's authority file, and how to keep headings in their local systems up-to-date. Subject heading authority control will focus on the Library of Congress Subject Headings.

For more information and to register go to:


August 22, 2007

WebJunction Rural In Focus Webinar

Entry Categories: OCLC News   Tech Notes   Training  

Join WebJunction on August 23, 12:00 noon MT/ 1:00 pm CT for their next FREE, one-hour Rural In Focus webinar, You can do it! Practical techniques for supporting public computing.

How are your peers meeting the challenges of providing access to public computers? Pooling resources, developing technology plans, and staff training are three things that can help. In this month’s Rural In Focus webinar, we will take a look at The Joy of Computing Cookbook for small and rural libraries at The Maintain IT Project.

Join a lively discussion around best practices that will include three of the libraries who contributed to the cookbook. Bring your success stories as well as your nightmares, and let’s find solutions together!

WebJunction's monthly Rural In Focus webinars are presented via Live Space, WebJunction's web conferencing service.

Find information on joining the webinar and see archives of past webinars at Rural In Focus.


August 27, 2007

What is it? -- Authorized Genre and Form Headings

Entry Categories: Cataloging  

After much discussion, the Library of Congress will finally start issuing authority records for genre/form headings in September. Since the MARC 655 tag, "Index Term--Genre/Form," was introduced in 1995, catalogers have used a number of sources for headings, the two most common being Library of Congress Subject Headings and Guidelines on Subject Access to Individual Works of Fiction, Drama, Etc. (better known as GSAFD). However, catalogers have long asked for authority records for headings specifically meant to designate what an item is instead of what it is about.

OCLC will start receiving the new authority records to load after September 11. Some of you may have noticed the new authority searching option, "Genre," in the Connexion 2.0 release.

In addition to the authority records, LC has also drafted a new instruction sheet (H 1913) for Subject Cataloging Manual: Subject Headings. These first instructions cover assignment of genre and form headings to moving images specifically and provide examples such as "Survival television programs." Instruction sheets for assigning genre and form headings to other subject areas will follow later.

For more details and a copy of the draft instruction sheet, see the LC news release: Genre/Form Authority Records.


August 30, 2007

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

Entry Categories: NEBASE  

Join us for the NEBASE Annual Meeting West in Scottsbluff on Thursday, October 4th at the Harms Advanced Technology Center.

This year's meeting theme is: Do you know where your patrons are? Exploring new spaces at your library!

Topics for this year's meeting include:

  • Gaming in the Library
  • Teen Spaces
  • Instant Messaging: Trends & Practice
  • Web Junction: Resource for Rural Libraries

A gaming room will be available throughout the meeting.

All library staff and media specialists are invited to attend. We hope to see you in Scottsbluff on October 4th.

You can view the agenda and register online.



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