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September 4, 2007

H.W. Wilson Announces New Database: Current Issues in Health

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

This September the H.W. Wilson Company plans to unveil Current Issues in Health, a new database modeled after the winning format and editorial approach of their Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus product.

Current Issues in Health will offer thorough information, in collections of articles hand-picked by Wilson editors. The database will encourage independent exploration and provide updated information, in new and related articles from thousands of publications.

This practical resource is designed to meet educational and research needs at public, school, and college libraries-including the needs of vocational students preparing for careers in health care.

Highlights will include:

  • More than 50 topics to start, with 20 added to the database each year

  • Some 30 full text articles per topic, hand-picked by Wilson editors to ensure thorough, unbiased coverage

  • Features a wide range of leading sources, from peer-reviewed journals to popular newsstand magazines

  • Links to primary sources and helpful web sites enhance topic coverage

  • PDF page images deliver all the illustrations, charts, graphs, and other graphical content essential to research

  • Links to automatic WilsonWeb searches expand on and update each topic

You can learn more about this database on the Wilson web site, and in the near future you will be able to sign up for a free trial.

Discounted pricing will be available to libraries ordering this database through the Nebraska Library Commission. For a price quote please email Susan Knisely or call 800-307-2665 or 402-471-3849.


H.W. Wilson Announces New Database: Graphic Novels Core Collection

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

The H.W. Wilson Company is pleased to announce a new addition to their Core Collection product line: Graphic Novels Core Collection.

Graphic Novels Core Collection, which is scheduled for release in fall 2007, will feature approximately 2,000 recommended titles with descriptive and evaluative annotations, plus cover art. Highlights will include:

  • Searchable by author, title, subject, genre, and grade level.
  • Annotations include brief descriptions, review excerpts and awards the title has won.
  • Entries link to additional review excerpts from Wilson’s Book Review Digest Plus database.
  • Ratings by age appropriateness are strictly applied.
  • Cover art delivers important insights into the suitability of each novel.
  • Search simultaneously with other Wilson Core Collections or other Wilson databases, including Readers’ Guide.

In the near future you will be able to sign up for a free trial of Graphic Novels Core Collection.

Network discounts are available to libraries ordering through the Nebraska Library Commission. For a price quote please email Susan Knisely or call 800-307-2665 or 402-471-3849.


September 11, 2007

New Playaway Titles Have Been Added For September

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.


Second WorldCat Local pilot site released

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

The Peninsula Library System (PLS), a consortium of 34 public and community college libraries throughout San Mateo County, California, has released its WorldCat Local pilot site.

All 34 PLS library branches participated in the pilot.

WorldCat Local is a new service that allows you to configure as a solution for local discovery and delivery services. 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.

The URLs listed below represent the 11 PLS Web sites (several PLS libraries have multiple branches):

The University of Washington Libraries were the first to pilot WorldCat Local.

Learn more about OCLC's WorldCat Local.


September 12, 2007

CONTENTdm - September'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 September are the University of Louisville Libraries Digital Collections, Showgirls, and the Performance Practice Review.

University of Louisville Libraries Digital Collections
University of Louisville Libraries
The University of Louisville Digital Collections include rare and unique images, documents, and oral histories from our archives, special collections, and other campus units.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
No other icon epitomizes Las Vegas like the showgirl. Drawing on the UNLV Libraries unique collections of costume design drawings, illustrations, and photographs this digital collection documents the history of the Las Vegas show and its producers from the nightclub dance lines in the modest showrooms of the early hotels to the high-tech amphitheaters of today's Strip. .

Performance Practice Review
Claremont Colleges
Performance Practice Review is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of Western musical performance practices. It originally was published bi-annually from 1988 to 1997, with Roland Jackson serving as Editor. All issues existing in print will appear on this site. Contributions from 2006 onward will be published exclusively online, on a continuous basis. Libraries have permission to include links to the Performance Practice Review home page in their online catalogues.

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.


September 13, 2007

Nebraska Libraries Offered Trial Access to Facts on File Databases

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Facts On File Inc. is offering Nebraska libraries free trial access to the following 14 online databases through October 15, 2007:

  • American History Online
  • Modern World History Online
  • Ancient & Medieval History Online
  • African American History Online
  • American Indian History Online
  • American Women's History Online
  • Bloom's Literary Reference Online
  • Curriculum Resource Center
  • Curriculum Resource Center Junior Edition
  • Science Online
  • Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
  • The World Atlas
  • Health Reference Center
  • Personal & Business Forms

Trial Dates: September 10, 2007 through October 15, 2007

Trial URL:

The trial username and password were distributed via a September 10, 2007 message to the Trial mailing list. If you are a Nebraska librarian and you did not receive this information or you need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan.

Pricing: Facts On File has indicated they will offer Nebraska libraries a 15% discount through December 31, 2007. This discount offer is available to new subscribers only. Price quotes are available from Susan upon request.


September 20, 2007

Special Event on Optimizing Technical Services Workflow

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Technical Services   Training  

NEBASE members are invited to attend an exciting workshop being offered by the Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC).

"From Selection to Access: Optimizing the Collections/Technical Services Workflow" will be held in St. Louis on October 17, 2007. The workshop is being presented by R2 Consulting, a company that specializes in library workflow analysis and implementing change.

In this session R2 Consulting staff, Rick Lugg and Matt Barnes, will discuss:

  • Coping with smaller technical services staffs, continuing budget pressures, and demand for electronic resources
  • Rethinking current operations and viewing the technical services workflow in its entirety
  • Applying a business approach to productivity and throughput

R2 has worked with many libraries and vendors to analyze workflows and data flows, and has developed principles, methods, and tools that lead to improved performance. The session will include examples drawn from R2's experience, practical advice, and techniques for analyzing your institution's workflow.

To find out more about this session or to register online, please visit MLNC's Workshops webpage.


Discounts Available on Cambridge University Press Databases

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announce the addition of Cambridge University Press databases to our discount purchasing program. Cambridge UP Is offering Nebraska libraries a 15% discount off list price on the following databases when purchased through the Nebraska Library Commission:

Some of these products are available as annual subscriptions, while others are available as a one-time-purchase with a minimal annual maintenance fee. Brief descriptions of all these products can be found on our Cambridge University Press pricing page.

Trials: Trials are available upon request and will be set up using IP authentication. To request a trial please email Susan Knisely with the names of the products you are interested in, as well as your institution's IP address/range.

Pricing: Pricing is also available upon request. To request a price quote please email Susan Knisely with the names of the products you are interested in, as well as your FTE or population served.

Subscription Term: January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008

Order Deadline: December 15, 2008 for a January 1, 2008 start date. (Prorated mid-term subscriptions are also available.)

To place an order, print off, fill out, and return the Cambridge University Press Purchase Agreement available via a link on our Cambridge University Press pricing page.


September 21, 2007

NEBASE Hour for October: OCLC Language Sets: Prepare for the Multilingual World

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for October 2007 is "OCLC Language Sets: Prepare for the Multilingual World".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services. PLEASE NOTE: Due to scheduling conflicts, this NEBASE Hour is being held on the SECOND Wednesday of the month, not the first Wednesday of the month, when previous NEBASE Hours have been held.

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 October 2007: OCLC Language Sets: Prepare for the Multilingual World

October 10, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) Registration Deadline: October 8

OCLC Language Sets is an easy and inexpensive way to build your multilingual collections with fiction and non-fiction books, videos and DVDs. Language Sets offers pre-selected sets of current popular materials in 14 languages - Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Panjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese. The Custom Collection option lets you design a collection based on your library users’ specific needs.

You receive the most current and popular titles, full-level MARC records for each title, plus free shipping and cataloging. Your new holdings are added to the WorldCat database of shared records from libraries around the world, which means your users will be able to find library materials on the Web through familiar sites such as Yahoo! Search and Google. Language-specific posters and bookmarks are included to help you promote your non-English resources.

Libraries who wish to order Language Sets do not have to be members of OCLC. The sets are available to both OCLC member and nonmember libraries.

Attend this session to see an overview of Language Set content, delivery options, pricing and information about how you can create your own custom collections.

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.


September 25, 2007

Save Extra on and Ulrich's Serials Analysis System through October 31, 2007

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

NEBASE and Serials Solutions are offering a 10% introductory discount for new and Ulrich's Serials Analysis System subscriptions through October 31, 2007. This limited-time promotional discount is in addition to the 15% NEBASE discount available to all members for any Serials Solutions product. You can learn more about either Ulrich's service by registering for a September or October free webinar at or by visiting

Beyond the existing NEBASE member discount and this new, limited-time opportunity, members can also take advantage of Serials Solutions' other discount opportunities (multiple product, community college and others) for both and Ulrich's Serials Analysis System. The combination of all available discounts presents an opportunity for your library to recognize a significant amount of savings.

To request pricing or a preview for either Ulrich's service, please contact Don Litner via email or call either (866) 737-4257 ext. 1064 or (248) 207-0384.


September 26, 2007

Additional 20% Discount Available on Oxford Language Dictionaries Online Orders Placed Through October 31, 2007

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Oxford University Press is pleased to announce that their new Oxford Language Dictionaries Online is now available for trial and subscription!

Description: From September 2007, Oxford's high-quality language reference content in French, German, Spanish, and Italian, will be accessible online. The innovative Oxford Language Dictionaries Online features essential language resources never before available online - fully searchable, completely comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials that provide extra help with learning and using an expanding range of languages. For more information see

To celebrate its launch, Oxford UP is offering an additional 20% discount off OLDA orders placed through October 31, 2007. (Nebraska libraries ordering through the Nebraska Library Commission are already eligible for 25% off list price.) This additional discount applies to unlimited access subscriptions only. Concurrent user access subscriptions to the database are not eligible.

For pricing information see [obsolete link removed]

To sign up for a free 30-day trial: Fill out and submit the online form located at

You may also contact Susan Knisely directly to request a trial.



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

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