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October 5, 2007

CONTENTdm - October'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 October are the CSUDH Digital Collections, Singin' Sam, the Barbasol Man, and the Great Basin History of Medicine Photo Archives.

CSUDH Digital Collections
California State University Dominguez Hills
CSUDH Digital Collections contain images relating to the history of the university, the 1910 Los Angeles International Air Meet at Dominguez Field, the historic Rancho San Pedro, South Bay Los Angles history, and the Del Amo, Watson, Carson, and Dominguez families.

Singin' Sam, the Barbasol Man
Morrisson-Reeves Library
This online collection contains not only images from the career of Harry Frankel (1888-1948), better known as Singin' Sam the Barbasol Man, but includes audio and video files of some of his performances.

Great Basin History of Medicine Photo Archives
Claremont Colleges
The images in this collection represent a portion of over 7,000 photographs that relate to the University of Nevada School of Medicine; the Nevada State Medical Association and member societies; the Reno Surgical Society; 19th-century frontier military medicine in the Great Basin; and Nevada hospitals, doctors, nurses, dentists, and veterinarians.

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.


October 10, 2007

WilsonWeb Beta Testers Needed

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

H.W. Wilson is working on WilsonWeb 3.0 which is on course for a January ’08 release.  As part of this upcoming release the company is looking beta tester to provide their input. You can register to become a beta tester at:

WilsonWeb 3.0 will feature:

  • A Frameless Interface--for even faster loading, and better integration with your institution's website.

  • Enhanced Layout & Graphics: Clearer screens and more accessible tools, for quicker, more intuitive searching.

  • Navigational Improvements: New Full Text, Page Image, and Peer Reviewed tabs in results let you isolate those records at a click. In Full Display mode, you can now also choose between scrolling through results or clicking from record to record--navigating the way you find most comfortable.

  • Simplified Print, Email & Save functions: New buttons--Save This, Email This, and Print This--capture not just the citation, but also any available full text, saving a step. You can also use the Print Email Save button in the banner for simplified and complete functionality as well.

  • Simplified Search History screen allows you to more handily review, update, combine and organize saved searches, and receive new information on any search in email alerts.

  • Full text translations: Electronic conversion of articles into Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Korean.

  • Database Enhancements: New looks for Biography Reference Bank, Art Museum Image Gallery, Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus, and Current Issues in Health offer more immediate access to essential information, better navigation, and uggestions for related searches.

View WilsonWeb 3.0 sample screens at:


October 11, 2007

WebJunction Rural In Focus Webinar

Entry Categories: OCLC News   Training  

Join WebJunction on October 25, 12:00 noon MT/ 1:00 pm CT for their next FREE, one-hour Rural In Focus webinar, Bringing people together at the library: Rural Libraries as Place.

More and more people are accessing information and resources from home and work computers. Does that mean the physical library will go away? NO WAY! In this session we will talk about the evolving role of the physical library space. We will highlight innovative and interesting rural library examples. Join the Rural In Focus webinar facilitator, Brenda Hough, and guest presenter Cindi Hickey, Continuing Education Librarian and WebJunction Coordinator for the State Library of Kansas.

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

Find information on joining the webinar, and access to the archives of past webinars, at the Rural In Focus website.

And explore more Services to Rural & Small Libraries on WebJunction.


October 12, 2007

OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing Enhancements

Entry Categories: Resource Sharing  

Install date: October 7, 2007

For the October install the following changes have been made to WorldCat Resource Sharing:

  • There is a new reason for no, within the drop down menu. “Not licensed to fill” should be used when the lending library does own the item but due to contractual obligations are unable to fill (e.g. electronic resources).
  • When a lender replies to a request with “Not found as cited” as the reason for no, the request will be returned as Unfilled for the borrower to remedy the citation. It no longer will be routed to any additional lenders.
  • Users are able to print labels when individual requests are processed as well as through batch functionality (Aug. 2007).
  • The ability to view 20, 50, 75, or 99 request in a given category is persistent when users go from category to category
  • Users are able to search the archive with the closed date as the search guide.
  • Some users experienced not being able to update their records when the Shipped Via field an electronic delivery method was present as well as in the Electronic Delivery fields in the request form. This was due to an error in coding, and has been corrected.

See the WorldCat Resource Sharing Recent Enhancements webpage for details about Current, Future and Past WorldCat Resource Sharing enhancements.


NEBASE Hour for November: WebJunction: Resource for Rural Libraries

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for November 2007 is "WebJunction: Resource for Rural Libraries".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation 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 November 2007: WebJunction: Resource for Rural Libraries

November 7, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) Registration Deadline: November 5

WebJunction is an online community where library staff meet to share ideas, solve problems, take online courses - and have fun! If you have not looked at the offerings at Web Junction lately, it's time to take a look. WebJunction provides resources and training specifically for rural and small libraries covering advocacy, funding, outreach and technology. Attend this session to learn what your colleagues across the country are doing to bring library services to their rural and small communities.

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.


Serials Solutions Offers Additional Limited-Time Discounts

Entry Categories: Discounts   E-Resources  

As you begin to prepare for 2008, NEBASE is pleased to announce some limited-time discounts available from Serials Solutions. Through October 31st and December 15th, Serials Solutions is making it easier for you to have the e-resource access and management services you need and add to the NEBASE Serials Solutions 15% member discount.

  • Sign up for a new subscription to their basic service, Serials Solutions AMS, and you will benefit from a special introductory 20% discount. Deadline is December 15.
  • Sign up for a new subscription to a Serials Solutions 360 service and you will receive a 10% discount plus one month free service. Our 360 services include: 360 Search (federated search); 360 Link (OpenURL link resolver); 360 MARC Updates (OPAC updating service); 360 Resource Manager (ERM service). Deadline is October 31st.
  • Sign up for a new subscription to either one of the Ulrich’s online services, or Ulrich’s Serials Analysis System, prior to October 31, and you will benefit from a 10% discount. Deadline is October 31.

Since Serials Solutions employs a cumulative discount model and NEBASE offers members a 15% discount, the total savings can be nearly 25% to libraries for the 360 and Ulrich’s service limited time offers, and 32% for a new subscription to Serials Solutions AMS. Other discounts that can add up include multiple service and community college discounts. All the discounts add up!

For pricing specific to your institution, please contact Serials Solutions at or (866) 737-4257 ext. 5. To learn more about the services available through Serials Solutions, please visit or register for one of their free webinars at


65 New Playaway Titles added in October

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.


October 19, 2007

Call for Proposals: Library Assessment Conference

Entry Categories: Training  

Call for Proposals: Library Assessment Conference -- Deadline February 1, 2008

Library Assessment Conference
Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment

August 4-6, 2008
Seattle, Washington

October 2, 2007, Washington DC-The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the University of Virginia Library, the University of Washington Libraries, and the Conference Planning Committee are pleased to issue this call for proposals for the second Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Seattle, Washington, August 4-6, 2008. The conference goal is to support and nurture the library assessment community through a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers and posters, workshops, and engaging discussion.


The conference is designed for library and information professionals and researchers with responsibility for or an interest in the broad field of library assessment with an emphasis on (but not limited to) North American academic libraries.

Conference Topics

Conference presentations are sought in all areas of library assessment, including the following:

  • Digital libraries
  • Information resources & collections
  • Learning & teaching
  • Management information
  • Methods & tools
  • Organizational issues
  • Performance measurement & measures
  • Return on investment (ROI)
  • Services
  • Space planning & utilization
  • Usability
  • Usage & e-metrics
  • User needs
  • Value & impact

The Conference Planning Committee is especially interested in contributions that show how assessment results have been used to improve library services and add value to the user community.

Presentation Formats

Proposals are invited for presentations in a variety of formats, including papers, posters, and panel discussions. Presentation time for papers should be no more than 25 minutes. Panels will be given 50 minutes or less, including time for questions from the audience. Poster sessions are particularly welcome from attendees and specific time will be set aside for attendees to discuss posters with the presenters. The language of the conference is English (bilingual French/English or Spanish/English posters will also be accepted). Accepted proposals will be published in the conference proceedings, and all PowerPoint presentations will be posted on the conference Web site.

Proposal Submission Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures

1. All proposals will be submitted via the conference Web site.
2. Proposals will include a title, author(s), format, and abstract (maximum 500 words) describing the proposal.
3. Authors will provide a separate biographical statement (50 words).
4. The Conference Planning Committee will evaluate all proposals based on:
* their relevance to effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment;
* the significance of their contribution to the body of work associated with library assessment; and
* clarity of expression.
5. Proposals must be submitted by February 1, 2008.
6. Those submitting proposals will be notified of their status by March 15, 2008.
7. Presenters will be guaranteed a registration place and will be expected to pay registration fees.

Conference Planning Committee

Conference Co-Chairs

Steve Hiller, University of Washington
Martha Kyrillidou, Association of Research Libraries
Jim Self, University of Virginia

2008 Conference Planning Committee

Colleen Cook, Texas A&M University
Francine DeFranco, University of Connecticut
Margaret Martin Gardiner, University of Western Ontario
Debra Gilchrist, Pierce College
Irene Hoffman, OCLC
Kristina Justh, Association of Research Libraries
Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse University
Joan Stein, Carnegie Mellon University
Stephen Town, York University
Stephanie Wright, University of Washington

Additional Information

The conference Web site will provide complete information about the conference, including plenary and keynote speakers, workshops, registration, and accommodations.

For further information, please contact:

Kristina Justh
Statistics and Measurement Program
Association of Research Libraries
(202) 296-2296 office
(202) 872-0884 fax


October 23, 2007

OCLC announces a new global identity

Entry Categories: OCLC News  


OCLC, the world's largest library service and research organization, is uniting all offices under one name and visual brand identity to reflect a global enterprise with a unified strategy to serve libraries worldwide.

As a result, OCLC PICA, with offices in the Netherlands, Australia, France, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, will be known as OCLC. By bringing together all offices under one name and identity, libraries worldwide can benefit from OCLC membership, research and an expanded portfolio around a comprehensive set of products and services.

The OCLC organization is now uniquely positioned to provide libraries with services at the point of need. OCLC has continued to grow and attract new partners that have increased its resources and capabilities worldwide. Each organization that has joined OCLC has contributed distinctive competencies, vision and innovation to the global organization.

The new OCLC organization is represented by a new logo and brand identity. The new logo and brand identity will be integrated in OCLC communications - including a new, global Web site - throughout the end of the year.

View the full news release.


Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World explores social spaces online and the library’s role.

OCLC has released the third in a series of reports that scan the information landscape to provide data, analyses and opinions about users' behaviors and expectations in today's networked world.

The practice of using a social network to establish and enhance relationships based on some common ground - shared interests, related skills, or a common geographic location - is as old as human societies, but social networking has flourished due to the ease of connecting on the Web. This OCLC membership report explores this web of social participation and cooperation on the Internet and how it may impact the library’s role, including:

  • The use of social networking, social media, commercial and library services on the Web
  • How and what users and librarians share on the Web and their attitudes toward related privacy issues
  • Opinions on privacy online
  • Libraries’ current and future roles in social networking

OCLC commissioned Harris Interactive to administer the online surveys for the report. Over 6,100 respondents, ages 14 to 84, from Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, were surveyed. The surveys were conducted in English, German, French and Japanese. OCLC and Harris also surveyed 382 U.S. library directors.

Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World is available for download free of charge. Print copies of the 280-page report will also be available for purchase from the same site beginning October 29.


October 31, 2007

Serials Solutions Announces New 360 Counter Service

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Serials Solutions has announced a November launch of their 360 Counter e-resource assessment service, along with an opportunity for NEBASE members to take advantage of pre-release pricing through December 15.

360 Counter is the first service that enables you to assess usage in combination with costs so that you can make better decisions. It automates the workload associated with aggregating, manipulating, calculating, reporting and archiving usage data from Project COUNTER reports and your library's e-resource cost data.

To request product literature and library-specific pricing, please contact Serials Solutions by emailing Please remember to mention that you are a NEBASE member to ensure you receive quotes that reflect the special NEBASE prices available for all of Serials Solutions’ services.



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

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