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November 1, 2007

New NetLibrary Offer - SOLINET/NEBASE Shared Collection VII

Entry Categories: Discounts   E-Resources  

In cooperation with NetLibrary and SOLINET, the Nebraska Library Commission and NEBASE are pleased to announce the launch of the 2007 NetLibrary Shared Collection VII.

Public librarians: A special shared collection especially for public libraries is also under development. Details coming soon.

About the 2007 Shared Collection VII: The SOLINET 7th Shared Collection opened on October 30, 2007. Projected to include 2,500 to 3,000 titles, this collection continues the tradition of SOLINET regional shared purchasing of front list titles and post-2000 imprints newly available in electronic format. The collection is projected to include content from leading publishers such as McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press, AMACOM, Taylor & Francis, and university presses. Content will be available late in 2007 or early 2008, depending on member participation.


  • MARC record sets included in price.
  • No additional licensing for those who have completed eBook and Subscriber Agreements in connection with the 3rd Shared, 4th Shared, 5th Shared, 6th Shared, or unique collection purchases since 2003.
  • Reference Center functionality will be enabled for all participants, extending to their other Reference Center holdings as well.

The following features will also be available to subscribers:

  • Wide number of titles available from more than 325 publishers (see NetLibrary's TitleSelect for complete catalog). Please view the NetLibrary List of Publishers. Publishers not available for inclusion in the shared collections include ABC Clio, Columbia University Press, Gale, Harper Collins, Johns Hopkins University Press, and John Wiley. The following publishers require multiple licenses per title and will be added to the collection on a selective basis: Cambridge University Press, Taylor and Francis and their imprints, and Greenwood Press.
  • Available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week
  • Can be viewed 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 2007 NetLibrary Shared Collection VII 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.


November 5, 2007

Check your OCLC ILL Policies

Entry Categories: Resource Sharing  

Have you updated your OCLC Policies Directory?

As a WorldCat Resource Sharing member it’s important to keep your library’s Policies Directory entry current. We know it’s not always easy to remember the last time you updated this valuable information, so we’re providing a helpful reminder.

The next time you log on to the Policies Directory Web site or the WorldCat Resource Sharing staff view, a reminder window will ask you to choose one of three options:

  • Update your institution’s information, including policies and contacts
  • Receive another reminder in 30 days
  • Indicate that your institution’s policy information is already current and up-to-date
On November 12, this reminder window will begin to display for Resource Sharing institutions that have not updated their Policies Directory entries in 12 months or more. Once you’ve updated your directory information – or have indicated that your information is current – the reminder message will be automatically reset and will not display again for another year.

Remember, Resource Sharing works best when all of your Policy Directory information is accurate and up-to-date. If you haven’t updated your information recently, please take a moment and do so now.

To learn more about the Policies Directory, you can watch the recording of our April NEBASE Hour . The 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 this recorded session.

Instructions for entering your information into the ILL Policies Directory can also be found in the OCLC ILL Policies Directory Quick Reference card.

For assistance with changes to your ILL Policies Directory record, please contact NEBASE, 402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665, or OCLC Customer Support (CSD) at 1-800-848-5800 or


November 7, 2007

Highsmith Renews Discounts Available to Nebraska Libraries

Entry Categories: Discounts  

Highsmith recently agreed to renew the discount it offers to Nebraska libraries on products ordered from current Highsmith and Upstart catalogs. This discount, which is good through October 31, 2008, consists of:

  • 15% off current catalog price with a minimum order of $50.00 or more
  • Stock shipments will also qualify for free delivery
  • Shipping and handling will be added to non stock items.
Note: Not valid with other discounts, bids, 3M security products, Edupress, Mindsparks, Interact, Learning Well brands, sale catalogs, and orders already in progress. Additional charges for inside delivery, lift gate service, or prior notification may be added to the invoice.

Please reference discount number 89933 on any purchase orders to Highsmith. This will ensure that all discounts will apply.

Save time and place your order at Insert your discount number in the promotion code field and your discount will be applied automatically.

For additional information on this and other discounts on books and supplies available to Nebraska libraries, see our Discount Purchasing Program web page.


November 8, 2007

ILL Staff: Wish there were a way for you to go to ALA?

Entry Categories: Resource Sharing  

It's too late to be first, but it's not too late to be considered!

There's still time to send in an application for the RUSA STARS/Atlas Systems Mentoring award. This award is intended to help those of you new to resource sharing attend ALA and connect with a bunch of other resource sharing junkies. Where else are you going for find a couple of hundred people that can talk with enthusiasm about interlibrary loan, remote circ, document delivery and all the hardware/software that supports it?!

If you're new to resource sharing and you'd like to get more directly involved with that community do we have an award for you! Questions that come up are 'is it okay to nominate myself?' Absolutely! We EXPECT people new to resource sharing to nominate themselves. 'Do I have to have letters of support?' Not at all--we're happy to receive and consider them but we want to be as inclusive as possible. If you don't have anyone to ask for support don't worry about it. 'Does my library have to use ILLiad to be considered?' Nope. We love Atlas Systems for their support but the award is for ANY type of library and it system neutral. "what needs to be in the application?' there's no application form but we're most interested in knowing how you might use your time at ALA.

Here's the more official announcement...

Collette Mak

With a big thank you to Atlas Systems we're happy to invite applications for the STARS Atlas Mentoring award. This award will be made to one library practitioner who is new to the field of interlibrary loan/document delivery or electronic reserves, and who has daily, hands-on involvement in the areas of borrowing, lending, document delivery, electronic reserves, material delivery, or resource sharing.

This award is intended for persons from ALL types of libraries interested in a mentoring opportunity at ALA, and who have been in the profession for less than two years, or an individual who has recently accepted an interlibrary loan, resource sharing or electronic reserves position and has little or no experience in that area. M.L.S. or ALA membership is not required for this award.

Please feel free to nominate yourself! Preference will be given to individuals who evidence greatest need of this stipend for the purposes of professional development, networking, initial or continuing education, and service to their local community--we're interested in how you'd use your time at ALA.

For a full description of the award visit the RUSA STARS Awards page.

(the bread crumbs are, click on divisions, click on RUSA, click on STARS, click on awards)

The review process will begin December 1, 2007.

Nominations should be sent to Collette Mak
by email:
by ground: 6202 Morenci Trail, Indianapolis IN USA 46268


OCLC Members Council discusses innovation in creation, delivery of library services

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

OCLC Members Council met October 21-23 in Dublin, Ohio, to discuss innovative development and delivery of services to libraries worldwide.

Under the leadership of Members Council President Sandy Yee, Dean of Libraries, Wayne State University (MLC), delegates also provided input to an ongoing governance study, passed a resolution encouraging OCLC leadership to advance delivery of eContent to libraries, and met in small groups to discuss ideas and topics of particular interest to delegates.

Among the featured speakers with links to audio files of their presentations:

  • Stephen Abram, Vice President of Innovation at SirsiDynix: “Information 3.0—What’s Next?”
  • Meribah Mansfield, Director, Worthington Public Library: “Innovation at Worthington Public Library”
  • Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO: “OCLC President’s Report”
  • Karen Calhoun, OCLC Vice President, WorldCat & Metadata Services: “WorldCat and the Future of Bibliographic Control”
  • Sandy Yee, Dean of Libraries, Wayne State University, University Libraries: “Members Council President’s Report”
  • Larry Alford, Dean of University Libraries, Temple University: “OCLC Board of Trustees Report”

Listen to all presentations from audio files of the October 2007 Members Council meeting.

View the full report.


November 13, 2007

Building a non-English collection can be easy!

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Discounts   Technical Services  

Building a non-English collection has always been easy with OCLC Language Sets.

Now it’s even easier on your budget. Save 30% on Introductory Sets until December 31, 2007. Start a non-English book collection or add to your current one - and save 30%.

OCLC Language Sets are the fast way to build multilingual collections, making it easy and affordable to serve your culturally diverse community. And, 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.

What do I get with OCLC Language Sets?

  • High-quality, popular books
  • Complete MARC records
  • No shipping charges
  • Free promotional materials
  • Available in Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese

To learn more about OCLC Language Sets, you can watch the recording of our October NEBASE Hour, "OCLC Language Sets: Prepare for the Multilingual World". The 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 this recorded session.

How much will I save?

  • 25-title set of books - Original Price - $571 - Adult or Juvenile - With 30% Discount - $400
  • 50-title set of books - Original Price - $1,142 - Adult or mix of Adult and Juvenile - With 30% Discount - $800
  • 75-title set of books - Original Price - $1,714 - Adult or mix of Adult and Juvenile - With 30% Discount - $1200

Place your order today!

For more information on the Introductory and other available Language Sets, call OCLC Library Services at 1-800-898-6252, Option #7.


November 14, 2007

DEMCO Renews Discounts Available to Nebraska Libraries

Entry Categories: Discounts  

DEMCO recently agreed to renew the discount it offers to Nebraska libraries. Discounts are based on prices shown in DEMCO's annual catalog published each January. This discount, which is good through December 31, 2008, consists of:

  • 15% on library, office and technology supplies (consumables)
  • 15% on learning materials
  • 15% on furniture and equipment (non-consumables)
In order to ensure you receive your special discount, please indicate Discount # C87023 on all orders.

For additional information on this discount see the DEMCO section of our Discount Purchasing Program web page.


November 15, 2007

Serials Solutions Announces Year-End Special Pricing and 360 Counter Information

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Serials Solutions recently announced special year-end pricing available for new subscriptions to any of Serials Solutions’ e-resource access and management services and the limited-time special pricing available for Serials Solutions new 360 Counter e-resource assessment service.

Serials Solutions makes it easy for librarians to access, manage and assess your e-resources. Each of their services helps you optimize your electronic collection and helps your library be the best partner for research.

  • 360 Search - federated search service
  • 360 Link - OpenURL link resolver
  • 360 MARC Updates - OPAC updating service
  • 360 Resource Manager - e-resource access & management service
  • Serials Solutions AMS – basic e-journal access and management
  • - the first place to find magazines, journals and more
  • Ulrich's Serials Analysis System - the analytical and reporting toolkit for librarians

To learn how their 360 services and the Ulrich’s online services can help your library, please email them at or call (866) SERIALS ext. 5. They can send you literature on each service and also supply you with pricing specific for your library.

You can also take advantage of free webinars for each service, including several scheduled for their new 360 Counter e-resource assessment service, by visiting and registering for any session.


November 16, 2007

CONTENTdm - November'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 November are the Memòria Digital de Catalunya, AlabamaMosaic, and the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions.

Memòria Digital de Catalunya
Consorci de Biblioteques Universitries de Catalunya
Memòria Digital de Catalunya is a cooperative repository for preserving and compiling the Catalan Heritage. The Spanish language collections include journals, posters, naturalistic drawings, maps, stereo cards, magazines, and manuscripts, and photographs and focus on the cultural heritage of the Catalan region.

Auburn University Libraries and Troy University Library, Birmingham Public Library, Samford University Library, Jacksonville State University Library, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, University of Alabama and the University of South Alabama
AlabamaMosaic is a repository of digital materials on Alabama's history, culture, places, and people. Its purpose is to make unique historical treasures from Alabama's archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories electronically accessible to Alabama residents and to students, researchers, and the general public in other states and countries.

Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions
Marquette University Memorial Library
The Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions' Digital Collection provides access to one of Raynor Memorial Libraries' most important research collections. This collection of 1800 photographic images of Native Americans spans the years 1880-1950 and document more than 100 tribes in 38 states.

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.


November 27, 2007

Extra Savings on Oxford Islamic Studies Online Database

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Oxford University Press recently announced that its new Oxford Islamic Studies Online Database is now live. As previously publicized, Nebraska libraries that order this product through the Nebraska Library Commission are eligible for a 25% discount off list price.

As an added incentive to libraries to subscribe, Oxford University Press is offering libraries an additional 20% discount for the first year for orders placed by 12/31/2007. This additional discount is for the unlimited access subscription option only; concurrent access subscriptions are not eligible for the additional 20% off.

For pricing and a description, see [obsolete link removed]

Trials are available upon request.


November 28, 2007

Instant Messaging Trends & Practice Online Session

Entry Categories: Training  

Description: Instant messaging is becoming an increasingly popular way to communicate. In fact, in some environments and among some populations, it is surpassing email in popularity. What does this mean for libraries? During this presentation we will look at instant messaging trends in order to understand who uses IM, and for what purposes. We will also look at some of the ways libraries are implementing IM, and for those who are new to this communication technology we will cover the basics of setting up and using an IM account.

Instructor: Susan Knisely, Online Services Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission
Date and Time: January 16, 2008, 10 am – 11 am (Central Time)


NEBASE Hour for December: eSerials Holdings Service: Increase the Visibility of Your eSerials

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for December 2007 is "eSerials Holdings Service: Increase the Visibility of Your eSerials".

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 December 2007: eSerials Holdings Service: Increase the Visibility of Your eSerials

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

Tired of trying to maintain an ever-changing list of eSerials holdings? Looking for ways to automatically set and maintain your library’s eSerials holdings in WorldCat? The OCLC eSerials Holdings service has what you need!

Attend this session to learn 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

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.



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