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February 1, 2008

OCLC Connexion client upgrade warning

Entry Categories: Cataloging  

**NOTE** If you use the Web-based Connexion browser interface or you are a CatExpress user, you can ignore this message. This message applies only to users of the Windows-based Connexion client software.

Connexion client versions 1.70, 1.72 and 2.00 will be discontinued on April 1, 2008. Connexion client versions 1.70, 1.72 and 2.00 users will receive an upgrade warning message each time they start the client software. This warning will continue to display each time you start version 1.70, 1.72 or 2.00 software until you upgrade to version 2.10. Until April 1, you can bypass this warning and continuing using client version 1.70, 1.72 or 2.00. As of April 1, you will not be able to log on with Connexion client version 1.70, 1.72 and 2.00.

To verify your version number, go to Help, About OCLC Connexion Client. For more information about client 2.10 and to download the software, please see the Recent Enhancements webpage.


February 4, 2008

NetLibrary announces distribution agreements with 21 international partners

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

New publishers expand NetLibrary catalog with thousands of new titles covering a broad range of critical subject areas worldwide

NetLibrary, OCLC’s platform for eContent, has announced agreements with 21 leading publishers that will add thousands of new eBooks and eAudiobooks to NetLibrary’s growing catalog of more than 160,000 titles. With increasing worldwide demand for electronic content, NetLibrary continually enhances its catalog by partnering with preeminent publishers of scholarly, trade, STM and reference content.

The new publisher partners are: A&C Black, Alcazar AudioWorks, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., The Chinese University Press, Cyan Communications, Ltd., Éditions MultiMondes, Electronic & Database Publishing, Inc., Encyclopedia Britannica, Freeway Guides, Garnet Publishing and Ithaca Press, Harriman House, The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Kensington Books, Kinokuniya, Mason Crest Publishing, Matrix Audio, an imprint of Summersdale Publishers, Ltd., Oasis Audio, Pensoft Publishers, The Peterson Institute for International Economics and PrePublishing.

View news release


February 5, 2008

OCLC Symposium at ALA Midwinter

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

View a webcast of the OCLC Symposium at ALA Midwinter, as well as one for the OCLC Update Breakfast

More than 400 people attended the symposium, New Leadership for New Challenges, which explored how both individual and institutional leadership has an impact on the success of libraries.

Featured speakers were Leslie Crutchfield, Managing Director of Ashoka and co-author of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, and Dr. Rush Miller, Hillman University Librarian, University of Pittsburgh and co-author of Beyond Survival: Managing Academic Libraries in Transition.

About 500 people attended the OCLC Update Breakfast, where Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO, reported on OCLC’s current activities and strategic directions.

Presentations from the ALCTS Forum: Moving Library Services to the Network Level are also available for viewing.

View the webcasts and presentations


February 6, 2008

Taylor & Francis Offers Trial Access to Routledge / Europa Social Science Databases

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Throughout February 2008 Taylor & Francis Group is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to the following Routledge and Europa Social Science databases:

  • Europa World Plus
  • Europa World of Learning Online
  • Europa International Who's Who Online
  • IISS Armed Conflict Database
  • The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online
  • Routledge Politics & International Relations Resource
  • Routledge Religion Resource

Database descriptions and access information are available on our Database Trial Fact Sheet.

Nebraska librarian, please email Susan if you need the trial username and password or if you are interested in pricing.


Computers in Libraries 2008 Conference Discount

Entry Categories: Discounts  

The Nebraska Library Commission/NEBASE is offering a group discount to all Nebraska librarians who attend the Computers in Libraries 2008 conference. The conference is planned for April 7-9, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA. Detailed information about the conference can be found on the conference web page .

The price of the conference with the discount is $219.00 for the three-day event (April 7-9, 2008). This is more than a 50 percent savings off the regular price. No discount rates are available for the pre- or post-conference seminars and workshops.

In addition, discount prices of $99.00 on the Internet@Schools East conference and $219.00 for the combo of Internet@Schools East and Computers in Libraries general conference are also available.

To register for the conference, print off and complete the [obsolete link removed] CIL 2008 Registration Form. Mail the completed form to Sue Biltoft at the address below. Payment must accompany your registration form. Please make checks or money orders payable to Information Today, Inc. To receive the discount your registration MUST be sent to the Nebraska Library Commission. Completed registration forms must be received by February 22, 2008.

Sue Biltoft
Nebraska Library Commission
1200 N St., Suite 120
Lincoln, NE 68508-2023
Phone: 402-471-4009 or 800-307-2665


February 8, 2008

CONTENTdm - February'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 February are The Jack Rabin Collection on Alabama Civil Rights and Southern Activists, Missouri Valley Special Collections Digital Gallery, and African Americans Seen Through the Eyes of the Newsreel Cameraman.

Included in the collection information below is a link to each organization’s record in the OCLC WorldCat Registry. OCLC’s WorldCat Registry allows libraries worldwide to manage and organize their data for vendors and third parties by creating and maintaining a comprehensive institutional profile in a single, Web-accessible location.

The Jack Rabin Collection on Alabama Civil Rights and Southern Activists
Pennsylvania State University Libraries
This collection is a compact but highly complex, multi-layered compilation of documents, sound recordings, and visual images. It includes copies of records of the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA), many hours of oral history of the renowned civil liberties lawyer Clifford Durr, an undated filmed interview of Stokely Carmichael, 450 black-and-white photographs created by the Subversive Unit of the Investigative and Identification Division of the Alabama Department of Public Safety, and surveillance tapes preserving speeches made by leaders of the civil rights movement.

Missouri Valley Special Collections Digital Gallery
Kansas City Public Library
The Missouri Valley Special Collections (MVSC), which came into existence in 1960, consist of the non-circulating local history and genealogy resources of the Kansas City Public Library as well as the Library’s archives. Over 11,000 images of archival material such as letters, photographs, postcards, advertising cards, and maps were migrated from a former SQL-designed online database to the new CONTENTdm Missouri Valley Special Collections Digital Gallery.

African Americans Seen Through the Eyes of the Newsreel Cameraman
University of South Carolina-Thomas Cooper Library
African Americans Seen Through the Eyes of the Newsreel Cameraman is an exhibition of films from the Newsfilm Library's Fox Movietone News Collection. From 1919 to 1963 the Fox News and Fox Movietone News camera crews covered the people and events of the country and the world. The resulting images-most of which still exist as camera negatives in the Newsfilm Library-provide an unparalleled opportunity to glimpse the world through their eyes.

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.


February 12, 2008

Local Holdings Offline Product Announcement

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Resource Sharing  

The OCLC Local Holdings Offline Product is now available.

The OCLC Local Holdings Offline Product (LHOP) replaces the old SULOP (“Serials Union List Offline Product”) used for many years by OCLC members participating in the old union listing system (now migrated to Local Holdings Maintenance).

Individual libraries can order a tab delimited file of all of the local holdings they currently have in WorldCat from the online order form on the OCLC website. Once produced, the tab delimited file will be available for download from the Product Services Web and can be imported into a spreadsheet package. If your library has more than 20,000 local holdings records, multiple files will be provided with up to 20,000 records in each file. There is no charge for this report.

A Quick Reference guide is available and covers the order process, how to download the file, and information on how to import the file into Microsoft Office Excel.

Below is a brief list of the data elements that will be included in the file.

From the bibliographic record:
OCLC Number
Title of Item from the bibliographic record (245 $a)
ISBN/ISSN (020 $a or 022 $a) - the data will be preceded by a label identifying it as either an ISSN or ISBN
Place of Publication (260 $a & $b)
BLvL - Code from the Bibliographic Level element in the bibliographic record
Form - Code from the Form of Item element in the bibliographic record
SrTp - Code from the Type of Serials element in the bibliographic record

From the Local Holdings record
LHR Summary - Note: There is only one summary per bibliographic per institution regardless of the number of LHRs that the library has attached to the bibliographic record. If a library has multiple LHRs attached to a single bibliographic record each LHR will appear on a separate row and the summary field will be repeated in each row.
LHR Leader – Note: Each element from the leader will be preceded by label that identifies the item. Data will always appear in the same column for all LHRs in the file.
LHR 007 – Codes from the Physical Description field.
LHR 008 - Codes from the Fixed-Length Data Elements General Information . The complete set of 32 characters from the 008 will be included.
For ease of sorting, in addition to being included in the complete 008 field, the Lending (008/20) & Reproduction (008/21) policy codes and the Date of report (008/26-31) will be broken out into separate columns.
LHR 852 (Location) – The field tag, indicators, and all subfields will be included as they appear in the LHR at the time the data was extracted. Subfield delimiters will appear as ‘$’
Holdings Information – Fields from the LHR that describe the library’s holdings including Electronic Location (856) and Holdings Data (853-878). Each field will be in a separate cell and will include the field tag, indicators, and all subfields from the field. Repeatable fields will appear in separate cells (for example if there are two 863 fields each 863 field will appear in a separate cell within the file). Subfield delimiters will appear as ‘$’ Position of the data will be dependent of the fields that are contained within the LHR.


February 13, 2008

FirstSearch and WorldCat Resource Sharing Now Support IE7

Entry Categories: Reference   Resource Sharing  

FirstSearch and WorldCat Resource Sharing now support both IE6 and IE7. OCLC has completed testing and all problems discovered have been resolved.

FirstSearch settings

However when using IE7 for FirstSearch, you will need to modify your pop-up settings. You can update the pop-up blocker so that wanted sites are listed as trusted sites. For FirstSearch, that would be the FirstSearch website and also RefWorks, if RefWorks is used for export.

To allow pop-ups from FirstSearch or from RefWorks (if you are using RefWorks for exporting records) the following changes are needed. In IE, go to: Tools / Popup Blocker / Popup Blocker Settings. Then in the area labeled Allowed Sites, enter * If RefWorks is being used, add * also.

Make sure the Require server verification (https:) for all sites in this zone is unchecked, otherwise you will get a warning Sites added to this zone must use the https:// prefix. If you get that message, uncheck the required server verification and enter * again.

Next click on Close and OK to exit the menu and close the browser. Now when you open your browser you will find export to RefWorks and other features work.

You may also found it useful to set your security option lower. See instructions below.

WorldCat Resource Sharing settings

For WorldCat Resource Sharing, you will need to modify your security settings in your browser and add as a trusted site. Below are complete instructions for changing the security settings in IE7.

For IE6 the default setting for “Security Level for this Zone” is LOW, so users of IE6 only need to complete the second task of adding as a trusted site.

First, close down all active applications (including Outlook, Word, and all instances of IE, etc.).

Open your browser.

Security settings for IE7

Select the following options:

  • Click on the TOOLS menu
  • Go to the SECURITY TAB
  • Click on the TRUSTED SITES icon
  • Change "Security Level for this Zone" to LOW with the Slider Bar (Default Level is Medium)
  • Next select the SITES button and add * to the trusted sites.
  • Make sure the “Require server verification (https:) for all sites in this zone” is UNCHECKED
  • If the box is checked when you enter * in the trusted sites, you will get a warning "Sites added to this zone must use the https:// prefix.” This prefix assures a secure connection."
    o Click on the OK button
    o UNCHECK the box
    o Add again.
  • Click on CLOSE
  • Click on OK to exit from menu
  • Close your browser
  • Open your browser

Adding * as a trusted site for IE7 and IE6

  • Click on the TOOLS menu
  • Open on the SECURITY tab
  • Click on the TRUSTED SITES icon (green)
  • Click on SITES button
  • Enter: * in the "Add this Web site to the zone" box
  • Unclick the server verification / https: requirement
  • Click ADD
  • Click OK to close the Trusted Sites window
  • Click OK to close Internet Options window

Continue your work.


WorldCat Collection Analysis for Public Libraries

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Resource Sharing   Technical Services  

OCLC WorldCat Collection Analysis now offers the features that matter most to public libraries!

Join Global Product Manager, Glenda Lammers, for an online demonstration of the new version of Collection Analysis designed for public libraries and similar institutions.

Glenda will show you how WorldCat Collection Analysis can help you make the most of your acquisitions budget with precise data that reveals the strengths and gaps in your collection.

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM Central Time

Register online


H.W. Wilson Retrospective Databases Trial and Promotion

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

The H.W. Wilson Company is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to the following databases through March 31, 2008:

  • Applied Science & Technology Index Retrospective: 1913-1983
  • Applied Science & Technology Full Text
  • Business Periodicals Index Retrospective: 1913-1982 - New!
  • Wilson Business Full Text
  • Applied Science & Business Periodicals Retrospective: 1913-1983
  • Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1905-1982
  • Book Review Digest Plus

Trial Access Instructions:

  1. Go to
  2. The *first* time you go to this site you will need to register. Click on the “First Time Users Register” button at the top of the page.
  3. On subsequent visits click on the “Already Registered” button at the top of the page.
  4. When prompted, enter the email address you used when you registered, then you will be logged into a WilsonWeb account that provides access to the trial databases. These databases are listed at the top of the screen. Check the box to the left of the database you want to search.

Wilson is offering a special 10% discount for their retro databases for new orders submitted by March 25, 2008.

Pricing for these databases is available upon request. If you request pricing, please include your population served, FTE, or enrollment.


February 15, 2008

OCLC unveils global Web site: The world’s libraries. Connected.

Entry Categories: OCLC News is a consolidated Web presence that brings together sites for every geographic region OCLC serves, providing a single access point for global and regional information about OCLC.

The new site went live February 11 and is another step in an ongoing process of change that OCLC is going through to serve libraries as a global cooperative with a global strategy and global focus.


Visitors to arrive at a new global gateway where they can select their preferred regional site and language. One of the goals of the new site is to bring together and integrate all regional Web sites for OCLC, making them consistent in design and architecture. The content at each regional site is localized and translated for that location.

The regional sites available are:

Asia Pacific
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East
United Kingdom and Ireland
United States

OCLC welcomes your feedback on the new design and its usability. You’ll find a feedback link at the bottom of the home page enabling you to send comments to


H.W. Wilson Promotional Pricing

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

The H.W. Wilson Company is currently offering promotional pricing on a number of their databases. To receive the promotional pricing, libraries must submit their orders to the Nebraska Library Commission by March 25, 2008.

Discounts are available on the following:

  • Art Gallery and Art Full Text Package
  • Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus and Current Issues: In Health
  • All Retrospective databases
  • Core Collection Packages (Community Colleges & Public Libraries)

Small two- and four-year colleges with fewer than 2,000 FTE are also being offered 25% off the table rate for site license access to all databases except the retrospective databases.

For more details see the Nebraska Library Commission Wilson Distributorship page

To request a price quote please email Susan Knisely


February 19, 2008

NEBASE Hour for March: OCLC Online Service Center

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for March 2008 is "OCLC Online Service Center".

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 March 2008: OCLC Online Service Center

March 5, 2008- 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: March 3

The OCLC Online Service Center is the convenient way for you to purchase various OCLC products and services and manage your OCLC account information. The Web-based Online Service Center was designed to save you time and effort, which in turn saves your library money. Attend this session to learn how to use this secure, Web-based tool to order OCLC products and services as well as view, update and manage your OCLC account information.

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


February 21, 2008

OCLC eSerials Holdings Service Free Webinar

Entry Categories: Cataloging   E-Resources  

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

Join OCLC on February 28, at 2:30 Central Time for a live, FREE Web session on the OCLC eSerials Holdings service. Linda Gabel, eSerials Holdings Service Product Manager, will 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 for the Web session.

For more information, visit the eSerials Web site.


February 25, 2008

Basic Cataloging Certificates Awarded

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Technical Services   Training  

Congratulations go to Sheryl Williams and Peggy Smith Finch, both at University of Nebraska Medical Center. They are the first two people to complete the requirements for the Basic Certificate in the Nebraska Library Commission’s Cataloging Certificate Program.

To receive a Basic Certificate, participants must complete the workshop “Understanding MARC 21 Bibliographic Records” and four additional approved cataloging workshops. An Advanced Certificate is available for the next step. For more information, see Cataloging Certificate Program.


February 26, 2008

OCLC Members Council discusses innovation in libraries, governance of the worldwide cooperative

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

OCLC Members Council met February 10-12 in Dublin, Ohio, to explore innovative ideas for new services, opportunities that global members and cultural heritage institutions bring to the collaborative, and discuss new possibilities for governance of the world’s largest library cooperative.

Under the leadership of OCLC Members Council President Sandy Yee, Dean of Libraries, Wayne State University (MLC), Council heard from a variety of speakers in plenary sessions offering ideas in library and information science innovation, and met in small groups to discuss ideas and topics of particular interest to delegates. Among the featured speakers:

  • Joe Branin, University Librarian, The Ohio State University, opened the General Session with a brief virtual tour of The Ohio State University Main Library, which is in the ninth year of a 10-year, $109 million renovation project.
  • Carol Mandel, Dean of Libraries, New York University, discussed findings of a study focused on defining a library research environment in her presentation, “Defining a 21st Century Library for Faculty and Graduate Student Research.” The study was conducted with the assistance of Katzenbach Partners, LLC (KPL) in 2006.
  • George Bishop, Director, Ovid-Elsie Area Schools Information Center, provided his vision of OCLC global resource sharing from the perspective of a small school library in rural Michigan.

The Members Council Executive Committee allowed time during the meeting for delegates to hear a variety of short presentations promoting innovative ideas, including:

  • “Libraries and Low-Cost Laptops for Learners Worldwide,” by Beth Barlow, Chief Librarian, Surrey Public Library, British Columbia (OCLC Canada)
  • “Pumping Up Automated Cataloging,” by Migell Acosta, Head, ILS Operations, County of Los Angeles Public Library (OCLC Western)
  • “Web Learning Integration and Community E-spaces for Libraries,” by Lynn Wiley, Head of Acquisitions and Coordinator for Technical Services, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Main Library (ILLINET)

View the full report


February 29, 2008

Put OCLC on your PLA schedule

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

Are you going to the Public Library Association 12th National Conference March 25-29 in Minneapolis, Minnesota?

If so, plan to put OCLC on your schedule by registering to attend any of the 17 special sessions OCLC has planned, including the popular OCLC Update Breakfast with President Jay Jordan and sessions on WorldCat discovery and social networking tools that your library can use.

And make sure you visit OCLC booth 617 to see OCLC eContent and digitization services, including NetLibrary eBooks and eAudiobooks and CONTENTdm, as well as the program, which points Web searchers to resources owned by your library. To help plan your time, a complete list of OCLC events is available online.

Register for OCLC PLA events


OCLC Connexion Client End of Life

Entry Categories: Cataloging  

If you use the Web-based Connexion browser interface or you are a CatExpress user, you can ignore this message. This message applies only to users of the Windows-based Connexion client software.

The end of life date for Connexion client versions 1.70, 1.72 and 2.00 is April 1, 2008.

Starting on April 1, you will no longer be able to log on with version 1.70, 1.72 or 2.00. If you still have version 1.70, 1.72 or 2.00 on your machine, you are seeing the upgrade warning when you start the client now.

Please upgrade to version 2.10 at your earliest convenience.

If you have version 1.70 or 1.72 on your machine, upgrade directly to version 2.10. You can upgrade to version 2.10 without installing the intermediate versions on your machine. OCLC suggests that you uninstall the previous version of the client before installing version 2.10.

For more information about installation and to download the software



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