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March 4, 2008

Give the WorldCat Blog a try

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

Recently introduced, the WorldCat Blog is designed to be a fun spot to read about what’s happening on and to share cool ways that people are using the site in their libraries.

The team at is working on new social and Web 2.0 tools to allow you to make the most of all the resources WorldCat has to offer. They will be sharing these things with you in this blog and hope that you will share your ideas as well. They would love to get your thoughts along the way on how they’re doing and any lessons learned that you may want to share from your activities.

Check out the WorldCat Blog


Value Line Trial Available During March

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Value Line is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to their online investment research service through March 26, 2008.


Value Line is:

  • One of the largest independent research staffs of investment analysts and statisticians in the world.
  • Totally independent, objective and unbiased.
  • Research company that collects data and analyzes performance of approximately 8,000 stocks, 13,000 mutual funds, 80,000 options and other securities.
  • A company with 3/4 of a century of experience tracking, analyzing and ranking investments.
  • Best Known for The Value Line Investment Survey, one of the most widely read investment services in the world.
  • Critically acclaimed: "I don't know any other system that's as good." – Warren Buffett

Value Line publishes more than a dozen print and electronic products which are used by more than half-a-million investors for timely information on stocks, mutual funds, special situations, options and convertibles

Value Line is available online at

Trial access instructions were distributed via a March 4, 2008 message to the TRIAL mailing list. If you are a Nebraska librarian and you didn't receiving this information or need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely.


March 7, 2008

Workshops to be held at Chadron State College

Entry Categories: Training  

The following workshops have been scheduled at Reta King Library, Chadron State College:

May 20, 9am - 4pm: Welcome to the Social Web

May 21, 9am - 12pm: I Blog, You Blog, Weblog
May 21, 1pm - 4pm: RSS: A New Way of Communicating

May 22, 9am - 4pm: Introduction to Web Page Creation with XHTML

May 23, 9am - 4pm: Style Your Web Site with CSS

For more information and to register go to the Nebraska Library Commission
Training Portal and click on the date of the class or search by a key word in the title.


March 11, 2008

User-created lists on now available as RSS feeds

Entry Categories: OCLC News users can now share lists of items and subscribe to others’ lists from anywhere on the Web: public WorldCat lists are available as RSS feeds that can be monitored using any RSS-capable service or software.

To subscribe to a list’s feed, users can view the list and click the RSS Feed button at the top right. The displayed “Subscribe to Feed” page provided by links to a variety of free Web services that can monitor RSS feeds, including personalized home pages at Google and Yahoo!.

If your library has created one or more WorldCat lists to promote a specific set of resources - recently-added books or videos, staff recommendations or local authors - a number of methods enable display of a list directly on your Web site, with your updates to the list reflected in real time via its RSS feed.

Other recently installed enhancements:

  • The Refine Your Search and advanced search features of now let users limit search results to a specific format within broader categories, such as book, visual material and sound recording.
  • A WorldCat list exported to HTML from the list’s Citations View now includes hyperlinks for each item back to

Learn more


March 12, 2008

NEBASE Hour for April: OCLC Online Service Center

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Training  

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

Please note that this is a rescheduling of the March NEBASE Hour, which was canceled due to illness.

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 April 2008: OCLC Online Service Center

April 2, 2008- 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: March 31

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.


March 14, 2008

CONTENTdm - March'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 March are JoCoHistory, The Cuban Historical and Literary Manuscript Collection, and Fons digitals de la Cartoteca de Catalunya.

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.

Johnson County Library
JoCoHistory is a joint project of museums, archives, libraries, and historical societies in Johnson County, Kansas. The database provides access to historic images related to the people, places, culture, and social groups of the area.

The Cuban Historical and Literary Manuscript Collection
University of Miami
Comprised of original manuscripts dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries, this collection includes books, slavery sales, property documents, and correspondence. Highlights include a journal of events from March to August 1762 of the British expedition in Cuba under the command of Earl Albermarle and Sir George Peacock; a May 12, 1895 letter from Cuban patriots José Martí and General Máximo Gómez clarifying military orders to General Jesús Rabí during the Cuban War of Independence; and the manuscript of the renowned 19th century Cuban writer Nicolás Heredia's novel Leonela.

Fons digitals de la Cartoteca de Catalunya
Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya
The Map Library of Catalonia makes available to the general public more than 4,000 maps and photographs organized in thematic collections. You can find maps of Catalunya and also of the world starting at XVIth century to the present date.

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.


March 17, 2008

Facts on File Databases On Trial Through April 15, 2008

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announce that Facts on File is now offering Nebraska libraries trial access to the following resources:

  • Issues & Controversies - analyzes and explains hundreds of controversial topics, in a language and format that students can understand, with balance, accuracy, and regular updating.
  • Issues & Controversies in American History - leads students on in-depth explorations of the great issues in American History—issues such as religious freedom in the colonies, Civil War Reconstruction, and women's suffrage.
  • World News Digest - the complete archive of this publication of record back to 1940, which is updated every week and interconnected with related content from the other databases.
  • Today's Science - Students from middle school through college have turned to Today's Science since 1992 to find authoritative yet accessible information on the latest developments in science. Today's Science bridges the gap between textbooks and what's happening in science now.
  • Bloom's Literary Reference Online - Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.
  • Science Online - Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.
  • Health Reference Center - Provides clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body.
  • Ferguson's Career Guidance Center - Provides detailed profiles of more than 3,300 jobs and 94 industries, invaluable advice on career skills, more than 48,000 resource entries, and much more!
  • American History Online - Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience.
  • African-American History Online - Provides expansive and in-depth information on the people, events, and topics important to the study of African-American history.
  • American Indian History Online - Offers thorough access to more than 15,000 years of Native American culture, history, and heritage.
  • American Women's History Online - Covers the important people, events, legislation, and issues relevant to the study of women's history in the United States.
  • Modern World History Online - Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history from mid-15th century to the present.
  • Ancient and Medieval History Online - Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia.
  • World Atlas - Combines detailed, printable, full-color maps of countries, provinces, and states with up-to-date statistical and local information.
  • Curriculum Resource Center: Junior Edition - Provides a library of printable teacher-handout material and other content geared for elementary-level students.
  • Curriculum Resource Center - Provides a library of printable teacher-handout material for the middle school, high school, and junior college curriculum.

Trial access instructions were distributed via a March 17, 2008 message to the TRIAL mailing list. If you did not receive this information or would like to have it sent to you again, please email Databases.

These databases are available to purchase at a discount through the Nebraska Library Commission. For a price quote contact the Network Services Department at 800-307-2665 or email Databases. Please be prepared to provide your population served, FTE, or student enrollment. For more information or to order, see our Facts on File page.

** As an added bonus, Facts on File is offering Nebraska libraries an additional 5% discount off the already discounted NLC price if orders are submitted by May 15, 2008.

If you have questions about the databases, please feel free to contact Louise Hayden, Sales Manager, at or 800-322-8755 ext. 4613.

If you have technical problems, please contact Jamaal Thompson at or 800-322-8755 ext. 4274.


March 18, 2008

OCLC Local Holdings documentation updated

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Resource Sharing  

A new edition of OCLC’s Local Holdings Primer is now available. Titled A Holdings Primer: Principles & Standards for Local Holdings Records, it replaces the earlier edition, Primer: MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data.

The latest edition of the Primer is updated throughout and includes examples of holdings records. The Primer also contains exercises to help familiarize you with the concepts and practices involved with maintaining and using local holdings records in your library.


1. Introduction
2. Z39.71
3. MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data (MFHD)
4. Batchloading of Holdings Records
5. Examples of Holdings Records
6. Exercise Answer Key
7. Glossary

The Local Holdings Primer is available online.

You may also obtain a printed copy at no charge by sending an e-mail request to In your e-mail, please request Product Code REF1111.


March 25, 2008

Columbia University Press Spring Database Trials

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Columbia University Press is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to the following databases this spring:

Database Descriptions:

  • Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.

    Together with 400,000 pages of scholarly work and 10 years later, CIAO remains the leader in providing the greatest peer-reviewed texts relating to international affairs and is proud to announce its partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit. CIAO now posts country data on 203 countries, detailed maps, and the political and economic background, structure, and outlook.

  • Columbia Granger's World of Poetry continues to provide an authoritative reference for anthologized poetry, over 450,000 citations in all. With the launch of our redesigned resource, we now provide over 250,000 full text poems, 1,000 poem commentaries, 600 glossary terms, approximately 500 poet biographies, and full-text of 14 essential Columbia University Press titles of poetry history and criticism. An extensively rebuilt advanced search engine envisions searching beyond the usual author, title, words in poem and subject by also supporting searching by gender, language, nationality, poem form, schools and movements, era, and nationality.

    Assemble your own anthology using MyGranger’s, a search result save. Share with friends or create coursework assignments both in and out of the classroom. Our audio room features poetry being read by noted contemporary poets, such as Paul Muldoon. Our innovative split screen poem comparison lets users contrast poems -- translations, adaptations, parodies -- or any two poems side-by-side.

  • Columbia Earthscape is an all-inclusive aggregation of resources in the Earth and Environmental Sciences. Four sections of the compass provide the teacher, student, scientist, or decision-maker instant access to the tools you need to understand our planet. Lesson plans make it easy for your instructors to teach students what they need to know about our dynamic, changing planet!
  • Columbia Gazetteer of the World Online There is no other online global encyclopedia like the Gazetteer. Compiled by an editorial board of 150 leading scholars from all parts of the world, the Gazetteer includes coverage on: demography, physical geography, and political boundaries; industry, trade, and agriculture; cultural, historical, and archaeological points of interest; transportation lines, longitude, latitude, and elevations; distance to relevant places; official government place-names and changed or variant names and spelling. The Gazetteer encompasses a wide range of uses, from a quick reference tool to in-depth research resource.

    When we launch our redesigned site later this year, we will support searching by geographic coordinates, allow users to edit and sort their search results on screen, and download the results to excel and GIS-compatible GML for further data manipulation.

Trial Dates: March 24th through May 2nd

Trial URLs:

The trial login and password were distributed via a March 25 message to the TRIAL mailing list. If you did not receive this information or would like to have it sent to you again please send an email to databases.

Discounted pricing on Columbia University Press databases for the subscription term beginning July 1, 2008 and running through June 30, 2009 is also available on request. To request pricing please email databases.


March 26, 2008

What is Open Source? Online Sessions Scheduled

Entry Categories: Training  

The concept of Open Source is both simple and complex. Instead of the standard model of purchasing software and doing only what it allows you to do, open source software (OSS) is typically free and allows you to change it to fit your needs. However, as it has been said, OSS is not free as in beer, but free as in kittens. There may be no up-front costs, but that doesn’t mean there’s no costs in the long run. The costs are just different. In this session, Michael Sauers, the Nebraska Library Commission’s Technology Innovation Librarian will introduce you to the concepts behind open source, give examples of some of the most influential OSS packages being used today, and discuss why libraries should be paying attention to this model.

Sessions have been scheduled on April 22, 10:00am - 10:30am and April 28, 2:00pm - 2:30pm. To register for one of the sessions go to the Nebraska Library Commission's Training Portal and search on open source.


March 28, 2008

Nebraska Librarians Invited to Evaluate Vault Online Career Library

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Vault Inc. is offering Nebraska librarians and media specialists an opportunity to evaluate their Vault Online Career Library, which features:

  • 68 Vault Career Guidebooks
  • 3,000+ Company Profiles
  • 50 GOLD Company Profiles customizable to your local area
  • Internship Database
  • Access to the Vault Message Boards
  • Insider College Admissions Reports
  • 1,100+ Career Advice Articles
  • Sample resumes and cover letters, and interview tips
  • Industry and occupational research


  • Insider Information: Vault surveys thousands of professionals every year to get the inside scoop on companies and industries.
  • Access: Reach more patrons effortlessly. Your users can access the content 24/7 from any computer with internet access, and you are allowed unlimited concurrent users.
  • Customization: We give the Online Career Library the look and feel of your site, including the logo and navigation tools.
  • Trusted Content: The Online Career Library is used at over 900 subscribing institutions. The Online Career Library has a 96% subscription renewal rate.
  • Quick & Painless: Vault does all the work. We build and host the Online Career Library–you just post the link on your site to give your patrons access.
  • Tracking: Upon your request, Vault provides statistics monitoring usage. This way you ensure a return on your investment.

To view a Vault Video Tutorial go to:

The Vault Online Career Library is available via a confidential URL. To request this URL, please email Databases [Please note that this demonstration site is for use by library and media center staff and should not be opened up to general cardholders or students.]

If you have questions about this product, account executive Christopher Domenick, who made this demonstration site available to us, has indicated he would be happy to be contacted directly. You can reach him at 212-366-4212, ext. 282 or email


Introducing the eAudiobook Blackstone Collection

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

OCLC NetLibrary announces a new eAudiobook subscription collection featuring best-selling fiction, history, mysteries, movie tie-ins, science fiction, children’s literature, classics and more read by award-winning narrators.

The eAudiobook Blackstone Collection is now available to libraries as an annual subscription with unlimited simultaneous user access. The collection consists of 1,800 eAudiobook titles with approximately 15 to 25 new titles added each month at no additional cost.

Learn more about NetLibrary eAudiobooks Subscription Programs


March 31, 2008

Trial Opportunity: My Library DV (Downloadable Video)

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Nebraska librarians are being offered a chance to try out downloadable video via Recorded Books' My Library DV Service.

My Library DV is a downloadable broadband database that is provided by Recorded Books. My Library DV allows patrons to choose from over 600 videos. Patrons download videos to their computers and then can watch movies on both their computer or TV. The cost of a one year subscription to My Library DV is determined by the library's circulation.

In August, Recorded Books launched Hollywood Favorites/World Cinema. Hollywood Favorites has over 500 movies and TV programs. This is an additional program to My Library DV, and is priced in addition to MLDV. The cost for Hollywood Favorites/World Cinema is also determined by a library's circulation.

If you are interested in learning more about these offerings, please take a look at the [obsolete link removed] MLDV Brocure (PDF 827 KB) and the [obsolete link removed] Premium Movie Title List (PDF 1 MB). You may also wish to take a look at the My Library DV demo website:

If you decide you would like to take this service for a trial run, please contact Jim Keating of Recorded Books at 317-844-9313 or for a temporary password.



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