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April 21, 2008

New WorldCat Collection Analysis Scenarios Available

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Reference   Training  

Two new OCLC WorldCat Collection Analysis Best Practices scenarios are now available.

Annual Collection Review shows how to use WorldCat Collection Analysis to make and support informed decisions on which titles to retain, weed, and acquire as a result of an annual collection review.

Introduction to Using Excel® provides a brief introduction to some of the more common actions within Microsoft Excel®, and is designed to help those who are unfamiliar with Excel® gain familiarity with working with spreadsheets.

These scenarios are available from the WCA Documentation page.


WorldCat Resource Sharing Per-Page Printing Redesigned

Entry Categories: Resource Sharing  

On April 13, a newly redesigned two-per-page printing .PDF layout for the OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing service was made available.

A group of librarians and network representatives worked closely with OCLC and helped determine that left justifying all the information except the patron information would allow for easy reading and consistency of style between the one and two per-page layout.

The printouts will also always display the following fields whether or not the information was present in the request:

  • Call number
  • Shipped date
  • Lending charges
  • Returned date

If patron information is present, the bibliographic information wraps to another line, and the patron data appears to the right of the first line of bibliographic information. A vertical line separates the different information. If there is no patron information, the bibliographic information will extend across the page. OCLC hopes this new layout will greatly improve the usability of the two-per-page printout.

See a [obsolete link removed] sample .PDF of two-per-page printout from the pending file of one of OCLC’s testing sites.


WorldCat now contains more than 100 million bibliographic records

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

On April 1, a record for the 1950s publication from the U.S. Fisheries Laboratory, Miscellaneous Contributions, marked the 100 millionth bibliographic record entered into WorldCat. The record was part of a retrospective conversion project for the University of Washington Libraries.

In the past, WorldCat millionth bibliographic records were easily recognized by an OCLC record number that ended in zeros. Over the past year, additional types of records have been added to WorldCat, including article-level citations available in and Institution Records reflecting an institution’s edited version of a bibliographic record. Both of these types of records are assigned OCLC numbers from the same numbering sequence applied to master bibliographic records. As a result, OCLC has developed a process that continuously monitors the total number of master bibliographic records in WorldCat. This process was used to determine which master bibliographic record was the 100 millionth.

The WorldCat database continues to grow at an extraordinary rate. Libraries added 18.7 million records to WorldCat in 2007 compared with 9.3 million in 2006 and 4.7 million in 2005.

Learn more about WorldCat


Visual Thesaurus Trial Available

Entry Categories: Discounts   E-Resources  

TH!NKMAP is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to their product, Visual Thesaurus through May 17, 2008.

Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative display encourages exploration and learning. You'll understand language in a powerful new way.

Visual Thesaurus is delivered via the Internet. There is nothing to download or install, simply access the web site. Visual Thesaurus will be available to all students and staff when purchased and access is available from any Internet connection, at the library, school or at home. It can be used with a white board or by an individual at their desk. Visual Thesaurus pronounces words, translates into 5 languages and searches across your other databases, making it a valuable reference tool. Lesson plans are also included for grades K2-12.

Contact Susan Knisely for the trial URL that was sent out on the TRIAL mailing list on April 21st if you would like to view the resource.


April 22, 2008

New NetLibrary webinar now available: Getting to Success with eBooks

Entry Categories: E-Resources   Training  

You and your library staff are invited to attend a FREE, 60-minute web-based session for an overview and demonstration of NetLibrary and how users can get the most from your library's eBook collection.

Topics will include: getting started, creating end-user accounts, searching for titles, copying and pasting text, printing pages, adding notes, saving titles to a favorites list, plus other features and functions. The session will also review the essential resources available to help your users access NetLibrary eBooks with ease.

If your library is new to using NetLibrary, has experienced a recent staff change, or simply needs a refresher on end-user features, this session is right for you!

This interactive session is delivered live, over the web and via teleconference, by an OCLC Implementation Specialist. This session also provides a great opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion with other library participants.

Register today!

New Online Demos Now Available

Five self-paced demonstrations give the users perspective on how to access NetLibrary, create a user account, search and view eBooks, plus download and transfer eAudiobooks, all with ease. For added convenience, these demos can be linked directly from your library's website.

View Demos


April 28, 2008

View YouTube video of OCLC Symposium at ALA Midwinter

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

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

View the 8-minute YouTube video:

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.


OCLC eSerials Holdings Service Free Webinar

Entry Categories: Cataloging  

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

Join OCLC on May 1, at 1:00pm Central Time for a live, FREE Web session on the OCLC eSerials Holdings service and see 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.


April 29, 2008

Network Services Announces EBSCO Trials, Explores Interest in Group Purchasing

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Nebraska libraries are already eligible for discounts on EBSCO databases when ordering through the Nebraska Library Commission. Now, EBSCO and NLC wants to see if there is interest among individual libraries in banding together to achieve additional savings through group purchases.

Possible scenarios might include a group of public libraries interested in subscribing to MasterFile Premier, Consumer Health Complete, or NoveList Plus. Or a group of K12 school libraries interested in Points of View Reference Center, Student Research Center, or Kids Search. Or a group of community colleges interested in Associates Programs Source Plus.

To facilitate the possible formation of groups, EBSCO is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to a long list of products through June 30, 2008. If you’ve had an interest in subscribing to EBSCO products in the past but haven’t been able to afford them, please take some time to look again at databases of interest.

Also, please take time to talk to colleagues at other libraries to see if you have some common interests. We will be soliciting feedback during the trial, but don’t feel like you have to wait for us to ask – if you know what you are interested in already, please let us know so we can start exploring options.

Databases available as part of this trial include:

  • Literary Reference Center
  • Points of View
  • Nursing Reference Center
  • Consumer Health Complete
  • Auto Repair Reference Center
  • Home Improvement Reference Center
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center
  • NoveList Plus
  • NoveList K-8 Plus
  • EBSCO Eldercare
  • Student Research Center - High School & Middle School
  • Kids Search - Middle & Elementary School
  • Academic Search Complete
  • Business Source Complete
  • Regional Business News
  • Literary Reference Center
  • SocINDEX with Full Text
  • Associates Programs Source Plus
  • Computers & Applied Sciences Complete
  • Environment Complete
  • Education Research Complete
  • SPORTSDiscus with Full Text
  • MasterFILE Premier
  • History Reference Center
  • Science Reference Center

Trial access information was distributed via an April 24, 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 send an email to databases.


Statewide Open Source ILS Symposium Moved to Bellevue University

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Resource Sharing   Technical Services  

We have moved the Statewide Open Source ILS Symposium, scheduled for Thursday, May 22, to Bellevue University in order to accommodate the overwhelming number of registrations.

We invite all Nebraska library staff interested in learning more about open source ILS solutions for libraries to attend the meeting. This new venue will allow more to attend, so please go ahead and register for the event.

This day-long learning opportunity will feature presentations from vendors that support open source solutions for libraries, as well as librarians who are currently responsible for the implementation of shared open source catalogs. It should be a great opportunity to ask questions and explore possibilities!

Speakers will include:

• Bob Molyneaux, Vice President, Business Development, Equinox
• Josh Ferraro, CEO & Marc Roberson, Vice President, Library Partners, LibLime
• Elizabeth McKinney de Garcia, PINES Program Director, Georgia Public Library Service
• Ruth Dukelow, Associate Director, Michigan Library Consortium (MLC)
• Kathy Rippel, Pathfinder Central Manager, Central Kansas Library System

A detailed agenda and link to the online registration form are available online.

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to email Susan Knisely or Shannon White or call us at 800-307-2665.

We hope to see you on May 22nd at Bellevue University!



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