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May 1, 2008

NEBASE Hour for May: Loads of Options: OCLC Batch Processing

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for May 2008 is "Loads of Options: OCLC Batch Processing".

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 May 2008: Loads of Options: OCLC Batch Processing

May 7, 2008 - 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: May 6

Do you need to bring your holdings up-to-date in WorldCat? Would you like to make your collection more visible - increasing user access and circulation of materials? Do you have a backlog or special cataloging project that needs to be added to WorldCat? Would you like to save time and money, and free your staff up for other projects?

Whether you want to add holdings to WorldCat for the first time or keep your collection information up to date, OCLC Batch Processing helps you add large numbers of holdings and records to WorldCat more efficiently. Use it to maintain your holdings and receive MARC records offline.

Attend this session to learn about all of the Batch Processing options and how to get started with your own project.

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.


May 6, 2008

OCLC Programs and Research offers online PARcasts

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

The first in a new series of podcasts and webinars from Programs and Research staff, PARcasts, is now available on the OCLC Web site.

The podcasts are recorded impromptu interviews in which Programs and Research staff ask industry thought leaders “What’s keeping you awake at night?”.

In the first podcast, RLG Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt interviews RLG Program Partner Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress, about The Value of Physical Artifacts in an Increasingly Virtual World.

The webinars are recorded online presentations that cover topics such as the latest RLG Programs work agenda updates, reports or project findings. Participation in live webinars is available exclusively to RLG Programs partners as a benefit of partnership, but recordings are made available on the PARcast Web page for the benefit of all.

The recording of the first webinar, Out of the Stacks and onto the Desktop: Rethinking Assumptions about Access and Digitization, with RLG Program Officers Ricky Erway and Jennifer Schaffner, is also available online.

Check out the OCLC PARcasts.

See what OCLC Research is up to.

Learn more about RLG Programs.


Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with Language Sets

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Discounts  

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with 20% off selected Language Sets.

Offer ends soon!

Act by May 31, 2008, to take advantage of this special offer.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and OCLC is celebrating it with a 20% discount on selected titles available through our Language Sets service. Please mention promo code LS0805. This offer is valid through May 31, 2008.

  • 20% off Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese 25-title sets
  • 20% off Cultural Heritage sets for China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam
  • Save 4% on all sets ordered by June 30th

To order visit the Language Sets ordering page. For questions about ordering Language Sets, please e-mail, or call 800-848-5878 ext. 5096.

OCLC Language Sets are a fast way to build multilingual collections, making it easy and affordable to serve your culturally diverse community and reach out to a whole new group of users.

View a 10-minute self-guided presentation about Language Sets.

Learn more about Language Sets


CONTENTdm - May'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 May are Empire Period Drama, Student Art in the Library, and Gerald Warner Taiwan Image Collection.

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.

Empire Period Drama
University of Warwick Library
This collection contains 65 French plays from the Napoleonic Empire period in French history, 1800-1815. The collection was created by the University of Warwick Library and is taken from the Marandet Collection of 18th and 19th century French drama held in the University Library's special collections. All the plays in the collection are full-text searchable.

Student Art in the Library
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
This collection showcases two-dimensional artwork by IPFW students. Pieces are entered in a faculty-judged competition, with the winners and other selected pieces then shown in a semester-long exhibition in Walter E. Helmke Library. The first exhibition was held Spring 2007.

Gerald Warner Taiwan Image Collection
Lafayette College
The Gerald Warner Taiwan Image Collection is a photographic record of a US consul's impressions of urban and rural life in Taiwan under Japanese colonial rule. Totaling 340 photographs and postcards gathered by Warner between August 26, 1937 and March 8, 1941, these images provide a snapshot of Taiwan's hybrid culture of Chinese, Taiwanese, Austronesian, and Japanese influences.

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.


May 19, 2008

Put OCLC on your ALA Annual schedule, June 27-30

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

Register online today for OCLC events and meetings at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, including the popular WebJunction member reception, the OCLC Update Breakfast and a symposium on The Mashed-Up Library.

OCLC Symposium: The Mashed-Up Library - Friday, June 27 - 1:30 - 4:30pm

Developing new library services can now mean mixing data and functionality from several sources into “mash-ups” to provide a unique and powerful user experience. Some librarians have discovered how to use Web applications to adapt or create new services. Others are investigating this trend and looking for further guidance. Still others have found creative ways to deliver traditional programs to new populations.

Join our keynote speaker, Michael Schrage, author of Shared Minds—The New Technologies of Collaboration and columnist for CIO and MIT’s Technology Review, and our panel of three librarians who have developed their own mash-ups. We’ll hear from:

  • Susan Gibbons, Associate Dean, Public Services & Collection Development, University of Rochester (NY) River Campus Libraries
  • David Lee King, Digital Branch & Services Manager, Topeka & Shawnee County (KS) Public Library
  • Mary Beth Sancomb-Moran, Librarian, University of Minnesota, Rochester

New for ALA Annual 2008: Take the WorldCat Challenge!

This game lets you demonstrate your WorldCat searching skills. Contestants will be selected from random drawings at six qualifying rounds at OCLC Booth 1448 and at two OCLC events - check the OCLC ALA website for the designated events.

All contestants will receive a WorldCat t-shirt; winners of qualifying rounds will also win an ALA Store gift certificate and will be invited back to OCLC Booth 1448 for the final challenge round at 4:00 pm, Monday, June 30. The champion will win a video iPod!

More than 40 special OCLC sessions and meetings are planned. Register online for OCLC events


May 20, 2008

Database Roadshow 2008

Entry Categories: Training  

We are shaking up the Database Roadshow again. This year we are dividing the Database Roadshow into two parts. This means you can choose to attend one or both parts.

Part 1
will be held in the morning and cover eLibrary. Part 2 will be held in the afternoon and cover Books In Print and FictionConnection.

As in past years we will cover a variety of features in each database and provide participants with time for hands-on practice. With the Roadshow divided into two parts now you can choose to register for one or both parts. This also allows participants the ability to attend Part 1 in one location and Part 2 in another location.

Don’t forget if you want to attend both sessions you will need to register twice!

For more information and to register, click on the Roadshow you wish to attend:

July 9 - Western Community College, Sidney
Part 1: eLibrary

Part 2: BIP and FictionConnection

July 16 - Wayne State College
Part 1: eLibrary

Part 2: BIP and FictionConnection

August 8 - ESU 1o, Kearney
Part 1: eLibrary

Part 2: BIP and FictionConnection

August 20 - Metropolitan Community College - Elkhorn Campus
Part 1: eLibrary

Part 2: BIP and FictionConnection

August 27 - Nebraska Library Commission
Part 1: eLibrary

Part 2: BIP and FictionConnection


OCLC and Google to exchange data, link digitized books to WorldCat

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

OCLC and Google Inc. have signed an agreement to exchange data that will facilitate the discovery of library collections through Google search services.

Under terms of the agreement, OCLC member libraries participating in the Google Book Search™ program, which makes the full text of more than one million books searchable, may share their WorldCat-derived MARC records with Google to better facilitate discovery of library collections through Google. Google will link from Google Book Search to, which will drive traffic to library OPACs and other library services. Google will share data and links to digitized books with OCLC, which will make it possible for OCLC to represent the digitized collections of OCLC member libraries in WorldCat.

View the news release


May 21, 2008

Save on CONTENTdm Hosting Services

Entry Categories: Digitization & Preservation   Discounts  

Are you thinking of purchasing CONTENTdm® or upgrading your license so you can provide Web access to your digital collections quickly and easily?

Would you like OCLC to manage your CONTENTdm installation instead of running it on your local server?

Then you need OCLC CONTENTdm Hosting Services. CONTENTdm Hosting Services offer operational support and reliability at an affordable price.

Now through June 15, 2008, you can save on CONTENTdm Hosting Services with a license purchase or upgrade.

If your institution purchases a new CONTENTdm license or upgrades to a higher-level license, OCLC will waive the Level 1 CONTENTdm annual hosting service fee for the first year only. And if you elect either the CONTENTdm Hosting Service Level 2 or Level 3 with your license purchase or upgrade, we will deduct the Level 1 fee from the Level 2 or 3 charge.

Learn more about this offer

For assistance, contact OCLC at


May 23, 2008

Rating and review features updated on

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

Full-featured ratings and reviews are now available on Web users who use WorldCat to find materials in libraries near them and around the world can:

  • Quickly rate items on a five-star scale
  • Create and save drafts of review
  • Write a review in their preferred language

Users viewing their profile (My WorldCat > My Profile) now see links to reviews they have published as well as draft reviews they are still working on. To read others’ opinions, they follow the link to posted reviews right below the five-star rating utility on an item’s detailed record.

Reviews from additional sources will be available on soon. Write a quick review of your favorite movie, book or article today---on its detailed record, look for the “Review this item” link under the section titled “Add to It.”

Also new: Cover art added to lists

You have seen full-color cover art on WorldCat detailed records. Now covers are also available on user-created lists. Covers bring the titles on lists of library-owned items to life, and help users locate materials at a glance.

Public and private lists are available in three different views:

  • Details and Notes, with small cover art and list management
  • Covers Only, with large cover art
  • Citations, with no art and printing or exporting of bibliographic citations

If you haven’t created a list, check out other users’ lists with cover art and then sign in to start your own!

Search WorldCat lists

Sign in and make your own list


New technical bulletin available: OCLC-MARC Format Update 2008

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Technical Services  

Technical Bulletin 255: OCLC-MARC Format Update 2008 describes the changes to OCLC-MARC records based on:

  • MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data Update 7
  • MARC 21 Format for Authority Data Update 7
  • MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data Update 7
  • MARC Code List Technical Notices
  • Comments and requests from OCLC users and staff
  • Changes derived from ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee announcements

This technical bulletin is currently available in PDF format. It will also be available in HTML format in the near future.

Complete list of current Technical Bulletins


May 28, 2008

OCLC Members Council approves new governance structure

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

DUBLIN, Ohio, May 27, 2008 - OCLC has adopted a new governance structure designed to extend participation in the cooperative to an increasing number of libraries and cultural heritage institutions around the world.

On May 20, the OCLC Members Council approved changes to the Articles of Incorporation and Code of Regulations that had been recommended by the Board of Trustees. The changes will transform the current Members Council into a Global Council that connects with Regional Councils around the world.

Members Council also elected two delegates to six-year terms on the OCLC Board of Trustees: Tony Ferguson, University Librarian, University of Hong Kong Libraries; and Sandy Yee, Dean of Libraries, Wayne State University, and outgoing OCLC Members Council President.

The new Global Council will replace the Members Council in a transition that is expected to take 12-18 months and will be coordinated between representatives of the 2008-2009 Members Council and the Board of Trustees.

Read the full News Release



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