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December 1, 2008

Wilson Graphic Novels Core Collection Trial

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

H.W. Wilson is offering Nebraska librarians a two-week trial of their Graphic Novels Core Collection database. The trial is scheduled to begin December 1, 2008 and end December 15, . 2008

Database Description: The growing popularity of this literary form makes it an increasingly important part of your school or public library. Graphic Novels Core Collection highlights approximately 2,000 recommended titles with descriptive and evaluative annotations, plus cover art.

  • Annotations include review excerpts and awards the title has won.
  • All titles are searchable by author, title, subject, genre, and grade level.
  • Standards for rating material by age appropriateness are strictly applied.
  • Featured cover art delivers important insights into the suitability of each novel.

For more information see H.W. Wilson Graphic Novels Core Collection.

Trial URL: (be sure to bookmark this page so you can return to the trial)

Trial Registration: The first time you go to this site you will need to click on the “30-second Registration” button and register. On subsequent visits you will want to click on the “Already Registered” button and login with the email address your registered with.

Pricing information is available from Susan Knisely upon request.


December 4, 2008

CONTENTdm - December's Featured Collections

Entry Categories: Digitization & Preservation  

Organizations worldwide are using CONTENTdm® Digital Collection Management Software to create thousands of outstanding digital collections and to provide easy access to their unique holdings.

This month, four collections from the CONTENTdm Collection of Collections are featured on the CONTENTdm Web site. The featured collections for December are a Historic Sheet Music Digital Collection, the Bear River Watershed Historical Collection, the Charles Pitcher Spooner California Stereograph Collection and the Veterans History Project.

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.

Historic Sheet Music Digital Collection
University of Iowa
This collection creates a snapshot of the music Eastern Iowans played and sang in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Much of the music was originally housed at the Cedar Rapids Public Library and then dispersed to area colleges and universities upon its withdrawal from that library. Included in this digital collection are a number of songs about Iowa, such as "Way Down in Iowa," "Iowa Corn Song," and "I'm From Iowa (That Beautiful Iowa Song)."

Bear River Watershed Historical Collection
Utah State University
The Bear River Watershed’s geography, history, and development are the primary focus of this collection of images, maps, papers, diaries, plat books, and reports. Includes photos of the Bear River taken from 1860s to the 1990s, records of local irrigation companies, diaries that record weather conditions, research on the societal impact of reclamation development in the Bear River Basin, and more.

Charles Pitcher Spooner California Stereograph Collection
University of the Pacific
This collection consists of stereographs taken by John Pitcher Spooner in California between approximately 1875 and 1905. Most of the photos are of Stockton and include downtown businesses and buildings, private homes, local farms, the Stockton Rural Cemetery, and the California State Hospital and Insane Asylum.

Veterans History Project
Grand Valley State University
The Library of Congress established the Veterans History Project in 2001 to collect memories, accounts, and documents of U.S. war veterans and related civilians. This digital collection contains interviews conducted by the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) History Department that document the experiences of local veterans.

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.


December 9, 2008

New OCLC user guide available....Authorities: Format and Indexes

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Technical Services  

Authorities: Format and Indexes provides details on selected topics that catalogers need to identify and verify information in bibliographic and/or authority records via the OCLC authority file.

Authorities: Format and Indexes
contains detailed authorities-related information that can assist the following library staff:

  • Fully authorized NACO (Name Authority Cooperative Program) participants who lock, edit, and replace master records, and add new records.
  • Cataloging users at NACO institutions who lock and edit master records prior to verification by authorized NACO users at their institution.
  • Cataloging users at non-NACO institutions who edit and save authority records locally and verify names and titles when updating and/or enhancing WorldCat™ bibliographic records.
  • Public services, reference, resource sharing, and acquisitions staff who verify names and titles for local use or for interlibrary loan.
This new 62 page user guide supersedes the former Authorities User Guide.

It is available online in both HTML and PDF formats.


NetLibrary Introduces New Media Center

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

OCLC has released the new NetLibrary Media Center, a full-featured desktop application that allows library patrons to easily search, manage, transfer and listen to eAudiobooks from their local library. The free software application allows users to connect to NetLibrary, and then download and begin listening to eAudiobooks with just one click.

The Media Center combines familiar user functions available from NetLibrary’s Web-based platform to browse, search and check out materials, and adds enhanced features and functionality—such as a full-feature audio player; seamless download to a portable listening device; a new, feature-rich, easy-to-use interface; and desktop access to a library’s entire eAudiobook collection—for a superior user experience.

In order to provide users with access to the Media Center, libraries will need to complete a Media Center Activation Request and return to NetLibrary.

OCLC will continue to accept activation request forms through December 31, 2008. As of December 19th, 2008, librarians will be able to turn the NetLibrary Media Center on themselves through the Library Resource Center (LRC). Instructions on how librarians can activate the NetLibrary Media Center through the LRC will be communicated to you as the date approaches.

About the Media Center

System Requirements

Online Demo

Updated eAudiobooks User Guide

Media Center Brochure


December 10, 2008

New NetLibrary Offer - SOLINET/NLC Shared Collection VIII

Entry Categories: Discounts   E-Resources  

In cooperation with NetLibrary and SOLINET, the Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announce the launch of the 2008 NetLibrary Shared Collection VIII!

About the 2008 Shared Collection VIII: The 8th Shared Collection opened in November 2008. 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 in 2009, depending on member participation.

For more information about this collection, including pricing and ordering instructions, go to our 2008 NetLibrary Shared Collection VIII 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.


December 18, 2008

Put OCLC on your ALA Midwinter schedule, January 23-28

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

Are you attending the American Library Association Midwinter meeting in Denver, Colorado on January 23-28? If so, plan to put OCLC on your ALA Midwinter schedule.

Register online today and get the latest information on OCLC services and programs. A variety of special events are planned, including the OCLC Update Breakfast and the OCLC Symposium on how the Web can change how we think and learn, entitled From Linking to Thinking—How We’ll Live When Information Surrounds Us.

In addition, OCLC will be demonstrating and discussing many OCLC services in booth #1704 at the Colorado Convention Center.

Register for OCLC ALA Midwinter conference activities



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