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March 3, 2009

EBSCO Spring Database Trials

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

EBSCO Publishing is offering Nebraska K12, public, and academic libraries trial access to a number of databases this spring:

K12 Trial Databases:

  • Points of View

  • History Reference Center

  • Literary Reference Center

  • Science Reference Center

Public Library Trial Databases
  • Hobbies and Crafts

  • Consumer Health Complete


  • MasterFile

  • Multilingual

Academic Trial Databases
  • Associates Program Source Plus

  • Education Reference Center

  • Literary Reference Center

  • Political Science Complete

EBSCO Publishing is also offering trial access to during the same time period.

Trials will run from March 1, 2009 through April 30, 2009.

Trial access instructions were distributed via a March 3, 2009 message to the Trial mailing list. If you didn't receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely. Trial access instructions can only be sent to Nebraska library and media center personnel.

After libraries have had a chance to try out these databases we will solicit feedback in order to see if their is adequate interest to negotiate discounted pricing.


March 5, 2009

ProQuest Database Trials

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

ProQuest has agreed to offer Nebraska libraries trial access to the following four databases for the time period running from March 5, 2009 through April 3, 2009.


  • ProQuest Entrepreneurship - Search worldwide publications and multi-media related to the topic of Entrepreneurship. Intended to bridge theory with practice, the Entrepreneurship database covers a wide spectrum of resources useful to educators, researchers, students and practitioners. Content ranges from the scholarly - including journals, dissertations, working papers and conference proceedings - to a full toolkit of practical guides, templates, forms, sample business plans, and tips from successful entrepreneurs.
  • ProQuest Research Library - One of the most comprehensive databases available through the ProQuest online system, Research Library provides access to full-text journals across a wide range of subject areas, including business, education, literature, political science, and psychology. The database can be customized to meet the specific needs of many different types of libraries and information centers.
  • ProQuest Family Health - Search a collection of full-text magazines and journals covering numerous aspects of family health-from sports injuries to women's health, from food and nutrition to midwifery, from eye care to dentistry.
  • CultureGrams - Offers concise, reliable and up to date country reports on 204 cultures of the world, U.S. states, and Canadian provinces (2006), and more.

Trial URL:

Login information was originally distributed via a March 5, 2009 message to the Trial mailing list. If you are a Nebraska librarian or media specialist and you didn't receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely.


March 11, 2009

NEBASE Members to Transition to BCR

As announced previously, the Nebraska Library Commission’s NEBASE department will cease to exist as an OCLC network in July 2009. Under OCLC’s new Partner structure, OCLC member libraries may go to any OCLC partner or directly to OCLC for billing, ordering and training.

After talks with several OCLC networks, consultation with the NEBASE Advisory Council and much consideration, we have made the recommendation to transfer Nebraska OCLC libraries to BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) for the initial transition in billing, renewals and ordering. At any time after August 1st, libraries may request to be transferred to another OCLC Partner or go directly to OCLC.

BCR, founded in 1935 and headquartered in Aurora, Colorado, has been a provider of OCLC products and services since 1976 and will continue to be an OCLC Partner for billing, marketing and training. OCLC member libraries using BCR’s services currently are found in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. For more information about BCR, visit

Staff from Nebraska OCLC member libraries will be able to attend BCR’s OCLC training—online or in-person at any location—at BCR member pricing. Libraries may learn about OCLC training opportunities through BCR’s training calendar or through a new national training calendar that OCLC will host starting in July 2009.

Under the new Partner system, Nebraska OCLC member libraries will be billed for OCLC cataloging subscriptions, ILL subscriptions, etc., without any added network administrative or membership fees. Price quotes for the coming fiscal year will be issued next week.

NEBASE will continue to handle invoicing through the June 2009 activity (invoices sent in July). Renewals, ordering, training and technical support will continue through June 30, 2009. Effective with your July invoices (sent in August 2009), your invoices will come from BCR. As of July 1, 2009, all technical support calls should go directly to OCLC (1-800-848-5800) and BCR will provide billing support assistance.

The Nebraska Library Commission will continue to coordinate CatExpress and WebDewey group purchases. NLC will also continue to provide access to statewide database subscriptions through NebraskAccess. And NLC will continue to negotiate vendor discounts and purchasing of other electronic resources for Nebraska libraries individually or in groups.

If you have questions about the transition, please contact Christa Burns, 471-3107 or 800-307-2665, or Devra Dragos, 471-4335 or 800-307-2665.


March 17, 2009

Facts on File Database Trials

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Facts on File is offering Nebraska libraries free trial access to the following online databases beginning March 15, 2009 and running through April 15, 2009:

Reference Databases:

  • U.S. Government Online - Presents in-depth information on the structure and function of the U.S. government and its everyday role in the lives of citizens.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bloom’s Literary Reference Online - Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.
  • 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!
  • Curriculum Resource Center - Provides a library of printable teacher-handout material for the middle school, high school, and junior college curriculum.
  • Curriculum Resource Center: Junior Edition - Provides a library of printable teacher-handout material and other content geared for elementary-level students.

News Services Databases

  • World News Digest - Brings together and enhances nearly seven decades of news from the renowned Facts On File World News Digest in print.
  • Issues and Controversies - Explores more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture.
  • Issues and Controversies in American History - Builds a deeper understanding of how historical events have shaped our nation by exploring the key players and the battles they fought.
  • Today’s Science - Bridges the gap between the science that students learn in the classroom and the discoveries pushing the boundaries of science today.

Trial Dates: 3/15/2009-4/15/2009

Trial URL:

Login information was originally distributed via a March 16, 2009 message to the Trial mailing list. If you are a Nebraska librarian or media specialist and you didn't receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely.

Pricing: New subscribers are eligible for a 10% discount off list price when ordering through the Nebraska Library Commission. Pricing is available upon request.

Deadline: Orders placed by April 30, 2009 will receive an extra 5% discount.

Ordering: Fill out and send in the purchase agreement available on our Facts on File page.


Rand McNally Classroom Database Trial

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Rand McNally is offering Nebraska librarians and media specialists trial access to their Rand McNally Classroom through April 15, 2009.

Description: Rand McNally Classroom is designed to support classroom instruction in social studies, geography, and history. The site is teacher- and student-friendly, easy-to-use, and loaded with curriculum relevant maps, games and activities, and teaching materials for K-12 classrooms. Accessible at school or at home, it contains more than 1,800+ reference, special topic, and history maps from the world down to your very own community, which can be printed, viewed, and saved. The reference content has been developed exclusively by Rand McNally editors and cartographers to ensure accuracy, and the site is free from advertisements. The site includes:

  • Dozens of editable lesson plans and assessments by skill level
  • State studies articles and Q&A
  • Current events and "Where in the World?" features
  • Interactive map and globe skill-builders, games, and activities
  • Map compatibility with interactive whiteboards

Trial URL:

Login information was originally distributed via a March 17, 2009 message to the Trial mailing list. If you are a Nebraska librarian or media specialist and you didn't receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely.

Trial Dates: 3/17/2009 through 4/15/2009

Pricing: Pricing is available upon request. Discounts are dependent on number of schools/libraries that subscribe.

For problems or questions during the trial call 800-678-RAND (-7263), Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time.



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