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January 4, 2008

NLC Web Sites Down Saturday January 5th


All Nebraska Library Commission web sites, including NebraskAccess and Nebraska Memories, will be down for 10-12 hours on Saturday, January 5th, beginning at 6am.

This power outage is due to electrical work being done in the Atrium building and affects all NLC web sites. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to your own services.

1. If your library links directly to the database resources from your own library web site, and does not go through or login via the NebraskAccess web site, the power outage will NOT affect your use of the resources.

2. Libraries that use the NebraskAccess web site to link to the databases can use direct links and passwords during the outage. If your library has IP access, you will not need the usernames and passwords from within the library.

3. For those libraries and patrons that use the NebraskAccess web site to link to and login to the databases, you may use the direct links to login to select resources during this time.

A message with the direct database links and passwords has been sent to all Nebraska Library Commission mailing lists. If you did not receive this message, please contact the Reference Desk for the information at 800-307-2665 or 402-471-4016. Please note that the Commission closes at 5:00pm tonight.


August 22, 2007

WebJunction Rural In Focus Webinar

Entry Categories: OCLC News   Tech Notes   Training  

Join WebJunction on August 23, 12:00 noon MT/ 1:00 pm CT for their next FREE, one-hour Rural In Focus webinar, You can do it! Practical techniques for supporting public computing.

How are your peers meeting the challenges of providing access to public computers? Pooling resources, developing technology plans, and staff training are three things that can help. In this month’s Rural In Focus webinar, we will take a look at The Joy of Computing Cookbook for small and rural libraries at The Maintain IT Project.

Join a lively discussion around best practices that will include three of the libraries who contributed to the cookbook. Bring your success stories as well as your nightmares, and let’s find solutions together!

WebJunction's monthly Rural In Focus webinars are presented via Live Space, WebJunction's web conferencing service.

Find information on joining the webinar and see archives of past webinars at Rural In Focus.


April 25, 2007

Vendor Day May 1st

Interested in hearing the latest from a cross section of library vendors? Come to Vendor Day on Tuesday, May 1st at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. There is no registration fee for library staff and media specialists for this day's event so you can come learn about new products and have a great lunch at NO cost to you or your library. We do ask that you register for Vendor Day so we can keep a head count for sessions and meals. Lunch is complimentary for all library staff and media specialists attending Vendor Day.

To register visit the Vendor Day registration page.

We have added two additional technical sessions to this year's vendor day.

Second Life - One of the central tenants of Library 2.0 is "go to where the users are". The online, 3D virtual world Second Life has more than 1.5 million residents all potentially needing the services that a library can provide. This session, presented by Michael Sauers of the Nebraska Library Commission will introduce attendees to the both the world of Second Life and to the Second Life Library 2.0 project and the services that it offers.

Tech Terms - Do you know what podcasting is? Or phishing and malware? If you’re not familiar with Wikis, RSS feeds, or BitTorrent, you will soon be hearing about them from your patrons. This presentation by Michael Sauers of the Nebraska Library Commission will help you be more comfortable talking with your patrons about their technology needs.

In addition to these we will have presentations from the following library vendors:

Serials Solutions
Index Data

AWE - The Early Literacy Station is a premiere all-in-one learning system that is targeted for pre-schoolers through third graders. This self-contained system crosses seven curricular areas and includes 33 educational software packages that are top-rated by Children’s Software Review. It has an imaginative interface that encourages exploration and is ready to use right out of the box.

CSA Illustrata
Introducing the most important and innovative indexing advancement in over 30 years, CSA Illustrata provides web-based access to indexed tables, figures, maps, graphs, charts and other images contained in scholarly articles. This unique tool provides researchers precision, efficiency, and relevance in the data discovery process.

EBSCO Session #1
The changing landscape of librarianship demands a wide selection of approaches to promote library resources. Our offerings will help librarians reach out to customers, e.g., faculty, communities, students, managers, and administrators. Ideas will be presented on marketing your library, funding guides and much more. Introduction to the latest new EBSCO databases will also be included.

EBSCO Session #2
Connecting Users with Electronic Resources
Can your users easily identify and efficiently use all of your various electronic resources? Learn how EBSCO's integrated services can link users from bibliographic resources to all of your e-journals and e-books, regardless of vendor. E-resource access and linking will be demonstrated using EBSCO A-to-Z, LinkSource, EBCSOhost Research Databases, and EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service (EJS).

Follett Software Company Destiny Resource Manager
For more than 20 years, Follett Software Company has been the leading provider of integrated applications that centralize the management of K-12 resources, including Library materials, Textbooks, Media, and other learning materials. Our innovative, browser-based technology helps schools and districts achieve their goals, reduce costs and redirect savings toward instruction. We invite you to learn about our vision and the strategic partnerships that help enhance the educational process and impact student achievement through leading-edge solutions.

Index Data

Attendees will see a demonstration of Index Data's new hosted metasearch service. Called MasterKey, it represents a new approach to metasearching and has the following performance characteristics:

Very simple and easy to use
Searches hundreds of databases instantly
Merges duplicate titles and sorts across all databases
Relevance ranks, merges & displays over 2000 records/sec
Performs faceted search limiting with a single click
Participants will discover why Index Data is offering this service without cost to any library for searching open content resources as well as the modest fees for also using this service to search commercial databases and library catalogs. YakPac, Index Data's kids catalog front end with built-in chat functionality and other patron communication features will be addressed as time allows.

Attend this session presented by OCLC Library Services Consultant, Doug van der Zee and learn the latest on NetLibrary. Areas covered will be an update on the number of publishers, titles and collection development options. Also learn about the new interface and products including eAudioBooks. Doug will discuss the new eAudiobook business model and publisher partners.

OCLC WorldCat Cataloging Partners
Is your library faced with cataloging challenges and a limited budget? OCLC WorldCat Cataloging Partners can help. The OCLC PromptCat service and Cataloging Partners program are being combined and reborn as WorldCat Cataloging Partners. WorldCat Cataloging Partners offers three levels of service - automated copy cataloging, 100% record delivery, and customized record delivery. Attend this session to learn more about this new cost effective cataloging service.

Polaris Integrated Library System
Today’s libraries are looking for better ways to serve their patrons and streamline staff workflow. And that’s precisely what we do at Polaris. As a forward-thinking library automation company, our goal is to keep you at the leading edge of technology, helping you to maximize resources, reduce costs and improve patron satisfaction. Polaris signed over 50 contracts to libraries last year including Plattsmouth here in Nebraska. If you have outgrown your current system, being forced to migrate to something different than you want or just looking for other options, Please join us for an introduction to Polaris and an interactive demonstration of our Polaris Integrated Library System (ILS).
Live Homework Help is a subscription-based, one-to-one online tutoring service connecting kids to qualified tutors from any Internet-enabled computer. English and Spanish-speaking tutors are available. Kids, parents and teachers connect to online tutors through your web site during the hours you choose — seven days a week. Students can use Live Homework Help as often as they need help

New Products from an Old Friend
The H.W. Wilson Company, serving libraries for over 110 years, continues to serve up fresh and exciting databases, and offers some new access opportunities to its classic research tools . From art images to current events, collection development to in-depth biographies, learn and see how the H.W. Wilson Company can add depth and dimension to your online services.

Please register and make your lunch choices. There is no charge to attend and lunch is complimentary. We hope to see you there on Tuesday, May 1st.


February 23, 2007

WebJunction Has a New Look

Entry Categories: OCLC News   Tech Notes   Training  

Have you seen the new WebJunction?

The WebJunction staff have spent the last 6 months redesigning the entire site. The new, refreshed version was launched earlier this month. The new design, based on user input, makes it easier to find and use WebJunction resources.

The new site has a cleaner, brighter look to it, with easy navigation to Resources, Courses and Community sections. Links to member groups, such as Rural and Small Libraries, are prominently displayed on the front page. The new design has enhanced the helpful sense of community that has grown within WebJunction.

WebJunction, launched by OCLC in 2002 with a $9 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is an interactive, online community where library staff meet to share ideas, solve problems and take online courses. WebJunction gives librarians a broad range of resources, including a forum for sharing information on policies and practices (e.g., Internet access for minors), technical resources, advice for purchasing hardware and software, and community message/discussion boards that cover both day-to-day support issues as well as broader management topics.

And registration is free!

But, the WebJunction staff are not done! They still need your help and input.

Their immediate follow-up plans include:

* Collecting input from the community
* Conducting a section 508 accessibility audit
* Conducting formal usability testing with the new site
* Putting together a survey of member experience

So, check out the new look and let them know what you think!


February 14, 2007

Welcome to the New N3!

Welcome Nebraska librarians to the new version of the N3 newsletter.

In the Fall 2006 NEBASE Survey you asked for more timely information, as well as information in the form of a blog. With this new version of the N3, Nebraska Library Commission Network Services News, we are responding to both of these requests.

Previously N3 was published online every other month. Now, it will be continuously updated with content. We will post new items as we write them or as new content is made available to us from OCLC or our other library partners. This should help keep you up to date with everything happening in all areas of Network Services including, NEBASE, OCLC News, Databases, Training, Discounts and more.

Also, you can now subscribe to N3 via an RSS feed and have the posts go directly to your RSS aggregator service. You no longer need to go find our web site, the content will be pushed directly to your own account. You can also provide us or the library community with comments about any N3 post.

We hope this new method of delivery will meet each of your needs. Please let us know what you think of the new N3.


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