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Attention OCLC Connexion Client Users

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Previously OCLC announced a release of the new version of Connexion client for late 2010 or early 2011. OCLC has modified plans, and now will release two versions of Connexion client.

Connexion client 2.20 - Version 2.20 will be a 32-bit and 64-bit compatible version of Connexion client which will work with 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. The only change in this version will be the addition of 64-bit compatibility; only users who want to run Connexion client under 64-bit versions of Windows need to upgrade to this version. OCLC will continue to support Connexion client 2.10 for all other users. OCLC expects to release Connexion client 2.20 in June or July 2010.

Connexion client 2.30 - Version 2.30 will include enhancements to the existing functionality. OCLC has not finalized the details of what changes will be included, but more information will be announced at a later time. All Connexion client users will be required to upgrade to version 2.30 after it is released. OCLC will determine the end of life date for versions 2.10 and 2.20 when version 2.30 is released. OCLC expects to release Connexion client 2.30 in late 2010 or early 2011.

Connexion client is the Windows-based interface to Connexion. This announcement does not impact the Connexion browser, which is the Web-based interface to Connexion.

Patrick Wilkinson, Americas Regional Council Chair, is inviting you to attend the ARC Annual Meeting at ALA, June 24 - 25, 2010. OCLC members and nonmembers alike are welcome. Come learn more about the Americas Regional Council, share your thoughts and ideas with OCLC leadership and learn the results of the Americas Regional Council elections.

This members' meeting will also be streamed live on the Web to accommodate those who cannot attend in-person. After the event, the recording will be posted on the OCLC website. Although this meeting is free to attend and open to all, registration is required.

The meeting will be held at the Marriott at Metro Center, Grand Ballroom, Salon A-E on Thursday June 24, 12:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern Time) and Friday, June 25, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm (Eastern Time).

If you are planning on attending the meeting virtually, please mark your calendar and bookmark this URL:

Key presentations will include:

  • Values and Principles of Cooperation
  • WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities: Members' Responses
  • Pricing OCLC Services to Attract Broad Participation in the Cooperative
  • The Holy Grail: Why OCLC (and Others) Haven't Solved the Problem of Federated Search
  • Open Forum for Members: Tell Us Your Ideas, Concerns and Issues
  • Business Meeting
  • Election Results

If you have staff at your institution working on digital projects and using OCLC CONTENTdm, please pass this message on.


Based on feedback from CONTENTdm users in the region, we're trying something new this year. The entire user group meeting will be online, and staff will be able to attend from their computer. The planning group is busy working out the details of the event, and more information will be announced soon!

Mark your calendars for Nov. 8-9, 2010

Note: Though we have two dates reserved, we will not be meeting for the full two days. Most likely, we will split the online meeting up over two half days.


We're ready to accept proposals for the Upper Midwest CONTENTdm User Group Meeting! The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, June 4, 2010.

Please go here to submit a proposal:

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Audio and video projects
  • Learning Management Systems and CONTENTdm
  • Marketing your collection
  • Funding your project
  • Planning and implementing a digital project
  • Metadata practices
  • How individual institutions (or small consortia) are working with larger consortia
  • Working with 3D objects (artifacts, museum objects)
  • Generation and use of reports and statistics
  • CONTENTdm server management
  • Programming and application building (widgets, CONTENTdm API, other add ons)
  • Workflow models
  • Collection management and configuration
  • Institutional Repositories and organizational archives
  • Digital archiving and preservation of digital collections
  • Text projects (working with the OCR extension, compound object documents, monographs, PDFs)
  • Licensing, intellectual property and digital rights management
  • Project Client tips and tricks
  • Creating and using controlled vocabulary
  • Web templates and interface customizations

If you've thought about presenting but are hesitant because you have not presented online before, we'll have practice sessions before the event and training will be available!

Thank you,

Sara Ring, on behalf of the 2010 Planning Committee


The 3rd Annual Upper Midwest CONTENTdm User Group Meeting will be sponsored by Minitex and OCLC. There are over 40 institutions in the Upper Midwest region (MN, SD, ND, WI) of the United States currently using CONTENTdm to build their digital collections. User Group meetings provide the opportunity for networking, sharing of CONTENTdm best practices among colleagues, and CONTENTdm product updates.

OCLC Technical Bulletin 258 Available

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Technical Bulletin 258 is now available.

This Technical Bulletin covers all of the Library of Congress's MARC Update 10 and most of MARC Update 11 (exceptions are noted). Many of these changes relate to the WorldCat testing of Resource Description and Access (RDA), the proposed successor to AACR2. Also covered are comments and requests from OCLC users and staff.

Implementations of the OCLC-MARC updates covered in the Technical Bulletin may occur in stages, which OCLC will announce via logon Messages of the Day, Connexion News, and the OCLC-CAT listserv. It is recommended that users not begin to use the new capabilities, fields and subfields, indicators, practices, and codes until OCLC announces that they may be used.

View the list of all OCLC Technical Bulletins

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