November 2010 Archives

Upcoming enhancements to Connexion Client

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OCLC expects to release Connexion client 2.30 in March/April 2011. This new version will include enhancements to the existing functionality and be compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows.

All Connexion client users will be required to upgrade to version 2.30 within 6 months of its release. OCLC will announce the end of life date for versions 2.10 and 2.20 when version 2.30 is released.

Please note: Minitex will offer an introductory webinar on Client 2.30 when it is released.

Listed below are some of the enhancements included in version 2.30.

• Connexion users who subscribe to the RDA Toolkit will able to link from a displayed bibliographic or authority record to the RDA Toolkit.
• 029 fields will be relocated to the bottom of displayed bibliographic records.
• Users will be able to limit WorldCat searches by language of cataloging by selecting a language from a dropdown in the Search WorldCat dialog. The limiter can be checked or un-checked as needed. It is retained until changed.
• A CatL column will be added to the Column Settings list in the local bibliographic save file search results.
• In the Tools/Options/Batch tab, the Maximum Number of Matches to Download will be increased to now 150.
• Users will be able to explicitly turn on an option to export workforms before the records are added to WorldCat or the Authority File.
• In the Search WorldCat dropdowns several language names will be added, some language names that have changed will be updated, and a few obsolete languages will be removed.
• Additional indexes will be in the appropriate search and/or browse drop down lists in the search dialogs for WorldCat and Authorities.
• For additional information see the MARC Update Technical Bulletins: TB255, TB257, TB258.

Details about these planned future enhancements will be provided closer to their availability. For details about these enhancements, log on to Connexion and search Connexion News. A link to News appears on the View menu. To list enhancements, choose the category "System Updates" on the News search screen.

OCLC Nominations to Global Council Sought

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Please see Wilbur Stolt's message below. If you have an interest, please consider nominating yourself or someone to serve on the OCLC Global Council. It would be great if we could get another representative from our region.

Thanks for the consideration.
Bill DeJohn, Director, Minitex

I need your help promoting participation in the OCLC Global Council. The process to nominate staff from OCLC libraries to serve on the Global Council is open through December 10, 2010. I wish to encourage OCLC library staff in our region to nominate colleagues to stand for election to the Global Council. It is an important component in OCLC governance and we need to have voices in the Global Council. Please see the information below about the nomination process and contact me if you have questions.

Best wishes.
Wilbur Stolt
Director of Libraries
University of North Dakota


OCLC Global Council Nominations

Submit nominations for OCLC Global Council Delegates and Americas Regional Council Executive Committee Officers by Dec. 10 2010. OCLC members throughout the Americas are invited to participate in the nominations process for the election of delegates from the OCLC Americas Regional Council (ARC) to serve on the OCLC cooperative's Global Council.

The Americas Regional Council Executive and Nominating committees are seeking nominations for Global Council delegates from staff of OCLC member organizations (including libraries, archives and museums) in Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the United States. We also are soliciting nominations for two officers and four Members-at-Large on the Americas Regional Council Executive Committee.
Each member organization in the Americas Region will have one vote per qualifying member institution. If you (or your organization's director) have not already done so, please update the contact information of the person who will vote on behalf of your library.

You (or your library's director) will need your OCLC symbol to update your organization's voting contact information. You will also need your OCLC symbol to submit your nomination.

Send your nominations by Dec. 10 2010!

Learn more

Update your voting contact information

FRBR Webinar

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With all the talk lately about RDA, you've likely also heard about FRBR.

FRBR represents a different way of thinking about the sorts of things we catalog and how we express and illustrate relationships between these things. Because it is a highly conceptual approach, it can be hard to wrap your mind around. (Perhaps the Work-Expression-Manifestation-Item model leaves your head spinning?) And RDA represents just one step in the direction of applying FRBR concepts.

So, to get your feet more firmly planted on the foundation that FRBR provides, consider attending the upcoming webinar, sponsored by ALCTS:

FRBR as a Foundation for RDA
Date: December 15, 2010
Time: 1-2 p.m. Central

Description: This webinar will cover the basics of FRBR, including its development and contents. Participants will leave the webinar with an understanding of the entity-relationship model on which FRBR is based, the FRBR entities and relationships, and the FRBR user tasks. The webinar will then address, through an exploration of RDA itself, how FRBR lies at the foundation of RDA's structure, and what implications that might have on future database structures for our catalog descriptions.

Presenter: Robert L. Maxwell, one of the foremost authorities in the cataloging field, is senior librarian and chair of the Special Collections and Formats Catalog Department at the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. His most recent book, FRBR : A Guide for the Perplexed, was published in 2008. He has chaired RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee of ACRL and has served on the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) of ALCTS. He is the author of the Highsmith Award-winning Maxwell's Guide to Authority Work and/Maxwell's Guide to AACR2. He holds a MLS from the University of Arizona, JD and MA from Brigham Young University, and PhD in classical languages and literature from the University of Toronto.

To Register, complete the online registration form at for the session you would like to attend.

Registration Fee: NOTE: This is one of four webinars on various aspects of RDA to be presented by ALCTS this fall. Special rates apply.

ALCTS member: $39 each webinar, any 2 webinars for $66 (save $12), all four webinars for $120 (save $36)
Non-member: $49 each webinar, any 2 webinars for $86 (save $12), all four webinars for $160 (save $36)
Group rates: $99 each webinar, any 2 webinars for $178 (save $20), all four webinars for $346 (save $50)

The one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording.
For questions about registration, contact Tom Ferren, ALA Senior Registration Coordinator at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4293 or

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