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Connexion Client 2.30 includes an enhancement that gives us the option to export workforms without adding records to WorldCat and setting holdings on them and without adding OCLC numbers to them.

A new checkbox called 'Allow export of workforms' has been added to the Tools/Options/Export tab. The setting defaults to unchecked. If checked, the Action/Export command is enabled if the active record is a workform.

This option could be used when you want to use the editor in Connexion to create the record and then export it into your local system, but you don't want to add it to WorldCat.

Another reason is that you might want to pull records from Aleph, do some sort of global change and then bring them back into Aleph. Not having to mess with getting the 035 number properly formatted into a 001 field so that Connexion sees it and allows export is a big help.

Minitex has scheduled a webinar on Connexion Client 2.30
Rigister here.

Connexion Client 2.30 Has Arrived

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On April 12, 2011, OCLC released Connexion Client 2.30 the first new version in over three years. It includes containing several added and revised features. If you wonder how 2.30 can make your cataloging more efficient, this is the webinar for you.
Among the features covered are:
• A link to the RDA Toolkit
• A change in the display of the MARC tag 029 field
• A language of cataloging search limiter
• An increase in the maximum number of batch search matches to download
• An option to export workforms
• Changes reflecting recent MARC updates.

For IT Staff: the first ten minutes will be devoted to technical information and downloading.

Who should attend?: Catalogers already using Connexion Client

Prerequisites: Familiarity with OCLC Connexion Client

To register go to Connexion Client 2.30

Connexion Client 2.30 Has Arrived

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On April 12, 2011, OCLC released Connexion Client 2.30 the first new version in over three years. If you wonder how 2.30 can help you with your cataloging, Minitex has scheduled a webinar for you covering all the new features.

Among the enhancements covered are:

• A link to the RDA Toolkit
• A change in the display of the MARC tag 029 field
• A language of cataloging search limiter
• An increase in the maximum number of batch search matches to download
• An option to export workforms
• Changes reflecting recent MARC updates.

To register go to Connexion Client 2.30

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.

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.

Catalogers! Now is your chance to easily make more corrections to WorldCat records. Those of you with full cataloging authorizations who wish to do so may now join OCLC’s Expert Community Experiment and begin improving and upgrading more WorldCat master records than was previously possible. This experiment began this week and is expected to last six months.

But, of course, you can’t go completely hog wild. There are principles and guidelines associated with this experiment. They aren’t too complicated; nothing that expert catalogers can’t grasp. For more information, check out the Website. This links you to the Guidelines and an FAQ. Also, OCLC has scheduled several web information sessions. They are free but require registration (so that you will receive instructions for participating). The link to registration is found at the same Website. If you can’t attend one of the Webinars, don’t worry. OCLC will make available a recording of one of the sessions.

If, after absorbing the Guidelines, the FAQ, and the Webinar, you still have questions or need further information, you can contact OCLC via the special email address they have set up: ASKQC@oclc.org.

Working with Genre Headings in Connexion Client

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Last fall the Library of Congress began distributing genre authority records. (An example of a Genre authority record is ARN 7519072, Fiction films.) At the same time OCLC enhanced Connexion Client to enable us to search the LC authority file for genre records using the new Genre index (ge:) so that they can be displayed and exported. The Genre index label is included in the index dropdown list in authority search and browse dialogs in Connexion client 2.00 and 2.10.

Now with Connexion Client 2.10 we can control genre headings tagged as 655, second indicator zero.

To control genre heading(s): go to the Edit menu and click on Control Headings.

Please note: LC is adding genre headings very gradually. So far, only headings for motion pictures, television programs, and videos are included.

Toolbar Display Tips for Connexion Client 1.7

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If you have already downloaded Connexion client 1.7, you may have noticed a few changes to your toolbar. One of the new features is a google-like Search WorldCat box that displays under your toolbar on a second line. To turn this feature off, go to the View menu, then Toolbars, then uncheck WorldCat Quick Search.

If you have extra grey space on your toolbar, or you would like to try and fit everything on one line, you can grab any section of the toolbar by mousing over the dividers (those faint greyed out dots), clicking when you see the plus sign, and dragging the sections around.

To those of you who use many toolbar icons (more than one row), your extra toolbar icons that will not fit on one line will now be accessible via a drop-down menu on the far right of your toolbar. The wraparound feature that was available in Connexion client 1.6 is not available in 1.7. To view some additional tips on how to keep all your toolbar buttons visible, check out the document below:

Toolbar Tips

For more Connexion Client tips and to learn about the new features, attend a free Connexion Client 1.7 Update webinar:

Register for Connexion Client 1.7 Update

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