[Minitex-News] Optional statewide resources

Mary Parker m-park1 at umn.edu
Tue Oct 20 12:01:33 CDT 2009

This message has been cross posted.  Please excuse the duplication.


Attention Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota libraries and schools!


More Connections for You


You may have seen the OCLC announcements about two "quickstart" options for

.         ContentDM Quick Start and

.         WorldCat Local Quick Start

Did you know that most libraries and schools in Minnesota, North Dakota, and
South Dakota qualify for both of these options because of the Minitex group
subscription to the OCLC FirstSearch Base Package, which includes WorldCat?
While these services are available at no charge, there may be significant
staff time and other resources needed to implement these project-type

OCLC's  <http://www.oclc.org/contentdm/default.htm> CONTENTdm Digital
Collection Management Software can make everything in your digital
collections available to everyone, everywhere. No matter the format-local
history archives, newspapers, books, maps, slide libraries or
audio/video-CONTENTdm can handle the storage, management and delivery of
your collections to users across the Web. 

As a FirstSearch Base Package
subscriber, many libraries in the Minitex region are eligible to receive:

*	The CONTENTdm software hosted by OCLC
*	Three Project Clients for building digital collections
*	10GB of storage for up to 3,000 digital items

If you find that your requirements exceed any of these limits, OCLC will
work with you to review purchasing options to continue seamless growth of
your collections. 

OCLC has created training modules and provided resource information and the
form to activate your CONTENTdm "quick start" hosted instance.

1.	Attend your free Orientation session
This live, free Web session will teach you how to build your first CONTENTdm
collection using your desktop browser. This session also will provide more
information about your CONTENTdm "quick start" instance. You'll need a PC
and an internet connection to attend. A question and answer period, along
with a tour of the online help system, will follow the demonstration. 

Register for Tuesday, October 20, 3:00-5:00 pm
t20>  (U.S. Eastern Time)

Register for Tuesday, November 17, 3:00-5:00 pm
v17>  (U.S. Eastern Time)

2.	Activate your CONTENTdm instance
Are you ready to launch your digital collections? Do you have digital
objects and metadata ready to upload to your CONTENTdm Web site? You can get
started with CONTENTdm now.

Complete this Web form. <https://www3.oclc.org/app/contentdm/quickstart/> 

3.	Attend a free CONTENTdm Project Client session
After your CONTENTdm instance is activated, you should attend this live,
free Web session to learn how to use the powerful client application to load
batches of digital items, as well as more complex objects such as postcards,
documents and books. 

Register for Thursday, October 22, 3:00-5:00 pm
t22>  (U.S. Eastern Time)

WorldCat Local quick start provides a single search result that delivers
your library's resources and those of other WorldCat libraries. WorldCat
Local quick start offers libraries:

*	Display of a local library's holdings first in search results,
followed by the holdings of other WorldCat libraries
*	Local branding of a WorldCat search box, URL and user interface
*	Links to an existing OpenURL resolver for access from the over 58
million article citations in WorldCat.org to the online full text to which
libraries subscribe
*	Integration of existing OCLC delivery/interlibrary loan services
(WorldCat Resource Sharing, ILLiad
<http://www.oclc.org/us/en/illiad/default.htm> )
*	Interoperability with a single local library catalog for real-time
item availability information and place holds
*	Access to the same social networking tools available on WorldCat.org

WorldCat Local provides libraries with the following additional

*	Group-level searching
*	Interoperability with a second integrated library system (ILS)
*	Additional integration of your library's print, electronic and
digital materials, making it an even better way to help users find exactly
what they want

Please note: Availability of interoperability features will vary by ILS.
Interoperability is available now for most libraries with the following
integrated library systems and methods: Ex Libris Aleph (Z39.50), Ex Libris
Voyager, SirsiDynix Horizon, SirsiDynix Unicorn and Symphony, Innovative
Interfaces Millennium and INNOPAC. 

Libraries with other Web-accessible ILSs will benefit from features such as
local branding, ranked search results and links to existing services now.
Expanded access to real-time availability interoperability will be added in
phases, beginning with a prominent link to library catalogs later in 2009
and a method for libraries to create their own interoperability with
WorldCat in 2010.

To learn more about how you can make the process as fast and efficient as

*	Read OCLC's Frequently Asked
Questions document.
*	Sign up
<http://www.oclc.org/us/en/worldcatlocal/support/registration.htm>  for one
or all of these WorldCat Local-specific Webinars: 

*	Introduction to WorldCat Local "quick start"
*	Ready, set, go! Tips for a successful WorldCat Local introduction 
*	How to Customize WorldCat Local
*	Batchload Solutions for WorldCat Local "quick start"

*	Read the OCLC Service Configuration Guide
urationGuide.pdf>  to learn how to configure products and services to which
you subscribe on the WorldCat.org platform.
*	Take a look at what WorldCat Local looks like and how it's working
for Macalester College <http://www.macalester.edu/library/>  or the
University of Delaware Library <http://www.lib.udel.edu> .  Note: These two
libraries subscribe to WorldCat Local. While their sites include some
functionality not in WorldCat Local "quick start," they do provide a general
example of how the service works. 
*	Watch a video
<http://www.oclc.org/us/en/multimedia/2009/alamw2009_worldcatlocal.htm>  of
implementation and use experiences at active WorldCat libraries.
*	Sign up for e-mail updates
<http://www.oclc.org/us/en/email/subscribe.htm>  about WorldCat and related

To find out more, visit the WorldCat Local quick start web page:


What next? Once you've read about the quick start services, watched the
videos, taken the webinars, and signed up to undertake a project, please let
us know, http://elm4you.org/contact/.  We'd love to hear from you.  And, if
you need some additional help or direction, don't hesitate to ask.




Mary Parker, Associate Director


15 Andersen Library

222 21st Avenue South

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN  55455-0439


612-624-1024 or 800-462-5348

fax 612-624-4508

 <mailto:m-park1 at umn.edu> m-park1 at umn.edu


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