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OCLC's WorldCat database is an essential tool for librarians around the world. If you're not a regular user of WorldCat through FirstSearch and aren't familiar with its value, then this session is for …

OCLC's WorldCat database is an essential tool for librarians around the world. If you're not a regular user of WorldCat through FirstSearch and aren't familiar with its value, then this session is for you. If you view it you will learn how to: Search for a known item (e.g., perform an author/title search); limit a search to just juvenile (or non-juvenile) material; limit a search to just fiction (or non-fiction) material;
limit a search by document type; identify nearby libraries that own items of interest; search for books on a particular topic (e.g., perform a subject search). Special emphasis will be placed on using WorldCat to identify items to purchase or request through interlibrary loan to meet patrons' information needs.

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  • 1. Introduction to WorldCat: What is it and how can it help me do my job? Susan Knisely Online Services Librarian Nebraska Library Commission June 1, 2007
  • 2. What is WorldCat
    • The most popular database available via OCLC’s FirstSearch Service
    • A union catalog containing > 84 million records describing material owned by libraries around the world:
      • Books, videos, sound recordings, maps, manuscripts, anything else libraries have cataloged using OCLC’s cataloging services
  • 3. What is WorldCat (cont.)
    • Records represent material in over 470 languages and material dating back to 1,000 B.C.
    • A great place to go when you’re trying to identify and locate an item you don’t own locally (because you want to purchase it, refer your patron to it, or request it via ILL)
  • 4. How can I access WorldCat
    • WorldCat is one of 12 databases available through Nebraska’s statewide FirstSearch subscription.
    • Libraries can:
      • Access WorldCat through their own unique FirstSearch account; or
      • Use the streamlined WorldCat-only account customized by NLC.
  • 5. How can I access WorldCat (cont.)
    • Directly:
      • firstsearch.oclc.org (using an authorization and password)
      • firstsearch.oclc.org/FSIP (using IP recognition)
    • Through NebraskAccess:
      • www.nlc.state.ne.us/nebraskaccess (using an authorization/password, IP recognition, a NebraskAccess password or a NE driver’s license number)
  • 6. Forgotten Authorization/Password?
    • Contact the Nebraska Library Commission Network Services Department at:
      • Phone: 800-307-2665
      • Email: [email_address]
  • 7. Never Registered?
    • Go to:
      • www.nlc.state.ne.us/nebraskaccess
      • Click on Learn More about NebraskAccess
      • Click on Librarian’s Toolbox
      • Click on Registration
      • Fill out and submit the online registration form
      • * Nebraska libraries only!
  • 8. Let’s see how it works…
    • DEMO
  • 9. Additional Sources of Information
    • Making the Most of WorldCat www.nlc.state.ne.us/nebraskaccess/help/fsworldcat1.pdf
    • WorldCat Practice Questions & Answers
    • www.nlc.state.ne.us/nebraskaccess/help/fsworldcatquestions.pdf
    • Nebraska Library Codes
    • www.nlc.state.ne.us/nebraskaccess/help/nebraskalibcodes.pdf
    • Recording: WorldCat Search Strategies
    • www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/training/eventshow.asp?ProgID=7722
  • 10. Questions?
    • Susan Knisely
    • 402-471-3849 / 800-307-2665
    • [email_address]
  • 11. Your feedback is important to us!
    • Shortly after today’s session we will email you a link to an online evaluation form.
    • Please take a moment to fill out the form and let us know what you think!
    • THANKS!