[Note:  At the request of Laura Kreis of OCLC, I am forwarding this message to three of FEDLINK's lists, FEDLIB, FEDREF-L, and OCLCFED, with apologies for the duplication.  If you have any questions about these seminars, please contact the address at the end of the message.  Thanks.   - -   Steve]

        Plan to attend a LIVE web information session on Monday, March 11 to
learn more about how OCLC solutions can help your library.   These web
information sessions, available at no charge, will include a live
presentation that you'll access via the web with audio available by
conference call.

(1)  Learn how OCLC FirstSearch makes the most of YOUR library!

Join us to learn about the new databases and ongoing enhancements now
available through OCLC FirstSearch that make the service more valuable than
ever to you and to your library users.

Learn how with OCLC FirstSearch you now can:
*         Increase effectiveness of searching the WorldCat database.
*       Increase the visibility of your library's resources.
*       Give your users access to more full-text information.
*       Offer your users more content.
*       Manage and customize your account.
*       And more!

Time:           11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST   (Monday, March 11)

(2)  Learn how to give your patrons improved access to your entire

Jon us to learn more about OCLC's customized cataloging solutions -OCLC
Contract Services and the OCLC MARC Record Service (OCLC MARS).  OCLC
Contract Services -OCLC TechPro and OCLC RetroCon- offer a complete range of
cataloging and conversion services for all types of collections. We provide
contract cataloging and physical processing for materials in all
bibliographic formats and about 40 languages, for both long- and short-term

OCLC Contract Services let you add an experienced team of catalogers to your
staff at a price you can afford.  You can improve your users' search results
by providing a complete and upgraded online catalog, with all of your
records in full MARC format.  Our services free your staff for higher
priorities within your library, while giving your users access to your
entire collection -even those you haven't yet found time to catalog.

To complement these services, we offer the OCLC MARC Record Service (MARS),
providing authority control, bibliographic record upgrading, smart barcode
number generation, ongoing authority updating and notification services, and
record enrichment with tables of contents.   And, if you're currently
considering a change to a new local system, the time is right for you to
consider authority control.

Time:           12:30 - 1:30 p.m. EST (Monday, March 11)

(3)  Learn how to develop your non-English collections affordably!

OCLC Language Sets make it easy and affordable to meet the needs of an
increasingly diverse population of library users. We make it simple to start
or expand your current collection of materials in the following languages:
Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, and Spanish.

Choose from separate collections for children and adults in several sizes of
pre-selected sets for each language.  You can order just one set or add sets
on a regular basis at a budget-friendly, fixed price.  In addition to
carefully selected current titles, you receive the added value of full OCLC
cataloging for all materials.

What we do for you:
*         Select current bestsellers in Asian, Russian, and Spanish
languages (plus Spanish videos for adults and children)
*       Acquire the items
*       Catalog in full MARC with LC subject headings, Bilindex subject
headings (Spanish titles), and Dewey or LC call numbers
*       Physical processing for your items, if you wish
*       Set your holdings in OCLC WorldCat®
*       Ship your new materials to you at no cost

Time:            1:30 - 2:30 p.m. EST  (Monday, March 11)


(4)  Learn how you can improve your library's ILL efficiency with OCLC

Imagine having a new interlibrary loan management tool that allows your
users to get the materials they need more quickly, while you eliminate all
of those paper files that your library currently maintains. With OCLC
ILLiad, your staff saves time by managing all your library's borrowing,
lending, and document delivery through a single, Microsoft Windows-based
staff interface.  It also saves you time and money through online, automated
procedures, improving the efficiency of your ILL department while giving
your staff more powerful tools to use.  And, now that OCLC ILLiad is ISO-ILL
compliant, you can transmit and receive ILL requests from other ISO-ILL
compliant services.

Time:           3:00 - 4:30 p.m. EST  (Monday, March 11)


Space for these OCLC web information sessions is limited, so please register
early.  To register, send the following information via e-mail to
[log in to unmask]: (1) session name, (2) session date, (3) your name and
title, (4) institution name, and (5) your e-mail and phone number.

Details for logging on to the web information session will be sent after you
register.  To optimize your experience, you'll need access to the web during
the session, as well as a telephone with a mute button.  Additionally, if
several staff in your library want to attend, we recommend a telephone with
both speaker and mute functionality.

If you have questions about the web information sessions, please contact
OCLC at 1-800-848-5878, ext. 6251, or [log in to unmask]