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OCLC Connexion

-----Original Message-----
From: Betsy Simpson
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2004 3:26 PM
To: All Library Staff List (UF)
Subject: OCLC Connexion update


OCLC released the Windows-based Connexion Client, Version 1.0, in October 2003. Resource Services decided to postpone implementation of the Connexion Client until a future release is available with offline cataloging functionality.

In order to maximize efficiency with Aleph, an alternative OCLC cataloging software product, Cataloging Micro Enhancer (CatME) http://www.oclc.org/catme/, is being integrated into the Resource Services workflow. During the NOTIS cataloging freeze this spring Resource Services will perform cataloging work on a limited basis utilizing CatME. Eventually both CatME and Passport, which is still available, will be replaced by Connexion, but OCLC has not given an end-of-life date for Passport or CatME yet. CatME and Connexion are welcome additions to the cataloger workstation, offering capabilities not found with Passport - see a comparison at http://www.oclc.org/connexion/interface/chart/.

Library staff outside Resource Services performing cataloging tasks may choose at this juncture to continue to use Passport or migrate to CatME. A number of staff attended CatME training sessions offered by Resource Services this fall and winter. If you did not participate and are interested in CatME training, please contact Jimmie Lundgren (jimlund@uflib.ufl.edu). Both the Connexion Browser http://www.oclc.org/support/documentation/connexion/browser/default.htm and Connexion Client http://www.oclc.org/support/documentation/connexion/client/default.htm are options for staff who desire to start using Connexion, but Resource Services will not conduct Connexion training sessions until after the Aleph migration.

Betsy

-----Original Message-----
From: Betsy Simpson
Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2003 9:52 AM
To: All Library Staff List (UF)
Subject: FW: OCLC Connexion


OCLC has announced that Passport for cataloging will be available beyond the original December 2003 termination date. This is due to a delayed release of the Windows-based version of OCLC Connexion. Per OCLC, "The new end of life date for Passport for cataloging will depend on the release dates for the first and second phases of the client. OCLC will provide at least a six month notice of the new end of life date." Please refer to the emails below for background information. Betsy

-----Original Message-----
From: Betsy Simpson
Sent: Tuesday, August 20, 2002 3:26 PM
To: All Library Staff List (UF)
Subject: FW: OCLC Connexion

Per the recommendation of the Resource Services task group charged with evaluating OCLC Connexion, we are delaying implementation of the interface. Their report is available at http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/rs/rsd/oclcconnextg.html. The task group will monitor improvements made to the interface throughout the year and will coordinate training for interested staff when the decision is made to move forward with implementation. Betsy

-----Original Message-----
From: Betsy Simpson
Sent: Monday, June 24, 2002 4:34 PM
To: All Library Staff List (UF)
Subject: OCLC Connexion

OCLC Connexion is the name of OCLC's new cataloging interface. A Web-based version of the new interface will be introduced in July 2002. A Windows-based version will be introduced in July 2003. In December 2002 Passport for cataloging, the interface we use now for our technical work in OCLC, will no longer be supported by OCLC. In December 2003 Passport for cataloging will no longer be operational. A FAQ about OCLC Connexion is available at http://www.oclc.org/connexion/migrate/.

Resource Services has formed a task group whose charge is to evaluate the Web-based version when it becomes available this summer, then coordinate its implementation, including conducting a training session for staff throughout the library who need to know how to use the new service.

Betsy
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: CAT: OCLC Connexion Coming Soon
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2002 16:19:45 -0400
From: sol-l@solinet.net
Reply-To: sol-l@solinet.net
To: "SOL-L" <sol-l@solinet.net>

OCLC has announced that they will release the OCLC Connexion service in July. OCLC Connexion (www.oclc.org/connexion) integrates the functionality previously provided through CORC and CatExpress, as well as many of the features of the OCLC Cataloging service. The new service provides a connection to WorldCat, to other OCLC services, and to other libraries through the process of shared cataloging.

The first phase of the Connexion service includes a single, easy-to-use browser-based entry-point to help reduce training and support costs, automated features such as linked authorities to help enhance efficiencies, increased access to additional metadata formats, and the latest enhancements available immediately - with no software to install. The new service supports cataloging of all types of resources and will eventually replace all OCLC cataloging interfaces.

For more information about implementing Connexion in your library, please visit OCLC's web site at www.oclc.org/services/collections/migration. This site includes an updated migration timeline, and a new features spreadsheet that compares Connexion functionality to the features you currently use in Passport and CatMe. The features spreadsheet will be updated as new functionality is added to Connexion.

If you have questions about OCLC Connexion, please contact SOLINET's OCLC Services Help Desk at 1-800-999-8558 or helpdesk@solinet.net.

 

 

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