From the Director:
Budget Cuts Interrupt Plans for More Equitable Library Support
In mid-January, Governor Mike Johanns presented
his biennium budget proposals. To address an estimated revenue and expenditure
gap of more than $650 million, the Governor proposed state fund reductions
of up to 10% for most state agencies (including the Library Commission).
These reductions compound the 8% state funding cuts enacted for the
current fiscal year for many state agencies (including the Library Commission).
The Legislatures committee on appropriations began budget hearings
in February. The committee will present its budget recommendations to
the Legislature by late April. Biennium budget decisions will be made
by late May, prior to the Legislatures adjournment on June 2.
Governor Johanns built his budget proposal on spending reductions and
an increase in the cigarette tax. The Legislature will consider additional
taxes in developing the biennium budget.
A 10% state funds reduction will eliminate or reduce some Library Commission
services and state aid to libraries. Budget cuts will require reductions
in personnel, Talking Book and Braille Services, reference and InterLibrary
Loan services, federal government documents services, and across the
board reductions in all state aid to libraries, including regional library
systems, direct aid to public libraries, InterLibrary Loan compensation,
library education grants, online database licenses, and children and
young adult services grants.
Even though state budget reductions will be made for the coming 20032005
biennium, the Library Commissions long term goal is to increase
the level of state aid to local Nebraska libraries. Progress toward
that goal has been interrupted, but the commitment remains.
NEBASE Annual Meeting-West
Planned for Gering
The NEBASE Annual Meeting-West will be held
at the Gering Civic Center on April 17. This years meeting
offers a variety of topics and three simultaneous afternoon sessions.
Before the meeting, an informal Meet and Greet session will
feature Network Services and NEBASE staff demonstrating new database interfaces
and OCLC products, as well as answering questions. Luncheon roundtables
will feature a variety of hot topics. The afternoon sessions include OCLCs
Connexion cataloging, Book Repair, and netLibrary.
Library staff from all over Nebraska are welcome to join us. Register
or contact Jeannette Powell, Network Services Staff Assistant, 402-471-7740,
800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.
NEMA Technology Training Institutes Set
The Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA)
has scheduled technology training sessions for:
May 3, Fairbury High School
June 7, Grand Island Walnut Middle School
July 31, Gering High School
September 20, South Sioux City Middle School
Registration Deadline is April 25. To register see <nema.k12.ne.us/Techreg.pdf>.
For more information see <nema.k12.ne.us/techinfo.pdf>
or contact Dr. R. J. (Becky) Pasco, Assistant Professor, College of Education,
University of Nebraska at Omaha, 402-554-2119, e-mail: <email@example.com>.
This publication was supported in part by the Institute of Museum and
Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology
is a quarterly publication of the Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium,
1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023. Phone: 402-471-2045 or
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Director: Rod Wagner
Editor: Mary Jo Ryan
Design and Production: Valerie Dayton
Staff: Jacqueline Crocker, Mary Geibel, Janet Greser
Nebraska Library Commissioners: Karen Warner, Norfolk, term expires
2003; Robert King, Holdrege, term expires 2003; Wally Seiler,
Chair, Alliance, term expires 2004; Richard Jussel, Kearney, term
expires 2004; Velma Sims-Shipley, Fremont, term expires 2004; Kristen
Rogge, Johnson, term expires 2005. Commission meetings are held the
second Friday of every other month, or as scheduled by public action of