Telling the World about Talking Books
There is more than one way to promote the Library Commissions Talking Book and Braille Service. In fact, currently there are four ways. Activities underway include:
A news release concerning the 50th anniversary of the Talking
Book and Braille Service generated newspaper articles, including a feature
story in the Hastings Tribune.
For more information see the Library Commission Web site, <nlc.nebraska.gov>, search on Talking Books, or contact Dave Oertli, Talking Book and Braille Service Director, 402-471-4005, 800-742-7691, e-mail: Dave Oertli.
Computers and Training Provided to Nebraska Libraries
|Customers line up to use Lincolns Gates Computer Lab on opening day.|
|The U.S. Library Program of
the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded funding to 206 Nebraska
public libraries for new computers, software, and Internet access. Some
of these public libraries qualified to purchase computers with local funds
and to receive (at no charge to the library) software, training, technical
support, software documentation, and upgrades. The Library Commission provided
funding to help support these purchases.
Installation of computers and training provided by the Gates Foundation began with Before Your Computer Arrives workshops held in eight sites across Nebraska. Three hundred and seventy library staff and supporters viewed a demonstration of the computers and learned about ordering the hardware. They also received media kits developed by the Library Commission (using Gates Foundation materials) to help spread the word about expanded community public access to the Internet.
As computers arrive, libraries are receiving hands-on training at their individual sites, as well as attending training at nearby libraries. As of mid-February, Nebraska libraries had received 388 computers, 60 content servers, 137 printers, 143 Spanish keyboards, and 134 24-port auto-sensing switches. Five hundred and thirty-nine library staff and supporters attended training on using the equipment and software, with sixty-five attending training on using content servers. Lincoln City Libraries recently dedicated their Gates computer lab, located on the second floor of Bennett Martin Library. Photographs chronicling their progress are located on their Web site at <www.lcl.lib.ne.us/info/bmpllab.htm>.
For more information about the Gates Foundation project, including award amounts, see <nlc.nebraska.gov>, search on Gates or contact Pam Scott (contact information on page 4) or Richard Miller, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller.