Find Information Resources @your libraryTM
||With the Nebraska Library Commissions
FY 2004 renewal of the statewide online databases, Nebraskans of all
ages can use electronic information sources to find a variety of resources
for homework, research, and decision-making. The Library Commission provides
the following databases at no cost to public, academic, and school libraries
across the state:
bigchalk eLibrary full-text magazines and newspapers
Books in Print with Reviews book reviews and publishing information for in-print books
FirstSearch Package with WorldCat indexes and holdings of libraries
Kiplinger Forecasts financial information, including The Kiplinger Letter: Forecasts for Management Decisionmaking
Wilson Biographies Plus 95,000 full-text biographies
Wilson OmniFile full-text magazines and journals
For more information see the Library Commission home page <nlc.nebraska.gov>, click on Electronic Databases.
Outcome-Based Evaluation Training Set
On September 30 and October 1, the Library Commission will
host a two-day workshop, Training on Outcome-Based Evaluation: Are
We Making a Difference?, on the techniques of outcome-based evaluation.
The workshop will be held at the Library Commission and will be conducted
by representatives of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Outcome-based
evaluation is a method used to determine if a program has achieved its
goals. The Nebraska Library Commission is committed to helping libraries
strengthen their programs and their capacity to evaluate the impact of
their work through systematic evaluation of resultsoutcomes. Fifteen
participants from public libraries in Nebraska will be selected to attend
the workshop. Participants will be asked to implement the skills learned
in the workshop to evaluate a program using outcome-based techniques and
to submit a report describing how the outcomes were defined and measured.
LSTA Grant Priorities Announced
|The Library Services
and Technology Act (LSTA) provides federal funding to state library agencies
to support statewide programs and library grant projects through the Nebraska
Library Commission. This year $213,856 in LSTA funding was awarded through
the Library Commission to fifty Nebraska communities. For a list of grant
awards see <nlc.nebraska.gov/grants/lsta/>.
Grant applications for the upcoming grant cycle will be available October 1. Three priorities are identified for funding:
Projects for serving English-Language Learners will be funded through a competitive grant process open to all accredited Nebraska public libraries and libraries at designated state institutions.
A limited Request for Proposal will be issued to solicit digitization projects with statewide impact.
A statewide virtual library will be developed with LSTA funds to serve the entire state.
For more information, see the Library Commission home page Announcements, <nlc.nebraska.gov>, or contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.
Database Roadshow Dates Set for Fall
|Attend the Database
Roadshow 2003 to learn more about the statewide databases funded by the
Nebraska Library Commission through discussion, demonstrations, and hands-on
practice. For more information and to register see <nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/roadshowreg.html>.
If classes are full, registrations will be recorded on the waiting list
for cancellations. CE Credits: 4.5.
September 10, 9:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m. cdt, Meridian System Office, 3519 Second Avenue, Suite B, Kearney
September 24, 9:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m. cdt, John A Stahl Library, 330 North Colfax, West Point CLASS IS FULL
October 2, 9:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m. cdt, Holdrege Public Library, 604 East Avenue, Holdrege
October 7, 9:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln