Support for Digitization Projects Available
|Thinking of scanning those old
postcards donated to your library? Nebraska libraries considering
digitization projects can access new resources to help them “do it right”
using established best practices. See the Library Commission Web site,
search on Western Trails Standards for the following:
Western States Digital Imaging Best Practices
Western States Dublin Core Metadata Best Practices
Western Trails Digitization Project Metadata Guidelines for Nebraska
Looking for training before starting a digitization project? A special training event will be offered this summer to Nebraska library staff considering digitization projects. Two one-day workshops, Introduction to Digitization and Introduction to Scanning will be presented by the Colorado Digitization Program on August 26 and 27 at the Nebraska Library Commission. See <www.cdpheritage.org/resource/introduction/index.html> for information similar to the workshop content.
For more information about the training contact Beth Goble, Government Information Services Coordinator, 402-471-4017, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Beth Goble. For more information about the Metadata Best Practices contact Devra Dragos, Cataloging Librarian, 402-471-4335, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Devra Dragos.
NEBASE Annual Meeting Set for Fall
This spring forty-two Panhandle librarians and media specialists
gathered for the 2003 NEBASE Annual MeetingWest at the Gering Civic
Center. A full day of informative sessions and hands-on training were
on the agenda. Attendees heard about the latest OCLC (Online Computer
Library Center) news and services as well as updates on the two newly
redesigned database interfaces in the Nebraska Statewide Database Program,
bigchalk eLibrary and Wilson Web. The lunch break featured four lively
roundtable discussions on the PATRIOT Act, Library Web Pages, OCLC, and
Database Resources in K12 schools. Three afternoon sessions provided hands-on
experience with netLibrary, Book Repair, and the new OCLC Connexion cataloging
Reauthorization of the Museum and Library Services Act Advances
|Renewal of the Museum
and Library Services Act moved forward in March with approval of H.R. 13
by the U.S. House of Representatives on a 416-2 vote. H.R. 13 had 126 co-sponsors,
including Nebraska Congressional representatives Doug Bereuter and Tom Osborne.
Rep. Osborne serves on the House Education and Workforce Committee that
has oversight for library legislation. Nebraskas three House members
voted for enactment.
The U.S. Senate recently passed legislation authorizing $232 million, incorporating the Senate bill (S 888) into H.R. 13, and passing H.R. 13 in lieu of S 888. A key provision of the authorizing legislation is an increase in the base allotment for the state programs portion of the Museum and Library Services Act, increasing for the first time since the 1970s, providing additional financial assistance to smaller populated states. The legislation now goes to the House. If the House passes the Senate version of the bill without making any changes, the bill will be sent to the President for his signature.
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