Western Trails Project Underway
The Western Trails collaborative
grant project is in full swing. Nebraska local participants have created
master images for their artifacts and documents. They plan to complete
their projects this fall by creating images for Web viewing, as well as
thumbnail images and metadata records for the Nebraska database. Highlights
of recent activities include
|I have an elderly friend
whose mind and intellect are sharp, but her sight is failing. She uses Talking
Books for her reading now.
One evening at a club meeting, she came and sat beside me and said, Last Saturday evening I was feeling a little lonely and blue, so I decided to listen to a talking book. Imagine my delight when I heard your voice, Marjory, reading the book. I listened with interest, pleasure and a feeling of comfort, hearing your familiar voice. I no longer felt lonely.
This meant so much to me as a volunteer narrator to hear firsthand how our work can make a difference in someones life. Something that brings us satisfaction and pleasure is bringing pleasure to others.
Marjory Gloe, long-time volunteer narrator for the Nebraska Library Commissions Talking Book and Braille Service
Accreditation Guidelines Revision Underway
|The Library Commission
is in the process of collecting input to revise the Guidelines for Accreditation
of Public Libraries. In an effort to solicit input on this process, Kit
Keller visited with library staff throughout the state to talk about revision
of the Guidelines and to ask for input from the library community.
It is not too late to share your comments on this important program administered by the Library Commission. To read more about the process and about the basic content of library guidelines and standards, see the Library Commission Web site, <nlc.nebraska.gov>, search on Accreditation, or contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.
Planning Tool for Federal Grants Now Available
|The federal Institute
of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has launched an online Project Planning
<eservices.imls.gov/project_planning>, to help libraries develop project plans for its National Leadership Grant applications. This tool is designed to make it easier to develop competitive applications for federal grants.
The tutorial is divided into four sections:
A step-by-step process for getting projects underway, including analyzing organizational needs, identifying the target audience, and formulating goals.
A project plan outline, including activities, evaluation approach, schedule, and resources.
Tips for writing applications.
Tips for implementing successful projects.
This resource can be used by anyone who would like to learn more about project planning and development, and should be a valuable tool to enhance skills and strengthen grant applications. The need to identify and communicate with stakeholders is emphasized throughout.