|Computers Arriving and Training Begins|
|Gates Foundation Trainer Gretchen Lorhammer leads a BYCA discussion at Keene Memorial Library in Fremont|
In the spring of 2002 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. Additional 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.
|Commission Accredits 169 Public Libraries|
|As of October 1, 2002,
one hundred sixty-nine Nebraska public libraries were awarded accreditation
for a three-year period. This accreditation, awarded by the Nebraska Library
Commission, indicates that a library meets basic Accreditation Guidelines
as adopted by the Library Commission and approved by the Nebraska Library
Association. Forty-eight of these libraries meet at least sixteen of the
Advanced Accreditation Guidelines. These guidelines describe services and
programs that provide enhanced library service for Nebraska communities.
Accreditation status entitles libraries to apply for state and federal grants for library improvement projects. Accreditation of public libraries is a cyclical process, with approximately one-third of all libraries scheduled to apply for renewed accreditation each year. To view the accreditation status of Nebraska public libraries, see the Library Commission Web site <nlc.nebraska.gov>, search on Accreditation Standings . For more information contact Kit Keller, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.
|E-Rate Form 471 Deadline Extended|
The filing date for E-rate
Form 471 has been extended to February 6. Libraries must
wait at least twenty-eight days after filing Form 470
before filing Form 471 (use form dated October 2000 or
October 2002). Applicants must adhere to "allowable
contract/vendor selection" date. Contact the Universal
Service Administrative Company, Schools and Libraries
Division (SLD), toll free at 888-203-8100, or see their
Web site at <www.sl.universalservice.org>
for information or to download/print form. Form 471 can
be filed either electronically from the SLD site or with
a print copy through the mail.
In addition, the Schools and Libraries Division has changed the calculation method that public libraries use to determine their discount this year. A description of the discount calculation change, including a sample calculation, is available on the American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy Web site at <www.ala.org/oitp/telcom/newcalc.html>. A template for libraries to use to obtain the necessary information from their local school district is available at <www.ala.org/oitp/telcom/
NSLPreq_print.html >. For more information or assistance in the E-rate filing process contact Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott; or Richard Miller, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller.