|Commission Provides Bibliostat Collect and Bibliostat Connect|
|Kit Keller (left) and Kathy Tooker (middle) help library directors use Bibliostat at a November training session at West Points John A. Stahl Library.|
|In fall of 2001, the
Nebraska Public Library Statistical Report was available online for the
first time via Bibliostat Collect. Training sessions were held
across the state in conjunction with the Regional Library Systems. During
that first year, 142 libraries submitted their statistical data online.
The overall response to online data submission has been very positive. Public
library staff members provided excellent suggestions for enhancements to
the online survey. For more information about using BibliostatTM Collect
see the Frequently Asked Questions on the Library Commission home page at
This year, public libraries must use Bibliostat Collect to report statistical data to be eligible for state aid. The deadline for data submission is January 31. State aid award letters will be mailed to libraries on February 15.
A portion of the data submitted via Bibliostat Collect is reported to the federal government. That data is made available through Bibliostat Connect. Bibliostat Connect is a Web-based statistical tool that allows for simple, powerful analysis of library data. Library directors can use this program to create tables and graphs demonstrating how a library compares with others in a variety of ways. No proficiency in using spreadsheets or databases is required. For an introduction to this product, access the tutorial on the Library Commissions Web site, <nlc.nebraska.gov/Statistics/UsingBibliostatConnect.html>.
Library directors can use their assigned Username and Password for access to both Bibliostat Collect and Bibliostat Connect. For more information about either of these products contact Kit Keller, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.
|Basic Skills Classes Held|
|Nearly one hundred
Nebraska library staff members participated in the Public Library Administration
class. The course, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and Nebraskas
Regional Library Systems, addresses governance, cooperation, personnel,
planning, policies and procedures. The Nebraska Trustee Handbook and
Nebraska Laws Pertaining to Libraries and Library Operations are an
integral part of the curriculum.
Public Administration is one of four basic skills classes that are a part of the public librarian certification program sponsored by the Library Commission. Library staff members with provisional certificates in the certification program are required to complete all four basic skills classes within the initial three year certification period. Librarians are also encouraged to take the basic skills classes as a refresher course to keep up with changes in the library environment. Librarians taking the basic skills classes as a refresher receive six hours of continuing education credit.
The next class to be offered is Public Services, planned for the spring of 2003. For more information about the public librarian certification program and basic skills classes contact Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott.