The Nebraska Library Commission awarded training and continuing education grants in 2002 totaling approximately $28,288. The Nebraska libraries and organizations that received the grants address a goal listed in the Nebraska Library Commissions Library Services and Technology Act Plan for 2003-2007, Nebraska library personnel will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to provide quality library and information services for all Nebraskans. Grants were awarded to projects providing training and education for Nebraska library personnel, helping to ensure that Nebraska libraries have skilled and knowledgeable information specialists to serve citizen information needs.
Grant recipients are:
For more information see the Library Commission Web site, <nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/conedgrants/0802grantsawarded.html>, or contact Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott.
State Records Board Funds Wireless Network
The Nebraska State Records Board awarded a $25,000 grant to the Nebraska
Library Commission for a wireless training network to enhance statewide
access to government information and other Library Commission services.
Grant funds purchased twelve laptop computers, wireless networking hardware,
a printer, and a projector for training aimed at small, rural communities
throughout the state. Training will cover locating government information
online, using public library statistical data online, and locating and
evaluating authoritative online reference resources.
|Statewide Database Program Update|
|With the clutter of
information on the Internet, how do your customers select reliable sources?
Nebraska librarians can point library customers to the online electronic
databases provided by the Nebraska Library Commission for Nebraska libraries
and citizens. Libraries across the state can offer these current information
resources for their customers to use in the library, at school, or at home.
Since 1999, the Library Commission has provided electronic databases to Nebraska libraries free of charge, using state funding. The Commission renewed contracts with all five vendors for July 2002June 2003. Nebraskans will continue to enjoy access to these high quality databases at no cost to their libraries:
FirstSearchbase package, including WorldCat and ten other database indexes
Wilson OmniFile Full Text Selectmore than 1,600 full text journals and magazines
Wilson Biographies Plusmore than 100,000 full text biographies
Books In Print
Electric Libraryfull text magazine, journal, and newspaper articles; wire service stories; television and radio transcripts; photographs; maps; and reference books (licensed for public and academic libraries only)
Access these databases from the Library Commission home page, <nlc.nebraska.gov>, click on Electronic Databases. Register for these databases at <nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/dbreg.html>
|Network Services staff present training sessions throughout the state to help librarians use these database resources. These hands-on training sessions, the Database Roadshow, were conducted at twelve sites across Nebraska in 2002, providing training for more than 188 Nebraska library personnel. Planning for next years Database Roadshow is underway. With nearly 300 Nebraska libraries receiving Gates computers and twenty-eight of these libraries gaining Internet connectivity for the first time, there will be a new group of database users across Nebraska. Watch the Library Commission Web site, <nlc.nebraska.gov., for announcement of the 2003 Database Roadshow dates.|