|State Aid to be Distributed to Public Libraries in February|
|In 2002 more than $260,000 was paid in direct state aid to 162 eligible Nebraska public libraries, with an average payment of $2,248. The average payment made to libraries serving a population of less than 5,000 was $973, $1.06 per capita. The average payment to libraries serving populations of 5,000 and above was $7,843, $.23 per capita. To be eligible for state aid Nebraska public libraries must submit their Public Library Statistical Report online using Bibliostat Collect, a Web-based data collection tool, by January 31 (see related article on page 4). State aid award letters for 2003 will be mailed to eligible libraries on February 15. For more information, contact Kit Keller, 402-472-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.|
|New Unicameral Resource Available|
|Nebraska Legislators, Past and Present is a new resource on the Library Commission Web site at <nlc.nebraska.gov/docs/legislatorspast/index.html>. This resource provides basic information about state senators serving in the Unicameral since 1937, including their district, residence, term of office, and the dates of the Nebraska Legislative Journal that can be consulted for information on bills they sponsored. Search and alphabet button bar features facilitate quick searching by Senators names. The Web site will be linked from the Library Commissions online catalog and will eventually be expanded to include legislators serving from Territorial times to 1937 (when Nebraskas one-house, Unicameral legislature was instituted).|
|Commission Provides Interlibrary Loan|
|The Nebraska Library Commission
officially began providing Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service for Nebraska
libraries July 1, 2001. Since that time, more than 11,000 ILL transactions
have been completed for 127 public, 151 school, and 5 college library customers.
We thank our partners, the lending libraries who have helped provide this
service quickly and efficiently, notably: Bellevue Public Library, Bellevue
University, Columbus Public Library, Creighton University, Grand Island
Public Library, Hastings Public Library, Holdrege Public Library System,
Lincoln City Libraries, Norfolk Public Library, North Platte Public Library,
Omaha Public Library, University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of NebraskaLincoln,
University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Wayne State College.
For more information or to place requests for this service, fill out an ILL request form at: <nlc.nebraska.gov/ref/ill/>, call 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665 and ask for the information desk, e-mail: Ready, or fax: 402-471-6244.
|Libraries Encouraged to Apply for CDBG Grants|
|Libraries are encouraged
to apply for 2003 Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for library
construction or for planning. Last year, the first year that libraries were
eligible for this funding, St. Edward Public Library received a $250,000
library construction grant. Information about this funding will be provided
at January workshops.
For more information see the Commission home page Announcements at <nlc.nebraska.gov> or contact Steve Charleston, 402-471-3757, 800-426-6505, e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org> for Planning and Rick Zubrod, 402-471-3762, 800-426-6505, e-mail: <email@example.com> for Public Works.