From the Director...
Well over a year ago, Maggie Harding joined the Library Commission staff to find, sort, organize, and make usable a century's worth of cumulated information about the Nebraska Library Commission and Nebraska libraries. Maggie's work was initiated as part of the Library Commission's plans for its centennial year in 2001. Maggie has proven masterful in finding useful historical materials, both inside and outside of the Library Commission's offices. The product of Maggie's efforts is an assemblage of the historical knowledge of the Commission's origins and its work over the past century. This past year's Library Commission activities are a piece of that history, and it is interesting to contrast this past year with the major events and milestones of Nebraska library activity over the past century.
Annual reports published over the years document a purpose and pattern of effort to create and support library services. Nebraska library practices are deeply rooted and slow to change. It was interesting to find a description of the lack of state funding for aid to Nebraska's local libraries and the fragmented nature of services throughout the state in a Nebraska Public Library Commission report of many years ago. That description has been rewritten and restated many times over the years. A substantial increase in state support continues to be a need and a goal. The long view is that Nebraska library services are valued in many communities and in state policy, even though the effort to financially support library services is borne disproportionately at the local level.
This year's Nebraska Library Commission annual report illustrates the continuation of long established and expected library services, along with the introduction of new services. The traditional services that are the foundation of Nebraska libraries have been enhanced to supply services made possible through technology. Library Commission activities during the past year included support for Nebraska libraries in the acquisition and use of electronic databases and electronic books. An increase in state aid funds allowed a modest increase in direct aid to public libraries and new funding to support needed training for Nebraska library personnel.
The Nebraska Library Commission's centennial year will be an opportune time to review and renew the state's long range plan for library services, and to build upon past efforts to support the work of Nebraska libraries.
- Rod Wagner
Funding/Grants FY 2000
GRANTS FY 2000
Center for the Book
Children's Grants for Excellence
CHIRS (Consumer Health Information Resource Service)
First Search Success Stories
Institutional Library Grant
Interlibrary Loan (Lender Compensation)
Public Library Construction & Technology (Title II)
State Aid to Public Libraries
Nebraska Library Association
Motion Picture Licensing for Public Libraries
Libraries for the 21st Century
Training and Continuing Education Grants
OCLC CatExpress Libraries
Total Funding FY 2000
Year in Review 2000, Vol. 7 No. 3
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Nebraska Library Commissioners: Karen Warner, Norfolk, term expires 2003; Robert King, Holdrege, term expires 2003; Wally Seiler, Alliance, term expires 2001; Richard Jussel, Kearney, term expires 2001; Velma Sims, Fremont, term expires 2001; Kristen Rogge, Johnson, term expires 2002; Commission meetings are held the second Friday of every other month, or as scheduled by public action of the board.
Preparation of this newsletter was supported in part by funds allocated through the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services.