Commission Contracts for Statistical Tools
The Library Commission negotiated an agreement to use BibliostatTM Collect and BibliostatTM Connect for public library statistics. BibliostatTM Collect is an Internet-enabled software application that automates the existing annual state public library survey process. It helps local libraries perform timely, complete, and accurate data submission. Federal data elements, definitions, and edit check parameters are incorporated into Nebraska's Web-based survey.
BibliostatTM Connect is a Web-based tool that makes it easy to find compelling statistics and present them effectively in charts and graphs.
The Library Commission convened a focus group of Nebraska librarians, who discussed the issues involved in the use of these products. The group provided input on definitions of both existing and new data elements, as well as recommendations about how workshops would be structured for the introduction of these products. For additional information contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller, or see the Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Bibliostat.
NEBASE Celebrates 25th Anniversary
NEBASE celebrated its twenty-fifth year serving Nebraska libraries. On May 20, 1976, several academic libraries in Nebraska partnered with the Nebraska Library Commission to form the OCLC regional consortium called NEBASE. NEBASE was established to facilitate access to OCLC services for libraries throughout Nebraska. The Library Commission was designated the managing body for the network with Rod Wagner, current Nebraska Library Commission Director, as the first NEBASE Director.
NEBASE began with nine original member libraries plus the Nebraska Library Commission, and has grown to include 146 libraries of all types and sizes including academic, research, public, school, medical, law, and special. Over the years, NEBASE has pioneered the implementation of new OCLC products and services for these libraries, including the Interlibrary Loan Subsystem, FirstSearch Group Subscription, Cataloging Express Service (CatExpress), and Cooperative Online Resource Catalog (CORC).
In addition to OCLC-based services, NEBASE coordinated related statewide network services, promoting cooperative resource sharing among libraries. NEBASE sponsored the microfiche development of NEUCAT, the Nebraska Union Catalog, and NEULIST, the Union List of Nebraska serials.
Today, member libraries across the state continue to benefit from the wide range of NEBASE products and services in the areas of cataloging, reference, and resource sharing. To enhance member libraries' management and use of these services, NEBASE provides cost-effective and innovative training, support, information, and administrative services. NEBASE is committed to providing ongoing promotion and support of Nebraska libraries in their cooperative efforts to share resources and information for the next quarter century and beyond.
Libraries of Promise
As part of the national @ your library campaign, the Nebraska Library Commission developed the Libraries of Promise @ your libraryTM Initiative. Nebraska libraries are encouraged to begin or continue work with children and youth in the development of five key areas: Mentoring, Nurturing, Serving, Teaching, and Safety. For more information, see the Library Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Libraries of Promise. s
E-Rate Funding Reported for 2000-2001
Nearly one hundred public libraries participated in the third year of e-rate funding along with the Nebraska Library Commission and three regional library systems. Communities of all sizes across the state are continuing to seek discounts on telecommunication services, Internet connectivity, and internal connections. This year the individual funding amounts ranged from $211 at Elmwood Public Library to $42,263 at Omaha Public Library.
The Library Commission continues to encourage libraries to participate in the application process for this coming year.
For more information contact Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott.
Discussion between Library Commission employees and Conversation Among Small Town Librarians (CASTL) group emphasizes the importance of E-rate in small libraries.