Technology Grants for
Nebraska Library Commission awarded $260,034 in Library Technology
Grants in FY 2002 to Nebraska libraries to improve public access to
electronic information. Grants are funded through federal Library
Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, allocated by congress and
made available through the Institute of Museum and Library Services
(IMLS), as well as State of Nebraska funds for library technology
allocated by the Nebraska Legislature. Grants were awarded by the
Commission according to the long-range plan, Libraries for the 21st
Century. For more information see the Commission home page at <nlc.nebraska.gov>,
search on LSTA Grant Recipients. LSTA grant recipients were:
Bassett, Rock County Public Library
David City, Hruska Memorial Library
Laurel Community Learning Center
Ogallala, Goodall City Library
South Sioux City
Wilber, Dvoracek Memorial Library
Regional Library System Partnership
Beatrice State Developmental Center
Library Commission Participates in
Liz Bishoff, Colorado Digitization Project
Director, (standing in background) conducts the
Introduction to Digitization Workshop.
Trails is a four-state museum-library collaborative funded through a National
Leadership Grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services
(IMLS) in October 2001
The grant funds this partnership to digitize and provide World Wide Web
access to photographs, text, and maps about historic and modern trails
in Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Kansas. Records for the images will
be stored in databases that can be searched from a common search engine.
$498,637 from IMLS is matched by $682,134 from the state partners. State
project coordinators received $20,000 to develop and implement project
Offering training programs.
Working with project participants
to produce at least 2,500 images from each state.
Meeting with other states
to establish scanning and metadata standards and to work out database
Creating and maintaining
a Web site for the state project.
Creating a centralized
database of metadata records.
Promoting the project.
Participants (including the Buffalo County Historical Society, Nebraska
Library Commission, Nebraska State Historical Society, Omaha Public Library,
Oregon Trail Museum Association, Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer,
and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries) will contribute images to
the Nebraska project and share sub-grant funding. Nebraska is rich in
trails of all types, including pioneer wagon trails, railroads, highways,
and modern recreational trails. The images will reflect a broad interpretation
of the trails theme.
An Introduction to Digitization workshop was held at the Library Commission
in February. Fifty participants from Nebraska colleges, museums, historical
societies, archives, and libraries learned the basics of planning a project,
legal issues, metadata creation, scanning, and project management. For
more information contact Beth Goble, Government Information Services Coordinator,
402-471-4017, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Beth Goble
or see the Nebraska Library Commission Web site, <nlc.nebraska.gov>,
search on Western Trails.