News of Nebraska Libraries and People...
This January, the library board and staff of the Scottsbluff Public Library honored Shirley Flack on her retirement after thirty-one years as Library Director.
Jim Soester, Chadron State College Coordinator of Library Services, was recently appointed to the OCLC Reference Services Advisory Committee.
Stromsburg residents voted, "Yes" by a two to one margin to support the construction of a new library. Bids will be let soon, with groundbreaking planned for late spring/early summer.
The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Citations Committee invites nominations for the 2000 Meritorious Service and Mari Sandoz Awards. Nominations and letters of support must be received by Verne Haselwood, Chair, NLA Citations Committee, 9919 Pasadena Ave., Omaha, NE 68124, firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30. For more information, see the Commission home page Announcements.
The Nebraska Center for the Book Nebraska Book Awards program will recognize books written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska, or relating to Nebraska. For more information, see the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov,, search on Book Awards. Deadline for entries is May 15.
Panhandle Library System Board hired Susan Baird as the new System Administrator. She formerly worked with Panhandle Community Services in Gering and Gering Public Library.
The thirteenth annual statewide exhibition, Food for Thought, from the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was hosted by the Holdrege Public Library System this spring.
The Bloomfield Library celebrated the move into a new location, with a winter Open House. More than 100 people visited the new facility.
$88,400 in grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will provide new computers, increased Internet access, and a training facility for the Omaha Public Library. The grant-funded equipment will be available for use by the public in June.
Kit Keller recently assumed new responsibilities as Library Commission Library Data Services Coordinator. She will have responsibility for development of an Intranet, a Knowledge Management Plan, and educational components related to agency data collection and storage.
The NE Department of Economic Development recently recognized the Creighton Library Foundation for their new public library and the community of Alliance for their new joint public library and community college facility.
The Kearney Public Library and Information Center recently launched a new home page. The new address is www.kearneylib.org.
The Library Commission recently awarded grants for Excellence in Children's Library Services. These grants help achieve the Commission Long Range Plan, Libraries for the 21st Century, Goal 5c: ""develop, maintain, and support library services to children and young adults." For more information, see the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov,, search on 2000 Children's.
The Nebraska Library Commission recently hired Evelyn Kubert, currently the librarian at the Media Center for Churches, to serve as Interlibrary Loan/Back-up Reference staff.
Lisa Kelly, Nebraska Library Commission Reference Services Coordinator, developed a Web page for new librarians in Nebraska at the Commission's Electronic Library. See the Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on New Librarian.
The Talking Book and Braille Service at the Nebraska Library Commission recently promoted Sarah LaBrie to Reader's Advisor.
New library directors include: Bruning Public Library, Cathy Otto; Butler Memorial Library in Cambridge, Debra Young; Carleton Public Library, Marguerite McBride; Hooker County Library in Mullen, Julie Pfeiffer; Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital Library, Hastings, Ella Rathod; Minatare Public Library, Lillian Covalt; Panhandle Library System, Susan Baird; Pilger Public Library, Anne Taylor; and Valparaiso Public Library, Mary Rittenburg.