Nebraska Statistical Data Collection and Reporting Updated
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently released 1999 summary data describing public libraries in the United States, District of Columbia, and the outlying areas of Guam and the Northern Marianas. Additionally, the 1999/2000 public library data for Nebraska public libraries is now available online nlc.nebraska.gov/stats/.
The compilation of the Nebraska data, the Public Library Profile 1999-2000, was distributed to all public libraries in late February.
In November, the Nebraska Public Library Statistical Report was made available online (via collect.informata.com) for all public libraries in the state to report 2000-2001 statistical information using
BibliostatTM Collect. The Southeast Library System conducted the first training session on November 30. Fifteen libraries were represented at that session and several completed the entire data entry process that morning. Since then, training sessions have been held across the state. Fifty-five libraries have completed data entry in BibliostatTM Collect, and another fifty-one have begun data entry.
The overall response to online data submission has been very positive. Participants have provided excellent suggestions for enhancements to the online survey for next year's process. 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.
Participants at the BibliostatTM training conducted by the Library Commission included (l. to r.) Jane Hilton, Elwood Public Library Director, Linda Rea, Hastings Public Library Director, and Cheryl Ahrens, Arapahoe Public Library Director.
Making a Difference@ your libraryTM Visits Continue
Last spring, the Nebraska Library Commission launched a venture called "Making a Difference @ your libraryTM." As part of this project, Library Commission staff members are visiting all Nebraska public libraries to discuss successes and challenges, and plan for Twenty-first Century library service. By the end of February, 73% of the visits were completed.
For more details about this project see the Library Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Making a Difference. New photographs are added as visits are completed. For more information contact Nancy Busch, Deputy Director, at 402-471-4002, 800-307-2665.
Jeff Gilderson-Duwe, Holdrege Public Library System Director (left), conducts a tour of the library for Rod Wagner, Library Commission Director.
Louise Aldrich Nixon
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Nixon reflected at her retirement on her most satisfactory recollection of her long career. She said, "...the acceptance of better library programs by the people and their wonderful cooperation. We could not have accomplished anything alone."
Louise Nixon died September 9, 1989 at the age of ninety-two. The Louise A. Nixon Memorial Scholarship fund was established through the Nebraska Library Association in her honor. The fund supports students pursuing graduate level library education. For more information about the Nebraska Library Commission during the 1950s and 1960s, see the Library Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, click on Centennial.