What's Up Doc? Available Electronically
What's Up Doc? is available on the Nebraska Library Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov. What's Up Doc? is a bimonthly publication listing new state and federal documents from the Library Commission's Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse/Government Information Services. What's Up Doc? is available on the Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov, click on Publications. Nebraskans now have the choice of receiving an e-mail notice or print copies of this newsletter, upon request. Notify the Library Commission re: which option you prefer at Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, 402-471-3217, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jennifer Wrampe.
Commission Awards Grants
The Library Commission recently awarded $30,730 in grants for Excellence in Children's Library Services to thirteen Nebraska public libraries. These grants for innovative projects for children in public libraries help achieve the goals of the Libraries of Promise Campaign. For more information see the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Grants for Excellence.
The Library Commission also announced the award of $41,731 in grants for Continuing Education and Training for library staff and board members to twenty Nebraska libraries and library organizations. These grants are awarded to projects providing training and education for Nebraska library personnel, supporting skilled and knowledgeable information specialists to serve citizen information needs. The grant program is based on state funds appropriated to help Nebraska libraries move toward achieving excellence in library service, and is a result of the Libraries for the 21st Century campaign. For more information see the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Continuing Education and Training Grants.
Pam Scott Responsible for Certification
Pam Scott, Continuing Education Coordinator, has assumed responsibility for the Library Commission certification program, including all aspects of certification of public librarians and boards of trustees. For information about certification contact Pam Scott, Continuing Education Coordinator, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Pam Scott .
Organization of Materials Basic Skills Class Offered in Spring
Organization of Materials is the Basic Skills class planned for Spring 2002. Organization of Materials is one of four Basic Skills courses required for certification of librarians in public libraries. The course, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and Nebraska's Regional Library Systems, addresses Classification, the Dewey Decimal system, and descriptive cataloging. Sites and dates are listed on the Library Commission home page Announcement and Calendar, nlc.nebraska.gov. The cost for the course is $35 for online or onsite participation (lunch not included). A notebook of curriculum material will be provided. Library staff members that do not need to take this class as part of the initial requirement for certification and/or those who have already taken the course and would like a refresher will receive six hours of Continuing Education credit applied toward certification.
Contact Pam Scott (see above) for information. To register contact Jodene Glaesemann, Nebraska Library commission, The Atrium, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-2023, fax: 402-471-2083, 402-471-4009, 800-307-2665. Payment is required prior to attendance at the first class.
Gates Foundation Grants to be Awarded
Nebraska libraries will benefit from funding through the U.S. Library Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Grant funding will be awarded and computers installed in libraries from Summer 2002 through Winter 2003. Public libraries that serve communities with more than ten percent poverty, that were not previously eligible for a grant from the foundation, will be invited to apply.
Public libraries will be eligible for either a library building grant or a purchase option grant. Public libraries serving communities with more than ten percent poverty level qualify for a library building grant, including hardware, software, training, technical support, software documentation, and upgrades. Public libraries serving communities with less than ten percent of their population below the poverty level qualify for a purchase option grant, with the option to purchase identical computers and receive (at no charge to the library) software, training, technical support, software documentation, and upgrades. Guidelines for poverty level designation are set and administered by the Gates Foundation.
Grant applications will be mailed to Nebraska libraries from the Gates Foundation on March 26. Completed applications must be submitted to the Gates Foundation, postmarked no later than April 22. Workshops to assist with the application process will be held across the state in all regional library system areas.
Grants support expanding library public access to computers, the Internet, and digital information, as well as training and technical support for library staff. For additional information, including the projected timeline and grant writing workshops, see Announcements on the Nebraska Library Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov or contact Richard Miller, Library Development Director, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller.