Accreditation Applications Distributed
On July 16, the Library Commission distributed applications for the Public Library Accreditation program to all public libraries scheduled to renew their accreditation, and to unaccredited libraries. These applications are due at the Library Commission by September 1. Certificates of Accreditation will be mailed on October 1 to all libraries that meet the necessary requirements. To be accredited, public libraries must meet the twenty Basic Guidelines for service (see nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/revguid.html), meet the maintenance of effort requirement, and have submitted a Public Library Statistical Report FY1999/2000. The Basic Guidelines define a minimum level of public library service for Nebraska citizens. Accredited libraries are eligible for direct state aid to public libraries and other grant programs through the Nebraska Library Commission. The Advanced Guidelines offer a challenge for developing and improving library services beyond this basic level. Libraries must meet sixteen of the Advanced Guidelines to be awarded Advanced Guidelines status. For more information contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller, or see the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Accreditation.
Commission Contracts for Statistical Tools
The Library Commission recently 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 recently convened a focus group of Nebraska librarians, who met to discuss the issues involved in the use of these products.
The group had suggestions about definitions of both existing and new data elements, as well as recommendations about how workshops might be structured for the introduction of these products. It was suggested that an Advisory Group for Statistical Issues be established to review some of these topics on a regular basis, and provide statewide input on issues that impact all public libraries. For additional information contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, (see above) or see the Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Bibliostat.
Statewide Databases Renewed for FY 2001/2002
The Nebraska Library Commission recently renewed all the databases the Commission subscribed to on a statewide basis during FY 2000/2001. The subscription period for these databases begins July 1, 2001 and ends June 30, 2002. These databases include:
Wilson OmniFile Full Text Select and Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated
Books in Print with Reviews
FirstSearch (Includes access to the following: ArticleFirst, GPO Monthly Catalog, OCLC Union List of Periodicals, ContentsFirst, PapersFirst, Electronic Collections Online, MEDLINE, ProceedingsFirst, ERIC, NetFirst, WorldCat, and The World Almanac.)
Electric Library (Due to limited funding, this contract is limited to public and post-secondary libraries.)
Kiplinger Business Forecasts
Access will automatically continue throughout the new subscription term for libraries already signed up for these databases. No action is needed to maintain this access. Libraries not signed up for one or more of these databases can register by filling out and submitting the online form located at nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/dbreg.html. In addition to renewing statewide subscriptions, the Commission has also arranged for discounted pricing on additional databases on behalf of Nebraska libraries. The following databases can still be ordered: AccessScience, American National Biography, Britannica Online, CIS/Lexis-Nexis (multiple products), Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, CQ Press (CQ Researcher, CQ Weekly, and Electronic Encyclopedia of American Government), Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, Grolier (multiple products), Grove Dictionary of Art Online, Oxford English Dictionary, Project MUSE, and SIRS. For more information about these databases see nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/pricing.html.