News of Nebraska Libraries and People
Governor Mike Johanns recently reappointed Commissioners Wally Seiler, Richard Jussel, and Velma Sims to second terms (expiring 2004) on the Nebraska Library Commission.
Shannon White is the Library Commission's new Network Services Director. Shannon was previously Assistant Director, Information Technology Librarian, at the University of West Alabama in Livingston, AL. She has experience in overall library management; automated system administration; library technology coordination, including training and technical support; Web site design and content maintenance; as well as selection, acquisition, and maintenance of electronic resources and vendor contacts.
Pam Scott was appointed Library Commission Continuing Education Coordinator this spring. Pam previously served as a Library Development Consultant and as Panhandle Library System Administrator.
Bonnie Henzel is the Library Commission's 2001 Employee of the Year. Her contributions to the work of the documents team, including her work with the automated system, scanning projects, documents inventories, state publications online, and numerous improvements in operating procedures, were noted in her nomination. Congratulations, Bonnie!
The Midlands/Western Conference of Librarians Serving the Blind and Physically Handicapped, was held in Salt Lake City in May. Talking Book and Braille Service staff members Kay Goehring and Dave Oertli attended.
The 2001 Nebraska Literature Festival, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, will be held September 21,22 at Peru State College. The focus this year will be on living writers with the theme, The Writing Life. For more information see www.peru.edu/arts-sci/litfest/index.html.
Concordia University will host the sixth annual Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival September 27,29. Contact Prof. Janell Uffelman, Concordia University, 800 N. Columbia, Seward, NE 68434, 402-643-7318, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The third annual Pen Pointers Writers Workshop will be held on September 29 at the Senior Citizens Center in Pilger. Contact LaRayne Meyer, PO Box 385, Pilger, NE 68768-0385, 402-396-3369.
City Administrator Lance Hedquist of South Sioux City, a long-time library supporter, recently received a Technology Leadership Award from Public Technology, Inc.
Information about Masters in Library Science Programs in Nebraska is now available. Two institutions will offer Distance Education programs, with a target starting date of January 2002. For more information contact Dr. Becky Pasco, 402-554-2119, e-mail: email@example.com.
The Nebraska Library Commission recently provided the six Regional Library Systems with a grant to purchase a digital camera for each of the systems. local library staff members are welcome to check out the cameras from the system offices. The grant is financed with state funding designated for library technology.
Libraries were among the recipients of the Nebraska Information Technology Commission (NITC) grants for information technology projects. The Bruun Memorial Public Library of Humboldt, the Humboldt Public School Library-Media Center, and the Table Rock-Steinauer School Library-Media Center were awarded $18,600 to purchase and share a library automation system. The Beatrice Public Library was awarded $22,932 to partner with the Blue Rivers Area Agency on Aging to provide instruction to senior citizens on the use of the Internet.
Winners of the Nebraska Library Association 2001 Scholarships were recently announced. They are Louise A. Nixon Scholarship: Christine Jorgensen, Reference Librarian, Milton R. and Pauline S. Abrahams Library, Joslyn Art Museum, and Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Photo Archivist, Jim Krantz Studios in Omaha, and Duane Munson Scholarship: Melissa Lightle, K,12 Library Media Specialist, Lyons-Decatur Northeast Schools.
New Library Directors include: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Jan Roth; Campbell Public Library, Kathy Jacobs; Fairbury Public Library, Alicia Graybill; Schuyler Public Library, MeMe Smith; South Sioux City Public Library, Jacqueline Smith; Spencer Township Library, Paulette Black; Wolbach Public Library, Susan Jewel; University Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Jan Boyer; and Levitt Learning Library, York College, Ken Gunselman.