Income and Social Census Data Released
ow many people in your community have incomes below the poverty level? How many people live in rental accommodation? Are there businesses or non-profit agencies writing grant proposals who want this type of information? Do they need to know how your county compares with other counties in the state? On May 21, the Census Bureau released Nebraska income and social data from the 2000 Census that can help answer questions like this. It's easy to use at this Census 2000 Profiles Web site, see censtats.census.gov/pub/profiles.shtml.
All you have to do is select a state, type in the name of a county, township or town (e.g. Thurston, Shelton, Cedar Rapids), click on the link for the geographic area you want (the system does a rough keyword search and may bring up several links), then click on the name of one of the four featured tables to bring up a printable, one-page file in .pdf format.
Data for census tracts and blocks will be released between June and September.
Search tips: To bring up a list of all Nebraska counties, townships and towns type an asterisk * instead of a place name in the keyword search box. The profiles are linked from the Library Commission's Electronic Library, see nlc.nebraska.gov, Census category, Census 2000 Profiles.
The Center for Public Affairs Research at University of Nebraska Omaha, see www.unomaha.edu, posts several tables showing historical trends and ranking counties by social, income, and housing characteristics.
For more information on Census data for Nebraska communities contact the Library Commission Reference/Information Services, 402-471-4016, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Ready.
NEBASE Meeting Held in Alliance
NEBASE, Nebraska's regional network for OCLC services, sponsored the NEBASE 2002 Annual Meeting-West this spring at the Alliance Public Library. Forty-eight participants made this year's meeting the most highly attended western meeting ever held. Updates were presented on OCLC Members Council; NEBASE Advisory Council; the Library Commission's Network Services; OCLC Products, Services, and Future Plans; and Gates Foundation Grants. Workshops on FirstSearch and OCLC ILL Web Interface were presented.
The 2002 NEBASE Annual Meeting-East will be held October 3, 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. CDT in Lincoln at the Cornhusker Hotel. Registrations will begin September 3. All Nebraska librarians are invited to attend. For more information contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.
Children's Librarians Connect across the Miles
During the two years the Children's Services Videoconferences have been held, the number of participating children's and young adult librarians has increased from twenty-five to eighty. In addition, librarians from remote areas like Bassett, O'Neill, and Crawford (who may find it most difficult to travel to attend continuing education programs) have attended nearly all of the sessions. Rossella Tesch, children's librarian at Chadron Public Library says, "The Children's Services Videoconferences are my main source of information on what others are doing and my main source of feedback on my activities. Here in the Panhandle, the videoconferences are very important."
As local library budgets tighten and priorities change, children's librarians report that it is increasingly difficult to attend continuing education events. A recent needs survey rated opportunities for continuing education and ongoing communication as a major need. The Nebraska Library Commission Youth Advisory Board recommended that opportunities to share
ideas and to get to know colleagues from all parts of Nebraska be developed. Programming via the state's interactive videoconferencing system meets the need for reasonably priced continuing education that doesn't require excessive travel. Topics explored during the quarterly discussions included Children's Book Week, Read Across America, National Library Week, Story Program Ideas, Golden Sower Awards, Great Internet Sites, and Information Literacy.Topics planned for 2002-2003 are Delivering Services to Spanish-speaking Youth (July 26), Serving Home-schooled Youth, Planning Toddler Programs, and School/Public Library Cooperation. Librarians are encouraged to participate at sites throughout Nebraska. There is no charge and participants receive continuing education credit. For more information contact Mary Jackson, Coordinator of Children's and Young Adult Services, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665.