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April '98 Vol.12 No.4 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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The Nebraska Library Commission has hired Renee Ryan as federal documents staff assistant, starting April 1. Renee has worked as an administrator for a National Guard training unit in Ashland.


National Library Week, April 19-25, and School Library Media Month, April 1998, will carry the theme "Kids Connect @ the Library" with a global twist. Nebraska libraries are urged to join in hosting programs, demonstrations and exhibits that spotlight how libraries connect people of all ages with global information resources and promote understanding of diverse cultures. For more information, search on "Kids Connect" on the Library Commission home page, /.


The purpose of the Universal Service Fund discount (also known as the "E-rate" program) is to provide discounts for libraries and schools on basic and advanced telecommunications services ranging from plain old telephone service to broadband network connections, Internet services and internal connections. The discounts, ranging from 20% to 90%, work on a sliding scale tied to level of eligibility for the local school lunch program. On January 30, 1998, the Nebraska Library Commission filed Form 470 on behalf of all public libraries in the state. The next step is for Nebraska public libraries to file Form 471 by April 15, 1998. If you have questions about this program, contact Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665, or The Schools and Libraries Corporation, 888-203-8100, http://www.slcfund.org/. Please read all the information on this Web site before filing Form 471, especially "Minimum Processing Standards" to avoid automatic rejection of Form 471.


The Spring, 1998 Book Review Lists of recommended titles are now available. Request a copy from Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel, or Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-4008 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls. Tapes will be available April 15 from Library Commission Information Services, 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Ready or your System office. A list of all books reviewed from 1990 to the present is now available on the Library Commission home page, /, search on "Book Review Database."


Grants for Excellence in Children's Services are due May 15. Funds for these grants are reserved for public libraries, but we encourage partnerships and collaborations between public libraries and schools and/or other agencies and organizations. For a packet with guidelines, explanations of the target areas, criteria for approval and an application form, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665, or Kit Keller, 402-471-3216 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller. For more information, search on "Announces Children's Grants" on the Library Commission home page, /.


The Public Librarian Certification application, the Public Library Board Certification application, and the Continuing Education Record for Board Certification forms are available in PDF format on Library Commission home page, /. Search on the above titles.


A manual from the American Library Association titled: "Children and the Internet: Guidelines for Developing Public Library Policy" is available from the Library Commission. For assistance in writing Internet policy for children, request this manual from Information Services at 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Ready.


"Planning for Results: A Public Library Transformation Process," is now available from the Public Library Association. This authoritative, practical, and all-in-one guide to library planning includes two valuable tools. "The Guidebook" is an introduction to the planning process and explains each step in the planning process, incorporating 13 service responses and guidelines for developing a customized response. "The How-to Manual" explains how to perform each step in the process, including detailed workforms to support the process, along with issues to consider for measurement and evaluation of activities. Order from the American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611 (800-545-2433, press 7). Cost: $40. The Sump Memorial Library in Papillion, NE is featured in a scenario of one of the service responses.


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries continues its Annual Visiting Scholar Program on April 17. This year's guest will be Dr. Joseph Migga Kizza, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and a 1990 Ph.D. graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He will speak on the topic of "Information Ethics in the Computer Age." The program is free to the public. For more information, search on "Kizza" on the Commission home page, /.


During the week of April 22-28, schools across the country will join together in a coordinated effort to turn their TV sets off for seven days. The fourth annual National TV-Turnoff Week is endorsed by more than 44 national organizations. For more information contact: TV-Free America, 1611 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 3A, Washington, DC 20009, 202-887-0436, e-mail: <tvfa@essential.org>.


Volunteer opportunities are now available with the Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service. Individuals are needed for: cassette tape player repair to maintain the playback equipment used to read talking books and magazines. Duties include unpacking, inspection, cleaning and repair. Talking book narrator/monitor teams include narrators to read books and magazines aloud in a recording studio, requiring pre-reading of text, determining correct pronunciation for names, words, and symbols found in text, and making accurate, aesthetic presentation during the recording session. Monitors operate the recording equipment, supervise the recording session, and assure word-for-word accuracy by following along in an identical copy of the text. On-call clerical support to assist readers service staff with mailing overdue notices, collating new borrower packets, and other filing and collating projects. To volunteer, contact Diane Wells, 402-471-4033 or 800-742-7691, e-mail: Diane Wells.


Choices for the 21st Century is your opportunity to participate in a public discussion on who we are as a nation and where we are headed in the 21st Century. This reading and discussion series, sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council and the Nebraska Center for the Book will be held at 13 Nebraska libraries this year. For more information, see the Library Commission home page, /, search on "Choices for the 21st Century."


The Paraprofessional Section of the Nebraska Library Association (NLA) will hold the 1998 Spring Conference on May 15 at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. The theme is "Building Skills for the 21st Century." For more information see the Paraprofessional Section home page, http://www.nol.org/home/NLA/parapro.html or contact Janet Greser or Mary Geibel at the Library Commission, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel.


If you do not have access to the Internet World Wide Web, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for print information about the previous announcements.


Preparation of this newsletter was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. However, the opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of that agency, and no official endorsement by that agency should be inferred.


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OCLC Union List Basics

April 14, 1 - 4 p.m. CST, Wilson Public Library, Cozad.
April 16, 1 - 4 p.m. MDT, Panhandle Library System Office, Scottsbluff.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

A basic workshop on the OCLC Union List (UL) service. Topics include: searching, retrieval, and interpretation of OCLC bibliographic records for union listing; retrieval and interpretation of union list group holdings displays; and creation, modification, and deletion of local data records (LDRs). With the addition of the OCLC Union Lists of Periodicals Database to the FirstSearch service, it is increasingly important for libraries to keep union listing data up-to-date on OCLC. Keeping up-to-date also impacts ILL requests positively, since a borrowing library may check the holdings of a potential lender to make sure the lender has the appropriate volume or year. Incorrect or old data causes superfluous ILL requests and wastes time and money. Audience: New and current union list member staff who have not updated their holdings recently and want a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog helpful. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Devra Dragos, Library Commission OCLC Member Services Coordinator. CE Credit=3.


OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows

April 14, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Wilson Public Library, Cozad.
April 16, 9 a.m. - 12 noon MDT, Panhandle Library System Office, Scottsbluff.
April 21, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

The OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows software increases productivity and reduces costs by combining online searching and processing with offline editing. The Windows version of this Micro Enhancer software retains all the functionality of the DOS version (CAT ME Plus) and offers some new features. Topics covered in this workshop include: searching for bibliographic records and authority file records interactively and in batch-mode; editing offline; original cataloging; printing labels; and workflow. Audience: New and current users with questions. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows95 environment. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Devra Dragos, Library Commission OCLC Member Services Coordinator. CE Credit=3.


Navigating OCLC's Passport for Windows

April 15, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Wilson Public Library, Cozad.
April 17, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. MDT, Oshkosh Public Library.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Learn the ins and outs of Passport for Windows. Topics include: screen layout; toolbar; online help; setting up sessions; changing settings for sessions; changes in the function keys from Passport for DOS; printing; setting up macros; accessing online reports, useful macros, and help via the World Wide Web; and signing up for listservs. Audience: New and current users who have questions. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the Windows environment. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Devra Dragos, Library Commission OCLC Member Services Coordinator. CE Credit=3.


OCLC's Passport for Windows

May 5, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

A workshop providing basic knowledge of the functions of the OCLC Passport for Windows Software. Topics include: discussion of access methods; screen layout; toolbar; online help; using Passport with the PRISM Service and OCLC Reference Services; printing; setting up macros; setting up an export destination; using diacritics and special characters; and help available on the WWW and listservs. Audience: Users who have purchased Passport for Windows and are ready to start using it. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the Windows environment. What to Bring: Questions. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Ming Jian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. CE Credit=3.


Basic Skills: Organization of Library Materials (Cataloging)

Various dates and sites this spring.
For specifics, search on "Basic Skills" Library Commission home page calendar, /calendar/libcal.html. Contact: your Library System Administrator.

Cosponsored by the Library Commission and the Regional Library Systems, this session of Basic Skills training provides information about the rudiments of cataloging and organizing materials.


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