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February 2003 Vol.17 No. 2 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission



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[Announcements]

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The Panhandle Library System is collaborating with the Nebraska Library Commission to employ a full-time Panhandle Library Services Coordinator (administrator), who will be a state employee based in Scottsbluff. This position offers the opportunity for a versatile professional to provide services for a multi-type regional library system in a fourteen-county area in western Nebraska. A Master of Library Science degree from an American Library Association-accredited program is required, with three years experience preferred. The job description is located on the Library Commission home page Announcements at nlc.nebraska.gov. The position will remain open until filled. A State of Nebraska job application must be completed. Apply to: www.wrk4neb.org/ or 301 Centennial Mall South, First Floor, P.O. Box 94905, Lincoln, NE 68509. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For more information contact Doreen Kuhlmann, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508, 402-471-4007, 800-307-2665, fax: 407-471-2083, e-mail: Doreen Kuhlmann.

Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Legislative Day is February 13 in Lincoln. The schedule includes a briefing at the Capitol featuring Senator Curt Bromm, luncheon with the senators, demonstration of online resources made available through the Library Commission, and a seminar with Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director of Friends of Libraries USA. For more information and to register, see the NLA Web site at www.nol.org/home/NLA/news/030107a.htm.

Upstart is unable to distribute two items that were on the order blank for the Collaborative Summer Reading Program 2003, Laugh It Up @ your libraryTM. For details about substitutions see the Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov. If you do not want the substitution, phone Upstart at 800-448-4887. Orders will be shipped by the end of February.

The Nebraska Library Commission is offering a limited amount of grant funding to help small public and school libraries purchase the new SOLINET/NEBASE netLibrary eBook Collection. Applications must be submitted electronically or by fax by March 7 or if submitting by postal mail, postmarked by March 3. For complete grant information and links to the application form, see nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/netlibraryfunding.html. For more information about the SOLINET/NEBASE netLibrary eBook Collection see the Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov .

New appointments to the Library Commission's State Advisory Council on Libraries include Theresa Jehlik, Training and Staff Development Coordinator, Omaha Public Library; Jan Boyer, Dean, University Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Rebecca Pasco, Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Library Science Programs, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Diana Johnson, Director, Stromsburg Public Library; and Sharon Osenga, Administrator, Meridian Library System.

The Nebraska Library Association's Paraprofessional Section and Technical Services Round Table will hold their Spring Conference, cosponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, on March 19 via satellite videoconference in sites across Nebraska. For more information see www.nol.org/home/NLA/PARA/paraconference.html or contact Nancy Meyer, Eastern Library System, 11929 Elm Street, Suite 12, Omaha, NE 68144, 402-330-7884, 800-627-7884, fax: 402-330-1859, e-mail: nrmeyer@alltel.net.

Meridian Library System and Northeast Library System, in cooperation with the Nebraska Library Commission, will present a Children's Services Retreat at the Leadership Center in Aurora, March 25 - 26. Sessions include Software for Kids, Story Hour With Accu-Cut, Cat and Dog Book Reviews, Children in Victorian America, and a Summer Reading Program Workshop. To register, contact Meridian Library System, 308-234-2087, 800-657-2192, e-mail: meridian@nebi.com, or Northeast Library System, 402-564-1586, 800-578-1014, e-mail: sl12430@alltel.net.

On March 28, the Eastern Library System, in cooperation with the Nebraska Library Commission, will host a Summer Reading Program Workshop at the Keene Memorial Library. The afternoon segment will feature Rob Reid, author of Something Funny Happened at the Library: How to Create Humorous Programs for Children and Young Adults. For more information contact Kathy Tooker, 402-330-7884, 800-627-7884, e-mail: ktooker@alltel.net.

The Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries provides funds to update, extend, and diversify the book collections of America's school libraries. Priority (for these grants of up to $5,000) is given to schools in which 75 - 100% of the school population receives free or reduced lunch. Deadline 5:00 p.m. est, February 28. For more information and online application forms see web2.unt.edu/lbf/.

American Library Association (ALA) Children's Book Award Winners were announced at the ALA Midwinter meeting, January 2003, in Philadelphia. ALA awards guide parents, educators, and librarians in selecting the best original and creative materials for youth. For more information see www.ala.org/pio/media_awards.html.

The Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA) is seeking an Executive Secretary to perform administration, publications, membership, and information officer duties. The Executive Secretary contracts to work approximately four hours per week, July 1 - June 30, with an honorarium of $3,500. Applicants must be NEMA members. Apply by March 14. For more information see the NEMA Web site, nema.k12.ne.us.

The Nebraska ETV Network and the award-winning PBS Kids series Reading Rainbow invite young people to participate in the Ninth Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. Children in kindergarten through third grade are encouraged to write and illustrate their own original stories and submit them by March 14. Applications, rules, and frequently-asked questions are available on the Nebraska ETV Web site, www.mynptv.org.

Nominations for the Golden Sower literary award are due March 15. Nebraska's children's choice literary award program helps develop an appreciation among Nebraska's youth for excellence in writing and beauty in illustrations. 53,070 Nebraska readers selected last year's award-winning books. To nominate books for grades K - 3 and grades 4 - 6, e-mail Judy Andrews, jandrews@omaha.lib.ne.us, for young adult books, e-mail Karon Harvey, kharveyne@yahoo.com or nominate online at www.nol.org/home/NLA/nugget/nominating/nominate.htm.

The Beaumont Foundation of America awards grants to help provide access to information technology and the skills to use it. Grants will be made in Nebraska in the 2003 grant cycle. Apply by March 31. The Foundation has three distinct grant programs:

For more information see the Library Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov, or the Beaumont Foundation of America Web site, www.bmtfoundation.com/grants/.


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

This publication was supported in part by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act.


[Continuing Education & Training]

OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer: An Alternative to Passport
February 11, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Lincoln
April 9, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Lincoln.

Learn how the OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows software combines interactive online searching and processing with optional offline editing. Audience: New and current OCLC full-cataloging users. Prerequisites: OCLC full-cataloging institutions only. Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment helpful. Instructor: Christa Burns. CE Credits: 3.

OCLC ILL Web Interface Basics (Formerly: ILL Basics Using the OCLC ILL Web Interface)
February 13, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Lincoln.
March 11, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Lincoln.
April 24, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Lincoln.
May 7, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Lincoln.

This workshop covers basic OCLC ILL service, using the Web interface (alternative to the traditional Passport interface). Audience: New ILL library staff and current users familiar with the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of searching OCLC WorldCat. Instructor: Christa Burns. CE Credits: 3.

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer (ILL ME) for Windows Version 2.10
February 19, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Lincoln.
Learn how to improve your productivity by automating repetitious and time-consuming borrowing and lending tasks. Audience: OCLC ILL users currently using or interested in using ILL ME. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC ILL system and the Windows environment. Instructor: Christa Burns. CE Credits: 3.

OCLC Connexion (formerly CORC): Cataloging Internet Resources
March 5, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Lincoln.
Learn about OCLC's cataloging tool and database of electronic resource bibliographic records. Note: While the Cataloging and Pathfinder modules of Connexion are separated into two sessions, it is recommended that staff attend both sessions, if possible. Audience: Cataloging, reference, and public services staff at OCLC full-cataloging institutions. Prerequisites: OCLC full-cataloging institutions only. Experience cataloging Internet resources helpful. Instructor: Christa Burns. CE Credits: 3.

OCLC Connexion (formerly CORC): Creating Internet Pathfinders
March 5, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst Lincoln.
Learn about OCLC's automated tool for creating and managing web-based subject guides for online resources. Note: While the Cataloging and Pathfinder modules of Connexion are separated into two sessions, it is recommended that staff attend both sessions, if possible. Audience: Cataloging, reference, and public services staff at OCLC full-cataloging institutions. Prerequisites: OCLC full-cataloging institutions only. Experience creating subject bibliographies of Web resources helpful. Instructor: Christa Burns. CE Credits: 3.

Cataloging Serials (a.k.a. Serials Cataloging Basics)
March 12, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cst, Lincoln.
March 28, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cst, Lincoln.

An introduction to the cataloging of serial publications, this workshop covers changes to serials cataloging rules found in the most recent amendments to AACR2. Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to cataloging serials on the OCLC system or wanting a refresher. This workshop is not recommended for CatExpress or libraries who do not use the OCLC system to catalog. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of cataloging and MARC tags helpful. Instructor: Margaret Mering, Principal Serials Cataloger, University of NE - Lincoln. CE Credits: 6.

Note: For all of the above activities sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission.
Location: Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members, others contact Jeannette Powell. Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.
If interested in OCLC training not listed above contact Christa Burns, 402-471-3107, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Christa Burns.

Library/Community Academy for Northeast Nebraska
February 25, in Tilden,
February 26, in Wayne,
February 27, in Columbus.
Register by February 18.
Contact: Carol Speicher, 402-564-1586, 800-578-1014, e -mail: speicher@nol.org.

The Northeast Library System, in cooperation with the Nebraska Library Commission, will present a four-session course to help public librarians assume greater roles in Nebraska communities. The first session is How Do I Lead When I Have No Authority? Each of the sessions will be offered in three locations. For more information, including dates and locations, see the Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov. There is no charge for the Academy.


For more information see Library Calendar at nlc.nebraska.gov.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits are issued by the Library Commission as part of the Nebraska Public Librarian and Board Certification Program.


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