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January 2000 Vol.14 No.1 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 trial of EBSCO products ended in December. To assist librarians in decision-making, the Commission has arranged for demonstrations of EBSCO products by EBSCO staff on February 11 at the Library Commission from 10 a.m. to noon (CST) and February 25, 10:00 A.M. to noon (MST) at Educational Service Unit #13, 4215 Avenue I in Scottsbluff. To register, e-mail: Jeannette Powell or call 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665 by February 1.

Nebraska librarians are encouraged to apply for Community Technology Fund 2000 grants. $170,000 is available for projects that further the goals and priorities of the NE Information Technology Commission (NITC) and the NITC Community Council, assisting communities in using information technology to meet the challenges of the Information Age. Guidelines, application materials, and general information are available from the Community section of the NITC web site at www.nitc. state.ne.us. Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered by February 18. Awards will be announced in April. For more information, contact Anne Byers at 402-471-3805 or e-mail: abyers@notes.state.ne.us

Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) grants will be awarded according to the following timetable:
January 5, 2000 - LSTA grant packets available on the Web.
January 27 - Training sessions on grant preparation at Educational Service Unit #9, 1117 East South Street, Hastings, 1:00-3:00 p.m. (CST). Register: Republican Valley Library System, Dee Yost, Administrator, e-mail: dyost@inebraska.com, 727 West 2nd Street, Suite 233, Hastings, NE 68901, 402-462-1975, 800-569-4961, fax: 402-462-1974. Videotape of training available on loan from Regional Library Systems and the Library Commission Information/Reference Services.
March 7 - LSTA applications received at Commission absolutely no later than 5 p.m. (CST). Fax not accepted.
May 5 - Announcement of LSTA grant recipients. For more information, contact: Richard Miller, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller.

Talking Book and Braille Service Volunteer Pat Schreurs was honored in December for seventeen years of volunteerism at the Library Commission. Thank you, Pat for your dedication and faithful service.

Libraries can save as much as 50-70% on eligible telecommunication services (such as telephone service and Internet access) through E-rate discounts. Now is the time to file the second form in the process. Urgent Notice of Upcoming Time Sensitive E-rate Deadlines:
January 12 - Last day to mail Form 471
January 19 - Last day to electronically submit Form 471 online. To learn more about this opportunity, see www.nlc. state.ne.us, search on "E-rate Urgent."

Discount prices for renewing the SIRS Database for 2000-2001 will remain the same as 1999. Pricing for SIRS Researcher or SIRS Discoverer is based on school enrollment or public library population served. Nebraska libraries can subscribe to either the CD-ROM format or the Web version of either/both program(s). The subscription period is July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2001. Subscribe or renew by filling out the form by June 1. See the Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov and search on "SIRS order form."

The Library Commission trial of Project Muse, a database of scholarly electronic journals in the humanities and social sciences, will run from January 15 through March 15. Nebraska libraries will receive a net discount of 37%. For instructions on how to subscribe to Project MUSE, see nlc.nebraska.gov and search on "project muse."

Librarians Invited to LIVE at the Library 2000: Building Cultural Communities. With major support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Lila Wallace-Readerís Digest Fund, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is launching a project to support up to 500 programs at libraries across the country. This two-year project, beginning in January 2000, will offer grant opportunities for libraries, authors, artists, and arts organizations to present theme-based cultural programs for library audiences. "Kick-off" events will take place during National Library Week in April 2000 and materials will be available. For updates, see the Public Programs website, www.ala.org/publicprograms/live/workshop99.html.

A series of videoconferences will give librarians across Nebraska the opportunity to learn about the databases and trials offered through the Nebraska Library Commission. Starting with very basic information, each subsequent videoconfernece will go into more depth. The first is scheduled on January 21 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. (CST). Packets will be available at the videoconference site for participants registered by January 7. Register by January 18 to ensure that your site will be available. Fill out the registration form at www.nlc. state.ne.us and search on "campfire chats." Call Jeannette Powell at 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665 or e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Register for the Computers in Libraries 2000 conference through the Nebraska Library Commission by February 7 and receive a group discount. The three-day conference is March 15-17 at the Washington Hilton & Towers in Washington, D.C. The discounted conference fee is $129.00 per person. As information becomes available, it will be posted to the Web site at www.infotoday.com/il2000/. Print the registration form at www.infotoday.com/cil2000/registration.pdf. Mail or fax the completed registration form to Sue Biltoft, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023. Fax: 402-471-2083. Payment (check or credit card payable to Information Today, Inc.) must accompany the registration form.

The River of Words poetry and art contest encourages children to learn their "ecological address" and to describe through poetry and art their own "place in space." Cosponsored by International Rivers Network, The Library of Congress Center for the Book and United States Poet Laureate (1995-1997) Robert Hass, entry forms are available on the web at www.irn.org or from River of Words, PO Box 4000-J, Berkeley, CA 94704, 510-433-7020, Fax 510-848-1008, e-mail: row@irn.org. The deadline is February 15, 2000.

The Nebraska Center for the Book is collecting information about groups of writers and groups of readers in Nebraska for statewide outreach and networking. Nebraskans that belong to book groups or writing groups, no matter how informal, are encouraged to share information about the groups, including the name of the group, whether it is a Book Group or Writing Group, number of members and time and place it usually meets (if desired). Specify if the group has a focus: writing poetry or family stories, or reading mysteries or novels. Send information to: The Nebraska Center for the Book, Attn.: Mel Krutz, The Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023.

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 funds allocated through the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services.

College of DuPage Teleconference Series
January 14, 2000, 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.(CST)
"Internet Power: How to keep it, How to pass it on"
March 24, 2000, 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.(CST)
"Information Power: What it is, How to know when you see it, How to use it in your library"
Contact: Ellen Van Waart, Continuing Education Coordinator, Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665.

The Nebraska Library Commission will sponsor "Soaring to Excellence 2000" from the College of DuPage. The theme of this year's series is "You Have the Power." The three programs in this year's series may be downlinked at any satellite receive site in Nebraska. If interested in viewing or taping these programs, contact Ellen Van Waart, see above. CE Credit: 2 per session.

Children's Services Retreat
January 21, 2000, noon through January 22, 2000, 11:45 a.m. (CST) at Camp Comeca, Cozad.
Contact: Meridian Library System, 3423 2nd Avenue, Suite 301, Kearney, NE 68847 or 800-657-2192. Registration is required by January 7, 2000.

The Meridian and Republican Valley Library Systems will sponsor a retreat starting with lunch on Friday. The program includes: Ages and Stages in Reading, Dr. Kathryn Rempp, Hastings College, Hastings; What Makes a Notable Book, Vicki Wood, Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln; Multiculturalism in Libraries, Linda Garcia, Omaha Public Library, Omaha; Puppets Are People, Too, Wilma Stutheit, Lincoln; Motivating Kids to Read and Booktalking, Jean Lukesh, Walnut Middle School, Grand Island; and Back to the Basics: Collection Development, Sharon Osenga, Meridian Library System, Kearney. Recreation Friday evening includes heated indoor pool, hot tub, board games, cutting machines (bring your own paper). Dress is casual.

Navigating OCLC'S
Passport for Windows March 9, 2000, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (CST), Heron Room , Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, NE. Contact: Jeannette Powell at 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 or e-mail: Jeannette Powell.
Learn the ins and outs of Passport for Windows. Topics: 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 WWW; and signing up for listserves. Audience: New users and current users with questions. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the Windows environment. What to Bring: Questions. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credits: 3 hours Instructor: Devra Dragos, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. Fees: $10 for members. Non-NEBASE members, contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665.

BASIC ILL FOR SELECTIVE OCLC USERS
March 16, 2000, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Heron Room, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, NE, Contact: Jeannette Powell at 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 or e-mail: Jeannette Powell
This workshop provides basic training on the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service for libraries who borrow materials. Topics: choosing the correct record, choosing a lender string, creating a request, updating the message file, establishing constant data records, group access capability, and using ILL policy statements in the Name-Address Directory. Audience: New selective library staff and current users with questions. Prerequisites: Passport for Windows workshop would be helpful. What to Bring: Questions. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credits: 3 hours Instructor: Devra Dragos, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. Fees: $10 for members. Non-NEBASE members, contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665.

OCLC ILL IN ONE DAY
March 21, 2000, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CST), Heron Room , Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln. Contact Jeannette Powell at 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell
This workshop will cover topics normally included in the beginning and advanced ILL workshops. In addition to covering how to create and fill ILL requests, we will talk about streamlining the ILL process and handling advanced problems. Topics: choosing the correct record, creating requests for items which have not been cataloged in OCLC, creating custom holdings, using union lists, modifying NAD record and constant data records, using FirstSearch to create requests, ILL Direct Request Service, ILL Fee Management (IFM), and statistical reports. Audience: New users and current users with questions. Prerequisites: The Passport for Windows Workshop is helpful for new users. What to Bring: Questions. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credits: 6 hours. Instructor: Devra Dragos, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. Fees: $10 for members. Non-NEBASE members, contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665.

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


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