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May '98 Vol.12 No.5 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Information about the 1998 LSTA technology grant program has been mailed to public, school, academic, institutional and special libraries. The information is also available on the Library Commission home page, /, search on LSTA. For a print copy contact Sally Snyder, 402-471-4003 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder.


"Using the Conspectus Method: A Collection Assessment Handbook," by Mary Bushing, Burns Davis of the Library Commission, and Nancy Powell, has become an academic best seller. Congratulations, Mary, Burns and Nancy!


Annie Sternburg, Library Commission Internet Librarian, will be leaving the Commission effective May 15. Annie and her family will be moving to South Dakota. We wish them well.


Angela Ames, Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Circulation Clerk, will be leaving the Commission effective May 29 to begin her Masters Degree in Library and Information Science. Good luck!


The State Advisory Council on Libraries will hold a regularly scheduled meeting on June 12 at Creighton University in Omaha. The agenda for the meeting will be posted on the Library Commission home page during the week prior to the meeting, /, search for "State Advisory Council Agenda." For a print copy or for more information contact Sally Snyder at the Library Commission, 402-471-4003 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder. If special accommodations are needed for you to attend this meeting (including interpreters for the hearing impaired) contact Doreen Kuhlmann, 402-471-4007 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Doreen Kuhlmann .


The Nebraska Library Commission Library Services and Technology Act Five Year Plan is available on the Library Commission home page, /, search on "Strategic Planning Documents." For a print version, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665 or e-mail: Mary Geibel.


Preliminary data is available from the 1996/1997 Public Library Statistical Reports. See the Library Commission home page, /, search on "Public Library Statistical Reports."


The Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries adopted a resolution regarding state support for library services on March 20, in Kearney. The resolution can be found on the Library Commission home page at /news/content/390.html. For a print copy contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel.


The Nebraska Library Commission and the six Regional Library Systems have convened a task force to review the Nebraska Public Librarian and Board Certification program, including the Basic Skills courses. This is the first comprehensive evaluation in the ten years that the Certification Program has been in existence. The goals of the Public Librarian Certification Program are to: improve library service throughout the state; motivate public librarians to acquire, maintain and develop skills; recognize public librarians who update their knowledge and skills; update the image of librarians and libraries; and provide guidelines for public library boards to select and retain personnel. The goals of the Board Certification Program are to improve the library, increase Board involvement, fulfill Library Accreditation requirements and organize continuing education activities for Board members. The task force, in conjunction with an outside evaluator, will design and administer an evaluation to see if the programs have succeeded in achieving these purposes and goals. The group will also develop recommendations, to be forwarded to the Director of the Library Commission for consideration. Participants in the Certification program may be contacted in the next few months for opinions on the program's effect on your library skills and the library services you provide to your community. The members of the Task Force are Nancy Busch, Richard Miller, Ellen Van Waart, Library Commission; Sharon Osenga, Meridian Library System Administrator; Kathy Tooker, Eastern Library System Administrator; Pam Scott, Panhandle Library System Administrator; Brenda Ealey, Southeast Library System Administrator; and Carol Speicher, Northeast Library System Administrator.


Pricing Information for SIRS Researcher and SIRS Discoverer is now available. The order deadline is June 1. Pricing information for Health Source Plus, Health Reference Center and General Reference Center Select/Supertom databases is also available. Order deadline is May 15. This information is located on the Library Commission home page, http://www. nlc.state.ne.us/, search on "databases." For more information or a print copy, contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.


Children's Book Review tapes are now available. Twelve Nebraska reviewers give short reviews of the newest and best of children's and young adult books. One tape includes reviews for preschool to third grade level books and the other tape focuses on books for third through twelfth graders. The accompanying lists provide room for your own written comments. Bibliographic and ordering information is included along with recommended grade levels and gender most likely to read books, genre or theme. Contact your system office or Reference/Information Services at the Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Information Services Team to put your name on a reservation list.


The Library Commission Reference Team wants to help Nebraska librarians get their jobs done. Don't hesitate to call us if you have a question in the area of Library Science. We can help you locate that wonderful article from Library Journal that you need to find again, find out which library schools offer ALA accreditation, or find book reviews for a book that is being challenged in your library. If you have a question from a patron that you need help with, your System Resource Center is the place to call. We support the backup reference system by helping the Resource Centers if they request our assistance. The Library Commission Reference Team staffs our information desk from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you use our 800 number, ask to be transferred to the information desk. Still have questions? Call Lisa Brawner at the Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4015 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Information Services Team.


The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) has placed a membership form on their home page at http://www.nol.org/home/NLA/nlamembership.html. Since 1998 membership dues are now due, Maggie Harding, NLA Executive Director, asks that all NLA members print the form and submit it to her as soon as possible or contact her for a print form, P.O. Box 98, Crete, NE, 68333, 402-826-2636, e-mail: gh12521@navix.net.


Nebraska Center for the Book recently mailed their Spring newsletter in a new format. For a copy, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel.


The Paraprofessional Section of the Nebraska Library Association (NLA) will hold the 1998 Spring Conference on May 15 at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. For more information see the Paraprofessional Section home page, or contact Janet Greser or Mary Geibel at the Library Commission, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel.


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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NLA College & University Section Joint Conference

May 7-8, Drake University, Des Moines, IA.
Contact: ILA/ACRL Spring Program Chair Ellen Neuhaus, 319-273-6003.

Joint College and University Section/Iowa ACRL Chapter Spring Conference. For more information or to register online, see http://www.creighton.edu/~clbeau/cuhome.htm.

OCLC Union List Basics

May 13, 9 a.m. - 12 noon, University of Nebraska at Omaha Library Computer Lab.
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. What to Bring: Questions. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Devra Dragos, Library Commission OCLC Member Services Coordinator. CE Credit=3.Cost: $10 for members. If you are not a NEBASE member, please contact Jeannette Powell (see above) for registration fee.


OCLC Authority File: An Introduction

May 20, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

An introductory workshop on the content and use of the OCLC Name and Subject Authority File. Use of the Authority File is an integral part of inputting original catalog records. In addition, it provides a cost-effective means of determining the appropriate form of heading to use when performing a keyword search in OCLC. Topics include: the purpose of Authority Control; search strategies to enhance retrieval and improve efficiency; explanation of OCLC costs associated with the Authority File; structure of an authority record; fixed and variable fields; exporting authority records to your local system; applying authority file data to a card catalog; and a discussion of outsourcing local databases to Authority Control vendors. Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to using Authority Files or wanting a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog helpful. What to Bring: A copy of the OCLC Authorities User Guide, 2nd ed. and authority questions for hands-on. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Sandy Herzinger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. CE Credit=5. Cost: $10 for members. If you are not a NEBASE member, please contact Jeannette Powell (see above) for registration fee.


Government Documents Librarians Meeting

June 5, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., University of Nebraska-Lincoln Love Library Instructional Room, second floor.
Contact: Beth Goble, Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4017 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Beth Goble.

The morning session will be an update from the spring Government Printing Office (GPO) meeting in Washington and a discussion of the state depository plan. The afternoon session will be a discussion of the state documents core list and archiving of electronic state publications. For registration information, contact Beth Goble (see above).


NEBASE Annual Meeting

June 19, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hastings, NE, Holiday Inn.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Donald Clifton, Chairman of Gallup, Inc., will explore the "Theory of the Dipper and the Bucket," a story about the incredible power of affirmation. Eric Childress, OCLC, will present a Review and Summary of OCLC's Investigation Into Services for Small Libraries in Consortia.


ESL (English as a Second Language)…From Theory to Practice

June 26-27, at the Beadle Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Contact: Sheila Jacobs, Lincoln City Libraries, 402-441-8546, e-mail: smjacobs@rand.lcl.lib.ne.us for a registration brochure. Registration deadline: June 12.

A statewide workshop for practitioners and others working with Non-English speakers. The featured presenter will be the Spring Institute for International Studies. The Institute has been designated by the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement and the Colorado Refugee Services program to provide technical assistance for English Language Training programs serving refugees. Other topics include: mental health and learning disability issues in a classroom setting, using the Internet to develop an ESL curriculum, and presentations from Immigration and Nationalization Service (INS) and State Refugee and Resettlement officials. Cost: $20 for either or both days.


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