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September '97 Vol.11 No.9 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Kandi M. Gordon Thomas joined the Nebraska Library Commission staff in August as a staff assistant with the Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse service. Kandi comes to the Commission from Lincoln City Libraries, where she worked for the past six years. Kandi will be working with the federal and state documents programs.


Nominations for the State Advisory Council on Libraries are invited. New appointments will be made by the Commissioners in November for three-year terms beginning in January 1998. The Council meets four times annually and advises the Library Commission on federal library programs and other issues. Council members are chosen from libraries in public, academic, school, and special settings, or are library customers. Submit nominations to Sally Snyder, 402-471-4003 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder by October 15.


Starting in September, the Nebraska Library Commission has arranged for several additional free trials of databases. These include NEWSBANK, Electric Library, Current Contents (via OVID and/or IAC), OVID, Encyclopedia Americana and Encyclopedia Britannica. These services are offered for different time periods. At the end of the trial, librarians will have the opportunity to subscribe to each of the services. For details about vendors, services and dates of the trial, see: /netserv/trial.html. Register for the trials by following the links to the registration form. If you have any questions after consulting the Library Commission Home Page, please contact Jo Budler, 402-471-4031 or 800-307-2665 or Allana Novotny, 402-471-6681 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Allana Novotny .


National Issues-Local Decisions Satellite Series: The Nebraska Library Commission will sponsor a series of six satellite teleconferences on a variety of library issues aimed at all librarians (public, academic, school, corporate, institutional and government). The programs, produced by the College of DuPage, will begin on October 17, with the topic "Libraries, the Internet, and the First Amendment." There is no charge for these programs. They can be downlinked at any satellite site in Nebraska. To obtain further information about setting up a site or viewing these programs, contact Ellen Van Waart at the Library Commission, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665.


The U.S. Postal Service has proposed a 28.57 percent library rate increase (for the first pound) in a July request to change postal rates, fees and classifications. The American Library Association (ALA) filed a legal challenge to the proposed increases. The increases for the library rate are much higher than anticipated. For more information, see the Library Commission Home Page at /news/content/298.html or contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for a print copy.


Fall 1997 Book Reviews for Children's Services will be taped at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, 33rd and Holdrege, on September 19 (preschool to grade 3) and September 26 (grades 3-12), from 1 - 4 p.m. CT. Librarians and media specialists are invited to attend the taping session or to request the tapes from Library Commission Information Services or any Regional Library System Office. Librarians may also make a copy of the tapes when they are aired from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT on September 30. The NEB*SAT 102 satellite coordinates are: Spacenet 3, Channel 4.


The Library Commission Youth Advisory Board will meet on October 3 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is the only face-to-face meeting of the year and will be held in Lincoln at the Library Commission. Youth Advisory Board members will receive informational letters and agendas before the meeting, also posted on the Commission Home Page at /libdev/child.html.


Share Fairs for children's librarians and media specialists are scheduled at the Goodall City Library in Ogallala on September 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. MT, and at the Library Commission in Lincoln on October 3, from 1 to 6 p.m. CT, following the Youth Advisory Board meeting. Plan to attend and share your ideas and talents. Nationally known storyteller Nancy Duncan will conduct sessions at both sites. For further information or to receive a brochure, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665.


"Treasure Your Library" was chosen as the theme for the 1999 Cooperative Summer Library Program Manual. Upstart will develop it. Now is the time to submit ideas for activities, games, programs, slogans, designs, clip art and illustrations, and books for the bibliographies for "Treasure Your Library." Contributions should be original, but need not be final. Material will become the property of the Cooperative if used. Please send your suggestions by October 15 to Roy Kenagy, State Library of Iowa, E. 12 and Grand, Des Moines, IA, 50319, e-mail: rkenagy@mail.lib.state.ia.us.


"Libraries: Leading the Way for a Successful Future" is the theme for the 1997 Nebraska Library Association (NLA)/Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA) Annual Conference, October 29-31 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Omaha. As speakers and programs are announced and as more details become available, additional information will appear on the NLA Publicity Committee's Web page, http://www.novia.net/~eierkopf/conference.html.


Sign up for the NLA/NEMA preconference: "MADness, Censorship and Certitude," sponsored by the six Nebraska Regional Library Systems, October 29, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, Omaha, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It features Joe Raiola, associate editor of MAD Magazine, and a panel discussion with three Nebraska religious leaders moderated by Joe Raiola. Fee: $55 if preregisterd; $60 at the door. Lunch included. For more information and registration information, contact: Northeast Library System, 402-564-1586. Deadline to register: October 22.


Lassie, the world's most famous dog, is "spokesdog" for the ALA National Library Card Sign-up Month in September. For more than 30 years, Lassie's stories of love, loyalty, courage and adventure have captured the hearts of loyal fans of books and movies, radio and television. Lassie can "speak" out for your library during Library Card Sign-up Month September 1997, when ALA and libraries across the country remind parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply of all. For a free ALA Graphics Catalog call 800-545-2433, press 7, or see http://www.ala.org/.


Banned Books Week, September 20-27, 1997, is the sixteenth annual promotion celebrating the freedom to read. Firmly rooted in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the rights to freedom of speech and freedom of press require vigilance to keep them vital. Banned Books Week is cosponsored by the American Library Association to draw attention to the danger of restraints on the availability of information in a free society. For more information, see http://www.ala.org/bbooks/.


The Third Annual International Summit on Service to the Citizen will be held October 8-9, at the Adams Mark Hotel, Denver, CO. This forum will develop and promote the solutions, technology and innovations necessary to meet the challenges of delivering public services in the 21st century. It will build government understanding and use of information technology as a strategic resource to help deliver and manage public services and promote economic development. For more information, see http://www.govtech.net/.


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Follett User Meeting

September 15, Gretna Public Library, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
September 16, Wayne Public Library, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
September 17, University of Nebraska-Kearney, Ryan Library, Jennings Room, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
September 18, Gering Public Library, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Contact: Pam Scott, Panhandle Library System, 308-632-1350.

Presentation of hardware, software needs, with various versions of Follett software-circulation and cataloging, inventory scanner, upgrading. Cost: $5.


Basic Skills, Fall 1997
Collection Development

Holdrege Public Library System, September 22 and 29, 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Richard MacDonald.
Gering Public Library, September 22 and October 6, 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Pam Scott.
McCook Community College, Von Riesen Library, September 23 and 30, 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Irple Ruby.
Keene Memorial Library, Fremont, September 26 and October 3, 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Kathy Tooker.
Neligh Public Library, October 1 and 8, 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Ruth Strassler.
Northeast Library System Office, 2813 13th St., Columbus, October 3 and 10, 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Kay Schmid.
Crete Public Library, October 3 and 10, 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Lisa Olivigni-Maddox.
Ord Public Library, October 6 and 15, 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Sharon Osenga.
Contact: Kit Keller, 402-471-3216 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Two-day Basic Skills class (must attend both). Course includes development of policies and procedures addressing intellectual freedom and censorship, selection of materials, budgeting, and weeding. Use of appropriate selection tools is discussed. Cost for the 2-day class: $25.


OCLC Cataloging II: Serials

October 3, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. CT, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell, fax: 402-471-2083.

An introduction to cataloging serials. This workshop will focus on the cataloging rules, MARC fields, and OCLC input standards important to serials. Topics include: discussion of what is and is not a serial; standard bibliographic description; assigning access points including names, series, and subject headings; uniform titles as they apply to serials; brief introduction to reprints, newspapers, microforms, and electronic journals; and an introduction to additional cataloging tools such as the OCLC Authority File and Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd ed. revised (AACR2r). Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to cataloging serials on the OCLC system or wanting a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog would be helpful and OCLC Cataloging I or equivalent experience. What to Bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed., OCLC MARC Code List, AACR2r (optional), and serials with cataloging questions for discussion. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credit=5.


OCLC Cataloging II: Sound Recordings

October 17, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. CT, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell, fax: 402-471-2083.

An introduction to cataloging sound recordings, both musical and spoken-word. This workshop will focus on the cataloging rules, MARC fields, and OCLC input standards which are important to sound recordings. Topics include: standard bibliographic description, assigning access points including names, series, and subject headings, accompanying materials, brief introduction to uniform titles as they apply to sound recordings, and an introduction to additional cataloging tools such as the OCLC Authority File and Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd ed. revised (AACR2r). Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to cataloging sound recordings on the OCLC system or wanting a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog would be helpful and OCLC Cataloging I or equivalent experience. What to Bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed., OCLC MARC Code List, AACR2r (optional), and sound recordings with cataloging questions for discussion. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credit=5.


RuralTeleCon '97: Making Technology Work for Rural Communities

October 20 and 21, Aspen, CO.
Contact: Toni Black, 800-621-8559, ext. 8365

RuralTeleCon, the first national conference on the use of electronic communications and information systems for rural community development, will draw on the broad range of perspectives of conference participants, including practitioners, policy makers, and government agencies. It will provide a forum for interaction, with time for individuals to network with peers and experts in rural telecommunications.


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