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September '99 Vol.13 No.9 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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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 January 2000. 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 22.

The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announce an increased discount (to 15%) on Brodart Library Supplies for all Nebraska libraries. To receive this discount, refer to NE15% when placing orders. For more information about the discount, see, search on Brodart.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced the 2000 competition for the National Award for Library Service and is seeking nominations of libraries that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service, reaching beyond the expected levels of community outreach and core programs generally associated with library services. All kinds of libraries are eligible. Nomination guidelines are available on the IMLS Web site: The winners will be announced during Library Week 2000 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The Nebraska Library Commission is accepting applications for a Librarian (Services Coordinator) to serve as a consultant for Library Commission customers, dealing with issues such as library board relationships, e-rate, finance, and governance. Duties: work in conjunction with regional library systems toward improved library services statewide. Coordinate, promote, and evaluate programs and/or services of the Commission. Write and review reports and studies. Plan and conduct workshops, training activities, and other continuing education activities. Qualifications: Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from an American Library Association accredited program, plus experience in professional library/information work applicable to the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. Computer and library technology skills required. Must have a valid Nebraska driver's license with good driving record. Abilities: set goals, objectives, and strategies; communicate/interact with library professionals and nonprofessionals; read and understand federal and state directives and regulations; give presentations; deliver training; communicate effectively orally and in writing. Starting salary: $31,541. Contact Doreen Kuhlmann, Business Manager, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508, 402-471-4007, for a state application, or complete and submit application from the Nebraska State Personnel Web site at An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Deadline: September 10.

Nebraska librarians and media specialists are invited to attend the 1999 Nebraska Library Association (NLA)/Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA) Convention, "Libraries ... Media ... Technology: Facing the Challenges of the New Millennium," October 20-22 at the Cornhusker Hotel, Lincoln. For full details see

The NLA Scholarship Committee is planning a silent auction at the 1999 NLA/NEMA Conference in Lincoln to raise money for the Louise A. Nixon Scholarship fund. The committee is soliciting cash donations and items to be donated for the silent auction scheduled for October 21, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Cornhusker Hotel. Send cash contributions to committee chair Nancy Busch, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE. For more information about the scholarships, see: To contribute an item to the silent auction, send or take it to the Library Commission (see above) or your System office.

The NEBASE Annual Meeting will be held September 10, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Nebraska Center for Continuing Education, 33rd and Holdrege Streets, Lincoln. Keynote speaker Kate Nevins, Director of SOLINET, will revisit the Resource Dialog Retreat held in August 1996, and discuss the future of resource sharing. Cost: $15. For more information, contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Children's librarians, public library directors working with children, and school media specialists interested in serving on the Library Commission Youth Advisory Board should contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665.

On September 17 and 18, Oglala Lakota College and Chadron State College (CSC) will co-host the 1999 Nebraska Literature Festival on the campus of Chadron State College. The theme, "Crossing Borders: Geographical, Ethnic, and Literary Frontiers in Plains Literature," acknowledges and celebrates the interstate cooperation behind the 1999 Festival. Artists from several states, working in various formats and representing diverse cultures, will come together to read, act, discuss, and perform during the festivities. Everyone is welcome and registration is free. For more information, see Announcements on the Commission home page, For program details (as available) or to register for a Friday morning writing workshop, contact Andrew Elkins, Dept of Language and Literature, Chadron State College, 308-432-6307 or 308-432-2047, e-mail: <>.

Fall 1999 Book Reviews for Children's Services are scheduled for taping on September 24 and October 1, from 1-4 p.m. CST at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Telecommunications Center, 1800 North 33rd, Lincoln. Nebraska librarians are welcome to attend the live taping or borrow the tapes from the Regional Library Systems or from Commission Information Services, 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Information Services Team. Record your own set of tapes when they air on October 8, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The NEB*SAT 107 satellite coordinates are: Spacenet 3, Channel 4.

Nebraskans are invited to the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC)/Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists (SRMA) fall meeting in Lincoln, October 14-16. Preconference workshops on Wednesday, October 13, will include the Society of American Archivists' "Digital Imaging Technology" course (offered at the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in Omaha) and a workshop on oral history sponsored by the Oral History Association. The program is available online at Advance registration prices are in effect until September 14. Register online at

What if you ran your library like Steve Coffman, the author of the controversial article "Building Earth's Largest Library" will discuss his library philosophy during a live national satellite teleconference Thursday, October 28, 2 - 3 p.m. CDT at INCOLSA, Indianapolis, Indiana. The Nebraska Library Commission will pay the downlink fee for each site. For additional information or to register your site go to For questions, contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

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.

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Basic Skills/Collection Development

Alliance: September 1 and October 5, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Alliance Public Library.
Cozad: September 8 and October 1, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wilson Public Library.
Papillion: September 14 and October 7, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sump Memorial Library.
Lincoln: September 16 and September 28, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Nebraska Library Commission Crane Room.
Norfolk: September 20 and October 13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Norfolk Public Library.
Grand Island: September 23 and October 12, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Grand Island Public Library.
Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083.

The Basic Skills course, Collection Development, includes development of policies and procedures addressing intellectual freedom and censorship, selection of materials, budgeting, and weeding. Collection Development is one of four core classes that are part of the requirements for Public Librarian Certification, and is equivalent to 12 CE credits. For course registration, complete online questionnaire at, search on Basic Questionnaire. Send $25 course fee to the Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, Attn: Ellen Van Waart.

Friends Indeed Workshop

September 8, 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., City Hall/Community Room, 1609 16th Ave., Central City.
September 9, 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N St., Lincoln.
September 21, 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., McCook Public Library, 802 Norris Ave.
September 22, 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Gering Public Library, Community Room (downstairs), 1055 P Street.
Register by contacting your Library System Administrator, see, search on System.

Library Friends, Trustees and staff are invited to the "Friends Indeed" workshop, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and the Regional Library Systems. Topics include: Making Friends: Organizing a Friends Group; Staying Friends: Revitalizing and Maintaining the Momentum; Break and Brag: Friends group sharing and displays; Friends in Need: "Fun"draising Ideas; Fundraising on the Web; Best of Friends: A Panel of Area Friends Who Share; and Friends in Action: Friends as Advocates. Cost: $25 for one person, $20 each for two persons, $15 each for three or more persons (includes lunch). CE Credit=6.

Fundraising Training for Public Libraries

September 8, 1:30 - 7:30 p.m., (registration 1 p.m.), Holdrege Public Library, 604 East Ave. Contact: Republican Valley Library System, Dee Yost, 800-569-4961, e-mail:
October 2, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., (registration 9:30 a.m.), Ord Township Library , 1718 M Street. Contact: Meridian Library System, Sharon Osenga, 800-657-2192, e-mail:
October 5, 4 - 9:30 p.m., (registration 3:30 p.m.), Keene Memorial Library, Fremont, 1030 North Broad Street. Contact: Eastern Library System, Kathy Tooker, 800-627-7884.
October 6, 12 - 6 p.m., (lunch 11:45 a.m.), Prairie Winds Community Center, Bridgeport, 428 Main Street. Contact: Panhandle Library System, Pamela Scott, 888-879-5303.
October 12, 4 - 9:30 p.m. (registration 3:30 p.m.), Northeast Community College, Norfolk, Lifelong Learning Center. Contact: Northeast Library System, Carol Speicher, 800-578-1014, e-mail:
October 16, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dvoracek Memorial Library, Wilber, 419 West Third St. Contact: Southeast Library System, Brenda Ealey, 800-288-6063, e-mail:

The Nebraska Community Foundation presents fundraising training sessions for public libraries, cosponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and Nebraska's Regional Library Systems. Library Friends, Trustees and staff are invited. This training focuses on fundraising basics and techniques necessary to form and implement public-private partnerships to support and sustain local library services. Trainer: Jeff Yost, Vice President for Development, Nebraska Community Foundation, Inc. Cost: $12 for one meal and refreshments. CE Credit=5. Preregistration is required. Complete registration and return to your library system at least three days before the training session. Make checks payable to your system office. For more information and registration, see, search on Fundraising.

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer for Windows Version 2.0 Workshop

October 7, 9 a.m. - 12 noon, Heron Room, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Learn how to use the newest version of ILL-ME for Windows to make your interlibrary loan workflow more efficient. Audience: OCLC ILL users currently using or interested in using ILL ME including NEON libraries, with some knowledge of the OCLC ILL system. CE Credit=3. Instructor: Devra Dragos, Nebraska Library Commission OCLC Member Services Coordinator.

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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