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April 2001 Vol.15 No. 4 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 is launching a new venture this spring: Making a Difference @ your libraryTM. Between April 2001 and February 2002 Nebraska Library Commission representatives will visit all public libraries across the state to talk with library staff members, trustees, and other interested community members. Commission staff will begin contacting libraries in April to schedule the visits and provide additional information. For more information see the Commission home page announcements at nlc.nebraska.gov.

Nebraska is one of sixteen states to benefit from funding through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Grants will be awarded and computers installed in libraries from summer 2002 through fall 2003. Public libraries that serve communities with more than ten percent poverty that were not previously eligible for a grant from the foundation will be invited to apply. Details will be shared with libraries and the media, as they are made available. For more information see the Library Commission home page announcements at nlc.nebraska.gov and www.gatesfoundation.org.

Grants are available from the Nebraska Library Commission for special projects in the area of children's services. Public libraries may apply to strengthen and improve areas of effort as pledged through the Libraries of Promise Initiative. The five areas of effort are: mentoring, nurturing, teaching, serving, and safety. Grant amounts requested should be adequate to undertake a specific project in one or more of the five areas of effort and to raise public awareness of the library's work in this area. Applications must be submitted to the Library Commission by May 25. To obtain a packet with guidelines, explanations of the targeted areas of effort, criteria for award, and an application form, contact Mary Jackson at 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665, or Sally Snyder at 402-471-4003, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder.

Three new members were recently appointed to the Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service Advisory Committee. New to the committee are Candace Laursen and Cheryl Roblyer, both of North Platte, and Diane Potter, of Omaha. Amy Buresh, of Lincoln, was reappointed for a second term. Other committee members include Alisa Gunther, of Gering; Robert Howard, of Greenwood; Gladys Maxwell, of Norfolk; Constance Merritt and Stephen Speicher, both of Lincoln.

The Nebraska Book Awards program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, recognizes and honors books written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska, or relating to Nebraska. Nominations must be submitted by June 30. For more information about how to enter a book in the competition see the Library Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on 2001 Book Awards Competition.

The Nebraska Library Commission is working with the Nebraska Consortium for Service Learning, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, to develop service learning projects for young adults, particularly those at risk. This cooperative project would help public libraries to attain the Libraries of Promise pledge areas by placing college, high school, and university students in public libraries to coordinate projects designed to reach out to young adults. Examples of such projects include establishing youth advisory boards, moderating young adult book discussion groups, and program performance. A planning group has been formed. For more information contact Mary Jackson at 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665.

More than one hundred groups in twenty-five communities across Nebraska have responded to an initial survey of Nebraska's book discussion and writing groups. The Nebraska Center for the Book invites book discussion and writing groups to help create a more complete assessment of these activities. Nebraska librarians are urged to encourage groups that have not yet been reached to send the name and address of a contact person to Mel Krutz, 2625 Bluff Rd., Seward, NE 68434, e-mail: ck34938@navix.net. Additional information will be sent to each group.

The Librarian Is In: Facing Modern Consumer Health Issues in the Public Library is a new consumer health training video underwritten by ICON, a health sciences library consortium in Nebraska and Western Iowa. See the Library Commission Web site at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Consumer Health for more information about purchasing the video and facilitator's handbook. Borrow a copy of the tape from the Nebraska Library Commission Information/Reference Services, 402-471-4016, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-6244, e-mail: Ready.

Nebraska libraries can receive discounted subscription rates to these online services: AccessScience, McGraw-Hill's Web-based database for science and technology; Magill On Literature, the Salem Press database of editorially reviewed critical analyses and plot abstracts of frequently-studied literature; Columbia Grangers World of Poetry, offered by Columbia University Press; and Britannica Online encyclopedia. For pricing and ordering information see the Library Commission home page announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov, or search on pricing.

The 2001 Letters About Literature competition honored four Nebraska young people for their letters to authors, living or dead, describing how the authors' books or stories changed their way of viewing the world. Travis Johnson, grade 7, of Milford Public Schools, won first place in Level I for Grades 4 to 7. Jonas Azzam, grade 9, of Leffler Middle School in Lincoln, won first place in Level II for Grades 8 to 12. The two second-place winners were, in Level I, Emily Zimmerman, grade 7, of Fairbury Jr. High, and in Level II, Kathryn Gutschenritter, grade 11, of St. Patrick High School in North Platte.

The NLA College and University Directory (Web version-PDF) is available at reinert.creighton.edu/cu/dir2001.pdf. To make corrections or additions, or for more information, contact Chris Le Beau, Reference Librarian and Coordinator of Electronic Services, Reinert/Alumni Library, Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178, 402-280-1757, fax 402-280-2435, e-mail: clbeau@creighton.edu.

Information regarding Library Science/School Media Coursework in Nebraska and Wyoming is posted on the Library Commission home page announcements at nlc.nebraska.gov. For more information contact Dr. Becky Pasco: 402-554-2119, e-mail: rpasco@unomaha.edu.

Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial's 46th Annual Willa Cather Spring Festival will be held May 17 - 19 in Red Cloud. Call 402-746-2653 or fax 402-746-2652 for more information.

Mayhem in the Midlands 2001: A Mystery Convention will be held May 31 - June 3 at the Sheraton Downtown in Omaha. Guest of Honor: Miriam Grace Monfredo. Toastmaster of Honor: Charlaine Harris. Registration: $75 by May 15. Book Dealers: $75/table (includes two registrations). See the Convention Web page at www.omaha.lib.ne.us/programs/mayhem2.htm. Contact Jennifer Kirchmann, 402-444-4828, e-mail: jennk@omaha.lib.ne.us.


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.

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.


Database Roadshow 2001
May 10, 9:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. MDT, Alliance Learning Center, Alliance
May 15, 9:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. CDT, Northeast Community College, Norfolk
May 18, 9:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. CDT, Central Community College, Kearney
May 22, 9:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. CDT, Sump Memorial Library, Papillion
May 31, 9:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. CDT, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln
June 13, 9:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. CDT, Ella Missing Center, Arapahoe

The Database Roadshow 2001 will answer questions about four of the databases funded through the Nebraska Library Commission, including OCLC FirstSearch, Books in Print with Reviews, Wilson OmniFile and Biographies Plus, and Electric Library. CE credits: 4.5. Register online at the Commission Web site nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/roadshow.html. Class sizes are limited.

Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Spring Meetings
April 30, Ogallala
May 1, Lexington
May 4, David City
Sponsored by NLA's Public Library Section and School, Children's and Young People's Section.

The theme is Excellence @ your libraryTM. The keynote speaker will be Fred Naumann, and his topic will be "Communicating Excellence" (or how to make sure your community knows all the great things your library is doing). Other topics include: Developing an Affordable Reference Collection, NebrasKard, the @ your libraryTM campaign, a presentation from the Nebraska League of Municipalities, and an overview of Library Science education in Nebraska. CE Credits: 5. For more information see the NLA home page at www.nol.org/home/NLA/cal.html.

Children's Library Services Videoconferences
May 18, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Golden Sower Ideas, (Register by May 14). Sites in Ainsworth, Columbus, Hastings, Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, O'Neill, and Scottsbluff.
Contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-4008, 800-307-2665. Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508, fax: 402-471-2083, Maria Medrano-Nehls.

Nebraska public librarians and school media specialists (anyone with library youth services responsibilities) are invited to attend. See the Commission home page announcements at nlc.nebraska.gov.

OCLC CORC: Creating Internet Pathfinders
April 2, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. CST. Contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800 -307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell. May 24, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 800-307-2665, 402-471-7740, e-mail: Jeannette Powell. Register at nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/clcworkshops.html.

Learn about CORC (Cooperative Online Resource Catalog) Pathfinders, OCLC's automated tool for creating and managing Web-based subject guides that can assist patrons in locating and using high quality librarian-selected online resources. This workshop will include instruction on searching the CORC database for bibliographic records, using the CORC interface to clone pathfinders created by other users or to create your own pathfinders customized to your library's needs, workflow issues, and the Reference Librarian's role in the process. NOTE: While we have separated the Cataloging and Pathfinder modules of CORC into two sessions, we recommend that staff attend both sessions, if possible, to get a complete view of the CORC system. Audience: Cataloging, reference, and public services staff at OCLC full-cataloging institutions. Prerequisites: Previous experience with creating subject bibliographies of Web resources helpful. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. CE Credits: 3. Fees: NEBASE members $10.

OCLC CORC: Cataloging Internet Resources
May 24, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT.
Contact Jeannette Powell, 800-307-2665, 402-471-7740, e-mail: Jeannette Powell. Register at nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/clcworkshops.html.

Learn about CORC (Cooperative Online Resource Catalog), OCLC's newest cataloging tool and database of electronic resource bibliographic records. This workshop will include instruction on searching the CORC database for bibliographic and authority file records, using the CORC interface to edit or harvest and create records in MARC or Dublin Core, exporting records, and administrative functions. We will also discuss pricing, workflows of libraries currently using CORC, and the future of cataloging systems at OCLC. NOTE: While we have separated the Cataloging and Pathfinder modules of CORC into two sessions, we recommend that staff attend both sessions, if possible, to get a complete view of the CORC system. Audience: Cataloging, reference, and public services staff at OCLC full-cataloging institutions. Prerequisites: Previous experience with cataloging Internet resources helpful. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. CE Credits: 3. Fees: NEBASE members $10.


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