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April '97 Vol.11 No.4 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Governor Nelson has appointed Katherine Fletcher (Omaha) to the Nebraska Library Commission, term expiring in 1999. Katherine replaces Tom Harvey whose term expired last June.


The Nebraska Library Commission is planning for Libraries for the 21st Century statewide public forums in April. This process for gathering public input on library and information needs of Nebraskans will stimulate discussion by librarians, library boards, and the public. Forums are scheduled for: April 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Scottsbluff Public Library, Scottsbluff; April 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., North Platte Public Library, North Platte; April 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Kearney Public Library, Kearney; April 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Columbus Public Library, Columbus; April 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sump Memorial Library, Papillion; and April 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Gere Branch Library, Lincoln. See "Announcements" on the Commission Home Page, / for additional information.


LB 250 passed on final reading by a vote of 37-5. The bill, providing models for mergers in local government, now goes on to the Governor for signature.


The Nebraska Library Commission has appointed the following individuals to the State Advisory Council on Libraries: John Dale, Lincoln City Libraries; Susan Baird, Gering Public Library; Dr. Stan Gardner, U.S. Conn Library, Wayne State College; Ken Oyer, Medical Library, Bergan Mercy Medical Center; and Sandra Riley, Columbus. Sharon Wiegert, Sump Memorial Library, Papillion, was reappointed to a second term. At the March meeting, members of the Council elected Sandra Riley as vice-chair/chair-elect. Jeanne Saathoff, Kearney Public Library and Information Center, is the current chair.


Due to an emergency change in Nebrask@ Online's Internet service (beyond Nebrask@ Online's control), all dial-in customers need to make configuration changes to use Nebrask@ Online. The phone number and DNS server have changed. Contact Nebrask@ Online at 800-747-8177 or 402-471-7810 for instructions on changing your software.


The "Nebraska Library Commission 1996 Report to the Federal Government" and the "Libraries for the 21st Century Nebraska Library Commission Library Services and Technology Act Preliminary Plan" are now on the Commission Home Page at /about.html. Contact Nancy Busch, 402-471-4002 or 800-307-2665 with comments and suggestions. For those without Internet Access, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for a print copy.


Twenty-one Nebraska public, school, and academic libraries took advantage of the recent CD-ROM group purchase, organized by the Library Commission in cooperation with the Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR). The libraries purchased 335 CDs, at discounts of up to 60%, for a total of $11,029. Participation has more than doubled since the Commission began this effort in 1995. For more information, contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.


The 1996 version of "Nebraska State Government Publications," an alphabetical list of State Government Publications from the Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse/Government Information Services, is now available on the Library Commission Home Page / under "Publications."


The Library Commission's Publications Clearinghouse State Publications Pilot Project has posted a small selection of state documents on the Internet, which will be increased and updated during the coming year. Users with Internet access can find State Publications Online on the Library Commission Home Page at govdocs.nebraska.gov/docs/pilot/pilot.html.


"Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks: A Nebraska Library Commission Interpretation," is a draft of the Commission's statement on Intellectual Freedom and the Internet. See the Commission Home Page, /nsf/elecaccess.html. For a print version, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel.


File Facts is an example of a fast response survey questionnaire. This approach is valuable for gathering facts when no existing information is available. It requires minimal effort from respondents and the results can be compiled rapidly. A File Facts survey was recently sent to 279 public libraries with a 60% return. The results were tabulated and summarized in File Fact Findings #1 and sent to all public libraries, as well as made available on the Library Commission Home Page, at <nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/FileFact1results.html>. We plan to continue to use this method to obtain information from librarians and share it with others. If you have an idea for a File Facts survey, contact Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665. For more information about evaluation methods, request The Tell It! Manual: The Complete Program for Evaluating Library Performance, American Library Association, 1996, by calling Library Commission Information Services, 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665.


Children's Grants for Excellence are available for special projects in children's services. Written grants must be submitted to the Library Commission by June 1. For more information, see "Announcements" on the Commission Home Page, /. To receive a packet with guidelines and application form, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665, or Kit Keller, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.


The School, Children, and Young People's (SCYP) Section of the Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Mad Hatter Youth Service Award is given annually to a librarian who has made outstanding contributions in the field of library service to youth. Nominations can be made by NLA members, school administrators, and public library directors. The nomination form is due to Karen Drevo, Norfolk Public Library, 308 Prospect Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68701, by June 30. More information and nomination forms can be found on the Library Commission Home Page under "Announcements," /.


Local libraries and other organizations in Nebraska that offer or want to offer adult literacy services can receive a copy of Even Anchors Need Guidelines: Public Libraries in Adult Literacy. This report of a year-long study by Gail Spangenberg, commissioned by the National Center for the Book, was published last fall. Contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel.


The Nebraska Library Association Paraprofessional Section will hold a conference on June 9-10 at the Nebraska Center for Continuing Education Building, 33rd & Holdrege, Lincoln. Luncheon Keynote speaker Senator Roger Wehrbein will address legislation for library advocacy and Nebraska libraries on June 9. For more information or to register, contact Vickie Beaver, 402-471-6285 or 800-307-2665 by May 23.


National Library Week is April 13-19. The theme, "Kids Connect @ the Library," celebrates the ways libraries and librarians serve our nation's children. Materials to help communities support libraries in addressing community information needs are available from the ALA Public Information Office, 800-545-2433.


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Censorship and the Internet Sixth Annual Symposium on Library Issues

April 15, 11:30 - 4:00 p.m., Embassy Suites Hotel, 555 S 10th Street, Council Bluffs Room, Omaha NE.
Contact: Rose Iwan, Clarkson College Library, 101 S 42nd St, Omaha NE 68131.

Keynote speaker Samantha Whitney-Ulane, MILS, Consultant, Lexis-Nexis, is responsible for managing the relations between Lexis-Nexis and librarians in law and accounting firms. She is Vice-President/ President-Elect of the Illinois Chapter of Special Libraries Association. Panelists: Jennifer L. Gilg, Esq., Nebraska Public Defenders Office; Rick Robino, Systems Administrator, Synergy Communications; Rod Wagner, Director, Nebraska Library Commission. Questions and discussion following keynote and panel presentation. Parking is provided at 10th & Jackson structure. Registration fee of $25 includes lunch.


OCLC Cataloging II : Maps

April 22, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell, or fax: 402-471-2083.

An introduction to original and copy cataloging of maps. This workshop will focus on cataloging rules, MARC fields, and OCLC input standards pertinent to cataloging maps. Topics include: searching for map copy on OCLC; characteristics of maps; selection of dates; call number assignment; choice of main entry; subject heading assignment; physical description; and transcription of mathematical data. Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to map cataloging or those who need a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog and OCLC Cataloging I or equivalent experience. What to Bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed., OCLC MARC Code Lists, AACR2r (optional), and maps with cataloging questions. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience.
CE Credit=5.


OCLC Cataloging II: Videorecordings

May 1, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell, or fax: 402-471-2083.

An introduction to cataloging videorecordings. This workshop will focus on the cataloging rules, MARC fields, and OCLC input standards which are important to videorecordings. Topics include: standard bibliographic description; assigning access points including names, series, and subject headings; accompanying materials; a brief introduction to uniform titles as they apply to videorecordings; the OCLC input standards; 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 videorecordings 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 Lists, AACR2r (optional), and videotapes with cataloging questions for discussion. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience.
CE Credit=5.


1997 NLA Public Library Section Spring Meetings

May 6, Mitchell Public Library, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
May 7, Lexington Public Library, Community Center, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
May 8, Sump Memorial Library, Papillion, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Jeanne Saathoff, Kearney Public Library and Information Center, 308-233-3280, e-mail: for registration and information.

Dr. Nancy Schwede, Associate Director of National Leadership Development in Phoenix, will present the program "Leadership-To the Next Century."


NE Governor's Conference on Information Technology

May 29, 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and
May 30, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Kearney Ramada Inn.
Contact: Tim Erickson, DAS, 521 S. 14th St., Suite 101, Lincoln, NE, 68508, 402-471-3598. For room reservations contact Ramada Inn, 800-228-2828.

On May 29-30, the Nebraska Governor's Conference on Information Technology will be held in Kearney. This conference will build on the ideas brought forward from the 1994 Governor's Conference. Then, more than 300 Nebraskans from all walks of life met in Lincoln to gain perspective on the rapidly changing world of information technology. Today, a short three years later, Nebraska's people, businesses and institutions are widely recognized as national leaders in the area of information technology. There is considerable work yet to be done, but this conference offers the opportunity to pause to congratulate each other on the results achieved. "Building on Nebraska Success: The Governor's Conference on Information Technology" is an opportunity for Nebraskans throughout the state to gather and give each other a "pat on the back." We can learn from each other's success stories and pinpoint areas where work remains to be done. Join Lieutenant Governor Kim Robak and Governor Ben Nelson to share success stories and build for the future.


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