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August 2000 Vol.14 No. 8 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission


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Librarians, library boards, and the general public are invited to a series of statewide public forums in August 2000. The Nebraska Library Commission is seeking input and discussion on the Libraries for the 21st Century 2001-2003 Campaign for Improved Library and Information Service. The Library Commission will use the ideas and recommendations from the Public Forums to revise the state long-range plan, and to construct the 2001-2003 biennium budget request. The forums will be held:

Vision: Affordable, reliable, progressive, and equitable library service for all Nebraskans regardless of their economic status and geographic location. (Libraries for the 21st Century Long-Range Plan) For more information contact: Nancy Busch, Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4002, 800-307-2665.

The Library Commission is accepting applications for a Network Services Director. Responsibilities: manage NEBASE, Nebraska's regional network for OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) services; provide leadership in the development, promotion, communication, and delivery of online information services to Nebraska libraries; negotiate, license, and manage online database services; and supervise network services staff. Qualifications: MLS from an ALA accredited program; five years library-related work experience preferred, including administrative and supervisory experience; knowledge and understanding of automated information network issues including (but not limited to) OCLC systems, products and services, and Internet and Web-based information services; excellent communication skills; ability to work effectively in a team-oriented work environment; and ability to plan, prepare, and present instruction to diverse audiences. Minimum salary: $40,000. Valid drivers license required. For more information see nlc.nebraska.gov/libjob/ adjobs.html or contact Doreen Kuhlmann, 402-471-4007, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Doreen Kuhlmann. This position remains open until filled, with priority consideration given to applications received by September 15. Candidates must complete a State of Nebraska job application form. Apply at www.wrk4neb.org or 301 Centennial Mall South, First Floor, P. O. Box 94905, Lincoln, NE 68509.

During late summer and early fall, the Library Commission Database Roadshow will again travel to various sites across the state. The Roadshow explores the databases from the general (how to search a database) to the specific (searching for answers in the individual databases during the hands-on time in the computer lab). Details about locations, dates, and times will be provided via the Library Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov, see Library Calendar.

The NEBASE Annual Meeting, previously scheduled for September in Lincoln, has been rescheduled for November 15. Bonnie Juergens of Amigos Library Services will be the keynote speaker. Details will be provided via the Library Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov, see Library Calendar, and via the trial listserv.

The Nebraska Literature Festival will be held on September 15 and 16. Prairie Visions: Nebraska Authors and Their Art is cosponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, the Beatrice Public Library, and Lincoln City Libraries. On September 15, High School Day will be held at Homestead National Monument in Beatrice and the evening Opening Events will take place at Lincoln Station in Lincoln. On September 16, programs are scheduled from 9:00-4:00 P.M. CDT at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. For more information contact Lincoln City Libraries, 402-441-8503 or Beatrice Public Library, 402-223-3584.

A Read Across America videoconference will be held on Oct. 6, 2:00-4:00 P.M., CDT. This videoconference will enable children's librarians to engage in informal discussion of Read Across America. Librarians are encouraged to bring questions, ideas, visuals, and problems to share. Sites include: Ainsworth, Alliance, Beatrice, Chadron, Columbus, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Lincoln, Nebraska City, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, O'Neill, Scottsbluff, Sidney, and Valentine.

The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. has developed a Website at www.americaslibrary.gov to "tell America's Story from America's Library." Designed especially with young people in mind, the welcome page states, " We hope you will find this Web site entertaining and fun to use. And, of course, we hope you will learn something from it." Besides a wealth of resources for children, there are great stories for people of all ages on this site designed for children and their families to explore together.

Applications are available for The Millennium Project for Public Libraries, a new national grant initiative to help public libraries enrich their core collections of American Literature and provide an opportunity to offer library programs to enhance the public's appreciation of great American writing. The application deadlines are November 15, 2000 and April 1, 2001. See www.ala.org/publicprograms for applications and guidelines. The project is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of America, and the American Library Association, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The American Library Association, with major support from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, recently launched an initiative offering ongoing resources for "live" adult programming in libraries. Nebraska libraries are urged to use LIVE at the Library! to support live cultural programming in their communities. These grant opportunities support theme-based cultural programs for family and adult library audiences featuring "live" appearances by literary, visual, and performing artists to explore issues and ideas that face communities all across America. Issue themes include Losing Geography; Discovering Self; Body and Soul; Violence, A Bitter Slice of American Pie; and Making Change. For more information see www.ala.org/publicprograms/live.html. Upcoming application deadlines are Sept. 30, 2000 and April 30, 2001.

Trustee training will be held in six sites across the state, sponsored by Nebraska's six Regional Library Systems and funded through a grant from the Nebraska Library Commission. Pat Wagner of Pattern Research in Denver will provide training on trustee responsibilities and library advocacy during the fourth week in August. For more information see the Library Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, Library Calendar.


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.


OCLC CORC: CATALOGING ACCESS TO THE WEB
August 10, Metropolitan Community College, Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista,
August 16, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, Lincoln,
September 8, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Calvin T. Ryan Library Computer Lab,
October 13, Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff
9:00 a.m.-noon CDT Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Description: Learn about 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. Audience: Cataloging and public services staff at OCLC full-cataloging institutions. Format: Lecture and hands-on experience. CE Credits: 3. $10 fee includes OCLC CORC: Cataloging Access to the Web and OCLC CORC: Pathfinder Access to the Web (see below). The full $10 fee is assessed, even if attending only one session.

OCLC CORC: PATHFINDER ACCESS TO THE WEB
August 10, Metropolitan Community College, Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista,
August 16, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, Lincoln,
September 8, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Calvin T. Ryan Library Computer Lab,
October 13, Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. CDT Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Learn about 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. Pricing, workflows of libraries currently using CORC, and the future of cataloging systems at OCLC will be discussed. This lecture and hands-on training is designed for cataloging and public services staff at OCLC full-cataloging institutions. CE Credits: 2. $10 fee includes OCLC CORC: Cataloging Access to the Web (see above) and OCLC CORC: Pathfinder Access to the Web. The full $10 fee is assessed, even if attending only one session.

Nebraska State Data Center Eleventh Annual Summer Conference August 24, Boys Town Conference Center, 144th and Pacific, Omaha, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Registration at 8:00, contact: Melanie Hayes 402-595-1231 or David Fifer 402-554-2132. Conference focus includes the 2000 Census, the latest data products, methods of access, and applications. Register on or before August 14 for $45. Fee after August 14 is $55. The cost includes conference materials, lunch, and refreshment breaks. Registration must be received by August 21. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after August 21.

Basic Skills / Public Library Administration
September 27, Scottsbluff Public Library, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. MDT
September 28, North Platte Public Library, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT
September 13 & October 10, Norfolk Public Library, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT
September 19 & October 17, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT
October 13 & October 20, Meridian Library System Office, Kearney, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT
Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083.
Public Library Administration is one of four basic skills courses required for certification in the Nebraska Public Librarian Certification program. The two-day class will be held in six locations across the state during September and October. The course content includes governance of libraries, cooperation with other entities, planning, policies and procedures, and personnel issues. Registration forms will be mailed to every public library in August. You now have a choice! Basic Skills students can take the entire Public Library Administration course on the Internet. There will be no registration charge for those taking the course online. An online registration form will be available on the Commission home page soon. Questions for the Internet class? Contact Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004, 800-307-2665, Fax: 402-471-2083.


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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