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December 2001 Vol.15 No. 11 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission



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[Announcements]

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The formula for distribution of direct state aid to public libraries for 2002 has been changed due to data from the 2000 census and budget cuts enacted during this fall's special session of the Nebraska Legislature. The Library Commission's Operations and Aid Program budgets were reduced by 4% in the current fiscal year (FY2002) and 5% in fiscal year 2003. The Nebraska Library Commissioners voted at their November 9 meeting to apply the 4% and 5% cuts equally among the programs funded under the Aid category. This includes Regional Library Systems, Aid to Accredited Public Libraries, Lender Compensation, Continuing Education and Training Grants, and Statewide Databases. The revised formula for state aid to public libraries is detailed on the Nebraska Library Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on State Aid. State aid award letters will be sent to eligible libraries on December 15. For more information contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Public Library Statistical Reports were mailed to all public libraries on December 1. This year, library directors may complete the survey online or in print. Training on use of the online survey will be available in all Regional Library System areas. Electronic submission of public library data using BibliostatTM Collect will be required for state aid eligibility in 2003. To be eligible for state aid awarded during the first quarter of 2004, 2001/2002 statistics must be submitted via BibliostatTM Collect, by January 31, 2003. For more information contact Kit Keller, see above.

The Nebraska Library Commission approved the following reappointments to the State Advisory Council on Libraries: Mike Herbison, University of Nebraska at Kearney Director of Libraries; Kathy Lute, Ogallala; and Ruth Seward, Lexington Public Library Director. Becky Baker, Seward Public Library Director, will serve as ex-officio member, representing the Nebraska Library Association, and Steve Davis, Kearney Public Schools Media Specialist, represents the Nebraska Educational Media Association.

Eight months ago, the Nebraska Library Commission launched the Making a Difference @ your libraryTM project, with twenty Library Commission staff visiting all the public libraries in the state. As of December 1, 60% (166) of the visits have been made. Each visit includes discussions with library staff members on how grants and other resources provided through the Library Commission are "Making a Difference @ your libraryTM." For more information, including photographs from some of the communities, see the Library Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Making a Difference or contact Nancy Busch, Deputy Director, 402-471-4002, 800-307-2665.

Due to an insufficient number of applications for admission to its Master of Library Science (MLS) degree program in Nebraska, the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University, is canceling the program. Persons submitting applications for admission to the program will receive a refund of their application fee or have the option of pursuing admission to attend MLS classes at the school's Denver, Emporia, and/or Kansas City locations. Information about Spring 2002 Master of Library Science Classes from the University of Missouri School of Information Science & Learning Technologies is posted on the Library Commission home page Announcements at nlc.nebraska.gov. Classes will be held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Campus. To register, contact Laura Pugh, 877-747-5868 (toll free) or e-mail: sisltnfo@coe.missouri.edu.

Journal Web-Cite representative Ben Adams will demonstrate the Journal Web-Cite product on December 14 at the Nebraska Library Commission from 10:00 A.M.-Noon CST. Journal Web-Cite is an Internet based resource to help libraries manage electronic journal holdings. Contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell with the number planning to attend the demonstration.

Bringing Order to the Chaos: Using Search Engines Efficiently will be broadcast on January 18, 11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. CST as part of the College of DuPage Continuing Education Teleconference Series. Bill Erbes will present a program on Web searching. An interactive Web site will allow students to test themselves and practice. See the Library Commission home page Announcements at nlc.nebraska.gov for contact information.

The Nebraska Information Technology Commission (NITC) is now accepting grant applications for the Community Technology Fund. Approximately $200,000 is available for grant awards of up to $25,000. Public entities, including libraries, are eligible to receive funding. Applicants must notify the NITC of their intent to submit an application by 5:00 P.M. CST, January 18, 2002. Applications must be received by 5:00 P.M. CST, February 15, 2002. Guidelines, application materials, and information are available from the NITC Web site, www.nitc.state.ne.us. For more information contact Anne Byers, NITC, 402-471-3805, e-mail: abyers@notes.state.ne.us.

OCLC Language Sets make it easy and affordable to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population of library users. To start or expand a collection of materials in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, and Spanish for children and adults, librarians can order one set or add sets on a regular basis at a fixed price. In addition to carefully selected current titles, libraries can receive full OCLC cataloging for all materials. For more information see the Web site, www.oclc.org/languagesets or contact Christa Burns 402-471-3107, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Christa Burns.

Seventy-six responses to the NEBASE Advisory Council Training Assessment Survey from libraries across Nebraska indicate that the most-requested training session is "Understanding MARC." Other highly-requested training events include "Cataloging Books Using OCLC," "Cataloging Electronic Resources," "Advanced ILL," and "Authority Control." Survey responses show that members are willing to drive two hours for a workshop; spring and summer are the best times to attend training sessions; and many are willing to attend more than one workshop each day. Using the survey results as a guide, NEBASE staff at the Library Commission are scheduling training throughout the state. Watch for upcoming dates on the Library Commission home page calendar and announcements, and via the NEBASE-L and System electronic mailing lists.

The Nebraska Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service recently kicked off a four-month public education campaign, Take a Talking Book @ your libraryTM, aimed at reaching the state's seniors and their families and friends. The talking book program offers the opportunity to continue enjoying reading for those who cannot see regular print, hold a book, or turn a page. Recordings of books and magazines are played on easy-to-use equipment, delivered by mail, at no charge. Nebraska librarians are urged to help make the campaign a success. For more information or to volunteer, contact Annette Hall, Volunteer Services Coordinator, 402-471-4033, 800-742-7691, e-mail: Annette Hall or Dave Oertli, 402-471-4005, 800-742-7691, e-mail: Dave Oertli.


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.


[Continuing Education & Training]

Using the OCLC ILL Web Interface
December 10, Central Community College-Kearney Center, 3519 Second Avenue, 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. CST. (Register by December 7.)
December 11, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. CST.
January 23, 2002, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. CST.
March 5, 2002, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. CST.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

The OCLC Web interface to ILL service is an easy-to-use alternative to the traditional Passport interface. Libraries can do all of their current OCLC ILL processing in an online, web-based environment. This hands-on workshop will cover basic OCLC ILL features and functionality using the Web interface. Audience: Interlibrary Loan staff familiar with using the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of using Passport software for ILL and searching OCLC WorldCat. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members. Others contact Jeannette Powell (above). Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.

OCLC CatExpress
December 13, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. CST.
January 17, 2002, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. CST.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

This workshop provides an overview of CatExpress, the web-based, copy-cataloging interface to OCLC's WorldCat. Topics include searching, setting holdings, entering information in optional data fields, and retrieving MARC records for loading into your local system. Audience: New users and current users with questions. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the Windows environment. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members. Others contact Jeannette Powell (above). Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.

CASTL (Conversation Among Small Town Librarians) Meeting
December 14, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. CST.
Contact: Brenda Ealey, 402-467-6188, 800-288-6063, fax: 402-467-6196, e-mail: bealey@cornhusker.net.

The morning session of this workshop will focus on form 471 for e-rate discounts on telecommunications, facilitated by Pam Scott, Continuing Education Coordinator. Lunch will be provided, courtesy of Reference USA. A demonstration of Reference USA, soon to be available on trial, follows lunch.

OCLC ILL Basics for New and Selective Users
January 8, 2002, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. CST.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

This workshop provides basic training on the OCLC Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service for libraries that lend and borrow materials. Topics include choosing the correct record, choosing a lender string, creating and receiving a request, updating the message file, establishing constant data records, group access capability, and using ILL policy statements. Audience: New ILL staff and current users with questions. Prerequisites: Passport for Windows workshop helpful. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members. Others contact Jeannette Powell (above). Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.

Understanding the MARC Format
January 8, 2002, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. CST.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Workshop topics include fixed and variable fields, tags, and indicators. Learn the coding language and take the mystery out of MARC (MAchine Readable Cataloging). Audience: Those who would like to understand MARC cataloging. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and classroom exercises. Instructor: Devra Dragos, Cataloging Librarian. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members. Others contact Jeannette Powell (above). Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.

Additional workshops will be held across the state this spring. For the complete list of workshops sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission's NEBASE group see the Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshopsdesc.html#advill.


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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