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December 2002 Vol.16 No. 12 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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2003 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant applications will be available on December 9. Print proposals must be postmarked January 31, 2003 and online proposals are due January 31, 2003 by 11:59 P.M. CST. Applications can be submitted online or in print. Faxes will not be accepted. The Nebraska Library Commission distributes these grants with funding made available through the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Information and application forms will be available December 9, from the Library Commission Web site, see <nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/lsta/2003-lsta-toc.html>. Send all correspondence, applications, and any other written materials to Sally Snyder, Federal Aid Administrator, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-2023. For more information contact Richard Miller, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller, or Sally Snyder, 402-471-4003, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder.

Electric Library, a database providing online access to a wide variety of full-text source material, is funded by the Nebraska Library Commission for public and post-secondary libraries in Nebraska. On January 15, 2003, the name of this database will change to bigchalk eLibrary. The appearance and functionality of the Web interface will also change. Electric Library will continue to provide magazine, journal, and newspaper articles; wire service stories; television and radio transcripts; photographs; maps; and reference books (almanacs, dictionaries, subject encyclopedias, etc.). Improvements include expanded search options; curriculum integration support; full-text content, including new magazines; and media types. The Nebraska Library Commission will continue to link to the previous Electric Library interface from our Web site (see nlc.nebraska.gov, click on Electronic Databases) until January 15. To try out the new interface before then, use your current method of authentication (IP and/or username/password) at elibrary.bigchalk.com. Contact bigchalk Customer Service, 800-247-7198, e-mail: help@bigchalk.com for additional information.

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) recently announced that Nebraska Library Legislative Day has been scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2003 in Lincoln. Details will be reported on the NLA Web site, www.nol.org/home/NLA, as information becomes available.

At their September meeting, the Panhandle Library System board voted unanimously to enter into a collaborative venture with the Nebraska Library Commission to employ a full-time Panhandle Library Services Coordinator (administrator), who will be a state employee. Representatives from the System board and the Library Commission are working together to develop a job description for the position, and to recruit, hire, and evaluate the coordinator. This position, based in Scottsbluff, offers the opportunity for a versatile professional to provide services for a multi-type regional library system in a fourteen-county area in western Nebraska. A Master of Library Science degree from an American Library Association-accredited program is required, with three years experience preferred. The job description is located on the Library Commission home page Announcements at nlc.nebraska.gov. The position will remain open until filled. A State of Nebraska job application must be completed. Apply to: www.wrk4neb.org/ or 301 Centennial Mall South, First Floor, P.O. Box 94905, Lincoln, NE 68509. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For more information contact Doreen Kuhlmann, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508, 402-471-4007, 800-307-2665, fax: 407-471-2083, e-mail: Doreen Kuhlmann.

In order to be eligible for state aid, Nebraska public libraries must submit their Public Library Statistical Report online using Bibliostat´┐Ż Collect, a Web-based data collection tool, by January 31, 2003. State aid eligibility and amounts will be determined after that date. State Aid Award letters for 2003 will be mailed to libraries on February 15, 2003. This is a change from the traditional date of December 15. For more information contact Kit Keller, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Fall Book Reviews will be broadcast via satellite (Neb Sat 107) on December 6, from 9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. CST for libraries and schools to tape. This semi-annual event is sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission to inform Nebraska's Children and Young Adult Librarians about children's literature so they can make better purchasing decisions for their collections. Videotapes of these reviews will be available after December 6 from the Nebraska Library Commission Information/Reference Services, 402-471-4016, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Ready or from the Regional Library System Offices.

Database Trivia questions are posted each Friday to the TRIAL electronic mailing list. Questions are posted each Friday morning and their corresponding answers are posted in the afternoon. The TRIAL mailing list disseminates information on database offers and trials sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission. The list also allows participants to share their impressions about the databases, along with searching hints or tips. A complete, searchable archive of all messages is available at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/lists/search.asp. To subscribe to the list, see the Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Mailing List.

Do you have customers that would be interested in knowing how your county ranks compared to other counties in the state with similar population and income? The University of Nebraska at Omaha Center for Public Affairs Research recently posted a table on their Web site, Nebraska Counties Ranked by Selected Social and Economic Characteristics: 2000 Census at www.unomaha.edu/~cpar/sf3table_2.pdf. This eight-page .pdf file is also available from the Library Commission's Electronic Library in the Census category link for the Center for Public Affairs Research, see nlc.nebraska.gov, click on Electronic Library.

Nebraska Library Commission will meet on January 10, 2003 at the Library Commission offices in Lincoln, beginning at 9:30 a.m. cst. This meeting of the Nebraska Library Commission is open to the public. If special accommodations are needed for you to attend this meeting (including interpreters for the hearing impaired) contact Doreen Kuhlmann at 402-471-4007, 800-307-2665. An agenda for this meeting, kept continuously current, is available for public inspection at the Nebraska Library Commission and on the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Agenda Index. Contact: Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls.

The Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries will meet on December 13, in Lexington at the Grand Generation Center, 407 East 6th, 9:00 A.M.-2:00 a.m. cst. The Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries is established by the Nebraska Library Commission to advise the Commission on statewide library development and planning. For more information contact Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls.


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.

This publication was supported in part by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act.


[Continuing Education & Training]

Introduction to the New OCLC Cataloging Interface: OCLC Connexion
January 30, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
Learn to use the new OCLC cataloging interface, merging CORC and CatExpress functionality. Audience: OCLC cataloging users who have questions or are interested in planning for migration to the new interface (not appropriate for CatExpress users). Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment.

OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer: An Alternative to Passport
February 11, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
Learn how the OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows software combines interactive online searching and processing with optional offline editing. Audience: New and current OCLC full-cataloging users. Prerequisites: OCLC full-cataloging institutions only. Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment helpful.

ILL Basics Using the OCLC ILL Web Interface
February 13, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
This workshop covers basic OCLC ILL service, using the Web interface (alternative to the traditional Passport interface). Audience: New ILL library staff and current users familiar with the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of searching OCLC WorldCat.

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer (ILL ME) for Windows Version 2.10
February 19, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
Learn how to improve your productivity by automating repetitious and time-consuming borrowing and lending tasks. Audience: OCLC ILL users currently using or interested in using ILL ME. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC ILL system and the Windows environment.

Note: For all of the above activities sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, Instructor: Christa Burns. Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members, others contact Jeannette Powell. Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.

If interested in OCLC training not listed above contact Christa Burns, 402-471-3107, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Christa Burns.

Satellite Teleconference: Effective Web Design for Your Institution: A Fresh Look
November 20, Wayne State College, Wayne. Contact: Judy Johnson, College Relations Office, Wayne State College, 800-228-9972, ext. 7325, e-mail: jujohns1@wsc.edu. December 6, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. cst. Videoconference sites across the state.
Contact: Regional Library System offices for viewing locations and to register, see nlc.nebraska.gov/system/index.html for system office information.

The Nebraska Library Commission, in cooperation with the Regional Library System offices, will again sponsor satellite teleconference programming from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL for library supporters and staff members. The Commission negotiated a statewide license to offer Nebraska libraries free unlimited access to downlink each program and make a videotape for the use of the participating institution. In this teleconference, experts will present and discuss user-centered design benchmarks, practical usability testing techniques, the do's and don'ts of writing for the Web, and targeting search results for the user while providing for efficient site management. Supplementary program materials are available at the College of DuPage Web site, see www.cod.edu/teleconf/soaring. For more information contact Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Pam Scott or see the Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on DuPage 2003.

Satellite Teleconference: Safeguarding Our Patrons' Privacy: What Every Librarian Needs to Know About the USA PATRIOT Act and Related Anti-Terrorism Measures.
November 21, Wayne State College, Wayne. Contact: Judy Johnson, College Relations Office, Wayne State College, 800-228-9972, ext. 7325, e-mail: jujohns1@wsc.edu. December 11, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. cst. Videoconference sites across the state include Scottsbluff, Hastings, Broken Bow, Norfolk, Beatrice, and Omaha.
Contact: Regional Library System offices for viewing locations and to register, see nlc.nebraska.gov/system/index.html for system office information.

This satellite teleconference will present an analysis of the implications of the recent anti-terrorism measures, including the USA PATRIOT Act, the Attorney General's Guidelines expanding the investigative powers of the FBI, and the Homeland Security Act. This program is produced by the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, the Association of Research Libraries, the American Association of Law Libraries, the Medical Library Association, and the Special Libraries Association and sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, in cooperation with the Regional Library Systems. For information see the ALA Web site, www.ala.org, or the Commission home page Announcements at nlc.nebraska.gov.


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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