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December '96 Vol.10 No.13 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

[Announcements]

Judy Winkler, Nebraska Library Commission Cataloger, accepted a position as slide curator in the Architecture Library at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, beginning in December. Best wishes, Judy!


Burns Davis, CM, Library Commission Information Resources Coordinator, received the Manager of the Year award from the National Management Association at their EXPO '96 Conference, Leadership in a Changing World.


Pamela Scott is the new Administrator for the Panhandle Library System. Pamela is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science and has a BA in History from the University of Nebraska. She worked with Lincoln City Libraries from 1988-1994 and did some work with the Northeast Library System in 1986 and 1988. She will start in January.


SIRS Inc. is joining EBSCO, Galenet, H. W. Wilson, and IAC in a trial of their online databases from January 1 to May 31, 1997 (UMI will also be available for 45 days). SIRS Researcher contains full-text articles from over 1,200 sources. To sign up for a trial of SIRS contact Lisa Larson at 800-232-7477 ext. 255 or e-mail <lisal@sirs.com>. More information about the trial is available on the Library Commission's Home Page at /netserv/trial.html, or contact Allana Novotny at 402-471-6681, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Allana Novotny.


The 1995-96 Nebraska Library Statistical Report form and instructions were mailed to public libraries this week. The form has been reorganized for ease of completion. New data elements have been added regarding electronic access, electronic format and Internet usage. If you did not collect this data, either enter a "0" in the spaces provided or an estimate for each item. In next year's survey, this data will be required. System workshops are scheduled to review the statistical report. Contact your system administrator for time and date. If you do not receive a form by December 15, contact Karen Ingish at 402-471-3849, 800-307-2665, or fax, 402-471-2083.


The Nebraska Public Library Profile, 1994-1995 Statistical Data was sent to public libraries this week. The Profile is a compilation of the data collected by participating Nebraska libraries. To receive data in electronic format, send request and formatted diskette to Karen Ingish, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023. Specify Excel, Lotus or Quatro Pro format. If you don't receive the 1994-95 Profile by December 15 or would like assistance in utilizing the data, contact Karen Ingish at 402-471-3849, 800-307-2665, or fax, 402-471-2083.


The Nebraska Library Commission Publications Clearinghouse is identifying new methods to make state government information available to the public. The Clearinghouse currently provides state government information to the public in paper and microfiche formats. The next step in public accessibility is to provide state documents in electronic format to anyone with a computer and modem. Along with the microfiche in depository libraries, selected state documents will be made available online exactly as they appear on paper. This pilot project will begin in 1997 to make selected state documents (including "documents on demand") available online, updated as new editions become available. We are anxious to begin offering this service to the libraries and citizens of Nebraska. For questions or comments, contact Vickie Beaver, 402-471-6285, 800-307-2665.


The deadline for the 1997 Highsmith Summer Reading Program order is December 15. Public libraries will receive one copy of the summer reading manual this month. If you need more than one copy, include it in your Highsmith order. An order form for another summer reading program t-shirt option, offered by the Cooperative Summer Library Program, will be sent to public libraries and school media centers. Do not return this order form to Highsmith. Return it to the address on the t-shirt order form. For questions, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665.


The "Roads to Learning" videoconference with Audrey Gorman is available on videotape. Contact Kit Keller, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, or e-mail: Kit Keller.


On November 27, Governor Ben Nelson announced a partnership with Microsoft Corporation to provide public access to the Internet in 15 rural Nebraska libraries. Nelson made the announcement at the Ashland Public Library with Ashland native Jeff Raikes, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Microsoft. "Our goal is to have access to the Internet in every public library in Nebraska by the 21st Century," Nelson said. "We are excited that the state is partnering with local communities and the Microsoft Corporation to improve access to information for all Nebraskans, regardless of location, age, background or financial situation. That access is not a luxury-it's a necessity and a real key to citizen involvement in government." The Library Commission will coordinate the selection of library demonstration sites, in cooperation with the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, Nebraska's Regional Library Systems and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development's Governor's Global Community Initiative Project, the Nebraska Development Network, and the Nebraska Rural Development Commission.


Libraries are invited to apply for funds to improve community green spaces. The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum (NSA) recently announced a new initiative to help restore, renovate or develop community green spaces throughout Nebraska. Eligible projects include the grounds of libraries and other public buildings. Communities can apply for up to $25,000 for landscaping projects that demonstrate the potential for positive environmental impact, integrating environmentally-sound design and management practices. Grant funds may be used for landscape design assistance, plant materials, plant installation services, and limited soil amendment and irrigation projects, and must be matched with 30% local funds. Workshops will be held in Scottsbluff, Kearney, Norfolk and Omaha to explain the grant procedures. Applicants are encouraged to send a representative to one of these workshops. The timeline for the first round is: February 1997 Workshops, May 1997 Application deadline, June 1997 Recipients announced, and December 1998 Projects completed. For more information, contact NSA, P.O. Box 830715, Lincoln NE 68583-0715, or 402-472-2971.


For a copy of Kare Anderson's seminar notes from the October 23 program, "Getting Your Message Out to Build Clout, Visibility and Support" at the NLA/NEMA convention, contact Mary Geibel at the Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665 or e-mail: Mary Geibel.


The Nebraska Library Commission staff directory has been updated, and is available on the Library Commission Home Page at /staff/staffdir.html. For a print copy, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665 or e-mail: Mary Geibel.


Need to know which library automated system other Nebraska libraries are using? Wonder how your colleagues around the state are handling public access to the internet? Have a great idea to share with other librarians? Come to the Nebraska Library Forum, "Talk About It," on the Library Commission Home Page, /board/wwwboard.html.


[Continuing Education & Training]

Joint Copyright Workshop

January 8, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Educational Service Unit #2, Fremont, NE.
Contact: Kathy Tooker, 402-330-7884 or Jayne Palmer, 402-721-7710.

Ellen Van Waart, Nebraska Library Commission, will discuss basic copyright guidelines and copyright issues relating to the Internet. Sponsored by the Library Commission, Eastern Library System and Educational Service Unit #2.


Great Book Give-Away

January 10, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wayne State College-Conn Library, Wayne, NE.
Contact: Carol Speicher, Northeast Library System, 402-564-1586 .

Workshop topics include: Government Information on the Internet (hands-on), Overview of Free (Trial) Electronic Databases, Children's Book Talks & Reviews (How to Give Them, Evaluate Them, and Write Them), Review of New Public Library Statistical Report Forms, Northeast Library System Programs and Services, plus the opportunity to take home thousands of new and "pre-used" books and A/V items. Presented by Library Commission staff Annie Sternburg, Mary Jackson, Karen Ingish, and Allana Novotny and sponsored by U.S. Conn Library and Northeast Library System. Cost: $8.00.


OCLC's Passport for Windows

January 24, 9:00 a.m.-12 noon, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell, or fax: 402-471-2083.

This workshop provides the basics of the OCLC Passport for Windows Software, including: a demo of installation and set-up; discussion of access methods; screen layout; online help; using Passport with the PRISM Service and OCLC Reference Services; printing; defining function keys; setting up an export destination; and help available on the WWW and listservs. Audience: Users who have purchased Passport for Windows and are ready to start using it. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the Windows environment. What to Bring: Questions. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credit=3.


OCLC Cataloging I: MARC Format & Copy Cataloging

January 29, 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.

This workshop features an introduction to MARC tags in the morning and a basic introduction to editing an OCLC record in the afternoon. Topics include: a basic history of OCLC; responsibilities of an OCLC member; the impact that cataloging functions have on Interlibrary loan and Public Services; selecting appropriate bibliographic records; deciding what to edit in a bibliographic record; editing CIP copy; inputting local holdings information; producing labels and cards; exporting records; deleting holdings; and the OCLC cataloging costs. Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to performing copy cataloging on the OCLC system or wanting a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog is helpful. What to Bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed. Books to use in hands-on activity. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credit=5.
Please note: Time differs from that listed in the OCLC and Internet Catalog of Workshops.


OCLC's Format Integration

February 7, 9:00 a.m.-12 noon, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell, or fax: 402-471-2083.

This workshop covers the 006 field, cataloging workforms and record types, display and qualifier changes, and changes to fields and subfields. Lecture and written exercises will help participants understand the changes and the capabilities that have been added to OCLC MARC and questions to ask local automation vendors regarding changes and enhancements to local catalogs. Audience: Catalogers and Automation staff responsible for database management of local systems. Prerequisites: Previous OCLC experience and detailed knowledge of the MARC format. What to Bring: A copy of the OCLC Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed. Format: Lecture and demonstration. CE Credit=3.


OCLC Cataloging II: Books

February 28, 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.

Topics include: original cataloging of non-complex book titles; introduction to cataloging rules and OCLC standards; standard bibliographic description; assigning access points including names, series, and subject headings; as well as a brief introduction to uniform titles, the OCLC input standards, and an introduction to additional cataloging tools. Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to original cataloging on the OCLC system or wanting a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog, OCLC Cataloging I or equivalent is helpful. What to Bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed., OCLC MARC Code List, AACR2r (optional), and books with cataloging questions for discussion. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credit=5.
Please note: Time differs from that listed in the OCLC and Internet Catalog of Workshops.


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