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February 2002 Vol.16 No. 2 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 Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Legislative Day Luncheon is set for February 20, from noon to 1:00 P.M. CST. The buffet luncheon will be held at the First Christian Church, 16th and K Streets in Lincoln. A morning coffee for senators is scheduled for Room 1126 in the Nebraska State Capitol, 1445 K Street, from 7:30 - 9:00 A.M. CST. At 9:30 A.M., library staff and supporters are urged to attend a briefing session, featuring Senator Nancy Thompson, in Room 1113. A seminar will be presented by Maxine Moul, president of the Nebraska Community Foundation, from 1:30 - 3:00 P.M. Contact Brenda Ealey, Southeast Library System, 5730 R Street, Suite C-1, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508, e-mail: bealey@cornhusker.net to register. For more information see the Legislative Committee section of the NLA home page at www.nol.org/home/nla/legcomm.html.

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) is now selling @ your libraryTM branded items via the NLA Web site. Shirts, caps, mugs, and more are available at the NLA @ your libraryTM Store. To see color pictures of the NLA Store merchandise and access an order form, visit the NLA Store on the NLA Web site at reinert.creighton.edu/NLAStore/store.htm.

2002 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant applications are due February 25 by 5:00 P.M. CST. The Nebraska Library Commission distributes these grants, with federal LSTA funding. Information and an application form are available from the Library Commission Web site, see <nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/lsta/2002-LSTA-toc.html>. Applications can be submitted online or in print. Faxes will not be accepted. 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.

On March 6 the Eastern Library System Library Directors Group Meeting will be held at Bennington Public Library, 9:30 - 11:30 A.M. CST. Mary Jo Ryan, Library Commission Communications Coordinator, will act as resource/facilitator as library directors plan for a public awareness campaign. Contact Kathleen Tooker, 402-330-7884, 800-627-7884, e-mail: ktooker@alltel.net.

The American Library Association (ALA) announced Children's Book Awards in January. Newbery Award Winner: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park and Caldecott Award Winner: The Three Pigs by David Wiesner. For a complete list of all Award winners and honor books see the ALA news release at www.ala.org/news/v8n2/awardsrelease.html.

OCLC has selected the winners of the ILL Web Interface contest and one of them is the La Vista Public Library. For more information go to nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/n3.html

The NLA Paraprofessional 2002 Spring Conference is set for April 17. For details see www.nol.org/home/NLA/PARA/paraconference.html. Registration deadline is April 10. For more information see the Announcement on the Library Commission Web site at nlc.nebraska.gov.

Now in its third year, How To Write a Winning Grant Proposal will once again be delivered to various videoconferencing sites throughout the state. Designed to assist both first-time proposal writers and those who need to upgrade their skills, this four-part workshop series simplifies the often mystifying and intimidating task of writing grant proposals. For more information see the Announcement on the Library Commission Web site at nlc.nebraska.gov.

ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) will present an online e-mail tutorial on licensing, "Signing on the Dotted Line: Licensing Essentials for Library Professionals," February 25 through April 5. The licensing tutorial will cover licensing basics in 25-30 brief, informative messages written by Lesley Ellen Harris www.copyrightlaws.com/index2.html, a recognized expert in copyright law and the author of Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians. For more information, contact Chiffonya Brown or Carrie Russell at ALA's Washington Office, 800-941-8478, e-mail: cbrown@alawash.org.

Introduction to Graphics will be presented on February 23 at ARDC Research and Education Building, Ithaca, 9:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M CST. This course is an overview with hands-on activities showing how to use and work with images on a computer. Students will learn to use an art program to improve a scanned image, to create an original piece of art (such as a banner), and to learn the difference between the various types of images. An overview of photo tools will be provided. Cost: $15. Registration limited to 12 and due by February 15. Contact Kathleen Tooker, 402-330-7884, 800-627-7884, e-mail: ktooker@alltel.net.

The Wayne State College (WSC) Science Fiction and Fantasy Club is sponsoring a short story contest. The contest is open to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, more than three short stories, or more than one novelette in any medium. All types of science fiction, fantasy, and horror with fantastic elements are welcome. Deadline: February 16. Winners will be awarded at WillyCon, April 5 - 7, Wayne State College. Winners must be present. For more information see www.wsc.edu/student/activities/clubs/sfclub/willycon or contact Stan Gardner, e-mail: scfanta1@wsc.edu, WSC SF/F Club Short Story Contest, c/o Conn Library, Wayne State College, 1111 Main St., Wayne, NE 68787.

Clip art for Summer Reading Program 2002: Join the Winner's Circle - Read is now available on the Library Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Join the Winner's Circle. The images can be used to design local promotional and incentive materials. For more information contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665.

The Nebraska Center for the Book encourages students to learn more about their watersheds and the natural environment through the River of Words Environmental Art and Poetry Contest. Deadline: February 15. See www.riverofwords.org.

Integrating Learning with Work: Designing the 21st Century Learning Library will be presented on March 22, 9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. CST, at the Thompson Alumni Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Presenter Julie Todaro will provide a vision for the library as a learning organization and offer practical instruction in how to achieve this goal in your institution. Through a combination of lecture, discussion, self-analysis, and small group work, attendees at this LAMA Institute will focus on creating the ideal learning environment to enable the library staff to meet the challenges of the future. Cost: $25 (includes lunch). Contact Kathleen Tooker, Eastern Library System, 402-330-7884, 800-627-7884, e-mail: ktooker@alltel.net.


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]

OCLC Searching Basics
February 12, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell

This workshop provides the basic skills for searching World Cat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog). Audience: Personnel new to searching OCLC. Prerequisites: Knowledge of Windows environment. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and classroom exercises. Instructor: Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members. Others contact Jeannette Powell. Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html

Understanding the MARC Format
February 19, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 noon CST.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell

Learn the coding language and take the mystery out of MARC (MAchine Readable Cataloging) Audience: Interested library staff. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and classroom exercises. Instructor: Devra Dragos, Nebraska Library Commission Cataloging Librarian. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members. Others contact Jeannette Powell. Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer for Windows Version 2.10
February 20, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. CST.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Learn how to improve productivity by automating repetitious and time-consuming borrowing and lending tasks. Workshop topics include loading the software, customizing options, printing message file items, entering message file updates, using constant data, scheduling batch loads, and setting up macros. Audience: OCLC ILL users currently using or interested in using ILL ME, including NEON libraries. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC ILL system and 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. Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html

OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows Version 2.00
February 20, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. CST.
Contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell

Topics covered in this workshop include loading the software; customizing options; searching for bibliographic records and authority file records, interactively and in batch-mode; editing offline; original cataloging; printing labels; and workflow. Audience: New and current users. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and 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. Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html

Basic Video Cataloging Using OCLC
February 26, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST.
Contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

This beginning class will cover the basics of creating MARC records for videos based on AACR2r standards and using OCLC software. Future advanced classes will cover subject headings, classification and authority work. Please bring your AACR2r, if you have one. Audience: Cataloging staff new to cataloging videos on the OCLC system. Prerequisites: Knowledge of MARC and OCLC Passport and/or CatME software. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Devra Dragos, Nebraska Library Commission Cataloging Librarian. CE Credits: 4. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members. Others contact Jeannette Powell. Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html

OCLC Authority Control
February 28, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. CST (Lunch not included.)
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell

This discussion of what authority control is and why it is an important component of a library catalog includes an introduction to the content of and use of the OCLC Authority File. Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to using Authority Files or who want a refresher. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Sandy Herzinger, Chair of Cataloging Department, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Love Library. Prerequisites: Previous experience searching the OCLC World Cat is helpful. What to bring: Authority questions and examples of problems for hands-on experience. CE Credits: 5. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members. Others contact Jeannette Powell. Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html


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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