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Jan/Feb 2004 Vol.18 No. 1 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 Commission made the following appointments to three-year terms on the State Advisory Council on Libraries: Nancy Cantin, Director, Medical and Patient Library, Hastings Regional Center, Hastings; Pat Gross, Librarian, Gering High School, Gering; Margaret Harding, Executive Director, Nebraska Library Association, Crete; Gretchen Healy, Library Director, Little Priest Tribal College, Winnebago; John Seyfarth, Information Systems Manager, Sump Memorial Library, Papillion; Mary Ann (MeMe) Smith, Director, Schuyler Public Library, Schuyler; and Jeff Yost, President, Nebraska Community Foundation, Lincoln. For more information see the Library Commission Web site /, search on State Advisory Council.

The Nebraska Library Commission released a new Web site for access to Nebraska's statewide databases. NebraskAccess is the new portal for the databases the Commission provides through Nebraska libraries at no cost to the customers or the library. The Web site provides new features, including remote login using a Nebraska Driver's License or State ID# and short, online tutorials. For more information see Announcements on the Library Commission Web site, /.

Twenty 2003 Children's Grants for Excellence were awarded by the Nebraska Library Commission to eighteen Nebraska libraries and library organizations for exemplary children's services. For more information or for a list of grant recipients see the Library Commission Web site, /, search on Children's Grants for Excellence.

Planning is underway for the 2004 Summer Reading Program: Discover New Trails @ your libraryTM  The Nebraska Library Commission offers videos that complement the summer reading program theme. The video list is available on the Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov/youth/librarians.aspx#srp, along with procedures for making video reservations, instructions for using clip art, and a product order form. For more information contact Sally Snyder, Acting Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services, 402-471-4003, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder.

The Nebraska Library Commission annually provides direct state aid payments to eligible public libraries. Payments will be made during the first quarter of 2004. For information about the formula and amounts to be distributed, see the Library Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov/Statistics/2004StateAidChart.html or contact Kit Keller, Planning and Data Services Coordinator, at 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

The Advisory Committee of the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service is seeking to fill three vacancies. The committee represents the needs of talking book and Braille borrowers and makes recommendations concerning policies, services, and programs. Membership may include librarians, educators, health care providers, and other individuals who understand the needs of individuals with disabilities. Send information concerning nominees by March 1 to the Nebraska Library Commission, Talking Book and Braille Service, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023. For more information contact Dave Oertli, 402-471-4005, 800-742-7691, e-mail: Dave Oertli.

Lauralee Grabe, Head of Technical Services, Creighton University, Reinert-Alumni Library (Academic Representative) and Lori Rader, Sorenson Branch Manager, Omaha Public Library (Public Library Representative) were recently elected to serve on the NEBASE Advisory Council. The Council serves as a communication channel between NEBASE and its members. NEBASE is Nebraska's OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) regional consortium, established by the Nebraska Library Commission to facilitate access to OCLC services for libraries throughout Nebraska. For more information about the NEBASE Advisory Council, see the Library Commission Web site, /, search on NEBASE.

The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded scholarships to four Nebraska library directors for attendance at the Public Library Association conference in Seattle, WA. Recipients include Nadine DiBacco, Gering Public Library; Stephen Hunt, Plattsmouth Public Library; Lori Long, Gretna Public Library; and MeMe Smith, Schuyler Public Library. They selected conference sessions to use as a basis for developing a library project or service for their communities. Information about the project/service implementation and outcomes will be shared with Nebraska librarians.

Library Science faculty from University of Missouri and University of Nebraska-Omaha will host an informational meeting about Missouri's Master's in Library Science Degree on March 6, 2:00-4:00 p.m., at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Kayser Hall, Room 238. Faculty will discuss the program, answer questions, and advise current and prospective students. For more information, contact Dr. Becky Pasco, 402-554-2119, 800-858-8648, rpasco@mail.unomaha.edu or Student Coordinator, University of Missouri-Columbia, 877-747-5868, e-mail: sislt@missouri.edu .

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Legislative Day Luncheon is set for February 19, from noon to 1:00 p.m. cst. The luncheon will be held at the First Christian Church, 16th and K Streets inLincoln. Picture a Better Nebraska @ your libraryTM will focus on the ways libraries help to make Nebraska a better place to live and work, emphasizing library services to youth and recognizing youth for their involvement with a local public or school library. A seminar, Mike Nolan on Servant Leadership, will be presented from 1:30-3:00 p.m. For more information and to register see the NLA Web site, www.nebraskalibraries.org/news/040107a.htm.

Applications are available for The Human Rights Video Project, a new American Library Association (ALA) initiative that will award grants to three hundred public libraries across the country. For more information and applications see www.ala.org/publicprograms. Applications are due March 1.

Celebrate Read Across America Day on March 2, the 100th birthday of Dr. Seuss, Theodore Geisel. For more information see www.nea.org/readacross or http://www.seussentennial.com/ .

The U.S. Department of Education's Improving Literacy through School Libraries program promotes comprehensive local strategies to improve student reading achievement by improving school library services and resources. As part of the No Child Left Behind Act, competitive one-year grants are awarded to local educational agencies, school districts, etc. Competition is expected to open in mid-March. For more information see www.ed.gov/programs/lsl/index.html.

Information regarding Library Science/School Media Courses in Nebraska is posted on the Library Commission home page Announcements at /.

3M Corporation, in cooperation with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), will donate $1.5 million in 3M Detection Systems and Tattle-Tape Security Strips to one hundred middle and high school library media centers through the 2004 3M Salute to Schools program. For more information see www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aaslawards/3msalute/3msaluteschools.htm. Application deadline: March 1.

ALA Children's Book Award Winners were announced at the ALA Midwinter meeting, January 2004, in San Diego. ALA awards guide parents, educators, and librarians in selecting the best original and creative materials for youth. For more information see the ALA home page, http://www.ala.org/, search on Announces Book Award Winners.


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]

OCLC ILL Web Interface Basics
February 11, 1:00-4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln
February 12, 1:00-4:00 p.m. cst, Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk
February 27, 1:00-4:00 p.m. cst, Omaha Public Library, W. Dale Clark Library, Omaha
March 25, 1:00-4:00 p.m. cst, Hastings College, Computer Lab, Fleharty Center, Hastings
This workshop covers basic OCLC ILL features, using the Web interface (alternative to the traditional Passport software). Audience: New ILL library staff and current users familiar with the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of searching OCLC WorldCat.

OCLC Connexion: Client Interface for Cataloging
February 12, 9:00 a.m.-Noon cst, Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk
February 18, 9:00 a.m.-Noon cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln
February 24, 1:00-4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln
February 25, 1:00-4:00 p.m. cst, Kearney Public Library & Information Center, Kearney
February 27, 9:00 a.m.-Noon cst, Omaha Public Library, W. Dale Clark Library, Omaha
March 2, 1:00-4:00 p.m. cst, Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk
March 16, 1:00-4:00 p.m. cst, Omaha Public Library, W. Dale Clark Library, Omaha

Learn to use the recently-released OCLC Connexion Client interface. In addition to basic cataloging functionality for all formats, this optional Microsoft Windows-based client offers features not readily accommodated by a Web browser, including macros, additional customization options, and integrated label printing. Learn to search, edit, set holdings, and export in the new interface. Benefits of the new interface, how and when to migrate from OCLC Passport or CatME, and technical requirements will be covered. Audience: OCLC full-cataloging users who have questions or are interested in planning for their migration from Passport or CatME to this interface. This workshop is not appropriate for CatExpress users. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment.


OCLC Connexion: Browser Interface for Cataloging February 19, 1:00-4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln
February 24, 9:00 a.m.-Noon cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln
February 25, 9:00 a.m.-Noon cst, Kearney Public Library & Information Center, Kearney
March 2, 9:00 a.m.-Noon cst, Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk
March 16, 9:00 a.m.-Noon cst, Omaha Public Library, W. Dale Clark Library, Omaha

Learn to use the OCLC cataloging browser 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.

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.


QuestionPoint and Cooperative Digital Reference Services Demonstration
March 25, 9:00 a.m.-Noon cst, Hastings College, Perkins Library, Hastings
Learn more about OCLC's collaborative virtual reference product, QuestionPoint, at a demonstration and discussion of virtual reference issues. QuestionPoint supports interaction with customers, collaboration with local and global colleagues, and management of overall reference services. Instructor: Christa Burns. Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.



Satellite teleconference programming from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL will be sponsored by Nebraska Library Commission 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. Upcoming sessions include: March 12, Web Filtering: Policies, Software, Staff Training and CIPA; March 26, Professional Toolkit: Skills for Advancement; and April 16, Joe James and Colleagues: Preparing for the Future of Digital Reference. For more information see the Library Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/ce/Dupage/colldupageconf20032004.html.



For more information see Library Calendar at  nlc.nebraska.gov..

Continuing Education (CE) Credits are issued by the Library Commission as part of the Nebraska Public Librarian and Board Certification Program.


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