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Mar/Apr 2004 Vol.18 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 Legislature reduced the Nebraska Library Commission's state funding by 1% (operating budget) and .5% (state aid to libraries) before adjourning on April 15. The revised budget also eliminated $17,900 in the Library Commission budget for employee insurance expenses, due to insurance cost estimates that were higher than actual costs. The reductions total $22,230 - operating budget (not including employee insurance expenses) and $6,265 - state aid to libraries.

NEBASE Annual Meeting West will be held on May 13 at the Gering Civic Center. Information sessions will feature updates on NebraskAccess, CatExpress, customer access to Books in Print, WebDewey, netLibrary, and WorldCat. For more information see the Library Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov. Register on the Nebraska Library Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nam.html.

NEBASE, Nebraska's OCLC network administered by the Nebraska Library Commission, will host a free online training session on improving cataloging productivity by creating and using macros with the OCLC Connexion client on May 4, 10:00 - 11:30 A.M. CDT. Register via e-mail: Jeannette Powell. For more information see the Library Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov.

Beth McNeil, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of the University Library at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, received the 2004 Runza Spirit of Service Award for her work as a volunteer narrator for the Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Services. She was recognized at the Chancellor's Leadership Recognition Reception for her volunteer contributions. Congratulations, Beth!

The Nebraska Library Commission is offering a limited amount of grant funding to help small public and school libraries purchase the new SOLINET/NEBASE netLibrary eBook Collection. Applications must be submitted electronically by May 17. For grant information and application form, see nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/netlibrarygrant.html. For more information about the SOLINET/NEBASE netLibrary eBook Collection see the Library Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov.

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) provides federal funding to support statewide programs and library grant projects through the Nebraska Library Commission. This year more than $90,000 in LSTA funding was awarded through the Library Commission to fund digitization projects, services for English Language Learners, and other projects that support the Library Commission goals, as outlined in the Making a Difference @ your library™: Nebraska Library Services and Technology Act Plan for Library and Information Services 2003-2007 (July 2002), nlc.nebraska.gov/mission/lstaplan/2003-2007planindex.html. For a list of grant awards see the Library Commission home page Announcements nlc.nebraska.gov. For more information contact Kit Keller, Library Commission Planning and Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with Target Stores and in cooperation with Nebraska Center for the Book and Weekly Reader Corporation, is pleased to announce that a Nebraska student writer was selected as a national winner in the 2004 Letters about Literature contest. Jackson Fisher, Lincoln, was honored for his letter to Carl Hiaasen, author of Hoot. State-level winners from Nebraska are Kelsey Springsguth, St. Libory; Molly Keran, Lincoln; Amber Hoffman, Omaha; Philip Thrailkill, North Platte; and Alexander J. Lin, Lincoln. Honorable Mention was awarded to Paige Yowell and Stephanie Borgia, both of Lincoln. For more information see www.loc.gov/loc/cfbook/letters.html.

The Nebraska Book Awards, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB) and supported by the Nebraska Library Commission, recognizes and honors books written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska, or relating to Nebraska. Submit nominations for the 2004 Competition (bound books with a 2003 copyright) by June 30. For more information and entry forms see the Library Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Book Awards. Send the entry form, three copies of the book, and the $40 entry fee to NCB Book Awards, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023.

Recipients of the Nebraska Library Commission Master of Library Science Scholarships for FY 2004 are Julee Hector, Lincoln; Dawn Middleton, Omaha; Kate Freeman, Fremont; Marguerite K. Martin, Omaha; Marianne R. Fenwick, Omaha; Laura England, Omaha; Karen Frizzell, Omaha; Jane Raglin Holt, Lincoln; Sherri Hausmann, Sidney; Kathy Jacobs, South Sioux City; Ramona Ratliff, York; and Ruth Carlock, York; and Elizabeth Wilcox, Columbus. All are students in the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, under a cooperative agreement with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, see sislt.missouri.edu/news.php. Each received $1,000 to support their pursuit of graduate level library education. For more information about the Master of Library Science Scholarships see the Library Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Scholarship or contact Pam Scott, Library Commission Continuing Education Coordinator, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Pam Scott.

Kathy Ellerton has been hired as Administrator for the Northeast Library System. She has experience working in libraries in Colorado, Montana, Missouri, and the Sultanate of OMAN. Welcome, Kathy!

NEBASE, Nebraska's OCLC network administered by the Nebraska Library Commission, recently negotiated a trial for OCLC CatExpress. New subscribers will receive thirteen months for the price of twelve. May 17 is the deadline for ordering. The free trial month begins in June. For more information about CatExpress and NEBASE group subscription pricing, see nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/catx.html. To sign up for the CatExpress offer, contact Christa Burns, Library Commission OCLC Member Services Librarian, 402-471-3107, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Christa Burns.

Kevin E. Leapley recently resigned his position as Administrator for the Republican Valley Library System. He plans to coordinate Information Technology for the Lincoln Area Agency on Aging. Search for an administrator is underway. See the Library Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov, for job description and other application information.

Access to all six Regional Library System Newsletters is now available on the Library Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov/system/index.html. The site includes links to the most recent newsletters in .pdf format, as well as archived copies.

Teen Space: Capturing Teen Imagination in the Library, presented by Kimberly Bolan Taney and sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, will focus on creating youth/adult partnerships, designing an inviting library teen space, developing a viable young adult materials collection, and marketing and providing customer service to teens. Locations: May 18, McCook Public Library, and May 21, Lifelong Learning Center, Northeast Community College, Norfolk. Fee: $15, includes lunch. Time: 10:00 A.M.-3:30 P.M. CDT. CE Credits: 5. For more information and to register see the Library Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov.


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]

Advanced OCLC Inter-Library Loan (ILL)
May 18, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Lincoln
August 18, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT, Lincoln
Learn to streamline the ILL process and handle more advanced problems. Audience: Current users of OCLC ILL who have questions. Prerequisites: ILL Basics workshop or some experience with ILL.

OCLC Connexion: Client Interface for Cataloging
May 26, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT, Lincoln
July 27, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Lincoln
Learn to use the 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. Audience: OCLC full-cataloging users who have questions or are interested in planning for migration from Passport or CatME to the new interface. This workshop is not appropriate for CatExpress users. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment.

OCLC Union List Basics
June 8, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Lincoln
Review the basics of the OCLC Union List, including searching, interpreting, and updating records. Audience: New and current Union List member staff. Prerequisites: Experience searching the OCLC Online Catalog, WorldCat.

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer (ILL-ME)
June 16, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT, 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.

OCLC Connexion: Browser Interface for Cataloging
July 8, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Lincoln
Learn to use the new 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.

OCLC ILL Web Interface Basics
July 15, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Lincoln
Review the basic OCLC ILL features and 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 Cataloging Micro Enhancer: An Alternative to Passport
August 4, 9:00 A.M.-Noon CDT, 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.

Note: For all of the above activities sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, Location: Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln. Instructor: Christa Burns, Library Commission OCLC Member Services Coordinator. 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.

Database Roadshow 2004
June 15, Seward Memorial Library, 233 South 5th Street, Seward
June 22, Chadron State College, Miller Hall, 1000 Main Street, Chadron
July 22, John A Stahl Memorial Library, 330 North Colfax, West Point
August 3, North Platte Community College, 601 W. State Farm Road, North Platte
August 5, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6001 Dodge Streets, Omaha
August 11, Ord Township Library, 1718 M Street, Ord
August 19, Morton-James Public Library, 923 1st Corso, Nebraska City
September 23, Meridian Library System Office, 3519 Second Avenue, Suite B, Kearney
Attend the Database Roadshow 2004 to learn more about NebraskAccess, the gateway to the statewide databases funded by the Nebraska Library Commission. Learn about the databases and the Librarian's Toolbox (an online source for promotion and training information) through discussion, demonstrations, and hands-on practice. Time: 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. CDT or MDT. CE Credits: 5. For more information and to register see nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskaccess/toolbox/roadshow.html.



For more information see the Nebraska Library Calendar on the Nebraska Library Commission home page, .

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


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