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March '97 Vol.11 No.3 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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The Commissioners and the State Advisory Council on Libraries will meet jointly in Kearney on March 13 at 1:00 p.m. and on March 14 at 9:00 a.m. The Commissioners will hold a separate business meeting at 8:00 a.m. on March 14 in Kearney. An agenda will be available the week prior to the meetings at the Library Commission, and also on the Library Commission Home Page, /. If you do not have Internet access, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for a print copy.


The Nebraska Library Commission is accepting applications for a Cataloging Librarian. Responsibilities: original and copy cataloging of library materials using OCLC; database management; provide consultation and support for cataloging questions for NE libraries; participate with a variety of work teams and departments regarding technical services; prepare and provide basic cataloging training. Qualifications: master's degree in library or information science from an ALA accredited institution; applicable experience in professional library/information work; experience in library cataloging and classification using OCLC; knowledge of cataloging principles; ability to use professional cataloging materials; computer (including Internet) and word processing skills. Salary range: $23,372-$31,163. Contact Doreen Kuhlmann, Business Manager, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE, 68508, 402-471-4007, e-mail: Doreen Kuhlmann for state application information. Deadline: March 15, 1997.


The Nebraska Library Commission is accepting applications for the Director of Library Development Services. Responsibilities: coordination of library development programs and staff through a team-based approach; planning and coordination of library development services and activities within the Library Commission; state level administrative oversight for state aid to libraries and regional library systems; communication with library and community representatives; development, coordination, and evaluation of Library Commission services and policies; advise and consult with library personnel, library boards of trustees, government officials, and others concerning library and information service issues. Qualifications: master's degree from an ALA-accredited institution with a minimum of five years library-related experience; progressively responsible administrative experience; interpersonal and leadership skills; knowledge of information technology and telecommunications, including Internet and distance learning; oral and written communication skills. Salary: open. Contact Doreen Kuhlmann, see above. Deadline: March 31, 1997. For more information see "Library Jobs" on the Commission Home Page, /. The Library Commission is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.


Spring 1997 Children's Book Reviews will be taped in March, and the tapes will be available for borrowing by April 15. Attend the taping sessions in Lincoln at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, 33 and Holdrege, on March 14 for Preschool-Grade 3 level, and March 21 for Grade 3-Young Adult level at 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT. Preregistration not required. The satellite broadcast is scheduled for April 4, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. CT. The satellite coordinates are: Nebsat Network 2, channel 102. For questions contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665.


The Spring CD-ROM Group Purchase title list is now on the BCR web site at http://www.bcr.org/. Nebraska Libraries can purchase CD-ROMS at consortium prices, from 40% to 60% below retail. If you did not receive the fall 1996 mailing and would like to receive the current list, contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell or print the list on the BCR Web Site, use it as an order form and mail it to Jeannette Powell, NE Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508, by March 19.


In 1994 the Nebraska Library Commission began the Continuous Library Improvement Program (CLIP) initiative to help libraries plan for library and information programs for the future. Approximately 106 libraries participated in workshops and many attended follow-up meetings. All libraries that submitted written plans by March 1, 1997 are now eligible for supplementary funding. For more information, see "Announcements" on the Commission Home Page, /. For questions about the CLIP process, contact Ellen Van Waart at the Library Commission, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665.


The Nebraska Library Commission is planning for Libraries for the 21st Century statewide public hearings in April. This process for gathering public input on library and information needs of Nebraskans is intended to stimulate discussion of library and information needs from librarians, library boards, and the public. Further details will be provided via "Announcements" on the Commission Home Page, /, and in the April NLCommunicator.


Nebraska librarians are urged to view a satellite conference cosponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and held at Bellevue University on April 4, "A Survivor's Guide to Using Electronic Resources and Services Intelligently." For more information, see "Announcements" on the Commission Home Page, /, or contact Robin R. Bernstein at 402-293-2011.


Chills & Thrills Summer Reading Program Workshop, sponsored by the Eastern Library System, is scheduled for March 28, at Sump Memorial Library in Papillion from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Register by March 17. Cost is $3 per person. For more information, contact Kathleen Tooker, 402-330-7884 or 800-627-7884.


The 1997 Coretta Scott King Award winners and the 1997 Newbery and Caldecott Award winners have been announced. For a list of the winners see "Announcements" on the Library Commission Home Page, /, or contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for a print copy.


March is National Women's History Month. It is a time for libraries, schools and communities to recognize and celebrate the lives of countless women of all races, ages, cultures, ethnic traditions and ways of life. For more information about this year's theme and a list of library activities, see "Announcements" on the Commission Home Page, /, or contact Mary Geibel (see above) for a print version.


Parents and kids are invited to tell how they make the library part of their lives in the "Kids Connect @ the Library" contest, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and Suave. The contest runs from February through April 1997. For contest information, visit the ALA Web Site at http://www.ala.org/KidsConnect/Homefrm.htm or contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for a print version.


National Library Week is April 13-19. The theme, "Kids Connect @ the Library," celebrates the ways libraries and librarians serve our nation's children. Materials to help communities support libraries in addressing community information needs are available from the ALA Public Information Office, 800-545-2433.


Getting the Big Picture-Changing how you look at Picture Books, will be presented on April 7, at interactive video sites from 1-4 p.m. CT by Roy Kenagy, Youth Services Consultant at the State Library of Iowa. For more information, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665.


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OCLC and the Internet

April 4, 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 will explore some of the ways that libraries can add various Internet services to their OCLC workflow. Topics covered: use of FTP to retrieve OCLC Technical Bulletins; review of OCLC-oriented listserv lists; review of OCLC Internet connectivity options; exploration of OCLC's World Wide Web Home Page; use of the Internet to connect to OCLC Reference Services; and exploration of OCLC's Product Services Menu. Audience: Staff of any member library with Internet access to the World Wide Web and FTP. Prerequisites: Familiarity with the Internet. What to Bring: Nothing. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience.
CE Credit=3.


Basic Skills, Spring 1997
PUBLIC SERVICES

Northeast Library System Office,
2813 13th St., Columbus NE,
April 18, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and
April 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Kay Schmid.
Keene Memorial Library,
1030 North Broad St., Fremont NE,
April 18, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and
April 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Kathy Tooker.
Panhandle System Office,
1517 Broadway, Scottsbluff, NE,
April 22, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and
April 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. MT.
Facilitator: Maryruth Reed.
Neligh Public Library,
710 Main St., Neligh, NE,
April 23, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and
April 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Ruth Strassler.
Public Library System, Holdrege,
604 East Avenue, Holdrege, NE,
April 23, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and
April 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Richard MacDonald.
Ord Township Library,
1718 M Street, Ord, NE,
April 21, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and
April 28, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Sharon Osenga.
Union College Library,
3800 S. 48th St., Lincoln, NE,
downstairs meeting room,
May 2, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and
May 16, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Richard Miller.

Two-day Basic Skills class (must attend both). Course includes development of policies and procedure dealing with reference work, interlibrary loan, library instruction, and other user services and programs. Instructor: Richard Miller, Administrator for the Southeast Library System. To register, contact Kit Keller at the Library Commission, 402-471-3216 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller. Registration deadline: April 15. Cost: $25 for the two days.


OCLC Cataloging II : Maps

April 22, 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.

An introduction to original and copy cataloging of maps. This workshop will focus on cataloging rules, MARC fields, and OCLC input standards pertinent to cataloging maps. Topics include: searching for map copy on OCLC; characteristics of maps; selection of dates; call number assignment; choice of main entry; subject heading assignment; physical description; and transcription of mathematical data. Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to map cataloging or those who need a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog and OCLC Cataloging I or equivalent experience. What to Bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed., OCLC MARC Code Lists, AACR2r (optional), and maps with cataloging questions. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience.
CE Credit=5.


OCLC Cataloging II: Videorecordings

May 1, 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.

An introduction to cataloging videorecordings. This workshop will focus on the cataloging rules, MARC fields, and OCLC input standards which are important to videorecordings. Topics include: standard bibliographic description; assigning access points including names, series, and subject headings; accompanying materials; a brief introduction to uniform titles as they apply to videorecordings; the OCLC input standards; and an introduction to additional cataloging tools such as the OCLC Authority File and Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd ed. revised (AACR2r). Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to cataloging videorecordings on the OCLC system or wanting a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog would be helpful and OCLC Cataloging I or equivalent experience. What to Bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed., OCLC MARC Code Lists, AACR2r (optional), and videotapes with cataloging questions for discussion. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience.
CE Credit=5.


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