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May/June 2004 Vol.18 No. 3 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 will accept applications until July 19 for state-funded Continuing Education and Training Grants to support projects providing training and continuing education, developing the knowledge and skills of Nebraska library personnel to serve citizen information needs. Grants will be awarded August 23. For more information see Library Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on "Continuing Education Grants", or contact Pam Scott, Continuing Education Coordinator, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott.

The Library Commission recently awarded $1,510 in grant funding to help fourteen small public and school libraries purchase the new SOLINET/NEBASE netLibrary eBook Collection. The public libraries and schools will receive up to $125 towards the purchase of the netLibrary Collection. For more information on the grant funding see the Nebraska Library Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov. To find out more about the 2004 netLibrary collection of eBooks see nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/netlibrary2004.html.

The Nebraska Library Commission recently renewed a statewide Motion Picture Video License for all Nebraska public libraries for July 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005. With this license, videos may be shown in the library facility as part of library programming at no charge to public libraries. For more information see the Nebraska Library Commission home page Announcements, .

Dave Eckmann has been selected as the Library Commission's 2004 Employee of the Year, and Shannon Behrhorst has been selected as the Library Commission's 2004 Manager of the Year. Congratulations Dave and Shannon!

The Advisory Committee of the Nebraska Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service recently appointed Avis Wiest, Ogallala; Ryan Osentowski, Lincoln; and Carolyn Bennett, Beatrice. Reappointed to a second term are Roy Hobley, Lincoln, and Kathy Tooker, Omaha. Also on the committee are Candace Laursen and Cheryl Roblyer, both of North Platte; Kay Paulsen, Lincoln; and Susan Roe, Brady. For more information see Library Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on "Talking Book."

Nebraska libraries are invited to host a traveling exhibit about Midwest POWs in Nazi Germany. A school bus converted into a mobile museum, the BUS-eum will tour Nebraska in Fall 2004. To view the BUS-eum see , click on BUS-eum. To schedule a tour stop contact Michael Luick-Thrams at e-mail: BUSeumTour@yahoo.com. NOTE: due to recent e-mail and fax malfunction, libraries that have not received a booking confirmation should resend reservation requests via e-mail. For more information see the Nebraska Library Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov.

Jon Bruning, Nebraska Attorney General, has announced that a national antitrust settlement against CD manufacturers and retailers for an alleged price-fixing scheme will result in the distribution of approximately 33,000 CDs to public libraries and public schools in Nebraska. For more information see the Nebraska Library Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov or contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Nebraska Attorney General's Office at 800-727-6432.

The first Library Technical Assistant course will be offered in Fall 2004 through Metropolitan Community College. This course is being developed through a partnership between Nebraska's community colleges, University of Nebraska at Omaha (UN,O), and the Nebraska Library Commission. This course, the first in a series of offerings expected to lead to an Associate of Arts Degree for Library Technical Assistants, LIB 101: Introduction to Library and Information Services will be offered by Metropolitan Community College as a hybrid course (face-to-face and online). Registration deadline is August 23. For more information see the Nebraska Library Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov. To register contact Gretchen B. Schaeffer, M.A., M.L.S., Academic Advisor, Fort Omaha Campus, Metropolitan Community College, P.O. Box 3777, Omaha, NE 68103-0777, 402-457-2376, 800-228-9553, e-mail: gschaeffer@mccneb.edu.

On September 17,18, the University of Nebraska at Kearney will host the Thirteenth Annual Nebraska Book Festival, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book and the Nebraska Humanities Council. Co-sponsors include the Nebraska Library Commission, University of Nebraska Press, Kearney Public Library, and Kearney Hub. Special activities will focus on the featured book, A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers, edited by Ladette Randolph with an introduction by Mary Pipher, and published by the University of Nebraska Press. Sessions throughout Saturday will offer the opportunity to meet many of the authors, hear them read, and ask them questions. Libraries interested in participating in book discussions prior to the Festival can receive a special purchase discount. Contact Jeanne Saathoff, Kearney Public Library & Information Center Director, 2020 First Avenue, Kearney NE, 68847-5306, 308-233-3280, e-mail: jsaathoff@kearneygov.org or Susanne Bloomfield, Nebraska Book Festival Director, 74064 L Road, Holdrege NE, 68949, 308-995-8547, e-mail: bloomfields@unk.edu. See www.nebraskabookfestival.org for more information.

Nominations are sought for the following Nebraska Library Association (NLA) awards:

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Web site address is www.nebraskalibraries.org. The site can also be reached through Nebrask@Online at www.nol.org.

A public library-related personnel workshop, "We're all in this personnel thing together, aren't we?" sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, in cooperation with the Regional Library Systems, and supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, will feature Maggie Stine and Jack Schultz, labor relation attorneys from the law firm of Harding, Schultz & Downs. Locations: July 20, Wilson Public Library, 910 Meridian, Cozad, July 23, Platte River State Park, 14421 346th St., Louisville, July 26, First Presbyterian Church, 802 A St., Schuyler, July 29, Alliance Public Library, 1750 Sweetwater Ave., Alliance. Time: 9:30 A.M.,3:30 p.m., local time. Cost: $10 for first person registered from each town; $5 for each additional person from the same town. CE Credits: 5. Audience: Librarians, Library Boards, Municipal clerks, etc. For more information and to register see the Library Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov. Payment must be received by July 10 to complete registration.


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 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.

OCLC Connexion: Client Interface for Cataloging
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. 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.

Advanced OCLC Inter-Library Loan (ILL)
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.

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.

Nebraska Library Commission Network Services Online Sessions
FirstSearch Staff View for ILL,June Enhancements

July 13, 2:00 P.M. CDT (90 minutes) Register by July 8
On June 6, 2004, the FirstSearch staff view was enhanced. Library staff can search for materials in FirstSearch and complete borrowing and lending functions for ILL from within the FirstSearch interface. ILL staff attending this session will see a live demo of the newest enhancements (complete lending functionality and a new look to the message file, now called the Request Manager). CE Credits: 1.5. NOTE: This session covers the new enhancements only. Some experience with the FirstSearch staff view for ILL is helpful.

CatExpress Training
July 20, 2:00 P.M. CDT (120 minutes) Register by July 15
This basic workshop on CatExpress, the web-based, copy-cataloging interface to OCLC's WorldCat, covers searching, choosing the proper record, setting and deleting holdings, entering information in optional data fields, printing labels, retrieving MARC records for loading into the local system, and using the Monthly Transaction Reports to monitor usage. CE Credits: 2

Note: For the above online activities sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, Instructor: Christa Burns, Library Commission OCLC Member Services Coordinator. Fees: None. Registration: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/training/onlinesessions/registration.html. For more information see nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/training/onlinesessions/descriptions.html.

Database Roadshow 2004
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, University Library, 6001 Dodge Street, 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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