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October 2002 Vol.16 No. 10 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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Stop by the Nebraska Library Commission booth at the Nebraska Library Association/Nebraska Educational Media Association (NLA/NEMA) Conference, October 24 - 25, at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, to check your e-mail, meet Commission staff, hear about the great ideas we picked up around the state on our Making a Difference @ your libraryTM visits, and learn about the services of the Library Commission, including:

The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announce that Nebraska libraries now have trial access to more than seventy FirstSearch databases through November 30 with the easy-to-use FirstSearch interface, library customers can search a host of well-known bibliographic, full-text, and ready reference databases and then view links to print or electronic library holdings. For a list of databases, descriptions, and access information see the Library Commission home page Announcements at nlc.nebraska.gov.

In addition to discounted pricing on databases, Nebraska libraries are also eligible for discounts on various books and supplies through arrangements negotiated by the Nebraska Library Commission. For information about discounts, see the Library Commission home page Announcements at nlc.nebraska.gov.

Nebraska public library directors are urged to attend E-rate Workshops, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission in cooperation with Nebraska's six Regional Library Systems. Workshops will be held October 2 - 29 across the state and will include assistance in completing Forms 470 and 471. Information will be provided concerning the overturn of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) order suspending enforcement of FCC rules relating to filtering requirements for computers with Internet public access in public libraries. CE Credit: 3. For a list of the sessions, locations, dates, and times see the Library Commission home page Announcements at nlc.nebraska.gov.

The Nebraska Guidelines for Young People's Library Services were revised during 2001 and 2002 by the Nebraska Library Commission's Youth Advisory Board. They will be considered by the School Children's and Young People's section of the Nebraska Library Association (NLA) at the October NLA Convention and will be considered for approval by the Nebraska Library Commission. To comment, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665 by October 15. See the 2002 Draft Revised Nebraska Guidelines for Young People's Library Service on the Library Commission Web site at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Children's Guidelines.

Orders and manuals for the 2003 Summer Reading Program,
Laugh It Up @ your libraryTM were mailed in September to all Nebraska public libraries, free of charge. Nebraska school librarians will be sent a copy, if requested by October 15. In addition, a generic summer programming manual for young adults (not specifically related to this year's theme) will be mailed to Nebraska libraries upon request. Send requests to Mary Jackson. For the order blank and sample of the poster, see the Library Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Laugh It Up.

The Nebraska Library Commission's
Making a Difference @ your libraryTM staff team is among the nominees for the Team of the Year Award sponsored by the Nebraska State Government Chapter of the National Management Association (NMA). The winners will be announced at the NMA Management EXPOsition in October.

The 2002 Nebraska Book Awards program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB), recognizes and honors books that are written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska, or concerning Nebraska. This year's winners are:

Two conferences for writers are planned for October. On October 7, Nebraska English Language Arts Council - Nebraska Writing Project will hold "Meeting the Classroom Challenge," in conjunction with a High School Student Writing Workshop in Omaha. On October 19, Nebraska Writers Guild 2002 Fall Conference, "Getting Published," will be held at Concordia College in Seward. For contact and registration information, see the Library Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, click on Library Calendar.


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 CatExpress
October 10, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Lincoln City Libraries, Loren Corey Eiseley Branch, 1530 Superior Street, Lincoln.
This workshop provides an overview of CatExpress, the web-based, copy-cataloging interface to OCLC's WorldCat. Audience: New users, current users with questions. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of Windows environment.

Introduction to the New OCLC Cataloging Interface: OCLC Connexion
October 17, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Lincoln City Libraries, Loren Corey Eiseley Branch, 1530 Superior Street, Lincoln.
October 29, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. mst, Alliance Learning Center Computer Lab 005, 1740 Sweetwater Avenue, Alliance.

Learn to use the new OCLC cataloging 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.

ILL Basics Using the OCLC ILL Web Interface
October 30, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. mst, Alliance Learning Center Computer Lab 005, 1740 Sweetwater Avenue, Alliance.
December 2, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.

This workshop covers basic OCLC ILL service, using the Web interface (alternative to the traditional Passport interface). Audience: New ILL library staff and current users familiar with the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of searching OCLC WorldCat.

OCLC Union List Basics
November 5, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
Basic workshop on the OCLC Union List includes searching, interpreting, and updating records. Audience: New and current Union List member staff. Prerequisites: Experience searching the OCLC Online Catalog.

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer (ILL ME) for Windows Version 2.10
November 7, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, 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.

Advanced OCLC Interlibrary Loan
December 4, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, 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, 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.

Basic Skills: Public Library Administration
November 1, 8, 22, John A. Stahl Library 330 North Colfax, West Point, (Registration Deadline October 18)
November 4, 18, 25, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium Suite 120, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, (Registration Deadline October 21)
November 5, 12, 19, Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center, Suite E, 801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, (Registration Deadline October 22)
November 6, 13, 20, Meridian Library System Office, 3519 Second Avenue Suite B, Kearney, (Registration Deadline October 23)
November 8, 15, 22, North Platte Public Library, 120 West 4th Street, North Platte, (Registration Deadline October 25)
November 20, December 4, 11, Gering Public Library, 1055 P Street, Gering, (Registration Deadline November 6)
All class sessions: 10:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Fees: $35. Lunch is not included. Payment must be sent prior to attendance at the first class or by October 28 for online participants. Contact: Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott, fax: 402-471-2083. Register: Jodene Glaesemann, 402-471-4009, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083.

Sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and Nebraska's Regional Library Systems, this course addresses Governance and Cooperation; Planning; Policies and Procedures; and Personnel. The course is one of the four Basic Skills courses required for certification of librarians. Participants who are not taking the course to fulfill the requirement for certification can take this as a refresher, earning six hours of Continuing Education (CE) credits. Online Class Registration is closed.


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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