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Winter 2005 Vol.19 No. 1 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission




The Nebraska Library Commission awarded 2005 direct state aid to eligible public libraries. This funding augments local support for library services and is used by local public libraries to meet a wide variety of needs. To be eligible for this annual state aid payment a library must be accredited, must submit Public Library Statistical data online using BibliostatTM Collect, and local income must be equal to or greater than that of the three previous years. One hundred and sixty-eight public libraries met the eligibility requirements, with more than $340,000 distributed. For more information contact Kit Keller, Planning & Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller or see

The Nebraska Library Commission awarded a total of $60,182 in Youth Grants for Excellence, enabling thirty-two libraries to provide improved services to children and young adults and training opportunities for children and young adult librarians. For more information and a list of recipients see the Library Commission Web site, search on "Youth Grants" or contact Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services, 402-471-4003, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder.

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Legislative Day is set for February 23. A briefing will be held in Room 1524 of the State Capitol at 9:30 a.m. cst. The luncheon will be held at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. The program will emphasize library services to youth, recognizing youth for their involvement with a local public or school library. For more information and to register see the NLA Web site,

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently awarded a $250,960 Staying Connected grant to the Nebraska Library Commission to support public access computing in public libraries. The funding will be used for public library hardware replacement, connectivity, training, and technical support. For more information contact Richard Miller, Library Development Director, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller.

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) provides federal funding through the Nebraska Library Commission to support statewide programs and grants for local library technology and service projects. Sixteen LSTA grant applications were received, ranging from a request for $1,500 to one for $65,318. Recipients will be announced March 8. Grant requests total $217,814. For more information see the Library Commission Web site,

Citizens across the state will celebrate One Book One State by reading the classic novel by Nebraska's own Willa Cather, My Antonia, and by participating in local discussions throughout the spring. As part of the April 29-30 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation in Red Cloud, Cather scholars from across the United States will lead discussions and answer questions about My Antonia. A writing competition will be conducted for secondary school students. For more information see or contact Betty Kort, The Cather Foundation, 402-746-2653, Libraries can purchase copies of My Antonia at significant discounts from the University of Nebraska Press at Libraries that notify the Library Commission of intent to sponsor One Book One State activities will be entered into a drawing to receive One Book One State Library Discussion Kits, including multiple copies of My Antonia.

Reminder: Public Library Statistical Data surveys are now available online through Bibliostat® Collect at The deadline for data submission is January 31. The Nebraska Library Commission distributed a letter to each public library with the library's Username and Password (the same as last year's). Some questions have been removed from the Bibliostat® survey and must be answered on the Library Commission Web site, Use the same Username and Password at this site. This online data submission is one requirement for state aid eligibility. For additional information contact Kit Keller, see contact information above.

BibliostatTM Connect is a Web-based tool,, that allows for simple, powerful analysis of library data. Without proficiency in using spreadsheets or databases, library directors can use this program to create tables and graphs to demonstrate how libraries compare with each other. Library directors can access BibliostatTM Connect with the same Username and Password used for BibliostatTM Collect. Training using BibliostatTM Connect will be offered at the Library Commission on February 3. To register, contact Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-4008, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls.

The Nebraska Library Commission Information Services Team and Talking Book and Braille Service recently developed an online searchable database of Books in Series. Search for books in series by author or series name at

Videotapes of the public library-related personnel workshop, "We're all in this personnel thing together, aren't we?" are now available from Nebraska Library Commission Reference/Information Services, 402-471-4016, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Information Services Team or from Nebraska's Regional Library Systems,

The Advisory Committee of the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service is seeking to fill two vacancies. The committee represents the needs of talking book and Braille borrowers and makes recommendations concerning policies, services, and programs. Membership may include customers, librarians, educators, health care providers, and other individuals who can represent the needs of individuals with disabilities. Contact Dave Oertli, 402-471-4005, 800-742-7691, e-mail: Dave Oertli with information about nominees by March 1. For more information about library resources for Nebraskans who cannot use regular print because of visual or physical limitations, see

The 99th Nebraska Legislature convened on January 5. Information, including live coverage of legislative sessions, is available from the Unicameral Web site, See the Nebraska Library Commission Web site for Nebraska Legislators, Past and Present, This site includes a list of State Senators serving in the Unicameral since 1937, their district, residence, term of office, and the dates of the Nebraska Legislative Journal with information on bills they sponsored.

The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are accepting applications for the We the People Bookshelf grants. Sets of fifteen classic books for young readers will be awarded to 1,000 public and school libraries across the country. Libraries receiving the award are required to develop and host a program to introduce the collection and its theme of "freedom" to students and/or patrons. Guidelines and applications are available online at The deadline is February 16. For more information see or

Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions are live presentations accessed from any computer via the Internet, with audio available via a toll-free conference call. A telephone and a computer with Web browsing software is needed for participation. Any number of staff can watch the presentation on the same computer and listen on the same conference call at no charge. Upcoming online sessions include WorldCat Resource Sharing on January 18 and OCLC Online Service Center on February 2. For information and to register see

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: WorldCat Resource Sharing Basics
January 10, 1:00-4:00 p.m. ct, Lincoln
February 16, 9:00 a.m.-noon ct, Lincoln
March 24, 1:00-4:00 p.m. ct, Lincoln
April 5, 9:00 a.m.-noon ct, Lincoln
May 25, 1:00-4:00 p.m. ct, Lincoln

WorldCat Resource Sharing (formerly referred to as the FirstSearch Staff View) can save library staff time and help users obtain items more quickly. Library staff will learn to search for materials in FirstSearch and complete borrowing and lending functions for ILL within the FirstSearch interface. By May 2005, WorldCat Resource Sharing will replace the following interfaces to OCLC ILL: ILL Web, ILL ME, and Passport for ILL. This hands-on workshop covers basic OCLC ILL features and functionality using WorldCat Resource Sharing and suggests how and when to migrate from the current OCLC ILL interface. Audience: New ILL library staff and current users familiar with using the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of searching OCLC WorldCat.

OCLC Connexion: Client Interface for Cataloging
January 26, 9:00 a.m.-Noon, ct, Lincoln
February 10, 1:00-4:00 p.m. ct, Lincoln
March 15, 1:00-4:00 p.m. ct, Lincoln
April 20, 1:00-4:00 p.m. ct, Lincoln
May 12, 9:00 a.m.-noon ct, 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 Connexion: Browser Interface for Cataloging
March 9, 1:00-4:00 p.m. ct, Lincoln
Learn to search, edit, set holdings, and export in the new OCLC cataloging browser interface. 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, 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:

College of DuPage 2004-2005 Teleconferences
January 21, Dealing with Difficult People
February 18, Library Challenges and Opportunities: Library Marketing
March 11, Reference Tools for the Information Age
March 18, Library Transformation: Library as Place
April 29, Library Hot Topics

Nebraska Library Commission will sponsor satellite teleconference programming from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL 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. All programs will be broadcast from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. ct. Contact the Regional Library System office for viewing sites. Supplementary program materials are available at the College of DuPage Web site, see Contact: Pam Scott, Nebraska Library Commission Continuing Education Coordinator, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Pam Scott or see the Commission Web site,, search on DuPage.

Communication Training with Theresa Dickson
January 24, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ct, Tilden
January 26, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. mt, Paxton
January 28, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ct, Hastings

Nebraska Library Commission will sponsor communication workshops featuring Theresa Dickson. Morning and afternoon sessions will include topics such as "Re-writing the Script: Communication Skills that Reframe Conflict and Content," "Problem-Solving Techniques," and/or "Lighten Up: Humor and Workplace Survival." For more information and to register see or contact Jacque Crocker, 402-471-3108. 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jacque Crocker.

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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