A Brief Description of Services
The mission of the Nebraska Library Commission is statewide promotion,
development, and coordination of library and information services. As the
state library agency, the Commission advocates for the library and
information service needs of all Nebraskans, bringing together people and
Administrative services staff perform planning and budgeting, evaluation,
accounting, personnel, word processing, inventory, supplies, courier, mail
and other support services necessary to carry out the work and programs of
the Nebraska Library Commission.
Expense / Travel Reimbursement
Librarian ensures that all Nebraska Library Commission holdings receive
complete and accurate cataloging in the Nebraska Library Commission
Public Access Catalog
(OPAC) and in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) WorldCat. The Librarian
also provides cataloging training and support to Nebraska library
staff performing cataloging functions.
The Computer Services staff install, maintain, and troubleshoot all agency
computer hardware and software. They also maintain the Commission's Local
Area Network and the services it provides.
They provide consulting and technical assistance services on library
public access computing for Nebraska library staff.
In 1972 the Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Publications
Clearinghouse, which is housed in the Nebraska Library Commission. It provides convenient access to state and federal information
(including online documents) and publications for all Nebraskans, and promotes knowledge and usage of government information. The Publications
Clearinghouse is also an integral part of Information/Reference Services
at the Library Commission.
The Nebraska Library Commission maintains a library of reference materials
and provides research services to Nebraska libraries and state agency personnel.
includes books, periodicals, DVDs, and book club kits
. The collection also includes state
and federal government material, available to all Nebraska citizens. Many
materials are available through interlibrary loan
. Contact the Information/Reference
at the Library Commission if you have any questions or need
The Nebraska Library Commission collects statistical data about public and academic libraries and produces a variety of data products.
This data is used for accreditation of public libraries, distribution of direct
state aid to public libraries
public library strategic planning.
The Nebraska Library Commission's Library Development team provides
coordination and support services to all Nebraska libraries and media
centers. Library Development staff work regularly with local libraries,
resource libraries, institutional libraries, library boards, and citizen groups to develop
improved library services and facilities.
Ongoing Library Development projects include
Regional Library System
Collaboration, Children and Young Adult Services
Collaborative Summer Library
Grants for Excellence
Youth Advisory Board
Public Library Board
and Training (including
Public Library Board Manual
, access to
United for Libraries
, and Fundraising Assisitance),
Library Foundations and Friends
, Pioneer Consortium
Online Basic Skills
Classes, Resources for New Library Directors,
CE & Training Grants
, and Monthly
Technology & Access Services promotes and supports Nebraska libraries in
their cooperative efforts to share resources and information.
Technology & Access Services will:
- Assist information providers in delivering electronic information to
- Develop and support access to state government information resources,
and to national and international communications
- Introduce and promote new products that help Nebraska libraries use
- Provide innovative training to strengthen libraries in
the use of information technologies
- Support and enhance Nebraska library programs that promote regional
cooperation and resource sharing
- Support digitization projects in Nebraska cultural institutions and host
digital historical images, making them accessible through Internet searching
The Public Information and Communication Service publicizes the mission and promotes and markets the products and services of the Nebraska Library Commission. The Nebraska Library Commission communicates with target groups of Nebraska citizens, library staff, and other state agency personnel through Commission staff and publications
(print and electronic). Public Information staff, along with other Commission staff, publish several newsletters and other publications including
special project marketing materials.
The Nebraska Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service
(TBBS) is part of
a nationwide network of cooperating libraries headed by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped,
a division of the Library of Congress.
Talking Book and Braille Service provides free books and magazines on digital
cartridge, through digital download
and in Braille to individuals with a visual or physical
, or a
reading disability which limits use of regular print. the
offers audio description of the visual elements of movie and
Public Television program videos and DVDs.
In the TBBS in-house sound studios, we also record and produce audiobooks and
audio-magazines from Nebraska and regional authors, or about Nebraska
and the Great Plains. The recordings from this Nebraska Collection are made
available for loan.
The TBBS collection of books and magazines is similar to those found in a public
library. Special digital
playback equipment is also provided free of charge.
All materials are mailed to and from the Nebraska Library Commission postage-free to individuals, as well
as to schools and other facilities (e.g., nursing homes, hospitals, senior
citizen centers). In addition to these free services, we provide
production and Braille embossing to nonprofit
organizations and governmental agencies.
Nebraska Library Commission
1200 N Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, NE 68508-2023
Phone: 402-471-2045 800-307-2665 (in Nebraska only)