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A Brief Description of Services

Mission and Goals of the Nebraska Library Commission

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.

Administrative and Support Services

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

Cataloging Services

The Cataloging and Technical Services Librarian ensures that all Nebraska Library Commission holdings receive complete and accurate cataloging in the Nebraska Library Commission On-line Public Access Catalog (OPAC) and in the Online Cooperative Library Center (OCLC) WorldCat. The Librarian also provides cataloging training and support to any Nebraska library staff performing cataloging functions.

Computer Services

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.

Government Information Services/Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse

In 1972 the State Legislature created the Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse, which is housed in the Nebraska Library Commission. Its purpose is to provide convenient access to state and federal information (including online documents), and publications for all Nebraskans, and to promote knowledge and usage of government information. The Publications Clearinghouse is also an integral part of Information/Reference Services at the Library Commission.

Information Services

The Nebraska Library Commission maintains a library of reference materials and provides research services to Nebraska libraries and state agency personnel. Our collection 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 Desk at the Library Commission if you have any questions or need assistance.

Library Data Services

The Nebraska Library Commission collects statistical data about public and academic libraries and produces a variety of data products. Other programs administered through Library Data Services include accreditation of public libraries, administration of direct state aid to public libraries, administration of federal grants made possible through the Library Services and Technology Act, and planning and outcome-based evaluation information.

Library Development

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 Children's and Young Adult Services, Public Librarian and Library Board Certification, Library System Development, Planning and Evaluation Services, and Continuing Education.

Technology & Access Services

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 information to Nebraska citizens through electronic exchange
  • Develop and support access to state government information resources, and to national and international communications
  • Introduce and promote new products that assist member libraries to use information technologies
  • Provide cost-effective, innovative training to strengthen libraries in the use of information technologies
  • Support and enhance member library programs which promote regional cooperation and resource sharing

Public Information and Communication

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. Public Information staff, along with other Commission staff, publish several newsletters and other publications including NCB News, NCompass, News Releases, Proclamations, and READ Posters.

Talking Book and Braille Services

The Nebraska Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service is part of a nationwide network of cooperating libraries headed by the Library of Congress/National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Talking Book and Braille Service provides free audio and braille books and magazines, as well as videos that include audio descriptions, to individuals with a visual or physical condition or a reading disability which limits use of regular print.

Our collection of books and magazines is similar to those found in a public library. Specially designed playback equipment is also provided free of charge. All materials are mailed to and from our library 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 audio production and Braille embossing to nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies.

Nebraska Library Commission
The Atrium
1200 N Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, NE 68508-2023
Phone: 402-471-2045     800-307-2665 (in Nebraska only)
Fax: 402-471-2083

For more information, contact Mary Jo Ryan.