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April 2000 Vol.14 No.4 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission


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The American Library Association's Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALA/ALTA) recently instituted the National Advocacy Honor Roll to identify and celebrate individuals and groups that actively supported and strengthened library services at the local, state, or national levels over the past one hundred years. The Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Library Association (NLA) nominated the following individuals and groups to represent Nebraska:

For several years, the Nebraska Library Commission has arranged for Nebraska libraries of all types to participate in database trials. A videoconference will discuss an upcoming trial and purchase of a package of databases. Learn more about this process and how to participate at a videoconference Campfire Chat on April 7, from 10:30 a.m.-Noon (CDT), 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (MDT). Register to participate at a videoconference site near you at nlc.nebraska.gov search on Campfire Chat. For more information, contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 or e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Nebraskans are invited to nominate books for the 2000 Book Awards. The 2000 Nebraska Book Awards program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB), will recognize and honor books that are written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska, or related to Nebraska. For more information, see nlc.nebraska.gov, search on NCB 2000.

Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner announced that seventy-one public libraries in Nebraska were refunded $144,883.22 in discounts on their 1999 telecommunications costs through the e-rate program. E-rate is a federally managed program that promotes the use of telecommunications in schools and libraries. For more information on this resource for Nebraska libraries, see the Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Support For Information Technology.

The Nebraska Library Commission will celebrate its volunteers at an April 12 Reception. Celebrate Volunteers! is the theme of a reception at the Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service, Wednesday, April 12, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Talking Book and Braille Service borrowers and their family members are invited to meet the excellent volunteers who make the service possible. For more information, see the Commission home page Announcements at nlc.nebraska.gov.

National Volunteer Week (April 9-15) provides an opportunity for the Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service to celebrate volunteers. Jane Knox and Dennis Lorance will receive special recognition from the Lincoln/Lancaster County United Way Volunteer Center. Knox, a volunteer narrator for more than five years, has narrated many magazines and books, bringing pleasure to thousands of Nebraskans. Lorance, a volunteer since May 1999, contributes 25 to 35 hours a month as a monitor and narrator.

Lisa Kelly, Nebraska Library Commission Reference Services Coordinator, developed a Web page for new librarians in Nebraska at the Commission's Electronic Library. See the Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on new librarian.

Kids Count: A Report on the Wellbeing of Nebraska Children, compiled by Voices for Children in Nebraska, is available for Nebraska librarians upon request. Librarians can use the statistics reported in this publication to help set program direction, justify budget requests, create community reports, and develop promotional efforts. Request a copy from Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665.

The Library Commission recently awarded grants for Excellence in Children's Library Services. These grants help achieve the Commission Long Range Plan, Libraries for the 21st Century, Goal 5c: ".develop, maintain, and support library services to children and young adults." Grants were awarded to Central City Public Library, Columbus Public Library, David City Hruska Memorial Library, Bess Johnson Elkhorn Public Library, Grand Island Public Library, Hastings Public Library, Lexington Public Library, Nebraska City Morton-James Public Library, Scottsbluff Public Library, Wymore Public Library, as well as to the Madison County Library Association and West Point John A Stahl Library/Lyons Public Library for cooperative projects.

Kit Keller recently assumed new responsibilities as Library Commission Library Data Services Coordinator. She will have responsibility for development of an Intranet, a Knowledge Management Plan, and educational components related to agency data collection and storage.

The Nebraska Library Commission recently hired Evelyn Kubert, currently the librarian at the Media Center for Churches, to serve as Interlibrary Loan/Back-up Reference staff.

A group discount is offered to all Nebraska librarians who attend the 21st Annual National Online Meeting and IOLS (Integrated Online Library Systems) 2000. These conferences will be held from May 16-18 at the New York Hilton. To receive a discount, send your registration to the Nebraska Library Commission by April 10. For more information see the Commission home page at , search on conference discounts.

The American Library Association (ALA) is sponsoring several exciting opportunities to help libraries get involved in National Library Week, April 9-15, LIVE at the Library 2000: Building Cultural Communities. Libraries are invited to kick off the week by participating in a national Connect for Kids Day @ the Library on Saturday, April 8. Sponsored by ALA in partnership with the Benton Foundation, Connect for Kids Day is designed to showcase community resources for children and families. For more information, see www.connectforkids.org or call the ALA Public Information Office, 800-545-2433, ext. 5044/5041, e-mail: pio@ala.org. See also www.ala.org/kidsday and www.ala.org/publicprograms/live.html.

The Nebraska Library Commission is accepting applications for state-funded Training and Continuing Education Grants. These grants will be awarded to projects designed to provide training and continuing education for Nebraska library personnel, ensuring that every public library in Nebraska has skilled and knowledgeable information specialists to serve the citizens' information needs. Deadlines: April 14: Completed Application Packets submitted. May 5: Grants awarded. December 31: Projects completed. January 31: Final Reports submitted. Application packets were widely distributed in late February. To access a packet on the Library Commission home page, see , search on Training and Continuing Education Grants. Contact Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004, 800-307-2665.


Preparation of this newsletter was supported in part by funds allocated through the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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Basic Skills / Organization of Library Materials
Papillion: April 5 & May 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sump Memorial Library
Lincoln: April 6 & May 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Library Commission, Crane Room, Lower Level
Norfolk: April 11 & May 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Norfolk Public Library
Grand Island: April 14 & May 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Grand Island Public Library
North Platte: April 17 & May 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., North Platte Public Library
Scottsbluff: April 21 & May 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Scottsbluff Public Library. Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 800-307-2665, 402-471-4004, fax: 402-471-2083.

Basic Skills/Organization of Library Materials is one of the four Basic Skills courses required for certification of librarians in public libraries. The course addresses organizing library collections into meaningful arrangements, understanding how access points enhance a customer's ability to locate library material, and evaluating library organizational needs. One of four core classes that are part of the requirements for Public Librarian Certification, it is equivalent to 12 CE credits. All participants with Internet access should complete the online questionnaire as soon as possible. This can serve as your course registration. See , search on Basic Skills Questionnaire. Send the $25 course fee to the Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, Attn: Sue Biltoff.

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer for Windows v2.0 Workshop
April 11, Lincoln, Heron Room , Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, email: Jeannette Powell.
Learn how to use the ILL-ME for Windows to make your interlibrary loan workflow more efficient. CE Credits: 3. Instructor: Devra Dragos, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. Fees: $10 for members. Non-NEBASE members contact Jeannette Powell, see above.

OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows v1.11
April 18, Lincoln, Heron Room, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 or email: Jeannette Powell.
Learn how the OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows software increases productivity and reduces costs by combining online searching and processing with offline editing. CE Credits: 3. Instructor: Devra Dragos, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. Fees: $10 for members. Non-NEBASE members contact Jeannette Powell, see above.

TSRT/ITART Joint Spring Meeting
April 19, Aurora, Leadership Center, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Contact: Paul S. Hoffman, 402-472-2516, e-mail: paulh@unllib.unl.edu.
Co-sponsored by NLA's Technical Services Roundtable (TSRT)/Information Technology & Access Roundtable (ITART).

NLA Paraprofessional Section Spring Conference
April 19, Videoconference Locations, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Contact: Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Mary Geibel.
See www.nol.org/home/NLA/PARA/paraconference.html.

LAMA Institute: Leadership Survival Kit April 27, North Platte, Sand Hills Convention Center, I-80 and Highway 83, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Contact: Ellen Van Waart 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083.
LAMA (Library Administration and Management Association of the American Library Association) Institutes are regional institutes designed to explore broad issues of current importance to librarianship. Consultant Abigail Hubbard of the Department of Management, University of Houston, explores leadership and decision-making; communications strategies; conflict management; creativity; and power and politics. Register at the Library Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on LAMA.

Mayhem in the Midlands: A Mystery Conference May 11-14, Omaha, Contact: Jennifer Kirchmann, 402-444-4828, e-mail: jennk@omaha.lib.ne.us.
Co-sponsored by the Omaha Public Library and Lincoln City Libraries.

LAMA Institute: Libraries in the Digital Age: Visions for the Future and Road Maps for Change May 22, Lincoln, Embassy Suites, 1040 P Street, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083.
LAMA (Library Administration and Management Association of the American Library Association) Institutes are regional institutes designed to explore broad issues of current importance to librarianship. Jan A. Baltzer, Director of Technology Planning at Mesa (AZ) Community College, will address the impact of digital age technology. Register at the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on LAMA.


For more information see 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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