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August 2002 Vol.16 No. 8 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission



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The Governor's July 2002 budget recommendation for special session budget reductions for the Nebraska Library Commission is $31,050. This amount represents part of state general fund appropriation carried over from last fiscal year. The complete budget recommendation details can be found at the DAS State Budget Division Web site at www.budget.state.ne.us/das_budget/bud/new.htm.

Governor Johanns has reappointed Kris Rogge Johnson, for a second three-year term on the Nebraska Library Commission. Richard Jussel, Kearney, has been re-elected chair of the Nebraska Library Commission for FY 2002-2003. Bob King, Holdrege, was elected to serve as vice-chair.

Before Your Computer Arrives (BYCA) Workshops, scheduled for September 16-27, will prepare library staff participating in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation U.S. Library Program to order computer hardware. Each library eligible to receive a grant from the Gates Foundation will receive an invitation directly from the Foundation during the first part of August. Following receipt of the invitation, libraries will have approximately ten days to RSVP. Attendance is mandatory. Locations and times are listed on the Commission home page Announcements and Calendar, see nlc.nebraska.gov. Each participant receives five hours of continuing education credit for the Public Librarian and/or the Library Board Certification program. Lunch will be provided at no cost to the participants. The list of libraries and grant amounts awarded is available on the Library Commission Web site, see nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/gates/awards.html. For more information, contact Richard Miller, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller or Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott.

On July 31, the Nebraska Library Commission submitted
Making a Difference @ your libraryTM,
Nebraska Library Services and Technology Act Plan for Library and Information Services to the Institute for Museum and Library Services. This five-year plan describes the mission, needs, goals, activities, intended outcomes, timeline, and planning and implementation procedures for administering Nebraska library services for 2003-2007, see nlc.nebraska.gov, search on LSTA Plan.

Self-paced online training classes for the Books in Print and Electric Library databases are now available from the Library Commission's Network Services. Nebraska librarians are invited to learn about the databases from the comfort of their own libraries. For more information about these classes and to register, see nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/onlineclass.html.

The Library Commission distributed applications for the Public Library Accreditation program in July to all public libraries scheduled to renew their accreditation, and to eligible unaccredited libraries. These applications are due at the Library Commission by September 1. Certificates of Accreditation will be mailed on October 1 to all libraries that meet the requirements. To be accredited, public libraries must meet the twenty Basic Guidelines for service, see nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/revguid.html, meet the maintenance of effort requirement, and have submitted a Public Library Statistical Report FY 2000/2001. For more information contact Kit Keller, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Nebraska's regional library systems, in cooperation with the Nebraska Library Commission, will present a workshop, Bricks & Boards: Spruce Up the Library You Have or Get Started On a Brand-new Building, on August 10 at Concordia University in Seward, from 8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. CDT. Information about sessions and registration is posted on the Commission home page Announcements and Calendar, see nlc.nebraska.gov.

Nebraska Librarians and Media Specialists are invited to participate in a statewide video-teleconference, Lewis and Clark Bicentennial: Challenges and Solutions for the Information Specialist, sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council. This free distance learning workshop will be held at sites across Nebraska on August 14, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. CDT, lunch 12:45 - 1:15 P.M. CE Credits: 6. Information about sites, speakers, and registration is posted on the Commission home page Announcements and Calendar, see nlc.nebraska.gov.

OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) is offering free web information sessions that will include a live presentation accessible via the web, with audio available via a conference call. Sessions are scheduled on QuestionPoint, Custom Cataloging Services, Digital & Preservation Resources, Digital & Preservation Cooperative, and ILLiad for August 7 - October 1. For more information see the Library Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/whatsnew.html#webinfosessions, or contact Christa Burns, 402-471-3107, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Christa Burns.

On October 25, 2001, Congress passed the "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act" (USA PATRIOT Act). This law broadly expands the powers of federal law enforcement agencies investigating cases involving foreign intelligence and international terrorism. Librarians, however, have a responsibility to protect the privacy of our customers while responding to legitimate national security concerns. For more information on the USA Patriot Act, see www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/fbiinyourlibrary.html, and www.ala.org/washoff/patriot.html, and www.ala.org/washoff/patstep.pdf, or contact 800-545-2433, ext. 5042.

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA)/Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA) annual fall conference, Leading, Linking, and Learning, will be held October 23-25 at the Cornhusker Hotel and Convention Center in Lincoln. For information and registration forms see http://www.nol.org/home/NLA/conference/index.html.

Nominations are sought for the 2002 Mad Hatter Award to recognize a member of the Nebraska library profession who has made an outstanding contribution to School, Children and Young People's librarianship. This award is presented by Children's Press and the School, Children, and Young People's Section of NLA. Send applications to Glenda Willnerd, 311 Wedgewood Dr., Lincoln, NE 68510 by August 30. See www.nol.org/home/NLA/handbook/handbk8.htm#hatter for application information.

The Nebraska Literary Directory is now available on the Nebraska Department of Education Reading/Writing Web site at www.nde.state.ne.us/read.

Grand Island's Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer (and associated facilities) will be the site of the 2002 Nebraska Book Festival. Scheduled for September 13-14, 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. CDT, the Festival emphasizes a public celebration of books and book enterprises. Sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB) in cooperation with the Nebraska Library Commission, with funding from the Nebraska Humanities Council, programs for adults, children, and youth will focus on the theme, Sense of Time, Sense of Place. Friday evening's celebration includes a festive meal, a program featuring Bob Greene, author of Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen, and the presentation of the NCB Mildred Bennet Award, the NCB Nebraska Book Awards, the Festival Committee's Community Spirit Award, and Student Writing Competition Prizes. The Festival's Student Writing Competition has an entry deadline of September 3. For more information see the 2002 Nebraska Book Festival Web site at www.stuhrmuseum.org/book.htm.


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]

Introduction to the New OCLC Cataloging Interface: OCLC Connexion
August 5, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Kearney Public Library & Information Center, Technology Learning Center, 2020 First Avenue, Kearney.
August 15, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Wayne State College, 1111 Main Street, Wayne.
August 20, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT.
September 30, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.

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. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment.

ILL Basics Using the OCLC ILL Web Interface
August 5, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT, Kearney Public Library & Information Center, Technology Learning Center, 2020 First Avenue, Kearney.
August 14, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT
December 2, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CST, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
August 21, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center Computer Lab, 801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk.

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 using the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of searching OCLC WorldCat.

OCLC Connexion (formerly CORC): Cataloging Internet Resources
August 7, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT, Kearney Public Library & Information Center, Technology Learning Center, 2020 First Avenue, Kearney.
August 12, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.

Learn about OCLC's cataloging tool and database of electronic resource bibliographic records. Note: While the Cataloging and Pathfinder modules of Connexion are separated into two sessions, it is recommended that staff attend both sessions, if possible. Audience: Cataloging, reference, and public services staff at OCLC full-cataloging institutions. Prerequisites: OCLC full-cataloging institutions only. Experience cataloging Internet resources helpful.

OCLC Connexion (formerly CORC): Creating Internet Pathfinders
August 7, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Kearney Public Library & Information Center, Technology Learning Center, 2020 First Avenue, Kearney.
August 12, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.

Learn about OCLC's automated tool for creating and managing web-based subject guides for online resources. Note: While the Cataloging and Pathfinder modules of Connexion are separated into two sessions, it is recommended that staff attend both sessions, if possible. Audience: Cataloging, reference, and public services staff at OCLC full-cataloging institutions. Prerequisites: OCLC full-cataloging institutions only. Experience creating subject bibliographies of Web resources helpful.

OCLC CatExpress
August 21, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT, Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center Computer Lab, 801 East Benjamin, Norfolk.
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.

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer (ILL ME) for Windows Version 2.10
August 29, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT, Neligh Public Library, 710 Main Street, Neligh.
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.

OCLC Union List Basics
August 29, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Neligh Public Library, 710 Main Street, Neligh.
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.

Note: For all of the above activities sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, 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. Instructor: Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.htm.


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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