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August '98 Vol.12 No.8 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Governor Nelson appointed Wally Seiler, Alliance, and Richard Jussel, Kearney, to the Nebraska Library Commission. Wally is a bank officer in Alliance and a member of the Alliance Public Library Board of Trustees and the State Advisory Council on Libraries. With his appointment to the Commission, we are seeking a replacement for him on the Council. Richard is an English Professor and Director of the Honors Program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Wally and Richard replace Frankie Lovell and Ron Norman who completed their second terms on the Commission.

Janet Greser has been selected as the Library Commission's 1998 Employee of the Year. Among the comments supporting Janet's nomination is, "Janet always gives 100% to help staff and customers and does so with a smile." Congratulations, Janet!

Beth Goble has been selected as the Library Commission's 1998 Manager of the Year. Among the comments included in the nomination were the support Beth gives to her staff in both professional and personal matters, her encouragement to participate in continuing education events, and her openness to new ideas and concepts. Congratulations, Beth!

Talking Book and Braille borrowers, family members and other interested persons are invited to an open house, sponsored by Talking Book and Braille Service staff and members of the Advisory Committee on Wednesday, August 12, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. RSVP to Talking Book and Braille Service, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, 68508-2023, 402-471-4038 or 800-742-7691.

Nebraska has been selected as one of eight states to participate in the Community-Library Advocacy Project funded by the Virburnum Foundation. Libraries for the Future and Friends of Libraries U.S.A. are coordinating this advocacy effort with local support from the Regional Library Systems, the Nebraska Library Association's Trustees, Users and Friends Section and Legislative Committee, and the Nebraska Library Commission. Four communities in Nebraska will be selected to participate based on several criteria established by Libraries for the Future. They are: current level of fiscal support for the community library; current level of community support; current challenges such as bond issues or general funding; strength of the library image; and current base of library advocacy support. The partnering agencies will identify four communities that demonstrate a desire to work on a grass roots initiative to strengthen local advocacy efforts. We may define community as broadly as possible not just limiting it to a town, village, or city. If you are interested in more information or believe that your community would be a good candidate for such an activity, contact Ellen Van Waart at the Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665.

Fall 1998 children's book reviews are scheduled for taping on October 9 and 16 from 1-4 p.m. CST at Nebraska Educational Television, 33rd and Holdrege, Lincoln. You are welcome to attend the live taping or borrow the tapes from your System office or from Library Commission Information Services, 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Ready. Search previous lists on the Library Commission home page at /, search on Review Database.

Nebraska Library Commission staff has developed a twenty-minute video, From Me to You: Reading and Parents, to encourage family literacy by demonstrating the skills parents use in reading to their children. Borrow a copy of the tape from the Library Commission Information Services, see above 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Ready.

The Summer Reading Program theme for 1999, Treasure Your Library, features an octopus in a pirate hat as one element of the art. Watch for order blanks in mid-September. Note that the December 1 deadline for ordering is earlier than previous years to make it possible to receive materials in late February. Manuals will be delivered before December 1. Themes for 2000 and 2001 were recently selected by the Cooperative Summer Library Program Council. The theme for 2000 is Cosmic Connections at Your Library and the theme for 2001 is Road Trip U.S.A.

The first Library Commission Youth Advisory Board meeting of 1998/99 is scheduled for September 1 at the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln. Representatives from Northeast, Meridian, and Southeast Library Systems are currently being recruited. Children's/young adult librarians from schools or public libraries interested in providing input into planning for children's services, contact Mary Jackson at the Library Commission, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665.

The Library Commission has negotiated a 13% discount for Nebraska libraries on all pages and sections of the current Brodart supplies and furnishings catalog (excluding 3M Security Systems/Strips. Precision One Cataloging System and DUEit System/Supplies). When placing orders refer to "ne 13%" bid number prominently on the first page of all orders mailed or faxed. Include the name of the contact person and phone number. If phoning orders, inform sales staff of your eligibility for this discount. If tax exempt, provide certificate number. To place an order or request a catalog, phone the Sales and Service department at 800-233-8958, Ext. 780. Orders may be faxed to 800-283-6087, Attention: Supply Orders or e-mailed: <>.

In July, applications for Public Library Accreditation were mailed to all unaccredited libraries, and to any accredited library whose accreditation expires during 1998. If your library's accreditation expires anytime during 1998, and you did not receive an application for re-accreditation, please contact Kit Keller at the Library Commission, 402-471-3216 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Training dates and locations for basic FirstSearch training are being arranged. To register for training complete the online registration form, located at /netserv/fstrainreg.html.

Since Outreach may be a significant factor in the success of the Nebraska Package of FirstSearch Databases Project, Nebraska librarians are asked to provide the Library Commission with input on outreach training needs. Your input is very valuable as we consider how to assist you in your outreach activities. Please take a few moments to make some notes on this topic. Copy the short questionnaire from the Library Commission home page, /, (search on outreach), and e-mail it to Mary Jo Ryan or send it via U.S. mail to Mary Jo Ryan, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023.

As many E-Rate applicants are aware, the Schools and Libraries Corporation Program Integrity Assurance reviews are in full swing. Reviews are intended to assure that applications are in compliance with Federal Communications Commission program rules. Reviews include a random sample of applications to validate program integrity review procedures. Until all reviews are completed, the discount levels will not be determined. Since all requests for telecommunications and Internet services will be funded, review contacts are necessary on all applications. For current updates on the E-Rate Program, see Source: ALA Universal Service Discussion List 7/27/98.

If you do not have access to the Internet World Wide Web, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for print information about the previous announcements.

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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OCLC FirstSearch Basic Training

August 7, 8:00 - 10:30 a.m., Lincoln Public School District Office, 5901 "O" Street, Lincoln.
August 12, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Peru State College Library.
August 17, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Chadron State College.
August 18, 8:30 - 11:00 a.m., Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff.
August 18, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m., Western Nebraska Community College, Sidney.
August 19, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m., Holdrege Middle School, 600 14th Avenue, Holdrege.
August 20, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m., Central Community College, Grand Island.
August 24, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Metropolitan Community College, Elkhorn Campus.
September 1, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m., Burwell Jr/Sr High School, 190 I Street, Burwell.
September 2, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m., Wayne State College.
September 3, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m., Educational Service Unit #17, 2657 44th Avenue, Columbus.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Access to the Nebraska Package of FirstSearch Databases is provided through the Nebraska Library Commission, and is made possible by funding from the Nebraska Legislature and Governor. Sessions will answer the questions: What is FirstSearch? What is in the Nebraska Package of FirstSearch databases? How can I use these databases to improve library service? What is the Administrative Module in FirstSearch? How do I access it? And how do I tame it?! Audience: New subscribers and those who wish to take a "Train the Trainer" session. Format: Lecture and hands-on. Cost: There is no charge for this workshop, however, if you reserve a space in the session and fail to appear, you will be required to pay a $10 workshop fee in advance to reserve a place at another FirstSearch training session. You may avoid the fee by canceling your reservation at least 24 hours in advance. CE Credit=2.5.

Data Center Annual Conference

August 12, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Boys Town Conference Center 144th & Pacific, Omaha, NE.
Contact: Melanie Hayes, 402-595-1231.

The Nebraska State Data Center's 9th annual summer conference topics include: Staying current with Census 2000 plans; New census surveys; Major Internet data sites; and Nebraska population and economic statistics sources. Registration is $40 before or $50 after August 3 and includes lunch, conference materials, and coffee. Make check payable to University of Nebraska at Omaha and send to the Nebraska State Data Center, Center For Public Affairs Research, Peter Kiewit Conference Center, Omaha, NE 68182-0059.

Bricks and Boards: Hammering Out Library Buildings

August 22, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Community Services Building, Adams County Fairgrounds, Hastings, NE.
Contact: Dee Yost, Republican Valley Library System Administrator, 2727 W. 2nd St, Hastings, NE 68901, 402-463-4244.

Exhibits by architectural firms and sessions on Improving Library Facilities, Space Design with ADA in Mind, Planning for Technology, and Public Library/School Library Mergers. CE Credit=6.

Nebraska Rural Institute

September 14-17, Ogallala, NE, at the Stagecoach Convention Center.
Contact: Joy Marshall, 308-764-2252, e-mail: <>.

"Building Success Together in Small Places," the 1998 Institute offers learning tracks in the fields of tourism, business development, information technology, capacity building and understanding rural communities, and health and human services. The Institute is intended for economic and community developers, local government and tribal officials, extension educators, volunteers and anyone working in rural areas. Staff of the Partnership for Rural Nebraska and rural practitioners learn, share, energize, and network, expanding Nebraska's rural renaissance.For more information, see

The 1998 Seventh Nebraska Literature Festival

September 17-19, Wayne State College, Wayne, NE.
Contact: Gretchen Ronnow or Ed Battistella, Wayne State College, Humanities Division, 1111 Main Street, Wayne, NE 68787, 402-375-7394, e-mail: <>.

The theme for the 1998 Nebraska Literature Festival is "The World in the Plains: Plains Literature as World Literature," emphasizing that Plains writing is universal and quintessentially "American." In selecting Wayne State College, The Nebraska Center for the Book recognizes that for the past twenty years Wayne State College has organized the Plains Writers Series to introduce the public to contemporary literature through the voices of writers. Festival attendees will benefit from Wayne State College's many years of fostering contacts between writers of the Great Plains and readers. A special attraction of this year's Festival will be the appearance of many alumni of the Plains Writers Series, an impressive array of authors. The first days of the Festival target high school and college undergraduate students, but the general public is welcome. General public programming is September 19. All events are open to the public and free of charge. No Preregistration is required. For more information see the Library Commission home page, search on Literature Festival. CE Credit available.

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