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December '97 Vol.11 No.13 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Devra Dragos, former librarian at the Beatrice Developmental Center, has accepted the position of Library Commission OCLC Member Services Coordinator. She will begin her duties on December 8. She formerly served on the State Advisory Council and NEBASE Advisory Council.

State Aid applications for 1998 were mailed to all public libraries, along with copies of the latest Public Library Profile. Please return your application for State Aid to Kit Keller at the Nebraska Library Commission by December 31, 1997.

The Library Commission can provide a County Directory of Public and Academic Libraries. Contact Mary Geibel to request a copy, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel.

The order deadline to purchase summer reading material for the 1998 summer theme, Rock 'N Read at the Library is January 15, 1998. Materials will be shipped in March. For questions or an order blank, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665.

GALE CD-ROM and Internet-hosted products are available through NEBASE. NEBASE has signed a redistribution agreement with GALE RESEARCH allowing NEBASE to sell GALE's CD-ROM and Internet-hosted products at a discount to Nebraska libraries. There is a 10% discount on new orders and an 8% discount on renewals. For a list of databases and an order form see /netserv/gale.html, or contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

New publications have been added to the Commission's State Government Publications Online home page. See /docs/pilot/pilot.html to view or download in PDF format the following 1997 documents: Nebraska's Criminal Justice Drug and Violent Crime Strategy 1997-2000, NE Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice; Overview of Nebraska's Remedial Action Plan Monitoring Act (RAPMA), NE Department of Environmental Quality; and Roster: Residential Care Facilities, NE Health & Human Services System, Regulation and Licensure. Adobe Viewer can be downloaded from the site to enable viewing and printing.

February 2 - March 13, 1998, the Library Commission will sponsor a free trial of the Congressional Information Service Congressional Compass, a Web-based online legislative database service. Commission newsletters will provide information about the trial and procedures for signing up will be posted on the Library Commission Web page in late December or early January, see /netserv/trial.html. Congressional Compass includes access to indexes and abstracts of Congressional publications plus legislative histories, bills, bill tracking, Congressional hearings, committee reports, the Congressional Record, voting records in Congress, the U.S. code, public laws, the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations, and member financial disclosures.

Congratulations to the "winners" that visited the Library Commission exhibit at the recent Nebraska Library Association Conference. We are always glad to see our friends from libraries across the state and we especially appreciate your feedback on our booth. Winners of this year's drawing for library materials included Evelyn Bingel, Jackie Davies, Laurel Goin, Lauralee Grabe, Mary Griffin, Jeanette Hilton, Paul Hoffman, Pat Hughes, Mary Jurgens, Carole Larson, Pat Leach, Deborah Levitov, Ruby Meister, Jim Mulder, Tom Schmitz, Barbara Simpson, Karen Sorensen, Marilyn Spencer, Robert Trautwein, Mary Trenerry, and Lynn Wild.

The Library Commission Batchload Project continues to add and delete holdings to the OCLC Online Union Catalog, WorldCat, from 31 Nebraska libraries. The OCLC President's Report describes WorldCat as "…the most consulted reference database in higher education...the world's busiest bibliographic database for cataloging and resource sharing. Libraries added 2.1 million records to it last year and 36 million location listings…" Of this number of holdings, more than half a million belonged to Nebraska's libraries participating in the Batchload Project. In addition to adding to the value of the OCLC database, these libraries are now full-participants in the OCLC Interlibrary Loan System, capable of lending material from their collections as well as borrowing from other libraries. For more information and a listing of participating libraries, see /news/content/325.html.

For information on this year's Golden Sower nominee titles or more about the Nebraska Library Association's Golden Sower Award program, see /golden/sower.html. If you do not have Internet access and would like a print copy, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel.

Nebraska's Regional Library Systems are arranging for a bus to travel to Kansas City for the Public Library Association Conference, to be held March 10-14 (if enough people respond). Probable stops for pickup will be Kearney, Grand Island, Lincoln and Omaha. Approximate cost is $50. Cost is determined by number of riders, number of stops, lodging for driver, etc. Arrival and departure will be determined by the conference schedule. If interested, call your Regional System Administrator as soon as possible.

In October, President Bill Clinton announced that nearly 800 colleges and universities from every state have pledged to commit work-study slots to help ensure that every American child can read well and independently. Also in October, the Reading Excellence Act, H.R. 2614, was approved by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. The Act establishes a competitive grant fund to improve the teaching of reading (including library literacy efforts). For more information, see /news/content/322.html.

EdLiNC, the Education and Libraries Networks Coalition, launched a new Web site and 800 hotline phone number in November. The phone number is 800-733-6860. The E-Rate Hotline Web site is The E-Rate Hotline has been established to help schools and libraries learn more about how they can receive discounts on telecommunications services and to respond to questions about this new program mandated as part of the Universal Service Provision in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. For more information, see /news/content/323.html.

Nebraska librarians are invited to join the Library of Congress Copyright NewsNet Listserv, a free electronic mailing list originating from the Copyright Office that sends periodic e-mail messages to people involved in the field of copyright. Interested persons should send an Internet e-mail message to: <>. The body of the message should say: SUBSCRIBE USCOPYRIGHT. For more information, see the Copyright Office home page at

Beginning in January 1998, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will expand its "Letters About Literature" essay contest to include elementary as well as junior and senior high school students. Over the past four years, more than 40,000 students have participated in this annual program, which invites students to write a letter to an author-living or dead-explaining how that author's work somehow changed the student's way of thinking about the world. For a copy of the guidelines and an official entry coupon, contact Weekly Reader Corporation, 203-705-3500, or visit the Center on the World Wide Web at

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Unlocking the Mystery of HTML

December 12, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST, Bellevue University.
Contact: Kathleen Tooker, 402-330-7884, 11929 Elm St. Suite 12, Omaha, NE 68144.

Sara Martin from the University of Nebraska will discuss: How to Create a Simple Web page; How to Create Different Kinds of Links (internal & external); Using Background Text and Link Colors; Using a Background Image; How to scan images and add to a Web page.

Soaring to Excellence: "The Internet-Sites for Your Workday; Sites for You"

January 16, 1998, 11 a.m. CST, downlink at any satellite site in Nebraska.
Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665, for information about setting up a site or viewing the programs.

The Nebraska Library Commission continues to sponsor a series of satellite teleconferences on a variety of library issues aimed at all librarians (public, academic, school, corporate, institutional, government and others). The programs are produced by the College of DuPage and there is no charge. Topics include: teaching yourself and others about using the Internet as part of daily work; evaluating and using information on the Internet; and how the Internet can be used to answer questions about technology, as well as daily reference. Hands-on activities including making and managing Netscape bookmarks, subscribing to listservs, searching the Internet, and creating your own Web pages.

OCLC's Passport for Windows

January 21, 1998, 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. CST, Nebraska Library Commission Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

A workshop providing basic knowledge of the functions of the OCLC Passport for Windows Software. Topics include: discussion of access methods; screen layout; toolbar; online help; using Passport with the PRISM Service and OCLC Reference Services; printing; setting up macros; setting up an export destination; using diacritics and special characters; help available on the WWW and listservs. Audience: Users who have purchased Passport for Windows and are ready to start using it. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the Windows environment. What to bring: Questions. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Ming Jian, UNL. CE Credit=3.

Tools For Creating an Internet Policy

January 21, 1998, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. MST, Bridgeport Public Library, 722 Main, Bridgeport NE.
Contact: Panhandle Library System, 1517 Broadway, Suite 129, Scottsbluff NE 69361; 308-632-1350 or 888-879-5303.

Free of charge. Beth Goble, Nebraska Library Commission, will be the instructor. Topics include discussion of the following documents: the Library Bill of Rights; the ALA Code of Ethics; Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks: a Nebraska Library Commission Interpretation; The Freedom to Read; ALA Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of Policies, Regulations and Procedures Affecting Access to Library Materials, Services and Facilities; and the ALA Resolution on the Use of Filtering Software in Libraries. Participants will analyze sample Internet access guidelines and policies and brainstorm policy issues and communication strategies.

Dancing With Change: "Developing Leadership for Change"

February 6, 1998, 11 a.m. CST, downlink at any satellite site in Nebraska.
Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665, for information about setting up a site or viewing the programs.

The Nebraska Library Commission continues to sponsor a series of satellite teleconferences on a variety of library issues aimed at all librarians (public, academic, school, corporate, institutional, government and others). The programs are produced by the College of DuPage and there is no charge.

OCLC Cataloging I: MARC Format and Copy Cataloging

February 10, 1998 9 a.m. -3 p.m. CST, Library Commission Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Introduction to MARC tags in the morning and to editing an OCLC record in the afternoon. Topics include: functional mechanics of editing and what to edit in a bibliographic record, understanding the structure of a MARC record, recognizing standard MARC tagging patterns for fixed and variable fields, a basic history of OCLC, responsibilities as an OCLC member, the impact of cataloging functions on Interlibrary Loan and Public Services, selecting appropriate bibliographic records, a brief review of searching the OCLC database (specifically keyword and the authority file), deciding what to edit in a bibliographic record, editing CIP copy, inputting local holdings information, the 049 field, producing labels and cards, exporting records, deleting holdings, and explanation of OCLC cataloging costs. Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to performing copy cataloging on the OCLC system or wanting a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog helpful. What to bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed. Books to use in hands-on activity. CE Credit=5. Instructors: Carole Goebes, Julie Swann, UNL.

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