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December '98 Vol.12 No.13 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Susan Knisely will join the Nebraska Library Commission on December 7 as Online Services Librarian. She was formerly the Reference Librarian at Midland Lutheran College, Fremont. Welcome!


Congratulations to the "winners" that visited the Library Commission exhibit at the recent Nebraska Library Association Conference in Grand Island. These winners received books: Delores Feeken, Crete Public Library; Peg Cassell, Howard Elementary, Fremont; Pat Gross, Gering High School; Janet McNerny, Bartley Public Library; Stacy Vogel, Westridge Middle School, Grand Island; Wendy Anderson, Elkhorn Public Library; Nancy Christensen, Fremont Public Schools; Bill Beck, Wahoo Public School; Sharon Wiegert, Sump Memorial Library, Papillion; Tom Schmitz, Lincoln Regional Center; and Eileen Hoffman, Thedford Rural High School. CDs were given to: Bob Trautwein, Columbus Public Library; Barb Brandt, Ogallala Middle School; and Ramona Ellison, Monroe High School. Mugs were given to: Mel Bohn, University of Nebraska at Omaha; and Brenda Thomsen, Washington Elementary, Fremont.


The 1997 edition of Crime in Nebraska, the major source for statistics about crimes and arrests in the state, has recently been issued by the Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Crime Commission). Data is available for counties and communities with sheriff's offices. Crimes reported include murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The report is available for loan from the Library Commission's Reference/Information Services, 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Ready. It will be issued on microfiche to 14 state depository libraries as part of the Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse Service and is available in PDF format on the Library Commission home page, under Nebraska State Government Publications Online, at /docs/pilot/pilot.html. Choose letter "L" for "Law Enforcement" to find the report. The 1995 and 1996 reports are also available at the site. The required Adobe Acrobat viewer can be downloaded free from the Web page.


The Task Force to evaluate the Public Librarian Certification program met with Debra Wilcox Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Consulting, on November 13-14, to develop plans for the coming year. Critical to the success of this study is the clarification of desired outcomes of certification and basic skills courses. The Task Force plans to survey all public library directors and public library staff in the certification database, as well as public library board presidents. Focus groups will be conducted throughout the state in March 1999 to gather information. Key findings across data sources will provide the rational for recommendations regarding the certification program and basic skills courses. Check the Nebraska Library Commission Web page for more information and a list of Task Force members, /, search on Librarian Certification.


To spotlight the special relationship between young readers and authors, the Nebraska Center for the Book, as an affiliate of the National Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and Weekly Reader Corporation invite Nebraska readers in grades 4 through 12 to write a letter to an author-living or dead-describing how the author's book or story somehow changed the young reader's way of viewing the world. The national prize in this Letters about Literature contest is a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond. In addition, the Nebraska Center for the Book will award cash prizes to Nebraska's top letter writers. To receive a copy of the official contest guidelines and the required entry coupon, call Stephanie Schreiber at Weekly Reader, 203-705-3412 or log on to the Library Commission home page, /, search on Letters about Literature. Letters must be received by December 18, 1998.


The Nebraska Library Commission announces that public libraries are eligible to apply for grants for special projects in the area of children's services. Written grants must be submitted to the Library Commission by February 1, 1999. To receive a packet with guidelines, explanations of the target areas, criteria for award and an application form, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665, or Sally Snyder, 402-471-4003 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder. For more information, see the Library Commission home page, /, search on Children's Grants for Excellence.


All public libraries recently received a summer reading manual for 1999 and a list of videos to complement the 1999 summer reading theme, Treasure Your Library. If you did not receive a video list or a manual or if you are in a school library and would like to request them, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665. Reservations for summer reading program videos will be accepted after January 1, from Library Commission Information Services, 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-6244, or e-mail: Ready.


To receive a recommended booklist for children at risk, request a copy from Mary Jackson (see previous) or Sally Snyder, 402-471-4003 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder.


Library grants worth $226,635 to fund library technology projects to improve public access to electronic information through Nebraska libraries have been awarded. The funds, made available through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), allocated by Congress and distributed to states annually, address LSTA goals according to each state's long range plan. Public libraries in 22 Nebraska communities will receive funding to improve information technology services and/or improve information access for underserved populations through the Library Commission. For more information, see the Commission home page, /, search on Supports Information Technology.


The Library Commission announces the introduction of Web-based Mini-courses as an opportunity to educate librarians for the 21st Century. The first mini-course, "The Internet and Intellectual Freedom," provides valuable information about a topic that librarians must address in all types of libraries. The mini-course will provide two Continuing Education hours toward Public Librarian Certification. Send feedback on the course to Ellen Van Waart, Continuing Education Coordinator at the Library Commission, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665. See the Commission home page, /, search on Internet Intellectual Freedom.


The Nebraska Library Commission Copyright Handbook, A Guide for Nebraska Libraries, is now online in HTML format. The Handbook is a summary of the copyright law and guidelines according to the best understanding of the Library Commission. It is not intended to be legal advice. This version is searchable for your specific copyright concerns. See the Commission home page, /, search on Copyright Handbook. For more information contact Ellen Van Waart, (see previous).


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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Tools of Our Trade III: Books, the Internet and Beyond

January 8, College of Dupage Teleconference Series 1998-99.

The charming and popular Techman (aka D. Scott Brandt) demonstrates an invaluable list of tools for providing the best reference service. Should you use a book, an Internet Web site, or something else to give the customer the information that they need? Leave this teleconference with your own toolbox. The Nebraska Library Commission purchased a statewide license to downlink five teleconferences produced by the College of DuPage to support the continuing education efforts of library personnel throughout the state. The programs are a combination of the very successful "Soaring to Excellence" and "Dancing with Change" series. With a statewide license, the Library Commission offers institutions unlimited access to downlink each program and make videotapes for the use of the participating institution. If your institution is interested in downlinking, contact Ellen Van Waart at 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665. The satellite coordinates will be available from Ellen shortly before each program. Supplementary program materials will be available at the College of DuPage Web site, http://www.dupage.edu/main.html. CE Credit=2.


Basic Research Skills Class

January 12, 12:30-1:20 every Tuesday and Thursday until March 2.
For more information or to request evening or weekend classes, contact Dr. Stan Gardner, Wayne State College, Conn Library, 1111 Main Street., Wayne NE 68787, 402-375-7259 or e-mail: <sgardner@wscgate.wsc.edu/>.

Wayne State College (WSC) will offer a one credit course on Basic Research Skills in January 1999. The cost (including all fees for on-campus classes) is $74.50 (plus a one time cost of $10 if you have never taken a class at WSC). The course includes: introduction to the course and information processing; understanding the sources: formats; electronic tools: basic search techniques; organization of library materials and catalogs; the Internet: an introduction; reference sources; periodical literature; biographical sources; literature in collections, book reviews and literary criticism; government information and statistics; and the research paper. The textbook for this class is The Research Process: Books and Beyond, by Myrtle Bolner and Gayle Poirier, published by Kendall-Hunt Publishers, Dubuque, IA 1997. WSC is willing to offer this as an evening class, a weekend class, or as an Internet correspondence class (with some restrictions).


The Library as Knowledge Creator and Publisher

February 19, College of Dupage Teleconference Series 1998-99.

Libraries are expanding their capacities for developing and distributing networked information. They can become competitors of, or creative partners with, traditional commercial and scholarly publishers. Libraries can be assertive and, as content owners and providers, use their traditional access and preservation mandates to generate revenue and develop new business models for their services. The Nebraska Library Commission purchased a statewide license to downlink five teleconferences produced by the College of DuPage to support the continuing education efforts of library personnel throughout the state. The programs are a combination of the very successful "Soaring to Excellence" and "Dancing with Change" series. With a statewide license, the Library Commission offers institutions unlimited access to downlink each program and make videotapes for the use of the participating institution. If your institution is interested in downlinking, contact Ellen Van Waart at 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665. The satellite coordinates will be available from Ellen shortly before each program. Supplementary program materials will be available at the College of DuPage Web site, http://www.dupage.edu/main.html. CE Credit=2.


ALA Midwinter Meeting

January 30-February 1, Philadelphia, PA. For more information, see http://www.ala.org/events/mw99/.

The Philadelphia Marriott Hotel will be headquarters for the 1999 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting. The Pennsylvania Convention Center will house the Exhibits, ALA Offices, Council, Conference Registration, Placement Center and ALA Store. Advance registration deadline is December 18. To register in advance for the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, print the form at http://www.ala.org/events/mw99/reg/registration_form.html and mail it to ALA or click on "Register Online" and pay by credit card. On-site registration begins Friday, January 29, 9 a.m. Special events include: the President's Program, "King Island Christmas," a musical oratorio featuring a Broadway cast of singers; the Freedom to Read Foundation's 30th anniversary gala dinner featuring acclaimed author, Susan Isaacs; and the All-Conference Reception, scheduled for Saturday, January 30, 4-6 p.m., on the exhibit floor of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. You are invited to join OCLC on Friday, January 29, 1:30-4:30 p.m., for the OCLC Symposium on "New Directions in Resource Sharing." Learn how your library can adopt innovative workflows and technologies that have proven to lower library costs. This program is free and open to all ALA Midwinter attendees.


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