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December '99 Vol.13 No.12 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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The Nebraska Library Commission recently approved allocation of $75,000 in additional state aid to public libraries. Commission Director Rod Wagner stated, "This additional $75,000 is an initial contribution to our ongoing campaign to increase state support for public library services." A portion of the additional state aid to public libraries will be used to increase the base grant amount, with the remainder distributed through a per capita formula.

Pam Scott, formerly Panhandle Library System Administrator, was recently hired by the Library Commission as Library Consultant. Pam will consult with Nebraska libraries on a variety of issues, including assisting libraries in applying for E-rate discounts for technology expenses. Contact Pam at 402-471-2694 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott.

The Nebraska Library Commission recently announced the following timetable and deadline for 2000 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants. January 5, 2000-Announcement of LSTA grants and grant packets available on the Web. January 2000-Training sessions on grant preparation to be held, with videotape available on loan from Regional Library Systems and the Library Commission Information/Reference Services. March 7, 2000-LSTA applications received at Nebraska Library Commission absolutely no later than 5 p.m. CST. Faxes will not be accepted. May 5, 2000-Announcement of LSTA grant recipients.

Would you like to save as much as 50-70% on eligible telecommunication services such as telephone service and Internet Access? Now is the time to file the first form necessary to start the process. Urgent Notice of Upcoming Time Sensitive E-rate Deadlines: December 13, 1999-Last day to mail your Form 470; December 21, 1999-Last day to electronically submit your Form 470 online; January 12, 2000-Last day to mail your Form 471; January 19, 2000-Last day to electronically submit your Form 471 online. To learn more about this opportunity see www.nlc.state., search on "E-rate Urgent."

Library Directors are invited to submit a nomination for the National (library) Advocacy Honor Roll. The American Library Association's Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALA/ALTA) has invited states to honor extraordinary library advocates of the 20th century. Honorees will be recognized at a celebration banquet to be held at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on July 7, 2000. The National Advocacy Honor Roll identifies and celebrates individuals and groups who have actively supported and strengthened library services at the local, state, or national levels over the last 100 years. The honorees will be advocates who have led major initiatives or sustained efforts to enhance library development and/or public awareness. Although librarians may be selected for the Honor Roll, states are encouraged to include advocates outside the profession as well. States may select up to five individuals or groups to be honored at the ALA banquet. Send nominations by December 15 to: Maria Medrano-Nehls, National Honor Roll Nominations, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls, fax: 402-471-2083. For more information, see the Commission home page at, search on "Honor Roll."

Nebraska Health and Human Services System has a free 14 minute videotape to help parents select quality child care for their children. To order a copy of "The Right Place, a Guide for Choosing Quality Child Care" contact the Department of Regulation and Licensure, Child Care Licensing Division, PO Box 95007, Lincoln, NE 68509-9922. Assistance in assessing usage of the video is requested by filling out and returning an enclosed postcard. Any questions about the project can be directed to Virginia Riebel at 402-471-9676. The Library Commission has a copy of the video available for loan by calling Information/Reference Services at 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation present the International Cather Seminar 2000 "Willa Cather's Environmental Imagination," June 17-24, 2000 at the Lied Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm (Nebraska City), with a foray to Willa Cather's Red Cloud and Webster County. The Eighth International Seminar on Willa Cather will represent the rapidly emerging field of environmental literature and highlight the approach of ecocriticism, which adds place to the categories of race, class, and gender used to analyze literature. The seminar will embody interdisciplinary research and writing, with its interaction between the biological sciences and literatures. Papers on all aspects of Willa Cather's work, life, and times, as well as on approaches to teaching Cather, are invited for possible presentation at special sessions. Diverse critical and theoretical perspectives are encouraged. Those focusing on the Seminar theme are especially welcome. Submit proposals or abstracts of 500 words with a cover letter and brief resume by February 15, 2000, with final papers due May 15, 2000 to: Susan Rosowski, Seminar Director, Department of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0333. Registration materials will be available in January. For information about the Seminar: phone: 402-472-8777, e-mail:, Web site: Cather seminar.

Professor Becky Pasco has started a new library listserv at University of Nebraska at Omaha (UN-O) to inform library professionals and library students around the state of new library education initiatives. This listserv is moderated. If you'd like to keep track of new library and information science education events at UN-O, University of Nebraska-Lincoln or University of Nebraska-Kearney, send "subscribe libmed" in the body of a message to For further questions, contact Becky at 402-554-2119.

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has adopted Guidelines for Distance Learning Library Services. The ACRL guidelines provide requirements for library services to achieve academic excellence in distance learning programs. An electronic copy of the ACRL Guidelines for Distance Learning Library Services is available at

A new grant opportunity is available for Community Information Technology Centers Serving Youth. The goal of PowerUP is to ensure that America's underserved young people acquire the skills, experiences, and resources they need to succeed in the digital age. Grants are available for the following PowerUP program elements: Computers and Internet access; Innovative, interactive, online programming; Trained workers; Community partnerships; Links with schools; Healthy snacks; and Other site resources, such as furniture, wiring, software, etc. Eligible applicants for PowerUP grants include existing sites and new sites. Grants are available to support new PowerUP program startup or expansion of existing computer sites. Grant requests can range from $5,000 to $25,000. Guidelines and more information are available at

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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College of DuPage Teleconference Series
January 14, 2000, 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
"Internet Power: How to keep it, How to pass it on"
March 24, 2000, 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
"Information Power: What it is, How to know when you see it, How to use it in your library"
Contact: Ellen Van Waart, Continuing Education Coordinator, Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665.
The Nebraska Library Commission will sponsor "Soaring to Excellence 2000" from the College of DuPage. The theme of this year's series is "You Have the Power." The three programs in this year's series may be downlinked at any satellite receive site in Nebraska. If you are interested in viewing or taping these programs, contact Ellen Van Waart, see above. CE Credit=2 per session.

Database Informational Videoconferences
For more information, contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.
A series of videoconferences are planned to give librarians across Nebraska an opportunity to learn about the databases and trials offered through the Nebraska Library Commission. Affectionately dubbed "Campfire Chats," these programs are intended to be informative but as the title suggests, they are less formal than "true training." The Nebraska Library Commission is doing these campfire chats in response to questions we have received in the past. The first will be scheduled sometime in January.

UNO Reference Course
For more information, contact Becky Pasco, 402-554-2119 or
A new reference course at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UN-O) will provide a hands-on look at reference work in Nebraska's special libraries. Students will have the opportunity to go on-site to more than thirty different libraries to: 1) Become aware of the different types of reference services, practices, and policies in the diverse special libraries of the region; and 2) Become aware of career opportunities in library science in the Midwest region. The course can also be audited for general/personal interest. If you audit the course, you receive no college credit but save big on tuition.

Library Correspondence Courses
For more information, see the United States Dept. of Agriculture Graduate School Home page at
Nebraska library staff are encouraged to explore the correspondence courses offered by the United States Dept. of Agriculture. Librarians and library technicians can work together for dynamite results. Library technician work, particularly at the higher levels is essential to support the work of librarians or information specialists. Participants in the Library Techniques Certificate Program can gain increased knowledge of basic, established library procedures that will help them reach career goals. This series of information packed courses, are designed to boost knowledge of standardized library rules and in-depth knowledge of library functions. This certificate is valuable for all positions that primarily require a practical knowledge of the methods and techniques of library or related information work in acquiring, organizing, preserving, accessing, and/or disseminating information, with a focus on the following skills: Checking materials in and out; Posting changes in manual and automated records and files; Answering ready reference questions and assisting users with the public access catalog and other finding aids; Conducting limited bibliographic searches of databases; Verifying bibliographic citations; Preparing requisitions or other procurement documents; Compiling, comparing and verifying library budget projections against current and past expenditures; Collating and preparing materials for microfilming; Making adaptations and additions to the databases to conform to the individual library's system; and Performing duties related to automated systems as required by the specific library. The courses in this Certificate of Accomplishment have been evaluated and given college credit recommendations by the American Council on Education. These courses lead to a Certificate of Accomplishment in Library Technology and can also be used to earn CE Credits issued by the Library Commission.

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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