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February '98 Vol.12 No.2 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Richard Miller, Library Commission Library Development Director, will provide training and consultation for the Panhandle Library System Board, February 17 and 18. For more information, contact Richard at 402-471-3175 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller.

Rod Wagner, Library Commission Director, and Diane Wells, Commission's Talking Book & Braille Service Outreach and Volunteer Services Coordinator, will staff an exhibit at the Northeast Library System's 18th Winter Workshops. The workshops will be held on February 16 at the Ramada Inn in Norfolk and on February 23 at the New World Inn in Columbus. For more information, see the Library Calendar on the Commission home page at /calendar/libcal.html.

Nebraska Library Commissioners recently appointed new members to the Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries. They are Tom Schmitz, Librarian at the Lincoln Regional Center, and Mo Khamouna, Library Director at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

The Nebraska Library Commission will present a statewide videoconference update with the latest news and information on the Universal Service Fund E-Rate Discounts on Monday, February 9, 12:30-2:30 p.m. CST and Tuesday, February 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m. CST. The videoconference will include: Important Deadlines; Web Sites (including the Schools and Libraries Corporation Web site,, scheduled to open January 30); Application Process and Forms (including Form 471, see; and Questions and Answers. For videoconference sites, see the sites listed at Administrative Video Conferencing Service, offered through the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services, Division of Communications at For more information, see /nsf/universal.html or contact Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665, or your Regional Library System Administrator, see /netserv/intserv/sysad.html.

The Nebraska Library Association's Legislative Day Luncheon is set for Wednesday, February 11, from noon to 1:00 p.m. CST. The buffet luncheon will be held at the Library Commission, 2nd floor, the Atrium, 1200 N Street, Lincoln. Cost will be $6. Library staff and supporters will escort their senators to the lunch. Contact Kathy Tooker, Chair, Eastern Library System, 11929 Elm Street, Suite 12, Omaha NE 68144, 800-627-7884. See the Committee home page for more information at

The Advisory Committee of the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service is seeking to fill five vacancies. The committee meets twice each year, represents the needs of talking book and Braille borrowers and makes recommendations concerning library policies, services and programs. Membership consists primarily of library users but may include librarians, educators, health care providers and other individuals who represent the needs of individuals with disabilities. Send information concerning nominees by March 15 to the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE, 68508-2023. For more information call the Talking Book and Braille Service at 402-471-4038 or 800-742-7691.

Agendas and minutes of the State Advisory Council on Libraries meetings from 1994 through 1997 are now available on the Library Commission's home page. Go to / and search for "advisory council" to get a list of available agendas and minutes.

This fall, the Library Commission distributed multiple copies of the Nebraska Laws Pertaining to Libraries and Library Operations to libraries and Library System Administrators. This publication is now on the Library Commission Web site at: /libdev/liblaws/TOC.html. Additional print copies can be ordered by contacting Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel.

A new searchable version of the Nebraska Constitution, Statutes and Uniform Commercial Code is available for librarians to use at An alternative to the statutes database (using the Folio search engine) at the legislative Web site, it is provided as a continuation of the Library Commission agreement with the Legislature to give librarians access to legislative information via Nebrask@ Online. For more information, see the Library Commission home page at /news/content/351.html.

The Library Commission made eleven databases available for online trial in January. For a detailed description and information on how to participate in the trials, see /netserv/trial.html. Databases, Vendors and Trial Dates are listed at this site. Contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell for more information.

Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management is offering several courses through its Distance Education Program in the next few months at various locations including Lincoln, Omaha, Salt Lake City, and Denver. Classes are held on weekends and may either be audited or taken as a non-degree seeking student. Non-degree seeking students will receive a grade and transcript. For more information call Dan Roland at 800-552-4770, or see under "Distance Education."

Nebraska ETV is once again cosponsoring the nationwide Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, encouraging students to write a story and create illustrations to accompany the story line. The contest for children in kindergarten through third grade is inspired by the Emmy-winning series, Reading Rainbow. Entries are due to Nebraska ETV by March 1. Nebraska librarians are urged to distribute the contest rules and entry forms. For questions or additional information, contact Reading Rainbow Contest (MS 40), Nebraska ETV Network, P.O. Box 83111, Lincoln, NE 68501-3111, phone: 402-472-9333, ext. 353, e-mail: <>.

Libraries, schools and bookstores will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss on Monday, March 2, by joining in Read Across America. Sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA) in partnership with the American Library Association, the event aims to involve children in reading activities across the country. Information, including a pledge to participate, can be found on the NEA Web site at Information is also available by contacting Read Across America, c/o the National Education Association, 1201 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-822-7830. Fax on demand: 888-747-READ.

Now is the time to apply for scholarships for degrees in library studies and for professional training from the Nebraska Library Association (NLA), application deadline April 15, and the American Library Association (ALA), application deadline April 1. For more information see the NLA home page or the ALA home page or contact Nancy Busch, NLA Scholarship Committee chair, at the Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4002 or 800-307-2665.

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Winter Workshops: Northeast Library System

February 16, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST, Ramada Inn, 1227 Omaha Avenue, Norfolk, Nebraska.
February 23, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST, New World Inn, Hwy 31 & 81, 265 33rd Avenue, Columbus, Nebraska.
Contact: Carol Speicher, 2813 13th Street, Columbus, NE 68601-4918, 402-564-1586 or 800-578-1014, e-mail: <>.

Topics covered include: Student Access to the Internet; Fundraising; Fun Reading Promotion for Elementary and Jr. High; Adult Book Reviews; Using Accelerated Reading to Promote the School Media Center; and Children's Book Reviews. Registration $10 per person or $12 at workshop.

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Lending Workshop and FirstSearch Demonstration

February 20, 1 - 4 p.m. CST, Library Commission Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665; fax: 402-471-2083; e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Cosponsored by the Southeast Library System and the Nebraska Library Commission. The session will start with a brief demonstration of the basic databases of OCLC's FirstSearch. The workshop on OCLC Interlibrary Loan Lending will focus on responding to requests from other libraries: how to say yes, no or maybe; what to send with item; how to respond to renewal requests; and how to handle problems. Other topics include: commands used in the interlibrary loan system; meaning of the status categories in the message file; using constant data to fill in forms efficiently; using the name and address directory for interlibrary loan policies; and interlibrary loan etiquette. Audience: Staff new to interlibrary loan lending or needing a refresher. Prerequisites: Knowledge of Passport for Windows would be helpful. What to Bring: A copy of the Interlibrary Loan User Guide and questions. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Devra Dragos, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. CE Credit=3. Cost: $10 (Note to staff from batchload libraries: since this is your first formal training, there will be no fee. When registering, please mention that you are from a batchload library.)

Read for Joy!

February 21, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST, Gering Civic Center, 1050 M Street, Gering NE.
Contact: Gering Public Library at 308-436-7433 or Scottsbluff Public Library at 308-630-6250.

A literacy and learning workshop for communities, sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education. The Read for Joy! workshop will engage participants in understanding and creating the conditions which provide the growing ground for literacy. Specific strategies for successful literacy learning will be demonstrated and practiced. Examples of successful family literacy partnerships will be explored. Participants will begin the process of planning for literacy partnerships in their own communities. Registrations must be received by February 13. Cost: $5.50 for the lunch in advance or at the conference.

OCLC Union List Training

February 23, 1 - 4 p.m. CST, Library Commission Heron Room.
February 24, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. CST, Library Commission Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665; fax: 402-471-2083; e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Training Topics include: Update on Union List (UL) projects: FirstSearch UL Database, Automated Local Data Record (LDR) Updating Project, UL Custom Holdings; overview of LDR Structure; overview of UL searching; overview of Z39.44 Holdings Standards and how it translates to the LDR; online functionality and data entry including shortcuts and a brief discussion on electronic journals; and overview of the Union List Offline Products. Audience: New union list member staff and current union list member staff who have not updated their holdings recently and want a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog helpful. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credits=3. Instructor: Myrtle Myers, OCLC.

OCLC Cataloging II: Books

March 10, 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.

Original cataloging of non-complex book titles. Topics include: introduction to cataloging rules and OCLC standards; explanation of OCLC costs and credit structure as it relates to cataloging; standard bibliographic description; assigning access points; brief introduction to uniform titles; OCLC input standards; and an introduction to additional cataloging tools. Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to original cataloging on the OCLC system or wanting a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog and OCLC Cataloging I or equivalent experience. What to Bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed., OCLC MARC Code List, AACR2r (optional), and books with cataloging questions for discussion. CE Credit= 5. Instructors: Carole Goebes, Julie Swann, Sue Ann Lewandowski, UN-L.

Public Libraries: Vital Valuable Virtual

March 10-14, Kansas City, MO.
Contact: Conference registration materials are available from the PLA office; phone 800-545-2433, ext. 5PLA.

PLA 1998 National Conference. To register online, see

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