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January 2001 Vol.15 No. 1 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 is accepting applications for a Continuing Education (CE) Coordinator (Senior Librarian) to provide leadership in statewide planning, evaluation, and coordination of library continuing education and training programs and services. The successful candidate will possess experience in consultation and evaluation of CE in library-related fields; ability to work independently and productively with a wide variety of people; experience with cooperative planning with and for all types of libraries; and skill and comfort with new and emerging technologies pertinent to libraries. Expectations: participation in state and national CE activities and organizations; occasional provision of training. Qualifications: MLS from an ALA accredited program required; excellent communication and interpersonal skills required; valid driver's license required; minimum of three years library-related work experience preferred; and professional library experience in providing and planning CE activities preferred. Minimum salary: $34,591 with higher salary possible, dependent upon credentials. Comprehensive benefits package. Contact Doreen Kuhlmann, Business Manager, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508, 402-471-4007, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Doreen Kuhlmann. Open until filled. Priority consideration given to applications received by January 29. Must complete State of Nebraska job application. Contact, or Nebraska Personnel Division, 301 Centennial Mall South, First Floor, PO Box 94905, Lincoln, NE 68509. Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. (Ellen Van Waart, CE Coordinator until December 1, was appointed Director of Learning Resources at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs.)

The 2001-2003 biennial budget request has been submitted. The budget includes two major budget areas: agency operations and state aid. State aid includes grants and distribution of aid funds to local subdivisions. Continuing education grants, aid to public libraries, online database licensing, Interlibrary Loan compensation, and funding for regional library systems are included in this category. The Library Commission Technology Plan and Project Proposals to the Nebraska Information Technology Commission (NITC) are key components of the budget process. The NITC Project Proposals, including Project e-Library: Content; Project e-Library: Infrastructure; and Project e-Library: Training, are available on the Commission home page, see, search on Nebraska's e-Library.

Register for the Computers in Libraries 2001 conference through the Nebraska Library Commission by February 5 to receive a group discount. The three-day conference is March 14-16 in Washington, D.C. The discounted conference fee is $139 per person or $169 for attendance at both the Computers in Libraries and Computers in School Libraries conferences. Detailed information about the conference is located on the Web page at Print the registration form at Mail or fax the completed registration form with payment (make check payable to Information Today, Inc. or provide credit card information) to Jodene Glaesemann, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, fax: 402-471-2083. For more information contact Jodene at 402-471-4009 or 800-307-2665.

The Advisory Committee of the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service has two vacancies. The committee represents the needs of talking book and Braille borrowers and makes recommendations concerning policies, services, and programs. Membership consists primarily of users of the service, but may include librarians, educators, health care providers, and other individuals who understand the needs of individuals with disabilities. The committee meets twice a year. Request a nomination form from Dave Oertli, 402-471-4005, 800-742-7691, e-mail: Dave Oertli. Submit forms by March 15.

Formation of a State Advisory Board to examine the feasibility of bringing another MLS (Masters in Library Science) degree program to Nebraska is underway. Proposals from several universities will be reviewed. The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) may host the program, making every effort to use technology and creative and intensive scheduling to ensure accessibility to all areas of Nebraska and the surrounding region. To place your name on a list to receive information once the MLS program has been selected and approved, contact Dr. Becky Pasco, 402-554-2119, e-mail: at the UNO College of Education.

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Legislative Day Luncheon is set for February 23, from noon to 1:00 p.m. cst. The buffet luncheon will be held at the First Christian Church, 16th and K Streets in Lincoln. A seminar will be presented from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Contact Brenda Ealey, Legislative Committee Chair, Southeast Library System, 5730 R Street, Suite C-1, Lincoln, NE 68508, e-mail: For more information see the Legislative Committee section of the NLA home page at

A list of videos to complement the 2001 summer reading theme, Reading Road Trip USA, will be mailed to public and school librarians in January. Begin booking the videos for summer use after February 1 by contacting the Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, ATTN: Circulation; fax: 402-471-6244, 402-471-4019, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Information Services Team. The list is available on the Commission Web site at, search on Children's Video List.

Nebraska ETV recently announced the Seventh Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. Children in kindergarten through third grade are encouraged to write, illustrate, and submit stories to participating PBS stations. Local winners in each of the four grades are submitted to the national contest. Entries are due in March. For information see the Reading Rainbow Web site at or contact Reading Rainbow Contest, MS 11, Nebraska ETV Network, P.O. Box 83111, Lincoln, NE 68501-3111; 402-472-7067, 800-698-3426.

The first session of the 97th Legislature convened at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 3. The Unicameral Web site at is an excellent resource for library customers who want to be informed about legislative action. Information offered on the Web site includes:

Nebrask@Online, the recently redesigned Official Web Site for the State of Nebraska, now offers access to information about the Nebraska State Treasurer's Office College Savings Plan of Nebraska. The College Savings Plan of Nebraska is a new way to save for college. It is tax-advantageous, affordable, and flexible. Unique features of the Nebraska plan include multiple investment options and a state income tax deduction. Librarians are encouraged to promote access to this site, found at, to parents, grandparents, and other library customers.

If you do not have access to the Internet World Wide Web, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045, 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.

Human Values in a Technological Age with Michael Gorman
January 19, Satellite Downlink Sites in Nebraska, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. CST
Contact: Richard Miller, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Richard Miller.

This is the seventh year of the "Soaring to Excellence" satellite series from the College of DuPage. The Nebraska Library Commission is sponsoring this series of satellite teleconferences at no charge to Nebraska libraries. The Soaring website is an invaluable companion to this series. Each teleconference is supported by practical information, discussion questions, worksheets, and bibliographies. For more information see the announcement on the Library Commission Web page at

Nebraska Library Commission Meeting
January 19, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 9:30 a.m. CST
Contact: Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls.

This meeting of the Nebraska Library Commission is open to the public. If special accommodations are needed for you to attend this meeting (including interpreters for the hearing impaired) contact Doreen Kuhlmann at 402-471-4007, 800-307-2665. An agenda for this meeting, kept continuously current, is available for public inspection at the Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 "N" Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, and on the Commission home page,, search on Agenda Index.

Troubleshooting Your Computer
January 26, Sump Memorial Library, 222 North Jefferson, Papillion, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CST
Contact: Eastern Library System, 11929 Elm Street, Suite 12, Omaha, NE 68144, 402-330-7884, 800-627-7884.

Sponsored by the Eastern Library System. Instructor: John Seyfarth, Information Systems Manager, Sump Memorial Library. Limited to 15 participants. The workshop will cover...

Mail your registration and fee by January 19. CE Credits: 3. Fee: $15.

Nebraska Development Network Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet

February 7 & 8, Holiday Inn, 141 North 9th Street, Lincoln,
February 7, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. CST
February 8, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. CST
Contact: Jo Lowe or Ken Shea, 402-471-2698, 877-814-4707.

The Nebraska Development Network's annual meeting, Defining Community in 2001: "Where is your community?", includes a pre-conference, public hearing, two sets of concurrent sessions, and an evening banquet on Wednesday, February 7. The Thursday, February 8, agenda includes two sets of concurrent sessions and the annual business membership meeting.

ACRL X: Crossing the Divide

March 15�18, Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver.
Contact: Betsy Wilson, ACRL President; W. Lee Hisle, ACRL 10th National Conference Chair, 800-545-2433, ext. 2522, e-mail:, fax: 312-280-2520.

The Association of College & Research Libraries 10th National Conference, "Crossing the Divide", will be held March 15-18, 2001. Just as librarians have recently crossed centuries, the profession is crossing traditional boundaries and moving toward new thinking about academic and research libraries and the services they offer. For more information see

Children's Library Services Videoconferences

February 9, National Library Week, (Register by February 5)
May 18, Golden Sower Ideas, (Register by May 14).
Sites are located in Ainsworth, Columbus, Hastings, Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, O'Neill, and Scottsbluff.
Contact: Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-4008, 800-307-2665. Send registration to Mary or Maria, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls.

Nebraska public librarians and school media specialists (anyone with library youth services responsibilities) are invited to attend interactive Children's Library Services video conferences on February 9: National Library Week and May 18: Golden Sower Ideas. See the Commission home page Announcements at

For more information see the Library Calendar at 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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