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January 2003 Vol.17 No. 1 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission



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[Announcements]

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Newly elected NEBASE Advisory Council representatives are Sandra Donovan of Bellevue Public Library, Public Library Representative; Pat Hughes of Hastings College, Academic Representative (returning); and Marjorie Shaw of LaVista Public Library, NEON Representative. For more information see the Nebraska Library Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on NEBASE.

The Library Commission Youth Advisory Board will meet January 17, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst at videoconference sites across the state. For more information see the Library Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Youth Advisory Board or contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665, e-mail: .

2003 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant applications are due January 31. (Online by 11:59 p.m. cst. Print applications to be postmarked January 31.) Faxes will not be accepted. The Library Commission distributes these grants with funding made available through the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Send correspondence and applications to Sally Snyder, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-2023. For more information see the Library Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/lsta/2003-lsta-toc.html, or contact Richard Miller, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller, or Sally Snyder, (contact information above).

In order to be eligible for state aid, Nebraska public libraries must submit their Public Library Statistical Report online using BibliostatTM Collect, a Web-based data collection tool, by January 31. State Aid Award letters will be mailed to libraries on February 15. For more information contact Kit Keller, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Libraries are encouraged to apply for 2003 Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for library construction or for planning. Last year, the first year that libraries were eligible for this funding, St. Edward Public Library received a $250,000 library construction grant. Information about this funding will be provided at workshops across the state in January. For more information see the Commission home page Announcements at nlc.nebraska.gov or contact Steve Charleston, 402-471-3757, 800-426-6505, e-mail: scharleston@neded.org for Planning or Rick Zubrod, 402-471-3762, 800-426-6505, e-mail: rzubrod@neded.org for Public Works.

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) recently announced that Nebraska Library Legislative Day has been scheduled for February 13 in Lincoln. A registration form is located at nlc.nebraska.gov/system/eastern/registrationform.html.

The Advisory Committee to the Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service seeks to fill two vacancies. The committee meets twice a year to advocate for the needs of customers and to make policy, service, and program recommendations. As a standing committee of the State Advisory Council on Libraries, membership consists primarily of borrowers but may also include librarians, educators, health care providers, and other individuals who understand customer needs. Contact Dave Oertli, Talking Book and Braille Service, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, 402-471-4005, 800-742-7691, e-mail: Dave Oertli by March 1.

In December eighty-seven library staff and supporters across Nebraska viewed the videoconference, Safeguarding our Patrons' Privacy: What Every Librarian Needs to Know About the USA PATRIOT Act. Copies are available to be checked out from the Nebraska Library Commission Information/Reference Services, 402-471-4016, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Information Services Team or from the Regional Library System Offices, see nlc.nebraska.gov/system/index.html .

The Nebraska State Records Board awarded a $25,000 grant to the Library Commission for a wireless training network to enhance statewide access to government information and other Library Commission services. Grant funds purchased twelve laptop computers, wireless networking hardware, a printer, and a projector for training targeted to small, rural communities throughout the state. Training will cover locating government information online, using public library statistical data available online, and locating and evaluating authoritative online reference resources. For more information, contact Kit Keller, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

$34,535 in Nebraska Library Commission grants for innovative public library projects for children and young adults were awarded to sixteen public libraries in December. For more information see the Library Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on 2002 Children's Grants Recipients, or contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

With the clutter of information on the Internet, how do your customers select reliable sources? Nebraska librarians can point them to the online electronic databases provided by the Library Commission for Nebraska libraries and citizens. Libraries across the state can offer these current information resources to their customers in the library, at school, or at home. To register for these resources see the Library Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, click on Electronic Databases. Recent changes in these databases include:

Nebraska librarians have a number of upcoming opportunities to learn about how to develop Web pages, including:

Nebraska Legislators, Past and Present is a new resource on the Library Commission Web site at nlc.nebraska.gov/docs/legislatorspast/index.html. This resource provides basic information about state senators serving in the Unicameral since 1937, including their district, residence, term of office, and the dates of the Nebraska Legislative Journal that can be consulted for information on bills they sponsored. Search and alphabet button bar features facilitate quick searching by Senators' names. This resource will eventually be expanded to include legislators serving from Territorial times to 1937 (when Nebraska's one-house, Unicameral legislature was instituted).


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.

This publication was supported in part by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act.


[Continuing Education & Training]

OCLC Connexion: The New OCLC Cataloging Browser Interface (Formerly: Introduction to the New OCLC Cataloging Interface: OCLC Connexion)
January 30, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
March 19, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
April 15, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
May15, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.

Learn to use the new OCLC cataloging interface, merging CORC and CatExpress functionality. Audience: OCLC cataloging users who have questions or are interested in planning for migration to the new interface (not appropriate for CatExpress users). Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment.

OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer: An Alternative to Passport
February 11, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln
April 9, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.

Learn how the OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows software combines interactive online searching and processing with optional offline editing. Audience: New and current OCLC full-cataloging users. Prerequisites: OCLC full-cataloging institutions only. Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment helpful.

OCLC ILL Web Interface Basics (Formerly: ILL Basics Using the OCLC ILL Web Interface)
February 13, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
March 11, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln,
April 24, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
May 7, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.

This workshop covers basic OCLC ILL service, using the Web interface (alternative to the traditional Passport interface). Audience: New ILL library staff and current users familiar with the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of searching OCLC WorldCat.

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer (ILL ME) for Windows Version 2.10
February 19, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
Learn how to improve your productivity by automating repetitious and time-consuming borrowing and lending tasks. Audience: OCLC ILL users currently using or interested in using ILL ME. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC ILL system and the Windows environment.

Note: For all of the above activities sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, Instructor: Christa Burns. Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members, others contact Jeannette Powell. Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.

If interested in OCLC training not listed above contact Christa Burns, 402-471-3107, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Christa Burns.

College of DuPage Teleconferences
January 24, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. cst, Time Management: Getting Things Done
This session explores practical techniques for managing work, offering a wide range of suggestions for more effective use of time.

February 7, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. cst, Reference Services: Virtual, Digital, In-Library-a New Model for Effective Delivery
This session is part one of a two-part series of discussions exploring the continuing dramatic changes coming to library reference services. Contact: Regional Library System offices for viewing locations and to register, see nlc.nebraska.gov/system/index.html for system office information. For more information contact Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Pam Scott or see the Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on DuPage 2003.

Children's Library Services Videoconference: Toddler Time
January 31, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst. Videoconference sites across the state.
Participants share recommended books and library activities for toddlers at this interactive Library Commission videoconference. There is no charge for this videoconference.


For more information see the Library Calendar at nlc.nebraska.gov. 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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