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January '98 Vol.12 No.1 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Kimberly Shelley has accepted the position of Library Commission Cataloger, starting January 20. She comes to us from Omaha Public Library, Willa Cather Branch.

Nebraska librarians are invited to a videoconference on Telecommunications and Networking Technology to be held on March 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m. CST. The conference is intended for administrators, librarians and staff responsible for technology and those serving on technology planning committees. The conference will include presentations from invited experts in the field of telecommunications and library technology with moderated discussion among the presenters and viewing audience. The Library Commission's NEBASE Network will support downlink sites at no charge. To host or downlink at a site near you, contact Allana Novotny (see below). Register starting on January 20. The registration form and additional information is available on the NEBASE Web page, /netserv/nebase/vidconf.html. Contact: Allana Novotny at the Library Commission, 402-471-6681 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Allana Novotny. This videoconference is sponsored by NEBASE in coordination with other OCLC Networks through the Alliance of Library Service Networks.

The 1999 Summer Reading Program manual, Treasure Your Library, is in process. Art and materials will be finalized in March 1998. To see and offer feedback on the art, request specific items, or contribute ideas for the 1999 manual, supported by the Library Commission, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665 by February 1.

Nebraska Library Commissioners have made appointments to the State Advisory Council on Libraries. They approved reappointments for Sylvia Person, Media Specialist, Holdrege Public Schools; Troy Strom, City Administrator, Ashland; Kathy Tooker, Administrator, Eastern Library System; Richard Voeltz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Love Library; Jeanne Saathoff, Director, Kearney Public Library and Information Center and new appointments for Jane Wall, Media Specialist, Grand Island High School; Wally Seiler, Alliance Public Library Board member.

The Nebraska Library Commissioners approved Commission staff negotiations to provide staff support and serve as host for the Nebraska Center for the Book and approved the Commission's Internet policy statement, Access to Electronic Information, Service, and Networks: A Nebraska Library Commission Interpretation, March 1997, see /freedom/elecaccess.html. For the full minutes of the Commission meeting, see /commis/commin.html or contact Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-4008, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls for a print copy.

The Commission's Youth Advisory Board met in Lincoln this fall to review and finalize the Youth Improvement Plan, a plan for improving conditions and library services for Nebraska children to be implemented by the Library Commission. Six problems affecting children were identified and solutions for each were brainstormed. Nebraska librarians are invited to share comments and reactions to the draft by contacting any member of the Board or Mary Jackson. For a draft copy of the plan, see the Commission home page at /libdev/yip.html or contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665. Members of the 1997/98 board are: Deb Carlson, Karen Drevo, Sharon Wiegert, Mitzi Mueller and Delores Feekin (three years); Judy Andrews, Bernice Mason, Kathy Thomsen, Kathy Lake, Merry Von Seggern and Cindy Sowl (two years); Maxine Erpelding, Thomas Kelly, Nina Little, Kathy Wasserburger, Karla Wendelin and Karen Zaruba (first year).

The Nebraska Library Commission is requesting stories of Nebraska library service for the NCompass newsletter. Details about an interesting library service challenge or an example of interesting solutions to community information will be featured in each edition. For examples, see the Library Commission home page at /news/news.html. To submit one for future publication, contact Mary Jo Ryan, 402-471-3434 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Jo Ryan.

This fall, the Library Commission distributed multiple copies of the Nebraska Trustee Handbook and the Nebraska Laws Pertaining to Libraries and Library Operations to libraries and Library System Administrators. The Trustee Handbook was a collaborative effort between the Commission and the Trustees, Users, and Friends section of the Nebraska Library Association. Additional copies can be ordered by contacting Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel. These publications will be accessible from the Commission home page in 1998, search on the title at /.

File Facts Survey #3 asked about Nebraska Librarian training needs and issues. Compilation is now available on the home page. If you have ideas for an upcoming survey, contact Kit Keller, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller. For details see <> or contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for a print copy.

The Library Commission will make eleven databases available for online trial beginning 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.

The Library Commission is discounting library access to General Reference Center's database, providing access to full text and image articles from general interest magazines, reference books and newspapers. It features indexing of 415 magazines and full text to 315 titles, plus a number of children's magazines, Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service articles, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal (indexing only) and more than 15 reference books. This reduced price is available through June 1998. For more information, see /news/content/335.html or to subscribe, contact Jeannette Powell at 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Library Commission Information Resources Coordinator Burns Davis recently co-authored the publication, Using the Conspectus Method, a Collection Assessment Handbook, published by the Western Library Network (WLN) and available on loan from the Library Commission Information/Reference Services, 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Information Services Team.

FirstSearch library subscribers are increasing. Since July, ten new subscribers have been added to the consortium sponsored by the Library Commission. Five new public, two K-12, and three academic libraries are now using this interactive online information system to give their customers timely information about books, journal articles, films, computer software, and other material in a variety of subject areas. See /netserv/pricing.html#firstsearch for more details.

New items on the Library Commission home page include: Success 2000: Nebraska Library Action Steps to Help Create this Vision for Nebraska's Future; and Summer Reading: The New Order, (see "Announcements," /news/news.html); Libraries Accredited 1997-2000, (see "Library Development Services," /libdev/ldserv.html); and Youth Improvement Plan (YIP) Problems and Solutions, (see "Children's Services," /libdev/yip.html).

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OCLC's Passport for Windows

January 21, 1998, 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. CST, Nebraska Library Commission Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

A workshop providing basic knowledge of the functions of the OCLC Passport for Windows Software. Topics include: discussion of access methods; screen layout; toolbar; online help; using Passport with the PRISM Service and OCLC Reference Services; printing; setting up macros; setting up an export destination; using diacritics and special characters; help available on the WWW and listservs. Audience: Users who have purchased Passport for Windows and are ready to start using it. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the Windows environment. What to bring: Questions. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Ming Jian, UN-L. CE Credit=3.

Tools For Creating an Internet Policy

January 21, 1998, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. MST, Bridgeport Public Library, 722 Main, Bridgeport NE.
Contact: Panhandle Library System, 1517 Broadway, Suite 129, Scottsbluff NE 69361; 308-632-1350 or 888-879-5303.

Topics include discussion of the following documents: the Library Bill of Rights; the ALA Code of Ethics; Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks: a Nebraska Library Commission Interpretation; The Freedom to Read; ALA Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of Policies, Regulations and Procedures Affecting Access to Library Materials, Services and Facilities; and the ALA Resolution on the Use of Filtering Software in Libraries. Participants will analyze sample Internet access guidelines and policies and brainstorm policy issues and communication strategies. Instructor: Beth Goble, Nebraska Library Commission. No charge. CE Credit=3.

Dancing With Change: "Developing Leadership for Change"

February 6, 1998, 11 a.m. CST, downlink at any satellite site in Nebraska.
Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665 for information about setting up a site or viewing the programs.

The Nebraska Library Commission continues to sponsor this series of satellite teleconferences on a variety of library issues aimed at all librarians (public, academic, school, corporate, institutional, government and others). This program will focus on "A Global Perspective-A Context for Meeting its Challenges" and will include a discussion of new challenges, old missions, and difficult compromises. The programs are produced by the College of DuPage. No charge. CE Credit=3.

OCLC Cataloging I: MARC Format and Copy Cataloging

February 10, 1998, 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.

Introduction to MARC tags in the morning and to editing an OCLC record in the afternoon. Topics include: functional mechanics of editing and what to edit in a bibliographic record, understanding the structure of a MARC record, recognizing standard MARC tagging patterns for fixed and variable fields, a basic history of OCLC, responsibilities as an OCLC member, the impact of cataloging functions on Interlibrary Loan and Public Services, selecting appropriate bibliographic records, a brief review of searching the OCLC database (specifically keyword and the authority file), deciding what to edit in a bibliographic record, editing CIP copy, inputting local holdings information, the 049 field, producing labels and cards, exporting records, deleting holdings, and explanation of OCLC cataloging costs. Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to performing copy cataloging on the OCLC system or wanting a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog helpful. What to bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed. Books to use in hands-on activity. CE Credit=5. Instructors: Carole Goebes, Julie Swann, UN-L.

OCLC Cataloging II: Books

March 10, 1998, 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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