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July 2002 Vol.16 No. 7 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 renewed a statewide Motion Picture Video License for all 271 public libraries in Nebraska for July 1, 2002�June 30, 2003. With this license, at no charge to public libraries, videos may be shown in the library facility as part of library programming. The following terms and conditions of the license remain in effect for the renewal:

For more information (including Frequently Asked Questions and a list of Producers Covered Under Blanket License), see the Library Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Motion Picture Licensing Corporation or contact Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott.

The Library Commission will distribute applications for the Public Library Accreditation program in July to all public libraries scheduled to renew their accreditation, and to eligible unaccredited libraries. These applications are due at the Library Commission by September 1. Certificates of Accreditation will be mailed on October 1 to all libraries that meet the requirements. To be accredited, public libraries must meet the twenty Basic Guidelines for service, see nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/revguid.html, meet the maintenance of effort requirement, and have submitted a Public Library Statistical Report FY 2000/2001. For more information contact Kit Keller, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded $260,034 in Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants for 2002. See nlc.nebraska.gov, search on 2002 Grant Recipients, for the list of forty-three public library and other library organizational recipients.

Register by July 10 for the Children's and Young Adult Library Services Videoconference, Delivering Services to Spanish-Speaking Children and Dia de los Niños (Day of the Children). Planned for July 26, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, this free distance learning workshop is offered by the Library Commission in a variety of locations for public librarians and school library media specialists. Information about sites and registration is posted on the Commission home page Announcements and Calendar, see nlc.nebraska.gov. CE Credits: 3.

The Library Commission will accept applications for state-funded Training and Continuing Education Grants until July 15. These grants will be awarded to projects providing training and continuing education for Nebraska library personnel and supporters, ensuring that every public library in Nebraska has skilled and knowledgeable information specialists to serve citizen information needs. Grants will be awarded and recipients announced at a date to be determined, pending the outcome of the upcoming special session of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature. For more information see nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Continuing Education Grants, or contact Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott.

Database Roadshow 2002 is underway. At the fourth annual Database Roadshow, learn more about the databases the Library Commission purchased for libraries across the state. Training on four of the databases funded through the Library Commission features OCLC FirstSearch, Books in Print with Reviews, Wilson OmniFile and Biographies Plus, and Electric Library. The class includes discussion, database demonstrations, and hands-on practice. CE Credits: 4.5. Locations: Scottsbluff - July 16, North Platte - July 17, Ainsworth - August 6, Elkhorn - August 12, and Lincoln - August 22. Classes planned for Kearney - August 1 and Lincoln - August 15 are both full. Details are posted on the Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/roadshow.html. For more information contact Allana Novotny, 402-471-6681, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Allana Novotny.

Nebraska's regional library systems, with the support of the Nebraska Library Commission, will present a workshop on Planning Library Building Projects on August 10 at Concordia University in Seward, from 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. CDT. Information about sessions and registration is posted on the Commission home page Announcements and Calendar, see nlc.nebraska.gov.

The Paraprofessional Section of the Nebraska Library Association will accept nominations for the Paraprofessional of the Year Award until September 15. This award is given annually to a paraprofessional demonstrating outstanding service to the library field. For more information and the nomination form see www.nol.org/home/NLA/PARA/paranomform.html or contact Mary Geibel, Paraprofessional Section Citations Committee Chair, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, The Atrium, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Mary Geibel.

A federal court ruling overturned a law requiring libraries to use filtering software, holding that, "we are constrained to conclude that the library plaintiffs must prevail in their contention that the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires them to violate the First Amendment rights of their patrons, and accordingly is facially invalid." The federal government, through the Attorney General's office, recently announced that it will appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. For the response of the American Library Association, see www.ala.org/cipa/cipatrial9.html. For additional information see www.paed.uscourts.gov/documents/opinions/02D0415P.htm.

Nebraska libraries will be contacted this summer regarding their status as grant recipients through the U.S. Library Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Grants will be awarded and computers installed in Nebraska libraries through February 2003. If libraries anticipate that awards will be made to the library (as opposed to a Foundation), libraries are urged to include the estimated grant award in upcoming fiscal year budgets. For more information, see the Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Gates Index, or contact Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott.

Nebraska Librarians and Media Specialists are invited to participate in a statewide video-teleconference, Lewis and Clark Bicentennial: Challenges and Solutions for the Information Specialist, sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council. This free distance learning workshop will be held at sites across Nebraska on August 14, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. CDT, lunch 12:45 - 1:15 P.M. CE Credits: 6. Information about sites, speakers, and registration is posted on the Commission home page Announcements and Calendar, see nlc.nebraska.gov.

The Libri Foundation, a nationwide non-profit organization, which donates children's books to small, rural libraries in the United States through its Books for Children program, is accepting grant applications until August 1. For more information and application forms, see www.librifoundation.org.


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.


[Continuing Education & Training]

Introduction to the New OCLC Cataloging Interface
July 8, August 5, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Kearney Public Library & Information Center, 2020 First Avenue, Kearney.
July 10 is full, July 25, August 20, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT.
September 30, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
July 16, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Wayne State College, 1111 Main Street, Wayne.

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. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment.

Advanced OCLC Interlibrary Loan
July 23, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT, December 4, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CST, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
Learn to streamline the ILL process and handle more advanced problems. Audience: Current users of OCLC ILL who have questions. Prerequisites: ILL Basics workshop or some experience with ILL.

ILL Basics Using the OCLC ILL Web Interface
August 5, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT, Kearney Public Library & Information Center, Technology Learning Center, 2020 First Avenue, Kearney.
August 14, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT
December 2, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CST, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
August 21, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center Computer Lab, 801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk.

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 using the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of searching OCLC WorldCat.

OCLC CORC: Cataloging Internet Resources
August 7, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT, Kearney Public Library & Information Center, Technology Learning Center, 2020 First Avenue, Kearney.
August 12, 9:00 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.

Learn about CORC (Cooperative Online Resource Catalog), OCLC's cataloging tool and database of electronic resource bibliographic records. Note: While the Cataloging and Pathfinder modules of CORC are separated into two sessions, it is recommended that staff attend both sessions, if possible. Audience: Cataloging, reference, and public services staff at OCLC full-cataloging institutions. Prerequisites: OCLC full-cataloging institutions only. Previous experience cataloging Internet resources helpful.

OCLC CORC: Creating Internet Pathfinders
August 7, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Kearney Public Library & Information Center, Technology Learning Center, 2020 First Avenue, Kearney.
August 12, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.

Learn about CORC (Cooperative Online Resource Catalog) Pathfinders, OCLC's automated tool for creating and managing web-based subject guides for online resources. Note: While the Cataloging and Pathfinder modules of CORC are separated into two sessions, it is recommended that staff attend both sessions, if possible. Audience: Cataloging, reference, and public services staff at OCLC full-cataloging institutions. Prerequisites: OCLC full-cataloging institutions only. Previous experience creating subject bibliographies of web resources helpful.

OCLC CatExpress
August 21, 9:00 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT, Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center Computer Lab, 801 East Benjamin, Norfolk.
This workshop provides an overview of CatExpress, the web-based, copy-cataloging interface to OCLC's WorldCat. Audience: New users, current users with questions. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of Windows environment.

OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer: An Alternative to Passport
July 15, September 30, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
July 30, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Neligh Public Library, 710 Main Street, Neligh.

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.

Note: For all of the above activities sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, 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. Instructor: Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.htm.


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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