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July '98 Vol.12 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 Association (NLA) Board passed the following resolution at their June meeting: "NLA opposes the proposed constitutional amendment being circulated by Citizens for Nebraska's Future because it poses a serious threat to the maintenance of quality library programs for all of Nebraska's people, especially its most precious resource, the children. Further, the Association directs its leadership and staff to participate in a coalition of organizations to defeat this proposed constitutional amendment." For more information, see

Applications for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants are due at the Library Commission by 5:00 p.m. CDT on July 29. Faxed applications will not be accepted. You will be notified in writing of receipt of your application. Attach required plans to your application. A list of applications received will be posted on the Commission home page. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the LSTA grant program are posted on the Library Commission home page, see /, search on LSTA. For questions or additional information, contact Sally Snyder, 402-471-4003 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder or Richard Miller, 402-471-3175 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller .

The Nebraska Library Commission is accepting applications for Online Services Librarian to provide information, training, and assistance to Nebraska library personnel and other Library Commission customers regarding the effective use of networked (online) information services and resources. Responsibilities: providing information and training for access to electronic information resources through the Internet, OCLC, and other online information services; coordinating efforts to promote and provide access to online information services; assisting in planning, evaluating, and arranging access for Nebraska libraries to online information services; and monitoring, selecting, and disseminating information concerning electronic information resources, trends, and issues. Qualifications: master's degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution; minimum of two years library related work experience; knowledge and understanding of Internet applications, OCLC products and services, and other networked information services; knowledge and skill in microcomputer applications; use of communications software for telecomputing training/troubleshooting; ability to work effectively in a team oriented work environment; ability to plan, prepare and present effective instruction to diverse audiences; and excellent communication skills. Starting salary is $30,923. Application deadline is August 14. Contact Doreen Kuhlmann, Business Manager, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, #120, Lincoln NE 68508, 402-471-4007 for a state application form or print from Nebraska State Personnel Web site at An Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.

On June 12, the Federal Communications Commission voted to set funding for the 1998 E-rate program at $1.925 billion for the 18-month period ending June 30, 1999. Approved requests for telecommunications services and Internet access will be funded first. Remaining funds will then be allocated to approved requests for internal connections, beginning with those from the neediest applicants. Applications for 1999 are expected to be accepted late this fall-NOT July 1, 1998, as originally planned, with application packages distributed to schools and libraries two to four weeks in advance of the application launch date. Check the Web site at often for announcements about the E-rate program.

The Community Council of the Nebraska Information Technology Commission released criteria for a Community Technology Fund to support collaborative, innovative technology partnerships between public and private organizations to improve citizen teleliteracy and support economic development in Nebraska communities. The funding is designated for public entities and libraries are encouraged to apply for these funds. Details and application forms for the first round of funding will be available beginning July 1 on their Web page at The application deadline is August 14. For more information, contact Chris Hoy, 402-471-3805.

The Executive Steering Council of the Department of Corrections, chaired by Director Harold W. Clarke, voted to approve a proposal from the Recreational Library Services Process Action Team to fund an integrated automation project for all of the Correctional Libraries, including the Law Libraries. The Process Action Team outlined recommendations for utilization of technology in library services. Each correctional facility will receive two computers, a printer and software to automate and establish a union catalog. The Council increased the amount of funding and commended the team for its efforts. Richard Miller, Kit Keller and Ellen Van Waart from the Library Commission participated in the process with Corrections' librarians, associate wardens, information systems managers and security personnel.

The Library Commission Goal Team that focuses on children's and young adult service has asked Governor Nelson to include information about early childhood and public libraries with the congratulatory card he sends to new parents in Nebraska. The team also revised the Youth Improvement Plan to focus on children and youth at risk. For a copy of the revised plan, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder.

Home-schooled children and their parents may be an increasing service population for public libraries. For a list of materials recently acquired at the Library Commission about effectively serving these populations, contact Information Services at 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Information Services Team or Mary Jackson (see previous).

The Library of Virginia has produced one of the first summer reading manuals for young adults, On the Wild Side: Teen Reading for Young Adults. To borrow this manual, contact Library Commission Information Services, (see previous).

The School, Children, and Young People's (SCYP) Section of the Nebraska Library Association is accepting nominations for the Mad Hatter Youth Service Award. This award is given annually to a librarian who has made outstanding contributions in the field of library service for youth. The award is sponsored by the Children's Press and the winner is chosen from members of SCYP. For more information and a nomination form, see Nominations are due August 15.

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) New Members' Round Table (NMRT) is accepting nominations for the Houchen Bindery Beginning Professional Award and for the NE/NMRT Mentor of the Year Award, due September 1. Nomination forms are located on the NMRT Web site at or contact: Myrna Tewes, NE/NMRT Awards Coordinator, Gere Branch Library, 2400 South 56th Street, Lincoln, NE 68516, phone: 402-489-3619, e-mail: <>.

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.

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Advanced Interlibrary Loan

July 14, 9 a.m. - 12 noon, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Handle problems beyond the basic interlibrary loan requests and streamline your interlibrary loan process. Topics include: workforms for items not cataloged in OCLC; creating constant data records and macros; setting up custom holdings paths; using union lists; and dealing with FirstSearch ILL requests, ILL Fee Management (IFM), and statistical reports. Audience: Current OCLC ILL users wanting advanced training. Prerequisites: Knowledge of the OCLC ILL system. Format: Lecture and hands-on experience. CE Credit=3. Cost: $10 for NEBASE Members. If you are not a NEBASE member, contact Jeannette Powell (see above) for registration fee.

OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows

July 16, 9 a.m. - 12 noon, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

The OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows software increases productivity and reduces costs by combining online searching and processing with offline editing. Topics include: loading the software; customizing options; searching for bibliographic records and authority file records interactively and in batch-mode; editing offline; original cataloging; printing labels; and workflow. Audience: New and current users who have questions. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows95 environment. Bring: Questions and comments on what you have or have not found useful. Format: Lecture and hands-on experience. CE Credit=3. Cost: $10 for NEBASE members. If you are not a NEBASE member, contact Jeannette Powell (see above) for registration fee.

Grantwriting Workshop/Meridian Library System Annual Meeting

July 17, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Cedar Room, Student Union, University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Contact: Sharon Osenga, 308-234-2087.

Lecture/hands-on activities. Instructional Staff: Jamie Anderson, Mid-Nebraska Community Services, and Sue Downey, University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Norfolk Public Library's 4th Annual Youth Literature Festival

July 25, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Johnny Carson Theatre, Norfolk Senior High, 801 Riverside Blvd, Norfolk NE.
Contact: Karen Drevo at 402-644-8710; fax 402-370-3260; e-mail: <>.

A wonderful way to spend a summer day for Literature Lovers of all ages! Presentations include: 1999 Golden Sower Previews; book displays; sales of Golden Sower items; autograph session with authors; and door prizes. Four professional growth points for teachers/staff employed by Norfolk Public Schools. Tickets: Youth $5.00 advance or $7.00/door. Adults: $8.00/advance or $10.00/door. CE Credit=5.

ILL ME for Windows (Interlibrary Loan MicroEnhancer)

July 28, 9 a.m. - 12 noon, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

How to use the ILL ME for Windows software. Topics include: loading the software; customizing options; printing message file items; entering message file updates; using constant data; scheduling batch loads; and setting up macros. Audience: OCLC ILL users currently using or interested in using ILL ME. Prerequisites: Knowledge of the OCLC ILL system. Format: Lecture and hands-on experience. CE Credit=3. Cost: $10 for NEBASE Members. If you are not a NEBASE member, contact Jeannette Powell (see above) for registration fee.

Internet Power: Improving K-12 Education

August 3-4, Lux Middle School, 7800 High Street, Lincoln NE.
Contact: Linda Dickeson at 402-436-1630.

Second Annual Midwest Internet Institute will involve K-12 teachers, administrators, media specialists, technology specialists, and higher education participants throughout the Midwest in 60-minute sessions presented by educators sharing Internet expertise and success stories from the classroom; extended hands-on workshops; nationally recognized invited speakers; and vendor displays showcasing software, hardware, curriculum materials, audio/visual components, Internet services and other technologies. The institute is sponsored by the Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA) and supported by the Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Educational Service Units, the University of Nebraska-Omaha Office of Internet Studies, and hosted by the Lincoln Public Schools. For more information see:

Bookmobile Conference

August 7, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Valentine Public Library.
Contact: Sharon Osenga, 3423 2nd Avenue, #301, Kearney, NE 68847, 308-234-2087.

Lecture and discussion with Dale Bessey, Valentine Police Department, Sharon Osenga, Meridian Library System, and Otto Rosfeld, Nebraska Humanities Council.

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