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July '99 Vol.13 No.7 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Governor Mike Johanns appointed Kristen M. Rogge of Johnson to the Nebraska Library Commission, filling the vacancy from the Southeast area. Ms. Rogge replaces Jean Sanders, who served two terms as a Commissioner. Ms. Rogge, who recently returned to Nebraska from Washington D.C., is currently managing a family business in Johnson and serving on the Nemaha County Development Alliance. She was formerly involved in Planning and Policy Analysis in the area of developmental disabilities.

Sarah LaBrie was hired as Book Circulation/Readers Services Clerk in the Nebraska Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service. Sarah worked part-time for nearly three years at Love Library, and recently earned a B.A. in Political Science. Sarah began June 14.

Jessica Cole will be the receptionist/switchboard operator for the Nebraska Library Commission in the afternoons until the end of August. Starting July 1, current secretary II/receptionist Mary Geibel will work part-time Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Bruce Oorlog has been selected as the Library Commission's 1999 Employee of the Year, and Jo Budler has been selected as the Library Commission's 1999 Manager of the Year. Congratulations Bruce and Jo!

Ninety-two public libraries in Nebraska were refunded $219,040 in discounts on their 1998 telecommunications costs through E-Rate, a federally managed program that promotes growth and development in the use of telecommunications in schools and libraries. Public libraries applied for discounts on basic telephone service, monthly Internet service, and installation of new services such as wiring, cabling, hubs, routers, and servers to provide faster and better connections to the Internet. For a complete list of libraries and funding amounts, see the Library Commission home page, /, search on E-Rate. These (and other) libraries are now in the process of applying for discounts on telecommunications services for July 1, 1999, through June 30, 2000. For more information about the E-Rate program, see the Schools and Libraries Division Web page at

Nebraska libraries can again access information through the Library Commission's statewide purchase of electronic resources. State tax funds, allocated by the 1999 Legislature and Governor Mike Johanns, provide subscriptions to a variety of databases so that Nebraska citizens can access information in libraries of all types at no cost to the individual libraries. The most up-to-date information on these and other subscriptions is posted on the Commission home page, /, search on Databases.

Carl Olson and Amy Rut, both of Lincoln, are the newest members of the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service Advisory Committee. Other Advisory Committee members are Omahans Bill Carter, Donna Friedman, and Tony Jaynes; Robert Howard, Greenwood; Gladys Maxwell, Norfolk; Robert Schnuelle, Grand Island; and Jane Crouch, Lincoln. Advisory Committee members are appointed to two-year terms.

The Nebraska Library Commission will provide backup reference service for Nebraska libraries beginning July 1. The reference librarians at the Library Commission can be reached at 800-307-2665 (ask for the information desk), fax: 402-471-6244 or e-mail: Information Services Team. Reference assistance is available to all Nebraska library and media center staff at no cost to your library or library system. For a closer look at the resources of the Library Commission, see the newly revised Access and Selection (formerly Collection Development) Policy located on the Library Commission home page, /, search on Access and Selection.

Informal poster session presentations, featuring innovative projects and successful solutions to problems, will be held during the 1999 Nebraska Library Association (NLA)/Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA) State Conference on Thursday, October 21, at the Cornhusker Hotel Convention Center in Lincoln. Nebraska librarians are urged to share library successes with others. Register by August 1. For more information and registration form, see /, search on Poster Session.

August has been proclaimed Vision and Learning Month in Nebraska. The American Foundation for Vision Awareness is partnering with the Library Commission to offer public libraries an opportunity to be involved with activities that celebrate the important relationship between vision and learning. For a packet of materials contact Neil Powell of See-to-Learn, 402-474-2242 or e-mail: <>. The packet includes suggested activities for August, a copy of a Proclamation, a booklist, a press release, stickers, bookmarks, and coupons for free vision assessments for three-year-olds. Request by July 15 to receive the materials by August 4. Specify the number of bookmarks, stickers, and coupons needed. For more information on the See-to-Learn program, see the Library Commission home page, /, search on See-to-Learn.

The Association for Library Service to Children, a section of the American Library Association, has selected 12 notable Web sites for children for 1999. Rated as the best Internet pages available for children 14 and younger, these are excellent sites to recommend to children using the computers in the library. See the annotated list at:

Nebraska librarians are encouraged to fill out 1999 summer reading evaluation forms and mail them to Mary Jackson, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023. The evaluation form is in the "Treasure Your Library" summer reading manual on page 45. Now is the time to submit ideas to be included in the 2001 manual for the theme, "Road Trip, USA." This theme will include vacations, travel, U.S. and state sight-seeing attractions, hiking, biking, maps, pioneers, get aways, and your creative ideas. Send ideas to Mary Jackson (see above).

September is Library Card Sign-up Month. The theme is, "Library cards connect kids, parents to learning, fun." Library Card Sign-up Month is a reminder that today-more than ever-a library card connects children to a range of resources. Nebraska librarians are encouraged to join the American Library Association and libraries across the country in sponsoring teach-ins, displays, and other activities. More information about Library Card Sign-up Month can be found at

Fall 1999 Book Reviews for Children's Services are scheduled for taping on September 24 and October 1, from 1-4 p.m. CST at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Telecommunications Center, 1800 North 33rd, Lincoln. Nebraska librarians are welcome to attend the live taping or borrow the tapes from the Regional Library Systems or from Library Commission Information Services, 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Information Services Team. Record your own set of tapes when they air on October 8, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The NEB*SAT 107 satellite coordinates are: Spacenet 3, Channel 4.

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

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The Database Road Show

July 22, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Alliance Learning Center, Alliance, 1750 Sweetwater, Suite 102.
August 3, 1 - 4 p.m., Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, The Atrium, 1200 N St., Suite 120.
August 5, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., (lunch on your own) Wayne State College, Wayne, Gardner Hall.
August 16, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, 900 N. Clarkson St.
(The computer room 07 is located in the basement of Swanson Hall).
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.
(Earlier sessions are full.)

Database training for librarians and library staff, covering all databases available to Nebraska libraries via statewide subscription. This includes Wilson OmniFile Full Text Select, Wilson Biographies Plus, Books in Print with Reviews, FirstSearch (the "Nebraska Package" of 12 databases), Health Source Plus (available to participating public libraries), and Electric Library (available to participating public and post-secondary academic libraries, as well as K-12 media centers that have signed up for discounted pricing). The Nebraska Library Commission's in-house Electronic Library and State Government Publications Online will also be covered, along with an introduction to the Library Commission's Web-based Mini-course on using outreach activities to increase utilization of electronic databases. Training consists of three hours presented by the Nebraska Library Commission, an hour of training on Books In Print with Reviews presented by the Gale representative, and an hour training on Health Source Plus presented by the EBSCO representative. Lunch will be on your own. Class size is limited. Registration accepted on a first-come basis. Please submit one registration form for each person attending, found at: /netserv/trainreg.html. There is no charge for this workshop, however, if you reserve a space in the session and fail to appear you will be required to pay a $10 workshop fee in advance to reserve a place at another training session. You may avoid the fee by canceling your reservation at least 24 hours in advance.

Locating Business, Government and Statistical Information: Local, State, Federal, and International Sources

July 22, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Wayne State College, Conn Library, Computer Lab 230-B.
Contact: Gayle Poirier, Conn Library, Wayne State College at 402-375-7419 or e-mail: <>.

Free Electronic Research Skills Miniworkshop offered at Wayne State College. No prior computer knowledge or skills are required. Bring a disc to save your work. Class format will consist of an introduction and hands-on demonstration, class discussion, and application of concepts to personal needs. Classes limited to 18. Register early. Sessions may be repeated if enrollment demands.

CASTL (Conversations Among Small Town Librarians)

July 29, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., City Hall Offices, 495 Midland (main street) in Syracuse, Nebraska.
Contact: Southeast Library System Office at 402-467-6188.

Internet policies will be discussed, along with two articles, "How to Survive A Classification Study," by Shelley Mosley, Library Journal, October 15, 1998, p 48+ and "Proving Your Library's Worth: A Test Case," by Glen E. Holt & Donald Elliott, Library Journal, November 1, 1999, p 42+. Contact the Southeast System office for copies.

Statewide Database Outreach Training

August 5, Computer Lab, Alliance Public Library, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 3 p.m.
August 10, Wayne State College, Lab 210, Wayne, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 3 p.m.
Please note: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. is training on using databases; 1 - 3 p.m. is training on outreach.
Contact: Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-4008 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls.

Wondering how to get more customers into the library to use those electronic databases that the Nebraska Library Commission is supporting with state tax funds? The Commission is developing a Web-based Mini-course on using outreach activities to increase utilization of electronic databases (on the Library Commission home page, /, search on Mini-courses Introduction). In addition, training sessions for library staff will be presented across the state. This should help staff plan and execute outreach programs to promote the use of these library-based electronic databases. Presenters include Jane Franklin, Lincoln City Libraries, and Cindi Hickey, currently working on a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science at Emporia State University. To register, contact Maria Medrano-Nehls, see above.

NEBASE Annual Meeting

September 10, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Nebraska Center for Continuing Education, 33rd and Holdrege Streets, Lincoln.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Kate Nevins, Director of SOLINET, will be the keynote speaker, revisiting the Resource Dialog Retreat held in August 1996, and discussing the future of resource sharing. OCLC Sales Representatives will present an update of OCLC products and services. The afternoon breakout sessions will include a demonstration of the New FirstSearch, CatExpress, and a discussion of the new face of resource sharing. Cost: $15.

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