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June 2002 Vol.16 No. 6 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission




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 judges said that the law went too far, "Any public library that adheres to CIPA's conditions will necessarily restrict patrons access to a substantial amount of protected speech in violation of the First Amendment." For the response of the American Library Association, see For additional information see

The Nebraska Library Commission submitted the Library Services and Technology Act Five-Year Plan Evaluation (see to the Institute for Library and Museum Services (IMLS) in May. This in-depth analysis of the impact of federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding on Nebraska's libraries and communities is the result of a comprehensive statewide project, Making a Difference @ your libraryTM, (see This project continues, with Library Commission staff visiting the remaining public libraries (those not supported with LSTA funds) by June 30.

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, Kearney - August 1, Ainsworth - August 6, Elkhorn - August 12, and Lincoln - August 15. Details are posted on the Commission Web site,

Beginning June 15, the Nebraska Library Commission will accept applications for state-funded Training and Continuing Education Grants. 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 the citizens' information needs. Deadlines: Completed Application Packets submitted: July 15. Grants awarded: August 9. For more information see or contact Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott.

The Nebraska Library Commission 2002 Grants Schedule is available on the Commission Web site at /Grants/index.aspx with information about the following funding opportunities offered by the Library Commission:

The Nebraska Library Commission recently changed the process of application for the Master of Library Science (MLS) Scholarship. The scholarship, established to support students pursuing full or part-time graduate level library education, is now available on an ongoing basis, with no due date for application.

A Children's and Young Adult Library Services Videoconference, Delivering Services to Spanish-Speaking Children and Dia de los Niños (Day of the Children), is planned for July 26 from 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT. CE Credits: 3. 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 Registration deadline: July 10.

A discount for public libraries and school media centers has been negotiated by the Nebraska Department of Education for purchase of software products, including those offered by Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec, Macromedia, The Learning Co., Knowledge Adventure, Inspiration, etc. Academic pricing is offered on virtually all software, peripheral, and hardware manufacturers. Interested public libraries and school media centers should contact Marcy Rodriguez, Academic and Government Sales Manager, Software Plus, 888-251-7638, ext.110, fax: 314-692-0856, e-mail: Visit the State of Nebraska Web site for information about the Select program and the Software Plus pricing, see, log in with user name: ne and password: select.

The Mountain Plains Library Association, North Dakota Library Association, and South Dakota Library Association are seeking poster session applications for the Fall 2002 Conference, Exploring New Pathways to Information, scheduled for October 2 - 5. Submission deadline: June 30, see

Kevin Leapley has accepted appointment as Republican Valley Library System Administrator, effective June 17. He most recently served as Automation Librarian for the Plum Creek Library System in Minnesota.

A meeting of the State Advisory Council on Libraries will be held from 10:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. on June 21 at the Loren Corey Eiseley Library, 1530 Superior Street, Lincoln. The agenda for the meeting will be posted on the Library Commission home page during the week prior to the meeting,, search for "State Advisory Council Agenda Index." For a print copy or more information contact Sally Snyder at the Library Commission, 402-471-4003, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder. If special accommodations are needed for you to attend this meeting (including interpreters for the hearing impaired) contact Doreen Kuhlmann, 402-471-4007, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Doreen Kuhlmann .

The 2002 Great Plains Chautauqua: From Sea to Shining Sea will be held July 12 - 16 in St. Paul, with a focus on 1790 - 1850, the period during which America expanded from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Among the historical characters being considered for the Chautauqua are William Clark, York, and Sacagawea of the Lewis and Clark Expedition; Tecumseh or his brother Tenkswatawa (The Prophet); and John Jacob Astor. For information contact Raymond Screws, 402-474-2131, ext. 5, e-mail: or the Nebraska Humanities Council's Web site

The State of Nebraska's official business portal, Nebrask@ Online for Business is open for business. The Web site is located at The State of Nebraska's Web site can be accessed at,, and

August is "National Children's Vision and Learning Month." Librarians are encouraged to celebrate the important relationship between vision and learning by contacting local optometrists to work on an awareness campaign and by informing parents that a vision assessment is available free for three-year-olds. Call 800-960-EYES for the nearest participating optometrist.

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]

ILL Basics Using the OCLC ILL Web Interface
June 11, December 2, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, August 14, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
June 20, August 5, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT, Kearney Public Library & Information Center, Technology Learning Center, 2020 First Avenue, Kearney.

This hands-on workshop covers basic OCLC ILL service, using the Web interface (an easy-to-use 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 CatExpress
June 13, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
June 20, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Kearney Public Library & Information Center, Technology Learning Center, 2020 First Avenue, Kearney.

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
June 25, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT,
July 15, September 30, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.

Learn how the OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows software increases productivity and reduces costs by combining interactive online searching and processing with optional offline editing. Audience: New and current OCLC full-cataloging users with questions. Prerequisites: Available only to OCLC full-cataloging institutions. Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment.

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer (ILL ME) for Windows Version 2.10
June 27, November 7, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CDT, 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.

OCLC Union List Basics
July 2, November 5, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CDT, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
This workshop focuses on streamlining the ILL process and handling more advanced problems. Audience: Current users of OCLC ILL with questions. Prerequisites: Passport for Windows workshop, ILL Basics workshop, or some experience with ILL would be helpful.

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, 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.

In July 2002, OCLC will release the new cataloging interface. CORC and CatExpress functionality will be merged into the new interface. This workshop focuses utilitization for all formats in a browser-based environment. Audience: OCLC cataloging users who have questions or are interested in planning for their migration to the new interface. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment.

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:

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

Library Science/School Media Coursework
Information regarding Library Science/School Media Coursework in Nebraska, including classes offered by Chadron State College, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska-Kearney, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Omaha, is posted on the Library Commission home page Announcements at For more information contact Dr. Becky Pasco, 402-554-2119, e-mail:

For more information see the Library Calendar at 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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