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June 2003 Vol.17 No. 3 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission



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Beginning June 16, the Nebraska Library Commission will accept applications for state-funded Continuing Education and Training Grants. These grants will support projects providing continuing education and training, developing the knowledge and skills of Nebraska library personnel to serve citizen information needs. Priority will be given to training that reflects the following priorities:

Other projects will be considered, but priority will be given to projects that meet the parameters established for this target. Deadlines: Completed Application Packets submitted: July 15. Grants awarded: August 11. 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.

The Nebraska Library Commission is accepting applications from library staff in public libraries to attend the Outcome-Based Evaluation: Are We Making a Difference? workshop, scheduled for September 30 - October 1. Participants will propose an evaluation project using outcome-based techniques and will submit a report describing how the outcomes were defined and measured. A Web page will be developed to share information from the projects, providing a statewide "snapshot" of the outcomes of a variety of library services across Nebraska. Apply by August 1. For more information see nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Outcome-Based Evaluation or contact Nancy Busch, Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4002, 800-307-2665.

Nebraska public libraries are encouraged to explore movie public performance site licensing. As of July 1, 2003, Nebraska public libraries are required to purchase a license for public viewing of motion pictures. With this license, motion pictures may be shown as part of library services and programming. Previously, the Nebraska Library Commission purchased this license for all Nebraska public libraries at no charge to the libraries. Due to budget cuts, as of July 1 the Nebraska Library Commission will not renew this license. The Nebraska Library Commission regrets that budget constraints make it impossible to purchase the umbrella license for Nebraska public libraries. For more information about license vendors see nlc.nebraska.gov, Announcements. For assistance in evaluating licensing options, contact Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Pam Scott.

Public Library Statistical Report Data for FY 2000 - 2001 is now available on the Library Commission Web site at nlc.nebraska.gov/Statistics/statlist.html. Files can be downloaded and manipulated in spreadsheet software to perform peer comparisons, develop charts and graphs, and present data. For more information contact Kit Keller, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Training will be offered this summer to Nebraska library staff considering digitization projects. Introduction to Digitization and Introduction to Scanning are scheduled for August 26 and 27 at the Nebraska Library Commission. A trainer from the Colorado Digitization Program will present content similar to that outlined at www.cdpheritage.org/resource/introduction/index.html. For more information about the training see the Library Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov, Library Calendar or contact Beth Goble, 402-471-4017, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Beth Goble.

Nebraska libraries considering digitization projects can access resources linked from the Nebraska Western Trails Web site nlc.nebraska.gov/westerntrails in the Standards and Other Resources category, including:

For more information contact Beth Goble, 402-471-4017, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Beth Goble.

The Nebraska Book Awards, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB), recognizes and honors books written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska, or relating to Nebraska. Nominations must be submitted by June 30. For more information and entry forms see the Library Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Book Awards. Enter by sending the entry form, three copies of the book, and the $40 entry fee to NCB Book Awards Competition, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023.

Resources are now available to help Nebraska library staff and supporters introduce the community to the online electronic databases provided by the Nebraska Library Commission. Using a wireless mobile computer network provided through a grant from the Nebraska State Records Board, Library Commission staff will help librarians in rural communities host a Community Information Technology Fair. To apply to help guide local residents to rich sources of electronic information by hosting a Technology Fair, contact Kit Keller, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Kit Keller. Library Commission staff also developed Training Materials for Nebraska Statewide Database Program for library staff and media specialists to use in training other library staff, teachers, faculty, administrators, local officials, customers, and students on how to find information using the database resources. These materials are located on the Library Commission Web site at nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/Trainingmaterials.html.

Midwest Internet Institute is scheduled for July 28 - 29 at Southeast High School in Lincoln. Sponsored by the Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA), 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, the 2003 event will include technology sessions presented by educators, hands-on workshops, nationally-recognized speakers, and vendor displays. Library Commission staff will present sessions on How Schools and Libraries Can Help Parents and Community Members Explore Internet Resources, Online Electronic Databases Provided by the Nebraska Library Commission, and Exploring Digital Nebraska History Resources on the Internet. See mii.lps.org for more information.

Four Nebraska school libraries recently received Laura Bush Foundation Awards to purchase books. Nearly $640,000 in grants was awarded to 132 school libraries. Selected from more than 6,000 applications, a list of these schools is located at www.laurabushfoundation.org/052003_awardees.html. Nebraska schools included:


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.

This publication was supported in part by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act.


[Continuing Education & Training]

OCLC Connexion: Browser Interface for Cataloging
June 11, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln
June 24, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln
July 7, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Kearney Public Library & Information Center, 2020 First Avenue, Kearney
July 10, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Omaha Public Library, W. Dale Clark Library Gates Computer Lab, 215 South 15th Street, Omaha
July 23, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center, 801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk
July 25, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln

Learn to use the new OCLC cataloging browser interface, merging CORC and CatExpress functionality. Audience: OCLC cataloging users who have questions or are interested in planning for migration to the new interface (not appropriate for CatExpress users). Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment.

OCLC ILL Web Interface Basics
June 17, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln
July 8, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln

This workshop covers basic OCLC ILL service, using the Web interface (alternative to the traditional Passport software). Audience: New ILL library staff and current users familiar with the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of searching OCLC WorldCat.

OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer: An Alternative to Passport
July 1, 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 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.

OCLC Connexion: Windows Client Interface for Cataloging
July 7, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Kearney Public Library & Information Center, 2020 First Avenue, Kearney
July 10, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Omaha Public Library, W. Dale Clark Library Gates Computer Lab, 215 South 15th Street, Omaha
July 15, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln
July 23, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center, 801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk
July 25, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln

NOTE: The June Windows Client Interface for Cataloging workshops will not be held. Participants already registered for a June session are urged to register for another date.

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer
July 29, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 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.

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

Database Roadshow 2003
July 30, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. mdt, Alliance Public Library, 1750 Sweetwater, Alliance
August 5, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cdt, Beatrice Public Library, 100 North 16th Street, Beatrice
August 12, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cdt, Northeast Community College Lifelong Learning Center, 801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk
August 19, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cdt, Omaha Public Library, W. Dale Clark Library, Gates Computer Lab, 215 South 15th Street, Omaha
September 9, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cdt, Meridian System Office, 3519 Second Avenue, Suite B, Kearney
September 24, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cdt, John A Stahl Library , 330 North Colfax, West Point
October 2, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cdt, Holdrege Public Library, 604 East Avenue, Holdrege
October 7, September 9, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln
Attend the Database Roadshow 2003 to learn more about the statewide databases funded by the Nebraska Library Commission through discussion, demonstrations, and hands-on practice. CE Credits: 4.5 For more information and to register see nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/roadshowreg.html.


For more information see Library Calendar at nlc.nebraska.gov.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits are issued by the Library Commission as part of the Nebraska Public Librarian and Board Certification Program.


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