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June '98 Vol.12 No.6 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Frequently Asked Questions about the 1998 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) technology grant program have been posted on the Library Commission home page. These questions emerged from two recent videoconferences to assist public, school, academic, institutional, and special libraries in LSTA grant application preparation. For the full text of questions and answers, see /, search on LSTA. For a print copy, contact Sally Snyder, 402-471-4003 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder.

Several temporary staff will assist Library Commission staff with special projects this summer. They include: Maggie Harding assisting with research and organization for the Library Commission Archives and Centennial Project; Jodie Higgins assisting with Library Development projects including Certification, E-Rate, database implementation and surveys; and Marc Homer assisting with paperwork in support of making FirstSearch databases available statewide at no charge to the library or the library customer.

Nebraska has been selected as one of eight states to participate in the Community-Library Advocacy Project funded by the Viburnum Foundation. Libraries for the Future and Friends of Libraries U.S.A., are coordinating this advocacy training effort. Nebraska's effort will be co-hosted by the Library Commission, the Regional Library Systems, and the Nebraska Library Association's Legislative Committee and Trustees, Users and Friends Section. This special national initiative will strengthen library advocacy around the country by building relationships between communities and public libraries, and developing tools and resources for local library advocacy. The project will focus on existing library trustees and friends groups, while reaching out to new types of library supporters. For more information, contact Mary Jo Ryan, 402-471-3434 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Jo Ryan.

Recipients of 1998 Grants for Excellence in Children's Services are: Arapahoe Public Library, Book Buddies program between seniors and Grades 1-4, $500; Bartley Public Library, Oral History Project pairing older adults with teens, $400; Broken Bow Public Library, Little House Club, $1775; John Rogers Memorial Library in Dodge, Spanish language collection for new residents, $550; Wisner Public Library, Spider's Website-a place for stories and activities, $500; Scottsbluff Public Library, Partnership project for preschoolers, $665; Kilgore Memorial Library in York, Parent/Reading Awareness Project, $1,000; Auburn/Crete Public Libraries, Kits for Kids/Daycare Outreach, $1,500; Stanton Public Library, Bilingual collection, $250; Columbus Public Library, Latchkey Safety Program, $540; Neligh Public Library, Television Withdrawal Program, $1,450; Norfolk Public Library, LapSit Program for Infants, $1,600; Wayne Public Library, Teen READ Club-Read, Enjoy, Advise, Discuss, $780; Omaha Public Library, Outreach materials for daycare centers and homeless shelters, $800; Lincoln City Libraries, Literacy Outreach Project, $1,500.

Nebraska Center for the Book invites nominations for the 1998 Jane Geske Award. The award honors Jane Geske, a founding member of the Nebraska Center for the Book and a long time active participant in Nebraska library and literary activities. The award recognizes a Nebraska association, organization, business, library, school, academic institution, or other group that has made an exceptional, long-term contribution to The Nebraska Community of the Book. Contributions should fall in one or more of the following categories: literacy, books, reading, libraries, book selling, and/or writing in Nebraska. Current board members are not eligible to make nominations. Nominations should be in the form of a letter containing the name of the organization; a brief description of the organization (governance, mission, area served, etc.); field or fields in which an exceptional, long-term contribution has been made; and a description of the contribution or contributions. This may be accompanied by supporting documentation. Additional letters supporting the nomination are welcome. Nominations and supporting letters must be received by July 15. Mail to Nebraska Center for the Book Jane Geske Award, c/o Laureen Riedesel, Director, Beatrice Public Library, 100 North 16th Street, Beatrice, NE 68310-4100. For questions, contact Rod Wagner, Library Commission Director, 402-471-4001 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Rod Wagner.

This spring, the Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries adopted a resolution regarding the E-Rate. The resolution can be found on the Library Commission home page at /, search on E-Rate Resolution. For a print copy, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel.

With the close of the 75-day window for this first round of Universal Service Fund applications, schools and libraries that have filed a Form 471 application are eager to know what happens next. All applications received during the 75-day window have been logged into a tracking system and reviewed for obvious errors and incomplete information. You may receive a phone call requesting additional information or documentation. Funding commitment letters will be sent to all applicants identifying approval or disapproval of discounts for services on a line-item basis. Once a funding commitment letter is received, you need to submit your Form 486 (which will be released shortly) to the Schools and Libraries Corporation (SLC) within 5 days for services that are already being rendered. This will allow your service providers to invoice SLC and receive timely payment for the discounted portion of your costs. For more information, see the source for this article,

The Nebraska Library Commission was honored this spring by the Nebraska Rural Development Commission as one of Nebraska's Outstanding 100 Rural Development Initiatives for 1997. A report highlighting these initiatives and serving as a reference source for developers across the state is available in .pdf format on the Library Commission home page, /. Search on Publications Online under Economic Development/Rural Development Commission.

The Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service has received $20,458.69 from the estate of Helen Ruth Wersta of Grand Island. The memorial fund will be used for service enhancement projects that cannot be covered by the Commission's normal operating budget. In the past, the fund has been used to upgrade high-speed tape duplication and studio equipment. Other projects have included the purchase of adaptive technology, a collection of home movies which feature audio description and a print/braille labeling system for audio tapes.

The Nebraska Library Commission received its fourth Francis Keppel Award this spring at the annual Library Statistics Program Training Workshop. The award is made each year to qualifying Chief Officers and Data Coordinators of State and Territory Library Agencies for submitting prompt, complete, and high quality public library data. Library Commission recipients are Rod Wagner, State Librarian, and Kit Keller, State Data Coordinator.

Nebraska Center for the Book recently mailed their Spring 1998 newsletter in a new format. For a copy, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel.

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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Panhandle Library System's 1998 Summer Theatre Production

June 15-29, Various public libraries throughout the Panhandle.
Contact: Pamela Scott, System Administrator, 308-632-1350 or 888-879-5303, e-mail: <>.

It's time to Rock "n' Read! The Panhandle Library System Summer Theatre Program of "Professor Stoneage's Stupendous Stone Show: A Tribute to Rocks & Stones and All That Jazz" will be presented in 19 communities within the Panhandle. The children's play uses song and fun to communicate the research on rocks and stones. "Agate, agate, who has an agate??" The live performance features players from the Western Nebraska Community College Theatre West Youth Program. The performances support area reading programs and are open to the general public at no cost. For more information, contact the System office (see above).

NEBASE Annual Meeting

June 19, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hastings, NE, Holiday Inn.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

All Nebraska librarians are invited to attend. The meeting will include information of special interest to FirstSearch subscribers and small libraries. Keynote speaker: Dr. Gene Harding. Eric Childress, OCLC, will present a Review and Summary of OCLC's Investigation Into Services for Small Libraries in Consortia.

ESL (English as a Second Language)…From Theory to Practice

June 26-27, at the Beadle Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Contact: Sheila Jacobs, Lincoln City Libraries, 402-441-8546, e-mail: <> for a registration brochure. Registration deadline: June 12.

A statewide workshop for practitioners and others working with Non-English speakers. The featured presenter will be the Spring Institute for International Studies. The Institute has been designated by the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement and the Colorado Refugee Services program to provide technical assistance for English Language Training programs serving refugees. Other topics include: mental health and learning disability issues in a classroom setting, using the Internet to develop an ESL curriculum, and presentations from Immigration and Nationalization Service (INS) and State Refugee and Resettlement officials. Cost: $20 for either or both days.

ILL for New and Selective OCLC Users

July 7, 9 a.m. - 12 noon, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

This workshop provides basic training on the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service. Topics include: choosing the correct record; choosing a lender string; creating a request; responding to a request; updating the message file; establishing constant data records; group access capability; and using ILL policy statements in the Name-Address Directory. Audience: Selective users or new interlibrary loan staff using the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Knowledge of ILL procedures would be helpful. CE Credit=3. Cost: $10 for NEBASE Members. If you are not a NEBASE member, please contact Jeannette Powell (see above) for registration fee.

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.

How to 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; 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, please 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 covered in this workshop 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. What to 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, please contact Jeannette Powell (see above) for registration fee.

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