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June '99 Vol.13 No.6 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Burns Davis, CM, Library Services Coordinator, resigned from the Nebraska Library Commission, as of June 1. Best wishes to Burns as she pursues career and personal interests.

During the upcoming fiscal year, July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000, the Nebraska Library Commission will subscribe to HW Wilson OmniFile for all libraries in the state of Nebraska. This database will no longer be provided through OCLC FirstSearch. OmniFile has nearly 1,000 titles (all available full-text). Library users can use this database from outside the library (home, office, etc.). The username and password for this access will be distributed to subscribing libraries when it is established. Register online at the Library Commission home page, /, search on OmniFile.

Slightly used reference materials are available free to Nebraska libraries and media centers on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Library Commission has always maintained a shelf of giveaway materials. In an effort to make these items more accessible, Commission Reference and Cataloging staff will maintain a list of available giveaways online. See the Commission home page at /, search on Giveaways.

Nebraska libraries have been awarded $218,620 in library technology grants to improve public access to electronic information. The funds, made available through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), allocated by Congress and distributed by the Library Commission annually, address LSTA goals according to the Commission long range plan. Public libraries in 26 Nebraska communities will receive funding to improve information technology services and/or improve information access for underserved populations. For more information, see the Commission home page, /, search on 1999 LSTA Recipients.

The annual Nebraska Documents Librarians Meeting will be held on June 11, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the University Library, University of Nebraska-Omaha. Federal documents issues will be covered in the morning and state documents issues in the afternoon. Six hours of continuing education credit are available. For more information, contact: Jim Shaw, 402-554-2225, e-mail: <>.

What's Up Doc? lists new state and selected new federal publications received at the Library Commission every two months. The complete March-April issue of What's Up Doc? as well as back issues can be found on the Library Commission home page, /, search on Clearinghouse Publications. All items may be borrowed directly from Library Commission Information/Reference Services or Interlibrary Loan, 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665 e-mail: Information Services Team.

The Nebraska Center for the Book invites nominations for the 1999 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. Guidelines for nominations can be found on the Library Commission home page, /, search on Jane Geske Award. Nominations and supporting letters must be received by July 15 at Nebraska Center for the Book Jane Geske Award, c/o Dee Yost, Republican Valley Library System, 2727 West 2nd St., Suite 233, Hastings, NE 68901, 402-462-1975, 800-569-4961, fax: 402-462-1974, e-mail: <>. For questions, contact Rod Wagner, Library Commission Director, 402-471-4001 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Rod Wagner .

"Behold Our New Century" Great Plains Chautauqua will be held in Plainview, July 1-6 and Pawnee City, July 8-13. Both locations are planning special events that begin with the tent raising Thursday afternoon. Chautauquans to appear include Jane Addams, Andrew Carnegie, Dr. Charles Eastman (Ohiysea), Teddy Roosevelt, and Booker T. Washington. Each community will have complete schedules available that include children's and adult workshops and community events. Contact the Nebraska Humanities Council, Molly Fisher, 402-474-2131; Lee Warneke, Plainview, 402-582-4921; or Susan Zwickle, Pawnee City, 402-852-2548.

The Nebraska Center for the Book materials have migrated to the Nebraska Library Commission Archives. The materials include membership lists, committees and their activities, agendas, historical information, programs, and publications. The archives area computer contains a list of these materials and where they can be located. We are now offering back issues of the NCB Quarterly. Contact Maggie Harding at 402-471-4870 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: <> to fill in issues for your collection. Librarians are invited to visit the archive to make use of the materials.

The Paraprofessional Section of the Nebraska Library Association is now accepting nominations for the Paraprofessional of the Year Award, given annually to a paraprofessional who has demonstrated outstanding service to the library field. For a nomination form, criteria, and list of past recipients, see For a print copy contact Mary Geibel, Paraprofessional Section Citations Committee Chair, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, e-mail: Mary Geibel, fax: 402-471-2083. Nominations are due September 15.

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Presents "Preservation Options in a Digital World: To Film or To Scan," a workshop on Preservation Microfilming and Digital Imaging of Paper-Based Materials, September 21-23, at the Nebraska State Historical Society Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, 1326 South 32nd Street, Omaha, and the Nebraska State Historical Society, 1500 R Street, Lincoln. The workshop is funded in part by the National Endowment for Humanities and hosted by the Nebraska State Historical Society. It will explore two reformatting technologies: preservation microfilming and digital imaging, and is designed to train project administrators in institutions to plan, implement, and manage reformatting projects. The cost is $250, and attendance is limited to 18 participants accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. The number of applicants from one institution will be limited. The registration fee of $250 includes a copy of Introduction to Imaging, by Howard Besser and Jennifer Trant, and transportation between the G.R. Ford Conservation Center in Omaha and the Nebraska State Historical Society in Lincoln on day two. For more information, see NEDCC's Web site at, or contact Sona Narioian at <> or 978-470-1010.

The 1999 Nebraska Library Association (NLA)/Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA) Convention, "Libraries ... Media ... Technology: Facing the Challenges of the New Millennium," will be held October 20-22, at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. For complete details see

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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Navigating OCLC's Passport for Windows

June 17, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Suite 120.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Learn the ins and outs of Passport for Windows. Topics include: screen layout; toolbar; online help; setting up sessions; changing settings for sessions; changes in the function keys from Passport for DOS; printing; setting up macros; accessing online reports, useful macros, and help via the World Wide Web; and signing up for e-mail list groups. Audience: New and current users who have questions. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the Windows environment. CE Credit=3. Cost: $10 for members. Non-NEBASE members should contact Jeannette for the fee.

Searching the OCLC Database: Basics and Beyond

June 17, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Suite 120.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

How to effectively and efficiently search the Online Union Catalog. Topics include: how to choose the best search option from numeric, derived, title phrase and keyword methods; combining search keys; corporate and conference names; using qualifiers and default qualifiers; and the cost of searches. CE Credit=2. Instructor: Devra Dragos. Cost: $10 for members. Non-NEBASE members should contact Jeannette for the fee.

Statewide Database Outreach Training

June 21, Wayne State College, Lab 12, Wayne, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 3 p.m.
June 23, Sump Memorial Library, Lab 16, Papillion, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 3 p.m.
June 28, Holdrege Middle School, Lab 24, Holdrege, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 3 p.m.
June 29, Burwell School, Lab 25, Burwell, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 3 p.m.
July 1, Library Commission, Lincoln, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 3 p.m.
August 5, Computer Lab, Alliance Public Library, 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 Database Outreach Training Web-based Mini-course on using outreach activities to increase utilization of electronic databases for the Library Commission home page. 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. The Commission contracted with Jane Franklin and Cindi Hickey to develop these resources. Jane works at Lincoln City Libraries and has many years of experience in training and adult education. Cindi is working on her Ph.D. in Library and Information Science at Emporia State University and has a great deal of experience developing web pages, teaching library science classes, and helping library staff to become more active and visible in their communities. Some of you will remember Cindi from her work with the Library Commission on a Small Business Administration grant in 1995. For dates, locations, and details, see the Commission home page calendar at /calendar/libcal.html, search on outreach training. To register, contact Maria Medrano-Nehls, see above.

ILL for New and Selective OCLC Users

June 24, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln.
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=4. Cost: $10 for members. Non-NEBASE members should contact Jeannette for the fee.

OCLC Union List Basics

July 8, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

A basic workshop on the OCLC Union List (UL) service. Topics include: searching, retrieval, and interpretation of OCLC bibliographic records for union listing; retrieval and interpretation of union list group holdings displays; and creation, modification, and deletion of local data records (LDRs). Audience: New and current union list member staff who have not updated their holdings recently and want a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog would be helpful. CE Credit=3. Cost: $10 for members. Non-NEBASE members should contact Jeannette for the fee.

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