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March 2000 Vol.14 No.3 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission


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The Nebraska Library Commission is accepting applications for state-funded Training and Continuing Education Grants. These grants will be awarded to projects designed to provide training and continuing education for Nebraska library personnel, ensuring that every public library in Nebraska has skilled and knowledgeable information specialists to serve the citizens' information needs. Deadlines: March 17, 2000: Letters of Interest submitted. April 14, 2000: Completed Application Packets submitted. May 5, 2000: Grants awarded. December 31, 2000: Projects completed. January 31, 2001: Final Reports submitted. Application packets were widely distributed in late February. To access a packet on the Library Commission home page, see nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Training and Continuing Education Grants. Contact Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004, 800-307-2665 for more information.

Panhandle Library System Board recently hired Susan Baird as the new System Administrator. Previously she worked with Panhandle Community Services in Gering and the Gering Public Library.

The Talking Book and Braille Service at the Nebraska Library Commission recently promoted Sarah LaBrie to Reader's Advisor.

A list of summer reading videos, available to be checked out for the 2000 Summer Reading Program, Cosmic Connections at Your Library, is now online. To view the list, see the Library Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov and search on Summer Reading Videos. To place a reservation, contact the Library Commission Information Desk, 402-471-4016, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-6244, e-mail: Information Services Team.

It's tax time and Nebraska libraries are often asked for Nebraska tax forms. Libraries can arrange to have a bulk order of tax forms delivered each year. Call the Nebraska Department of Revenue taxpayer assistance line at 402-471-5729, press 4 to talk to a specialist, and ask for a requisition form. Orders will be processed within twenty-four hours of receipt and the library will remain on the distribution list for future years.

Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) of the American Library Association (ALA) Institutes are planned for this spring. The Nebraska Library Commission, Nebraska's Regional Library Systems, the Public Library Resource Group (PRLG), and the University of Nebraska Council of Libraries (UNCL) sponsor these regional institutes to explore broad issues of current importance to librarianship:
Leadership Survival Kit on April 27 at the Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte. Abigail Hubbard of the Department of Management, University of Houston, explores leadership and decision-making; developing effective communications strategies; confronting and managing conflict; stimulating creativity; and power and politics.
Libraries in the Digital Age: Visions for the Future and Road Maps for Change on May 22 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln. Jan A. Baltzer, Director of Technology Planning at Mesa (AZ) Community College and a partner in the information technology consulting firm of Baltzer-Sutton Associates, addresses the impact of digital age technology on the role and services of libraries and librarians. Contact Ellen Van Waart 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665, FAX: 402-471-2083. To register, see the Library Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on LAMA Registration. The fee is $20 for each session.

The Nebraska Book Awards program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, will recognize and honor books that are written by Nebraska authors, are published by Nebraska publishers, and/or are set in Nebraska or relate to Nebraska. For more information about how to enter a book in the competition see the Library Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov and search on 2000 Book Awards Competition.

A group discount is offered to all Nebraska librarians who attend the 21st Annual National Online Meeting and IOLS (Integrated Online Library Systems) 2000. These conferences will be held from May 16-18 at the New York Hilton. To receive a discount, send your registration to the Nebraska Library Commission by April 10. For more information see the Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on conference discounts.

Libraries and school media centers can save up to 40 percent on educational and productivity CD-ROM titles available through the BCR Spring CD-ROM Group Purchase. To order see the Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on netserv cd (print and mail the form). Order deadline is March 23.

The Talking Book and Braille Service recently published two new catalogs of cassette books, Books by Nebraska Authors and Westerns and Pioneer. The large print catalogs are available to any active Nebraska talking book borrower upon request. To receive a copy of either catalog, send your request to the Nebraska Library Commission, Talking Book and Braille Service, see the Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Talking Books.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently launched a monthly e-mail newsletter, The Primary Source. It will explore how museums and libraries across the country use IMLS awards to further their service to the public. To read or order The Primary Source, go to the IMLS site at www.imls.gov/whatsnew/new_imls.htm#ps.

Recommendations for library purchase of Spanish Language Titles have been added to the Nebraska Library Commission home page. This list of children and young adult materials in Spanish that have received awards or honors is located at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Spanish Language.

The American Library Association (ALA) is sponsoring several exciting opportunities to help libraries get involved in National Library Week, April 9-15, LIVE at the Library 2000: Building Cultural Communities. Libraries are invited to kick off the week by participating in a national Connect for Kids Day @ the Library on Saturday, April 8. Sponsored by ALA in partnership with the Benton Foundation, Connect for Kids Day is designed to showcase resources for children and families in their communities. For more information, see www. connectforkids.org or ALA Public Information Office, 800-545-2433, ext. 5044/5041, e-mail: pio@ala.org. See also www.ala.org/kidsday and www.ala.org/publicprograms/live.html.

The American Library Association urges Nebraska libraries and librarians to plan activities around Freedom of Information Day to help celebrate the public's right to access government information. Freedom of Information Day is observed on March 16, the birth date of James Madison. For more information contact, American Library Association, 800-545-2433, ext. 5041/5044, Fax: 312-944-8520, e-mail: pio@ala.org, see www.ala.org/foiday/.

The Millbrook Press has created the Lee Elliott Memorial Grant. The $10,000 prize will be awarded annually to the school or public library making a major contribution to the young people of the community through the utilization of the library/media center facilities and collection. The grant is to be used for any type of program designed to continue, expand, or enhance the library's community programs. See the Millbrook web site www.millbrookpress.com. For more information contact Deborah Broide at 973-744-2030.


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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Basic ILL for Selective OCLC Users
March 16, 2000, Heron Room, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 1P.M. - 4 P.M. Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.
This workshop provides basic training on the OCLC Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service for libraries who borrow materials. Topics include choosing the correct record, choosing a lender string, creating a request, updating the message file, establishing constant data records, group access capability, and using ILL policy statements in the Name-Address Directory. Audience: New selective library staff and current users who have questions. Prerequisites: Passport for Windows workshop would be helpful. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credits: 3. Instructor: Devra Dragos, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. Fees: $10 for members. Non-NEBASE members, contact Jeannette Powell, see above.

OCLC ILL in One Day
March 21, 2000, Heron Room, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 9 A.M. - 4 P.M., Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.
This full-day workshop will cover topics normally included in the beginning and advanced ILL workshops. In addition to covering how to create and fill ILL requests, we will talk about streamlining the ILL process and handling more advanced problems. Topics include choosing the correct record, creating requests for items not cataloged in OCLC, creating custom holdings, using union lists, modifying NAD record and constant data records, using FirstSearch to create requests, ILL Direct Request Service, ILL Fee Management (IFM), and statistical reports. Audience: New users and current users who have questions. Prerequisites: The Passport for Windows Workshop would be helpful. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credits: 6. Instructor: Devra Dragos, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. Fees: $10 for members. Non-NEBASE members, contact Jeannette Powell, see above.

"Information Power: What it is, How to know when you see it, How to use it in your library"
March 24, 2000, 11 A.M. - 12:45 P.M. (CST). Contact: Ellen Van Waart, Continuing Education Coordinator, Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4004, 800-307-2665.
The Nebraska Library Commission will sponsor "Soaring to Excellence 2000" from the College of DuPage. The theme of this year's series is "You Have the Power." For more information see . If interested in viewing or taping these programs contact Ellen Van Waart, see above. CE Credits: 2.

Basic Skills / Organization of Library Materials
Papillion: April 5 & May 10, 9 A.M.-4 P.M., Sump Memorial Library
Lincoln: April 6 & May 8, 9 A.M. - 4 P.M., Library Commission, Crane Room, Lower Level
Norfolk: April 11 & May 16, 9 A.M. - 4 P.M., Norfolk Public Library
Grand Island: April 14 & May 12, 9 A.M. - 4 P.M., Grand Island Public Library
North Platte: April 17 & May 1, 9 A.M. - 4 P.M., North Platte Public Library
Scottsbluff: April 21 & May 19, 9 A.M. - 4 P.M., Scottsbluff Public Library.
Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 800-307-2665, 402-471-4004, fax 402-471-2083

Basic Skills/Organization of Library Materials is one of the four Basic Skills courses required for certification of librarians in public libraries. The course addresses organizing library collections into meaningful arrangements, understanding how access points enhance a customer's ability to locate library material, and evaluating library organizational needs. One of four core classes that are part of the requirements for Public Librarian Certification, it is equivalent to 12 CE credits. All participants with Internet access should complete the online questionaire as soon as possible. This can serve as your course registration. See , search on Basic Skills Questionnaire. Send the $25 course fee to the Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, Attn: Sue Biltoff.

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer for Windows v2.0 Workshop
April 11, 2000, Heron Room , Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 1P.M. - 4 P.M., Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, email: Jeannette Powell.
Learn how to use the ILL-ME for Windows to make your interlibrary loan workflow more efficient. CE Credits: 3. Instructor: Devra Dragos, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. Fees: $10 for members. Non-NEBASE members contact Jeannette Powell, see above.

OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows v1.11 April 18, 2000, Heron Room, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 1P.M. - 4 P.M., Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 or email: Jeannette Powell.
Learn how the OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows software increases productivity and reduces costs by combining online searching and processing with offline editing. CE Credits: 3. Instructor: Devra Dragos, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. Fees: $10 for members. Non-NEBASE members contact Jeannette Powell, see above.


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