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March 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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[Announcements]

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Reminder: The Nebraska Library Commission is offering a limited amount of grant funding to help small public and school libraries purchase the new SOLINET/NEBASE netLibrary eBook Collection. Applications must be submitted electronically or by fax by March 7 or postmarked by March 3. For grant information and application form, see nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/netlibraryfunding.html. For more information about the SOLINET/NEBASE netLibrary eBook Collection see the Nebraska Library Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov.

Nebraska Libraries are encouraged to apply to host The Sixties: America's Decade of Crisis and Change. This new six-week library program features scholar-led lectures, documentary film screenings, and readings and discussions on a period of change and social conflict in American history. Apply to National Video Resources (NVR) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office by March 28. For more information and an application see www.ala.org/publicprograms/sixties/.

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

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) invites nominations for the 2003 Meritorious Service and Mari Sandoz Awards. Deadline for nominations and letters of support is May 30. Mail to Dave Oertli, Chair, NLA Citations Committee, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, e-mail: Dave Oertli. See Announcements on the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov.

Nebraska public library staff members are encouraged to attend the What's NEW in Young Adult Literature and How to Use It in Your Program (Grades 6-12) workshop on March 12 in Council Bluffs, IA. For more information see www.ber.org/CourseInfo.cfm?SESS_ID=BH33S1&City=OMA.

Library staff and supporters are encouraged to attend the Nebraska Development Network Annual Meeting, Out-migration Mitigation: Tools to Build Community One by One, March 11 in Lincoln. Speakers include Lt. Gov. Heineman, Milan Wall, Don Macke, Jim Crandall, and Craig Schroeder. For more information contact the Network, 402-471-2698, e-mail: jlowe@mail.state.ne.us

Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Spring Meetings are scheduled for 2003:

The Libri Foundation Books for Children program donates children's books to small, rural libraries in the United States. Grant applications will be accepted until March 15. For more information and application forms see www.librifoundation.org/apps.html.

The Beaumont Foundation of America awards grants to help provide access to information technology. Grants will be made in Nebraska in the 2003 grant cycle. Apply by March 31 for these three grant programs:

For more information see the Library Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov, or the Beaumont Foundation of America, www.bmtfoundation.com/grants/.

Children's Services Events will be hosted by Nebraska's Regional Library Systems, in cooperation with the Nebraska Library Commission:

The Nebraska Library Commission will again sponsor satellite teleconference programming from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL for library supporters and staff members. The Commission negotiated a statewide license to offer Nebraska libraries free unlimited access to downlink each program and make a videotape for the use of the participating institution. The next program is March 21, Library Support Staff Soar To Great Heights: How library workers give back. Materials are available at the College of DuPage Web site, see www.cod.edu/teleconf/Soaring/session3.htm. For more information contact Pam Scott, Continuing Education Coordinator, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Pam Scott or see the Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on DuPage 2003.


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 ILL Web Interface Basics (Formerly: ILL Basics Using the OCLC ILL Web Interface)
March 11, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Lincoln.
April 24, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Lincoln.
May 7, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, 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. Instructor: Christa Burns. CE Credits: 3.

Cataloging Serials (a.k.a. Serials Cataloging Basics)
March 12, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cst, Lincoln.
March 28, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cst, Lincoln.

An introduction to cataloging serial publications, this workshop covers changes to serials cataloging rules found in the most recent amendments to AACR2. Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to cataloging serials on the OCLC system or wanting a refresher. This workshop is not recommended for CatExpress or libraries who do not use the OCLC system to catalog. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of cataloging and MARC tags helpful. Instructor: Margaret Mering, Principal Serials Cataloger, University of NE - Lincoln. CE Credits: 6.

OCLC Connexion: The New OCLC Cataloging Browser
March 19, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Lincoln.
April 15, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Lincoln.
May15, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Lincoln.

Learn to use the new OCLC cataloging 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. Instructor: Christa Burns. CE Credits: 3.

OCLC CatExpress
March 26, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Lincoln.
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. Instructor: Christa Burns. CE Credits: 3.

OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer: An Alternative to Passport
April 9, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, 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. Instructor: Christa Burns. CE Credits: 3.

Note: For all of the above activities sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission.
Location: Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members, others contact Jeannette Powell. Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.

The Nebraska Library Commission Network Services staff will present the following training to help librarians assist Nebraska citizens using the database resources provided by the Library Commission at no charge to local libraries.

netLibrary Training
March 4, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Metro Community College, Elkhorn.
March 25, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Ainsworth Public Library.
March 26, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Raymond A. Whitwer Tilden Public Library.
April 17, during the NEBASE Annual Meeting West, Gering Civic Center.
May 1, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln.
May 20, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, McCook Community College.
May 21, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Meridian Library System Office, Kearney.

An overview of netLibrary eBooks, including searching and checking out titles. We will discuss the current purchasing opportunity and explore promotion with the eBook Tool Kit.

Updates on Upgrades: Learn about the new Wilson and bigchalk eLibrary database interfaces
March 4, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Metro Community College, Elkhorn.
March 25, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Ainsworth Public Library.
March 26, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Raymond A Whitwer Tilden Public Library.
May 1, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln.
May 20, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, McCook Community College.
May 21, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Meridian Library System Office, Kearney.

An overview of recent enhancements to the Wilson OmniFile Full Text Select and Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated, as well as bigchalk eLibrary (formerly Electric Library) databases. For more information and to register for the above sessions see the Library Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/training.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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