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March '98 Vol.12 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 and the State Advisory Council on Libraries will meet jointly in Kearney on March 19 at 1 p.m. and on March 20 at 9 a.m. The Commissioners will hold a separate business meeting at 8 a.m. on March 20. The agenda will be available at the Commission and on the home page, /commis/agenda.html on March 9. Contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for a print copy.

Nebraska Administrative Code Rules and Regulations of several state agencies are now posted at the Secretary of State home page Files are in Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format.) To view and print it, download the free Adobe Acrobat software. PDF files can be displayed and printed from any computer-Macintosh(R), Windows(R), DOS, or UNIX(R).

Kandi Gordon Thomas, staff assistant with the Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse service, has resigned from the Library Commission staff. Kandi will be caring for her new daughter at home.

The revised 1997 Nebraska Trustee Handbook is now available on the Web at /libdev/trustee/TOC.html. The handbook is in PDF format. A link for downloading the Acrobat viewer is provided.

The Nebraska Library Commission announces that grants are available for special projects in the area of children's services. A total of $10,000 is available. A minimum of $500 will be awarded for each grant that is approved. These grants are to contribute to attainment of Goal 5c in Libraries for the 21st Century, "develop, maintain and support library services to children and young adults," see /mission/lsta.html. Written grants must be submitted to the Nebraska Library Commission by May 15. For a packet with guidelines, explanations of the target areas, criteria for approval and an application form, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665 or Kit Keller, 402-471-3216 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller . For more information, see: /news/content/353.html.

Spring 1998 Children's Book Review Sessions will be taped on March 27, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and April 6, 1 to 4 p.m. and broadcast on April 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST. Nebraska librarians and media specialists are invited to attend the taping sessions at the Terry L. Carpenter Telecommunications Center at 1800 No. 33rd St., Lincoln. Twelve Nebraska reviewers will give short reviews of the newest and best of children's and young adult books, focusing on the Caldecott/Newbery medal and honor books and featuring a new category, "Spanish Language Books for Children." One tape includes reviews for preschool to third grade level books and the other tape focuses on books for third through twelfth graders. Anyone that would like to tape these sessions direct from the satellite broadcast is welcome to do so. The NEB*SAT 102 satellite coordinates are: Spacenet 3, Channel 4. For information about the book reviews or about taping, see /news/news.html or contact Mary Jackson, (see previous).

Staff of Special or Institutional libraries in Nebraska are invited to join a new e-mail listserv. The listserv will promote communication and discussion among people working in libraries in hospitals, law firms, corporations, state agencies or any other special or institutional setting. This could include special collections within larger libraries as well. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to: [obsolete]. In the body of the message type: subscribe special First name Last name. Example: subscribe special Jane Doe.

In 1990 the first Nebraska Library Commission Children's Improvement Plan (CHIP) was finalized, approved, and implementation was begun. The plan was developed by a team of children's librarians working with the Library Commission to address issues facing children's library service in Nebraska, to be implemented by the Nebraska Library Commission. In 1996 the Youth Advisory Board began work on a second plan to address problems that face today's children and youth librarians. The second draft of this plan is now available for comment. For a copy, see /libdev/yip.html or contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for a print copy. For questions or comments, contact the Youth Advisory Board member from your system or Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665.

Last month the Library Commission distributed the 1998 Rock-n-Read Summer Reading Program Video List. To order a List, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel. Order videos now for Summer Reading Programs.

The Partnership Ideas Network provides education, information and support for families with children with special needs and service providers. Since much of this information is provided via the Internet and many families do not have Internet access, libraries and schools across Nebraska have volunteered to serve as public internet access sites. To serve as a site or for copies of the brochure, contact Shirley Lederer at <> or IDEAS Network, 121 S. 13 St., Suite 302, Lincoln, NE, 68588.

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) again urges library staff and supporters across Nebraska to become informed about the resources needed to bring Nebraska libraries into the 21st Century. Contact Kathy Tooker, Chair, Eastern Library System, 11929 Elm St., Suite 12, Omaha, NE, 68144, 800-627-7884 or see the NLA Legislative Committee home page at for more information.

Rock-n-Read 1998 Summer Reading Program sweatshirt and T-shirt order forms were mailed in January. For an order form, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel. Return orders to the T-shirt Factory by June 1.

The American Library Association recently announced the Newbery and Caldecott Medals for children's literature, as well as the winners of the Coretta Scott King Awards honoring African-American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults. See the Commission home page for details at /news/content/343.html or contact Mary Geibel, (see previous) for a print copy.

Kathleen T. Horning, author of Cover to Cover, Evaluating And Reviewing Children's Books is the featured speaker at the Hazel Westgate Youth Services Lecture, April 16, near Des Moines, IA. The lecture, "Children's Books that Changed Children's Books," is in conjunction with the Heartland Authors and Illustrators Conference, featuring Lee Bennett Hopkins, Laurence Yep and Mike Thaler. For more information, see longer article at /news/content/355.html or contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665.

Kids Count in Nebraska 1997 annually reports on the well-being of Nebraska children and is available for purchase by Nebraska public libraries at the discounted price of $5. Send order on library letterhead to: Voices for Children in Nebraska, 7521 Main Street, Suite 103, Omaha, NE, 68127.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is seeking volunteers to serve as field reviewers for the 1998 National Leadership Grants established under the Library Services and Technology Act. For more information, see /news/content/360.html, or visit the IMLS Web site,

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Book Repair/Story Time Workshop

March 17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., CST, McCook Public Library.
Contact: Dee Yost, 402-463-4244, e-mail: <>, fax: 402-463-3394.

Pam Scott, Panhandle Library System Administrator, will be demonstrating book repair techniques in the morning session. In the afternoon Hallie Hagan, former children's librarian at Kearney Public Library, will present flannel board and unique, easy ideas for story time.

Telecommunications and Networking Technology Videoconference

March 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m. CST. NEBASE will arrange for downlink sites that will not charge for this service.
Contact: Allana Novotny, 402-471-6681 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Allana Novotny.

All Nebraska librarians are invited to attend a videoconference on Telecommunications and Networking Technology. The conference is intended for administrators, librarians and staff responsible for technology and serving on technology planning committees. The conference will include presentations from invited experts in the field of telecommunications and library technology with moderated discussion among the presenters and viewing audience. If interested in hosting or downlinking at a site near you contact Allana Novotny. The registration form and additional information is on the Library Commission's NEBASE Web page, /netserv/nebase/vidconf.html.

Librarians Going the Distance: A Workshop on Libraries and Distance Learning

March 27, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., CST, University of Nebraska at Omaha Milo Bail Student Center, Dodge Room.
Contact: Karen Ingish, 402-554-3816, e-mail: <>.

Supported in part by a NEB*SAT grant. Join librarians, media specialists, educators and other professionals interested in distance learning in a free day-long workshop on distance learning. In the morning sessions, Maryhelen Jones, Director of Central Michigan University's Off-Campus Library Services Program, will speak about key issues for librarians involved in distance education. Another session will cover tips and techniques for new technologies in delivery of support services. Afternoon sessions will highlight the Nebraska infrastructure and Smart Highway followed by a panel that will explore ways to foster cooperation among all types of libraries to support the information needs of distance learners.

Make and Take Workshop: Republican Valley Library System

March 27, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., CST, Cambridge Community Center, Cambridge, NE.
Contact: Dee Yost, 402-463-4244, e-mail: <>, fax: 402-463-3394.

This workshop is designed to prepare public librarians for the summer reading program. Hallie Hagan, former children's librarian at Kearney Public Library and Information Center, will be the presenter. Susan Burmood, RVLS Administrative Assistant, will also present ideas using the Ellison Letter Machine.

Soaring to Excellence: "It Takes a Vision"

March 27, 11 a.m. CST, various satellite sites in Nebraska.
Contact: Ellen Van Waart at the Library Commission, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665.

Presented by Edward Martinez. The Nebraska Library Commission continues to sponsor the series of satellite teleconferences on a variety of library issues aimed at all librarians (public, academic, school, corporate, institutional and government), produced by the College of DuPage. This program will explore the concept of "vision" and uncover the core professional and personal aspects of vision within our lives. The program can be downlinked at any satellite site in Nebraska. To obtain further information about setting up a site or viewing these programs, contact Ellen Van Waart.

A special viewing and local panel discussion has been scheduled at the OcKinga Conference Center, University of Nebraska at Kearney Campus. Contact: Sharon Osenga, Meridian Library System, 3423 2nd Avenue, #301, Kearney, NE 68847, 308-234-2087. Sponsored by Meridian Library System, Republican Valley Library System, Calvin T. Ryan Library, UNK, and the Library Commission. CE Credit=2.5.

Lunch at the Library

April 1, 12:10 p.m. CST, Heritage Room, Lincoln City Libraries, 14th & N Street, Lincoln.
Contact: Heritage Room, Lincoln City Libraries at 402-441-8516.

Featuring Mary Commers and Paul Goble, Storyteller and Illustrator of Native American Tales. Sponsored by the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association. Bring your lunch and discover the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. This 30-minute talk will be held on the 4th floor of Bennett Martin Public Library. Tours of the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors will be available after the program. Coffee provided by the Mill.

Am I a Crook? Copyright Issues on the Internet

April 2, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. CST, various teleconference sites.
Contact: Sharon Hoffhines, BCR, 14394 East Evans Avenue, Aurora, CO, 80014, 303-751-6277 or e-mail: <>.

Three authorities in intellectual property will sit on the panel for the PBS video satellite teleconference. BCR is obtaining a multiple-site license to downlink the broadcast. For questions or to register, contact BCR's Sharon Hoffhines or see BCR's Web site:

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