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May 2000 Vol.14 No.5 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Public Librarian Certification: An Evaluation Study is now available on the Nebraska Library Commission home page,, search on Certification Evaluation. Debra Wilcox Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Consulting, completed the study in 1999. Address questions or comments to Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004, 800-307-2665.

The Nebraska netLibrary collection is now available for trial through June. Pricing information will be distributed via the Trial Listerv. To access the collection, see the Library Commission home page,, search on netLibrary. See the Library Commission home page Calendar for dates and times of netLibrary demonstrations planned for May. To join the consortium and continue to access this collection after June, contact Jo Budler, 402-471-4031, 800-307-2665.

The NLA Citations Committee invites nominations for the 2000 Meritorious Service and Mari Sandoz Awards. Nominations and letters of support must be received by June 30 and should be mailed to: Verne Haselwood, Chair, NLA Citations Committee, 9919 Pasedena Ave., Omaha, Nebraska 68124 or e-mail: For more information, see Announcements on the Commission home page,

Dee Yost, Republication Valley Library System Administrator since 1989, has resigned. Dee will join the staff of the Perkins Library at Hastings College in May. The System is seeking a new Administrator. The deadline for applications is June 1. Additional details can be found on the Commission home page,, click on Library Jobs.

The May 23 OCLC Users Council meeting will be transmitted via live satellite broadcast at 10:00 a.m. (CDT). Library and OCLC leaders will discuss "Library Success in the New World." Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, is the keynote speaker for this virtual meeting. For more information, see Announcements on the Library Commission home page,, or

On April 6, Governor Mike Johanns signed a proclamation declaring April 9-15 as National Library Week in Nebraska. National Library Week was celebrated this year with recognition of the "Letters About Literature" state award winners. Four young writers were honored for their letters to authors. The Nebraska Center for the Book, as an affiliate of the National Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and the Weekly Reader Corporation sponsored the statewide contest last fall. For more information see the Library Commission home page,, search on Letters About Literature.

The Nebraska Center for the Book is raffling a hand-made dollhouse to help fund the annual Nebraska Literature Festival. A limited number of no more than 250 raffle tickets will be sold at $20 each. For a chance to win the dollhouse and support the Nebraska Literature Festival, contact the Nebraska Center for the Book, one of its board members, or Mary Jo Ryan, 402-471-3434, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Jo Ryan. For pictures of the dollhouse, see the Commission home page,, search on Dollhouse Raffle.

A list of the latest books to use in the 2000 Summer Reading Program, Cosmic Connection, is available on the Commission home page,, search on Summer Reading.

Michael LaCroix, Director of Carl M. Reinert Alumni Memorial Library at Creighton University is the new NEBASE delegate to the OCLC User Council. Tom Boyle, Director of Luther Library at Midland Lutheran College, will serve as alternate.

Libraries of Promise is a new initiative proposed for Nebraska. This initiative challenges libraries to pledge to support youth by providing some aspect of the five resources considered most crucial to growth and nurturance (mentorship, protection, nurturing, teaching, and serving). Nebraska libraries are requested to provide input on this initiative, including ideas for planning and implementation. Contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665.

Information about the School Media Endorsement Courses at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and University of Nebraska-Kearney has been posted in the Announcements on the Commission home page,

The Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) issued a call for papers to be presented at the Professional Forum during the Joint Nebraska/MPLA Conference in Omaha on October 25-28. Abstracts should be mailed by June 9 to Betty Dance, Reference Librarian, Merrill Library, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-3000.

Bar Code Discount Warehouse (BCDW) is offering Nebraska libraries discounted pricing on their entire product line of bar code-related products. Although discount rates may vary, Nebraska libraries will typically receive at least a 10% discount. For more information see the Commission home page,, search on BCDW.

The Nebraska Documents Meeting will be held on June 9 at the Calvin T. Ryan Library, University of Nebraska-Kearney, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (CDT). This annual meeting is for staff of federal and state depository libraries to gather, discuss issues affecting Nebraska depositories, and participate in continuing education for documents staff. The morning session will consist of updates on Nebraska and federal documents issues. The afternoon session will feature hands-on training on accessing census data on the Internet by Dave Fifer, Research Associate at the Center for Public Affairs Research, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Lunch will be on your own at the Student Union.

The Library Commission will cosponsor a teleconference on Library Services for Distance Education on June 16 at 11:00 a.m. (CDT). Library Services for Distance Education: Making Them Work, offered by the College of DuPage, is a ninety-minute national teleconference on distance education. This "Dancing with Change" teleconference will share practical and timely responses to key issues facing today's libraries. For more information about this teleconference, see To downlink this teleconference at no charge to Nebraska libraries, contact Ellen Van Waart, Nebraska Library Commission, 800-307-2665, 402-471-4004.

The 8th International Seminar on Willa Cather, The International Cather Seminar 2000: Willa Cather's Environmental Imagination, will be held June 17-24. Representing the rapidly emerging field of environmental literature and highlighting the approach of ecocriticism, which adds place to the categories of race, class, and gender used to analyze literature, the seminar will embody interdisciplinary research and writing, with its interaction between the biological sciences and literatures. The seminar will be held at the Lied Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City. For information and registration materials, see or contact M. Rine, 402-472-8777, e-mail:

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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Mayhem in the Midlands: A Mystery Conference
May 11-14, The Sheraton Hotel, 1615 Howard, Omaha, contact: Jennifer Kirchmann, 402-444-4828, e-mail:
River City Rogues, the area chapter of Sisters in Crime, is hosting a cocktail party for all convention attendees on Friday, May 12, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Sheraton. Tickets are $10. Cash bar. Advance registration necessary. Send name, address, and check to: Sandy Montag, River City Rogues, 4210 McCarty Loup, Bellevue, Nebraska 68123. Co-sponsored by the Omaha Public Library and Lincoln City Libraries.

Southeast Library System Regional Conference
May 19, Lincoln School of Commerce, 1821 K Street, Lincoln, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Contact: Brenda Ealey at 800-288-6063, 402-467-6188, e-mail: fax: 402-467-6196.
This will be a one-day regional conference designed to meet many of your library's needs. Speakers will include: Frank Vrba talking about technology on a level we can understand, Pam Scott discussing security in the library, book reviews, and much more. Cost: $10 per person.

Special Collections and Archives in Nebraska
May 19, NLA College and University Section Spring Meeting, Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, contact Jim Shaw, UNO, 402-554-2225, e-mail:
Have you been looking for an opportunity to acquaint the world with a special collection held by your library? Do you have wisdom to share about the management and care of special collections and archives? Have you explored the possibilities of digitizing collections for preservation and wider dissemination? Have you been thinking about the role of libraries as keepers of human memory in the Information Age? The 2000 Spring Meeting will provide a forum for exploring these areas with colleagues across Nebraska. Sessions are scheduled for 50 minutes, and presenters will allocate ten minutes for questions and discussion. For more information see, and search on Special Collections.

LAMA Institute: Libraries in the Digital Age: Visions for the Future and Road Maps for Change
May 22, Lincoln, Embassy Suites, 1040 P Street, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083.
LAMA (Library Administration and Management Association of the American Library Association) Institutes are regional institutes designed to explore broad issues of current importance to librarianship. Debbie Anderson, Instructional Cybrarian and award winning librarian in technology at Mesa (AZ) Community College, will address the impact of digital age technology on the role and services of libraries and librarians. To register and for more information see the Commission home page at www.nlc. and search on LAMA. Cost: $20.

OCLC Union List Basics
May 23, Heron Room, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 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; creation, modification, and deletion of local data records (LDRs). With the addition of the OCLC Union Lists of Periodicals Database to the FirstSearch service, it is more important than ever for libraries to keep their union listing data up-to-date on OCLC. Keeping your union list holdings up-to- date also impacts ILL requests positively, since a borrowing library may check the holdings of a potential lender to make sure the lender has the appropriate volume or year. Incorrect or old data causes superfluous ILL requests and wastes time and money. Audience: New union list member staff; 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. Bring questions. Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credits: 3 hours. Instructor: Devra Dragos, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. Fee: $10, non-members contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 for registration fee.

For more information see Library Calendar at 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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