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November '97 Vol.11 No.12 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Maria Ford joined the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service in October. She previously worked with the Kansas Talking Book Library and other special libraries. She completed her MLS at Emporia State and plans to pursue further education in school media on a part time basis.


Brenda Ealey is the new Administrator for the Southeast Library System. Brenda is a graduate of the Emporia State University Graduate School of Library and Information Science and has a BA in Psychology from Yankton College. She has worked with Lincoln City Libraries since 1986 and served as Interlibrary Loan Supervisor in the Reference Department since 1994. She will start November 3.


The Legislature's General Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing regarding Legislative Resolution 164 (public library governance and finance) on November 18 at the State Capitol, room 1510, at 10:00 a.m. The resolution covers a variety of issues, including the impact on public library services of levy limits, reorganization or restructuring of political subdivisions, and new technologies (including use of the Internet). The study also addresses the question of whether methods of library organization or funding need to be changed to respond to the levy limits or reorganization or restructuring of political subdivisions, as well as any other matters necessary or proper for a full and complete examination of this issue and to ensure the availability of library services appropriate for Nebraska communities and the changing society of this state. Library staff and supporters are invited to contribute to this hearing. For more information, see http://unicam2.lcs.state.ne.us/legdocs/billintr/LR164.htm or contact Rod Wagner, 402-471-4001, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Rod Wagner.


Nebraska libraries are invited to apply for the "Choices for the 21st Century: Defining our Role in a Changing World" humanities discussion program (deadline November 15). For more information, contact Lisa Johnston, Nebraska Humanities Council, 215 Centennial Mall South, Ste. 225, Lincoln, NE 68508, 402-474-2131 or the Library Commission home page at /news/content/320.html.


Now is the time to nominate projects, programs, and/or initiatives as outstanding rural development initiatives for 1997. Nomination deadline is November 30. For a nomination form, see the October Rural News Bits, or download the form at http://ianrwww.unl.edu/ianr/agecon/rural/bits.htm, or contact Marilyn Schlake, 402-472-4138, e-mail: agec111@unlvm.unl.edu.


Wanted: The American Library Association (ALA) has frequent need of "stock" photos of libraries and library users. In addition to ALA publications, these are sometimes used by magazines, encyclopedias, textbooks and other publications. If you have professional-quality photos that you are willing and able to share for publication purposes, send to Photo Bank, American Library Association, Public Information Office, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Include photo credit information.


Children's Book Week is November 17-23. "Any Time is Book Time" is the theme of the 78th annual observance of National Children's Book Week. A variety of materials, created by well-known authors and illustrators, are available from the Children's Book Council 1997 Catalog. For a copy of the catalog, contact Children's Book Council, Attn: 1997 Catalog, 568 Broadway, Suite 404, New York, NY 10012, 212-966-1990, http://www.cbcbooks.org/.


The Nebraska Library Commission home page / has been recognized as a good example of how government is using the Internet to provide valuable information to citizens. Our Web site Electronic Library was recently featured in the October 1997 edition of "Government Computer News." The following quote captures their reaction to the site. "NEBRASKA VIRTUAL LIBRARY. The Library Commission's Electronic Library offers a wealth of information. Researchers looking for demographic data on Lexington, for example, can get labor statistics, transportation information, municipal data and education stats. The Nebraska Library Commission's Electronic Library provides demographic information and links to 100 companies in 100 categories such as business, education, and travel." This Web site is hosted by the Nebraska Library Commission and maintained by a team of Library Commission staff to assist Nebraska librarians in serving their customers. We continue to solicit input from librarians and media specialists across Nebraska. Thanks for helping us continue to develop this noteworthy site.


The evaluation form for the 1997 summer reading program is in the manual on page 33. It is very short. Please fill it out and send it to Mary Jackson, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023. Evaluations will be shared with the Cooperative Summer Library Program.


The Nebraska Development Network, a consortium of more than 400 members involved in economic development in Nebraska, has established a Web site. The site was developed by Nebraska Library Commission Network Services Librarian Allana Novotny and staff from the State College System Office. To find out about conferences, meetings, and programs dealing with economic development, and link to many of the members' pages, see http://www.nol.org/home/NDN/.


Global Learning, Inc., a nonprofit organization, selected the American Library Association (ALA) for a one-year partnership project involving school and public librarians in creative international programming in their libraries and with their local communities. The project, Local Libraries: Global Awareness, will call for a "Global Awareness Team" of ALA school and public librarians to work closely with Global Learning to develop an international resource guide and an interactive training session. The session will be held at the 1998 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. to familiarize librarians with global resources to better serve their customers. For more information and sample press materials, see the ALA Web site at http://www.ala.org/GoGlobal!/index.html for Go Global! tips for celebrating and promoting libraries and librarians during National Library Week and all year long.


Libraries are invited to partner with Project Vote Smart. Project Vote Smart is the major program of the Center for National Independence in Politics, a national nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization providing citizens/voters with information about the political system, issues, candidates and elected officials. Project Vote Smart uses technology to the citizens' advantage in a unique Voter's Self-Defense System. It provides the most powerful tool citizens in a democracy can use: factual, relevant, and independent information. For a copy of a brochure describing the program and services offered by Project Vote Smart, a current poster, and a sample of the Voter's Self-Defense Manual, call 541-754-2746 or see http://www.vote-smart.org/. For more information, see the Library Commission home page at /news/content/307.html.


The Nebraska Information Resources Cabinet was created in January 1996 by Governor Ben Nelson through Executive Order 96-1. The Cabinet is comprised of 13 official members and is chaired by Lt. Governor Kim Robak. The Cabinet's next meeting is Tuesday, November 18 at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol. The cabinet Web site is located at http://www.nol.org/home/IRC/nebsirc.html. This site includes a variety of Information Technology Reports including: Organizational Structure Working Paper (9/8/97) Draft, Financial Management System Study Outline, Funding for Improvements in Information Technologies, Reports on E-Mail Policy Options (July, 1997), and other information on this group.


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Soaring to Excellence: "Customer Care"

November 21, 11 a.m. CST, downlink at any satellite site in Nebraska.
Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665 for information about setting up a site or viewing the programs.

The Nebraska Library commission continues to sponsor a series of satellite teleconferences on a variety of library issues aimed at all librarians (public, academic, school, corporate, institutional, government and others). The programs are produced by the College of DuPage and there is no charge.


Dancing With Change: "Global Dimensions of Local Librarianship"

December 5, 11 a.m. CST, Downlink at any satellite site in Nebraska.
Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665 for information about setting up a site or viewing the programs.

The Nebraska Library commission continues to sponsor a series of satellite teleconferences on a variety of library issues aimed at all librarians (public, academic, school, corporate, institutional, government and others). The programs are produced by the College of DuPage and there is no charge.


Unlocking the Mystery of HTML

December 12, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST, Bellevue University.
Contact: Kathleen Tooker, 402-330-7884, 11929 Elm St. Suite 12, Omaha, NE 68144.

Sara Martin from the University of Nebraska will discuss: How to Create a Simple Web page; How to Create Different Kinds of Links (internal & external); Using Background Text and Link Colors; Using a Background Image; How to scan images and add to a Web page.


Soaring to Excellence: "The Internet-Sites for Your Workday; Sites for You"

January 16, 1998, 11 a.m. CST, downlink at any satellite site in Nebraska.
Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665 for information about setting up a site or viewing the programs.

The Nebraska Library commission continues to sponsor a series of satellite teleconferences on a variety of library issues aimed at all librarians (public, academic, school, corporate, institutional, government and others). The programs are produced by the College of DuPage and there is no charge.


OCLC's Passport for Windows

January 21, 1998, 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. CST, Nebraska Library Commission Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

A workshop providing basic knowledge of the functions of the OCLC Passport for Windows Software. Topics include: discussion of access methods; screen layout; toolbar; online help; using Passport with the PRISM Service and OCLC Reference Services; printing; setting up macros; setting up an export destination; using diacritics and special characters; help available on the WWW and listservs. Audience: Users who have purchased Passport for Windows and are ready to start using it. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the Windows environment. What to bring: Questions. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Ming Jian, UNL. CE Credit=3.


Dancing With Change: "Developing Leadership for Change"

February 6, 1998, 11 a.m. CST, downlink at any satellite site in Nebraska.
Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665 for information about setting up a site or viewing the programs.

The Nebraska Library commission continues to sponsor a series of satellite teleconferences on a variety of library issues aimed at all librarians (public, academic, school, corporate, institutional, government and others). The programs are produced by the College of DuPage and there is no charge.


OCLC Cataloging I: MARC Format and Copy Cataloging

February 10, 1998 9 a.m. -3 p.m. CST, Library Commission Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Introduction to MARC tags in the morning and to editing an OCLC record in the afternoon. Topics include: functional mechanics of editing and what to edit in a bibliographic record, understanding the structure of a MARC record, recognizing standard MARC tagging patterns for fixed and variable fields, a basic history of OCLC, responsibilities as an OCLC member, the impact of cataloging functions on Interlibrary Loan and Public Services, selecting appropriate bibliographic records, a brief review of searching the OCLC database (specifically keyword and the authority file), deciding what to edit in a bibliographic record, editing CIP copy, inputting local holdings information, the 049 field, producing labels and cards, exporting records, deleting holdings, and explanation of OCLC cataloging costs. Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to performing copy cataloging on the OCLC system or wanting a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog helpful. What to bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed. Books to use in hands-on activity. CE Credit=5. Instructors: Carole Goebes, Julie Swann, UNL.


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