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November '99 Vol.13 No.11 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner recently announced the accreditation of public libraries across Nebraska. For more information or a list of accredited public libraries, see the Library Commission home page,, search on "Accreditation."

On November 1, State Aid applications were mailed to eligible public libraries. These brief (one-page) applications are due back at the Library Commission by December 15 and payments will be made during the first quarter of 2000.

Public Library Statistical Reports were sent to all Nebraska public libraries on October 15. These annual reports are due back at the Nebraska Library Commission by January 31, 2000. For more information about the statistical report and the Federal-State Cooperative Program (FSCS), see the Library Commission home page, us, search on "Public Library Statistics."

Through the cooperation of the Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Department of Education, Microsoft Software is available to all Nebraska public libraries discounted to education prices. This saves libraries substantial funds when they purchase networking software (Windows NT), operating system software (Windows NT, 95, 98), productivity software (Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Publisher, etc.), and Microsoft reference software (Encarta, Bookshelf, etc.). Software can be ordered using normal purchase order procedures through the state contractor, SoftwarePlus, Attn: Academic Department, 10880 Baur Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63132, 888-251-7638. For more information, contact Wayne Fisher, NE Department of Education,, 402-471-2085.

The Schools and Libraries Division web site now features the updated Form 470 for Year 3 of the E-rate program. If you plan on applying for discounts on services for July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2001, you may file Form 470 online or on paper. The window for filing Form 471 for Year 3 is now opened from November 10, 1999 to January 19, 2000. For more information about the Schools and Libraries Program, see "Applying for Discounts: Step-by-Step," For questions, contact Richard Miller at the Library Commission, 407-471-3175 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller.

The Nebraska Library Commission recently upgraded its Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), available on the Internet. The upgrade offers customers improved access to the resources of the Commission and the six Nebraska Library Systems. Improvements include:

To access the Commission catalog, see the Library Commission home page, , click on "Commission Catalog."

Nebraska library staff and supporters are invited to the Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting and LIVE! at the Library presentations featuring Author/Photographer Terry Evans' The Inhabited Prairie. The Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting will be held November 7, 1 PM, at the Webster County Historical Museum, 721 West 4th Avenue in Red Cloud. This event is open to the public. The Jane Pope Geske Award for exceptional contribution to literacy, books, reading, libraries, book-selling, or writing in Nebraska will be presented to the John G. Neihardt Foundation and Neihardt Center. This award is presented annually to an organization, business, library, school, association, or other group that exemplifies Jane Geske's spirit and commitment to the ideas that flow from the printed word. The designation of Willa Cather's Prairie as the first Friends of the Libraries USA (FOLUSA) National Literary Landmark in Nebraska will highlight the day's activities. Evans will also be featured on November 8, at a reception and book signing at 4 PM at the Homestead National Monument of America (4 miles west of Beatrice on Highway 4) and at a LIVE! at the Library program at the Beatrice Public Library, 16th and Court Streets in Beatrice at 7:30 PM For more information, see the Library Commission home page,, search on "Evans."

Thirty-day trials of Chadwyck-Healey databases are available to Nebraska libraries and will be set up individually using IP address and domain name. To begin, contact Christopher Philips, 800-752-0515, ext. 231, or christopherp@ For product information, visit www. If at least five libraries subscribe to any of the Chadwyck-Healey databases through the Library Commission, a consortial discount will be given to subscribers. A list and descriptions of the databases in this trial may be found on the Commission home page,, search on "Trials."

The Library Commission has arranged for a trial of the Kiplinger Service, continuing through November 30 for Nebraska librarians. Place orders on the form on the Commission home page,, search on "Kiplinger." To access Kiplinger Service go to, click on "Clients Enter Here." Username and passwords required are: Username:, Password: nebraska.

N3, the Nebraska Library Commission Network Services News, is now available via e-mail for quick delivery and easy retrieval. The latest issue will be sent to subscribers via e-mail. N3 continues to be available on the Library Commission home page at If you do not wish to receive N3 via e-mail and need to continue receiving a paper copy, complete the form at . For a paper copy of this form, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel.

Submit 2000 Summer Reading Program orders to Highsmith Co. by December 1, 1999 to receive all materials needed. Late orders may not be filled completely.

"Cosmic Connections at your Library" 2000 summer reading program t-shirt and sweatshirt order forms were sent to Children's Public Librarians. A minimum of three t-shirts must be ordered. If this is more than you need, contact other librarians who might let you piggyback on their order, or your System Administrator. School librarians that would like to receive an order form for t-shirts or sweatshirts, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665 or Doreen Kuhlmann, 402-471-4007 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Doreen Kuhlmann.

Children's librarians will also receive a survey on children's service needs and the impact of the Young People's Guidelines for library service. Please fill out this form and return it by December 1 to Mary Jackson, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, NE, 68508. See the Library Commission home page,, search on "Children's Service Needs" for a copy of the form.

If you do not have access to the Internet World Wide Web, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for print information about the previous announcements.

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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Customizing New FirstSearch For Customer Service
November 4, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, Alliance Learning Center, 1750 Sweetwater Avenue, Alliance.
November 9, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk.
November 10, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, Omaha Public Library, Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane, Omaha.
November 15, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln.
November 16, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, Holdrege Public Library, 604 East Avenue, Holdrege.
November 17, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, Broken Bow Public Library, 626 South D Street, Broken Bow.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Options! Options! Learn about New FirstSearch Administrative Module settings so you can choose the best for your customers. Register for the demonstration of the New FirstSearch Administrative Module in your area in November. Learn how to pick and choose from an array of new features. There will be an opportunity at the end of the session to ask questions about the new search interface. CE Credit=2. Instructor: Devra Dragos, OCLC Member Services Coordinator, Library Commission. Cost: No charge.

Staff Training and Development Workshop - 21st Century Library Skills
November 19, 8 - 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., North Platte Public Library Technology Center. Contact: Cecelia Lawrence, Director, North Platte Public Library, 308-535-8036, e-mail:
Topics include: Using information technology, including the Internet, to help your customers meet their information needs; Determining which tools to use to meet specific needs; Assisting customers to know how and when to use electronic resources, including online databases; and Using the Internet to market your library services and programs. Library Commission staff Kit Keller, Mary Jo Ryan, and Ellen Van Waart will present this workshop at the North Platte Public Library Technology Center. The workshop will include hands-on use of Internet resources, introduction to online courses, and other demonstrations, handouts, and exercises. An initial on-site assessment of individual needs will determine the direction of each session. Sixteen computers will be available for each session. There is no cost to attend this training. CE Credit=2.

College of DuPage Teleconference Series
November 19, 1999, 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
"Success in the Library Workplace: You have the power"
January 14, 2000, 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
"Internet Power: How to keep it, How to Pass it on"
March 24, 2000, 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

"Information Power: What is it, How to Know when you see it, How to use it in your library"
Contact: Ellen Van Waart, Continuing Education Coordinator, Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4004 or 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." The three programs in this year's series may be downlinked at any satellite receive site in Nebraska. If you are interested in viewing or taping these programs, contact Ellen Van Waart, see above. CE Credit=2 per session.

ILL for New and Selective OCLC Users
December 2, 1 - 4 p.m., Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln. Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail Jeannette Powells.
This workshop provides basic training on the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service. Topics include: choosing the correct record, choosing a lender string, creating a request, responding to a request, updating the message file, establishing constant data records, group access capability, and using ILL policy statements in the Name-Address Directory. Audience: Selective users or new interlibrary loan staff using the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Knowledge of ILL procedures would be helpful. Format: Lecture and hands-on experience. CE Credit=3. Cost: $10 for members. If you are not a NEBASE member, please contact Jeannette Powell, (see above) for registration fee.

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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