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October '98 Vol.12 No.10 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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"When will the Schools and Libraries Corporation (SLC) launch the funding commitment process for the Universal Service Fund E-Rate Program?" The SLC will issue funding commitment letters sometime this fall. The first priority is funding telecommunications services and Internet access for all approved applications. The second priority is funding the neediest applicants for internal connections. When libraries receive a funding commitment letter, they are required to submit Form 486 to indicate that services are flowing to the library. To prepare for this next step in the E-Rate process, have the following documents on file: a copy of your telephone bill showing monthly charges for both local and long distance service; a copy of your bill for Internet services; copies of any invoices, bills or statements for services for which you requested a discount; and the name and telephone number of the service provider representative for each service for which you requested a discount (call to make sure the contact is the same). Look for the most current information about the E-Rate program at Stay tuned and be prepared!

Joanna Lloyd, employed at the Library Commission through AARP's Senior Community Service Employment Program, accepted a position as library assistant at the Lincoln City Libraries' Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. We wish her well.

Two new staff members have joined the Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service: Jan Mares, full-time Circulation Clerk, and Dan Hogan, part-time Cassette Maintenance Clerk.

The Nebraska Library Directory on the Nebraska Library Commission home page has recently been enhanced to include all library staff, board members, and friends/foundation members, as well as hot-linked library home page addresses, Internet library catalogs, and e-mail addresses. To help us maintain this directory, we request that each library director search on their library name and let us know if changes need to be made. Send changes to the Commission via e-mail to Mary Geibel, fax: 402-471-2083, mail: Mary Geibel, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023.

Beginning November 1, all Nebraska Libraries and their users will have access to Books-In-Print with Reviews. The subscription will have a renewal date of July 1 for future 12-month contracts. Register for this subscription, offered by Gale Group (formerly known as IAC), on the Commission home page form. See /, search on Books in Print. In addition, libraries interested in participating in this statewide program are required to fill out a Technical Specification Sheet to be returned to the Gale Group. The Technical Specification Sheet is required before access can be arranged. Watch the Trial listserv for details on how these sheets will be distributed. This subscription is funded through the Nebraska Library Commission with appropriations from the Nebraska Legislature and Governor.

The Library Commission's NEBASE network, in conjunction with the Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR), is again cooperating to bring Nebraska libraries the opportunity to participate in an extraordinary group purchase of CD-ROM products. Libraries and media centers can benefit from some of the lowest prices on more than 300 popular CD-ROM titles. Prices are 25% to 40% below the retail cost and, in many cases, are below single quantity wholesale prices. Orders will be accepted until October 23. Print the order form from the BCR home page at or request one from Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell. Fax completed order forms to Jeannette at 402-471-2083 or mail to Jeannette Powell, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68208-2023.

The 1998 Nebraska Library Association (NLA)/Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA) annual conference will be held in Grand Island, on October 21 (preconferences), 22, 23 and 24 (postconference). See the NLA home page for details.

This year's Share Fair for Children's Services is scheduled for October 24, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. as a Postconference for the NLA/NEMA convention. Plan to attend and bring your most exciting idea or story. The Share Fair is a great opportunity to meet and talk with friends and colleagues, get enough new ideas to last at least a year, and pick up some freebees. Your colleagues will be presenting and displaying their ideas, including learning how to use interest in the Titanic disaster to teach library skills, the Beatrix Potter-Nebraska connection and ways to make Pam Conrad's Nebraska books come alive. The program is a bargain at $5 for materials and refreshments. For more information, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665.

The order forms and manuals for the 1999 Summer Reading Program are being distributed early this year. The deadline for ordering is December 1. Ordering early results in lower prices and an opportunity to use the manual for earlier planning. All public libraries will receive one free manual. School librarians that request a manual will receive it without charge. School librarians may request a manual by contacting Mary Jackson (see previous) or Doreen Kuhlmann, 402-471-4007 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Doreen Kuhlmann.

For ideas about how libraries can help children acquire learning readiness, see the Library Commission home page for the article "School Readiness and Public Libraries," /, search on School Readiness.

The Nebraska Library Commission Youth Advisory Board met September 11, discussing profitable partnerships, the Youth Improvement Plan, and the See-to-Learn program. To read the minutes or receive a copy of the Youth Improvement Plan, see the Library Commission home page, http://www., search on Youth Advisory Board Minutes.

The See-to-Learn program is sponsored by the National Optometrist's Association, recognizing the importance of early identification of vision problems for successful learning. Selected optometrists in Nebraska offer free vision assessments for all three year-olds. Public libraries are asked to help with this campaign by distributing literature and book marks. For more information, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665 or see Announcements on the Commission home page, /.

ACLU Nebraska's 1998 Bill of Rights Dinner will be held on Friday, November 13, in Lincoln, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and a speaker at 7:30 p.m. The keynote address, "Free Speech in Cyberspace," will be given by Chris Hansen, Lead ACLU attorney in ACLU v. Reno. [ACLU v. Reno] ... creates a body of law that will help ensure that the free speech principles embodied in our constitution apply with the same force on the Internet as they do in the morning paper, in the town square, and in the privacy of our own home. For more information contact Andrea Collins in the ACLU Nebraska office, 402-476-8091, e-mail:, or see

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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OCLC FirstSearch Basic Training

October 16, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Dana College.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Sessions will cover: What is FirstSearch? What is in the Nebraska Package of FirstSearch databases? How can I use these databases to improve library service? What is the Administrative Module in FirstSearch? How do I access it? And how do I tame it?! Audience: New subscribers and those who wish to take a "Train the Trainer" session. CE Credit=2.5. Cost: There is no charge for this workshop, however if you reserve a space in the session and fail to appear you will be required to pay a $10 workshop fee in advance to reserve a place at another FirstSearch training session. You may avoid the fee by canceling your reservation at least 24 hours in advance.

OCLC Cataloging II: Sound Recordings

October 28, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell. Registration deadline: October 12.

An introduction to cataloging sound recordings, both musical and spoken-word. This workshop will focus on the cataloging rules, MARC fields, and OCLC input standards important to sound recordings. Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to cataloging sound recordings on the OCLC system or wanting a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog is helpful, along with OCLC Cataloging I or equivalent experience. What to Bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed., OCLC MARC Code List, AACR2r (optional), and sound recordings with cataloging questions for discussion. CE Credit=5. Instructor: Carole Goebes, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Cost: $10 for members. Non-NEBASE members contact Jeannette Powell for registration fee.

Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival

Oct 30 - 31, Concordia University in Seward.
Contact: Professor Janell Uffelman, Concordia College, 402-643-7318, for more information.

Features nationally acclaimed Ruth Heller and Shirley Climo, producers of "The Korean Cinderella" and "The Egyptian Cinderella." School children will attend sectionals with the authors on Friday, October 30; adults will attend professional development sectionals and interact with the authors on Saturday, October 31.

The LAMA 1998 Institute of the Year: Customer Service Excellence

November 17, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (8:30 a.m. registration), University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wick Alumni Center. Register by November 10.
Contact: Carol Lechner, 402-472-3545, e-mail: or Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004.

Presented by the University of Nebraska Libraries Staff Development Committee and the Nebraska Library Commission. The one-day institute will address broad concepts of customer service philosophy, the attributes of customers and the application of marketing principles to customer service in an information service environment. Learn strategies for maximizing customer service through the use of teams, problem solving techniques, and enhanced internal and external communication. Explore implications for organizational structures and services in an increasingly technological environment. Workshop leader Dr. Darlene E. Weingand, Professor and Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies Continuing Education Services, developed this workshop for ALA's Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA). To register, send your name, position title, library/institution, mailing address, and telephone number to: Don Arndt, Schmid Law Library, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583-0902, or e-mail:

Techno-Lust, Techno-Stress, and Techno-Babble

November 20, College of Dupage Teleconference Series 1998-99.

Presenter Debra Wilcox Johnson examines the stress caused by technology. Participants learn how to cope with the technological changes that affect the library, library workers, and customers. The Nebraska Library Commission purchased a statewide license to downlink five teleconferences produced by the College of DuPage to support the continuing education efforts of library personnel throughout the state. The programs are a combination of the very successful "Soaring to Excellence" and "Dancing with Change" series. With a statewide license, the Library Commission offers institutions unlimited access to downlink each program and make videotapes for the use of the participating institution. If your institution is interested in downlinking, contact Ellen Van Waart at 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665. The satellite coordinates will be available from Ellen shortly before each program. Supplementary program materials will be available at the College of DuPage Web site, Program Schedule: December 4, The Library as Consumer; January 8, Tools of Our Trade III: Books, the Internet and Beyond; February 19, The Library as Knowledge Creator and Publisher; and March 12, Disaster Planning. CE Credit=2.

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