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September '98 Vol.12 No.9 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Nominations for the State Advisory Council on Libraries are invited. New appointments will be made by the Commissioners in November for three-year terms beginning January 1999. The Council meets four times annually and advises the Library Commission on federal library programs and other issues. Council members are chosen from libraries in public, academic, school, and special settings, or are library customers. Submit nominations to Sally Snyder, 402-471-4003 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder by October 16.

The first of the Education 2000 goals states that "By the year 2000, every child will enter school ready to learn." Changes in law, public policy and school structure will be necessary to realize this goal, but the public library, particularly the children's librarian, can contribute significantly to school readiness. Librarians can be instrumental in helping ensure that every child in Nebraska enters school ready to learn every day. For conditions and library practices that prepare children for learning, see the Library Commission home page, /, search on I'm Ready, or contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665. Ideas for supporting school readiness through the public library are detailed. These strategies and suggestions are already being implemented by some librarians. Librarians across Nebraska are encouraged to work with the "Nebraska Parent Teacher's Association I'm Ready Public Awareness Campaign" to help ensure that Nebraska children enter school ready to learn every day.

This year's Share Fair for Children's Services is scheduled for October 24, 9-1 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. This year you will learn how to use interest in the Titanic disaster to teach library skills, about Pam Conrad and Nebraska history and much more. Watch for a brochure in the mail. For more information call Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665.

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

Judith Siess, editor and publisher of the "One Person Library," will present a one-day workshop on SOLO Librarianship, an NLA/NEMA Preconference on October 21. Sponsored by the NLA Special and Institutional Section, see more information on the NLA home page, Special and Institutional Section, under the programs, Plan to participate in discussion and bring specific management issues to the workshop to share.

Nominations for the Paraprofessional of the Year Award are due September 15. The Paraprofessional Section of the Nebraska Library Association gives the award annually to a paraprofessional who has demonstrated outstanding service to the library field. For a special nomination form, see or contact Mary Geibel, Paraprofessional Section Citations Committee Chair, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, The Atrium, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Mary Geibel. The award will be presented at the NLA/NEMA fall conference.

See the list of 1998-99 Nebraska Golden Sower Award titles and check on 1997-98 winners of this Children's Choice Book Award for Nebraska at /golden/sower.html. Brought to you by the Nebraska Library Association's Golden Sower Committee, the 1998-99 Golden Sower program begins in fall 1998, with voting in spring 1999.

The 1998-99 Library Commission Youth Advisory Board will have its first meeting on September 11 at the Nebraska Library Commission. Board members include: Judy Andrews, Bellevue PL; Joan Chesley, Fremont PL; Maxine Erpelding, Wood River Schools; Janet Gill, Bloomfield Schools; Tom Kelley, Oxford, NE; Kathy Lake,Westside Schools; Nina Little, Omaha Schools; Paula Mares, Schuyler PL; Bernice Mason, York PL; Sherrie McGrath, Ogallala PL; Betty Meyer, Hebron Schools; Vicki Perrie, Superior PL; Robert Schuller, Lincoln Schools; Cindy Sowl, Omaha PL; Kathy Thomsen, Lincoln PL; Beth Trupp, Gering PL; LaVila Van Boening, Hastings Schools; Merry Von Seggern, Grand Island PL; Karla Wendelin, Norris Schools; and Karen Zaruba, Ord Schools. If you have a question or concern or would like to suggest discussion issues for the Youth Advisory Board, contact a representative from your Library System.

Fall 1998 children's book reviews are scheduled for taping on October 9 and 16 from 1-4 p.m. CST at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, 1800 N. 33rd , Lincoln. Nebraska librarians are welcome to attend the live taping or borrow the tapes from the Regional Library Systems or from Library Commission Information Services, 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Information Services Team. See previous lists on the Library Commission home page at /, search on Review Database. Copy your own set of tapes by recording when the tapes air on NETV, October 23, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The NEB*SAT 102 satellite coordinates are: Spacenet 3, Channel 4.

The Nebraska Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service needs volunteers to ensure that high quality library services are offered to readers across the state. People to repair cassette tape players are needed now. These players, made available free to readers, need to be tested, cleaned and made ready for reuse. If you have technical expertise or aptitude and would like to learn some new skills while helping people at the same time, contact Diane Wells, 402-471-4033 or 800-742-7691, e-mail: Diane Wells.

"As Long as the Grass Will Grow" will feature Native American tradition-bearers, storytellers, and western poets, on September 25-26, Fort Robinson State Park, near Crawford. Contact: Mike Morova at 308-665-2900 for more information. Sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council.

The America Links Up campaign will kick off September 14-20 as "Kids Online Week" with a national Internet "teach-in" event in Baltimore on September 15. The American Library Association (ALA) is urging local libraries to host "teach-ins" during that week. Suggested activities include Internet education classes for adults and children; displaying materials about the Internet and online safety; or holding hands-on demonstrations of computer/Internet resources. Libraries without online access are encouraged to work with local companies and community groups to offer "teach-ins." For a tip sheet see the ALA Web site at Additional copies are available from the ALA Public Information Office, 800-545-2433, ext. 5044/5041. Libraries can register their participation online at

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 Cataloging II: Books

September 15, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail Jeannette Powell.

Original cataloging of non-complex book titles. Topics include: introduction to cataloging rules and OCLC standards, explanation of OCLC costs and credit structure as it relates to cataloging, standard bibliographic description, assigning access points including names, series, and subject headings, brief introduction to uniform titles, OCLC input standards, and an introduction to additional cataloging tools such as the OCLC Authority File and Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd ed. revised (AACR2r), LC subject heading publications, Library of Congress Rule Interpretations (items will be present for students to browse). Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to original cataloging on the OCLC system or wanting a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog and OCLC Cataloging I or equivalent experience would be helpful. What to Bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed., OCLC MARC Code List, AACR2r (optional), and books with cataloging questions for discussion. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credit=5. Instructors: Carole Goebes, Julie Swann, Sue Ann Lewandowski, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fee: $10 for members. If you are not a NEBASE member, please contact Jeannette Powell 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 for registration fee.

The 1998 Seventh Nebraska Literature Festival

September 17-19, Wayne State College, Wayne, NE.
Contact: Gretchen Ronnow or Ed Battistella, Wayne State College, Humanities Division, 1111 Main Street, Wayne, NE 68787, 402-375-7394, e-mail:

The theme for the 1998 Nebraska Literature Festival is "The World in the Plains: Plains Literature as World Literature," emphasizing that Plains writing is universal and quintessentially "American." In selecting Wayne State College, The Nebraska Center for the Book recognizes that for the past twenty years Wayne State College has organized the Plains Writers Series to introduce the public to contemporary literature through the voices of writers. Festival attendees will benefit from Wayne State College's many years of fostering contacts between writers of the Great Plains and readers. A special attraction of this year's Festival will be the appearance of many alumni of the Plains Writers Series, an impressive array of authors. The first days of the Festival target high school and college undergraduate students, but the general public is welcome. General public programming is September 19. All events are open to the public and free of charge. No Preregistration is required. For more information see the Library Commission home page, search on Literature Festival. CE Credit available.

MCMLA '98: Designing the Future from Past Successes

September 23-26, Omaha, NE.
Contact: Terri Arndt at

The Midcontinental Chapter/Medical Library Association 1998 annual conference includes: Welcome party at Western Heritage Museum; Keynote address: "New Competencies: Fad, Fact or Fantasy?" by Dr. Anne Woodsworth, Long Island University. Sessions include: Reactor Panel: "New Competencies"; Luncheon Speaker: "Medicare will Cover Chocolate: a Light Hearted Look at the Future of Medicine." Centennial Program: "Thinking about the future: Technology and History." Other sessions: "Telecommunications Trends: Existing and Evolving Network Technologies," and "Office Visions: A Lighthearted Look at the Way We Work." Breakout Sessions: "Electronic Publishing;" "Licensing;" and "Teaching."

Intermediate Windows 95 Workshop

September 24, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Sump Memorial Library, Papillion.
Contact: Kathleen Tooker, 402-330-7884 or 800-627-7884

Instructor: John Seyfarth. Topics: installing, configuring and sharing printers; networking; peer to peer, client server; right mouse button; control panels; installing and removing programs; hardware; memory management and operating system management.

Public Library Administration Basic Skills Class

September 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bess Johnson Elkhorn Public Library, Elkhorn.
October 9, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bess Johnson Elkhorn Public Library, Elkhorn.
Contact: Kathleen Tooker, 402-330-7884 or 800-627-7884

Contact the Eastern Library System for more information.

Children's Services Retreat

October 2, 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m., and
October 3, 8:30 a.m.- 12 noon, Camp Carol Joy Holling, Ashland.
Contact: Kathleen Tooker, 402-330-7884 or Brenda Ealey, 402-467-6188,

Two day retreat. Sessions include: Serving Today's Teens, Becky Pasco; Nebraska Name That Book, Karen Drevo and Marci Retzlaff; Kindermusik, Mary Helen Boggs; Creative Ideas for Ellison Cut-outs, Susan Franklin; Reading Rainbow and more. Sponsored by the Southeast and Eastern Library Systems.

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