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April 2002 Vol.16 No. 4 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission




The list of Nebraska public libraries eligible to participate in the Bill & Melinda Gates U.S. Library Program is now available online at Two hundred and seven Nebraska public libraries have been designated by the Gates Foundation as eligible for the Library Building Grant, including hardware, software, training, technical support, software documentation, and upgrades. Sixty-two Nebraska public libraries have been designated by the Foundation as eligible for the Purchase Option Grant, with the option to purchase computers and receive (at no charge to the library) software, training, technical support, software documentation, and upgrades. Guidelines for eligibility are set and administered by the Gates Foundation, based on 1990 Census information.

Libraries eligible for the Purchase Option Grant are welcome to appeal the designation and request eligibility for the Library Building Grant. Libraries eligible for the Library Building Grant are welcome to appeal the number of computers and request additional computers. Libraries are encouraged to appeal, using as the basis any recent changes in local demographics, economy, and new community outreach efforts in the library's plans. Libraries are encouraged to share local information about changes in population and the local economy, as well as your vision of future needs for library service in your community. Appeals will be enriched if they include documentation, including newspaper articles, photographs, etc. Gates Foundation staff report that 75-80% of appeals are successful. For information about appeals see the Commission home page If libraries appealing the Purchase Option Grant are not successful in the appeal to the Gates Foundation, the Library Commission will assist the library by using federal Library Service and Technology Act funds to provide partial subsidy for the purchase option grant. If the library agrees to provide 50% of the purchase cost, the Nebraska Library Commission will provide the other 50% based on the following conditions:

For more information contact Richard Miller, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller or Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott.

Database Roadshow 2002 will be scheduled for summer and fall. At the fourth annual Database Roadshow, learn more about the databases the Nebraska Library Commission purchased for libraries across the state. Training on four of the databases funded through the Library Commission will feature OCLC FirstSearch, Books in Print with Reviews, Wilson OmniFile and Biographies Plus, and Electric Library. The four-and-one-half hour class is divided into four segments. Each segment will include discussion, database demonstrations, and hands-on practice. CE Credits: 4.5. Dates and locations will be posted on the Commission home page Announcements and Calendar,

The Nebraska Library Commission recently appointed four new members to the Advisory Committee of the Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service. New to the Committee are Roy Hobley, Lincoln; Bruce Howe, Wood River; Deb McWilliams, Syracuse; and Kathy Tooker, Omaha. Alisa Gunther, of Gering, was appointed to a second two-year term. The Committee represents the needs of borrowers and offers advice concerning policies, services, and programs. For information about Commission services to Nebraskans who cannot see to read or hold a book, visit the Commission home page,, search on Talking Book and Braille.

Nebraska librarians preparing budgets or grant requests (or assisting customers) are encouraged to use a new resource in the Nebraska Frequently Asked Questions section of the Library Commission home page, Electronic Library, for Where Can I Find Income and Poverty Statistics for Nebraska Counties and Towns? Statistics from the Census Bureau, as well as the Nebraska Departments of Labor, Economic Development, Education, and Health and Human Services are included. For information on finding Nebraska statistics contact Beth Goble, 402-471-4017, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Beth Goble.

Governor Mike Johanns signed a proclamation declaring April 14-20 as National Library Week in Nebraska. National Library Week is celebrated this year with recognition of the "Letters about Literature" State Award Winners. Five young writers were honored for their letters to authors, living or dead, describing how the authors' books or stories changed their way of viewing the world. The Nebraska Center for the Book, as an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and the Weekly Reader Corporation sponsored the statewide contest. The winners are listed on the Commission home page Announcements,

Nebraska librarians are urged to Celebrate @ your libraryTM, April 14-20. This year's National Library Week, the American Library Association's (ALA) annual celebration of our nation's libraries and librarians, kicks off April 14. Nebraska libraries of all types are urged to offer special programs to encourage customers to learn more about the exciting range of new and traditional resources available by using the @ your libraryTM Campaign for America's Libraries. To access the National Library Week 2002 Press Kit, see

The 2002 Nebraska Book Awards program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, will recognize and honor books that are written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska, or that relate to Nebraska. Books published in 2001, as indicated by the copyright date, are eligible for nomination. Deadline is June 30. Entry forms are available from the Commission home page,

A proposed initiative within the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will endeavor to recruit a new generation of librarians. Funds will be used to address the critical shortage of trained librarians by investing in a variety of recruitment efforts such as scholarships and fellowships for master's programs; support for doctoral students who will train the next generation of librarians; leadership development; distance learning for underserved rural areas; and efforts to recruit librarians to serve increasingly diverse communities with diverse language skills. Draft planning documents for this initiative are available at For information contact IMLS, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., 20506, 202-606-8536, or . A town hall meeting on library recruitment, Recruitment @ your libraryTM, will be held via satellite on April 26, from 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST, see

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) opened competition for three NLA Scholarships to be awarded this spring. Application deadline is April 15. Scholarship recipients will be announced in May. For information see or contact Myrna Tewes, 402-441-8535, e-mail:

If you do not have access to the Internet World Wide Web, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045, 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.

[Continuing Education & Training]

Web Information Sessions
April 12-June 6, Web and telephone sessions

Nebraska library staff members are invited to join the Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC) for free Web information sessions from April 12 through June 6. These Web + telephone sessions will cover a variety of topics, including Cataloging Services, FirstSearch Information, ILLiad Web for Interlibrary Loan, Electronic Collections Online, Contract Services (cataloging and conversion services), and Language Sets to help libraries meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population. See Announcements on the Commission home page, for session descriptions, dates, and times. To register send session name and date, along with participant name and title, library/institution name, e-mail address, and phone number to

College of DuPage Continuing Education Teleconference Series, Virtual Reference Services: Challenges and Opportunities
April 19, 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST.

Contact Regional Library System Administrators,, for specific sites. A showcase of successful implementation will demonstrate how library practitioners are instituting virtual reference services. CE Credits: 2.

Basic Skills / Organization of Library Materials
Eastern Library System (Register by April 19)
Elkhorn: April 29, May 6, Bess Johnson Elkhorn Public Library, 100 Reading Road
Papillion: May 13, Sump Memorial Library, 222 North Jefferson Avenue
Panhandle Library System (Register by April 19)
Scottsbluff: May 1, 15, 29, Scottsbluff Public Library, 1809 Third Avenue
Southeast Library System (Register by April 22)
Lincoln: May 2, 14, 21, Nebraska Library Commission, Crane Room, Lower Level, The Atrium, 1200 N Street
Northeast Library System (Register by April 26)
Norfolk: May 7, 14, 21, Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center, Suite C, 801 East Benjamin Avenue
Republican Valley Library System and Meridian Library System (Register by April 19)
Kearney: May 8, 15, 22, University of Nebraska-Kearney, Calvin T. Ryan Library, Jennings Room, 2508 Eleventh Avenue
All class sessions: 10:00 A.M. - Noon and 1:00 - 3:00 P.M.
Lunch is not included. Fees: $35.
Contact: Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott, fax 402-471-2083.
Register: Jodene Glaesemann, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, 402-471-4009, 800-307-2665.

One of the four Basic Skills courses required for certification of librarians in public libraries, this course, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and Nebraska's Regional Library Systems, addresses the importance of the organization of library collections. Participants who are not taking the course to fulfill the requirement for certification will earn 6 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credits. $35 fee must be sent prior to attendance at the first class or to the beginning of the online instruction.

Understanding MARC Bibliographic Formats
June 4, Meridian Library System Office, 3519 Second Avenue, Suite B, Kearney, Kearney, 9:00 A.M. - Noon CST.

Learn how to interpret MARC (MAchine-Readable Cataloging) Bibliographic Formats-types of records, field tags, indicators, and subfield coding. Audience: Librarians working with local automated systems who are not full-cataloging members of OCLC. Format: Lecture and classroom exercises. Instructor: Devra Dragos. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members. Others contact Jeannette Powell. Register:

Basic MARC Descriptive Cataloging for Books
June 4, Meridian Library System, 3519 Second Avenue, Kearney, 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. CST.

Learn how to choose and enter cataloging information in a MARC record for fiction and non-fiction books. Audience: Librarians working with local automated systems who are not full-cataloging members of OCLC. Format: Lecture and classroom exercises. Instructor: Devra Dragos. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members. Others contact Jeannette Powell. Register:

Library Science/School Media Coursework

Information regarding Library Science/School Media Coursework in Nebraska, including classes offered by Chadron State College, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska-Kearney, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and University of Nebraska at Omaha, is posted on the Library Commission home page Announcements at For information contact Dr. Becky Pasco: 402-554-2119, e-mail:

For more information see the 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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