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April/May 2003 Vol.17 No. 3 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission




Cherie Longmuir has been appointed Panhandle Library Services Coordinator, through a partnership between the Panhandle Library System Board and the Nebraska Library Commission. Cherie served as Book Circulation Coordinator in the Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service. Her work experience includes five years as a teacher, eighteen years as a school librarian, two years as an information specialist, and five years as a curriculum specialist. She has a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Library Media, with postgraduate work in educational methods. Contact Cherie at 1517 Broadway, Suite 129, Scottsbluff, NE 69361, 308-632-1350, 888-879-5303, fax: 308-632-3978, e-mail: Cherie Longmuir.

Sally Snyder has been appointed Acting Children and Young Adult Services Coordinator for the Nebraska Library Commission. Sally served as the Commission's Federal Aid Administrator for sixteen years. Her work experience includes two years as a teacher, three years as a children's librarian, and three years as volunteer services coordinator for the Library Commission. She has a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master of Public Administration degree. Contact Sally at 402-471-4003, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder.

Mary Jackson, Children's and Young Adult Services Coordinator, retired after eighteen and one-half years with the Nebraska Library Commission. Thank you, Mary, for all your fine work on behalf of Nebraska's children and young adults.

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) provides federal funding to support statewide programs and library grant projects through the Nebraska Library Commission. This year $213,856 in LSTA funding was awarded through the Library Commission to fifty Nebraska communities. For a list of grant awards see Three priorities are identified for funding for the grant cycle scheduled to begin in October. Projects for serving English-Language Learners will be funded through a competitive grant process open to all accredited Nebraska public libraries and libraries at designated state institutions. Other projects will be considered, but priority will be given to those projects that meet the parameters established for this target. A limited Request for Proposal will be issued to solicit digitization projects with statewide impact. A statewide virtual library will be developed to serve the entire state by the Library Commission, using LSTA funds. For more information, see the Library Commission home page Announcements,, or contact Kit Keller, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Library Commission Director, Rod Wagner was re-appointed by the Public Service Commission to another term on the Nebraska Universal Service Fund Advisory Board.

On February 21, the Library Commission mailed state aid award letters to all eligible libraries, specifying their state aid payment for 2003 based on population and other public funding sources. Payments have been processed for all eligible public libraries. Libraries are urged to check with their funding source to verify receipt of the amount listed in the award letter. For information about payment or eligibility, contact Kit Keller, see contact information above.

From April 1, 2003 to October 1, 2004 Library Commission staff will review our efforts to provide resources to help local libraries improve library services to children and young adults. This review will include a consideration of online resources, training, and other services to address the needs of library staff serving these customers. During this period the Commission will not produce video or online book reviews. We will provide resources on the Commission Web site to assist local library staff (e.g., Books In Print with Reviews, etc.). The Commission will involve Nebraska librarians in the review and provide updates on the review via the Childlib-L mailing list, Commission newsletters, and home page Announcements. For questions, contact Sally Snyder, see contact information above.

April 30 is El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), a nationally-recognized occasion to commemorate children, families, and reading. Nebraska librarians are encouraged to use this opportunity to promote library and information services to Latinos and Spanish-speakers. See for brochures and tips for parents.

The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Online, based on Gary E. Moulton's celebrated edition of the Lewis and Clark Journals, will eventually offer the full text of the Journals - almost five thousand pages. Currently nearly two hundred pages from Volume Four are available at

New members recently appointed to the Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service Advisory Committee are Susan Jaye Roe, of Brady, orientation counselor with the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Kay Paulsen, of Lincoln, media specialist at Lux Middle School providing service to students with visual impairment. Reappointments include Cheryl Roblyer, library assistant at North Platte Public Library, and Candace Laursen, district supervisor with the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, both of North Platte.

The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded $2,707 in grant funding to help twenty-seven small public and school libraries purchase the new SOLINET/NEBASE netLibrary eBook Collection. The public libraries and schools were awarded up to $125 towards the purchase of the netLibrary Collection. See the Library Commission Web site, for a list of libraries and schools funded. For more information about the SOLINET/NEBASE netLibrary eBook Collection see

The Nebraska Library Commission is seeking input about the Public Library Accreditation program. This program, which serves as a basis for distribution of state and federal funds to public libraries, is being evaluated. Information about the Accreditation program and open-ended questions about the process are available on the Library Commission Web site at, search on Accreditation. Nebraska library staff and board members are invited to review these materials and comment to Kit Keller, see contact information above.

Recipients of the Nebraska Library Commission Master of Library Science Scholarships are Susan Franklin, Hastings; Jane Raglin Holt, Lincoln; and Harold Brick, Omaha, all attending the University of Missouri. Each will receive $1,000 to support their pursuit of graduate level library education. For more information about the Master of Library Science Scholarship Grants see the Library Commission Web site, search on Scholarship.

Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA) technology training sessions are scheduled for:

To register see For more information see or contact Dr. R. J. (Becky) Pasco, Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 402-554-2119, 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.

This publication was supported in part by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act.

[Continuing Education & Training]

OCLC Union List Basics
April 29, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln.
August 7, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln.

Basic workshop on the OCLC Union List includes searching, interpreting, and updating records. Audience: New and current Union List member staff. Prerequisites: Experience searching the OCLC Online Catalog.

OCLC ILL Web Interface Basics (Formerly: ILL Basics Using the OCLC ILL Web Interface)
May 7, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Nebraska Library Commission Lincoln.
May 22, 9:00 a.m. - Noon mdt, Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff.
June 17, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln.
July 8, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln.
August 20, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln.

This workshop covers basic OCLC ILL service, using the Web interface (alternative to the traditional Passport software). Audience: New ILL library staff and current users familiar with the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of searching OCLC WorldCat.

OCLC Connexion: The New OCLC Cataloging Browser Interface
May 15, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln.
May 22, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. mdt, Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff.

Learn to use the new OCLC cataloging interface, merging CORC and CatExpress functionality. Audience: OCLC cataloging users who have questions or are interested in planning for migration to the new interface (not appropriate for CatExpress users). Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment.

Advanced OCLC Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
May 20, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln.
Learn to streamline the ILL process and handle more advanced problems. Audience: Current users of OCLC ILL who have questions. Prerequisites: ILL Basics workshop or some experience with ILL.

Note: For all of the above activities sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, Instructor: Christa Burns. Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members, others contact Jeannette Powell. Register:

Nebraska Library Commission Network Services staff will present the following training to help librarians assist Nebraska citizens using the database resources provided by the Library Commission at no charge to local libraries.

netLibrary Training
May 1, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln.
May 20, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, McCook Community College.
May 21, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Meridian Library System Office, Kearney.

An overview of netLibrary eBooks, including searching and checking out titles. We will discuss the current purchasing opportunity and explore promotion with the eBook Tool Kit.

Updates on Upgrades: Learn about the new Wilson and bigchalk eLibrary database interfaces
May 1, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln. (CLASS FULL)
May 20, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, McCook Community College.
May 21, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Meridian Library System Office, Kearney.

An overview of recent enhancements to the Wilson OmniFile Full Text Select and Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated, as well as bigchalk eLibrary (formerly Electric Library) databases. For more information and to register for the above sessions see the Library Commission home page, .

Nebraska Library Leadership Institute 2003
July 10-14, Contact Carol Speicher, 402-564-1586, 800-578-1014, e-mail:
The Nebraska Library Leadership Institute 2003 is a cooperative workshop sponsored by the Regional Library Systems and financed through the Nebraska Library Commission with state funds designated for library continuing education. The Institute will provide structured professional development opportunities for Nebraska library leaders, degreed or non-degreed librarians with two to ten years of library experience. Apply by April 30 at $150 fee payable by June 30.

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 at Kearney, University of Nebraska at Omaha, is posted on the Library Commission home page Announcements at

For more information see Library Calendar at

Continuing Education (CE) Credits are issued by the Library Commission as part of the Nebraska Public Librarian and Board Certification Program.

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