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August 2001 Vol.15 No. 7 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission




The Nebraska Library Commission will assist small libraries across Nebraska, providing an affordable and easy way to catalog library or media center materials. The Commission will pay the first twelve-months subscription to CatExpress for libraries and media centers that apply by Nov. 30. In return, libraries are expected to continue using CatExpress at their own expense and to be Interlibrary Loan Lending libraries. For more information, contact Christa Burns, 402- 471-3107, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Christa Burns or see the Library Commission home page,, search on CatExpress. Interested library staff members are encouraged to attend the afternoon session on CatExpress at the NEBASE Annual Meeting East on September 20. (See page 4 for details.)

Master of Library Science degree programs are coming to Nebraska in the spring of 2002. Interested individuals are encouraged to get information about each program by contacting each University via the following contacts:

An informational meeting about the Emporia State University program will be held in Omaha on Friday, September 14, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., Omaha Public Library, Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane. Map available upon request from Dr. R.V. Pasco at

An informational meeting about the University of Missouri program will be held in Omaha on Friday, August 10, 7:00 p.m., Kayser Hall, Room 238, UN-O Campus and in North Platte on Saturday, August 11, 1:00 p.m.., McDonald-Belton Campus, Mid-Plains Community College.

Additional information about these programs can be found on the Library Commission home page Announcements at Interested parties are also encouraged to see the American Library Association Web site at It provides guidelines for choosing a Master's Program in Library & Information Studies.

The 2001 Nebraska Book Awards competition, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB), will recognize and honor books that are written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska, and/or relate to Nebraska. Twenty-six books published in 2000 were entered in one or more of the following categories: Non-fiction, Fiction, Children/Young Adult, Cover design/Illustrations, and Poetry. Certificates will be awarded to the winners in each category. Award winners will be announced at the Tenth Nebraska Center for the Book Literature Festival Testimonial Dinner on September 21 at the Steinhart Lodge in the Lied Center complex in Nebraska City. To reserve a place at the table, send a check for $20 per ticket to Dr. Andrew Elkins, Dean Arts and Sciences, Peru State College, Box 10, Peru NE, 68421. (See page 5 for details.)

A meeting of the State Advisory Council on Libraries will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 7 at the Norfolk Public Library, 308 Prospect Avenue in Norfolk. If special accommodations are needed (including interpreters for the hearing impaired) contact Doreen Kuhlmann, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Doreen Kuhlmann. An agenda for the meeting, kept continuously current, is available for public inspection at the Nebraska Library Commission or on the Commission home page, search on Agenda Index.

Public Library Accreditation Applications are due September 1. The Library Commission distributed applications for the Public Library Accreditation program to all public libraries scheduled to renew their accreditation and to unaccredited libraries. Certificates of Accreditation will be mailed on October 1 to all libraries that meet the necessary requirements. To be accredited, public libraries must meet the twenty basic guidelines for service (see meet the maintenance of effort requirement, and have submitted a Public Library Statistical Report FY1999/2000. For more information contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Nebraskard FAQs have been updated with new questions and answers. On July 1 the Library Commission distributed information packets to enable Nebraska public libraries to participate in the NebrasKard reciprocal borrowing arrangement. Libraries can now permit registered borrowers in good standing to borrow materials from participating libraries across Nebraska. FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions and Answers) are shared among participating libraries via a group e-mail list. These questions are also listed on the Library Commission Web site, along with Policies and Procedures, Agreements, Customer Sign-up forms, and a current roster of participating libraries, see, search on NebrasKard.

The Nebraska Library Association is accepting nominations for five awards. The awards are:

For more information, see the Library Commission home page Announcements at

Libraries and school media centers are offered one last chance to order Find it @ Your Library TM Banners. Libraries can still participate in a group purchase of vinyl banners. The message is "Find it @ Your Library TM Nebraska Libraries: In person. Online. Opportunity for all." The banner is 14 oz. blue and white vinyl and measures 4 x 2 feet. Banners will cost $22. Contact Mary Jo Ryan, 402-471-3434, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Jo Ryan to order.

Banned Books Week is celebrated September 22 - 29. Libraries are encouraged to celebrate Freedom to Read with the theme, Develop Yourself: Expose Your Mind to a Banned Book @ your library TM. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. It stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. For more information see

September is Library Card Sign-up Month@ your library TM. This is a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. For more information and tools to help communicate the important role of libraries in the education and development of children, see

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]

Twelfth Annual Nebraska State Data Center Summer Conference
August 16, Girls & Boys Town Conference Center, 144th and Pacific Streets, Omaha, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., lunch provided onsite.
Contact Melanie Hayes, 402-595-1231 for registration information and David Fifer, 402-554-2132 for program information.

Learn about the 2000 Census results, population trends, and more. Presenters are Jerry Deichert and David Fifer, NE State Data Center; Mark Miller, NE Health and Human Services System; Jerry O'Donnell, U.S. Bureau of the Census; and Jenny Overhue, NE Public Power District. Registration on or before August 6: $45, after August 6: $55.

Setting Priorities and Budgeting with Pat Wagner
August 22, Alliance Public Library
August 23, Stockman Inn, North Platte
August 24, Central City Community Room
August 25, Platte River State Park 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Sharon Osenga, 308-234-2087, 800-657-2192, fax: 308-234-4040, e-mail:, Meridian Library System, 3519 Second Ave., Suite B, Kearney, NE 68847.

This series of workshops is sponsored by the Regional Library Systems and financed through the Nebraska Library Commission with funding from the State of Nebraska designated for library continuing education. Setting priorities is an important role for library boards and librarians in an era of tight budgets. Pat Wagner will guide library staff and trustees through the process of setting priorities to match needs identified in the community. At the end of the workshop, participants will have the information to prepare and present a successful library budget. Register by August 15. CE Credits: 6. Fee: $10 (includes lunch/snacks).

Nebraska Library Leadership Institute 2001
August 26-30, St. Benedict Retreat Center; Highway 15, 4 miles north of Schuyler, 8/26 at 7:00 p.m. to 8/30 at 1:00 p.m.
Contact Carol Speicher, 402-564-1586, 800-578-1014

The Nebraska Library Leadership Institute 2001 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. It is intended for degreed or non-degreed librarians with two to ten years of library experience.

NEBASE Annual Meeting 2001-East
September 20, The Cornhusker, 333 South 13th Street, Lincoln, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell
The Nebraska Library Commission invites all Nebraska librarians, media specialists and other information professionals to join us in celebrating twenty-five years of service through NEBASE. The Nebraska Library Commission established NEBASE in 1976 to facilitate access to OCLC services (Online Computer Library Center) for libraries throughout Nebraska. The agenda features the NEBASE twenty-fifth anniversary celebration and a live demonstration of the new Web interface to OCLC's ILL service. News from OCLC, as well as updates from the NEBASE Advisory Council and the OCLC. Members Council will also be provided. Afternoon break out sessions will allow participants to attend sessions on CatExpress, Collaborative Digital Reference Service, netLibrary, Managing full-text electronic titles, or WebExpress. For more information and to register, see the Library Commission Web site, Registration deadline: September 14. Fee: $20 (includes lunch). CE Credits: 6.

Nebraska Literature Festival
September 21 & 22, Testimonial Dinner (9/21 at 7 p.m.) at Steinhart Lodge, Lied Center in Nebraska City.All day Friday and Saturday (9/21 & 9/22) at Peru State College.
Contact Andrew Elkins, 402-872-2418, e-mail:

The 2001 Nebraska Literature Festival, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, will focus on living writers with the theme, "The Writing Life." For more information see

2001 Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival
September 27-29, Concordia University, Seward, Thursday (9/27) reserved for children in Seward; Friday (9/28) reserved for commuting children; Saturday (9/29) is Adults' Day.
Contact: Professor Janell Uffelman, 402-643-7318, e-mail:

Will Hobbs, Helen Lester, Cheryl Harness, Teri Sloat, Jym Kruse, and Dr. Elvira Allison will be featured.

Third Annual Pen Pointers Writers Workshop
September 29, Senior Citizens Center, Pilger.
Contact: LaRayne Meyer, PO Box 385, Pilger, NE 68768-0385, 402-396-3369

Third Annual Pen Pointers Writers Workshop is sponsored by Elkhorn Valley Arts Unlimited, an arts association involving the communities of Wisner, Beemer, and Pilger. Presenters will include Stephanie Grace Whitson, author of Red Bird, Walks the Fire, and Soaring Eagle, and Preston McDaniels, illustrator of children's books, God of the Sparrow, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and The Princess and the Kiss.

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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