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August '96 Vol.10 No.8 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

[Announcements]

The State Advisory Council on Libraries will hold a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, September 19, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in Lincoln at the Library Commission. The meeting agenda will be posted on the Library Commission Home Page / during the week of September 16. For more information, contact Sally Snyder, 402-471-4003 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder. Should you require auxiliary aids or assistance, please contact her by September 12.


Library Commission Director Rod Wagner was recently appointed to the NE Public Service Commission Universal Service Task Force. This task force will explore strategies and help to develop policy for Nebraska's implementation of the universal service provisions in the "Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996." The task force will prepare an implementation plan by Dec. 2, 1996 to develop a workable, sufficient state universal service fund in harmony with the goals and provisions of the Federal Act. Depending on how the law is interpreted, universal service provisions could ensure that Nebraska libraries, health care institutions, and schools are offered special, affordable rates for telecommunications. This is based on the premise that libraries, along with schools and health care services, are a vital part of our communities and that access to electronic information will prove essential to equity in the new telecommunications era. The American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office urges all library advocates and staff to become informed about this process. See the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy issue brief, "Universal Services: How You Can Get Involved" at http://www.ala.org/oitp/involved.html and the Library Commission Home Page at /. For more information contact, Mary Jo Ryan, 402-471-3434, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Jo Ryan.


Nebrask@ Online's work was recently featured in the "NE Department of Revenue Update." The department proudly stated that it is "moving toward that next century" by providing electronic access to records, forms, publications, etc. Nebrask@ Online is a contract service of the Library Commission, through a public/private partnership with the NE Information Consortium.


Myrna Vollbrecht has resigned her position on the Library Commission board due to illness. Governor Nelson will appoint a new Commission member to complete Myrna's remaining term, as well as a member to replace Tom Harvey. Harvey has completed two terms and is not eligible for reappointment. Jean Sanders has been reappointed to a second three-year term on the Commission.


The 1996 Share Fair for Children's Librarians and Media Specialists will be held on September 27 at the Library Commission from 1:00-5:00 p.m. In the evening, the Nebraska Bookstore will offer a buffet/reception and there will be a special storytelling event. If you would like to be a presenter or would like further details, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665, or Kit Keller, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, or e-mail: Kit Keller.


"Rural Update," is a free online newsletter on community and economic development for small towns and rural areas. The "Rural Update" highlights innovations and news important to improving the quality of life in rural areas. Produced by the Aspen Institute's Rural Economic Policy Program (REPP), the newsletter is delivered by e-mail twice per month. To subscribe, send an e-mail message in this format:

This subscribing format varies somewhat from other listserves. Confirmation should be received within a few hours, along with the latest issue. For questions, contact Tim Walter, 202-736-5834, e-mail: <timothy@aspeninst.org>, or check out the Home Page at http://www.aspeninst.org/rural.


A sample corporate fundraising letter for libraries is available on the Library Commission Home Page /, under "News," then "Announcements." The sample is a generic version of the letter sent to the bank in California that ultimately donated a branch building to the local library. Submitted by Jean Saffell of the Clovis Foothill Chamber of Commerce and Friends of the Auberry Library, she includes a number of tips about approach and style that are useful for corporate fundraising of any sort. For a print copy, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel.


The Library of Congress's National Digital Library Program recently made available on its World Wide Web site three new collections of American historical materials from its incomparable primary sources. The new offerings bring to sixteen the number of collections available from the Library, http://www.loc.gov/. These multimedia collections include photographs, pamphlets, daguerreotypes, manuscripts, sound recordings and films. The new collections will be accessible through the Library's Learning Page, searchable by the Events, People, Time and Places of American history, http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/. The new collections are: The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920, documenting the formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage; Gottscho-Schleisner Photographs, 1932-1960, documenting building styles and trends throughout America; and Theodor Horydczak Photographs, 1920-1950, featuring images of Washington as a developing urban center.


Laws enacted by the 1996 Legislature related to property tax and local government spending limitations and restructuring will have a major impact on the future of Nebraska libraries. Final reading versions and other information related to these bills can be found at the Nebraska Legislature's World Wide Web Site at http://unicam1.lcs.state.ne.us/. Randy Moody, Nebraska Library Association Lobbyist, states, "LB 299 and LB 1114…contain budget lids and property tax levy limits threatening the very existence of public libraries." These changes will be phased in over the next two years. LB 590, backed by the Nebraska Library Association to allow for the broadening of the property tax base to support libraries in serving more Nebraskans, could have helped to address some of the issues raised by LB 299 and LB 1114. Although LB 590 did not pass, the Legislature did enact LR 430, an interim study to examine the issues of library governance, funding, and access. It is hoped that a response for libraries threatened by the property tax measures can evolve through the interim study. For more information, see "News," then "Announcements," on the Library Commission Home Page at / or contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for a print version.


The Foundation Resource Directory provides information about specific foundations-in and out of state-which fund community development, or children, youth and family projects. It also explains how grant resource information can be accessed directly through Nebraska libraries or through interlibrary loan. To obtain a copy, contact Pamela Mulder, 402-471-6280, or contact Library Commission Information Services, 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Ready.


[Continuing Education & Training]

What is the Internet and How Can I Use it?

August 13, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Arapahoe Public Library.
Contact: Dee Yost 402-463-4244, or 800-569-4961, e-mail: <dyost@cccins.gi.cccneb.edu>.

This introductory Internet class, cosponsored by the Library Commission and the Republican Valley Library System, will include basic Internet terms and an explanation of e-mail, ftp, telnet and the World Wide Web. Students will also learn about options for connecting to the Internet and how they can use the Internet in their daily lives, both professionally and personally. This presentation is designed for those who are just getting started or have not yet used the Internet. CE Credit=3.


An Introduction to Pegasus E-mail

August 20, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Hastings College Computer Lab.
Contact: Dee Yost 402-463-4244, or 800-569-4961, e-mail: <dyost@cccins.gi.cccneb.edu>.

This introductory class, cosponsored by the Library Commission and the Republican Valley Library System, will focus on how to use the Windows-based Pegasus e-mail program to send and receive Internet e-mail. Presented by Annie Sternberg. CE Credit=3.


Netscape and the World Wide Web

August 20, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Hastings College Computer Lab.
Contact: Dee Yost 402-463-4244, or 800-569-4961, e-mail: <dyost@cccins.gi.cccneb.edu>.

This class, cosponsored by the Library Commission and the Republican Valley Library System, is devoted entirely to using Netscape to navigate the World Wide Web. Presented by Annie Sternberg. CE Credit=3.


Finding Government Information on the Internet

August 27, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Hastings College Computer Lab.
Contact: Dee Yost 402-463-4244, or 800-569-4961, e-mail: <dyost@cccins.gi.cccneb.edu>.

This class, cosponsored by the Library Commission and the Republican Valley Library System, will focus on using an Internet World Wide Web browser for finding Federal and Nebraska State government information. Presented by Beth Goble. CE Credit=3.


The Internet for Reference

August 27, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Hastings College Computer Lab.
Contact: Dee Yost 402-463-4244, or 800-569-4961, e-mail: <dyost@cccins.gi.cccneb.edu>.

This introductory class, cosponsored by the Library Commission and the Republican Valley Library System, will focus on using the Internet as a reference tool by examining search engines and authority of Internet sources. Presented by Beth Goble. CE Credit=3.


FirstSearch Training

August 30, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., or 1:00-4:00 p.m., Bellevue University Computer Center.
Contact: Eastern Library System, 402-330-7884 or 800-627-7884.

FirstSearch training for Librarians who have not used FirstSearch before, want more training, or have questions about FirstSearch. This workshop is cosponsored by the Library Commission and the Eastern Library System. Reserve your spot by August 23. Instructor: Robin Bernstein. No Cost. CE Credit=3.


Netscape and the World Wide Web

September 11, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Kearney Public Library.
September 12, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Broken Bow Public Library.
September 13, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Ord Public Library.
Contact: Sharon Osenga, 308-234-2087, 800-657-2192, or e-mail: <sosenga@nol.nol.org>.

This class is cosponsored by the Library Commission and the Meridian Library System. Class description in previous listing.


The Internet for Reference

September 13, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Ord Public Library.
Contact: Sharon Osenga, 308-234-2087, e-mail: <sosenga@nol.nol.org>.

This class is cosponsored by the Library Commission and the Meridian Library System. Class description in previous listing.


NE Library Association/NE Educational Media Association (NLA/NEMA) 1996 Convention

October 23-25, at the Lincoln Cornhusker Hotel.
Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665, for more information.

This year's theme is Success at All Points: Strength through Interdependence. Nebraska's Regional Library Systems will sponsor a preconference on "Getting Your Message Out to Build Clout, Visibility and Support" on October 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Cornhusker. The session will feature Kare Anderson, author of "Cutting Deals with Unlikely Allies: An Unorthodox Approach to Playing the Political Game." A "Hands-on Technology Workshop," presented by NLA's Information and Technology Access Round Table will also be held on October 23. This preconference workshop will be held at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Bill Burns, President-elect, Association for Education and Communications Technology, will open the convention on Thursday. Steve Cisler, Librarian, Apple Computer, Inc., Apple Library of Tomorrow Program, will provide Friday's keynote address, sponsored by the Library Commission. Preregistration packets will be mailed in August.


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