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August '97 Vol.11 No.8 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Governor Nelson has appointed Robert King, publisher of the Holdrege newspaper, to the Nebraska Library Commission. Mr. King was pleased to be asked by Governor Nelson to serve on the Commission and is looking forward to participating as a Commission member.

Diana Boone, OCLC Member Services Coordinator, is leaving the Library Commission to begin work on a Networking Technology degree. We wish her the best in her future endeavors! Until a new OCLC Member Services Librarian is hired, contact Jeannette Powell for OCLC product and service information, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

The Nebraska Library Commission is accepting applications for an OCLC Member Services Librarian. The successful candidate believes in enabling people through technology, providing excellent customer service, and must be willing to travel. Responsibilities: providing technical support and OCLC product and service information; working with Library Commission team members to plan and implement training, promotion, and user support programs and services; writing OCLC-related articles; attending OCLC Coordinators meetings in Dublin, OH; visiting OCLC member libraries in Nebraska to determine needs and concerns; and working with Library Commission team members to consult with Nebraska libraries with regard to technology needs. Qualifications: master's degree in library or information science from an ALA accredited institution; minimum of one year library related work experience, knowledge and understanding of OCLC products and services; knowledge and skill in microcomputer applications; and ability to plan, prepare and present effective instruction to diverse audiences. Preferred: knowledge and experience with interlibrary loan and cataloging. Starting annual salary: $30,317 plus benefits. Contact Doreen Kuhlmann, Business Manager, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508, 402-471-2045, e-mail: Doreen Kuhlmann, for state application information. Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Deadline: Sept. 1.

The Nebraska Library Commission has arranged for another trial of databases for September 1, 1997 through December 31, 1997. The vendors participating in this trial are: OVID, NEWSBANK, Electric Library, Encyclopedia Americana, Encyclopedia Britannica, and IAC (Information Access Company). Not all vendors' databases will be available for the entire trial period. For details on databases, availability and registration information, please consult the Library Commission Home Page at /netserv/trial.html.

Two Share Fairs for children's librarians and media specialists are scheduled this fall. The Goodall City Library in Ogallala is the site for the September 12 Western Share Fair, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., MT. The Eastern Share Fair will be on October 3 in Lincoln, at the Nebraska Library Commission, 1 - 6 p.m. Nationally known storyteller Nancy Duncan will conduct sessions at both sites. If you would like to participate in the Share Fair by making a presentation, sharing a sample program, mounting a display or bringing materials for the swap shop, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665. A brochure with additional details will be mailed this month.

The Fall Book Reviews will be taped September 19 (preschool to grade 3) and September 26 (grades 3-12). The tapes will be available for circulation from Library Commission Information Services or your System office around October 10. Viewers in the Lincoln area are encouraged to attend the tapings at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, 33rd and Holdrege.

If you would like to receive a list of specially recommended new materials that are part of the Library Commission's resource collection and are of particular aid in professional development, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665. The complete list may be viewed on the Library Commission Home Page under "Commission Services," /lrc/nu-items.txt. For a paper copy, contact Information Services, 402-471-4016, or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Ready.

An open house, "Behind the Scenes: The James Quilt Collection," on August 30, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., at the Home Economics Building, East Campus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the first public tour of one of the largest and most comprehensive quilt collections in the world. Tours of the storage facilities will be conducted on the half hour. The quilts are part of a collection of approximately 950 antique and contemporary art quilts valued at more than $6 million and donated to the University of Nebraska by former Nebraskans Ardis and Robert James. The donors also plan to contribute to the newly established International Quilt Study Center at the University. In September, additional tours of the collection and its state-of-the-art storage facility will be offered monthly, by appointment, for small groups of 10-12 people. Call 402-472-6342 to schedule an appointment. The Great Plains Art Collection Gallery in Love Library will host the first show entitled, "Quilts from the Heartland," May 11-August 28, 1998. For more information about the James Quilt Collection and the International Quilt Study Center, contact Rachelle Humiston at the University of Nebraska Foundation, 402-472-2151, e-mail: <>.

A statewide conference on constructing better lives for Nebraska's children will be held in Omaha on Friday, November 7. The conference, sponsored by Voices for Children in Nebraska and the Creighton University Center for the Study of Children's issues, will be held in the Student Center at Creighton University. For further information contact Kathleen Vampola at Voices for Children, 402-597-3100, or Dr. Barbara Harris at the Center for the Study of Children's Issues, 402-280-2081.

The Second Annual Nebraska Futures Conference, "Covering the Distance," will be held October 8 at Central Community College Platte Campus, Columbus, NE, with teleconference sites across Nebraska. Discover how 21st Century technologies are changing the economy and allowing communities to collaborate. Highlights include five nationally acclaimed speakers; regional collaboration; telemedicine; distance learning; future of the Internet; and global business. Cost is $35. For more information contact Linda Aerni, 402-562-1222 or 800-642-1083, e-mail: <>.

Since the enactment of tax levy limits may have an impact on Nebraska public libraries, their methods of governance, organization, or funding may need to change. Legislative Resolution 164 calls for an Interim Study to examine the relationship between the levy limits and the potential for changes in the structure of political subdivisions in order to provide library services appropriate for communities and the changing society of this state. For more information, see

The Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival will present a thematic, interdisciplinary conference on the pioneer experience on Saturday, October 11, at Concordia College in Seward NE. The Festival features William Anderson, Children's author and Laura Ingalls Wilder scholar, conducting both children's and adult sectionals and Pippa White dramatizing "The Orphan Train" sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council. Sectionals will include The Nebraska Story: An Interdisciplinary Approach; Using Art Reproductions to Build Thematic Units; Bringing History Alive-A Laura Ingalls Wilder Unit; Poetry and Pioneer Experience; and Newest Offerings in Children's Literature. For more information call 402-643-7318.

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Nebraska State Bookmobile Conference

August 15, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CT, Holdrege Public Library.
Contact: Richard MacDonald or Phyllis Exstrom, 308-995-6556.

Program includes: National Bookmobile Convention Highlights; Memories of the Bookmobile; Backsmart Presentation; and Dealing with Highway Emergencies. You are invited to bring your bookmobile. The Holdrege Public Library automation system will be featured. Registration fee of $7 includes lunch and refreshments. Deadline for registration is August 8. Send registration to Holdrege Public Library, 604 East Avenue, Holdrege, NE, 68949. CE Credit=5.

Nebraska State Data Center Eighth Annual Summer Conference

August 27, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CT, Boys Town Conference Center, 144th & Pacific, Omaha NE.
Contact: Nebraska State Data Center at 402-595-2311.

Conference topics include: Census Information for Grant Writing; Census Basics; Internet Access to Statistical Information; Legislative Redistricting in Nebraska; Using the 1990 Census PUMS File; State and Local Population Trends; Poverty and Income Statistics; and Business Statistics. Cost of $40 on or before August 14 ($50 after) includes lunch, conference materials, and breaks.

1997 Institute for Rural Development

September 8-12, Peter Kiewit Lodge, Mahoney State Park, Ashland, NE.
Contact: Gordon Ipson, Nebraska Development Academy at 402-471-3063 or 800-426-6505, e-mail: <>.

Sponsored by the Partnership for Rural Nebraska, a partnership of the State of Nebraska, the University of Nebraska (four campuses), and the United States Department of Agriculture. This year's Institute features new sessions on Native American development, the role of rural schools in community development, the effect of deregulation of basic services in rural areas, and an international perspective highlighting rural development in Australia. See /news/content/284.html for further details.

Children's Services Retreat

September 12-13, Friday 9:00 a.m. - Saturday 1:00 p.m., CT, Camp Carol Joy Holling, Ashland, NE.
Contact: Kathleen Tooker, 402-330-7884, fax: 402-330-1859.

Sponsored by Eastern and Southeast Library Systems, this two-day event has sessions of interest to librarians working with children and young adults, plus time to visit and relax. $45 registration includes lodging and meals. CE Credit=10.

Basic Skills, Fall 1997
Collection Development

Holdrege Public Library System, September 22 and 29, 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Richard MacDonald.
McCook Community College, Von Riesen Library, September 23 and 30, 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Irple Ruby.
Keene Memorial Library, Fremont, September 26 and October 3, 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Kathy Tooker.
Neligh Public Library, October 1 and 8, 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Ruth Strassler
Northeast Library System Office, 2813 13th St., Columbus, October 3 and 10, 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Kay Schmid
Crete Public Library, October 3 and 10, 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Lisa Olivigni-Maddox
Ord Public Library, October 6 and 15, 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT.
Facilitator: Sharon Osenga
Contact: Kit Keller, 402-471-3216 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Two-day Basic Skills class (must attend both). Course includes development of policies and procedures addressing intellectual freedom and censorship, selection of materials, budgeting, and weeding. Use of appropriate selection tools is discussed. Cost for the 2-day class: $25.

OCLC Cataloging II: Serials

October 3, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. CT, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell, fax: 402-471-2083.

An introduction to cataloging serials. This workshop will focus on the cataloging rules, MARC fields, and OCLC input standards important to serials. Topics include: discussion of what is and is not a serial; standard bibliographic description; assigning access points including names, series, and subject headings; uniform titles as they apply to serials; brief introduction to reprints, newspapers, microforms, and electronic journals; and an introduction to additional cataloging tools such as the OCLC Authority File and Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd ed. revised (AACR2r). Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to cataloging serials on the OCLC system or wanting a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog would be helpful and OCLC Cataloging I or equivalent experience. What to Bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed., OCLC MARC Code List, AACR2r (optional), and serials with cataloging questions for discussion. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credit=5.

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