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Aug/Sept 2003 Vol.17 No. 7 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission




Governor Mike Johanns appointed Patrick Gross of Wayne to the Nebraska Library Commission, filling the vacancy from the Northeast area. Gross replaces Karen Warner, who served two terms as a Commissioner. Gross is Senior Vice President for the State National Bank and Trust Company in Wayne. He served as president of the Wayne Public Library Board and the Library Foundation, receiving Wayne's 1995 Citizen of the Year award for his role in leading the building committee for the new library/senior center facility.

On September 18 the NEBASE Annual Meeting - East will be held at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. Marilyn Gell Mason, Program Director for the Gates Portal Project, WebJunction, will be featured as the keynote speaker. For more information contact Shannon Behrhorst, 402-471-4031, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Shannon Behrhorst, or see the Library Commission Web site,, search on NEBASE Annual Meeting East.

The Nebraska Center for the Book will sponsor the twelfth Nebraska Book Festival on October 24 - 25, hosted by Omaha's Creighton University at the Skutt Student Center. For more information see

Nebraska Library Commission Deputy Director Nancy Busch resigned her position with the Library Commission to serve as Associate Dean and Professor of the University Library at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Busch served as the Commission's Deputy Director since 1989. She contributed to all facets of the Library Commission's statewide services (notably long range plans, state budgeting, and program evaluation). Recently she led the Commission's centennial celebration and Making a Difference @ your libraryTM projects. Prior to that, she served as Nebraska's first regional library system administrator, directing the Panhandle Library System from 1978 - 1983.

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) provides federal funding to state library agencies to support statewide programs and library grant projects through the Nebraska Library Commission. Grant applications for the upcoming grant cycle will be available October 1. For more information, including details on the three priorities identified for funding, see the Library Commission home page Announcements,, or contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Renewal of the Museum and Library Services Act moved forward with approval of H.R. 13 by the U.S. House of Representatives on a 416 - 2 vote. Nebraska's three House members voted for enactment. The U.S. Senate recently passed legislation authorizing $232 million, incorporating the Senate bill (S. 888) into H.R. 13, and passing H.R. 13 in lieu of S. 888. A key provision of the authorizing legislation is an increase in the base allotment for the state programs portion of the Museum and Library Services Act, increasing for the first time since the 1970s, providing additional financial assistance to smaller populated states. If the House passes the Senate version of the bill without changes, the bill will be sent to the President for signature.

The netLibrary Shared Collection 2003 now contains 6,949 titles and continues to grow. Public, academic, secondary school, and special libraries interested in participating in this third shared collection of eBooks can submit their orders through December 31. For more information, including the growing list of titles, see

Continuing Education and Training grants totaling approximately $23,882 were awarded by the Nebraska Library Commission this summer to five accredited public libraries and four library organizations to provide continuing education and training for Nebraska library personnel and trustees. For more information see the Library Commission Web site,, search on Continuing Education Grants.

The Nebraska Library Commission has scheduled a workshop, Outcome - Based Evaluation: Are We Making a Difference? September 30 - October 1. Participants will propose an evaluation project using outcome - based techniques and will submit a report describing how the outcomes were defined and measured. For more information or to apply to participate see, search on Outcome - Based Evaluation or contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Thank you to all Nebraska public library staff, volunteers, and board members that returned Computer Skills Training Surveys. They were used in the development of the Library Commission application for training funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Since training plans are still being finalized, surveys can still be submitted to Pam Scott, Continuing Education Coordinator, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, fax: 402-471-2083.

Letters about Literature, a national reading promotion for children and young adults sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in cooperation with Target stores and the Weekly Reader Corporation, is locally coordinated through the Nebraska Center for the Book. For a copy of the official contest guidelines, plus the required entry coupon, log on to the Nebraska Library Commission home page,, search on Letters about Literature or contact Maria Medrano-Nehls, Library Commission Administrative Secretary, 402-471-4008, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls, for a print copy. Deadline for entries is December 6.

The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) is offering libraries the International Literacy Day Tool Kit. International Literacy Day is observed annually on September 8. For more information see the ALA Web site, search on International Literacy Day Tool Kit or see the National Coalition for Literacy

Library Card Sign - Up Month will be celebrated in September. Promotional resources are available from the ALA Web site,, search on 2003 Library Card Sign - Up Month.

Banned Books Week: Open Books for Open Minds is September 20 - 27. Resources are available from the ALA Web site,, search on 2003 Banned Books week for ideas on celebrating our freedom to read.

The Nebraska Library Commission recently funded registrations for ten children's services staff members to attend the Norfolk sessions of the Jim Trelease workshop, "Making Books Into Friends, Not Enemies," October 28. The same workshop will also be offered in Lincoln on October 30. Both workshops are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. cdt. The registration cost is $40 and includes lunch. For more information see, click on Read Aloud Nebraska Jim Trelease workshops.

The 2002 National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by Laura Bush, will be October 4, on the National Mall in Washington DC to celebrate books and the joy of reading. For more information 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.

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 Connexion: Browser Interface for Cataloging
September 23, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln
October 9, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln

Learn to use the new OCLC cataloging browser 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.

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer (ILL ME)
September 25, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln
Learn how to improve your productivity by automating repetitious and time-consuming borrowing and lending tasks. Audience: OCLC ILL users currently using or interested in using ILL ME. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC ILL system and the Windows environment.

OCLC ILL Web Interface Basics
September 30, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln
October 21, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln

This workshop covers basic OCLC ILL features, 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 Cataloging Micro Enhancer: An Alternative to Passport
October 6, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln
Learn how the OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows software combines interactive online searching and processing with optional offline editing. Audience: New and current OCLC full-cataloging users. Prerequisites: OCLC full-cataloging institutions only. Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment helpful.

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:

Book Repair Workshops
September 6,10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. mdt, Chadron Public Library, 507 Bordeaux Street, Chadron
September 8, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. mdt, Gering Public Library, 1055 P Street, Gering
September 10, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. mdt, Western Nebraska. Community College, 371 College Drive, Sidney

The Nebraska Library Commission is providing Book Repair Workshops in the Panhandle. Learn about book repair types, materials, and procedures from Pam Scott, Continuing Education Coordinator for the Nebraska Library Commission. CE Credits: 3. Fee: None. Register: or Jacque Crocker, 402-471-4037, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Jacqueline Crocker by September 2, if possible.

Nebraska Library Association/Nebraska Educational Media Association (NLA/NEMA) Conference
October 29 - 31, Omaha Holiday Inn Central. Contact: for registration and conference schedule.
Conference Keynote Speakers: Thursday, October 30: John M. Budd, Professor and Associate Director of the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri-Columbia, "The Next Generation: Recruitment, Retention, and the Future of the Profession" (sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission).

Friday October 31: Cory Doctorow, Outreach Coordinator, Electronic Frontier Foundation, "Slashdot the Vote: How the Net is Changing Governments and How Governments Are Trying to Change the Net."

The Nebraska Library Commission will sponsor a Children's Services videoconference, Young Adult Services @ your libraryTM - Teens Want Graphic Novels and So Do You on October 10, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. cdt. Susan Steider, Young Adult Librarian at Lincoln City Libraries; Gordon Wyant of Omaha Public Library; and Sally Snyder, Acting Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Services at the Nebraska Library Commission, will present a brief history of graphic novels, why they appeal to teens, and a list of suggested titles. Contact: Sally Snyder 402-471-4003, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder for information or Jacque Crocker 402-471-4037, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jacqueline Crocker or see for registration. Register by October 6.

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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