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December 2000 Vol.14 No. 12 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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The process for distribution of state aid to Nebraska public libraries has been streamlined. The Nebraska Library Commission no longer issues state aid application forms. On December 15, State Aid Award letters are sent to qualified libraries. Each letter indicates the amount of aid the library will receive and how and when it will be paid. For more information contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Christa Burns is the new Online Computer Library Center Inc. (OCLC) Member Services Coordinator for the Nebraska Library Commission's NEBASE Services. She will coordinate training and support for OCLC products and services. Christa most recently served as Head of Research and Information Services at Pace University Westchester Libraries in Pleasantville, NY.

Ellen Van Waart has been appointed Director of Learning Resources at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, effective December 1.

Effective January 1, library personnel certified in the Library Commission's Public Librarian Certification program no longer need to apply for certificate renewal. When requirements for recertification are met, a new certificate will be mailed, along with the continuing education record. In January of each year, certified persons will be notified if their certification record does not show that they meet the necessary requirements for renewal. There will be no charge to renew the Public Librarian Certificate. The certification period remains three years and the requirements for renewal remain the same. In addition, provisional certification will be implemented January 1. Library personnel without a Master of Library Science degree will receive a one-time, three-year provisional certificate. For more information see the Commission Web page at, search on Provisional Certification. For more information contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Library Commission employees receiving Years of Service Awards include Kay Goehring, 20 years; Mary Geibel, 15 years; and Jacqueline Crocker, Brad Hauptman, and Dennis Klebe, 10 years.

Reminder: Applications for the Nebraska Library Commission state-funded Information Technology Training and Continuing Education Grants are due December 15. These grants fund information technology training and continuing education for Nebraska library personnel. Application packets are available on the Nebraska Library Commission home page at, search on Cycle II Grants. For more information contact contact Richard Miller, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller.

Congratulations to the winners who visited the Library Commission exhibit at the recent Nebraska Library Association Conference in Omaha. These winners received books: John Arnold, NE Dept. of Corrections, Lincoln; Bill Beck, Wahoo Public Schools; Rebecca Bernthal, University of Nebraska- Lincoln; Fae Bitney, Neligh Public Library; Dana W.R. Boden, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Linda Bowder, Central Community College, Grand Island; Robyn Dallegge, Hillrise Elementary School, Elkhorn; Sue Divan, Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center, Kearney; Sarah English, Creighton University, Omaha; Pat Gross, Gering High School; Eileen Hoffman, Thedford Rural High School; Margaret Kubat, Henderson Middle School, Omaha; Lucy Lewis, Millard Branch Library, Papillion; Kim McCain, DeWitt; Mavis McLean, Alliance Public Library; Gina Minks, Tulsa, OK; Joan Price, Papillion; Sally Stahlecker, Norfolk Public Library; Deborah Smith, Pleasanton High School, Kearney; Linda Parker, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Tom Schmitz, Lincoln Regional Center; Shaista Wahab, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Marci Retzlaff, Norfolk Public Library; Cecilia Slingsby, Hastings Public Library; Adam Wathen, Creighton University, Omaha; Terry Zimmers, Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca Schools.

Order forms for the 2001 Summer Reading Road Trip, USA summer reading program were recently mailed to Nebraska public and school libraries. Orders received after December 1 will still be filled if possible, but quantities may be limited. Forms are located on the Library Commission home page at, search on Summer Reading. For more information contact Mary Jackson 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665.

The Collaborative Digital Reference Service (CDRS) is a new service providing professional reference service to researchers any time, anywhere, through an international, digital network of libraries and related institutions. For more information see

Thirty-five Nebraska libraries have already pledged to promote their library as a part of the Libraries of Promise Create Children of Promise special campaign. A letter will be distributed this month providing details about this promotional opportunity. Public libraries are encouraged to review the material and sign the pledge form. Return it to Mary Jackson; Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE, 68508. For more information see the Commission home page at, search on Libraries of Promise.

The Library Commission's Data Trek Replacement Team was among nine work teams nominated for the Nebraska State Government Chapter of the National Management Association's annual Team of the Year award. The team received a certificate of recognition during the EXPO Awards Ceremony in October at the State Capitol.

Nebrask@ Online, the recently redesigned Official Web Site for the State of Nebraska, now offers access to the Nebraska Department of Revenue's new Web service. Nebraskans can now file Nebraska and Local Sales and Use Tax Return, Form 10, online. Librarians are encouraged to promote access to this site at to local businesses and other library customers.

A new collection documenting homesteading in Nebraska is now part of the American Memory collections Web site at "Prairie Settlement: Nebraska Photographs and Family Letters" comprises two collections from the Nebraska State Historical Society, the Solomon D. Butcher photographs and the letters of the Uriah W. Oblinger family. This new collection has been added to the more than eighty already freely available from American Memory, a project of the National Digital Library Program of the Library of Congress.

The Wayne State College (WSC) Science Fiction and Fantasy Club is sponsoring a short story contest. The contest is open to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, more than three short stories, or more than one novellette in any medium. All types of science fiction, fantasy, and horror with fantastic elements are welcome. Deadline: February 16. For more information contact Stan Gardner, SGardner@WSCGATE.WSC.EDU, WSC SF/F Club Short Story Contest, c/o Conn Library, Wayne State College, 1111 Main St., Wayne, NE 68787.

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.

Satellite Teleconference
December 13, Bellevue University, Wayne State College, Central Community College/Kearney, Chadron State College, NETV/Lincoln, Noon-3:00 P.M. CST, Register by December 6.
Contact: Richard Miller, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, fax 402-471-2083, e-mail: Richard Miller.

A satellite teleconference will be broadcast on the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA), a proposed law aimed at making shrink-wrap and click-on license agreements legally binding. The American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, American Association of Law Libraries, Medical Library Association, and Special Libraries Association sponsor the teleconference. The Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) is a proposed state contract law developed to regulate transactions in intangible goods such as computer software, online databases and other information products in digital form. Contract law is becoming more important to libraries. Nearly all libraries are engaged in contract negotiations, and regularly sign license agreements for software, online databases, and other information products in digital form. License agreements allow the library to use information products under certain conditions. Libraries play an important role in negotiating licenses that allow for the broadest use rights possible, including the right to lend, preserve, and make a fair use of a work. With the ratification of UCITA, contractual licensing will assume increased importance in libraries, but our ability to negotiate balanced contractual terms in the interests of library users will be weakened. Further information is available at

Online Database Training Workshop
December 13, Computer Lab, Central Community College, Kearney, 9:00 a.m. - Noon, CST.
Contact Meridian System Office, 800-657-2192, e-mail:

Training will focus on the databases provided by the Nebraska Library Commission, including FirstSearch, Electric Library, Wilson Web, and Books in Print. Space is limited. Registration is required. CE Credits = 3. Fee: none.

Blueprint for Building Infrastructure
January 10, The Stockman Inn, 1402 S. Jeffers St., North Platte, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 P.M. CST.
January 12, New World Inn, 265 33rd Avenue, Columbus, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 P.M. CST.

Contact: Richard Miller 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller, Maggie Harding, 402-826-2636, e-mail:
A workshop for those who support public libraries. This is the second year for coalition-building workshops sponsored by Libraries for the Future. The creation of partnerships is a vital part of structuring and sustaining library support. This workshop will address the issues involved with building such support. It is designed for Trustees, Friends, Directors, and others interested in building continuous library support. Libraries for the Future mentors, Penny Hummel from Portland, OR and Mary Jo Ketchum from Elma, NY will conduct the workshops. They bring experience on coalition-building campaigns with Trustees, Friends, and Foundations. Mileage reimbursement and lunch provided.

Human Values in a Technological Age with Michael Gorman
January 19, Satellite Downlink Sites in Nebraska, 2:00-4:00 P.M. CST.
Contact: Richard Miller, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller, fax: 402-471-2083.

This is the seventh year of the "Soaring to Excellence" satellite series from the College of DuPage. The Nebraska Library Commission is sponsoring this series of three satellite teleconferences at no charge to Nebraska libraries. The Soaring Web site will be an invaluable companion to this series. Each teleconference will be supported by practical information, discussion questions, worksheets, and bibliographies. Contact Richard Miller for satellite coordinates.

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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