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Fall 2004 Vol.18 No. 4 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission




As of October 1, one hundred and seventy Nebraska public libraries meet the Accreditation Guidelines for public libraries. The revised Guidelines for Public Library Accreditation were implemented by the Nebraska Library Commission in July 2004. Of the forty-eight applications received, thirty-seven libraries qualified for Essential Accreditation designation, eight qualified for Enhanced, and three qualified for Excellent designation. Accreditation status entitles libraries to apply for state and federal grants. For more information contact Kit Keller, Nebraska Library Commission Planning & Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Nebraska young people are urged to write a letter to an author (living or dead) that made a difference in their lives. 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, is locally coordinated through the Nebraska Center for the Book. For a copy of the official contest guidelines, plus the required entry coupon, see the Nebraska Library Commission home page,, search on Letters about Literature 2005. Deadline for entries is December 4, 2004.

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) provides federal funding to support statewide programs and library grant projects for technology and service projects through the Nebraska Library Commission. There is special emphasis this year on digital imaging projects utilizing CONTENTdm software and helping to build the Nebraska Memories Project Applications are due at the Library Commission by 3:00 P.M. CT on December 31, 2004 or postmarked by the same date. Successful applicants will be notified by March 8, 2005. For more information see the Library Commission home page Announcements,, or contact Kit Keller, see contact information above.

Public Library Statistical Data surveys are now available online through Bibliostat® Collect at The Nebraska Library Commission distributed a letter to each public library with the library's Username and Password (the same as last year's). Some questions have been removed from the Bibliostat® survey and must be answered on the Library Commission Web site, Use the same Username and Password at this site. The deadline for data submission is January 31, 2005. This online data submission is one requirement for state aid eligibility. Data analysis will be facilitated by the use of Bibliostat® Connect, a Web-based statistical tool that allows for simple, powerful analysis of library data. Library staff and supporters can use this tool to create tables and graphs demonstrating how a library compares with others in a variety of ways. For additional information contact Kit Keller, see contact information above.

The deadline to participate in the SOLINET/NEBASE netLibrary Shared Collection of electronic books has been extended to November 24. The collection could exceed 6,000 titles. For a list of titles already purchased for the collection, see the 2004 netLibrary Title List at Learn more about the collection and how to order it at

Nominations for the State Advisory Council on Libraries are invited. The Nebraska Library Commissioners will make new appointments for three-year terms beginning January 2005. The Council meets three times annually and advises the Library Commission on federal library programs and other issues. Council members are chosen from libraries in public, academic, school, and special settings, or are library customers. Submit nominations to Rod Wagner, Nebraska Library Commission Director, 402-471-4001, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Rod Wagner by December 19.

A meeting of the Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries will be held November 19, 9:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M. at the Little Priest Tribal College Library, Winnebago. Contact Maria Medrano-Nehls, Nebraska Library Commission Administrative Secretary, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls. For more information see the Nebraska Library Commission home page,

The McGoogan Library of Medicine of the University of Nebraska Medical Center recently received the 2004 U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) Blue Ribbon Consumer Health Information Recognition Award for Nebraska libraries. The Nebraska Library Commission nominated the McGoogan Library of Medicine for this prestigious award. Special recognition was awarded CHIRS (Consumer Health Information Resource Service) for twenty years of demonstrating the role libraries can play in increasing awareness of consumer health-related issues and encouraging healthy lifestyles. Contact CHIRS at 402-559-6221, 866-800-5209, e-mail:, or access the CHIRS Web site at to fill out an online request form. Further information about the award is posted on the Library Commission home page Announcements,

On November 19, The Nebraska Library Commission will again sponsor satellite teleconference programming for library staff from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. The Role of Teaching in Modern Libraries will feature Steven Bell, John Shank, David Reifsnyder, Anne Kozak, and Linda Slusar. Library staff are increasingly called upon not only to find information for customers, but also to teach skills related to finding, evaluating, and using information. This teleconference explores the expanded roles of librarians in today's modern libraries. For more information, see The Library Commission negotiated a statewide license to offer Nebraska libraries free unlimited access to downlink this program and make a videotape for the use of the participating institution. Contact Pam Scott, Nebraska Library Commission Continuing Education Coordinator, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott.

November Computer Software and Troubleshooting Training is sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Training includes computer troubleshooting and using FrontPage and PowerPoint, as well as teaching adults how to use the Internet. Training is scheduled for Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, and Scottsbluff. For more information (including dates and locations) and to register see

Basic Skills: Public Library Administration is sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and Nebraska's Regional Library Systems. Available via on-site or online instruction, this course addresses Governance and Cooperation, Planning, Policies and Procedures, and Personnel. One of the four Basic Skills courses required for certification of librarians, this course is offered in November and December at six sites across the state. For more information see the Library Commission home page Announcements,, or contact Pam Scott, see contact information above.

Read Aloud Nebraska will sponsor a workshop featuring children's author Mem Fox on November 4, 9:00 A.M.-3:30 P.M. CT, at Peter Kiewit Conference Center, Omaha. For more information and to register see On November 19 the Library Commission will sponsor a videoconference titled, ALSC Institute and Mem Fox: What We Learned. Information and ideas collected from the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) Institute and from the Read Aloud Nebraska Mem Fox workshop will be shared via the statewide videoconference system at sites across Nebraska, 2:00-5:00 P.M. CT. For more information and to register for the videoconference see the Library Commission home page Announcements,

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 ILL: WorldCat Resource Sharing Basics
November 9, 9:00 A.M.-Noon CT, Lincoln
December 16, 1:00-4:00 P.M. CT, Lincoln

WorldCat Resource Sharing (formerly referred to as the FirstSearch Staff View) can save library staff time and help users obtain items more quickly. Library staff will learn to search for materials in FirstSearch and complete borrowing and lending functions for ILL within the FirstSearch interface. By May 2005, WorldCat Resource Sharing will replace the following interfaces to OCLC ILL: ILL Web, ILL ME, and Passport for ILL. This hands-on workshop covers basic OCLC ILL features and functionality using WorldCat Resource Sharing and suggests how and when to migrate from the current OCLC ILL interface. Audience: New ILL library staff and current users familiar with using the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of searching OCLC WorldCat.

OCLC Connexion: Client Interface for Cataloging
November 30, 9:00 A.M..- Noon, CT, Lincoln
December 21, 1:00-4:00 P.M. CT, Lincoln
Learn to use the OCLC Connexion Client interface. In addition to basic cataloging functionality for all formats, this optional Microsoft Windows-based client offers features not readily accommodated by a Web browser, including macros, additional customization options, and integrated label printing. Learn to search, edit, set holdings, and export in the new interface. Audience: OCLC full-cataloging users who have questions or are interested in planning for migration from Passport or CatME to the new interface. This workshop is not appropriate for CatExpress users. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment.

Note: For all of the above activities sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, Location: Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln. Instructor: Christa Burns, Library Commission OCLC Member Services Coordinator. 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:

2004 NEBASE Annual Meeting-East
November 5, 8:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. CT, The Cornhusker, 333 South 13th Street, Lincoln
This year's keynote speaker is George Needham, Vice President for Member Services at OCLC Online Computer Library Center. Registration and an agenda for the NEBASE Annual Meeting is available at Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 or e-mail Jeannette Powell.

E-Rate Workshop, From Form 470-471
November 9, 1:00-4:00 P.M. MT, Gering
November 12, 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. CT, Norfolk
November 15, 10:00 A.M.-1:00P.M. CT, Broken Bow
November 19, 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. CT, North Platte
November 24, 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. CT, Ashland
December 3, 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. CT, Columbus
December 10, 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. CT, Hastings

This workshop, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission includes information on E-rate Forms 470 and 471, technology plans, and updates and changes to the E-rate program. Presenter: Pam Scott, Continuing Education Coordinator, Nebraska Library Commission. CE Credits: 3. Contact: Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott. Register:

Egret to Cattle: Thanks for the Ride!-Unlock the Keys to Employee Appreciation
November 22, 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. CT (Registration at 8:30 A.M.), Cornhusker Hotel, 333 S. 13th Street, Lincoln
Karen E. Purves will present this Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) Institute, on creating and implementing a realistic employee appreciation program. Sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, participants will be challenged to commit to a specific plan to implement ideas from the workshop and boost morale. Cost: $25. Contact: Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott. Register:

Introduction to Digitization and Scanning Workshops
December 1-2, 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. CT, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln
The Nebraska Library Commission will sponsor training on digitization, preservation, and access for Nebraska library staff. Presenter: Richard Urban, Operations Coordinator of the Colorado Digitization Program. Contact: Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-4008, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls. Registration deadline: November 19. For more information and to register see the Library Commission home page Announcements,

For more information see the Nebraska Library Calendar on the Nebraska Library Commission home page, .

Continuing Education (CE) Credits are issued by the Nebraska Library Commission as part of the Nebraska Public Librarian and Board Certification Program.

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