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February 2000 Vol.14 No.2 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Legislative Day Luncheon is set for February 25, from noon to 1:00 p.m. (CST). The buffet luncheon will be held at the Lincoln Women's Club, 407 So. 14 St., Lincoln. A seminar on Future Funding of Public Libraries will be presented from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Woman's Club. Contact Brenda Ealey, Legislative Committee Chair, Southeast Library System, 5730 R St., Suite C-1, Lincoln NE, 68508, e-mail: bealey@cornhusker. net. See the Committee home page for more information at

The Nebraska Library Commission will celebrate our Centennial in 2001. It's not too soon to start sending in photos, examples of old materials we sent to you, information on activities you were involved in with the Commission, and other memorabilia. If you are celebrating an anniversary in the near future, let's celebrate together. If you have a history of your library, please share it with us. Send information to Nancy Busch, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln NE, 68508-2023, 402-471-4002, 800-307-2665.

Note: March 7 is the deadline for 2000 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants. For more information, see or contact Sally Snyder, Federal Aid Administrator, Nebraska Library Commission at 402-471-4003 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder.

$15,000 is available through the Nebraska Library Commission's Children's Services Grants for Excellence, with a minimum of $500 for each grant awarded. Grants will be made to accredited public libraries for specially tailored library services for children living in poverty or those from multi-cultural homes, outreach services to children/youth at risk or those living in areas not served by a public library, and mentoring programs for elementary age children or young adults. Deadline: March 7, 2000. For packets or for more information, contact Mary Jackson or Sally Snyder: 402-471-4006/4003 or 800-307-2665.

The Advisory Committee of the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service is seeking to fill three vacancies. The committee represents the needs of talking book and Braille borrowers and makes recommendations concerning policies, services, and programs. Membership may include customers, librarians, educators, health care providers, and other individuals who understand the needs of individuals with disabilities. Send information about nominees by March 15 to the Talking Book and Braille Service at the Library Commission (see address above). For more information about library resources for Nebraskans who cannot use regular print because of visual or physical limitations, see

Meridian Library System recently relocated to 3519 Second Avenue, Suite B, Kearney NE 68847. Telephone numbers remain the same.

Since Census 2000 is right around the corner, Nebraska public and school libraries may soon receive materials from area Census 2000 offices. Information on temporary census jobs may be included with Census 2000 promotional materials. Local contacts are Dacia Kruse (Lincoln) 402-438-9405, Ron Winchel (North Platte) 308-532-0062, Jane Roark (Omaha) 402-221-7850, or call toll-free: 888-325-7733.

Legislative bills of interest to librarians: Legislative Bill 1224 - to appropriate funds to the Nebraska Library Commission for increased state aid to libraries. Legislative Bill 1134 - to authorize libraries to issue bonds for technology equipment and services. Copies available at and

The Talking Book and Braille Service recently published two new catalogs of cassette books, Books by Nebraska Authors and Westerns and Pioneer. The large print catalogs are available to any active Nebraska talking book borrower upon request. To receive a copy of either catalog, send your request to the Nebraska Library Commission, Talking Book and Braille Service (See address above).

The Official Nebraska Blue Book is now online at The Blue Book is Nebraska's official reference manual, with information about the state's government, geography, economy, history, and culture.

A reference correspondence course, California Opportunities for Reference Excellence, developed by the San Joaquin Valley Information Service, focuses on how to work with people and use reference tools, see It can serve as a refresher for individuals who have already taken the Public Services Basic Skills course, which is part of the Nebraska Public Librarian Certification Program sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission. Contact Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004, 800-307-2665, for CE credit.

To mark Dr. Seuss's 96th birthday, the National Education Association is calling for every child in every school in the country to read with a caring adult on March 2. Nebraska school and public librarians are encouraged to join the Read Across America campaign by planning activities and events to celebrate the joy of reading. For more information, see

On January 21, approximately 65 people at 14 sites across the state attended the Nebraska Library Commission's Campfire Chat videoconference conducted by the Network Services/NEBASE team. This videoconference presented basic information about the database project coordinated and funded in part by the Library Commission. Videoconference handouts and the transcription of questions and answers can be found on the Commission homepage,, search on Campfire Chat. The next Campfire Chat videoconference is planned for March 3, 10:30 a.m. to noon (CST).

An advisory team of librarians has been formed by the Library Commission to select titles from the netLibrary collection of full text reference, scholarly, and professional digital books for inclusion in a statewide group purchase. The team includes Tom Boyle, Library Director, Midland Lutheran College; Ann Stephens, Director, Keene Memorial Library; Jane O'Brien, Director, Creighton Prep School Library; Suzan Connell, Coordinator of Library Resources, Lincoln City Libraries; Chris LeBeau, Librarian and Electronic Resources Coordinator, Creighton University, Reinert/Alumni Memorial Library; Mike Boettcher, Director, Link Library, Concordia University. For more information or to volunteer to assist with this project, contact Jo Budler, 402-471-4031, 800-307-2665.

Approximately $12.5 million will be awarded in a new round of Commerce Department grants this year to help close the gap between Americans with access and those without access to new technologies. Nebraska libraries are encouraged to apply to the program, formerly known as the Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP), renamed the Technology Opportunities Program (TOP). For more information, see Notice of Availability of Funds, published in the Federal Register on January 5, 2000. Application deadline March 16. For more information about TOP, call 202-482-2048, see, or e-mail:

"Information Power: What it is, How to know when you see it, How to use it in your library"

March 24, 2000, 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. (CST). Contact: Ellen Van Waart, Continuing Education Coordinator, Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4004, 800-307-2665.

The Nebraska Library Commission will sponsor "Soaring to Excellence 2000" from the College of DuPage. The theme of this year's series is "You Have the Power." For more information see If interested in viewing or taping these programs, contact Ellen Van Waart, see above. CE credit = 2 per person.

PubMed Training

March 13-15, 2000 (CST) Contact: Teresa Hartman, Regional Projects Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine - Midcontinental Region, McGoogan Library of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-6706, 800-338-7657, e-mail:

Free PubMed training will be provided on March 13-15. The first day will be basic training, with optional advanced training for the second and third day. Register online at www.nnlm. For more information on training offered by the National Online Training Center, see

Basic Skills / Organization of Library Materials

Papillion: April 5 & May 10, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sump Memorial Library

Lincoln: April 6 & May 8, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Nebraska Library Commission, Crane Room, Lower Level

Norfolk: April 11 & May 16, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Norfolk Public Library

Grand Island: April 14 & May 12, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Grand Island Public Library

North Platte: April 17 & May 1, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., North Platte Public Library

Scottsbluff: April 21 & May 19, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Scottsbluff Public Library

Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 800-307-2665, 402-471-4004, fax 402-471-2083

Basic Skills/Organization of Library Materials is one of the four Basic Skills courses required for certification of librarians in public libraries. The course addresses organizing library collections into meaningful arrangements, understanding how access points enhance a customer's ability to locate library material, and evaluation of library organizational needs. This is one of four core classes that are part of the requirements for Public Librarian Certification, and is equivalent to 12 CE credits. All participants with Internet access should complete the online questionaire as soon as possible. This can serve as your course registration. See, search on Basic Skills Questionnaire, The $25 course fee can be sent to the Nebraska Library Commission, (see address above), Attn: Ellen Van Waart.

Legislative Day Seminar on Future Funding of Public Libraries

February 25, 2000, Lincoln Women's Club, 407 South 14th St., Lincoln, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. (CST), Contact: Brenda Ealey, Southeast Library System, 5730 R Street, Suite C1, Lincoln, NE 68505, 800-288-6063, 402-467-6188, Fax: 402-467-6196,

A seminar on Future Funding of Public Libraries will be held in conjunction with Nebraska Library Association Legislative Day. Lyn Wallin Ziegenbein of the Peter Kiewit Foundation will participate in a panel discussion exploring the roles of private and public funding sources in funding public library services. The panel will challenge participants to explore what local advocates can do to ensure that Nebraska residents receive quality library services now and in the future. Register by February 17. CE Credits = 1.5


February 25, 2000, Educational Service Unit #13, 4215 Avenue I, Scottsbluff, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon( MST) Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 or email Jeannette Powell. To assist librarians in purchasing decisions, the Nebraska Library Commission has arranged for a demonstration of EBSCO products by EBSCO staff. Participants will also be allowed hands-on opportunities with various products.


March 9, 2000, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, Lincoln, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (CST), Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell

Learn the ins and outs of Passport for Windows. Topics include: screen layout; toolbar; online help; setting up sessions; changing settings for sessions; changes in the function keys from Passport for DOS; printing; setting up macros; accessing online reports, useful macros, and help via the Web; and signing up for listservs. Audience: New users and current users with questions. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of Windows environment. Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credits = 3. Instructor: Devra Dragos, OCLC Member Services Coordinator, Fees: $10. Non-members contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665 for registration fee.

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