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February 2001 Vol.15 No. 2 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission



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To celebrate our centennial year, the Nebraska Library Commission is launching the Libraries for the Centuries initiative. We invite library staff and supporters across Nebraska to join us as we spend 2001 celebrating our birthday. On February 22, the celebration will kick off with a proclamation by Governor Mike Johanns congratulating and recognizing the Nebraska Library Commission for its one hundred years of service to the State of Nebraska. On February 23, Sen. DiAnna Schimek will introduce a resolution in the Nebraska Unicameral commemorating the Library Commission Centennial. A major component of the Libraries for the Centuries initiative is the Centennial Speaker Series. To initiate the series, on March 22, Charley Seavey, Associate Professor, School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson will make a presentation on Growth of the Public Library in Nebraska, part of a book-length work about the public library in the United States. This presentation will be featured as part of a reception and dinner highlighting the annual joint meeting of the Nebraska Library Commission and the State Advisory Council on Libraries, in Lincoln. For registration forms and more information, see the Library Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Centennial Speakers.

The timetable for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants is:
February 5 - LSTA grant packets available on the Web. Apply online, print a copy, or request a print copy from the Commission.
March 9 - Training session on grant preparation presented via satellite downlink at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NETV), 1800 North 33rd Street, Lincoln, 2:30 - 4:30 P.M. CST. Satellite sites will be chosen in each System area. Videotape of training will be available on loan from Regional Library Systems and the Library Commission Information/Reference Services.
April 16 - Print LSTA applications received at Commission no later than 5:00 P.M. CST. Online applications received until midnight. Faxes will not be accepted.
May 7 - LSTA grant recipients announced.
For more information contact: Sally Snyder, 402-471-4003, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder. To fill out the application online or download and print a copy, see <nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/lsta/2001-LSTA-toc.htm>.

Cherie Longmuir is the new Book Circulation Coordinator for Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service. She will coordinate the distribution of talking books to customers across Nebraska.

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Legislative Day Luncheon is set for February 23, noon - 1:00 P.M. CST. The buffet luncheon will be held at the First Christian Church, 16th and K Streets in Lincoln. A seminar will be presented from 1:30 - 3:00 P.M. CST. Contact Brenda Ealey, Legislative Committee Chair, Southeast Library System, 5730 R Street, Suite C-1, Lincoln, NE 68508, e-mail: bealey@cornhusker.net. For more information see the Legislative Committee section of the NLA home page at www.nol.org/home/NLA/legcomm.html.

The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded seventeen training and continuing education grants in the amount of $46,815. The grants will assist libraries in providing continuing education and training for Nebraska library personnel. For more information and a list of funded projects see the Library Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Continuing Education Grants.

The Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Library Association have entered into a partnership to encourage Nebraska libraries to use the American Library Association's @ your libraryTM campaign to send a clear message to society about the value of America's libraries to communities, schools, and businesses. National Library Week, April 1 - 7, launches the campaign. Promotional items will be offered for sale at upcoming NLA Spring Meetings. See www.ala.org/@yourlibrary for more information.

The Library Commission's Youth Advisory Board met in January to discuss summer reading themes for 2004 and 2005. A list of suggested themes is available on the Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Summer Reading Themes. Send suggestions, contributions, and expressions of interests for discussion at the April eleven-state coordinating committee meeting to Mary Jackson, Nebraska Library Commission Children's and Young Adult Services Coordinator, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665.

Plans are underway for the 2001 Nebraska Library Association (NLA)/ Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA) Convention, October 17 - 19 at the Holiday and Ramada Inns in Kearney. The program committee is seeking ideas and suggestions for sectional presentations to fit the theme, Library Cooperation: The Key for Success. To make suggestions for program topics contact Sue Divan, NEMA Program Chair at sdivan@esu10.org or Sally Payne, NLA Program Chair at spayne@monarch.papillion.ne.us.

The Nebraska Library Commission is compiling a list of Children's Programming Resources for year-round and summer programs. Nebraska librarians are asked to share contact information for story-tellers, puppeteers, actors, musicians, hobbyists, magicians, or other presenters with Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665 by March 15. Since the Summer 2001 theme is Reading Road Trip U.S.A., travelers or presenters with an interest in forms of transportation, such as model railroads, buses, etc. are needed.

Library of Congress Classification schedules will be available online as a pilot project by the Cataloging Distribution Service (CDS) from January 8 to March 31. Developed by Cactus Software, Inc., Classification Web will be accessible at www.loc.gov/cds. Pending the results of the pilot, Classification Web may be offered as a subscription service.

Three NLA scholarships will be awarded this spring to NLA members pursuing education and training in the field of librarianship. Two Louise A. Nixon Scholarships ($1000 each) will be awarded this spring, supporting students pursuing graduate level library education, either on a full- or part-time basis. Guidelines and application forms are available at www.nol.org/home/NLA/nixonsschol.htm. One Duane Munson Scholarship ($250) will be awarded this spring, supporting practicing librarians and paraprofessionals acquiring additional professional training. Guidelines and application forms are available at www.nol.org/home/NLA/munsonschol.htm. The application deadline for both scholarships is April 15. Recipients will be announced in May. Contact Dr. Becky Pasco, 402-554-2119, e-mail: rpasco@unomaha.edu.

A recent Library Commission Read Across America videoconference generated a packet of information on resources and program ideas. Contact Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-4008, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls to receive a copy of the packet.

SIRS recently announced that there will be no increase in SIRS pricing this year. The same SIRS databases will be offered to Nebraska libraries at the same prices as last year, if ordered by June 1. A SIRS database trial will be conducted from February 12 through April 30. Trial information is available at nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/trial.html#sirs. Pricing details and order instructions are available at nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/pricing.html#sirs.


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.


Navigating OCLC's Passport for Windows
March 5, Heron Room, Nebraska Library Commission, 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; printing; setting up macros; accessing online reports, useful macros, and help via the WWW; and signing up for mail lists. Audience: New users and current users who have questions. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the Windows environment. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credits: 3. Instructor: Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. Register Online: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html. Fee: $10 for NEBASE members.

ILL Basics for New and Selective Users
March 12, Heron Room, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, 1:00-4:00 P.M. CST
Contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

This workshop provides basic training on the OCLC Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service for libraries that lend and borrow materials. Topics include choosing the correct record, choosing a lender string, creating and receiving a request, updating the message file, establishing constant data records, group access capability, and using ILL policy statements in the Name-Address Directory. Audience: New ILL library staff and current users who have questions. Prerequisites: Passport for Windows workshop would be helpful. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credits: 3. Instructor: Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. Register Online: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html. Fee: $10 for NEBASE members.

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer for Windows Version 2.10
March 22, Heron Room, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, 9:00 a.m.-Noon CST
Contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Learn how to use the ILL-ME for Windows to improve your productivity by automating many repetitious and time-consuming borrowing and lending tasks. Using the Windows interface, update and download an entire day's activity in minutes. Enhancements included in version 2.10 of the software will be covered. Topics include loading the software, customizing options, printing message file items, entering message file updates, using constant data, scheduling batch loads, and setting up macros. ILL-ME for Windows has point-and-click command options in addition to function key commands. Audience: OCLC ILL users currently using or interested in using ILL-ME, including NEON libraries. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC ILL system and the Windows environment. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credits: 3. Instructor: Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. Register Online: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html. Fee: $10 for NEBASE members.

OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows Version 1.20
March 22, Heron Room, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, 1:00-4:00 P.M. CST
Contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

The OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows software increases productivity and reduces costs by combining online searching and processing with offline editing. Enhancements included in version 1.20 of the software will be covered. Topics covered include loading the software; customizing options; searching for bibliographic records and authority file records interactively and in batch-mode; editing offline; original cataloging; printing labels; and workflow. Audience: New users and current users who have questions. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credits: 3. Instructor: Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. Register Online: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html. Fee: $10 for NEBASE members.

Verbots, E-books, Metadata, and xhtml. What are these and why should we care? with D. Scott Brandt
March 23, Nebraska Satellite Downlink Sites, 2:00-4:00 P.M. CST
Contact: Richard Miller, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, fax 402-471-2083, e-mail: Richard Miller.

This is the seventh year of ³Soaring 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 www.cod.edu/teleconf/Soaring/Index.htm, is an invaluable companion to this series. Each teleconference is supported by practical information, discussion questions, worksheets, and bibliographies. Contact Richard Miller for satellite coordinates.


For more information see the Library Calendar at nlc.nebraska.gov. 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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