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February '97 Vol.11 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) has set Nebraska Library Legislative Day for Thursday, February 20. Events will include a 9:30 a.m. briefing at the Capitol and a luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. in the Nebraska Library Commission Crane Room (Lower Level, The Atrium, 1200 N St., Lincoln, cost: $6.00). Nebraska librarians, library board members, and other library advocates are volunteering to extend this personal invitation, visit the senators office, meet their staff, escort and host the senator at the luncheon. For more information, see the NLA Home Page at http://www.nol.org/NLA/legcomm.htm. To sign up for the Legislative Day luncheon, contact Kathy Tooker, Eastern Library System, 11929 Elm St., Suite 12, Omaha, NE 68144, 402-330-7884, or 800-627-7884, e-mail: ktooker@nol.nol.org.


Karen Ingish, formerly Library Commission Library Development Coordinator, was appointed Information Science and Technology Librarian in the Public Services Department at the University Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha.


Angela Ames begins working in the Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service Book Circulation Area on February 10. Angela has experience working in UNL libraries.


New Federal Minimum Wage Labor Laws became effective Oct. 1, 1996, requiring all organizations to display a new labor law notice giving employees certain mandatory information. The notice must be displayed, even if libraries have only one employee, and even if wages are above the federal minimum wage. The new notice must include the new minimum wage of $4.75 per hour plus other statutory information. Failure to display a current labor law notice carries a maximum Federal fine of $7,500. For questions, contact Sally Snyder, 402-471-4003 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder.


Several bills involving libraries have been introduced during the first week of the 95th Session of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature. Keeping up with the activities of the legislature can be as easy as checking the Unicameral Home Page at http://unicam1.lcs.state.ne.us/ or the most recent copy of the Unicameral Update, Newsletter of the Nebraska Legislature. Information of particular interest to librarians, library board members, and library advocates, is kept up to date in "Announcements" on the Library Commission Home Page, /. Those without Web access can contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for a printout of the most recent update.


The Library Commission's state news server for Usenet (Internet discussion groups) has a new address: <news.nlc.state.ne.us>. For more information on how to set up your software to access it, see "Announcements" on the Commission Home Page, /. For questions or problems, contact Dennis Klebe, 402-471-4559 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Dennis Klebe.


The Nebraska Library Commission Home Page is newly reorganized, with several new features worth noting, /. If you can't find what you're looking for, be sure and use "Search This Site," on the front page. "Search" buttons are also conveniently located at the bottom of most other pages, along with "Home" buttons to get you back to the front page. The "Electronic Library" has resources to help you do your job, and the "Library Calendar" posts upcoming events and activities. Find your colleagues in the "Library Directory," and see "Library Announcements" for up to date news and issues. "Talk About It" facilitates discussion of library issues directly between librarians. "Library Jobs" is a resource for job openings, regional and around the country. Check out the Commission information, including our online catalog and list of services. This resource is designed for Nebraska librarians so send us your feedback. What else would you like to see? What do you like best or use most? What is most helpful? Are you finding what you are looking for? Click on "webspinner" at the bottom of the front page and let us know how we can serve you better.


Nebraska Association of Institutional Librarians (NAIL) will host storytellers Lucy Duncan, owner of Story Monkey Book Store and co-host of Storytellers Tapestry of KIOS-FM (91.5) 10 a.m. Mondays, and Lincoln Sen. David Landis in a March 27 conference to help local libraries establish audio book programs and local storytelling activities. The program, at Greek Islands restaurant in Omaha, 37 and Center, is free to NAIL members, $15 to nonmembers. Send check to: Nebraska Association of Institutional Librarians, c/o Cal Clinchard, Librarian, Diagnostic and Evaluation Center, P.O. Box 22900, Lincoln, NE 68542-2800. The tentative schedule is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For further information call Bill Pserros, 402-595-3963, ext. 239.


Nebraska librarians are invited to attend the Nebraska Development Network 1997 Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet on March 11 and 12 at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. The program "Partnering for a New Horizon" is designed to help create and sustain partnerships of organizations, communities and individuals working together for Nebraska development. Library Commission staff Allana Novotny and Mary Jo Ryan will participate in a session featuring a guided tour of development resources on the Internet World Wide Web. For more information, see "Announcements" on the Commission Home Page, /.


Spring 1997 Children's Book Reviews will be taped in March, and the tapes will be available for borrowing by April 15. You are welcome to attend the taping sessions in Lincoln at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, 33 and Holdrege. The taping dates are March 14 for Preschool-Grade 3 level, and March 21 for Grade 3-Young Adult level (these dates are different from previous published dates.) The time for both days is 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT. It is not necessary to preregister in order to attend the taping session. For questions contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665.


Libraries Encouraged to Apply for Grants. The deadline for the Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) 1997 Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP) is March 27. Regulations and procedures can be found in the "Notice of Availability of Grant Funds," Federal Register, January 27, 1997 (available at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/tiiap/ffinal.htm). For more information about TIIAP and upcoming workshops for grant writers, contact Sahon C. Palmer, 202-482-2048, e-mail <spalmer@ntia.doc.gov>, or visit http://www.ntia.doc.gov/tiiap/. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced a Challenge Grants Special Initiative to assist public libraries in creating endowments to support humanities programming. The first application deadline is May 1. For more information, contact the Office of Challenge Grants at <challenge@neh.fed.us> or 202-606-8309. Guidelines are available at http://www.neh.fed.us/html/guidelin/challeng.html or National Endowment for the Humanities Public Information Office, Room 402, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20506, e-mail <info@neh.fed.us>.


Nebraska librarians are urged to view two satellite conferences cosponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and held at Bellevue University on February 28, "A Reality Check: Electronic Resources and Services" and April 4, "A Survivor's Guide to Using Electronic Resources and Services Intelligently." For more information, see "Announcements" on the Commission Home Page, /, or contact Robin R. Bernstein at 402-293-2011.


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OCLC Cataloging II: Books

February 28, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell, or fax: 402-471-2083.

Topics include: original cataloging of non-complex book titles; introduction to cataloging rules and OCLC standards; standard bibliographic description; assigning access points including names, series, and subject headings; as well as a brief introduction to uniform titles, the OCLC input standards, and an introduction to additional cataloging tools. Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to original cataloging on the OCLC system or wanting a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog, OCLC Cataloging I or equivalent is helpful. What to Bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed., OCLC MARC Code List, AACR2r (optional), and books with cataloging questions for discussion. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience.
CE Credit=5.


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Winter Workshop

February 24, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Ramada Inn, Norfolk, NE.
Contact: Contact: Carol Speicher, Administrator, 800-578-1014 or 402-564-1586.
Registration deadline: February 19.

Sponsored by Northeast Library System. Presentations Include: Building Influence for the School Media Specialist by Dr. Gary Hartzell; Bibliotherapy, Books That Heal by Karen Warner; Project Access by Deb Kirsch; Adult Book Reviews by Lee Rose and Kathy Tooker; Reviews of Children's Books by Marilyn Liedorff and Pat Thompson. Vendors and exhibitors will be on site. Cost: (includes handouts and refreshments) $10.00 prior to Workshop or $12.00 on day of Workshop.


OCLC Cataloging II: Electronic Resources

March 14, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell, or fax: 402-471-2083.

An introduction to cataloging electronic resources including computer files, Internet resources, and electronic journals. This workshop will focus on the cataloging rules, MARC fields, and OCLC input standards which are important to electronic resources. Topics include: standard bibliographic description; assigning access points including names, series, and subject headings; accompanying materials; how to integrate electronic resources into the local online catalog; and resources available to catalogers. Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to cataloging electronic resources or wanting a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog is helpful and OCLC Cataloging I or equivalent experience. What to Bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed., OCLC MARC Code List, AACR2r (optional), and examples of electronic resources with cataloging questions for discussion. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience.
CE Credit=5.


OCLC and the Internet

April 4, 9:00 a.m.-12 noon, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell, or fax: 402-471-2083.

This workshop will explore some of the ways that libraries can add various Internet services to their OCLC workflow. Topics covered: use of FTP to retrieve OCLC Technical Bulletins; review of OCLC-oriented listserv lists; review of OCLC Internet connectivity options; exploration of OCLC's World Wide Web Home Page; use of the Internet to connect to OCLC Reference Services; and exploration of OCLC's Product Services Menu. Audience: Staff of any member library with Internet access to the World Wide Web and FTP. Prerequisites: Familiarity with the Internet. What to Bring: Nothing. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience.
CE Credit=3.


OCLC Cataloging II : Maps

April 22, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell, or fax: 402-471-2083.

An introduction to original and copy cataloging of maps. This workshop will focus on cataloging rules, MARC fields, and OCLC input standards pertinent to cataloging maps. Topics include: searching for map copy on OCLC; characteristics of maps; selection of dates; call number assignment; choice of main entry; subject heading assignment; physical description; and transcription of mathematical data. Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to map cataloging or those who need a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience with searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog and OCLC Cataloging I or equivalent experience. What to Bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed., OCLC MARC Code Lists, AACR2r (optional), and maps with cataloging questions. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience.
CE Credit=5.


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