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January 2002 Vol.16 No. 1 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission



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2002 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant applications are due February 25 by 5:00 P.M. CST. The Nebraska Library Commission distributes these grants, with federal LSTA funding. Information and an application form are available from the Library Commission Web site, see <nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/lsta/2002-lsta-toc.html>. Applications can be submitted online and in print. Faxes will not be accepted. Send all correspondence, applications, and any other written materials to Sally Snyder, Federal Aid Administrator, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-2023. For more information contact Richard Miller, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller, or Sally Snyder, 402-471-4003, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder.

Nebraska Librarians are also encouraged to apply for Community Development Block Grants and to attend Application Workshops scheduled for January 24, 25, 31, and February 1. Staff from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) will explain how to prepare and submit applications. Application guidelines will be reviewed for planning, community development, tourism development, and affordable housing. Information about the grants is available on the DED Web site at crd.neded.org/cdbg.html#overview and the workshop schedule is at: crd.neded.org/calendar/jan2002.html. To register, contact Pam Freudenburg, 402- 471-7999, 800-426-6505, e-mail: pfburg@neded.org. For information about the workshop, contact Steve Charleston for Planning at 402-471-3757, e-mail: scharleston@neded.org, Jennifer Buxton for Housing at 402-471-4168, e-mail: jbuxton@neded.org, or Rick Zubrod for Public Works at 402-471-3762, e-mail: rzubrod@neded.org.

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Legislative Day Luncheon is set for February 20, from noon to 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 by Maxine Moul, president of the Nebraska Community Foundation, from 1:30 - 3:00 P.M. Contact Brenda Ealey, Southeast Library System, 5730 R Street, Suite C-1, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508, e-mail: bealey@cornhusker.net to register. 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 announced the distribution of state aid to public libraries across Nebraska. This funding enables the Library Commission to continue to work in partnership with Nebraska libraries, using state aid funds appropriated by the Nebraska Legislature, to help public libraries grow and develop. Award amounts are based on other public funding sources and population. Additional information, including the list of public libraries receiving state aid and the formula for award of state aid, is detailed on the Nebraska Library Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on State Aid. For more information contact Kit Keller, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

The Library Commission recently awarded $30,730 in grants for Excellence in Children's Library Services to thirteen Nebraska public libraries. These grants for innovative projects for children in public libraries help achieve the goals of the Libraries of Promise Campaign. For more information see the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Grants for Excellence.

The Library Commission also announced the award of $41,731 in grants for Continuing Education and Training for library staff and board members to twenty Nebraska libraries and library organizations. These grants are awarded to projects providing training and education for Nebraska library personnel, supporting skilled and knowledgeable information specialists to serve citizen information needs. The grant program is based on state funds appropriated to help Nebraska libraries move toward achieving excellence in library service, and is a result of the Libraries for the 21st Century campaign. For more information see the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Continuing Education and Training Grants.

Public librarians across Nebraska will pilot a Service Learning project, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and the University of Nebraska (UN-L) and funded through a grant from the Nebraska Volunteer Commission. In May 2001 representatives from Arapahoe, Atkinson, Beatrice, Chadron, Elkhorn, Fremont, Grand Island, Plattsmouth, and Wymore public libraries worked with campus leaders, Service Learning students, and other community leaders to determine needs of communities and youth, and to list functions that public libraries have traditionally performed that make a difference in the lives of young people. The project has been delayed due to UN-L administrative factors. For more information contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665, Richard Miller, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller , or Sally Snyder, 402-471-4003, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder.

Register for the Computers in Libraries 2002 conference through the Library Commission by February 1 to receive a discount. The conference is March 13 - 15 in Washington, D.C. The discounted conference fee is $149 per person or $179 for attendance at both the Computers in Libraries and Computers in School Libraries conferences. Detailed information about the conference is located on the Web at www.infotoday.com/cil2002/. Print the registration form at www.infotoday.com/cil2002/cil2002registration.pdf. Mail or fax the completed registration form with payment (make check payable to Information Today, Inc. or provide credit card information) to Jodene Glaesemann, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-2023, fax: 402-471-2083. For more information contact Jodene at 402-471-4009 or 800-307-2665.

Clip art for Summer Reading Program 2002: Join the Winner's Circle - Read is now available on the Library Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Join the Winner's Circle. The separate images can be used to design local promotional and incentive materials. For more information contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665.

The Nebraska Center for the Book encourages students to learn more about their watersheds and the natural environment through the River of Words Environmental Art and Poetry Contest. Deadline: February 15. See www.riverofwords.org.

Virtual Reference Services: Challenges and Opportunities, a College of DuPage Continuing Education Teleconference, addresses issues related to provision of virtual reference services, including an overview of the current state and variety of virtual reference services and future directions. This teleconference will be offered on February 8, 11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. CST, at sites across the state. CE Credits: 2. Contact Regional Library System Administrators, nlc.nebraska.gov/system/index.html, for specific sites.


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.


[Continuing Education & Training]

Using the OCLC ILL Web Interface
January 23, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. CST.
March 5, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. CST.

This hands-on workshop will cover basic OCLC ILL features and functionality using the Web interface, an easy-to-use alternative to the traditional Passport interface. Audience: Interlibrary Loan staff familiar with using the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of using Passport software for ILL and searching OCLC WorldCat. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members. Others contact Jeannette Powell (above). Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.

Navigating OCLC's Passport for Windows
January 31, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. CST
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Workshops 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 listservs. Audience: New and current users. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the Windows environment. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members. Others contact Jeannette Powell (above). Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.

Advanced OCLC Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
February 4, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. CST.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Workshop topics include choosing the correct record, creating requests for items not cataloged in OCLC, creating custom holdings, using union lists, modifying records, using FirstSearch to create requests, ILL Direct Request Service, ILL Fee Management (IFM), and statistical reports. Audience: Current users of OCLC ILL. Prerequisites: Passport for Windows workshop, ILL Basics workshop, or some experience with ILL. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Instructor: Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members. Others contact Jeannette Powell (above). Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.

Basic Book Cataloging Without OCLC
February 5, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

This beginning class covers the basics of creating MARC records based on AACR2r standards. Discuss and practice transcribing information from the title page (title, statement of responsibility, publisher, copyright date), physical description, basic notes, and main and added entries. Bring AACR2r (if you have one) and any books you are having problems cataloging. Audience: Cataloging staff new to cataloging. Prerequisites: Knowledge of MARC. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and classroom exercises. Instructor: Devra Dragos, Nebraska Library Commission Cataloging Librarian, CE Credits: 4. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members. Others contact Jeannette Powell (above). Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.

BibliostatTM Collect Training
February 6, Hastings Public Library, 517 West 4th Street, Hastings, 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. CST or 1:00 - 3:00 P.M. CST.
February 27, North Platte Public Library, 120 West 4th Street, North Platte, 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. CST or 1:00 - 3:00 P.M. CST.
Contact: Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls.

Training will include one-on-one assistance on using BibliostatTM Collect to submit each library's public library statistical data. Participants are encouraged to bring local 2000/2001 data to enter into the online public library statistical report, along with instruction sheets and passwords mailed in December. Each two-hour session accommodates six participants. Preregistration required. CE Credits: 2.

Introduction to Digitization Workshop
February 7, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. CST.
Contact: Jodene Glaesemann, 402-471-4009 or 800-307-2665.

Staff members from Nebraska libraries, museums, and archives are invited to this workshop, which will cover the basics of creating digital copies of source materials, introducing cultural heritage institutions to the range of issues associated with digitization of primary source materials. CE Credits: 6. Fees: $10, includes lunch. Registration Form: nlc.nebraska.gov/news/content/1013.html. Deadline: January 31.


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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