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January '97 Vol.11 No.1 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). Although invitations were sent to all senators in December, they are all receiving personal invitations from constituents. 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.


On May 29-31, the Nebraska Governor's Conference on Information Technology will be held in Kearney. This conference will build on the ideas brought forward from the March 1994 Conference, "Traveling the Information Super Highway: The Governor's Conference on Information Technology," which brought together several hundred Nebraskans to discuss how best to seize the opportunities of the Information Age (see "Traveling the Information Super Highway" report at http://nlc.state.ne.us/cit/cit.html, under "Reading Room"). Mary Jo Ryan, Commission Communications Coordinator, serves on the Governor's Statewide Telecommunications Task Force planning group for the 1997 Conference. Since the group is anxious to involve librarians and library issues in the conference, Nebraska librarians are asked to send suggestions now for topics and presenters, as workshops and keynote speakers are being considered. Contact Mary Jo Ryan, 402-471-3434, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Jo Ryan with suggestions.


Subscribers to Nebrask@ Online that use Nebrask@ Online as an Internet Service Provider have a new 800 number for dialing into the network. The new telephone number for toll-free, dial access to the Internet via Nebrask@ Online is 800-765-1199. For complete instructions on resetting the phone number in the Nebrask@ Online software, contact Janet Greser, 402-471-2010, or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Janet Greser.


Wednesday, January 8, was the first day of the 95th Session of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature. Helping library customers keep up with the activities of the legislature can be as easy as pointing them to 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. The UNICAMERAL UPDATE is produced weekly during the legislative session and distributed on Mondays. For a free subscription, call the Legislature's 24-hour Request Line at 402-471-2877 or contact the Unicameral Information Office, Room 359C, State Capitol, Lincoln, NE 68509, 402-471-2709, or 800-742-7456. To keep up with information of particular interest to librarians, library board members, and library advocates, check "Announcements" on the Library Commission Home Page, / for periodic updates.


Database Trials started January 1 and will run through May 31. Join the Trial Listserv to stay informed and to learn more about the databases. To subscribe: send an e-mail message to [obsolete]. In the body of the message type: subscribe trial Firstname Lastname. To post a message to the group: send an e-mail message to [obsolete]. Also see the Library Commission Home Page at: /netserv/tlist.html. To register for the trials and to receive passwords contact Allana Novotny, 402-471-6681 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Allana Novotny .


The Nebraska Library Commission has arranged with Highsmith Inc. for all Nebraska libraries to receive an 8% discount on items ordered from the 90 series catalogs, through July 31, 1997. These include School Supply, School Library, Audiovisual, Computer, School and Classroom, Upstart, University and Public/Academic Library. Please note that the minimum order is $25. Freight is prepaid and added to your invoice. This discount will also apply to the LO series catalogs from August 1, 1997 through December 31, 1997. A list of the LO series catalogs will be sent to all librarians who order from Highsmith once it has been completed. To receive the discount, all orders must contain Highsmith Co-op No. 89933. To receive a catalog, contact Pat Robel at Highsmith, 800-543-2180.


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, 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, /.


A copy of the 1997 Summer Library Program Manual, "Thrills and Chills at the Library" was recently mailed to each public library in the state, accompanied by a listing of the Summer Reading Videos available from the Library Commission. If you did not receive your copy, contact Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-4008, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls.


Orders for summer reading materials have been received. If you need additional items, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665. Since some printed items had January deadlines for orders, the Library Commission will attempt to negotiate for additional items, as requested.


The Spring 1997 Children's Book Reviews will be taped in March, and the tapes will be available for borrowing by April 15. You can attend the taping sessions in Lincoln at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications. The taping dates are March 21 for Preschool-Grade 3 level, and March 28 for Grade 3-Young Adult level, and 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. If you have any questions, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665.


Federal funding for libraries under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) goes into effect on October 1, 1997. LSTA builds on the strengths of previous federal library programs, but has some major advantages and differences. LSTA retains the state-based approach, but sharpens the focus to two key priorities for libraries: 1. Information access through technology and 2. Information empowerment through special services. LSTA Highlights and Basic Questions can be accessed from the American Library Association Home Page at http://www.ala.org/washoff/wonow.html. As part of Nebraska's requirements for LSTA funding, the Library Commission will develop a statewide plan for library and information services. As news and information develop, it will be reported on the Library Commission Home Page, /, search on LSTA. The Commission will actively seek input in the plan development process through a variety of methods and will initiate a response mechanism on the Home Page and public hearings around the state in the spring. For more information, contact Sally Snyder, 402-471-4003, 800-307-2665, or e-mail: Sally Snyder.


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OCLC Cataloging I: MARC Format & Copy Cataloging

January 29, 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.

This workshop features an introduction to MARC tags in the morning and a basic introduction to editing an OCLC record in the afternoon. Topics include: a basic history of OCLC; responsibilities of an OCLC member; the impact of cataloging functions on Interlibrary Loan and Public Services; selecting appropriate bibliographic records; deciding what to edit in a bibliographic record; editing CIP copy; inputting local holdings information; producing labels and cards; exporting records; deleting holdings; and the OCLC cataloging costs. Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to performing copy cataloging on the OCLC system or wanting a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog is helpful. What to Bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed. Books to use in hands-on activity. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience.
CE Credit=5.


OCLC's Format Integration

February 7, 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 covers the 006 field, cataloging workforms and record types, display and qualifier changes, and changes to fields and subfields. Lecture and written exercises will help participants understand the changes and the capabilities that have been added to OCLC MARC and provide questions to ask local automation vendors regarding changes and enhancements to local catalogs. Audience: Catalogers and Automation staff responsible for database management of local systems. Prerequisites: Previous OCLC experience and detailed knowledge of the MARC format. What to Bring: A copy of the OCLC Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed. Format: Lecture and demonstration.
CE Credit=3

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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.


Computers in Libraries '97

March 9-13, Arlington, Virginia.
Contact: Information Today, Inc., 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055-8750; phone: 609-654-6266; fax: 609-654-4309; e-mail: <custserv@infotoday.com>; WWW: http://www.infotoday.com/cil.html.

Computers in Libraries '97, held in cooperation with the American Library Association Special Libraries Association, features more than 100 speakers covering all aspects of library technology, an extensive exhibit hall, and pre- and post-conference workshops. Sessions focusing on the Internet and the World Wide Web provide practical examples of how this new technology is being integrated into library platforms. Case studies and creative applications of multimedia, CD-ROMs, information delivery, digital and virtual libraries, and library systems provide ideas to employ in your own organization. Sessions will also examine the use of technology in schools and learning environments.


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, a discussion on how to integrate electronic resources into the local online catalog, and a discussion on 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.


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