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January '99 Vol.13 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 Commission has posted the Timetable for 1999 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants, as well as additional information about 1999 LSTA Grants, and 1998 Grant Recipients. See /, search on LSTA Grants. 1999 Grant Application Packets will be mailed to libraries on January 4.

In partnership with the Nebraska Library Commission, OCLC is making six computers available to Nebraska public libraries. (For specifications of these computers, point your browser to /, search on Workstations.) The purpose of this project is to provide FirstSearch access to a library community that would otherwise not have this service. The six libraries that will receive these computers are: Oshkosh Public Library, Yutan Public Library, Arlington Public Library, Hooper Public Library, Osceola Public Library, and Louisville Public Library. If you are interested in taking part in a program so that your library might receive a computer (either an upgrade or new acquisition), please contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

The Nebraska Library Commission has arranged a group discount for H.W. Wilson Databases: Book Review Digest, Library Literature, Indexing to Legal Periodicals, and Wilson Biographies. Pricing information can be found on the Database Pricing Web page, /, search on Database Pricing.

The Nebraska Library Commission has partnered with EBSCO to give 64 public libraries access to Health Source Plus for January 1, 1999 through June 30. Health Source Plus is a consumer health database, offering authoritative information on health-related questions. For more information about the product, see For more information about this database offer, contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Cosmic Connections is the theme for the 2000 Summer Reading Program. Please send your ideas for content, incentives, and ideas for the manual to Mary Jackson by January 15, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, suite 120. Lincoln, NE, 68508, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665. Your ideas will set the direction for the program, as well as serve as the basis for manual content and the materials that are offered. Your help and creativity will be most appreciated.

The Nebraska Library Commission is sponsoring a Periodical Database Teleconference on February 26, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. CST, at various satellite sites statewide. This teleconference brings together the Gayle Group (formerly Information Access Company), H. W. Wilson, OCLC and University Microfilms Inc. to answer your questions on current and future products and services and your specific needs. For more information, contact Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665.

The Nebraska Library Association's Legislative Day Luncheon is set for February 17, from noon to 1:00 p.m. CST. The buffet luncheon will be held at the Lincoln Women's Club, 404 So. 14th St., Lincoln. Library staff and supporters will escort their senators to the lunch. Contact Brenda Ealey, Legislative Committee Chair, Southeast Library System, 5730 R St., Lincoln, NE 68508, e-mail: <>. See the Committee home page for more information at

The 1998 Jane Geske Award was presented to the Friends of the Libraries of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at the November Nebraska Center for the Book annual meeting. The award, established by the Nebraska Center for the Book, is presented annually to an organization, business, library, school, association, or other group that has made an exceptional contribution to literacy, books, reading, libraries, or Nebraska literature. For more information, see /, search on Jane Geske Award.

Nebraska Library Commissioners recently made the following appointments to the Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries (SACL). Reappointed: Michael LaCroix, Director of the Creighton Reinert Alumni Memorial Library in Omaha. New Appointments: Mike Herbison, Director of the Calvin T. Ryan Library at the University of Nebraska at Kearney; Kathy Lute, Chair of the Board of Trustees as the Ogallala Goodall City Library; and Ruth Seward, Director of the Lexington Public Library. The next meeting of the SACL will be held as a joint meeting with the Nebraska Library Commissioners on March 11 and 12 in Kearney.

The Nebraska Library Commission announces that public libraries are eligible to apply for grants for special projects in the area of children's services. Written grants must be submitted to the Library Commission by February 1, 1999. To receive a packet with guidelines, explanations of the target areas, criteria for award and an application form, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665 or Sally Snyder, 402-471-4003 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder. For more information, see the Library Commission home page, /, search on Children's Grants for Excellence.

The See-to-Learn program is sponsored by the National Optometrist's Association, recognizing the importance of early identification of vision problems for successful learning. Selected optometrists in Nebraska offer free vision assessments for all three year-olds. Public libraries are asked to help with this campaign by distributing literature and bookmarks. For more information, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665 or see Announcements on the Commission home page, /.

The Library Commission announces the introduction of Web-based Mini-courses as an opportunity to educate librarians for the 21st Century. The first mini-course, "The Internet and Intellectual Freedom," provides valuable information about a topic that librarians must address in all types of libraries. The mini-course will provide two Continuing Education hours toward Public Librarian Certification. Send feedback on the course to Ellen Van Waart, Continuing Education Coordinator at the Library Commission, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665. See the Commission home page, /, search on Internet Intellectual Freedom.

At the December Nebraska Library Commission Meeting, Karen Warner was elected Chair and Jean Sanders was elected Vice Chair. The next meeting is January 8 at the Library Commission.

The American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting is scheduled for January 30-February 1, in Philadelphia, PA. For more information, see Attendees are invited to join OCLC on Friday, January 29, 1:30-4:30 p.m., for the OCLC Symposium on "New Directions in Resource Sharing." Learn how your library can adopt innovative workflows and technologies that have proven to lower library costs. This program is free and open to all ALA Midwinter attendees.

If you do not have access to the Internet World Wide Web, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 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.

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Books In Print Training

(Tentative) January 6, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Wayne State College, Wayne.
January 8, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Metropolitan Community College, Elkhorn.
January 8, 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln.
February 1, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., College Park, Grand Island.
February 2, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Alliance Center (WNCC), Alliance.
(Tentative) February 3, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Brady Public Schools, Brady.
Contact: Allana Novotny, 402-471-6681 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Allana Novotny.

Training for the Books In Print database is being offered at 6 sites across the state. A representative from R. R. Bowker will be conducting one training session in each system for library staff. Class sizes are limited. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the overwhelming request for training and limited class sizes, we ask that one representative from each library attend a training session and then act as a trainer for others in the library. At this time 4 dates have been finalized. Proposed locations and dates for the other two sessions will be confirmed by R .R. Bowker. We will take registrations for these two sites when they are finalized. There is no charge for this workshop. However, if you reserve a space in the session and fail to appear you will be required to pay a $10 workshop fee in advance to reserve a place at another Books In Print training session. The fee can be avoided by canceling reservations at least 24 hours in advance. Contact Allana Novotny (above) to cancel reservations. For complete information about the Books In Print training and the online registration form, see /, search on Books In Print Training Form.

"Encore Presentation" Intermediate Windows 95 Workshop

January 22, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Sump Memorial Library, Papillion.
Contact: Eastern Library System, 11929 Elm Street, Suite 12, Omaha, NE 68144; 402-330-7884 or 800-627-7884.

Instructor is John Seyfarth. John will cover the following: installing, configuring and sharing printers; networking and communications (Internet, peer to peer, client server); the right mouse button, file tools; control panels; installing and removing programs; hardware management; memory management; and operating system maintenance. Send Registration and check for $15 (lunch is on your own) made to Eastern Library System by January 18 (address above). Class size limited to 15. CE Credit=4.

HTML Training

January 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lincoln School of Commerce, 1821 K Street, Lincoln.
Contact: Brenda Ealey, 402-467-6188 or 800-288-6063; e-mail: <>.

Peter Jorgensen, Reference Librarian with Lincoln City Libraries will lead workshop attendees through the following topics: how a Web page is constructed; using various type sizes and styles; adding links from one part of your page to another; adding links from your page to other Web sites; adding a "mail to" link; adding background and text colors; adding background images; adding in-line images; and suggestions of possible ways to use HTML pages. Attendees should bring a list of 6 to 12 favorite Web sites, with their URLs, to use in putting together a sample Web page at the workshop. A basic familiarity with computers and using Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer is needed. Cost: $10. Mail registration by January 22 to Southeast Library System, 5730 R Street, Suite C-1, Lincoln, NE, 68505.

Winter Workshop

January 29, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Broken Bow Public Library.
Contact: Sharon Osenga, 3423 2nd Avenue #301, Kearney, NE 68847; 308-234-2087.

Topics include: creative cutting; leading book discussion groups; Internet search techniques; young adult books for reluctant readers; reference sources on the Internet; and mini-books. Discussion/Hands on Activities with: Jean Lukesh, Grand Island Public School System; Julie Pinnell, Library Commission; Representative from Accu-Cut Systems; and Sharon Osenga, Meridian Library System. Cost: $10. CE Credit=4.5.

The Library as Knowledge Creator and Publisher

February 19, College of Dupage Teleconference Series 1998-99.

Libraries are expanding their capacities for developing and distributing networked information. They can become competitors of, or creative partners with, traditional commercial and scholarly publishers. Libraries can be assertive and, as content owners and providers, use their traditional access and preservation mandates to generate revenue and develop new business models for their services. The Nebraska Library Commission purchased a statewide license to downlink five teleconferences produced by the College of DuPage to support the continuing education efforts of library personnel throughout the state. The programs are a combination of the very successful "Soaring to Excellence" and "Dancing with Change" series. With a statewide license, the Library Commission offers institutions unlimited access to downlink each program and make videotapes for the use of the participating institution. If your institution is interested in downlinking, contact Ellen Van Waart at 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665. The satellite coordinates will be available from Ellen shortly before each program. Supplementary program materials will be available at the College of DuPage Web site, CE Credit=2.

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