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July 2000 Vol.14 No.7 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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On July 15, applications for library accreditation will be mailed to all eligible libraries. Applications are due at the Nebraska Library Commission by September 1. Accredited libraries are eligible to apply for direct state aid and federal and state grants. For a list of libraries with accreditation expiring September 30, see ml. For more information contact Richard Miller, Library Development Director, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller.

Jeannette Powell is the Library Commission's 2000 Employee of the Year. Congratulations Jeannette!

The Library Commission has hired Jodene Glaesemann as Administrative Assistant for some accounting and personnel functions. Jodene, who currently works for the Foster Care Review Board, replaces Sue Biltoft, who joined the Nebraska Rural Development Commission after fifteen years with the Library Commission.

Annette Hall has been hired to serve as a permanent, part-time Volunteer Services Coordinator for the Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service. Her duties include volunteer recruitment and recognition, program evaluation, and volunteer utilization enhancement.

Gov. Mike Johanns has reappointed Karen Warner and Bob King to the Library Commission. Both will serve terms from 2000-2003.

Nebraska Library Commission will celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2001. In honor of the Centennial, we are launching a Centennial Web Site, Libraries for the Centuries. Beginning with Pre-1900 and 1900-1909, a new decade will be unveiled each month. The site includes historical photos, documents, and a timeline. Maggie Harding worked with the Commission for more than a year to organize the Commission archives, record oral histories from current and former Commission staff, and write the Web text. See the Library Commission home page at and click on the Centennial button.

The Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors at Lincoln's Bennett Martin Public Library has been renamed to honor Jane Pope Geske, Library Commission Director from 1969-1971 and 1973-1976. Geske was an early president of the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association, as well as a founding member of the Nebraska Center for the Book and of Friends of the University of Nebraska Libraries.

Nebraska libraries can purchase Bibliostat and Scholarstat Libraries software at a 12.5 percent discount through a cooperative purchase arrangement negotiated by the Library Commission through NEBASE (Nebraska's OCLC Network), the Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR), and (formerly Management Dynamics). Bibliostat software extracts information automatically from a library's automation system. Library staff can use the information to create reports, graphs, and tables. Scholarstat Libraries software allows academic libraries to compare themselves with peer libraries based on data from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) survey and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Survey (IPEDS). For more information see the announcement on the Commission home page at or the Web site To order contact BCR's Rosario Garza Libraries will be billed through the monthly NEBASE bill.

Nebraska libraries are starting to receive E-Rate Funding Commitment Decision Letters. When a library receives a Funding Commitment Letter, it is time to fill out the newly revised Form 486. Form 486 must be filed in order to authorize the payment of invoices from library service providers. Forms will be mailed to libraries by the Schools and Libraries Division or see for Web access. For more information contact Pam Scott, Library Consultant at the Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott or contact the Client Service Bureau of the Schools and Libraries Division at 888-203-8100.

Nebraska libraries are invited to apply for special grants to build library collections. The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation is accepting applications for grants to expand collections of books for at-risk young people from public and school libraries with limited book budgets. The Carnegie Corporation will partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities to award fifty volumes in the Library of America series to small and rural libraries across the country. For more information see Announcements on the Commission home page at

The National Center for Education Statistics Public Library Peer Comparison Tool facilitates comparison of a local library with a group of similar libraries. This tool simplifies the process of selecting variables and creating customized comparison reports. For more information see Announcements on the Commission home page at

Diane Wells recently completed the State's six-month Information Technology Retraining program and assumed new responsibilities as Computer Service Support Staff. Her responsibilities include general computer troubleshooting and support within the agency, with a special emphasis on the Talking Book and Braille Service and adaptive technology.

Election season is upon us and libraries will soon be asked for help finding absentee ballot application forms, voter registration information, and guides to candidates and ballot issues in their areas. Resources to help find information for voters are listed on the Library Commission home page at, see Announcements.

Kimberly Shelley, Cataloging and Technical Services Librarian, has accepted a position with the Lincoln City Libraries, effective July 12. Jo Budler, Network Services Director, has accepted appointment as Deputy State Librarian of the Library of Michigan, effective in August.

The Nebraska Library Commission has renewed a statewide Motion Picture Video License for all 275 public libraries in Nebraska for July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2001, at no charge to public libraries. With this license, motion pictures may be shown in the library facility as part of various programming opportunities. For more information contact Ellen Van Waart at 402-471-4004, 800-307-2665.

Golden Sower Award winners for 1999-2000 were recently announced. The Nebraska Library Association's Children's Choice Book Award is given annually to outstanding books for children and young people. 62,710 students representing 586 Nebraska schools voted for these 20th Anniversary award winners: No Such Thing, by Jackie French Koller Grade 3); Jaguar, by Roland Smith (Grades 4-6); and Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Young Adult). For more information see s/home/NLA/golden/winners/winners.htm.

Nebraska librarians are invited to explore Correspondence Courses offered through the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies. These courses are acceptable for CE Credit in Nebraska. Courses include Basic Public Library Management from a Services Point of View, Basic Reference, Collection Development, and Public Library Administration. For more information see polyglot.lss.wi or contact Ellen Van Waart at 402-471-4004, 800-307-2665.

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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American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference 2000: Libraries Build Community
July 6-12, Chicago IL, Contact: ALA's Fax On Demand, 800-545-2433 and press 4 or see

Register online for this annual conference. Highlights include:

Children's Book Week Discussion
July 14, Various Video Conference Sites, 2:00-4:00 p.m. CDT. Contact: Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006.
This videoconference will enable children's librarians to engage in informal discussion of one of the main events for children on the library calendar, Children's Book Week. Librarians are encouraged to bring questions, ideas, visuals, and problems to share. Sites include: Ainsworth, Alliance, Beatrice, Chadron, Columbus, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Lincoln, Nebraska City, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, O'Neill, Scottsbluff, Sidney, and Valentine.

Storytelling OLIO
July 28, Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, 7:30 p.m. CDT, Contact: Karen or Marci 402-644-8710.
Tell a story, recite a poem, read prose, or relax, have dessert, and simply enjoy the evening.

Youth Literature Festival
July 29, Johnny Carson Theater, 801 Riverside Boulevard, Norfolk, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. cdt, Contact: Karen Drevo 402-644-8710, Fax: 402-370-3260, e-mail:
Norfolk Public Library's 6th Annual Literature Festival features Cynthia DeFelice, author of The Ghost of Fossil Glen, Weasel; Bob 'Old Jules' Curry, performing a one-man show as Jules Sandoz; actress Pippa White, in The Extraordinary Ordinary! Other activities include 2000-2001 Golden Sower Previews, book displays and sales, autograph sessions, and door prizes. CE Credit = 5 hours. Cost: $5/advance, $7/door for Youth (18 and under); $10/advance, $15/door for Adults. Send a SASE with full payment to Literature Festival, Norfolk Public Library, 308 Prospect Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68701.

Trustee Training with Pat Wagner
August 21, Gering Public Library, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. MDT
August 22, Ord Township Library, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CDT
August 23, Holdrege Public Library, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CDT
August 24, Northeast Community College, Norfolk, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CDT
August 25, Dvoracek Memorial Library, Wilber, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CDT
August 26, Keene Memorial Library, Fremont, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CDT
Contact: Southeast Library System, 5730 R Street, Suite C-1, Lincoln, NE 68505, 402-467-6188, 800-288-6063, Fax 402-467-6196, e-mail:

This workshop, offered in six sites across the state and sponsored by Nebraska's six Regional Library Systems, is funded through a grant from the Nebraska Library Commission. Pat Wagner of Pattern Research in Denver will provide training on trustee responsibilities and library advocacy, enabling and encouraging them in their roles. The session is designed for library directors and trustees, as well as other library leaders and advocates. Registration/coffee at 9:00 a.m. at each site. Cost: $10, includes lunch.

MPLA/NLA/NEMA 2000 Triconference, in conjunction with the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Task Force Annual Meeting (Mountain Plains Library Association, Nebraska Library Association, and Nebraska Educational Media Association)
October 25-28, Holiday Convention Centre, Omaha, Contact: Sarah Watson, Registration Chair, 402-444-4808,
The Theme of this year's conference is Beyond the Horizon...Charting Our Course to the Future. Keynote speakers include Steve Coffman, author of the article Building Earth's Largest Library: Driving into the Future; and David Shenk, author of Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut and End of Patience(sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission). Jym Kruse, Nebraska storyteller, is the banquet speaker. On October 25, a preconference sponsored by Nebraska's Regional Library Systems, 'Professional Ethics: Sound Decision Making' will be presented by Foxy Mason, Professor of Library Science at University of North Texas and Emporia State University. For the most up-to-date information see the conference Web site at

For more information see the Library Calendar at 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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