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July 2001 Vol.15 No. 6 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Beginning July 1, libraries that formerly used regional resource centers for Interlibrary Loan (ILL) transactions will receive mediated Interlibrary Loan service from the Nebraska Library Commission. There will be no charge for most transactions. Libraries currently doing their own Interlibrary Loan will continue to do so. In the future, Commission staff plan to focus on training and consultation to help local library staff do their own ILL using a new OCLC Web interface that is expected to simplify ILL requests. ILL requests can be submitted online via the Library Commission Web site,, or contact Library Commission Reference/Information Services, 402-471-4018, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-6244, e-mail: Information Services Team. Questions? Contact Lisa Kelly, 402-471-4015, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Lisa Kelly.

On July 1, the Library Commission distributed information packets to enable Nebraska public libraries to participate in the NebrasKard reciprocal borrowing arrangement. Libraries can now permit registered borrowers in good standing to borrow materials from participating libraries across Nebraska. The packets include Policies and Procedures, Frequently Asked Questions, Agreements, Customer Sign-up Forms, and sample marketing pieces (including NebrasKard key tags, stickers, bookmarks, etc.). For information about NebrasKard, including a current roster of participating libraries, see the Library Commission home page at, search on NebrasKard Program.

Register now for the LAMA Institute 2001. The Nebraska Library Commission will sponsor the Library Administration & Management Association (LAMA) Institute 2001, Managing Library Building Projects: From Identifying the Need to Post-occupancy Evaluation. Bill Sannwald will present this institute for academic and public librarians considering library building projects. The workshop will provide the tools to determine if a building project is needed, and to manage and implement the building project. The Institute will be held July 30 at the Lincoln Embassy Suites. Register by July 20. See the Library Commission Web site, search on LAMA Institute or contact Pam Scott, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott.

NEBASE, Nebraska's regional network for OCLC services, in cooperation with OCLC, will host an OCLC Update Meeting on July 11 at the Scottsbluff Public Library, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Anne Donohue, from OCLC headquarters in Ohio, will speak on a variety of OCLC topics and demonstrate the new Web interface to OCLC's ILL service (expected to be available in mid-August). An overview of all OCLC products and services will be presented. For more information contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665 e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

On July 15, the Library Commission will distribute applications for the Public Library Accreditation program to all public libraries scheduled to renew their accreditation and to unaccredited libraries. Applications are due back to the Library Commission by September 1. Certificates of Accreditation will be mailed on October 1 to all libraries that meet the necessary requirements. To be accredited, public libraries must meet the twenty basic guidelines for service (see, meet the maintenance of effort requirement, and have submitted a Public Library Statistical Report FY 1999/2000. For more information contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller, or see the Commission home page,, search on Accreditation.

The Nebraska Library Commission recently updated the Nebraska Trustee Handbook and the Nebraska Laws Pertaining to Libraries & Library Operations. The most up-to-date versions of these documents are available on the Library Commission home page, see, search on the document title.

The Nebraska Library Association is accepting nominations for four awards. The awards are:

For more information, see the Library Commission home page Announcements at

Banned Books Week is celebrated September 22 through 29. Libraries are encouraged to celebrate Freedom to Read with the theme, Develop Yourself: Expose Your Mind to a Banned Book @ your libraryTM. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. It stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. For more information see

September is Library Card Sign-up Month @ your libraryTM. This is a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. For more information and tools to help communicate the important role of libraries in the education and development of children, see

Last month the Library Commission partnered with Community Action of Nebraska, Inc. to encourage public libraries to inform their customers about resources for low-income people. Libraries are encouraged to place notice cards on the monitors at library public access Internet terminals to direct those in need of services to the Community Action Web site, For more information or to order more notice cards, contact Clay Naff, 402-471-3714, 877-557-2200, fax: 402-471-3481, e-mail:

The Campaign for America's Libraries launched a new Web site at the American Library Association Annual Conference this summer. Through surveys, telephone interviews, and focus groups, ALA learned that while people say they love libraries, they take them for granted. The research also indicates that people do not have a full understanding of what a library and a librarian can offer them in today's information society. The new public Web site at will help people understand the changing roles of libraries and librarians. The Web site targets various populations of library users, including kids, parents, teens, adults, and seniors. It showcases how they can take advantage of library programs and services. For more information about The Campaign for America's Libraries and how your library can get involved, see the internal site for the library community at

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.

Children's Library Services Videoconference: Story Program Ideas
July 13, Sites are located in Ainsworth, Columbus, Hastings, Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, O'Neill, and Scottsbluff, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-4008, 800-307-2665. Send registration to Mary or Maria, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls .

This video teleconference is sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission. Nebraska public librarians and school media specialists (anyone with library youth services responsibilities) are invited to attend an interactive Children's Library Services videoconference to discus Story Program Ideas. CE Credits: 3.

Twelfth Annual Nebraska State Data Center Summer Conference
August 16, Girls & Boys Town Conference Center, 144th and Pacific Streets, Omaha, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., lunch provided onsite
Contact Melanie Hayes, 402-595-1231 for registration information and David Fifer, 402-554-2132 for program information.

Learn about the 2000 Census results, population trends, and more. Topics include "Census Data for Community Neighborhood Analysis," "Census Basics," and "Racial and Ethnic Population Trends." Presenters are Jerry Deichert and David Fifer, NE State Data Center; Mark Miller, NE Health and Human Services System; Jerry O'Donnell, U.S. Bureau of the Census; and Jenny Overhue, NE Public Power District. Registration on or before August 6: $45, after August 6: $55.

Setting Priorities and Budgeting with Pat Wagner
August 22, Alliance Public Library
August 23, Stockman Inn, North Platte
August 24, Central City Community Room
August 25, Platte River State Park
9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Contact: Sharon Osenga, 308-234-2087, 800-657-2192, fax: 308-234-4040, e-mail:, Meridian Library System, 3519 Second Ave., Suite B, Kearney, NE 68847.

This series of workshops is sponsored by the Regional Library Systems and financed through the Nebraska Library Commission with funding from the State of Nebraska designated for library continuing education. Setting priorities is an important role for library boards and librarians in an era of tight budgets. Pat Wagner will guide library staff and trustees through the process of setting priorities to match needs identified in the community. At the end of the workshop, participants will have the information to prepare and present a successful library budget. Register by August 15. CE Credits: 6. Fee: $10 (includes lunch/snacks).

Nebraska Library Leadership Institute 2001
August 26, St. Benedict Retreat Center; Highway 15, 4 miles north of Schuyler, 7:00 p.m.
Contact Carol Speicher, 402-564-1586, 800-578-1014

The Nebraska Library Leadership Institute 2001 is a cooperative workshop sponsored by the Regional Library Systems and financed through the Nebraska Library Commission with state funds designated for library continuing education. The Institute will provide structured professional development opportunities for Nebraska library leaders. It is intended for degreed or non-degreed librarians with two to ten years of library experience. The workshop ends at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30.

NEBASE Annual Meeting 2001-East
September 20, The Cornhusker, 333 South 13th Street, Lincoln, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell

The NEBASE Annual Meeting-East is scheduled for September 20 at The Cornhusker in Lincoln. Details and agenda are not yet finalized, but a full day of activities will provide NEBASE members with updates on OCLC activities (including their new Global Strategy), NEBASE history, and a preview of the new Web ILL interface, scheduled for release this August.

Nebraska Literature Festival
September 21 & 22, Peru State College, Testimonial Dinner (9/21) at Steinhart Lodge, Lied Center in Nebraska City, all day Friday and Saturday.
Contact Andrew Elkins, 402-872-2418, e-mail:

The 2001 Nebraska Literature Festival, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, will focus on living writers with the theme, ³The Writing Life.� For more information see

Third Annual Pen Pointers Writers Workshop
September 29, Senior Citizens Center, Pilger.
Contact: LaRayne Meyer, PO Box 385, Pilger, NE 68768-0385, 402-396-3369

Third Annual Pen Pointers Writers Workshop is sponsored by Elkhorn Valley Arts Unlimited, an arts association involving the communities of Wisner, Beemer, and Pilger. Presenters will include Stephanie Grace Whitson, author of Red Bird, Walks the Fire, and Soaring Eagle, and Preston McDaniels, illustrator of children's books, God of the Sparrow, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and The Princess and the Kiss.

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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