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July 2003 Vol.17 No. 6 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 will accept applications until July 15 for state-funded Continuing Education and Training Grants to support projects providing training and continuing education, developing the knowledge and skills of Nebraska library personnel to serve citizen information needs. Grants will be awarded August 11. For more information see nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Continuing Education Grants, or contact Pam Scott, Continuing Education Coordinator, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott.

Julie Pinell is the Library Commission's 2003 Employee of the Year. Congratulations, Julie!

A new state biennium budget was enacted this spring. Governor Johanns' budget proposal called for 10% state fund reductions for most state agencies, including the Library Commission. Following hearings, the Legislature's Appropriations Committee restored $89,148 in state funds for the Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service. Even with these funds restored, the Library Commission's operating budget was reduced by $134,535. A combination of personnel, library materials, publishing, equipment, and travel budget reductions will be made to reflect the reduced state appropriation. The Commission's state aid program was reduced by 10%, $139,215.

The Nebraska Library Commission meeting scheduled for July 11 has been canceled and rescheduled for August 1, 9:30 a.m. - Noon at the Nebraska Library Commission. A meeting of the State Advisory Council on Libraries will be held July 18, 9:00 a.m. at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Library, 404 East 7th Street, Curtis. If special accommodations (including interpreters for the hearing impaired) are needed to attend either meeting contact Doreen Kuhlmann, Business Manager, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Doreen Kuhlmann. For agendas, see the Library Commission Home Page, nlc.nebraska.gov, Search on Library Commission Agenda or State Advisory Council Agenda Index.

The Library Commission will distribute applications for the Public Library Accreditation program in July to all public libraries scheduled to renew their accreditation and to all unaccredited libraries. These applications are due September 1. Certificates of Accreditation will be mailed on October 1 to all libraries that meet the requirements. To be accredited, public libraries must meet the twenty Basic Guidelines for Service (see nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/revguid.html), meet the maintenance-of-effort requirement, and have submitted a Public Library Statistical Report FY 2001/2002 using Bibliostat´┐Ż Collect. For more information contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Public Library Statistical Data surveys will be available online through Bibliostat (TM) Collect on October 15, at collect.informata.com. The Nebraska Library Commission will send a Username and Password, which will be the same as last year's, to each public library. The deadline for data submission is January 31, 2004. This online data submission is a requirement for state aid eligibility. Due to recent budget cuts, the Library Commission has discontinued its statewide license of the companion program, Bibliostat´┐Ż Connect, which was used to analyze the data. Data analysis can be accomplished by downloading the raw data files from the Library Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov/statistics/statlist.html, and manipulating them in standard spreadsheet software. For more information, contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, e-mail: Kit Keller, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665.

With the Nebraska Library Commission's FY 2004 renewal of the statewide online databases, Nebraskans of all ages can use electronic information sources to find a variety of resources for homework, research, and decision-making. The Library Commission provides these databases at no cost to public, academic, and school libraries across the state. For more information see the Library Commission home page nlc.nebraska.gov, click on Electronic Databases.

The Nebraska Library Commission is continuing to accept applications from library staff in public libraries to attend the Outcome-Based Evaluation: Are We Making a Difference? workshop, scheduled for September 30 - October 1. Participants will propose an evaluation project using outcome-based techniques and will submit a report describing how the outcomes were defined and measured. A Web page will be developed to share information from the projects, providing a statewide "snapshot" of the outcomes of a variety of library services across Nebraska. Apply by August 1. For more information see nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Outcome-Based Evaluation or contact Nancy Busch, Deputy Director, Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4002, 800-307-2665.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced a ruling upholding the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). This law requires public libraries to install filtering software on computers providing public access to the Internet as a requirement for receiving federal assistance, including the E-rate Program. The American Library Association (ALA), plaintiff in the case, called for "full disclosure of what sites filtering companies are blocking, who is deciding what is filtered, and what criteria are being used." For more information, see the ALA Web site, www.ala.org/cipa.

OCLC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently launched a new, interactive Web site to help public libraries and other institutions make the most of information technology. WebJunction, webjunction.org, gives public librarians a broad range of resources, including a forum for sharing information on policies and practices, technical resources, advice for purchasing hardware and software, and community message/discussion boards that cover day-to-day support issues and management topics.

Children's Library Services Videoconference: Young Adult Services @your library (TM) Part 1 - Resources, sponsored by the Library Commission, will be held August 22, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, at sites in Ainsworth, Columbus, Hastings, Kearney, Lincoln, Omaha, Scottsbluff, North Platte, Norfolk, and Wayne. Sally Snyder, Acting Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services, and several public librarians will present resource ideas gathered at the Iowa workshop, What's NEW in Young Adult Literature and How to Use It in Your Program. To register online, see the Library Commission home page registration form at nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/ce/libdevtrainingreg.html or contact Jacque Crocker, 402-471-4037, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jacque Crocker by August 18. CE Credits: 3.

The following Library Commission training sessions will be presented by Pam Scott, Continuing Education Coordinator:
July 16, Alliance Public Library, 10:00 a.m. - Noon mdt, E-rate Form 486: What to do after receiving funding letters
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. mdt, Training Strategies for Gates Computers
July 17, Chappell Memorial Library, 10:00 a.m. - Noon mdt, E-rate Form 486: What to do after receiving funding letters
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. mdt, Training Strategies for Gates Computers
July 21, Holdrege Public Library 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. cdt, E-rate Form 486: What to do after receiving funding letters
July 22, Ord Township Library 10:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, E-rate Form 486: What to do after receiving funding letters
July 23, Blair Public Library 10:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, E-rate Form 486: What to do after receiving funding letters
August 7, Madison City Council Room, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, E-rate Form 486: What to do after receiving funding letters
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Training Strategies for Gates Computers

For more information see nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/ce/libdevtraining.html.


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.

This publication was supported in part by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act.


[Continuing Education & Training]

OCLC Connexion: Browser Interface for Cataloging
July 23, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center, 801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk
July 25, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln
August 13, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln
August 28, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln
September 23, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln

Learn to use the new OCLC cataloging browser interface, merging CORC and CatExpress functionality. Audience: OCLC cataloging users who have questions or are interested in planning for migration to the new interface (not appropriate for CatExpress users). Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment.

OCLC ILL Web Interface Basics
August 6, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Hastings College, Computer Lab, Fleharty Center, 12th & Elm Streets, Hastings
August 8, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center, 801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk
August 18, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Omaha Public Library, W. Dale Clark Library Gates Computer Lab, 215 South 15th Street, Omaha
August 20, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln
September 30, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln

This workshop covers basic OCLC ILL features, using the Web interface (alternative to the traditional Passport software). Audience: New ILL library staff and current users familiar with the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of searching OCLC WorldCat.

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer
July 29, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln
September 25, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln

Learn how to improve your productivity by automating repetitious and time-consuming borrowing and lending tasks. Audience: OCLC ILL users currently using or interested in using ILL ME. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC ILL system and the Windows environment.

OCLC Union List Basics
August 7, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
Basic workshop on the OCLC Union List includes searching, interpreting, and updating records. Audience: New and current Union List member staff. Prerequisites: Experience searching the OCLC Online Catalog, WorldCat.

Note: For all of the above activities sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, Instructor: Christa Burns. Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members, others contact Jeannette Powell. Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.

Note: The July Windows Client Interface for Cataloging workshops will not be held. Since OCLC is not expected to release this product until fall, these workshops have been canceled. New workshop dates will be scheduled when a firm date for product release is announced.

Database Roadshow 2003
July 30, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. mdt, Alliance Public Library, 1750 Sweetwater, Alliance
August 5, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cdt, Beatrice Public Library, 100 North 16th Street, Beatrice
August 12, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cdt, Northeast Community College Lifelong Learning Center, 801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk - CLASS IS FULL
August 19, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cdt, Omaha Public Library, W. Dale Clark Library, Gates Computer Lab, 215 South 15th Street, Omaha - CLASS IS FULL
September 10, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cdt, Meridian System Office, 3519 Second Avenue, Suite B, Kearney
September 24, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cdt, John A Stahl Library , 330 North Colfax, West Point - CLASS IS FULL
October 2, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cdt, Holdrege Public Library, 604 East Avenue, Holdrege
October 7, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln

Attend the Database Roadshow 2003 to learn more about the statewide databases funded by the Nebraska Library Commission through discussion, demonstrations, and hands-on practice. Lunch not included. CE Credits: 4.5 For more information and to register see nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/roadshowreg.html. If classes are full, registrations will be recorded on the waiting list for cancellations.


For more information see Library Calendar at nlc.nebraska.gov.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits are issued by the Library Commission as part of the Nebraska Public Librarian and Board Certification Program.


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