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July '96 Vol.10 No.7 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission


The Nebraska Library Commission Home Page has a new address. Update your bookmarks to: /. We are reorganizing the arrangement of information as well, so visit this site and let us know how you use the Home Page. What do you look for on the Home Page? Do you find it easily? Send comments and suggestions to Janet Greser, 402-471-2010 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Janet Greser.

Visioning Retreats on the Future of Library and Information Service in Nebraska, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, are scheduled for July 26 in Lincoln and August 16 in Alliance. Librarians and "friends" from all types of Nebraska libraries and information centers are invited. Please join us and bring along trustees or other library supporters from your community who could represent the vision from a customer's point of view. Help build the vision: What will citizens want from libraries in the 21st Century? What will library and information services look like in the 21st Century? How will libraries be organized in the 21st Century? You have the building blocks for the future. Help us build future scenarios now! Milan Wall from the Heartland Center for Leadership Development in Lincoln will facilitate each day-long visioning session. Registrants will receive a mailing with location details and conference materials. There is no charge to attend and lunch will be provided for all participants. For more information, contact Nancy Busch, 402-471-4002, 800-307-2665. To register, contact Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-4008, 800-307-2665, or e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls, by July 12 for the Lincoln retreat and August 1 for the Alliance retreat. Should you require auxiliary aids or assistance, please contact her.

Judy Winkler, Library Commission Technical Services Librarian, recently placed two helpful new tip sheets on the Library Commission Home Page. Point your World Wide Web browser to / and search by title to find "Searching on OCLC," a detailed guide to searching specifically geared to catalogers, but also useful to other OCLC users, and "Setting Up Macros in Passport for Windows," instructions and helpful tips for creating shortcuts to save keystrokes or perform specific functions.

A special note to those libraries who participated in the BCR-NEBASE CD-ROM group purchase: you will soon receive your invoice and an evaluation form. In six months, BCR will have another group purchase. We need your feedback to determine whether or not to again participate in this endeavor. If you did not participate in the last group purchase but would like to receive the list of CD-ROM titles for future group purchases, contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665 or e-mail: Jeannette Powell. For a CD-ROM Hot List, point your World Wide Web browser to:

Booktalks on the books nominated for the 1996/97 Young Adult Golden Sower Award are available on videotape. The thirty-six-minute tape may be requested from your Library System or from Library Commission Information Services, 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Information Services Team.

The Library Commission Fall Children's Book Review tapings are scheduled for October 4 and 11. The tapes will be available by October 18 from your Library System or the Library Commission. Both tapes will air via satellite on October 15, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST. You may make tapes from the satellite broadcast.

If you are interested in adult programming for your library, a demonstration tape is available from Library Commission Information Services, 402-471-4016, 800-307-2665 or e-mail: Information Services Team. The 60-minute videotape features Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, reviewing books from the "1995 American Library Association (ALA) List of Notable Books."

The 1996 Share Fair for children's and young adult librarians and others who work with children will be held in Lincoln on September 27. The day will be capped by a storytelling event and a reception in the evening. If you would like to be a presenter or would like further details, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665.

The next meeting of the Library Commission Youth Advisory Board is scheduled for September 27, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST, in Lincoln. The Board met June 21 via Interactive video to discuss continuing education and the Children's Improvement Plan.

If you would like to receive a list of Chronicle Publications authors and illustrators that will make classroom or library presentations, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665 or Kit Keller, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller or point your World Wide Web browser to the Library Commission Home Page / and search on "Chronicle."

The Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults Competition, sponsored by the American Library Association's Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA/ALA), is currently soliciting entries. The deadline for applications is October 1. For information, contact Mary Jackson or Kit Keller.

The Library Commission recently awarded seven 1996 Grants for Excellence in Children's Services. The recipients are: Karen Fitz, Hoesch Memorial Library, Alma-Internet training for kids, $700; Carolyn Baker, Beatrice Public Library-Collaboration: multicultural materials and programming for middle school students, $2,500; Bob Trautwein, Columbus Public Library-Family literacy collaboration, $1,000; Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries-Collaborative project for at-risk kindergarteners, $600; Sharon Wiegert, Papillion Public Library-Collaborative project using internet for daycare provider training, $1,000; Linda Small, Plattsmouth Public Library-Programming for children under three years of age, $1,190; Judy Coday, Wahoo Public Library-Collaboration with junior high teen newsletter written by teens, $1,000.

Libraries are encouraged to apply for AIDS Information Grants. In 1994 and 1995, the National Library of Medicine issued Request for Quotations (RFQ) for AIDS Outreach. The purpose of these projects was to improve access to HIV/AIDS-related information by patients, the affected community, and their care givers. As a result, thirty-five organizations were awarded purchase orders of $25,000 or less. Proposals are currently being solicited for 1996 projects through July 22, 3:30 p.m. Priority will be given to public libraries interested in serving their communities with HIV/AIDS information. For more information about this funding opportunity, point your World Wide Web browser to the Library Commission Home Page, / and view "Announcements" under "News." For a print copy contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, or e-mail: Mary Geibel, or call:(no collect calls) Valerie M. Syed, 301-496-6546, VALERIE@NLM.NIH.GOV re:REQUEST NO. RFQ NLM 96-034/VMS ISSUED 06/06/96. To access the full text of the RFQ, point your web browser to

Norfolk Public Library Youth Literature Festival is scheduled for July 27 and will feature nationally known, award-winning authors. Tickets are available at the Norfolk Public Library, contact Karen Drevo, 402-644-8710, fax: 402-370-3260, or e-mail: <>.

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Partnership for Rural Nebraska Institute for Rural Development will be held in Lincoln on July 22-26. The institute is geared to economic and community developers working in rural areas. Since libraries can be a critical component in the economic development of their community, librarians are encouraged to attend. Institute participants will exchange ideas and perspectives about working in rural areas and build a network of rural economic and community development professionals. General sessions will provide information about all aspects of rural economic and community development, while concurrent workshops will offer an in-depth look at specific issues. Tuition varies according to residency, membership, and sessions chosen. The institute will be held at the Nebraska Center for Continuing Education, Lincoln. For more information, contact: Gordon Ipson, 402-471-3063, 800-426-6505, e-mail: <> .

The 1996 Nebraska Bookmobile Workshop, hosted by the Bookmobile Staff of the Hastings Public Library, is scheduled for August 2, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. CST. The workshop is open to anyone in the state interested in bookmobile service. Topics will include public relations ideas, serving special groups, multicultural communication experiences, automation, library and bookmobile cooperation, and tours. Register by July 26. Fee of $6.00 includes lunch. Contact the Hastings Public Library, 402-461-2346, for more information and registration forms. Three hours of Continuing Education credit are available.

Midwest and Plains Community Developers will meet this Summer in Nebraska. "Windows On the World: From Rural Communities and Urban Neighborhoods" is the theme of a conference organized by Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska Community Development Society members. Set for August 21-23 in South Sioux City, the conference will encourage the exchange of ideas, information, and expertise among people engaged in, or concerned about community development. Researchers, educators and resource providers will present workshops, papers, community showcases, and exhibits/posters. Contact Duane A. Olsen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 402-472-2041, or e-mail: <agec006@UNLVM.UNL.EDU>.

Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service will staff an exhibit on "Reading as Recreation" at the "Leisure Expo-Fun Lifestyles for People with Physical Disabilities" on August 23-24 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the PVA Education Center in Omaha. For more information, call 402-398-1855 or e-mail: <>.

The Nebraska Library Association New Members' Round Table (NLA/NE/NMRT) is accepting nominations for two awards. The Houchen Bindery Beginning Professional Award (includes $150 cash prize) will be given to a librarian/media specialist making a significant contribution to library/media services in the initial career years. The Mentor of the Year Award will be granted to a recipient who has aided significantly in the professional development of librarians, media specialists and library staff, and, by example, has influenced their careers. All nominations are confidential. Award recipients will be announced during the NLA/NEMA fall conference in October. Nominations should be postmarked by September 1. For more information contact: Myrna Tewes, NLA/NE/NMRT Awards Coordinator, Gere Public Library, 2400 South 56th Street, Lincoln, NE 68506, 402-441-8558.

The American Library Association's American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will offer the "ICONnect Online IBASICS 1996 Course" via a special listserv beginning September 4, and continuing for nine lessons. Designed especially for school library media specialists, the course covers basic tools for using the Internet, including e-mail, listservs, gopher, telnet, World Wide Web, ftp and newsgroups. Curriculum threads are woven into each of the lessons. For more information, contact AASL at 800-545-2433, ext. 4389 or e-mail: <>.

Nebraska Literature Festival 1996 is scheduled for September 21, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UN-L) East Campus Union. Presentations and programs include readings from twelve publishing Nebraska writers, writing workshops, a book fair, luncheon, open-mike readings, and Native American poetry group. The Festival will be followed by a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Plains Room. For more information or a registration brochure, contact Cindy Schneider, UN-L Dept. of English, 402-471-1817.

A writer's conference about the past, present, and future of writing will be presented September 20-22, at the Marriott Regency in Omaha. Sponsored by the Romance Authors of the Heartland, the workshop will include presentations on manuscript preparation, submission, and market knowledge; non-fiction publishing; time management; paranormal trends; publicity and promotion; crime investigation procedures; the seamy side of the Civil War; books in the marketplace; plotting with a partner; history of American firearms and much more. For more information, contact: Barb Hunt at 402-453-6076 or Pam Crooks at 402-334-8754.

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