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July '97 Vol.11 No.7 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Lori Sailors is the Library Commission's 1997 Employee of the Year, and Lisa Brawner is Manager of the Year. Congratulations, Lori and Lisa!

Norma Chrastil will retire in July. For more than twenty years, Norma worked in Talking Book and Braille Service circulation. Many hundreds of thousands of talking books have passed through her hands on the way to and from borrowers. Thanks and best wishes, Norma!

Bonnie Henzel will join the Library Commission as Staff Assistant II with the Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse Service July 21. Bonnie will work with the state documents depository program and the Nebraska State Publications ONLINE World Wide Web Page. She replaces Vickie Beaver, who moved to Colorado. Bonnie comes to the Commission from Peru State College library, where she worked for nine years in Technical Services.

Theresa Thomssen, Staff Assistant I with the Clearinghouse Service, resigned in June. Theresa worked with the federal documents program and assisted with state documents, the switchboard, and the Library Resource Center. Best wishes Theresa!

Talking Book borrowers, family members and other interested persons are invited to a reception in McCook on Monday, July 14, and in Ainsworth, on Tuesday, July 15. Members of the Talking Book and Braille Service staff and Advisory Committee will host these informational get-togethers to meet borrowers, answer questions and hear comments. The McCook reception will be held at the Highland Park Retirement Community, 612 14th Street East, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. The Ainsworth reception will be held at the Community Senior Center, 234 West 2nd Street, from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. For more information, contact Dave Oertli, 402-471-4005 or 800-742-7691, e-mail: Dave Oertli.

The following libraries received grants for children's services: Superior Public Library for outreach to daycare: $1,749; Clay Center Public Library for collaboration on collection development: $1,620; Ceresco Public Library for collection development and outreach: $3,000; Ord Public Library for collaboration on collection development: $2,000; LaVista Public Library for Book Buddies: (Transportation for at-risk children to library special programs), $2,000; Niobrara Public Library for new parents contact and follow-up: $650; Chadron Public Library for developing an allusionary base for readers: $575. For more information, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665.

The Nebraska Library Commission now offers Nebraska libraries of all types the opportunity to add H.W. Wilson Select Full Text database and/or ABI/Inform to their OCLC FirstSearch Base Package subscription through the Nebraska Statewide Group Purchase. The H.W. Wilson Select database is an abstract and index plus ASCII full-text file covering 430 periodical titles, with all articles available full text on FirstSearch. ABI/Inform covers every aspect of business. Citations include abstracts and indexes of significant articles from nearly 1,000 current business and management periodicals. A subscription to this database includes access to the ASCII full text of articles from 570 journals. For information about pricing for these databases for your institution, see Database Order Form for Nebraska Libraries /netserv/orderform.html, or contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

The Nebraska Library Commission, the Department of Education and Nebraska's Educational Service Units created the "Telecommunications Discounts for Nebraska's Schools and Libraries-Universal Service and the Telecommunications Act of 1996" Home Page to help Nebraska libraries and schools plan for a discount on phone bills and other library telecommunications services. See /nsf/universal.html for information about the discounts, ranging from 20% to 90%, as well as information about how to create a technology plan and who to contact for help and assistance. Although discounts will become available on January 1, 1998, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis (possibly beginning July 1997). Nebraska schools and libraries will not only compete with each other for these discounts, but will also compete with schools and libraries across the country. Only $2.25 billion dollars will be made available for the entire country this year. For more information, contact Ellen Van Waart, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln NE 68508-2023, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665.

The Nebraska Library Commission is requesting volunteers for the third year of the Youth Advisory Board. This group meets four times a year to explore and advise on all aspects of children's and young adult services. The board meets in person or via interactive video and discusses topics that affect the quality of library services to Nebraska children such as summer reading, the children's grant program, children's and young adult book reviews and other possible services. The three-year term extends from September 1, 1997 to August 31, 2000. Public children's librarians and school library media specialists are encouraged to apply. If interested, send your name, library or media center, address and telephone number to Mary Jackson, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023.

The next Library Commission Youth Advisory Board Meeting is October 3, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT in Lincoln at the Library Commission. If you have concerns you would like the Youth Advisory Board to address, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665.

The 1997 Youth Share Fair will begin at 1:00 p.m. on October 3 after the Youth Advisory Board meeting. To increase participation in western Nebraska, a Western NE Library Share Fair will be held at the Goodall City Library in Ogallala on September 12. The Share Fairs are an opportunity for anyone who provides library services for children and young adults to share ideas and successes. To present or for more details, contact Mary Jackson (see above) and watch for the forthcoming brochure.

Sally Snyder, Library Commission Administrative Assistant for Programs and Doris Garlow, former Library Commission State Documents Technician, authored an article in the recently published book, Promoting Preservation Awareness in Libraries, edited by Jeanne M. Drewes and Julie A. Page. The article, "Kids Don't Go for Dirty Books," was originally written for the 1989 NLAQ featuring Year of the Young Reader. The original article can be read on the Library Commission Home Page, /libdev/child.html. For a print copy, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel.

American Library Association (ALA) will launch a national campaign to educate parents about the Internet in connection with the announcement of the Supreme Court decision on the Communications Decency Act expected any day. Support materials for local libraries will include a tip sheet for librarians and a new camera-ready brochure, The Librarian's Guide to Cyberspace for Parents and Kids. The brochure and 50+ Great sites for Kids and Parents can be found on the ALA Home Page at The site will continue to be updated and expanded with titles for children and teens. To receive copies of these materials, please call 800-545-2433, ext. 5044/5041 or e-mail: <>.

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Norfolk Public Library Youth Literature Festival

July 26, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Norfolk Senior High School, Norfolk, NE.
Contact: Karen Drevo, 402-644-8710, e-mail: <>.

The day will feature author Lois Ruby, storytellers Andrea Warner and Nancy Duncan, Golden Sower previews, writer's workshops and more. Tickets are available at Norfolk Public Library or to order by mail, send a self-addressed envelope with full payment (make checks payable to "Norfolk Library Foundation-Literature Festival") to: Literature Festival, Norfolk Public Library, 308 Prospect Avenue, Norfolk, NE, 68701. Cost=Adult: $8 advance, $10 at the door; Youth: $5. CE Credit=5.

Internet Workshops

July 31, 10:00-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m., Norfolk, Northeast Community College, McClay 100A.
Contact: Carol Speicher, 800-578-1014.

Part 1: Evaluating Information on the Internet, and Part 2: Tools for Creating an Internet Use Policy. Both sessions are lecture and discussion. Presented by Annie Sternburg of the Nebraska Library Commission. Cost: $5.

OCLC Authority File: An Introduction

August 1, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 800-307-2665 or 402-471-7740, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

An introductory workshop on the content and use of the OCLC Name and Subject Authority File. Topics include: the purpose of Authority Control, searching the OCLC Authority File, structure of an authority record, fixed and variable fields, exporting authority records to your local system or applying authority file data to a card catalog, and a discussion of outsourcing local databases to Authority Control vendors. Audience: cataloging staff who are new to using Authority Files or wanting a refresher. Prerequisites: previous experience searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog would be helpful. What to Bring: a copy of the OCLC Authorities User Guide, 2nd ed. and questions. Format: lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credit=5.

Managing Technology in Public Libraries

August 3-7, Airlie Center, Warrenton, VA (Washington, DC metro area).
Contact: Robin Albert, 301-405-2057, e-mail: <>, or see the Web Site:

Third Annual Leadership Institute, sponsored by The College of Library and Information Services, University of Maryland at College Park. Public library administrators, directors and upper managers will convene for brainstorming about critical issues in planning, implementing, and managing information technology. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with leading public librarians, both formally and informally, sharing experiences, ideas, problems, and solutions. Registration limited.

Windows 95

August 8, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bellevue University Computer Lab.
Contact: Kathy Tooker, 402-330-7884 for more information.

Sponsored by the Eastern Library System. Make your computing life a little easier by becoming proficient using Windows 95. This will be a hands-on class with registration limited to 24. Instructors are Robin Bernstien and Tessa White. Register by July 31 to: Eastern Library System, 11929 Elm St., Suite 12, Omaha NE, 68144. Cost: $10. CE Credit=3.

Midwest Internet Institute
Internet Power: Improving k-12 Education

August 11-12, Lux Middle School, 7800 High Street, Lincoln NE. Hosted by Lincoln Public Schools.
Contact: Sue Burch, 308-385-5971 or e-mail: <>.

The event will include: Ongoing 50-minute sessions presented by educators sharing Internet expertise and success stories from the classroom; extended hands-on workshops; nationally recognized speakers; vendor displays showcasing software, hardware and Internet services.

System Board Retreat

August 14-15, 11:00 a.m., Nebraskan Student Center, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Ponderosa Room.
Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665 for more information.

Sponsored by the Library Commission. Detailed agenda will be sent to System Board Members.

Nebraska State Bookmobile Conference

August 15, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Holdrege Public Library.
Contact: Richard MacDonald or Phyllis Exstrom, 308-995-6556.

Subjects include: Back Smart (lifting heavy items correctly), Bookmobile Memories, and Dealing with Highway Emergencies. Registration fee is $7, lunch included. Register by August 8. Send registration to Holdrege Public Library, 604 East Avenue, Holdrege, NE, 68949. CE Credit=5.

Bulletin Boards

August 22, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., CT, Ord Township Library.
Contact: Sharon Osenga, 308-234-2087.

Hands-on demonstration of bulletin board preparation/projects. No charge. CE Credit=4 .

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