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June 2000 Vol.14 No.6 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Twenty-nine libraries have joined the Nebraska netLibrary consortium, facilitated by the Nebraska Library Commission. Starting July 1, these libraries will have exclusive access to the Nebraska netLibrary collection of approximately 1,500 ebooks. Complete the online order form at by June 1 to participate in this purchase. The list of libraries that have already signed up is available at

A grant from the State Records Board to the Library Commission will provide a new scanner to enhance access to microform publications. Digital access to the Commission's state and federal government publications in microfiche or microfilm format will result in high quality prints and images that can be e-mailed as file attachments. For more information, contact Beth Goble at 402-471-4017, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Beth Goble.

Nebraska libraries have been awarded $287,892 in Library Technology Grants to improve public access to electronic information. The federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds [made available through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), allocated by Congress, and distributed by the Library Commission annually] address LSTA goals according to the Commission long-range plan, Libraries for the 21st Century. Libraries in twenty-five Nebraska communities, three consortia, and one institution will receive funding to improve information technology services and/or improve information access for underserved populations. 2000 LSTA Grant Recipients are:

For more information about recipients and their projects, see the Commission home page at, search on LSTA Grant Recipients 2000.

Seventeen Nebraska libraries have been awarded $43,681 in state-funded Training and Continuing Education Grants to help provide staff development opportunities for Nebraska library personnel. These projects, designed to ensure that every public library in Nebraska has skilled and knowledgeable information specialists to serve the citizens' information needs, help to achieve the goals of Libraries for the 21st Century, Nebraska's long-range plan for library improvement. For more information about recipients and their projects, see the Commission home page at, search on Training and Continuing Education Grants. The following libraries and/or library organizations received grants:

So that all Nebraskans can access the information and material they need or want, regardless of where they live or work, the Library Commission is renewing several databases on behalf of Nebraska libraries for fiscal year 2000/2001. The subscription period begins July 1, 2000 and ends June 30, 2001. The databases included in this renewal are:

These databases will be renewed automatically for libraries already registered. For more information, see the detailed announcement on the Commission home page at

"Behold Our New Century, an Exploration of Early 20th Century Visions of America" is the theme of the 2000 Great Plains Chautauqua, coming to three Nebraska communities this summer. This is the first time the traveling tent show will make more than two appearances in the state. As part of the week-long Chautauqua, scholars will offer a variety of programs for children and adults in Seward June 16-20, Grand Island July 7-11, and Arapahoe July 14-18. Scholars will appear as President Theodore Roosevelt, African-American leader Booker T. Washington, reformer and peace advocate Jane Addams, philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, and American Indian leader Ohiyesa (Charles A. Eastman). They will shed light on why these influential Americans thought, wrote, or acted as they did; what they might have done differently; and what they think U.S. citizens of today might learn from their experiences.

Nebraska is among sixteen states eligible to participate in Round 4 of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's State Partnership Grant Program for public libraries. These states will submit applications by November 30. The grant program provides computer equipment and software for public libraries, with emphasis on public Internet access through libraries. These states will be represented at a September workshop in Seattle for introduction to the program and preparation for state applications. The actual installation and training for public libraries will occur in 2001.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney English Department will hold it's annual Fort Kearney Writers' Workshop (1-3 hours credit). This week-long summer workshop in creative writing for those who would like to improve their abilities in writing poetry, fiction, and drama will be held July 10-14. Contact: Dr. Steven Schneider, Director of Graduate Studies in English, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Department of English, Kearney, Nebraska 68849-1320, 308-865-8297, e-mail:

REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, will offer a wide variety of programs on library services to Latinos and people of color at its second National Conference in Tucson, Ariz., August 3-6. Programs will address children's services, adult services, collection development, recruitment of minority librarians, and library school curriculum. Register at See the REFORMA Web site for the latest conference information at

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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Storytelling Class
June 5-26, College of St. Mary, Omaha, Contact: 402-399-2405.
Omaha's College of St. Mary is offering a storytelling class (1-3 hours graduate and undergraduate credit) from June 5 to 26. The instructor is Nancy Duncan. It will include the Nebraska Storytelling Festival.

Nebraska Documents Meeting
June 9, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Jennings Room, Calvin T. Ryan Library, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. cdt, Contact: Diana J. Keith, Associate Professor, Head, Government Documents Department, Calvin T. Ryan Library, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE 68849-2240, 308-865-8542, fax: 308-865-8722, e-mail:
The meeting is for staff of federal and state depository libraries to gather, discuss issues affecting Nebraska depositories, and participate in continuing education for documents staff. The morning session will consist of updates on Nebraska and federal documents issues. The afternoon session will feature hands-on training on accessing census data on the Internet, conducted by Dave Fifer, Research Associate at the Center for Public Affairs Research, UNO. Lunch will be on-your-own at the Student Union.

Library Services for Distance Education
June 16, 11 a.m. cdt, Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004, 800-307-2665.
Library Services for Distance Education: Making Them Work is a ninety-minute national teleconference on distance education bringing you practical and timely responses to key issues facing today's libraries as they support distance learners. More information about this teleconference can be found at or on the Library Commission home page Announcements at CE Credits = 2 hours.

The International Cather Seminar 2000: Willa Cather's Environmental Imagination
June 17-24, Lied Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City, Contact: M. Rine, 402-472-8777,
The 8th International Seminar on Willa Cather will represent the rapidly emerging field of environmental literature and highlight the approach of ecocriticism, which adds place to the categories of race, class, and gender used to analyze literature. The seminar will embody interdisciplinary research and writing, with its interaction between the biological sciences and literature.

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, Sydney, 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.

For more information see 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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