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June '96 Vol.10 No.6 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission


Burns Davis, CM, Library Commission Information Resources Coordinator, has been elected President-Elect of the Nebraska State Government Chapter of the National Management Association. Burns will serve as President of the organization from July 1, 1997 to June 30, 1998. Congratulations, Burns!

Information concerning the 1996 Library Services and Construction Act, Title II, public library construction and technology enhancement grants has been sent to all Nebraska public libraries. The Commission expects $166,000 in Title II federal funds for FY 1996. Libraries applying for a Title II grant must submit a letter of intent to the Commission by July 8. The grants require an equal local match. For more information, contact Sally Snyder at the Commission, 402-471-4003 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder.

The State Advisory Council on Libraries will hold a regularly scheduled meeting June 13, at 10:00 a.m. at the Library Commission in Lincoln. The agenda will be posted on the Library Commission Home Page during the week of June 10. For more information, contact Sally Snyder, 402-471-4003 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder. Should you require auxiliary aids or assistance, please contact her by June 10.

Federal Funding Update: The U.S. Department of Education announced the Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA) funding allocated to Nebraska for 1996. The list below compares amounts received in previous years to 1996:

Title I Title II Title III
1994 $640,009 $175,251 $146,799
1995 $635,691 $174,513 $169,524
1996 $692,593 $166,011 $135,285

We are reorganizing the arrangement of information on the Nebraska Library Commission Home Page,, and contacting users for input in this remodeling process. Your input is an important part of our evaluation. We are looking for answers to questions like: What resources do you look for on our Home Page? What other resources would you like to find? How can we make electronic library resources more useful to you? Send comments and suggestions to Janet Greser, 402-471-2010 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Janet Greser.

The Nebraska Public Library Directory on the Library Commission Home Page, is updated daily. If you have a new address, phone/fax number, or e-mail address for the directory, or would like a paper copy, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel .

The 1996-1997 Nebraska Library Commission Youth Advisory Board (formerly Children's Advisory board) will meet on June 28 at the Commission. Current members of the Youth Advisory Board are: Kathy Thomsen, Lincoln City Libraries; Cindy L. Sowl, Millard Branch, Omaha Public Library; Kathy Lake, Omaha Westside High School; Judy Andrews, Bellevue Public Library; Sharon Wiegert, Papillion Public Library; Merry Von Seggern, Edith Abbott Memorial Library in Grand Island; Karen Drevo, Norfolk Public Library; Helen Sweeney, Ogallala High School; Deb Carlson, Scottsbluff Public Library; Teresa Burge, Blue Hill Schools; Mitzi Mueller, North Platte Public Library; Becky Reisinger, Seward Public Library; Bernice Mason, Kilgore Memorial Library in York; and Delores Feeken, Crete Public Library.

Winners of the 1996 Golden Sower Awards are: Primary age group: Soap! Soap! Don't Forget the Soap!, by Tom Birdseye; Intermediate age group: The Grand Escape, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor; and Young Adult age group: Heart of a Champion, by Carl Deuker.

In order to meet the requirement to receive additional state aid (provided it is available), libraries participating in the Continuous Library Improvement Program (CLIP) planning process should be aware that the first deadline for submission of plans is March 1, 1997. For more information, request "CLIP Plan Expectations" from Kit Keller, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Participants pronounced the recent FirstSearch trial a success. It lays the groundwork for future partnerships and greater resource sharing. The Library Commission has arranged for a statewide group purchase for access to OCLC's Base Package of online databases, which includes: ArticleFirst, ContentsFirst, ERIC, FastDoc, GPO Monthly Catalog, MEDLINE, PapersFirst, ProceedingsFirst, and WorldCat. For more information about how librarians and library customers can take advantage of this access, contact Jo Budler, 402-471-4031, or 800-307-2665.

Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) Spring Meetings are for patrons, friends, users, and all interested Nebraskans. The meetings introduce TBBS Advisory Committee members and staff and give an overview of services. Upcoming meetings are planned for Norfolk on June 20, at the Department of Social Services, time TBA and Grand Island, July 9, time and place TBA. For further information, contact Dave Oertli, 402-471-4005 or 800-742-7691, e-mail: Dave Oertli.

Spring 1996 Book Review tapes are available for checkout from your Library System or from Nebraska Library Commission Information Services, 402-471-4016, or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Information Services .

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Web Page is up and running at: Many thanks to Nebrask@ Online for hosting the page and for technical help provided free of charge as part of their service to Nebraska libraries.

Southeast Library System's Annual Meeting is scheduled for June 20, 10:15 a.m. at the Houchen Bindery, Utica NE. An $8.00 registration fee includes lunch at Chances "R" restaurant. Contact Richard Miller, 402-486-2555, fax: 402-486-2557 for more information.

Meridian Library System's Annual Meeting is scheduled for July 8, Noon-2:30 p.m. at the Group Shelter, Nebraska National Forest, Halsey. Contact Sharon Osenga, 308-234-2087, fax: 308-234-4040, e-mail: for more information.

The Nebraska Library Association New Members' Round Table is accepting nominations for two awards. The Houchen Bindery Beginning Professional Award (includes $150 cash prize) will be given to one 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 one 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, NE/NMRT Awards Coordinator, Gere Public Library, 2400 South 56th Street, Lincoln, NE 68506, 402-441-8558.

Kickstart Initiative, Connecting America's Communities to the Information Superhighway, a new report from the United States Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure, is available for loan from the Library Commission. Contact Reference Services, 402-471-4016, or 800-307-2665, or e-mail: Information Services to borrow it. The report challenges schools, libraries and communities to get connected at the neighborhood level and is available on the Internet:

Nebraska librarians and library customers have free access to NetFirst from May 1, through July 31. NetFirst, OCLC's FirstSearch database for finding information on the Internet, provides an easy-to-use tool for searching and accessing Internet resources. This free NetFirst trial is separate from your library's FirstSearch account(s) and is also available to libraries without FirstSearch accounts. For more information, see Details from OCLC will be distributed via the NEBASE-L listserv. To subscribe to this listserv, send a message to [obsolete]. Do not put a subject in the subject line. In the body of the message type: subscribe NEBASE-L [your first name] [your last name]. Do not include a signature file. You will receive notification that you have been added to the listserv.

The 1996 list of Outstanding Reference Sources for small and medium-sized libraries has been announced by the Reference Sources Committee, Reference and Adult Services Division (RASD) of the American Library Association (ALA). A complete list of the selected titles is available on request from Carla Carter, 800-545-2433, ext. 4398, e-mail <>. The list, with annotations, will appear in the May issue of American Libraries, and can be found on the ALA Website at

Gaylord Information Systems is offering a free poster of Internet terms and definitions. To get the poster call 800-962-9580, press 2 for product information.

American Library Association's 1996 Annual Conference will be held July 4-10, in New York City. Meet others in the library profession, discuss the issues impacting the profession, expand your horizons by choosing from more than 400 programs presented by leading library authorities, and explore more than 1,300 exhibit booths. Contact the American Library Association, 800-545-2433, ext. 1546, e-mail: <> for further information, or check out the conference website: annual96/ny_home.html.

Community Technology Centers' Network (CTCNet) 5th Annual All Affiliates' Conference: "Universal Technology Access--A Community Center-based Strategy," June 14-16, at Boston University, is for affiliates and others committed to providing technology access for all. Workshops and demonstrations will focus on starting and sustaining technology education programs in underserved communities. See conference registration and preliminary program at or call Wendy Peverill-Conti, 617-969-7100, ext. 2727, for more information.

[Continuing Education & Training]

NEBASE Annual Meeting

June 5, University of Nebraska-Kearney. Keynote speaker: Marshall Keys, Director NELINET.
June 14, Bellevue University. Keynote speaker: Bill DeJohn, Director MINITEX.
June 21, Chadron State. Keynote speaker: Dave Brunell, Director BCR.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail Jeannette Powell for more information.

In this, NEBASE's 20th year, the NEBASE Annual Meeting will be held at three sites. The program will include member discussion groups on interlibrary loan and cataloging, informational sessions on Passport for Windows and on our FirstSearch trial with time allowed for questions and answers. At each site a member of the NEBASE Advisory Council will present an informal program, updating our membership on our first meeting and our hopes and plans for the future. Members may also choose to tour the library on-site. During the afternoon break a report on the State Aid Campaign will be presented by a member of that Steering Committee. The registration fee of $15 includes all programs, lunch and anniversary cake.

"Cultivating Community Success"

June 20-22, Cornhusker Hotel and Conference Center, Lincoln, NE. Contact: Heartland Center for Leadership Development, 941 O Street #920, Lincoln NE 68508, 800-927-1115, e-mail: <>.

The conference features more than 40 concurrent sessions with presenters from throughout the United States, plus general sessions on fund-raising, rural policy, and community successes. Major speakers will reflect on key issues facing communities in the future. Call for further information.

Storytelling Festival of Nebraska

June 21-23, College of Saint Mary, Omaha. Contact: call 402-551-4532 or 800-551-4532 for information and reservations.

The Ninth Annual Storytelling Festival of Nebraska brings together six of the nation's top storytellers, plus thirty-seven of the region's best in a three-day intensive celebration of the storytelling art. The festival includes workshops, a children's festival, and a special "Sacred Stories for Families" presentation. Full weekend registration is $70 for adults and $25 for children.

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