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June '97 Vol.11 No.6 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Richard Miller has accepted the position of Library Commission Library Development Director, effective July 1. Richard brings more than 20 years of experience through library positions with the Missouri State Library, Montana State Library and most recently, as Administrator for the Southeast Library System.

Throughout May and June, multimedia PCs for public access to the Internet World Wide Web and a variety of CD-ROM titles and other software will be delivered to rural libraries across Nebraska. The computers and software, resulting from a partnership between Microsoft Corporation and the Nebraska Library Commission, will provide public access to the Internet and other computer resources in 15 rural Nebraska libraries. Allana Novotny, Library Commission Network Services Librarian, is delivering the computers with the software loaded and training library staff and volunteers, along with other members of the community. For more information, see the Commission Home Page, /publications/Computers.html or contact Allana Novotny, 402-471-6681 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Allana Novotny.

A meeting of the State Advisory Council on Libraries will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 13, at Wayne State College, Room 201, Gardner Hall. If special accommodations are needed for you to attend this meeting (including interpreters for the hearing impaired) contact Doreen Kuhlmann, 402-471-4007 or 800-307-2665. The agenda for the meeting can be found on the Library Commission Home Page, /, "Search" for State Advisory Council Agenda. For a print copy or for more information contact Sally Snyder at the Library Commission, 402-471-4003 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder.

Resources for librarians regarding Intellectual Freedom and the Internet are available on the Library Commission Home Page, /nsf/nel.html#free, including: "Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks: A Nebraska Library Commission Interpretation," "The Nebraska Intellectual Freedom Handbook," "Intellectual Freedom and Censorship Information for Nebraska's Librarians," "A Fresh Look at the Library Bill of Rights-a series of articles from the NCompass," and "Intellectual Freedom In Cyberspace from the Michigan Library Association, 11/96."

Of the 800+ bills introduced into the 1997 Legislature, many may potentially be interesting to Nebraska librarians. Library Commission staff have compiled some information about bills of high interest to librarians and library supporters. Check "Announcements" on the Commission Home Page, / for status updates.

Senators voted to advance a bill April 22 that would give the State Records Board the responsibility for managing the state's electronic access to public information. For more information, see the Library Commission Home Page, /, "Search" on Records Board.

For a new Library Commission staff list and a list of Nebraska libraries with addresses and phone numbers, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel.

If you are interested in children's authors and illustrators, request A State by State Guide to Children's and Young Adult Authors and Illustrators by David V. Loertscher and Lance Castle from Library Commission Information Services, 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Information Services Team. If you are interested in further information about authors and illustrators of children's materials, request a list of suggested titles from Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665.

The Fall Book Reviews for children's materials will be taped at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, 1800 N. 33rd St., Lincoln, on September 19 and 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. CT. Librarians and media specialists are welcome to attend the live taping. Tapes will be available through Regional System offices or from Library Commission Information Services in October.

Updated information on the Library Commission budget can be found on the Library Commission Home Page, /, under "Announcements," then "Updates on Legislative Appropriations for Nebraska Libraries."

Copies of "Beyond Main Street, Mobilizing Community Resources" by the Nebraska Community Foundation are available for loan from Library Commission Information Services, 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Information Services Team, or Library Systems offices.

For everything you ever wanted to know about telecommunications discounts and the Universal Service provision of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, see the Library Commission Home Page at /nsf/universal.html.

Materials discarded from the Nebraska Library Commission collection are available to libraries throughout the state. Print materials in library science, social sciences, and general subjects, as well as Federal government documents are available. Librarians and state agencies can select items from the "Great Giveaway" area on the second floor of the Library Commission. "Great Giveaway" items will be available through June 15. Libraries are responsible for transportation. Contact Burns Davis, 402-471-2694 or 800-307-2665 for more information.

The National Library of Medicine announced the solicitation of quotations from community-based organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS-related information by patients, the affected community, and their care givers. Proposals are due no later that 3:00 p.m. local prevailing time on June 20, 1997. For questions about the RFQ or submission of your proposal, please contact Valerie M. Syed at 301-496-6546.

Read*Write*Now! will again be available to public libraries, schools, and child care centers this summer. The U.S. Department of Education sponsors the program, which includes a packet of simple reading materials with activity suggestions for young children and their reading partners. Children pledge to read 30 minutes every day for eight weeks and to meet with a "reading partner" once a week. At the end of eight weeks, the child may redeem a free pizza coupon at Pizza Hut. For information or for Read*Write*Now! packets, call the U.S. Department of Education, Region VIII, 303-844-3544, or access the Read*Write*Now! information at

Around the country, phone scams involving public libraries have been reported. The latest scam involves callers posing as librarians telephoning library customers requesting credit card and social security numbers, ostensibly to renew library cards. Although no reports of calls have been received at Nebraska libraries, librarians should be alert to such calls and notify customers that this is not a practice of the public library. Customers should be warned not to give personal information to callers identifying themselves as representing the library.

If you do not have Internet access and are interested in any information mentioned above as posted on the Internet, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for a print copy.

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The Child and the City

June 19-22, UNO's Peter Kiewit Conference Center, Omaha NE.
Contact: Professor Susan Maher at 402-554-3619, e-mail: <> for further information.

Children's Literature Association's 24th Annual International Conference, sponsored by the Children's Literature Association and the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Department of English and College of Continuing Studies. Conference includes speakers and storytellers, special performance of Gary Soto's play "Novio Boy," photography and poetry display, and an awards banquet. Registration fee varies. For more information about membership in the Children's Literature Association contact Kathy Kiessling at Children's Literature Association, PO Box 138, Battle Creek, MI, 49016, or 616-965-8180.

1997 NEBASE Annual Meeting

June 20, Nebraska Center for Continuing Education, East Campus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Contact: Jeannette Powell to register, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell, or register online at /netserv/nebase/meeting.html. Charge the $15 registration fee to your NEBASE account or pay by check.

Keynote speaker, Craig Summerhill, Coalition for Network Information, will speak on "Internet 2: What It Is, Where We Are, Where It's Going." Rod Wagner, Nebraska Library Commission Director and member of the Universal Service Task Force, will give an update on the activities of the task force. OCLC staff will be on hand to describe new OCLC services and provide updates on old services. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in Interest Groups on FirstSearch, Electronic Collections Online and the NEBASE Batchload Project.

Storytelling Festival of Nebraska

June 20-22, from 12:00 p.m. Friday through 5:30 p.m. Sunday, College of St. Mary in Omaha.
Contact: call 402-551-4532 for a brochure.

The tenth annual Storytelling Festival of Nebraska will bring together six of the nation's top storytellers and thirty-three of the region's best in a three-day intensive celebration of the storytelling art. Call for more information.

Cataloging and Organization of Material

July 14-August 14, Monday-Friday each week from 7:30-9:05 a.m., University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Contact: Margaret Mering, 402-483-6505, e-mail: <>.

This graduate level class, taught by Margaret Mering, is designed for individuals interested in working as K-12 Media Specialists. Bibliographic Description, Main and Added Entry, Authority Control, Sears Subject Headings, Dewey Decimal Classification, MARC Tags, OCLC Searching, and Cataloging Options will be covered in this class.

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.

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.

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