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March 2001 Vol.15 No. 3 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission



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NEBASE has scheduled two annual meetings for 2001. NEBASE Annual Meeting 2001-West will be held at the Gering Civic Center on May 4. NEBASE Annual Meeting 2001-East will be held at the Lincoln Cornhusker Hotel on September 20. Details of the meetings are still being arranged. NEBASE, Nebraska's regional network for OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) is a statewide consortium of all types of libraries sponsored and managed by the Nebraska Library Commission. For more information contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

A new promotional videotape about the @ your libraryTM Campaign for America's Libraries, including greetings from Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, is now available. This seven-minute tape helps promote the @ your libraryTM campaign to library boards, employees, trustees, Friends groups, school and academic administrators, and community organizations. To order, contact the American Library Association (ALA) Public Information Office at 800-545-2433, ext. 5041 or e-mail: atyourlibrary@ala.org. Include your name, mailing address, billing address (if different from mailing address), and phone number. An invoice for $10 will be included in the shipment.

Nebraska public libraries are eligible to apply for a fifty-volume Library of America collection through the Millennium Project for Public Libraries. The deadline is April 1. Applications are available online at www.neh.gov, www.loa.org, or www.ala.org/publicprograms. For more information contact 800-545-2433, ext. 50457, e-mail: publicprograms@ala.org.

Apply now for LSTA Grants. Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant application packets are now available on the Library Commission Web site. Apply online, print a copy, or request a print copy from the Commission. A videotape of a training session on grant preparation is available on loan from the Library Commission Information/Reference Services, 402-471-4016, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Information Services Team and the Regional Library Systems. LSTA applications sent by U.S. Mail must be received at the Library Commission no later than 5:00 P.M. CST on April 16. Online applications will be received until midnight. Faxes will not be accepted. Grant recipients will be announced by May 7. For more information contact Sally Snyder, 402-471-4003, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder . To fill out the application online or download and print a copy, go to nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/lsta/2001-LSTA-toc.html.

Jennifer Wrampe is the new Staff Assistant working in the Library Commission's Government Information Services/Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse.

The NLA Citations Committee invites nominations for the 2001 Meritorious Service and Mari Sandoz Awards. Deadline for nominations and letters of support is May 30. Mail to Janet Greser, Chair, NLA, Citations Committee, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln NE 68508-2023, or e-mail: Janet Greser. For more information see Announcements on the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov.

NEBASE is celebrating its twenty-fifth year serving Nebraska libraries. In May 1976, several academic libraries in Nebraska partnered with the Nebraska Library Commission to form this OCLC regional consortium. NEBASE is committed to providing ongoing promotion and support of Nebraska libraries in their cooperative efforts to share resources and information for the next quarter century and beyond. For more information see the Library Commission Web site at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on NEBASE.

On April 5, 9:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. CST, the Library Commission will sponsor Nebraska connection to leadership training via PBS interactive live satellite teleconference. Learn about women, leadership, and business from nationally recognized businesspersons at the Main Event 2001. Arrangements for sites are underway. Further information will appear under Announcements on the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov. For more information contact Richard Miller, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller.

On April 6, the Eastern and Southeast Regional Library Systems will host a Spring Fling fundraiser for the NLA Louise Nixon Scholarship Fund at Mahoney State Park, Kiewit Lodge. This event includes a social hour from 5:00 - 6:00 P.M. CST, followed by a buffet dinner from 6:00 - 7:00 P.M. The play, "Funny Money" concludes the evening. Cost is $20 per person. Reservations are due by March 30. Contact the Eastern Library System, 402-330-7884, e-mail: ktooker@radiks.net or the Southeast Library System, 402-467-6188, e-mail: bealey@cornhusker.net for more information.

On April 11, 2:30 - 4:00 P.M. CST, the Library Commission will sponsor Nebraska connection to a live interactive satellite teleconference, Internet Dilemma: Filtered or Non-filtered. Discussion will focus on current laws, issues, and technology surrounding Internet filtering. Speakers include librarians, a former congressman, and an attorney. Arrangements for sites are underway. Further information will appear under Announcements on the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov. For more information contact Richard Miller, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller.

Register for the InfoToday 2001 conference through the Nebraska Library Commission by March 30 to receive a group discount. The three-day conference is May 15 - 17 in New York, NY. The conference will include a Knowledge Management component (KnowledgeNets 2001) and a library information systems and services component (E-Libraries 2001). The discounted conference fee ranges from $177 - $597, depending on days attending. For details on discounts see Announcements on the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov. Detailed information about the conference is located at www.infotoday.com/cil2001/default.htm. Print the registration form at www.infotoday.com/cil2001/register.pdf. Mail or fax the completed registration form with payment (make check payable to Information Today, Inc. or provide credit card information) to Jodene Glaesemann, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, fax: 402-471-2083. For more information contact Jodene at 402-471-4009, 800-307-2665.

Facts on File, Inc. is offering Nebraska libraries discounted pricing on the following: Encyclopedic Databases, On Files OnlineDatabases, and Science Online Databases. Pricing information was distributed via a February 22 message to the TRIAL mailing list. If you did not receive this information and would like to have it sent to you, contact Susan Knisely at 402-471-3849, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Susan Knisely. For more information and a list of specific databases, see Library Commission home page Announcements at nlc.nebraska.gov. For orders contact Sara Anunciacao, Online Sales, 800-322-8755, ext. 261, fax: 212-967-9196, e-mail: sanunciacao@factsonfile.com. Note: To receive the Nebraska Library Commission discount, reference "CODE:NLC-SARA" when ordering. Order by April 1.

ALA recently announced book award winners for 2001. See the Library Commission Web Site at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on ALA 2001 Book Awards.


If you do not have access to the Internet World Wide Web, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for print information about the previous announcements.

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.


Centennial Speaker Series: Growth of the Public Library in Nebraska
March 22, Embassy Suites Hotel, Lincoln, 6:00 P.M. CST Reception; 6:45 P.M. Dinner; 7:00 P.M. Presentation and Discussion.
Contact: Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-4008, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls.

Charley Seavey's presentation will focus on how the founding of the Nebraska Public Library Commission one hundred years ago impacted Nebraska's public libraries. Some "semi-dry" research material will be included, along with a number of good stories. See the home page Announcement at nlc.nebraska.gov for more information about Charley Seavey, the presentation, and the registration form. Preregister by March 12.

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer for Windows Version 2.10
March 22, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, 9:00 A.M.-Noon CST.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Learn how to use ILL-ME for Windows to improve productivity by automating repetitious borrowing and lending tasks. Using the Windows interface, update and download an entire day's activity in minutes. Enhancements included in version 2.10 of the software will be covered. Topics include loading the software, customizing options, printing message file items, entering message file updates, using constant data, scheduling batch loads, and setting up macros. ILL-ME for Windows has point-and-click command options in addition to function key commands. Audience: OCLC ILL users currently using or interested in using ILL_ME, including NEON libraries. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC ILL system and the Windows environment. Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credits: 3. Register online: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html. Fee: $10 for NEBASE members.

OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows Version 1.20
March 22, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, 1:00-4:00 P.M. CST
Contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

The OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows software increases productivity and reduces costs by combining online searching and processing with offline editing. Enhancements included in version 1.20 of the software will be covered. Topics include loading the software; customizing options; searching for bibliographic records and authority file records interactively and in batch-mode; editing offline; original cataloging; printing labels; and workflow. Audience: New users and current users who have questions. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credits: 3. Register Online: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html. Fee: $10 for NEBASE members.

Advanced OCLC Interlibrary Loan
April 2, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. CST.
Contact Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800 -307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

This workshop covers streamlining the ILL process and handling more advanced problems. Topics include choosing the correct record, creating requests for items which have not been cataloged in OCLC, creating custom holdings, using union lists, modifying NAD record and constant data records, using FirstSearch to create requests, ILL Direct Request Service, ILL Fee Management (IFM), and statistical reports. Audience: Current users of OCLC ILL who have questions. Prerequisites: Passport for Windows workshop, ILL Basics workshop or some experience with ILL would be helpful. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 per session NEBASE members. Non-NEBASE members contact Jeannette for information. Register at nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.

Basic Skills/Public Services
April 6 and 20, register by March 28, La Vista Public Library
April 10 and 24, register by March 28, Alliance Public Library
April 18 and 25, register by April 10, Norfolk Public Library
May 4 and May 11, register by April 27, Meridian Library System, Kearney
May 15 and 22, register by May 8, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln
May 16 and 23, register by May 9, Hoesch Memorial Library, Alma
9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. and 1:00-4:00 P.M. MST or CST. Lunch will be provided at each site.

Basic Skills/Public Services is one of four Basic Skills courses required for certification in the Nebraska Public Librarian Certification Program. The course, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, is designed for public library employees and includes public service attitude, reference service, reader's guidance, planning, policy development, and developing needs-based services and programs. This course is available via in-class instruction or via online format. Fee: $25.


For more information see the Library Calendar at nlc.nebraska.gov. 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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