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May 2002 Vol.16 No. 5 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission



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[Announcements]

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Scheduling for Database Roadshow 2002 is underway. At the fourth annual Database Roadshow, learn more about the databases the Nebraska Library Commission purchased for libraries across the state. Training on four of the databases funded through the Library Commission will feature OCLC FirstSearch, Books in Print with Reviews, Wilson OmniFile and Biographies Plus, and Electric Library. The class includes discussion, database demonstrations, and hands-on practice. CE Credits: 4.5. Dates and locations for summer and fall will be posted on the Commission home page Announcements and Calendar, nlc.nebraska.gov.

The 2002 Nebraska Book Awards program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB), will recognize and honor books that are written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska, or that relate to Nebraska. Books published in 2001, as indicated by the copyright date, are eligible for nomination. Deadline for entries is June 30. Entry forms are available from the Nebraska Library Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, or contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for print information.

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Citations Committee invites nominations for the 2002 Meritorious Service and Mari Sandoz Awards. Deadline for nominations and letters of support is May 30. Mail to Jim Shaw, Chair, NLA Citations Committee, University of Nebraska at Omaha, University Library, 6001 Dodge Streets, Omaha, NE 68182-0237, e-mail: jshaw@mail.unomaha.edu. See Announcements on the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov.

Gateway will donate up to 4,500 computers used during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games to eligible organizations recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit entity. Priority will be given to schools and community centers with programs that help enhance access to technology for traditionally underserved communities. Libraries are encouraged to apply online at www.gateway.com/olympics/donations.shtml.

Nebraska librarians are invited to share information about use of the American Library Association's @your libraryTM campaign by participating in a poster session at the Nebraska Library Association/Nebraska Educational Media Association 2002 Conference in Lincoln, Oct. 24-25. Contact Nancy Meyer, Eastern Library System, 402-330-7884, 800-627-7884, e-mail: nrmeyer@alltel.net.

The Nebraska Library Commission recently negotiated more favorable pricing for SIRS for schools with less than 300 students. This change in previously posted pricing affects only schools with less than 300 students and is detailed on the Library Commission home page Announcements at nlc.nebraska.gov. Submit the online order form at nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/sirsorder.html by June 1 for July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003. For information and pricing for public libraries and schools with 300+ students see nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/pricing.html#sirs.

The U.S. Department of Education's Teaching American History Grant program is designed "to raise student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of American history." This annual grant is awarded "to assist local educational agencies (LEAs) ... to design, implement, and demonstrate effective, research-based professional development programs." LEAs must work in partnership with one or more entities that have "extensive content expertise" (defined as institutions of higher education, non-profit history or humanities organizations, and libraries or museums). Libraries are urged to contact Murial Watkins, consultant to libraries and educational institutions, 202-237-1225, for assistance with proposal development. The FY 2002 application package was published in the Federal Register on April 3, 2002. Applications are due to the Department's Application Control Center on June 3. See http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/TAH/tahgrant.html for details.

Resources for libraries seeking staff and librarians seeking positions are abundant in Nebraska.

The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service is accepting applications for distance learning and telemedicine projects serving rural America. Applications for grants must be postmarked no later than May 13. Applications for fiscal year 2002 loans or combination loans and grants may be submitted at any time up to August 31. Submit applications to Rural Utilities Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave. Southwest, STOP 1550, Washington, D.C. 20250-1550, Attention: Director, Advance Services Division, Telecommunications Program. For more information, see Announcements on the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov or contact 202-720-0413, fax: 202-720-2051, www.usda.gov/rus/telecom/dlt/dlt.htm.

Buffalo Commons Festival will be held May 31-June 1 in McCook. "The Way The West Had Fun" celebrates with the stories and songs of that place on the Great Plains now known as the Buffalo Commons. See www.buffalocommons.org/docs/festival2002/current-fest.html. Contact Steve Batty, e-mail: sbatty@mccooknet.com or McCook Chamber of Commerce, 308-345-3200, 800-657-2179, e-mail: info@aboutmccook.com.

Mayhem in the Midlands Mystery Conference 2002 will be held May 30-June 2 at the downtown Sheraton Omaha Hotel. Cosponsored by the Omaha Public Library and Lincoln City Libraries, with initial support through Nebraska Library Commission funding for the Urban Library System, it will feature Dennis Lehane and Kathleen Taylor. Registration: $80 (meals extra). For more information, see www.omaha.lib.ne.us/mayhem/mayhem.html.

2002 Great Plains Chautauqua: From Sea to Shining Sea will be held July 12-16 in St. Paul. See the Nebraska Humanities Council's Web site Calendar of Humanities events at lincolnne.com/nonprofit/nhc/calendar.html. Contact Raymond Screws, 402-474-2131, ext. 15, e-mail: ray@nebraskahumanities.org.


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.


[Continuing Education & Training]

Can-Do-It Workshop
May 13, 9:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m. cdt, Central Community College, 3519 Second Avenue, Kearney.
Contact: Sharon Osenga, 308-234-2087, 800-657-2192, e-mail: meridian@nebi.com.

Two tracks to choose from. Adult Services track includes Basic Government Documents, BibliostatTM Connect, Reader's Advistory: Romance, and Medline Plus and Other Consumer Health Information Databases. Youth Services track includes Hidden Gems! Children's Books You Might Have Missed, Young Adult Favorites, Creative Cutting from AccuCut, and Storytime Planning. Fee: $15. CE Credits: 5.

Understanding MARC Bibliographic Formats
June 4, 9:00 a.m.-Noon cdt, Meridian Library System Office, 3519 Second Avenue, Kearney.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Learn how to interpret MARC (MAchine-Readable Cataloging) Bibliographic Formats-types of records, field tags, indicators, and subfield coding. Audience: Librarians working with local automated systems who are not full-cataloging members of OCLC. Format: Lecture and classroom exercises. Instructor: Devra Dragos. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members. Others contact Jeannette Powell. Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.

Basic MARC Descriptive Cataloging for Books
June 4, 1:00-4:00 p.m. cdt, Meridian Library System Office, 3519 Second Avenue, Kearney.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Learn how to choose and enter cataloging information in a MARC record for fiction and non-fiction books. Audience: Librarians working with local automated systems who are not full-cataloging members of OCLC. Format: Lecture and classroom exercises. Instructor: Devra Dragos. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members. Others contact Jeannette Powell. Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.

OCLC Contract Services Web and Telephone Information Session
June 6, 11:00 a.m.-Noon cdt.
Learn how to give your patrons improved access to your entire collection. For information and registration procedure see the OCLC Web Information Sessions Announcement on the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov. Register early, space is limited.

OCLC Language Sets Web and Telephone Information Session
June 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m. cdt.
Learn how to develop your non-English collections affordably! The sets are available to both OCLC member and nonmember libraries. For information and registration procedure see OCLC Web Information Sessions Announcement on the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov. Register early, space is limited.

OCLC ILLiad Web and Telephone Information Session
June 6, 1:30-3:00 p.m. cdt.
Learn how you can improve your library's Interlibrary Loan efficiency. For information and registration procedures see the OCLC Web Information Sessions Announcement on the Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov. Register early, space is limited.

Library/Media Training Institute
June 6-7, Wayne State College, 1111 Main Street, Wayne.
Contact: Carol Speicher, Northeast Library System, 402-564-1586, 800-578-1014, e-mail: speicher@nol.org.

This two-day workshop with multiple sessions is designed to provide updated information for librarians, school media specialists, and trustees. Overnight accommodations are available. Annual System Board meeting and banquet will be held on June 6. Call for registration information.

Library Science/School Media Coursework
Information regarding Library Science/School Media Coursework in Nebraska, including classes offered by Chadron State College, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska-Kearney, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Omaha, is posted on the Library Commission home page Announcements at nlc.nebraska.gov. For more information contact Dr. Becky Pasco, 402-554-2119, e-mail: rpasco@unomaha.edu.


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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