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May '97 Vol.11 No.5 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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The Nebraska Library Commission initiated discussion with Social Issues Resources Series (SIRS) regarding a statewide group purchase. SIRS will offer Nebraska libraries a group purchase price for the SIRS CD-ROM product or access to SIRS via the Internet at a per site charge, possibly a substantial discount dependent upon the number of libraries in the group purchase. Contact Jeannette Powell at 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell to be included in the price quote with no obligation to purchase.

Materials discarded from the Nebraska Library Commission collection are available to libraries throughout the state. Approximately 1500 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 May 1 through June 15. Libraries are responsible for transporting all materials. Contact Burns Davis, 402-471-2694 or 800-307-2665 for more information.

Nebraska librarians are invited to submit nominations for Nebraska Library Association (NLA) awards. These awards honor library staff and trustees, as well as others contributing to Nebraska libraries. Librarians are also invited to apply for NLA scholarships to help pursue a library career, work toward a graduate degree, or enhance professional growth. For more information, see the NLA Home Page or contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for a print copy.

The 1997 NEBASE Annual Meeting will be held on June 20 at the Nebraska Center for Continuing Education, East Campus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 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. To register, contact Jeannette Powell, (see above). Charge the $15 registration fee to your NEBASE account or pay by check.

Tom Boyle, Director of Luther Library, Midland Lutheran College, was reelected to the OCLC Users Council by the NEBASE membership. Tom represented NEBASE on the Users Council for the past year and a half, after serving as alternate for several years. In addition to attending Users Council meetings at OCLC, Tom serves as an ex-officio member on the NEBASE Advisory Council, attending NEBASE Advisory Council meetings and providing an update on Users Council activities. Michael LaCroix, Director of the Carl M. Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library, Creighton University, was elected Alternate Delegate.

The Golden Sower Award, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Association, School Children and Young People's Section, is given to outstanding books written for children and young people. A children's choice award, thousands of students in hundreds of schools across Nebraska read and vote on the Golden Sower nominees. The 1997 winners are K-3rd grade, John Henry by Julius Lester; 4-6 grade, The Worst Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson; and Young Adult, Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick.

Delores Feeken, Crete Public Library and Karen Drevo, Norfolk Public Library traveled with Mary Jackson to Sioux Falls, SD for a meeting of the Summer Library Program Cooperative Executive Committee. Decisions about the 1998 program, Rock "N Read at Your Library, were finalized. The 1999 theme was also selected, Treasure Your Library. If you have activities, ideas or materials for inclusion in the 1999 manual, or suggestions for the 2000 theme, send it to Mary Jackson by June 1. For further information, contact Karen, Delores or Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665.

Applications for Children's Grants for Excellence are due at the Library Commission by June 1. To receive a grant packet or for questions, contact Kit Keller, 402-471-3216 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller or Mary Jackson, (see above).

Some Nebraska Library Commission Youth Advisory Board members have completed a two-year appointment. The Board holds four meetings a year. One is in Lincoln. The other three are held via the interactive videoconference system. To be considered for appointment, contact Kit Keller or Mary Jackson, (see above) for an application form.

Videotapes of the Spring 1997 Book Reviews can now be borrowed from the Library Commission and Library Systems. The reviews of books for children from preschool through grade 3 and books for those from grade 3 through young adult help librarians make maximum use of limited resources, consider collection development issues, and set criteria for book selection. The videotapes are available for librarians in Nebraska, Wyoming, Iowa and Utah. For more information about the book reviews, contact Mary Jackson, (see above). For a printed list to use with the Spring 1997 Children's Book Review Tapes, contact Kit Keller, (see above) or Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-4008 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls.

The Department of Economic Development through its Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) is initiating an Area Capacity Building Initiative. This new program provides a total of $350,000 in grants to regional partnerships. These funds could be explored by libraries interested in regional partnerships in the development of library services to support area community and economic development capacity building activities. The first funding cycle will be for 12 months beginning August 1, 1997 through July 31, 1998. For further information, see or contact: Jenne Rodriguez, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, 402-471-4388 or 800-426-6505, e-mail: <>.

The Nebraska Library Association Paraprofessional Section will hold a conference on June 9-10 at the Nebraska Center for Continuing Education, 33rd & Holdrege, Lincoln. Luncheon Keynote speaker Senator Roger Wehrbein will address legislation for library advocacy and Nebraska libraries on June 9. For more information or to register, contact Vickie Beaver, 402-471-6285 or 800-307-2665 or Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665 by May 23.

July 14-August 14, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Margaret Mering will teach "Cataloging and Organization of Material" (Curriculum and Instruction 921B). It will meet Monday-Friday each week from 7:30-9:05 a.m. This graduate level class 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. Contact Margaret Mering, 402-483-6505, e-mail: <>.

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Video, CD-ROM and the Web: Motion Media and the Library of the Future

May 15, 12-2 p.m. CT, various sites listed below.
Contact: Ellen Van Waart, Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665. No registration required.

The Nebraska Library Commission has purchased a multi-site license for this live satellite teleconference featuring directors of public and academic libraries that have successfully incorporated new media into library collections and services. The conference will provide a discussion of the central issues and concepts in building electronic media collections and access, as well as guidance in planning for future developments. This program is produced by National Video Resources with funding from the Annenburg/CPB Project, the AT&T Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Sites include Bellevue University (R. Joe Dennis Learning Center), Wayne State College (US Conn Library), Broken Bow Public Library, University of Nebraska-Kearney (The Ockinga Conference Center), Chadron State College (Student Center), Leighton High School (Dalton), Central Community College-Columbus, Peru State College, Ainsworth High School, and Mid-Plains Community College MacDonald Belton Campus (North Platte).

NE Governor's Conference on Information Technology

May 29, 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and
May 30, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CT, Kearney Ramada Inn.
Contact: Tim Erickson, DAS, 521 S. 14th St., Suite 101, Lincoln, NE, 68508, 402-471-3598, or see For room reservations contact Ramada Inn, 800-228-2828.

On May 29-30, the Nebraska Governor's Conference on Information Technology will be held in Kearney. This conference will build on the ideas brought forward from the 1994 Governor's Conference. Then, more than 300 Nebraskans met to gain perspective on the rapidly changing world of information technology. Today, a short three years later, Nebraska's people, businesses and institutions are widely recognized as national leaders in the area of information technology. There is considerable work yet to be done, but this conference offers the opportunity to pause to congratulate each other on the results achieved. "Building on Nebraska Success: The Governor's Conference on Information Technology" is an opportunity for Nebraskans throughout the state to learn from each other's success stories and pinpoint areas where work remains to be done. William Shea, Vice President of Gateway 2000's Major Accounts and Americas' International, will keynote the conference. Join Lieutenant Governor Kim Robak and Governor Ben Nelson to share success stories and build for the future.

Storytelling-The Course

May 31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT, McCook Community College, McCook NE.
Contact: Glenn Haney at 308-345-6303 ext 225, or 800-658-4348.

As part of the McCook Storytelling Festival, Sue Watts, Chair of the Humanities Department at McCook Community College, will present a day long, comprehensive survey of storytelling including history, art form, storytelling in school and library, developing stories, telling stories, and performance hints. The course explores oral tradition, fairy tales, fables, myths, and legends, and focuses on developing and telling your own stories. Cost=$10. (College credit requires an additional fee).

Eastern Library System Annual Meeting

June 4, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. CT, Fort Omaha Community College, Omaha, NE.
Contact: Kathy Tooker, 402-330-7884.

Presenters include Mary Maxwell, humorist; Annie Sternburg, Nebraska Library Commission (Weaving a Web Page); Marilynne Bergmann (Fund-raising, Establishing a 501C3 organization). There will be tours of the Douglas County Historical Society Library and Archives and the General Crook House. Cost=$15. Includes lunch.

Republican Valley Library System Annual Meeting

June 6, 11:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CT, Dancing Leaf Earth Lodge, Stockville, NE.
Contact: Dee Yost, 402-463-4244.

Annual meeting presenters: Patty Hall, RVLS Board President and Dee Yost, RVLS System Administrator. Take a guided walking tour of the earth lodge, sweat lodge, medicine wheel, calendar pole, and nature trail. Cost=$12. Includes tour and lunch (buffalo stew).

Meridian Library System Annual Meeting

June 13, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CT, ESU #10 - 76 Plaza Blvd., Kearney, NE.
Contact: Sharon Osenga, 308-234-2087, e-mail:

Stress Management Program presented by Pat Wagner of Pattern Research. Cost=$10. CE Credit=5 (Program #1675).

Child and the City

June 19-22, UNO's Peter Kiewit Conference Center, Omaha NE.
Contact: UNO College of Continuing Studies, Peter Kiewit Conference Center, 1313 Farnam, Omaha NE 68182-0361, 402-595-2309 or 800-960-8015.

Keynote speaker is Gary Soto, playwright and author of eight poetry collections for adults. Speakers and storytellers include Robert Cormier, Pat Cummings, Nancy Duncan, Olga Loya, Margaret Read MacDonald, Idu Maduli, and Patricia McKissack. Registration fee varies.

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