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May/June 2001 Vol.15 No. 5 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Governor Johanns has reappointed Commissioners Wally Seiler, Richard Jussel, and Velma Sims to second terms on the Nebraska Library Commission (2004).

Shannon White has accepted appointment to the Nebraska Library Commission's Network Services Director position. She will begin June 12.

Bonnie Henzel is the Library Commission's 2001 Employee of the Year. Congratulations, Bonnie!

The American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy issued a May 16, 2001 letter of clarification, pointing out that libraries may take minimum level action to be able to certify that they are working toward Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliance (specifically regarding E-rate Year 4 funding). According to information from the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) and the guidance in the letter available on the ALA CIPA Web site at, public libraries need only indicate by the beginning of the funding year, July 1, 2001, that documented actions have been taken showing that the library is working on becoming compliant with CIPA or is already in compliance. Then, on or before October 28, 2001, libraries must file Form 486 to certify CIPA/NCIPA compliance according to one of the following three options:

Libraries do not need to purchase filters or install technological protection measures this year. For more information about what constitutes ³actions,� see For further information and a complete timeline, see the Library Commission home page Announcements at

The Legislature recently acted on the 2001 - 2003 Library Commission biennial budget. The budget included two major budget areas: agency operations and state aid. State aid includes grants and distribution of aid funds to local subdivisions. Continuing education grants, aid to public libraries, online database licensing, Interlibrary Loan compensation, and funding for regional library systems are included in this category. The legislature's Appropriations Committee recommended that $150,000 be added to the state aid category. The governor reduced this to $87,000 (FY 02) and $99,000 (FY 03). This summer, the Nebraska Library Commissioners will make decisions about distribution of these funds.

Libraries are welcome to participate in a group purchase of vinyl banners. The message is "Find it @ your libraryTM Nebraska In person. Online. Opportunity for all." The banner is 14 oz. blue and white vinyl and measures 4 x 2 feet. Cost will depend on the total number of orders. The breakdown is:

Contact Mary Jo Ryan, by August 1 if you are interested. Note the highest cost you are willing to pay.

The Nebraska Center for the Book invites nominations for the 2001 Jane Geske Award. The award honors Jane Geske, a founding member of the Nebraska Center for the Book, former director of the Library Commission, and a long time active participant in Nebraska library and literary activities. The award recognizes a Nebraska association, organization, business, library, school, academic institution, or other group that has made an exceptional, long-term contribution to the Nebraska community of the book in the areas of literacy, books, reading, libraries, bookselling, and/or writing in Nebraska. Nominations and supporting letters must be received by July 15 at Nebraska Center for the Book Jane Geske Award, c/o Rod Wagner, Library Commission Director, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln NE, 68508-2023, 402-471-4001, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Rod Wagner.

The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded $286,499 in Library Technology Grants to Nebraska libraries to improve public access to electronic information. Grants are funded through federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, allocated by Congress and made available through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), as well as State of Nebraska funds allocated by the Legislature for library technology. Grants are awarded annually by the Commission according to the long-range plan, Libraries for the 21st Century. For more information see the Commission home page at, search on LSTA Grant Recipients.

All online databases subscribed to by the Nebraska Library Commission on a statewide basis for Nebraska libraries will be renewed for FY 2001/2002. Libraries already signed up for these databases will automatically continue throughout the new subscription term. No action is needed to maintain this access. Libraries not signed up for one or more of these databases can register by filling out and submitting the form located at For more information and a list of databases see the Library Commission home page Announcements, In addition to renewing statewide subscriptions, the Nebraska Library Commission has also arranged for discounted pricing on additional databases on behalf of Nebraska libraries.

The Library Commission recently awarded $21,210 in grants for Excellence in Children's Library Services. These grants for innovative projects for children in public libraries help achieve the goals of the Libraries of Promise Campaign. For more information, see the Commission home page,, search on Grants for Excellence.

The Library Commission is negotiating an agreement to use BibliostatTM Collect and BibliostatTM Connect Internet-enabled software applications for public library statistics. BibliostatTM Collect automates the existing annual state public library survey process. BibliostatTM Connect makes it easy to find compelling statistics and present them effectively in charts and graphs. For more information contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller, or see the Commission home page,, search on Bibliostat.

On July 1 the Library Commission will distribute information packets to enable Nebraska libraries to participate in the NebrasKard reciprocal borrowing arrangement. Libraries will be able to permit registered borrowers in good standing to borrow materials from participating libraries across Nebraska. The packets will include Policies and Procedures, Frequently Asked Questions, Agreements, Customer Sign-up Forms, and sample marketing pieces (including NebrasKard key tags, stickers, bookmarks, etc.). The Commission is developing a Web page to provide information about NebrasKard, including a current roster of participating libraries.

Beginning July 1, libraries that formerly used regional resource centers for Interlibrary Loan (ILL) transactions will receive back-up Interlibrary Loan service from the Nebraska Library Commission. There will be no charge for most transactions. Libraries currently doing their own Interlibrary Loan will continue to do so. In the future, Commission staff plan to focus on training and consultation to help local library staff do their own ILL using a new OCLC Web interface that is expected to simplify ILL requests. For ILL requests, contact Library Commission Reference/Information Services, 402-471-4018, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-6244, e-mail: Information Services Team. For more information contact Lisa Kelly, 402-471-4015, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Lisa Kelly .

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.

Land Records and Genealogy Symposium
June 20, 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.,
June 21, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Southeast Community College, Beatrice.
Contact: Todd Arrington, 402-223-3514, for symposium information. To register, contact Kelly Schwisow, 402-228-3468, ext. 244.

This national symposium is co-hosted by Homestead National Monument of America and Southeast Community College in Beatrice. It demonstrates the importance of the developing role of the Monument as the repository for copies of the nearly two million homesteader records produced throughout the period of the Homestead Act (1863 - 1986) and the vast amount of historical and genealogical information available in these records. For more information see the calendar on the Library Commission home page,, search on Homestead.

Designing & Retrofitting Space for Technology
June 29, Stockman Inn, North Platte, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Republican Valley Library System, 2727 West 2nd Street #233, Hastings, NE 68901, 402-462-1975, 800-569-4961, fax: 402-462-1974, e-mail:

This workshop is sponsored by the Republican Valley Library System and financed through the Nebraska Library Commission with state funds designated for library continuing education. Designed for managers from public, school, and academic libraries involved in planning space and budgets for technology-based library services, content focuses on principles of workspace design in the technological environment. CE Credits: 6. Cost: $25 (includes lunch).

CASTL: Conversation Among Small Town Librarians Meeting
July 12, Weeping Water (location TBA), 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Contact: Brenda Ealey, 402-467-6188, 800-288-6063, e-mail:

A meeting of small town library directors in the Southeast Nebraska Region. Special guests at this meeting will be trustees from area libraries.

Nebraska Library Commission Meeting
July 13, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, Lincoln, 9:30 a.m.
Contact: Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls.

A meeting of the Nebraska Library Commission will be held and is open to the public. If special accommodations are needed to attend this meeting (including interpreters for the hearing impaired) contact Doreen Kuhlmann, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665. An agenda is available for public inspection at the Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln and the Commission home page,, search on Agendas Index.

Children's Library Services Videoconference: Story Program Ideas
July 13, Sites are located in Ainsworth, Columbus, Hastings, Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, O'Neill, and Scottsbluff, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-4008, 800-307-2665. Send registration to Mary or Maria, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls

This video teleconference is sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission. Nebraska public librarians and school media specialists (anyone with library youth services responsibilities) are invited to attend an interactive Children's Library Services videoconference to discus Story Program Ideas. CE Credits: 3.

CASTL: Conversation Among Small Town Librarians Meeting
August 3, Beatrice (location TBA), 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Contact: Brenda Ealey, 402-467-6188, 800-288-6063, e-mail:

A meeting of small town library directors in the Southeast Nebraska Region. Special guests at this meeting will be media specialists from area schools.

Setting Priorities and Budgeting with Pat Wagner
August 22, Alliance Public Library
August 23, Stockman Inn, North Platte
August 24, Central City Community Room
August 25, Platte River State Park
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Sharon Osenga, 308-234-2087, 800-657-2192, fax: 308-234-4040, e-mail:, Meridian Library System, 3519 Second Ave., Suite B, Kearney, NE 68847.

This series of workshops is sponsored by the Regional Library Systems and financed through the Nebraska Library Commission with funding from the State of Nebraska designated for library continuing education. Setting priorities is an important role for library boards and librarians in an era of tight budgets. Pat Wagner will guide library staff and trustees through the process of setting priorities to match needs identified in the community. At the end of the workshop, participants will have the information to prepare and present a successful library budget. Register by August 15. CE Credits: 6. Fee: $10 (includes lunch/snacks).

For more information see the Library Calendar at 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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