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November 2000 Vol.14 No. 11 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Apply now through the Nebraska Library Commission for state funded Information Technology Training and Continuing Education Grants. These grants fund information technology training and continuing education for Nebraska library personnel. December 15 is the deadline for Cycle II Fall 2000 Grants. Application packets are available on the Nebraska Library Commission home page at, search on Cycle II Grants. For more information contact Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083.

Nebraska librarians are encouraged to provide input to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development on how Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are allocated. Librarians can attend upcoming public information meetings to voice long-standing concerns that Nebraska libraries have not been included in CDBG investment in communities. The meeting schedule is available on the Library Commission home page at, see Announcements.

Order forms for the 2001 Summer Reading Road Trip, USA summer reading program were recently mailed to Nebraska public and school libraries. The deadline for ordering is December 1. Contact Mary Jackson for order forms at 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665. The summer reading manual will be shipped in November.

The official clip art for the 2001 Summer Reading Road Trip, USA is now available on the Library Commission home page at, search on Clip Art. These images are copyright free and may be used to enhance local information handouts, schedules, calendars, etc. for the 2001 summer reading program. Instructions for downloading are provided.

Nebraska public libraries are encouraged to apply for technology grants from the Community Technology Fund of the Nebraska Information Technology Commission (NITC). Approximately $270,000 is available for technology-related grants to public entities. The guidelines and application form are available at

December 1 is the deadline for students to enter the eighteenth annual Letters About Literature national writing contest, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Weekly Reader Corporation. The Nebraska Center for the Book invites Nebraska readers in grades four through twelve to write a letter to an author, living or dead, describing how the author's book or story changed the young reader. For contest information see the Library Commission home page at, search on Letters About Literature.

The American Library Association (ALA), in cooperation with the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution, is sponsoring a tour to public and academic libraries of Listening to the Prairie: Farming in Nature's Image. The deadline for applications is November 30. Application forms are available at For further information see the Library Commission home page at, see Announcements.

November 13 through 19 is National Children's Book Week. A draft of a Nebraska Proclamation, submitted to Governor Johanns by the Nebraska Library Association, is available on the Library Commission home page at, search on Proclamation. Librarians are encouraged to customize it and ask local mayors to issue it as a local community proclamation. For more information contact Mary Jackson at 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665.

The Nebraska Libraries of Promise Create Children of Promise campaign highlights library services that provide some aspect of one or more of the following resources crucial to child development: Mentoring, Safety, Nurturing, Teaching, and Serving. For more information see the Commission home page at, search on Libraries of Promise.

Fall Children's and Young Adult Book Reviews will be taped at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, 1800 No. 33rd St., Lincoln, November 3 and 10, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. CST. Viewers are welcome to attend. Tapes will be available from the Nebraska Library Commission Information/Reference Services, 800-307-2665, 402-471-4016, fax: 402-471-6244, e-mail: Information Services Team or from regional library system offices. The tapes will be broadcast for local taping via satellite on November 17,10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST on Neb Sat 102.

On December 13, noon - 3:00 p.m. CST, a satellite teleconference will be broadcast on the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA), a proposed law aimed at making shrink-wrap and click-on license agreements legally binding. The teleconference is sponsored by ALA, the Association of Research Libraries, American Association of Law Libraries, Medical Library Association, and Special Libraries Association. Register by December 6. The five sites in Nebraska are listed on the Library Commission home page at, see Library Calendar. Further information is available at

The next OCLC Annual Report will feature NEBASE CatExpress Libraries. OCLC staff recently photographed four NEBASE CatExpress libraries for a story on CatExpress: Sutton Public Schools, Southeast Community College Milford, Southeast Community College Lincoln, and Scribner Public Library. For more information about OCLC CatExpress Service see the Commission home page at, search on CatExpress.

Library Commission database trials continuing through November 30 include Columbia Granger's World of Poetry and Facts on File. For more information see the Commission home page at or contact Susan Knisely, 402-471-3849, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Susan Knisely.

Public Libraries and the Internet 2000: Summary Findings And Data Tables, a new study (pdf document available at by the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS), indicates the number of public libraries providing public access to the Internet has increased from 84% in 1998 to 95% in 2000. According to the Library Commission's 1998/99 Public Library Profile, nearly 75% of reporting libraries in Nebraska provide public access to the Internet, all Nebraska libraries serving populations of 2,500 or more provide public access to the Internet, and only 51.6% of libraries serving populations less than 1,000 provide access.

Nebrask@Online, the recently redesigned Official Web Site for the State of Nebraska, now offers access to the Nebraska Association of County Officials new Web site. Librarians are encouraged to promote access to this site at to local elected officials.

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.

E-Rate Workshops Scheduled Across the State
November 7, Oshkosh Public Library, 305 West First Street, 9:00 a.m. - Noon MST;
November 9, Madison Public Library, 208 West 3rd Street, 9:30 a.m. - Noon CST;
November 17, Meridian Library System Office, 3519 Second Avenue, Suite B, Kearney, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CST;
November 20, Blair Public Library, 210 South 17th Street, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CST;
November 28, McCook Public Library, 802 Norris Avenue, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CST;
Contact: Notify the regional library system office to register for any of the above sites.
Filing deadlines for e-rate Forms 470 and 471 for the funding year 2001-2002 are coming up. Pam Scott, Nebraska Library Commission Consultant, will provide workshops about Forms 470 and 471 throughout the state in November. For questions about the e-rate program or the content of the workshops, contact Pam Scott, Nebraska Library Commission Library Consultant, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott. CE Credits = 2.5. Fee: none.

The Myth and Reality of Electronic Publishing
November 15, Creighton Health Sciences Library, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. CST.
Contact Jim Bothmer, 402-280-5120, fax: 402-280-5134, e-mail:
The ICON medical library consortium will sponsor the Medical Library Association teleconference, The Myth and Reality of Electronic Publishing. Details will be posted at

NEBASE Annual Meeting
November 15, The Cornhusker, 333 South 13th Street, Lincoln, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

The NEBASE Annual Meeting, previously scheduled for September in Lincoln, has been rescheduled for November 15. Bonnie Juergens of Amigos Library Services will be the keynote speaker, discussing library cooperative trends and issues, with a special focus on the southwest United States (the regional area served by Amigos). Don Hoffman, OCLC Library Services Consultant, will provide an update on OCLC products and services. Eric Childress, OCLC Consulting Product Support Specialist, will give a presentation on CORC (Cooperative Online Resource Cataloging). A discussion and feedback session on OCLC New FirstSearch service will be held in the afternoon. For more information see the Commission home page at, see Library Calendar.

Metadata 101 Videoconference
November 16, Videoconference sites across Nebraska, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CST
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Eric R. Childress, Consulting Product Support Specialist with OCLC Online Computer Library Center, will provide an overview of key concepts, terms, and standards of metadata with an emphasis on Dublin Core, see To register see

Decision Makers: Enforcing and implementing policies for front line staff with Deb Johnson
November 17, Satellite Downlink Sites in Nebraska, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. CST
Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083.

This is the seventh year of the Soaring to Excellence satellite series from the College of DuPage. The Nebraska Library Commission is sponsoring this series of three satellite teleconferences at no charge to Nebraska libraries. The Soaring Web site,, is an invaluable companion to this series. Each teleconference is supported by practical information, discussion questions, worksheets, and bibliographies. Contact Ellen Van Waart (see above) for satellite coordinates.

Online Database Training Workshop
December 13, Computer Lab, Central Community College, Kearney, 9:00 a.m. - Noon, CST.
Contact Meridian System Office, 800-657-2192, e-mail:

Training will focus on the databases provided by the Nebraska Library Commission, including FirstSearch, Electric Library, Wilson Web, and Books in Print. Space is limited. Registration is required. CE Credits = 3. Fee: none.

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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