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November 2001 Vol.15 No. 10 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission




The Nebraska Library Commission recently contracted for an online survey process for this year's Public Library Statistical Report. BibliostatTM Collect is a Web-based product that facilitates online submission of public library data. In preparation for the transition to online data collection, the Public Library Statistical report has been revised and the timeline for data submission has been altered. Public Library Statistical Reports will be mailed to all public libraries on December 1. Instructions for completing the survey will be included. This year, library directors may complete the survey online or in print. Training on use of the online survey will be available in all Regional Library System areas. For more information contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

The Nebraska Information Technology Commission will fund a Library Commission proposal to provide Web access to audio Children's book reviews. For information on project proposals, see For more information contact Richard Miller, 402-471-3175, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Richard Miller.

The Nebraska Library Association announces the following award winners:

For more information see

The 2001 Nebraska Book Awards program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, recognizes and honors books written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska, and/or relating to Nebraska. The following books published in 2000 were awarded certificates:

For more information see

The Advisory Committee of the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service is seeking to fill three vacancies. The committee meets twice each year, represents the needs of talking book and Braille borrowers, and makes recommendations concerning library policies, services, and programs. Send information concerning nominees by February 15 to the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE, 68508-2023. For a nomination form or for more information contact the Talking Book and Braille Service, 402-471-4038, 800-742-7691, e-mail: Dave Oertli.

Institute for Museum and Library Services announced the recipients of the Library-Museum Partnership grants under the National Leadership Grant program. The Nebraska Library Commission is a partner in a proposal submitted by the University of Denver to digitize regional materials. The project, which was approved for full funding, is a collaboration between Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, and Wyoming. For more information contact Beth Goble, Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4017, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Beth Goble.

The Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) is conducting a survey of library personnel continuing education needs to develop a plan to guide MPLA activities. This information will be shared with regional networks and state library associations. Complete and submit this survey at

What's Up Doc? is a bimonthly publication listing new state and federal documents from the Library Commission's Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse/Government Information Services. What's Up Doc? is available on the Commission home page at Nebraskans now have the choice of receiving an e-mail notice or print copies of this newsletter, upon request. Notify the Library Commission re: which option you prefer at Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508, Attn: Jennifer Wrampe, 402-471-3217, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jennifer Wrampe.

Volunteers are needed to help with the Take a Talking Book @ your libraryTM campaign. Personal distribution of the radio and television Public Service Announcements (PSAs) will help raise awareness of the Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service resources for Nebraskans that cannot see to read or hold a book. For more information contact Annette Hall, Volunteer Services Coordinator, 402-471-4033, 800-742-7691, e-mail: Annette Hall or Dave Oertli, 402-471-4005, 800-742-7691, e-mail: Dave Oertli.

The Community Information Technology Toolkit is now available. The toolkit, a cooperative effort of the Nebraska Information Technology Commission and the University of Nebraska's Technologies Across Nebraska initiative, provides resources to help Nebraska communities become Information Age communities. The toolkit is available at

The Millennium Project for Public Libraries is accepting grant applications on a first-come, first-served basis. The grants provide fifty-volume sets of books spanning three centuries of notable American writing. See for more information, application, and guidelines.

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature is a new traveling exhibition that encourages audiences to examine the intent of Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, and to discuss views about personal and societal responsibility as it relates to science and other areas of life. Libraries interested in hosting the exhibit can see for more information, application, and guidelines.

December 1 is the deadline for students to enter the Letters About Literature 2002 national writing contest, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and Weekly Reader Corporation. The Nebraska Center for the Book, as an affiliate of the National Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, invites Nebraska readers in grades four through twelve to enter. For information see the Commission home page at, search on Letters About Literature.

1999 - 2000 Public Library Statistical Data files are now available to download from the Nebraska Library Commission Web site, see, search on Statistics. The compilation of this data will be published in the Nebraska Public Library Profile.

Spring 2002 Master of Library Science classes offered by Emporia State University and the University of Missouri at Columbia are listed on the Nebraska Library Commission home page Announcements. See for courses and contact information. Register now for classes beginning as early as January 2002.

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]

College of DuPage Continuing Education Teleconference Series
Welcome to another year of quality satellite teleconference programming for library staff from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission.

Soaring to Excellence teleconferences address the issues and concerns of library staff regarding customer service, technology, and the future of library service.

Customer Service...It's More Than Just a Smile, November 16, 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST. Debra Wilcox Johnson, a regular presenter for the Soaring series, is always thinking about customer service. Service is more than smiles. It is policies, remote access, and more.

Bringing Order to the Chaos: Using Search Engines Efficiently, January 18, 2002, 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST. Learn how to put your creativity to work, getting the most out of the World Wide Web by making your searches more effective. Bill Erbes will review the basics (What are search engines and how do they work?) and build on them to give a content-packed program on how to become a clever and successful master of Web searches. An interactive Web site will allow students to test themselves and practice newfound skills.

Whatever Happened to Carbon Paper?: A Look Toward the Future of Librarians, Library Assistants and the Printed Word, March 22, 2002, 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST. How will libraries change in the near future? How will these changes affect you? Tune in for a thoughtful and exciting discussion that explores the future of libraries.

Dancing with Change teleconferences present practical and timely responses to key issues facing today's libraries. Virtual Reference Services: Challenges and Opportunities addresses the issues related to provision of virtual reference services. This teleconference series is designed for professional librarians, library managers, and other decision-makers, library board members, government agencies, and other organizations that fund library services. Both programs will include, and be somewhat guided by, viewer questions and comments.

Program I
February 8, 2002, 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST. An overview of the current state and variety of virtual reference services and future directions.

Program II
April 19, 2002, 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST. A demonstration showcasing successful implementation that shows how library practitioners are instituting virtual reference services.

Each Regional Library System will have selected sites for viewing this series of videoconferences. Contact your Regional Library System Administrator for specific sites.

Site availability may change at the last minute. Participants earn two continuing education credits per program. Supplementary program materials will be available at the College of DuPage Web site, The Library Commission purchased a statewide license to offer free unlimited access to downlink each program and make a videotape for the use of the participating institution. For more information contact Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Pam Scott.

E-Rate Workshops
November 20, Ord Township Library, 1718 M Street, Registration: 9:30 A.M. CST. Workshop: 10:00 A.M. - Noon.
Contact: Sharon Osenga, 308-234-2087, 800-657-2192, e-mail:
November 21, Blair Public Library, 210 So. 17th Street, Coffee: 9:30 A.M. CST. Workshop: 10 A.M. - Noon.
Contact: Kathleen Tooker, 402-330-7884, 800-627-7884, e-mail:
November 19, Holdrege Public Library System, 604 East Avenue.
November 26, North Platte Public Library, 120 West Fourth Street, Registration: 9:30 A.M. CST. Workshop: 10 A.M. - Noon CST.
Contact: Republican Valley Library System, 402-462-1975, 800-569-4961, e-mail: rvlsasst by November 16 and specify site.
November 27, Alliance Learning Center, 1750 Sweetwater Avenue, Registration: 9:30 A.M. MST, Workshop: 10:00 A.M. - Noon.
Contact Jay Wozny, 308-632-1350, 888-879-5303, e-mail:
November 29, Battle Creek Public Library, 103 East Main Street, Registration and Workshop: 9:30 A.M. - Noon CST.
Contact: Carol Speicher, 402-564-1586, 800-578-1014, e-mail:

Pam Scott, Nebraska Library Commission Continuing Education Coordinator, will explain how to fill out forms (paper and online); when forms are due; how to submit forms; which technology services are eligible for discounts; how to determine if your library qualifies; and how to determine your library's discount. She will also answer questions about form 486 and/or 472 (BEAR) and the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). CE Credits: 2.5.

Book Repair Workshop
November 21, Blair Public Library, 210 So. 17th Street, 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. cst.
Contact: Kathleen Tooker, 402-330-7884, 800-627-7884, e-mail:

Pam Scott, Nebraska Library Commission Continuing Education Coordinator, will demonstrate repair of damaged books. Bring three books. Fee: none. Registration required.

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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