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November 2002 Vol.16 No. 11 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission




Nebraska Library Commissioner Wally Seiler, of Alliance, received the Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Trustees, Users, and Friends Citation Award at the 2002 NLA Conference. Wally was honored for more than twenty years of service on the Alliance Public Library Board of Trustees, administration of the Alliance Public Library Foundation, leadership in building the new library, and a host of other volunteer efforts. Congratulations Wally!

At their September meeting, the Panhandle Library System board voted unanimously to enter into a collaborative venture with the Nebraska Library Commission to employ a full-time Panhandle Library Services Coordinator (administrator), who will be a state employee. Representatives from the System board and the Library Commission are working together to develop a job description for the position, and to recruit, hire, and evaluate the coordinator. This position, based in Scottsbluff, offers the opportunity for a versatile professional to provide services for a multi-type regional library system in a fourteen-county area in western Nebraska. A Master of Library Science degree from an American Library Association-accredited program is required, with three years experience preferred. The job description is located on the Library Commission home page Announcements at The position will remain open until filled. A State of Nebraska job application must be completed. Apply to: or 301 Centennial Mall South, First Floor, P.O. Box 94905, Lincoln, NE 68509. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For more information contact Doreen Kuhlmann, Business Manager, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508, 402-471-4007, 800-307-2665, fax: 407-471-2083, e-mail: Doreen Kuhlmann.

Fall Book Reviews will be videotaped on November 8 and 22, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, at the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Building, 1800 North 33 Street. Nebraska library supporters and staff members are invited to attend the taping sessions. Tapes will be available after December 6 from the Nebraska Library Commission Information/Reference Services, 402-471-4016, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Information Services Team or from the Regional Library System Offices. The sessions will be broadcast via satellite (Neb Sat 107) on December 6, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cst for libraries and schools to tape the reviews.

Nebraska Library Commission is seeking grant applications from public libraries for special projects in the area of children's and young adult services to encourage innovation and expansion of public library services for children and their parents. Grants must be submitted to the Library Commission by November 13. Information and application forms are available on the Library Commission Web site,

The Nebraska Library Commission will again sponsor satellite teleconference programming from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL for library supporters and staff members. The Commission negotiated a statewide license to offer Nebraska libraries free unlimited access to downlink each program and make a videotape for the use of the participating institution. The first program is November 15, Building Another Bridge: Equal Access to Technology for Special Populations, facilitated by Daneen Richardson, Reference Librarian at the Graham Hospital School of Nursing in Canton, IL. Contact the Regional Library System office for viewing sites. Supplementary program materials are available at the College of DuPage Web site, see For more information contact Pam Scott, Continuing Education Coordinator, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Pam Scott or see the Commission Web site,, search on DuPage 2003.

In order to be eligible for state aid, Nebraska public libraries must submit their Public Library Statistical Report online using BibliostatTM Collect, a Web-based data collection tool, by January 31, 2003. State aid eligibility and amounts will be determined after that date. State Aid Award letters for 2003 will be mailed to libraries on February 15, 2003. This is a change from the traditional date of December 15. For more information contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Public library statistical data, compiled from 2001 Public Library Statistical Reports, will be available online this winter. A printed Profile of Public Library Data will be published in the spring of 2003. A selection of library data can now be viewed online and customized for comparison purposes using BibliostatTM Connect, see Library directors can use their assigned Username and Password for access to both BibliostatTM Collect and BibliostatTM Connect. If information required is not available via BibliostatTM Connect, contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Letters about Literature is a national reading promotion for children and young adults sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Weekly Reader Corporation, and locally coordinated through the Nebraska Center for the Book. Students write a letter to an author, living or dead, explaining how that author's work made an impact upon them. Librarians are urged to encourage local students to participate. For a copy of the official contest guidelines and the required entry coupon, see the Nebraska Library Commission home page at, search on Letters about Literature 2003. Deadline for letters is December 6.

The Nebraska Library Commission reserved six viewing sites for Safeguarding Our Patrons' Privacy: What Every Librarian Needs to Know About the USA PATRIOT Act and Related Anti-Terrorism Measures. On December 11, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. cst, this satellite teleconference will present an analysis of the implications of the recent anti-terrorism measures, including the USA PATRIOT Act, the Attorney General's Guidelines expanding the investigative powers of the FBI, and the Homeland Security Act. Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, the Association of Research Libraries, the American Association of Law Libraries, the Medical Library Association, and the Special Libraries Association, Nebraska sites include Scottsbluff, Hastings, Broken Bow, Norfolk, Beatrice, and Omaha. Register through the Regional Library System office by November 25. For information see the ALA Web site,, or the Commission home page Announcements at

The Nebraska Library Commission awarded Continuing Education and Training Grants totaling approximately $28,288 in August 2002. The grants were awarded to eleven libraries and two library organizations to provide continuing education and training for Nebraska library personnel as part of the Library Commission's commitment to the goals established for Making a Difference @ your libraryTM: Nebraska Library Services and Technology Act Plan for Library & Information Services 2003-2007, see For a list of the recipients and award amounts see the Library Commission Web site,, search on continuing Education Grants 2002 Recipients.

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.

This publication was supported in part by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act.

[Continuing Education & Training]

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Micro Enhancer (ILL ME) for Windows Version 2.10
November 7, February 19, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
Learn how to improve your productivity by automating repetitious and time-consuming borrowing and lending tasks. Audience: OCLC ILL users currently using or interested in using ILL ME. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC ILL system and the Windows environment.

ILL Basics Using the OCLC ILL Web Interface
December 2, February 13, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
This workshop covers basic OCLC ILL service, using the Web interface (alternative to the traditional Passport interface). Audience: New ILL library staff and current users familiar with the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of searching OCLC WorldCat.

Advanced OCLC Interlibrary Loan
December 4, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
Learn to streamline the ILL process and handle more advanced problems. Audience: Current users of OCLC ILL who have questions. Prerequisites: ILL Basics workshop or some experience with ILL.

Introduction to the New OCLC Cataloging Interface: OCLC Connexion
January 30, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
Learn to use the new OCLC cataloging interface, merging CORC and CatExpress functionality. Audience: OCLC cataloging users who have questions or are interested in planning for migration to the new interface (not appropriate for CatExpress users). Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment.

OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer: An Alternative to Passport
February 11, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
Learn how the OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows software combines interactive online searching and processing with optional offline editing. Audience: New and current OCLC full-cataloging users. Prerequisites: OCLC full-cataloging institutions only. Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment helpful.

Note: For all of the above activities sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, Instructor: Christa Burns. Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell. CE Credits: 3. Fees: $10 for NEBASE members, others contact Jeannette Powell. Register:

2002 Nebraska Futures Conference
November 20, Wayne State College, Wayne.
Contact: Judy Johnson, College Relations Office, Wayne State College, 800-228-9972, ext. 7325, e-mail:

The 2002 Nebraska Futures Conference, "Strategies for Sustaining Rural Communities," will be of interest to library staff and supporters. Highlights include Encounters with Nebraska's Future, Budget and Public Policy Forecast for Nebraska, Cultural Diversity: Challenges & Opportunities in our Communities, and The Future of Nebraska Health Care. Cost for the conference is $25 per person, including lunch. For more information see the college web site,

The Plains Poetry Festival
November 21, Wayne State College, Wayne.
Contact: Judy Johnson, College Relations Office, Wayne State College, 800-228-9972, ext. 7325, e-mail:

Highlights include readings by: Neil Harrison, Twyla Hansen, Fred Zydek, Nat Derickson, Marge Saiser, Nancy McCleary, Barbara Schmitz, Sarah McKinstry-Brown, Steve Langan, William Kloefkorn; The Great American Road Show, including Matt Mason, Scott McIntosh, Dade Johnson, Amy McGeorge, Trenton Muth, Charles Fort, and Don Welch; and introductions by J. V. Brummels, Logan House; Greg Kosmicki, The Backwaters Press; Jim Reese, Logan House; and Mark Sanders, Sandhills Press. Evening Poetry Slam at Riley's Pub. Readings are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Backwater Press, Sandhills Press, Logan House, and the Department of Language and Literature at Wayne State College.

The Nebraska Library Commission will provide Grant Application Training November 13 - December 10 to assist library staff in applying for the following grants:

  • Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants
  • Continuing Education and Training Grants
  • Children's Grants for Excellence
  • Scholarships: Master of Library Science

Training will be offered in Battle Creek, Broken Bow, Fremont, McCook, Milford, and Scottsbluff. For more information, see the Library Commission home page Announcements at

Information regarding Library Science/School Media Coursework in Nebraska, including classes offered by Chadron State College, University of Nebraska-Kearney, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Omaha, is posted on the Library Commission home page Announcements at

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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