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November '96 Vol.10 No.12 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission


Library Commission staff Norma Chrastil and Judy Winkler were recognized at a ceremony in the Capitol for 20 and 10 years of service to the State of Nebraska, respectively. Congratulations Norma and Judy!

The Nebraska Library Commission will receive a $50,000 grant from the Microsoft Corporation, as part of a program to bring public access to the Internet and to multi-media personal computers. Libraries Online! is based on a pilot program begun last year with the American Library Association (ALA). Criteria for library demonstration sites will be developed in cooperation with the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, Nebraska's Regional Library Systems, and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development's Governor's Global Community Initiative Project, Nebraska Development Network, and Nebraska Rural Development Commission. Nebraska Libraries will be notified regarding application process in November. Through this partnership project, the Library Commission will expand the capacity of Nebraska's public libraries to provide public access to the Internet and other electronic information (including government information) by equipping demonstration libraries with top-of-the-line multimedia information technology resources and improving local connectivity so libraries can promote effective use and diffusion of information technology in their communities. For more information, point your World Wide Web browser to /, and search on news release.

Congress gave final approval to the LSTA, the Library Services and Technology Act, on September 30, and the President signed the omnibus measure in which it was included that same night. LSTA will replace the Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA). For more information, see LSCA funding allocated to Nebraska for 1997 is included below, comparing previous amounts received:

Title I Title II Title III
1995 $635,691 $174,513 $169,524
1996 $692,593 $166,011 $135,285
1997 $740,630 $166,020 $98,343

Applications for State Aid will be mailed the first week of November. All libraries meeting Accreditation Guidelines by November 1, 1996 will receive an application form. Applications should be returned to the Nebraska Library Commission by December 15. If you have not received a copy of the form by November 16, contact Karen Ingish at 402-471-3849 or 800-307-2665. The application form has been revised and streamlined to expedite the process for all accredited libraries. For more information contact Karen at the number above.

The 1996 revision of the Accreditation Guidelines was approved by the Public Library section of the Nebraska Library Association (NLA) during the 1996 convention. The final draft was sent to all libraries in September and has been adopted by the Library Commission as the Nebraska Accreditation Guidelines. It becomes effective immediately. Libraries with accreditation expiring between November 1996 and December 1997 will receive notification of renewal in May 1997. Accreditation information will be sent out annually, in May, to libraries with expiring accreditation as well as unaccredited libraries and reading rooms. For information regarding the Accreditation Guidelines or for a copy, contact Karen Ingish at the number listed above.

All 1996 issues of What's Up Doc, the Library Commission's bimonthly newsletter listing new Nebraska government and selected federal publications, are available on the Library Commission Home Page at /. From the opening page choose "Commission Services," then "State Government Information," then "Publications" to find links to the current and archival issues. The 1995 Annual List of State Documents received by the Commission is also available there. Nebraska state government publications received since 1972 can also be accessed via the Commission online catalog by clicking the state documents box before beginning the search.

Does your library work closely with a facility or program that provides service to senior citizens in your community, e.g., senior center, care home, rehabilitation hospital or adult day care? Or does your library sponsor special programs such as book discussion, home delivery, reading club for your community's seniors? The Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service has been invited to host a workshop titled "Successful Partnerships Between Public Libraries and Senior Service Providers" at the 1997 Governor's Conference on Aging in Grand Island. We want to include your library's programs. Library Commission staff member Diane Wells is coordinating the presentation and would like brief descriptions of your library's senior citizen-oriented programs by December 15, 1996. Contact her at 402-471-4033, 800-742-7691 or e-mail: Diane Wells.

Please note the following corrections to the Roads to Learning videoconference scheduled for November 19: The start time is 1:15 p.m. CT rather than 1:00. The Lincoln site is at the Atrium, Public Service Commission, third floor. The address for the Scottsbluff site at the Bluffs Business Center is 4502 Ave. I, High Plains Room. Contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665 or Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-4008 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls for questions or information.

The Guidelines for Public Library Service to Young People were approved by the School Children's and Young People's Section (SCYP) at the NLA/Nebraska Education and Media Association (NEMA) fall Convention. Further information on effective utilization of the Guidelines will be announced in the "Announcements" section of the Library Commission Home Page, /.

The newly-developed Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning, jointly created by the Association for Communications and Technology and the American Association of School Librarians, were distributed at the NLA/SCYP business meeting. For a copy of the Standards, contact Mary Jackson (see above) or Library Commission Information Services, 402-471-4016, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Information Services Team.

November 18-24 is National Children's Book Week. This year's catalog, produced by the Children's Book Council, includes promotional material, as well as many items publicizing the value of reading. It features additional posters, bookmarks and brochures available at no charge. To request this catalog, call 800-999-2160.

The November/December issue of Copycat, ideas and activities for K-3 teachers, includes a unit on Children's Book Week. To request this publication, contact Library Commission Information Services (see above).

Children's Library Programs featuring videos draw reluctant readers to the library during the school year as well as in the summer. The Nebraska Library Commission's collection of children's videos for all ages may be booked through Information Services (see above). Good choices for this season are: Fall of Freddie the Leaf, The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, Thanksgiving, and The Snowman. To receive a Library Commission 1996 Video List, contact Information Services (see above).

Burns Davis, CM, Library Commission Information Resources Coordinator, attended the Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Workshop sponsored by the Nebraska Documents Preservation Advisory Council in October. The workshop stressed the importance of incorporating preservation and disaster planning into collection management. For more information, see the "Announcements" section of the Library Commission Home Page.

Through a partnership agreement with the Nebraska Library Commission and the College of St. Mary in Omaha, Emporia State University's School of Library and Information will offer its Master of Library Science degree program in Nebraska beginning in the spring of 1997. The application deadline is January 2, 1997. For more information call Emporia State University, 800-552-4770 or point your Web browser to

Nebraska Librarians are encouraged to apply for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) division of the American Library Association (ALA) Great Book Giveaway Competition. YALSA members can apply for 1,200 newly published children's, young adult and adult books, videos, CDs and audio cassettes received from publishers and producers for YALSA review. The deadline is January 15, 1997. For criteria, guidelines and an application, contact the YALSA office, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390, e-mail: or search on YALSA on the ALA home page:

The Public Library Association (PLA) division of the American Library Association (ALA) announced the following grants and awards for public libraries: The Demco Creative Merchandising Grant provides for the creative display and merchandising of materials, either in the library or in the community. The grant, sponsored by Demco, Inc., consists of $1,000 cash and $2,000 worth of display furniture or supplies. The NTC Career Materials Resource Grant provides for the development of a career resources collection and program for a target audience, either in the library or in the community. The grant consists of $500 cash and $2,000 worth of materials contributed by the NTC Publishing Group. The Highsmith Library Innovation Award recognizes innovative achievement in planning and implementing a creative program or service using technology. For the award years of 1997 and 1998, the emphasis is on the creation of web sites. The grant, sponsored by Highsmith INC., consists of a plaque and a $2,000 honorarium. The application deadline is December 1. Recipients will be announced at the ALA 1997 Midwinter Meeting and honored at the ALA 1997 Annual Conference. Applications are available from the PLA office, 800-545-2433, ext. 5752.

[Continuing Education & Training]

Roads to Learning: An Interactive Video Event/The 15% Solution

November 19, Various interactive video sites in Lincoln, Omaha, Scottsbluff and Kearney, 1:15-4:30 p.m. CT.
Contact: Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-4008 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls to register.

The presenter is Audrey Gorman, Director, Roads To Learning. The program focuses on public libraries' learning disabilities initiative. There is no charge for participating in this videoconference.

Civic Leadership Workshops: Mobilizing Community Assets II: Everyone has Gifts, Everyone Contributes

December 3, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. CT, Affiliate Sites broadcast by Civic Network Television (CNT).
Contact: Business & Industry Division, Northeast Community College, 402-644-0601 or 800-348-9033, ext. 601 for more information.

Course # BUS 012462. Goals are: to explore various strategies and tactics to use with stakeholders-all those who are affected by a decision, are responsible for the decision, or have the power to block a decision; to develop tools from the stories communities share; and to connect and open communications among communities addressing similar issues and frustrations. Participants will receive CNT resource materials and several surveys with questions and issues they should be prepared to discuss with the faculty, moderators and their colleagues. Registration fee is $20 per workshop.

Library Advocacy Training

Four sessions are scheduled:
December 9, Lincoln, Gere Branch Library, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CT;
December 10, Norfolk, Elks Club, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CT;
December 11, Kearney, UN-K Student Union, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CT;
December 13, Gering, Gering Civic Center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. MT;
Contact: Kathy Tooker for more information, 402-330-7884, 800-627-7884, e-mail:

Sponsored by the Nebraska Library Association Legislative Committee, these sessions will be facilitated by Pat Wagner of Pattern Research in Denver, CO. Librarians and "friends" from all types of Nebraska library and information centers are invited to learn together how we can speak out for the future of library and information services in Nebraska. Together, we will learn to put libraries on the agenda for decision-makers, ensuring that they understand that libraries provide essential services for the 21st Century. Please consider bringing along trustees or other library supporters from your community who can advocate from a customer's point of view. Library Advocacy Workshops will prepare you to speak out for your library in your community, in the media, in executive chambers and in legislative halls. Registration deadline is December 1. Cost: $10 which includes lunch. CE Credit=5.

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