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Nov/Dec 2003 Vol.17 No. 9 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission




Governor Mike Johanns appointed Mary Nelson to the Nebraska Library Commission for a three year term. Nelson fills the vacancy from the Republican Valley area, following Bob King's completed term a few months ago. Nelson is from Holdrege and serves on the Holdrege Public Library board and the library Friends group. She has also been active in the Nebraska Library Association, serving as a past chair of the Trustees, Users, and Friends section.

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) provides federal funding to support statewide programs and library grant projects through the Nebraska Library Commission. Grant applications will be accepted at the Nebraska Library Commission, postmarked no later than December 31, 2003. Faxes will not be accepted. For more information, including details on the priorities identified for funding, see the Library Commission home page Announcements,, or contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

The Nebraska Library Commission is seeking input about the Guidelines for Accreditation for Nebraska Public Libraries used in the Library Commission's Public Library Accreditation program. This program, which serves as a basis for distribution of state and federal funds to public libraries, is being evaluated. Information about the Accreditation program, open-ended questions about the process, and a draft of the Guidelines are available on the Library Commission Web site at, search on Accreditation. Nebraska library staff and board members are invited to review these materials and comment to Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller.

The Nebraska Library Commission recently hired Robert Shafer as Book Circulation Clerk in Talking Book and Braille Services. Welcome, Robert!

Public Library Statistical Data surveys are now available online through Bibliostat´┐Ż Collect at The Nebraska Library Commission distributed a letter to each public library that contains the library's Username and Password (the same as last year's). The deadline for data submission is January 31, 2004. This online data submission is one of the requirements for state aid eligibility. Data analysis can be accomplished by downloading the raw data files from the Library Commission Web site,, and manipulating them in standard spreadsheet software. For additional information, contact Kit Keller, see contact information above.

The deadline to participate in the 2003 SOLINET/NEBASE netLibrary Shared Collection of electronic books is December 31. The total number of titles in the collection is now 8,181. For more information about ordering see: For more information, see the Library Commission Web site, or e-mail: Network Services.

Nominations for the State Advisory Council on Libraries are invited. The Nebraska Library Commissioners will make new appointments for three-year terms beginning January 2004. The Council meets three times annually and advises the Library Commission on federal library programs and other issues. Council members are chosen from libraries in public, academic, school, and special settings, or are library customers. Submit nominations to Rod Wagner, 402-471-4001, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Rod Wagner by December 19.

The Advisory Committee of the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service is seeking to fill three vacancies. The committee represents the needs of talking book and Braille borrowers and makes recommendations concerning policies, services, and programs. Membership may include librarians, educators, health care providers, and other individuals who understand the needs of individuals with disabilities. Information concerning nominees should be sent by March 1, 2004 to the Nebraska Library Commission, Talking Book and Braille Service, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023. For more information contact Dave Oertli, 402-471-4005, 800-742-7691, e-mail: Dave Oertli.

Position Available: Northeast Library System Administrator: This position, based in Columbus, offers the opportunity to direct the provision of services to 220 libraries in northeast Nebraska through a multitype regional library system. A Master of Library Science degree from an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited program is preferred. Multitype library experience is helpful. For more information see the Library Commission home page Library Jobs,, or contact Kathy Bretschneider, Northeast System Board President, Battle Creek Public Library, P.O. Box D, Battle Creek, NE 68715.

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. A Technology Toolkit: Survival Skills for Everyone featuring Donna Fryer, GLOBAL Information Research & Retrieval, North Carolina, explores technology skills, with an emphasis on computer and Internet basics. The session is scheduled for January 23, 2004, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. cst. For more information, see Contact the Regional Library System offices for viewing sites. 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,

Nebraska libraries of all types are encouraged to apply for $450 grants for Assimilating America: The Life and Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer, a new initiative of The Library of America in cooperation with the ALA Public Programs Office, and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Grants will be made for library public programs on the life and work of the Nobel Prize-winning writer Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991). For grant application and guidelines see Apply by December 15.

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are accepting applications from public and school (K-12) libraries for the We The People Bookshelf grants. The Bookshelf project will award fifteen Bookshelf books for young readers to up to five hundred libraries across the country. Selected libraries are required to present programs that highlight the theme of "courage" and encourage young readers to explore these works. Access the application and guidelines at . Applications are being accepted online until February 15, 2004.

The Library Commission is coordinating a group purchase to enable Web-based access to an enhanced version of the Dewey Decimal Classification database through WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey, which correspond to the unabridged and abridged print editions, and offer additional electronic functionality. For more information see the Library Commission home page Announcements or or contact Christa Burns, 402-471-3107, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Christa Burns.

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 Connexion: Browser Interface for Cataloging
December 10, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Lincoln
January 7, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Lincoln
January 20, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Lincoln

Learn to use the new OCLC cataloging browser 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 Connexion: Client Interface for Cataloging
December 16, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Lincoln
January 7, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Lincoln
January 29, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Lincoln

Learn to use the recently-released OCLC Connexion Client interface. In addition to basic cataloging functionality for all formats, this optional Microsoft Windows-based client offers features not readily accommodated by a Web browser, including macros, additional customization options, and integrated label printing. Learn to search, edit, set holdings, and export in the new interface. Benefits of the new interface, how and when to migrate from OCLC Passport or CatME, and technical requirements will be covered. Audience: OCLC full-cataloging users who have questions or are interested in planning for their migration from Passport or CatME to the new interface. This workshop is not appropriate for CatExpress users. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment.

OCLC ILL Web Interface Basics
December 17, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Lincoln
January 13, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Lincoln

This workshop covers basic OCLC ILL features, using the Web interface (alternative to the traditional Passport software). Audience: New ILL library staff and current users familiar with the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of searching OCLC WorldCat.

Note: For all of the above activities sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, Location: Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln. 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:

E-rate Form 471: Next Steps
December 1, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. cst, Blair Public Library, 210 South Seventeenth Street
December 2, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. cst, Ord Township Library, 1718 M Street
December 3, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. cst, North Platte Community College, 601 West State Farm Road
December 4, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. cst, Hastings Public Library, 517 West Fourth Street
December 5, 10:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Loren Eiseley Branch, Lincoln City Libraries, 1530 Superior Street
December 8, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Battle Creek City Office, 102 South Second Street
December 12, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. mst, Scottsbluff Public Library, 1809 Third Avenue

Workshops on the E-rate Form 471, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, will include a demonstration of how to fill out this form, discussion of requirements for technology plans, and instruction on how to use the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company Web site. Instructor: Pam Scott Contact: Register online at or contact Jacque Crocker, 402-471-4037, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jacque Crocker, fax: 402-471-2083, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln NE 68508-2023. CE Credits: 2-3, depending on length of class. Fees: None

My Day and Welcome to It: Time Management and Job Motivation
December 11, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. cst, Fremont's Keene Memorial Library, 1030 North Broad Street
December 12, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. cst, Seward Memorial Library, 233 South Fifth Street

This workshop, sponsored by the Eastern and Southeast Library Systems and funded in part by the Nebraska Library Commission, is presented by Theresa Dickson, Pioneer Library System, Norman, OK. The program will focus on delegation, organization, and priority shifts. Contact: Eastern Library System, 11929 Elm Street, Suite 12, Omaha, NE 68144, 402-330-7884, 800-627-7884, fax: 402-330-1859, e-mail: . CE Credits: 5. Fees: $20, includes lunch.

Legal Reference Workshop
December 12, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. mst, Scottsbluff Public Library, 1809 Third Avenue
This workshop, cosponsored by the Panhandle Library Systems and the Nebraska Library Commission, is presented by University of Nebraska Law Librarian Sandy Placzek. The program will cover legal reference basics and collection development for legal resources. Contact: Panhandle Library System, 308-632-1350, 888-879-5303, fax: 308-632-3978. CE Credits: 3. Fees: None.

For more information see Library Calendar at

Continuing Education (CE) Credits are issued by the Library Commission as part of the Nebraska Public Librarian and Board Certification Program.

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