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October 2000 Vol.14 No. 10 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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The Nebraska Library Commission is continuing to accept applications for a Network Services Director. Responsibilities: manage NEBASE, Nebraska's regional network for OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) services; provide leadership in the development, promotion, communication, and delivery of online information services to Nebraska libraries; negotiate, license, and manage online database services; and supervise network services staff. Qualifications: MLS from an ALA accredited program; must have five years library-related work experience, including administrative and supervisory experience; knowledge and understanding of automated information network issues including (but not limited to) OCLC systems, products, and services, and Internet and Web-based information services; excellent communication skills; ability to work effectively in a team-oriented work environment; and ability to plan, prepare, and present instruction to diverse audiences. Minimum salary: $40,000, higher depending on qualifications. Valid driver's license required. For more information see or contact Doreen Kuhlmann, 402-471-4007, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Doreen Kuhlmann. This position remains open until filled. Candidates must complete a State of Nebraska job application form. Apply at or 301 Centennial Mall South, First Floor, P. O. Box 94905, Lincoln, NE 68509.

The Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service is hosting a reception on Nov. 1, at Grand Island's Edith Abbott Memorial Library from 11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. Talking Book and Braille borrowers, their family members, service providers, and other interested persons are cordially invited. RSVP by contacting 402-471-4038 or 800-742-7691 by October 30.

The 2000 Nebraska Book Awards program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, recognizes and honors books that are written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska, and/or relate to Nebraska. The following books published in 1999 were awarded certificates:

For more information see

The Nebraska Databook is a one-stop location for information about Nebraska. It provides a collection of tables, graphs, maps, economic profiles, demographics, and historical information concerning Nebraska counties and communities. The Databook is located at and provided by the Department of Economic Development Research Division. Data originates from a variety of federal, state, and private sources and is updated daily.

The Library Commission will distribute certificates of accreditation to qualified public libraries October 1. Seventy-eight libraries were scheduled to renew their accreditation this year. Applications were also sent to seventy-two unaccredited public libraries.

Public Library Statistical Reports will be mailed from the Library Commission to all public libraries on October 15. These are due back at the Library Commission by January 31, 2001. There are a few changes in this year's report. The new questions deal with access to electronic information and reflect new data elements adopted by the Federal-State Cooperative System.

Nebrask@Online, the recently redesigned Official Web Site for the State of Nebraska, now offers a connection to facilitate online renewal of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture's Food Licenses. Librarians are encouraged to promote access to this service at to local restaurants and other food-related businesses.

NEBASE, Nebraska's regional network for OCLC services, in cooperation with the Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR), is again offering Nebraska libraries an opportunity to participate in a group purchase of CD-ROM products. This group purchase arrangement allows libraries to benefit from some of the lowest prices ever on more than 200 popular CD-ROM titles. Order forms are available at Send orders to Jeannette Powell, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023 or fax to 402-481-2083 (attn. Jeannette) by October 19. Orders will begin shipping in November, with all products shipped by December 8.

Applications are available for The Millennium Project for Public Libraries, a new national grant initiative to help public libraries enrich their core collections of American Literature and provide an opportunity to offer library programs to enhance the public's appreciation of great American writing. The application deadlines are November 15, 2000 and April 1, 2001. See for applications and guidelines. The project is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of America, and the American Library Association, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The deadline for the netLibrary purchase has been extended to November 30. More than eighty libraries have joined the Nebraska netLibrary consortium, facilitated by the Nebraska Library Commission. These libraries have exclusive access to the Nebraska netLibrary collection of more than 2,500 e-books. For a list of participating libraries and pricing/ordering information see

Nominations for the State Advisory Council on Libraries are invited. The Commissioners will make new appointments for three-year terms beginning January 2001. The Council meets four 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 Sally Snyder, 402-471-4003, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Sally Snyder by October 13.

The University of Missouri-Columbia is hosting the 2nd Annual Virtual Library and Information Science Job Fair October 23-29. Candidates can post their resume online and view job openings. Candidates and employers can register on-line at

October is National Medical Librarians Month, celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of health sciences information professionals. For more information see

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.

NLA/NEMA/MPLA Conference
October 25-27, Omaha Contact: Registration Chair Sarah Watson, 402-444-4808, e-mail:, Conference schedule available at
Highlights of the Nebraska Library Associations (NLA)/Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA) / Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) Conference include: October 25: Preconferences and an evening reception at the Joslyn Art Museum; October 26: Concurrent sessions, General Session featuring Steve Coffman, a tour of the Ford Conservation Center, Section meetings and luncheons, and an evening Exhibitor's Reception prior to the Awards Banquet, with the Banquet Address given by Jym Kruse, Nebraska Author and Storyteller; October 27: Concurrent sessions, Nebraska Library Commission Leadership Development lecture featuring David Shenk, tours of local libraries, Golden Sower Award Presentation, and an evening White House Council on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) Awards Banquet; and October 28: Golden Sower Programs and Events and WHCLIST meetings and presentations.

To Filter or Not to Filter, That Is One Question
November 1, Satellite Downlink Sites in Nebraska, 10:00 A.M.-Noon CSTContact: Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083.
Sponsored by the Illinois State Library, this free teleconference will address the pros and cons of limiting Internet access, the pros and cons of various filtering software, the current status of filtering requirements at the federal level, and how to effectively communicate with legislators on this issue. Contact Ellen Van Waart for satellite coordinates.

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, e-mail:, fax: 402-280-5134.
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 will be supported by practical information, discussion questions, worksheets, and bibliographies. Contact Ellen Van Waart (see above) for satellite coordinates.

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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