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October 2001 Vol.15 No. 9 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission




Nebraska librarians are encouraged to stop by the Nebraska Library Commission booth at the upcoming NLA/NEMA Conference in Kearney, October 17 - 19. Library Commission staff will be available to answer questions and to help you sample online Commission resources, including the Commission Centennial Website, Online Catalog, and Electronic Library, as well as the databases purchased for Nebraska libraries by the Commission. Consultation will be provided on the following topics:


Computers will be available for Conference participants to check e-mail and to access Web resources. Conference schedule and registration information is available at

The Nebraska Library Commission Grants: 2001 Grants Schedule is available on the Commission Web site at /Grants/index.aspx. Information is available about the following funding opportunities offered by the Library Commission:

Basic Skills/Collection Development is one of the four Basic Skills courses required for certification of librarians in public libraries. The course, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and Nebraska's Regional Library Systems, addresses the following topics: Basic understanding of collection development, Community needs assessment, Selection of library materials, Acquisitions, Weeding, Intellectual Freedom, Collection assessment, and Preservation. The course will be offered online or at the following sites:

$25 fee includes notebook of handouts. Lunch is included for onsite participants. Contact Pam Scott, Continuing Education Coordinator, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Pam Scott for information or to register. Prior to the start of the first class, send payment and site designation to the Nebraska Library Commission, Attn: Jodene Glaesemann, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023. Register one week prior to the onsite class. Note: Library staff members that took this course in Spring 2000 or before can repeat the course and receive twelve hours C.E. Credit.

The NEBASE Advisory Council will survey NEBASE members to help determine needs and assess satisfaction regarding OCLC training and other Library Commission Network Services continuing education. The assessment addresses training topics and class logistics. NEBASE member library staff are encouraged to fill out the survey at and help improve NEBASE training.

Jay Wozny has accepted appointment as Panhandle Library System Administrator. He began October 1.

Information regarding Library Science/School Media Coursework in Nebraska, including classes offered at University of Nebraska at Omaha (UN-O), Chadron State College (CSC), and University of Nebraska-Kearney (UN-K), is posted on the Library Commission home page Announcements at For more information contact Dr. Becky Pasco: 402-554-2119, e-mail:

The Nebraska Library Commission is offering access to a second netLibraryTM collection. Sign up by November 30 to receive access to approximately 1,500 e-book titles. Participation is open to all Nebraska libraries, regardless of past participation. Pricing information is available on the Commission Web site at For information contact Jeannette Powell 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Nebraska public library staff members are asked to assist Library Commission Reference Service staff in compiling a list of public libraries that collect and loan cake pans. Libraries that are willing to loan cake pans via Interlibrary Loan should contact Julie Pinnell, Information Services Librarian, 402-471-3249, 800-307-2665, Jeannette Powell.

The Nebraska Library Commission will again sponsor satellite teleconference programming for library staff from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. 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. Contact Pam Scott, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Pam Scott, or the Regional Library System Administrator for downlink sites and satellite coordinates. Additional information is available from the College of DuPage, For specific teleconference dates and times, click on the Library Calendar on the Commission Home Page at, search on DuPage.

The Library Commission is offering a variety of database trials this fall. Access information for the trials is available over the TRIAL mailing list, see, or by contacting Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Network Services for logon name and password. See for information and URL addresses.

Videotapes of the NEBASE Annual Meeting 2001 - East, held September 20, 2001, are now available for loan from the Nebraska Library Commission Reference/Information Services or the Regional Library System offices. The meeting celebrated twenty-five years of service through NEBASE. The video features a keynote panel on "NEBASE's 25th Anniversary" and a presentation on news from OCLC, as well as updates from the NEBASE Advisory Council and the OCLC Members Council. To borrow the videotape, contact: the Library Commission at 402-471-4016, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Information Services Team, or your Library System office.

Libraries and school media centers can save money on CD-ROM titles available through the Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR) group purchase. The order form is available on the Library Commission Web site at Send order by October 19 to Jeannette Powell, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, fax: 402-471-2083.

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]

Prairie Schooner 75th Anniversary Conference
October 11 - 13, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Contact: Kate Flaherty, 402-472-0945, e-mail:

Joyce Carol Oates will headline the Prairie Schooner 75th Anniversary Conference, celebrating seventy-five years of continuous publication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Oates, Marilyn Hacker, Greg Johnson, and a hundred other writers, will hold readings and take part in panels and presentations. For more information, see or contact Conference Coordinator Kate Flaherty, 402-472-0945, e-mail:

Nebraska Writer's Guild Fall Conference
October 13, Concordia College, Seward, Registration: 8 a.m., Program: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Contact: Hugh Reilly, 402-554-3543, e-mail: or Jean Lukesj

The program features mystery writer Alex Kava, Deb Turner from the University of Nebraska Press, and poet and novelist J.V. Brummels. A fourth speaker is being arranged. The public is welcome! Cost: $35 for Nebr. Writer's Guild members, $40 for nonmembers.

NLA/NEMA Conference
October 17 - 19, Kearney
Contact: for registration and conference schedule.

Highlights of the NLA/NEMA Conference include: October 17: Preconferences (including "Trustees, Friends, and Staff: Your Library's Three-Legged Stool," scheduled from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; "Developing Confidence with Computer Hardware and Software," presented twice, 8:30 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.; "@ your libraryTM Dinner and Planning Workshop," scheduled for 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.) and an evening reception at the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. All preconferences will conclude in time for participants to catch the trolley shuttles to the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument Reception.
October 18: Concurrent sessions, Poster session, General Session featuring Sally Gardner Reed, Section meetings and luncheons, and an evening Exhibitor's Reception prior to the Awards Banquet;
October 19: Concurrent sessions, Poster session, Nebraska Library Commission Leadership Development lecture in celebration of the Library Commission Centennial featuring Wayne A. Wiegand, Section meetings and luncheons, and the Golden Sower Award Presentation. Special Exhibit breaks are scheduled on Thursday and Friday.

Nebraska Library Commission Centennial Celebration
November 9, Luncheon and Presentation (at Noon) at Embassy Suites, 1040 P St., Lincoln. Open House (2:00 - 4:00 p.m.) at Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln.
Contact: Nancy Busch, Deputy Director, Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4002 , 800-307-2665.

Nebraska librarians are invited to help celebrate the Nebraska Library Commission Centennial commemorating November 11, 1901, the date that the first office opened in the basement of the Capitol building. An Open House, a luncheon, and other activities will be planned around a presentation by James V. Carmichael, Professor, Department of Library and Information Studies, School of Education, University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Carmichael will speak on "Miss Bullock, Miss Templeton, and the Nebraska Library Commission." He has done voluminous research to uncover the stories of the individuals that provided leadership in the early days of the information profession. He will share his findings on the role of historic library leaders and the model they provide for us today. Additional information will be posted on the Library Commission home page Announcements, see

Turning On the Turned-Off Reader Workshop
November 9, Burke High School, 12200 Burke Blvd., Omaha, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Mary Jackson, Children and Young Adult Services Coordinator, Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083.

Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook will present the workshop. Cosponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, Nebraska School Psychologists Association, the Department of Education, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the workshop is presented in conjunction with "Read Aloud to a Child Week," as proclaimed by Governor Mike Johanns. The preregistration fee of $35 (includes lunch) will be waived for the first sixty public library staff members to register through the Nebraska Library Commission by October 15. Nebraska public library staff members are encouraged to apply for free registration. For more information see the Library Commission home page Announcements, , or contact Mary Jackson, see above. Public library staff members are encouraged to e-mail or fax your registration to: Maria Medrano-Nehls, see address and fax above, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls. All others register by contacting Jennifer Wiehe, 402-557-2760, e-mail:

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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