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October 2003 Vol.17 No. 8 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission



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[Announcements]

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Kristen Rogge, Johnson, was elected Chair of the Nebraska Library Commission and Velma Sims-Shipley, Fremont, was elected Vice-chair. They will serve as officers through June 2004.

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) provides federal funding to support statewide programs and library grant projects through the Nebraska Library Commission. Applications for the upcoming grant cycle will be available October 1. For more information, including details on the priorities identified for funding, see the Library Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov, or contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller. In September, reauthorization of the Museum and Library Services Act passed the Congress in its final version and the President signed it. Funding for 2004 programs is still pending. For more information see www.ala.org/ogr.

The Nebraska Library Commission recently hired Caroline O'Leary as Book Circulation Clerk in Talking Book and Braille Services. Welcome, Caroline!

Nebraska librarians and school media specialists will join hundreds of schools, bookstores, and libraries across the country celebrating Teen Read Week, October 19 - 25. This year's theme is "Slammin'@ your libraryTM." In year-round support of this literacy initiative, a special Web site, www.ala.org/teenread, will offer booklists and other information related to teen reading habits.

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) and the Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA) invite Nebraska library staff and supporters to attend "Many Faces, One Voice...Enriching Our Profession," October 29 - 31, the joint NLA/NEMA 2003 conference, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Omaha. See the conference web site www. papillion.ne.us/~NLA2003/ for the schedule, exhibitors, and registration information.

The Nebraska Center for the Book will sponsor the twelfth Nebraska Book Festival on October 24 - 25, hosted by Omaha's Creighton University at the Skutt Student Center. For more information see mockingbird.creighton.edu/ncw/nbf/nebraska_book_festival.html.

Letters about Literature, a national reading promotion for children and young adults sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in cooperation with Target stores and the Weekly Reader Corporation, is locally coordinated through the Nebraska Center for the Book. For a copy of the official contest guidelines, plus the required entry coupon, see the Nebraska Library Commission home page nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Letters about Literature 2004. Deadline for entries is December 6.

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 the 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 www.ala.org/wethepeople. Applications are being accepted online until October 22, 2003 for Round One and February 15, 2004 for Round Two.

The Nebraska Library Commission will sponsor workshops on the USA PATRIOT Act and Privacy Concerns in October. The workshops will address USA PATRIOT Act, Confidentiality, Data Collection and Privacy, and Privacy Policies. Schedule:

CE Credits: 3.

The Nebraska Library Commission will sponsor workshops on the E-rate Form 470 in October. The workshops will include a demonstration of how to fill out this form. Schedule:

Nebraska Library Commission staff will present information on Library Commission grants, including Continuing Education and Training Grants, Children's Grants for Excellence, and Library Services and Technology Act Grants:

CE Credits: 3.

The Nebraska Library Commission will sponsor a workshop on Book Preparation and Repair on October 16, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, in McCook. This workshop will address preparation of new materials and repair of damaged materials. CE Credits: 3.

*For all of the above workshops, contact: Pam Scott, Continuing Education Coordinator, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Pam Scott or see nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/ce/libdevtraining.html for information. Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/ce/libdevtrainingreg.html or contact Jacque Crocker 800-307-2665, 402-471-4037, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Jacque Crocker one week before the session.

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. Digital Treasures for Teaching and Learning explores online library collections on October 10, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. cdt. For more information, see www.cod.edu/teleconf/digital-treasures/index.htm. A Basic Toolkit: Good Manager and Good Employee Skills covers the basic library skills on November 14, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. cdt. For more information, see www.cod.edu/teleconf/soaring, 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, /libdev/ce/dupage/colldupageconf20032004.html. Contact the Regional Library System office for viewing sites.

The Nebraska Library Commission recently funded registrations for ten children's services staff members to attend the Norfolk sessions of the Jim Trelease workshop, "Making Books Into Friends, Not Enemies," October 28. The same workshop will also be offered in Lincoln on October 30. Both workshops are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. cdt. Fee: $40 includes lunch. For more information see www.nde. state.ne.us/read/, click on Read Aloud Nebraska Jim Trelease workshops.

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 7,920. For more information about ordering see: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/netlibrary2003.html. For more information about the collection, see the Library Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/netlibrary2003.html or e-mail: Network Services.


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 Cataloging Micro Enhancer: An Alternative to Passport
October 6, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, 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.

OCLC Connexion: Browser Interface for Cataloging
October 9, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Lincoln
November 13, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Lincoln
November 18, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Lincoln
December 4, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Lincoln
December 10, 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 ILL Web Interface Basics
October 21, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Lincoln
November 6, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cst, Lincoln
December 17, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 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: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.

Database Roadshow 2003
October 2, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cdt, Holdrege Public Library, 604 East Avenue, Holdrege
October 7, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln

Attend the Database Roadshow 2003 to learn more about the statewide databases funded by the Nebraska Library Commission through discussion, demonstrations, and hands-on practice. CE Credits: 4.5 For more information and to register see nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/roadshowreg.html.

Basic Skills/Collection Development
November 3, 10, 17, John A. Stahl Library, 330 North Colfax, West Point
November 3, 10, 24, Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center, 801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk
November 7, 14, 21, Scottsbluff Public Library, 1809 3rd Avenue, Scottsbluff
November 10, 18, 25, Seward Memorial Library, 233 South 5th Street, Seward
November 17, 24, December 1, North Platte Public Library, 120 West 4th Street, North Platte
November 21, December 5, 12, Meridian Library System Office, 3519 Second Avenue Suite B, Kearney

This course, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and Nebraska's Regional Library Systems, is one of four Basic Skills courses required for certification in the Nebraska Public Librarian Certification Program. It is designed for public library employees and addresses the following: Basic Understanding of Collection Development, Community Needs Assessment, Selection of Library Materials, Acquisitions, Weeding, Intellectual Freedom, Collection Assessment, and Preservation. The course will be available via in-class instruction or online. Contact: Pam Scott, Continuing Education Coordinator, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Pam Scott. Fee: $35. All classes are 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., local standard time, with a one hour lunch break. Lunch is not included for on-site students. Register: Contact Jodene Glaesemann, 402-471-4009, 800-307-2665 one week before the first session or by November 20 for online class.

The Nebraska Library Commission will sponsor a Children's Services videoconference, Young Adult Services @ your libraryTM - Teens Want Graphic Novels and So Do You on October 10, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. cdt, featuring Susan Steider, Young Adult Librarian at Lincoln City Libraries; Gordon Wyant of Omaha Public Library; and Sally Snyder, Acting Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Services at the Nebraska Library Commission. For more information and a list of sites see nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/ce/libdevtraining.html. Register: nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/ce/libdevtrainingreg.html or contact Jacque Crocker 402-471-4037, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Jacque Crocker.


For more information see Library Calendar at nlc.nebraska.gov.

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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