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October '97 Vol.11 No.10 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Oliver Magee resumed his retirement from the Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service in August. Oliver worked with us since 1991 and we wish him the best.

The Nebraska Library Commission is doing an extensive de-accession of the federal documents collection. Hundreds of items have been "weeded." A discard area is set up and we invite state agency and library staff to visit the Library Commission and take any you like. At this time, most of the discards are paper and microfiche publications from government agencies beginning with letter A-D (Agriculture, Civil Rights, Commerce, FCC, Defense, etc.). Most are more than five years old. Items currently in the holding area will be discarded periodically and new ones added. To reserve a time to review and select documents, contact Beth Goble, 402-471-4017 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Beth Goble or drop by at your convenience.

New publications have been added to the Commission's State Government Publications Online home page. See /docs/pilot/pilot.html to view or download in .pdf format the following 1997 documents: Directory: Nebraska's Senior Centers, NE Health and Human Services System, Department of Services; NAPE/AFSCME and State of Nebraska Labor Contract, NE Department of Administrative Services, Employee Relations Division; Personnel Almanac, NE Department of Administrative Services, Personnel Division; and Roster: Drug Treatment Centers Licensed As Of May 31, 1997, NE Health and Human Services System, Department of Regulation and Licensure. Adobe Viewer can be downloaded from the site.

The Nebraska Library Commission will sponsor a series of six satellite teleconferences on a variety of library issues aimed at all librarians (public, academic, school, corporate, institutional, government and others). The programs, produced by the College of DuPage, will begin on October 17, with the topic National Issues-Local Decisions: "Libraries, the Internet, and the First Amendment," at 11 a.m. CST. Soaring to Excellence: "Customer Care" will be shown on November 21 at 11 a.m. CST. There is no charge for these programs. They can be downlinked at any satellite site in Nebraska. To obtain further information about setting up a site or viewing these programs, contact Ellen Van Waart at the Library Commission, 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665.

The 1997 evaluation form for summer reading is in the manual. Please pull it out and send it to Mary Jackson, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023. Evaluations will be shared with the Cooperative Summer Library Program.

Order blanks for 1998 summer reading, "Rock 'N Read at Your Library" have been mailed out. To receive materials by the end of March, orders must be received by January 15. All public libraries will receive one free copy of the manual. School libraries and media centers may request a free copy from Kit Keller at the Commission, 402-471-3216 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller. If you need additional copies, you must order them from Highsmith, using the order blank. Manuals will be distributed in January.

The Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries endorsed the Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks: A Nebraska Library Commission Interpretation at their September meeting. It is on the agenda for the Library Commission's November meeting, with recommendation for approval. For more information, see /nsf/elecaccess.html or contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for a print copy.

PBS video announced a 20% discount for all types of libraries in October and November. Public performance rights are included in purchase. Catalogs can be ordered through Mary Anderson at 800-424-7963, X6179. For more information, see /news/content/303.html or contact Mary Geibel, (see previous) for a print copy.

"Libraries: Leading the Way for a Successful Future" is the theme for the 1997 Nebraska Library Association (NLA)/Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA) Annual Conference, October 29-31 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Omaha. For details, see

The Nebraska Regional Library Systems will offer a unique exhibit for librarians and media specialists at the 1997 NLA/NEMA Conference in Omaha, on Thursday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Holiday Inn Ford Hall. More than 200 sample magazines, with subscription information, will be available for conference participants to preview. Exhibit visitors can preview Fine Gardening, Teen Machine, Jump, Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion, Librarians at Liberty, SLAM, Threads, Practical Homeschooling, Teaching Theatre, Quilting Quarterly Journal, Opera News, Broadcasting and Cable and more. Visitors at the exhibit may browse at their leisure and enter into a drawing. For more information, see the Library Commission home page at /news/content/304.html or contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for a print copy.

Sign up for the NLA/NEMA preconference, "Book Repair & Binding: A Hands-On Workshop," October 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., sponsored by NLA Technical Services Roundtable (TSRT) and the Paraprofessional Section, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, Omaha. Registration is limited to 25. Sheila Orth and Michael Rogerson of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Binding Department will address repairing and preserving print materials. Bring items needing repair and learn about the latest book repair techniques and technologies. Registration fee of $40 includes morning treats as well as handouts and other items. Lunch is on your own. To register, send name, address, phone number and $40 check made out to TSRT to: Judy Winkler, 308 Architecture Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0108. For questions, contact Judy Winkler, 402-472-1193 or e-mail:

Sign up for the NLA/NEMA preconference, "Preparing for the Aging Population Explosion," sponsored by Special and Institutional and Public Library sections, October 29, noon to 5:00 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Omaha. Are you ready for the enormous increase of older adults projected for the year 2000 and beyond? Important information and resources will be presented to help your library or nursing home adequately provide for these growing numbers. Featuring Jean Tevis, Librarian, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, and Ann Van Hoff, Assistant Professor, Clarkson College in Omaha Registration fee of $35 includes lunch. Send registration to Beth Goble, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023.

Sign up for the NLA/NEMA preconference, "MADness, Censorship and Certitude," sponsored by the six Nebraska Regional Library Systems, October 29, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, Omaha, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It features Joe Raiola, associate editor of MAD Magazine, and a panel discussion with three Nebraska religious leaders moderated by Joe Raiola. Preregistration fee of $55 ($60 at the door) includes lunch. For more information, contact: Northeast Library System, 402-564-1586. Register by October 22.

Nebraska librarians are invited to nominate rural library projects or programs for the 1997 Outstanding 100 Rural Development Initiatives. For nomination forms or information, contact Marilyn Schlake, Project Consultant, 402-472-4138 or 800-328-2851, e-mail:

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OCLC Cataloging II: Sound Recordings

October 17, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. CST, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell, fax: 402-471-2083.

An introduction to cataloging sound recordings, both musical and spoken-word. This workshop will focus on the cataloging rules, MARC fields, and OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) input standards important to sound recordings. Topics include: standard bibliographic description; assigning access points including names, series, and subject headings; accompanying materials; brief introduction to uniform titles as they apply to sound recordings; and an introduction to additional cataloging tools such as the OCLC Authority File and Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd ed. revised (AACR2r). Audience: Cataloging staff who are new to cataloging sound recordings on the OCLC system or wanting a refresher. Prerequisites: Previous experience searching the OCLC Online Union Catalog helpful, as well as OCLC Cataloging I or equivalent experience. Bring: A copy of the Bibliographic Formats and Standards, 2nd ed., OCLC MARC Code List, AACR2r (optional), and sound recordings with cataloging questions for discussion. Format: Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. CE Credit=5.


October 28-31, Minneapolis Convention Center.
Contact: University of Minnesota, 202-872-4200 or e-mail:

At Educom '97, get up to speed on the latest developments in Internet technology, computer based training, distance learning, digital video, virtual reality and other exciting areas. Hear from pioneers in higher education who are using these technologies to create a revolution in learning.

FirstSearch Fall Festivals

November 3, 9 a.m.-12 noon CST, College Park Computer Lab, Central Community College, Grand Island.
November 6, 9 a.m.-12 noon CST, Sump Memorial Library, Papillion.
November 7, 9 a.m.-12 noon CST, Heron Room, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell, fax: 402-471-2083.

An introduction, overview and opportunity for hands-on searching of the OCLC FirstSearch Reference Service, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission. Registration is limited. Overflow classes will be scheduled in the afternoons, if needed. FirstSearch Festivals will be scheduled in the Panhandle and Northeast Library Systems, with dates and times to be announced. No charge. CE Credit=3.

Telepower '97

November 5-7, Pratt Telecommunity Center, Pratt Kansas.
Contact: Docking Institute of Public Affairs, 785-628-4233.

Telepower '97 features political leaders, telecommunications experts, business people, and the general public discussing how telecommunications companies, communities, and businesses can work together to improve their community and region's future through telecommunications. The conference fee of $105 ($95 prior to October 17) includes a November 5 reception , breakfast and lunch on November 6, and materials.

Voices for Children in Nebraska

November 7, Student Center for Creighton University, Omaha.
Contact: Kathleen Vampola, 402-597-3100.

This statewide conference on constructing better lives for Nebraska's children is sponsored by Voices for Children in Nebraska and the Creighton University Center for the Study of Children's Issues.

Internet Grateful Med Hands-On Training Session

November 12, 1-3 p.m. CST, Heron Room, Nebraska Library Commission.
Contact: Janice Denton, 402-559-4326 to register.

This training is provided by National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Midcontinental Region and sponsored by Lincoln Health Sciences Library Group. Class size limited to 16. CE Credit=2.

Discount for Internet Librarian '97 Conference

November 17-19, Monterey, California.
Contact: Sue Biltoft, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023; 402-471-4009 or 800-307-2665; fax: 402-471-2083; e-mail: Jeannette Powell. To register, print the registration form from and mail or fax it to Sue Biltoft. To receive the discount your registration must be sent to the Nebraska Library Commission. Registration forms are due October 17.

NEBASE, the statewide library consortium sponsored by the Library Commission, is offering a 50% discount to all Nebraska librarians who attend the Internet Librarian '97 Conference. The price of the conference with the discount is $147.50 per person. Detailed information about the conference can be found at the Internet Librarian '97 Web site at , including the conference program as well as travel and hotel information.

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