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September 2000 Vol.14 No. 9 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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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 Nebraska Library Commission Youth Advisory Board's next meeting is set for September 15, 1:00-4:00 P.M. CDT at the Library Commission. The Advisory Board is seeking volunteers among children's librarians in public and school libraries from each regional system. The Commission's Youth Advisory Board meets three times yearly. One meeting is held at the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln. The other two meetings are via the state videoconference network. The board discusses library service issues related to children and young adults, makes recommendations, and offers input to the Commission about possible youth service directions. For more information contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665.

Banned Books Week is September 23-30. Nebraska libraries are encouraged to use the theme, "Fish in the River of Knowledge: Celebrate Your Freedom to Read" to highlight the freedom to choose or to express one's opinion and to stress the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. For more information see

Devra Dragos, formerly Library Commission OCLC Member Services Coordinator, has been promoted to Library Commission Cataloger. Devra began the transition to her new duties this summer and continues to help with OCLC support and training while the Commission recruits to fill the member services position. Information about the position is available on the Commission home page at , see Library Jobs. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by September 27.

Nebraska librarians are encouraged to stop by the Nebraska Library Commission booth at the upcoming NLA/NEMA/MPLA Conference in Omaha, October 26-27. 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 OCLC Cataloging Express Service (CatExpress), OCLC Cooperative Online Resource Cataloging (CORC), and OCLC's New FirstSearch. The Conference schedule is available at Highlights 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.

The Library Commission recently collected electronic resources with special appeal for children, children's librarians, and parents into a special section of the Library Commission home page. See the Commission's home page, ; search on Children's Resource Page.

A Talking Book and Braille Service Outreach Handbook is now available to librarians and other advocates for Nebraskans with visual or physical impairment. The Outreach Handbook presents a basic overview of the Talking Book and Braille Service, as well as an explanation of who is eligible for the service and how they can apply. It serves as a guide for presentations in classes or meetings and as a reference to use when a person in the community experiences sight loss, stroke, or some other impairment that limits their ability to use regular print materials. To order the handbook contact the Commission, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel. For the Web version of the Talking Book and Braille Service Outreach Handbook see

Nebrask@Online recently redesigned the Nebraska state home page, the Official Web Site for the State of Nebraska, to provide a more user-friendly way for Nebraska businesses and citizens to locate government information and services. The site, located at, features a button to "Ask a Librarian," which puts information seekers in touch with Library Commission Information/Reference Services.

Plans are underway for Summer Reading 2002: Join the Winner's Circle-Read. Possible topics for this theme include sports (possibly an Olympic theme), self-esteem, and multi-culturalism (possibly using a folklore or fable approach). Nebraska librarians are invited to send suggestions for theme areas and specific activities to Mary Cameron, Youth Services Consultant, State Library of Iowa, E. 12th and Grand, Des Moines, IA, 50319, e-mail: Please do not send copyrighted materials.

Libraries across Nebraska are encouraged to celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month in September with the theme, "Having Fun Isn't Hard When You've Got a Library Card." Arthur, Marc Brown's beloved children's character, is helping with the celebration. The star of the children's book series and television show will be featured on materials available from the American Library Association, reminding parents that a library card is the most important school supply. For more information see

The Library Commission recently subscribed (on behalf of all Nebraska libraries) to Library Classifieds, a service of the OHIONET library network. Libraries from around the country can post classified ads to a central Web site. Nebraska libraries may use this service at no charge. See

National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15-October 15. Special dates to note are September 15: Independence Day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. September 16: Independence Day for Mexico. October 12: El Dia de la Raza. For more information see For a list of award-winning books in Spanish for children and young adults, see the Commission home page at , search on Spanish Language.

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.

Basic Skills / Public Library Administration
September 27, Scottsbluff Public Library, 9 A.M.-4 P.M. MDT
September 28, North Platte Public Library, 9 A.M.-4 P.M. CDT
September 13 & October 10, Norfolk Public Library, 9 A.M.-4 P.M. CDT
September 19 & October 17, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, 9 A.M.-4 P.M. CDT
October 13 & October 20, Meridian Library System Office, Kearney, 9 A.M.-4 P.M. CDT
Contact: Ellen Van Waart, 402-471-4004, 800-307-2665, Fax: 402-471-2083.

Public Library Administration is one of four basic skills courses required for certification in the Nebraska Public Librarian Certification program. The two-day class will be held in six locations across the state during September and October. The course content includes governance of libraries, cooperation with other entities, planning, policies and procedures, and personnel issues.

Database Roadshow 2000
September 6, Metropolitan Community College-Elkhorn, 8:00-11:00 A.M. CDT
September 7, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, 1:00 -4:00 P.M. CDT
September 12, Broken Bow Public Library, 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. CDT
September 13, Chadron State College, 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. MDT
September 14, Western Nebraska Community College, Sidney, 1:00-4:00 P.M. MDT
September 20, Wayne State College, Wayne, 9:00 A.M.-noon CDT
October 3, Holdrege Public Library, 1:00-4:00 P.M. CDT
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Database Roadshow 2000 will provide librarians with training on the databases funded through the Library Commission. It includes a brief overview of the databases, a demonstration, and hands-on experience. Register via e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

netLibrary Training
September 13, Chadron State College, Miller Building, 2:00 P.M.-4:30 P.M. MDT
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell

Learn the fundamentals of using electronic books including an explanation of how netLibrary works and how to connect to netLibrary, as well as a demonstration of how to find information on the netLibrary site and how to use the information. Audience: primarily staff from libraries that purchased netLibrary. Register via e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

Nebraska Literature Festival
September 15, 16, and 17, contact Lincoln City Libraries, 402-441-8503 or Beatrice Public Library, 402-223-3584, e-mail:
Prairie Visions: Nebraska Authors and Their Art is cosponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, the Beatrice Public Library, and Lincoln City Libraries. On September 15, High School Day will be held at Homestead National Monument in Beatrice and the evening Opening Events will take place at Lincoln Station in Lincoln. On September 16, programs are scheduled from 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. CDT at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. On September 17, guided tours conclude the festival.

Read Across America
October 6, 2:00-4:00 P.M. CDT, sites include Ainsworth, Beatrice, Chadron, Columbus, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Lincoln, Nebraska City, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, O'Neill, Scottsbluff, Sidney, and Valentine. Contact Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-4008, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls.
This videoconference encourages children's librarians to engage in informal discussion of Read Across America. Librarians are encouraged to bring questions, ideas, visuals, and problems to share.

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.

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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