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September 2001 Vol.15 No. 8 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission




Mark your calendar now for November 9, a daylong Nebraska Library Commission Centennial event at the Library Commission, celebrating 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 that helps us get in touch with the roots of our past - the librarians that led the way for the successes that we enjoy today. Jim Carmichael, Associate Professor, Department of Library and Information Studies, School of Education, University of North Carolina, Greensboro will speak on Miss Bullock, Miss Templeton, and the Nebraska Library Commission. Carmichael 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. As plans develop, additional information will be posted on the Library Commission home page Announcements,

Nebraska public library staff members are encouraged to apply for free registration for the "Turning On the Turned-Off Reader" Workshop. Jim Trelease, the nationally acclaimed lecturer and author of The Read-Aloud Handbook will present the workshop on Friday, November 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Omaha Burke High School. 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. For more information see the Library Commission home page Announcements,, or contact Mary Jackson, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE, 68508-2023, Fax: 402-471-2083, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665. 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:

The Library Commission's NEBASE Network recently arranged for a group discount for all Nebraska librarians who attend the Internet Librarian 2001 Conference. The Conference is planned for November 6 - 8 at the Pasadena Conference & Exhibition Center in Pasadena, CA. The discounted conference fee is $199 for the three-day event, nearly a 40% savings. Additional discounts for the Internet@Schools conference are offered. To receive the discount, registrations must be sent to the Nebraska Library Commission by September 17. For more information see the Library Commission Web site,, search on Conference Discounts.

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) is soliciting volunteers for NLA Committees for the coming year. NLA members interested in serving on the following committees: Auditing, By-Laws & Handbook, Citations, Intellectual Freedom, Legislative, Membership, Nominating, Publicity, or Scholarship can volunteer by contacting Sally Payne, 402-597-2040, spayne@MONARCH.PAPILLION.NE.US.

December 1, 2001 is the deadline for students to enter the Letters About Literature 2002 national writing contest, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and Weekly Reader Corporation. The Nebraska Center for the Book, as an affiliate of the National Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, invites Nebraska readers in grades four through twelve to write letters to authors, living or dead, describing how the authors' book or story changed the young readers' way of viewing themselves or the world. For contest information see the Library Commission home page at, search on Letters About Literature.

Cooperation, The Key to Success @ your library is the theme of the Nebraska Library Association/Nebraska Educational Media Association (NLA/NEMA) Conference in Kearney, October 17 - 19. Featured speakers include Sally Gardner Reed, Director of the Norfolk, VA Public Library and Wayne A. Wiegand, Professor of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Reed's presentation for Thursday's General Session is entitled, "The Possibilities that Dwell in Us: Libraries in the New Century." The Nebraska Library Commission sponsors Wiegand's Keynote Address on Friday in celebration of the Library Commission Centennial. His address is entitled "The Small Public Library as Place: A Closer Look." The conference features preconferences on Wednesday, October 17. "Trustees, Friends, and Staff: Your Library's Three-Legged Stool" is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. "Developing Confidence with Computer Hardware and Software" will be presented twice, at 9:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. "@ your library� Dinner and Planning Workshop" is scheduled for 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. All preconferences will conclude in time for participants to catch the trolley shuttles to the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument Reception Wednesday evening. For the Preliminary conference Program and registration information, see

In April, the Nebraska Library Commission launched "Making a Difference @ your library." Library Commission staff are visiting all 273 public libraries in Nebraska. The first visit was made on April 16, 2001, to the Bess Johnson Elkhorn Public Library. The visits will continue through the spring of 2002. Each visit includes discussions with library staff members on how grant funding impacted their library during the past three years. Participants also discuss the impact of state aid payments and local library service successes and challenges. Twenty-eight weeks into the project, thirty percent of the visits are complete. Twenty-five percent of the visits have been made to libraries that received a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant. Feedback about programs and services will be used to update the Library Commission's Library Services and Technology Act Long Range Plan Five-Year Evaluation Plan at For more information see the Library Commission Web site,, search on Making a Difference.

The Library Commission recently contracted for BibliostatTM Collect and BibliostatTM Connect, Internet-enabled software applications for collecting and disseminating public library statistics. BibliostatTM Collect automates the existing annual state public library survey process. BibliostatTM Connect makes it easy to find compelling statistics and present them effectively in charts and graphs. Fall training is planned to prepare regional trainers and mentors to assist Nebraska librarians in the use of these products. For more information contact Kit Keller, Library Data Services Coordinator, 402-471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller, or see the Commission home page,, search on BibliostatTM.

Teen Read Week is celebrated October 14 - 20. The theme for Teen Read Week 2001 is "Make Reading a Hobbit," celebrating the popularity of fantasy literature with teens. See the American Library Association Web site,, for more information.

National Children's Book Week is November 12 - 18. For resources and ideas on organizing a celebration, 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.

[Continuing Education & Training]

NEBASE Annual Meeting 2001 - East
September 20, The Cornhusker, 333 South 13th Street, Lincoln, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

The Nebraska Library Commission invites all Nebraska librarians, media specialists, and other information professionals to join us in celebrating twenty-five years of service through NEBASE. The Nebraska Library Commission established NEBASE in 1976 to facilitate access to OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) services for libraries throughout Nebraska. The agenda features the NEBASE twenty-fifth anniversary celebration and a live demonstration of the new Web interface to OCLC's ILL service. News from OCLC, as well as updates from the NEBASE Advisory Council and the OCLC Members Council will also be provided. Afternoon break-out sessions will allow participants to attend sessions on CatExpress, Collaborative Digital Reference Service, netLibrary, Managing full-text electronic titles, or WebExpress. For more information and to register, see the Commission Web site, Registration deadline: September 14. Fee: $20 (includes lunch). CE Credits: 6.

Children's Library Services Videoconference
September 21, Sites include Ainsworth, Chadron, Columbus, Hastings, Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, O'Neill, Scottsbluff, and Wayne.
Contact: Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665.

Nebraska public librarians and school media specialists (or anyone with library youth services responsibilities) are invited to attend an interactive Children's Library Services Videoconference, entitled "Great Internet Sites." There is no charge for this videoconference. For more information see the Commission home page Announcements,, or contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665. CE Credits: 3.

Nebraska Literature Festival
September 21 & 22, Testimonial Dinner (9/21 at 7 p.m.) at Steinhart Lodge, Lied Center in Nebraska City. All day Friday and Saturday (9/21 & 9/22) at Peru State College.
Contact: Andrew Elkins, 402-872-2418, e-mail:

The 2001 Nebraska Literature Festival, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, will focus on living writers with the theme, "The Writing Life." For more information see

Spin Your Own Website
September 28, Central Community College, Computer Training Center, Platte Building Room #210, Hastings, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Republican Valley Library System, 402-462-1975, 800-569-4961, e-mail:

Learn how to spin your own website. This class will teach students to use Netscape Composer to create their own basic websites. Register by September 20.

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:

Rx For Your Web Site
October 11, Educational Services Unit #3, 6949 South 110th St., Omaha, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Kate Rose, 402-559-7075.

Sponsored by ICON. Space is limited to 35. Pre-registration required by September 20. Fee: $10 for ICON members, $50 for non-members (includes a continental breakfast and lunch).

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

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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