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September 2002 Vol.16 No. 9 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission



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The Public Library Administration Basic Skills course, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and Nebraska's Regional Library Systems, is set for November 2002 at sites across the state. This course, one of the four Basic Skills courses required for certification of librarians, addresses Governance and Cooperation; Planning; Policies and Procedures; and Personnel. Offered through onsite or online instruction, online classes are limited to the first fifteen registrants. For a list of the sessions, locations, dates, times, and registration information see the Announcement on the Library Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov.

Nebraska librarians are invited to attend the NEBASE Annual Meeting 2002-East on October 3 at The Cornhusker in Lincoln. This year's meeting will include presentations by OCLC staff on two new OCLC services, Question Point and Your Library Treasures - Moving Them to the Web, along with a panel on Virtual Reference Service in Nebraska and a session on Library Automation Planning. For the complete agenda and registration information, see nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nam.html. Fee: $20 (Lunch included). CE Credits: 6.5.

Additional sessions have been scheduled for the Database Roadshow 2002. Learn more about the databases the Library Commission purchases for libraries across the state. Training on four of the databases funded through the Library Commission features OCLC FirstSearch, Books in Print with Reviews, Wilson OmniFile and Biographies Plus, and Electric Library. The class includes discussion, database demonstrations, and hands-on practice. CE Credits: 4.5. Locations: Papillion - September 13, Chadron - September 26, Norfolk - November 1. Details and a registration form are posted on the Commission Web site, nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/roadshow.html.

Nebraska public library staff members are encouraged to apply for scholarships to attend the Read Aloud to a Child Workshop on November 5, 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. cst, in Lincoln. Cosponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, the workshop is presented in conjunction with Read Aloud to a Child Week. The pre-registration fee of $50 (includes lunch) will be waived for the first fifty public library staff members to register through the Nebraska Library Commission by October 15. For more information see the Library Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov.

Fundraising Training, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission in cooperation with Nebraska's six Regional Library Systems, for public library staff and supporters is set for September 16 - October 29. Staff of the Nebraska Community Foundation will serve as trainers on fundraising issues related to public libraries. Cost: $12 (includes a light meal). CE Credits: 3. For a list of the sessions, locations, dates and times, see the Announcement on the Library Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov.

The Library Commission will present a Home-Schooling Video-teleconference on September 20, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, to encourage library staff to share ideas for providing excellent service to home-schoolers and their parents. For a list of teleconference sites and registration information, see the Announcement on the Library Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov.

Nebraska public library directors are urged to attend E-rate Workshops, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission in cooperation with Nebraska's six Regional Library Systems. Workshops will be held October 2 - 29 across the state and will include assistance in completing Forms 470 and 471. Information will be provided concerning the overturn of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) order, suspending enforcement of FCC rules relating to filtering requirements for computers with Internet public access in public libraries. CE Credit: 3. For a list of the sessions, locations, dates and times, see the Announcement on the Library Commission home page at www.nlc.state. ne.us.

Nebraska students are urged to enter the Letters about Literature Contest by December 6. Letters about Literature is a national reading promotion for children and young adults sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Weekly Reader Corporation, and 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 at www.nlc. state.ne.us, search on Letters about Literature.

The Nebraska Guidelines for Young People's Library Services were revised during 2001 and 2002 by the Nebraska Library Commission's Youth Advisory Board. They will be considered by the School Children's and Young People's section of the Nebraska Library Association (NLA) at the October NLA Convention and will be considered for approval by the Nebraska Library Commission. To comment, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665 by October 15. See the 2002 Draft Revised Nebraska Guidelines for Young People's Library Service on the Library Commission Web Site at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Children's Guidelines.

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA)/Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA) annual fall conference, Leading, Linking, and Learning, will be held October 23 - 25 at the Cornhusker Hotel and Convention Center in Lincoln. For information and registration forms see www.nol.org/home/NLA/conference/index.html.

Grand Island's Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer (and associated facilities) will be the site of the 2002 Nebraska Book Festival September 13 - 14, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. cdt. For more information see the 2002 Nebraska Book Festival Web site at www.stuhrmuseum.org/book.htm.

The Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA) has added resources to their Web site, including: The Nebraska Department of Education School Library Media Policy Study Report, Challenges for School Library Media Programs in Nebraska, and The Nebraska Department of Education School Library Media Program Policy Study Committee Recommendations for Action. See nema.k12.ne.us/NELearns/nelearns.html.

The Nebraska Foundation for Children's Vision's second annual symposium, "Solutions: Are They Right Before Our Eyes," will explore the relationship between healthy vision in a child and their success in the classroom on October 8 at Educational Service Unit 10 in Kearney. For more information see the Announcement on the Library Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov.

The 2002 National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by Laura Bush, will be held on October 12, on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall to celebrate books and the joy of reading. For more information see the announcement on the Library Commission home page or go to www.loc.gov/bookfest.

NEBASE, Nebraska's OCLC Network, is offering discounts on the Internet Librarian 2002 conference and/or one of the Fall WebSearch University 2002 conferences to all librarians in Nebraska. For details on how to take advantage of this offer see nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/confdiscounts.html.


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]

ILL Basics Using the OCLC ILL Web Interface
September 12, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Lincoln City Libraries, Bess Dodson Walt Branch, 6701 South 14th Street, Lincoln.
September 19, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Omaha Public Library, W. Dale Clark Library, Gates Computer Lab, 215 South 15th Street, Omaha.
October 30, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Alliance Learning Center Computer Lab 005, 1740 Sweetwater Avenue, Alliance.
December 2, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.

This workshop covers basic OCLC ILL service, using the Web interface (alternative to the traditional Passport interface). Audience: New ILL library staff and current users familiar with using the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of searching OCLC WorldCat. Instructor: Christa Burns

Introduction to the New OCLC Cataloging Interface: OCLC Connexion
September 17, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Omaha Public Library, W. Dale Clark Library, Gates Computer Lab, 215 South 15th Street, Omaha.
September 30, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, Lincoln.
October 17, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Lincoln City Libraries, Loren Corey Eiseley Branch, 1530 Superior Street, Lincoln.
October 29, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. cst, Alliance Learning Center Computer Lab 005, 1740 Sweetwater Avenue, Alliance.

Learn to use the new OCLC cataloging 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. Instructor: Christa Burns

OCLC CatExpress
September 17, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Omaha Public Library, W. Dale Clark Library, Gates Computer Lab, 215 South 15th Street, Omaha
October 10, 9:00 a.m. - Noon cdt, Lincoln City Libraries, Loren Corey Eiseley Branch, 1530 Superior Street, Lincoln.

This workshop provides an overview of CatExpress, the web-based, copy-cataloging interface to OCLC's WorldCat. Audience: New users, current users with questions. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of Windows environment. Instructor: Christa Burns.

Understanding MARC Bibliographic Formats
September 26, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. cdt, Madison Public Library, 208 West 3rd Street, Madison.
Learn how to interpret MARC (MAchine-Readable Cataloging) Bibliographic Formats-types of records, field tags, indicators, and subfield coding. Audience: Librarians working with local automated systems who are not full-cataloging members of OCLC. Format: Lecture and classroom exercises. Instructor: Devra Dragos.

Basic MARC Descriptive Cataloging for Books
September 26, 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. cdt, Madison Public Library, 208 West 3rd Street, Madison.
Learn how to choose and enter cataloging information in a MARC record for fiction and non-fiction books. Audience: Librarians working with local automated systems who are not full-cataloging members of OCLC. Format: Lecture and classroom exercises. Instructor: Devra Dragos.

OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer: An Alternative to Passport
September 30, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cdt, Nebraska Library Commission, Heron Room, 1200 N Street, 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. Instructor: Christa Burns.

Note: For all of the above activities sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, 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.

North Dakota/South Dakota/MPLA Tri-Conference
October 2 - 5, Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo, ND, Early registration deadline is September 6.
Contact: Kaaren Pupino, 701-777-2486, Fax: 701-777-2217, e-mail: Kaaren.Pupino@thor.law.und.nodak.edu "Exploring New Pathways to Information." Visit the Tri-Conference Web site at ndsl.lib.state.nd.us/ndla/02conf.htm for the latest program, hotel, and cost information.

Annual MCMLA (Mid-continent Chapter of the Medical Library Association) Conference, 2002: Virtual Vortex
October 5 - 8, Capitol Plaza Hotel, Topeka, KS.
Contact: Lenora Kinzie, Stauffer Health Sciences Library Stormont-Vail HealthCare, 1500 S.W. 10th Street, Topeka, KS 66604, 785-354-5806, Fax: 785-354-5059, e-mail: lkinzie@stormontvail.org, www.kumc.edu/mcmla/2002.

Programs on Consumer Health; Copyright and Electronic Licensing Issues; Generation Mix; Expert Guide to Document Delivery (DOCLINE); Time Management; Planning and Prioritization for Special Librarians; Creating Influence: Getting What You Want; and PDAs from A to Z.


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