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Spring 2005 Vol.19 No. 2 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission




2004 Nebraska public library statistical data is now available online via Bibliostat Connect. Bibliostat Connect is a Web-based tool ( that allows for simple, powerful analysis of library data, without requiring proficiency in using spreadsheets or databases. This program can be used to demonstrate how a library relates to other libraries by creating tables and graphs comparing a variety of data elements. Each public library has a username and password for accessing this Web site. A training DVD is available, upon request. For more information, contact Kit Keller, Library Commission Planning and Data Services Coordinator/ Federal Aid Administrator, 800-307-2665, 402-471-3216, e-mail: Kit Keller.

The Nebraska Library Commission will accept applications until August 1 for state-funded Continuing Education and Training Grants to support projects providing training and continuing education, developing the knowledge and skills of Nebraska library personnel to serve citizen information needs. Grants will be awarded September 2. For more information see Library Commission Web site,, search on Continuing Education Grants, or contact Pam Scott, Continuing Education Coordinator, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott.

The Nebraska Library Commission awarded Dollars for Data payments of $250 to twenty-seven unaccredited public libraries that used Bibliostat Collect to complete the annual Public Library Statistical Survey for the 2004 data collection year. Data submission ensures that the Nebraska Library Commission and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) have a clear picture of public library service throughout Nebraska. Since data submission is necessary for meeting the standards of service outlined in the Public Library Accreditation Guidelines,, these libraries are one step closer to achieving accredited status. This state funding is intended to provide for enhanced services, not to replace local funds. For more information see Library Commission Web site,, search on Dollars for Data or contact Kit Keller (see above).

$135,588 in Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants were awarded by the Nebraska Library Commission this spring. Twelve grantees will use these federal funds for digitization activities to allow them to participate in the Library Commission's Nebraska Memories project, or for other projects that improve local library service and support the Library Commission's goals (as outlined in the Making a Difference @ your library™: Nebraska Library Services and Technology Act Plan for Library & Information Services 2003,2007). For more information see or contact Kit Keller (see above).

The Advisory Committee of the Nebraska Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service recently appointed: Bob Deaton, Lincoln, and Nancy Oltman, Hastings. Kay Paulsen, Lincoln, and Susan Roe, Brady, were reappointed to the Committee. Other Committee members include Carolyn Bennett, Beatrice; Roy Hobley and Ryan Osentowski, both Lincoln; Kathy Tooker, Omaha; and Avis Wiest, Ogallala. For more information see Library Commission Web site,, search on Talking Book Advisory Committee, or contact Dave Oertli, 402-471-4005, 800-742-7691, e-mail: Dave Oertli.

Sherry Houston has been hired to serve as Republican Valley System Administrator. Houston was employed by Sutton Public Schools as the K,12 Media Specialist for twenty-one years. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University. Houston has also worked in a small public library and in college libraries. She will begin on June 1. Welcome, Sherry.

The Nebraska Book Awards, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, recognizes and honors books written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska, or relating to Nebraska. Submit nominations by June 30. For more information and entry forms see the Library Commission home page,, search on Book Awards. Send the entry form, three copies of the book, and the $40 entry fee to NCB Book Awards, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023.

WorldCat Resource Sharing is now available at, replacing previous Interlibrary Loan services (Passport for ILL, ILL ME and ILL Web, Current resource sharing authorization and passwords can be used to access WorldCat Resource Sharing. Contact Christa Burns, NEBASE OCLC Member Services Coordinator, 402-471-3107, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Christa Burns for authorization and passwords. WorldCat Resource Sharing online tutorials are available on the OCLC Web site, (See here for hands-on workshops).

Children's Library Services Videoconference: All These Teens are Coming into My Library, Now What Do I Do? will be offered by the Nebraska Library Commission on May 25. Carol Eshleman, North Platte Public Library; Susan Steider, Eiseley Branch, Lincoln City Libraries; Nancy Escamilla, Scottsbluff Public Library; and Toni Reese, Papillion Public Library, will share activities and approaches to teens that have been successful in their communities. The workshop will be held via the statewide videoconference system from 2:00,4:00 P.M. CT. For more information see the Nebraska Library Commission Web site Announcements,

Library Technical Assistant classes will offered through three Nebraska community colleges this fall. These classes, developed through a partnership of the Nebraska Community College System, Nebraska Library Commission, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, can be applied toward an associate of arts degree in library science. For registration, instructor, and contact information see the Nebraska Library Commission Web site Announcements,

The Pulitzer Board awarded Ted Kooser's Delights and Shadows the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. The award recognizes a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author and is accompanied by a prize of $10,000. Ted Kooser, of rural Garland, is one of Nebraska's most highly regarded poets and the country's newest Poet Laureate. For more information on the Pulitzer Prize see

Nominations for the Nebraska Library Association's Meritorious Service and Mari Sandoz Awards are due by May 27. For more information see the Nebraska Library Commission Web site Announcements,

Mayhem in the Midlands Sixth Annual Mystery Conference will be held May 26-29 at the downtown Sheraton Omaha Hotel. Cosponsored by the Omaha Public Library and Lincoln City Libraries, it will feature Peter Robinson and Donna Andrews. Registration: $80 (meals extra). For more information, see

Scott Scholz has been hired to serve as Circulation Coordinator in the Nebraska Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service. Welcome, Scott.

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 ILL: WorldCat Resource Sharing Basics
June 9, 9:00 A.M.,Noon CT
July 19, 1:00,4:00 P.M. CT
August 17, 9:00 A.M.,Noon CT

WorldCat Resource Sharing (formerly referred to as the FirstSearch Staff View) can save library staff time and help users obtain items more quickly. Library staff will learn to search for materials in FirstSearch and complete borrowing and lending functions for ILL within the FirstSearch interface. WorldCat Resource Sharing has replaced the following interfaces to OCLC ILL: ILL Web, ILL ME, and Passport for ILL. This hands-on workshop covers basic OCLC ILL features and functionality using WorldCat Resource Sharing and suggests how and when to migrate from the current OCLC ILL interface. Audience: New ILL library staff and current users familiar with using the OCLC ILL system. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of searching OCLC WorldCat.

OCLC Connexion: Browser Interface for Cataloging
June 16, 1:00,4:00 P.M. CT, Lincoln
July 6, 9:00 A.M.,Noon CT
August 23, 1:00,4:00 P.M. CT

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 this interface (not appropriate for CatExpress users). Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment.

OCLC Connexion: Client Interface for Cataloging
June 22,1:00,4:00 P.M. CT
July 12, 9:00 A.M.,Noon CT
August 11, 1:00,4:00 P.M. CT

Learn to use the OCLC Connexion Client interface. In addition to basic cataloging functionality for all formats, this optional Microsoft Windows-based client offers features not readily accommodated by a Web browser, including macros, additional customization options, and integrated label printing. Learn to search, edit, set holdings, and export in the new interface. Audience: OCLC full-cataloging users who have questions or are interested in planning for migration from Passport or CatME to this interface (not appropriate for CatExpress users). Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment.

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, Library Commission OCLC Member Services Coordinator. 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:

Northeast Library / Media Training Institute 2005
June 2, 9:00 A.M.,5:15 P.M. CT, Gardner Hall, Wayne State College, Wayne
The Database Roadshow, provided by the Nebraska Library Commission, will run from 9:00 A.M.,3:30 P.M. CT. Other sessions will feature Weeding, Cataloging, Computing Strategies, Personnel Interviewing, Reading Promotions, Juvenile Collection Development, Google Searching, Teaching Library Skills, and Talk Tables. Cost for each session is $5.00. The Annual Meeting and Banquet Luncheon is free for those registered in advance. Register: Contact: Kathy Ellerton, Northeast Library System Administrator, 402-564-1586, 800-578-1014, e-mail:

Eighth Annual Database Roadshow 2005
June 9, North Platte High School
June 15, Columbus, Central Community College
June 30, Scottsbluff, Western Nebraska Community College
July 12, Hastings College
July 13, Broken Bow Middle School
July 27, Elkhorn, Metropolitan Community College
August 10, Lincoln, Library Commission *full
Note: June 2 Roadshow in Wayne is part of the Northeast Library System Institute. Contact the system office to register, kellerton@

Attend the Database Roadshow 2005 to learn more about NebraskAccess, the gateway to the statewide databases funded by the Library Commission. Learn about the databases and the Librarian's Toolbox (an online source for promotion and training information) through discussion, demonstrations, and hands-on practice. Time: 9:00 A.M.,3:00 P.M. CT or MT. CE Credits: 5. Register:

HeritageQuest Training
June 13, 1:30,3:00 P.M. CT, Lincoln, Nebraska Library Commission *Full
June 17, 10:00,11:30 A.M. CT, Omaha, University Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha

ProQuest Trainer, Kimberly Bastain, will offer hands-on HeritageQuest training, sponsored by the Library Commission, for library staff and media specialists. CE Credits: 1.5. Register: by June 8.

Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions are live presentations accessed from any computer via the Internet, with audio available via a toll-free conference call. A telephone and a computer with Web browsing software is needed for participation. Archived online sessions can be viewed at any time. Current archived offerings include sessions on netLibrary eBooks, Nebraska Memories Digitization, and OCLC Cataloging and Resource Sharing. For information and to register see

For more information see the Nebraska Library Calendar on the Nebraska Library Commission home page, .

Continuing Education (CE) Credits are issued by the Nebraska Library Commission as part of the Nebraska Public Librarian and Board Certification Program.

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