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Spring 2006 Vol.20 No. 2 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission




The Nebraska Library Commission established 21st Century Librarian Scholarships to provide financial support to eligible Nebraskans seeking masters, bachelors, or associate degrees in library science or school library media. These scholarships are supported by a grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to recruit and educate the next generation of Nebraska librarians. July 1 is the next deadline for scholarship application. To apply, see Nebraska Library Commission Web site, For information about the Library commission's 21st Century Librarian Scholarship Program, contact Pam Scott, Nebraska Library Commission Continuing Education Coordinator, 800-307-2665, 402-471-2694, e-mail: Pam Scott or Kit Keller, Nebraska Library Commission Planning & Data Services Coordinator, 800-307-2665, 402-471-3216, e-mail: Kit Keller.

Basic Skills: Organization of Materials classes will be conducted in April. Sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and Nebraska's Regional Library Systems, these courses will be available via on-site or online instruction. One of the four Basic Skills courses required for certification of librarians, this course will be offered in Elkhorn, Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, and Scottsbluff. For more information see Nebraska Library Commission Announcements,

Disaster Preparedness Workshops, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, will be presented for Nebraska library staff on May 1–2 (Lincoln) and May 4–5 (Scottsbluff). The two-day workshops will help develop a better understanding of the importance of library disaster response and recovery planning, awareness of steps to take in developing disaster plans and risk assessment, and familiarity with disaster recovery activities. Register at by April 24. Note: Since space is limited, each institution is limited to one participant.

The Nebraska Library Commission recently submitted a mid-biennium appropriation request for $325,000 in additional funds. The Legislature’s Appropriation Committee recommended that the final state budget include the funds to license subscription online information services for statewide access through the Library Commission’s NebraskAccess program. Subscriptions would include an online encyclopedia, plus additional online information resources. See for Announcement about trials.

Joseph Janes, American Libraries Internet Librarian, will headline the Spring Colloquium on April 8 at The Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. He will address the importance of retaining the friendly, human aspects of the library while installing and utilizing new technologies. The colloquium is funded by the Nebraska Library Commission and sponsored by Eastern and Southeast Library Systems, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha Public Library, and Lincoln City Libraries. For more information see

In April, the Nebraska Library Commission will again offer Nebraska library staff the opportunity to participate in satellite teleconference programming provided by the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. Serving Immigrant Populations: A Library Prototype for Diversity will be broadcast April 7. This teleconference, featuring Bill Erbes and a panel of experts, looks at the history of immigrants and libraries, examining how to assess the needs of your community's immigrant population, including English as a Second Language materials, legal issues, work issues, and bilingual library resources. For more information see Google Book Search: Its Impact on Scholarship and Libraries will be broadcast April 28. This roundtable discussion with experienced library managers will explicate Google's vision of the future, discussing how a successful project will impact the world of information from the perspectives of librarians, academic administrators, scholars, and publishers. For more information see The Library Commission negotiated a statewide license to offer Nebraska libraries free unlimited access to downlink this program and make a videotape for the use of the participating institution. For more information contact Pam Scott, contact information above.

The Nebraska Book Awards, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book and supported by the Nebraska Library Commission, 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.

On April 8, Turning the Pages of Romance will be held at Lincoln's Downtown Holiday Inn. This conference, sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries and Omaha Public Library, will feature Rachel Gibson, the author of eight contemporary romance novels and novellas. For more information see

The Libri Foundation Books for Children program donates children's books to small, rural libraries in the United States. Note: grant application deadline has been extended from March 15 to April 15. For more information and application forms see

Readers across the state will celebrate One Book One Nebraska by reading One False Move, by Nebraska author Alex Kava, and by participating in local discussions throughout the year. See for discussion questions, program ideas, and a calendar of events. Book Club Kits are available from the Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Regional Library Systems. 2006 One Book One Nebraska is cosponsored by Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Association, Nebraska Library Commission, Nebraska Regional Library Systems, Southeast Library System, and other organizations.

Information regarding Library Science/School Media course options in Nebraska, including classes offered by Chadron State College, Nebraska Community Colleges, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Kearney, and University of Nebraska at Omaha, is posted on the Library Commission home page 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

Woman's Day magazine is asking readers to share stories about how the library has changed their lives, in 700 words or less. Stories can be sent to until May 10. Promotional materials are available at

National Library Week is April 2-8. For more information 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.

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 Local Holdings Maintenance in the Connexion Browser
March 20, 9:00 A.M.,Noon MT, Alliance
March 23, 1:00,4:00 P.M. CT, Hastings
April 4, 1:00,4:00 P.M. CT, Lincoln
April 6, 9:00 A.M.-Noon CT, Omaha
April 12, 9:00 A.M.-Noon CT, Norfolk

This basic workshop on the new Connexion Browser interface for OCLC Local Holdings Maintenance (formerly the OCLC Union List Service) includes searching, retrieval, and interpretation of OCLC bibliographic records for Local Holdings Maintenance; creation, modification, and deletion of Local Holdings Records. Audience: New and current OCLC full-cataloging users,not appropriate for CatExpress users. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of OCLC operations on the OCLC Connexion Browser.

OCLC ILL: WorldCat Resource Sharing Basics
March 20, 1:00–4:00 P.M. MT, Alliance
March 23, 9:00 A.M.–Noon CT, Hastings
April 6, 1:00–4:00 P.M. CT, Omaha
April 12, 1:00–4:00 P.M. CT, Norfolk
May 17, 1:00–4:00 P.M. CT, Lincoln

WorldCat Resource Sharing (formerly referred to as the FirstSearch Staff View) offers all basic borrowing and lending functions for ILL from the FirstSearch interface. WorldCat Resource Sharing replaces ILL Web, ILL ME and Passport for ILL. This hands-on workshop covers basic OCLC ILL features and functionality using WorldCat. Audience: New and current OCLC ILL users. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of searching OCLC WorldCat.

OCLC Connexion: Browser Interface for Cataloging
March 22, 1:00–4:00 P.M. CT, Lincoln
May 9, 9:00 A.M.–Noon CT, Lincoln

Learn to use the new OCLC cataloging browser interface, with basic functionality for all formats in a browser-based environment. Audience: New and current OCLC full-cataloging users (not appropriate for CatExpress users). Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment.

OCLC Connexion: Client Interface for Cataloging
April 20, 1:00–4:00 P.M. CT, Lincoln
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 this interface. Audience: OCLC full-cataloging users (not appropriate for CatExpress users). Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows environment.

Advanced OCLCInterlibrary Loan
May 25, 1:00–4:00 P.M. CT, Lincoln
Learn to streamline the ILL process and handle more advanced problems. Topics include creating requests for items not cataloged in OCLC, creating Custom Holdings, using Union Lists, modifying record and Constant Data records, using FirstSearch to create requests, ILL Direct Request Service, ILL Fee Management (IFM), and statistical reports. Audience: Current OCLC ILL users. Prerequisites: ILL Basics workshop or some experience with ILL is helpful.

Note: For all of the above activities sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, 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. Locations and Register: <>.

Gates Rural Library Sustainability Workshops
March 30, Lincoln Firefighters’ Reception Hall, 241 Victory Lane, Lincoln
March 31, Keene Memorial Library, 1030 North Broad Street, Fremont
April 4, John N. Harms Advanced Technology Center, 2620 College Park, Scottsbluff
April 6, Holiday Inn Express Conference Center, I-80 & US Hwy 83, North Platte
April 10, Hastings College, 710 North Turner Avenue, Hastings
April 11, Elks Club, North Highway 11, Ord
April 12, Wayne State College Student Center, 1111 Main Street, Wayne
April 13, Holiday Inn Express, 524 East 23rd Street, Columbus

These workshops, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WebJunction, and the Nebraska Library Commission, will include Library Community Connections, Using WebJunction, Action Planning, Evaluation, Technology Upgrade and Maintenance, Staff and Patron Training, Funding, Outreach, and Advocacy, as well as a feedback session on the update of the Nebraska Trustee Manual. Audience: Library staff and trustees in communities of less than 25,000 (regardless of whether the library received Gates computers). Instructor: Pam Scott, Nebraska Library Commission Continuing Education Coordinator. Time: 9:00 A.M.–4:30 P.M. CT CE Credits: 8. Fees: No cost, lunch included. Register: Contact: Pam Scott, contact information above.

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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