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Summer 2006 Vol.20 No. 3 ISSN 0895-0806 Phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission




The Nebraska Library Commission awarded $253,323 in fifteen technology grants to public libraries and library service organizations across Nebraska. These Library Service and Technology Act grants funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) augment local support for library services and will be used to increase access to electronic information resources and fund digitization projects.

Three positions are open in Nebraska Library Commission Library Development Services:

Staff Assistant I: Support staff position requiring a high school education with post-secondary coursework in secretarial or general office support. Minimum two years’ office support experience, including use of computers and database software; as well as experience using Microsoft Word and Excel software. Desktop publishing software experience preferred. Open until June 20.

Technology Innovation Librarian (Senior Librarian): Professional technology support position responsible for introducing libraries to new technologies to improve library services by increasing the technology skills, knowledge, abilities, and self-reliance of library staff and trustees. Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program required. Knowledge of and ability to use information technology required. Open until filled (evaluation of applications and credentials begins July 31).

Continuing Education Coordinator (Senior Librarian): Professional position responsible for statewide planning, evaluation, and coordination of library education; as well as provision of continuing education and training programs and consulting. Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program required. Knowledge of library issues, services, customers, and education needs of staff and boards. Open until filled (evaluation of applications and credentials begins July 24).

For the above positions, contact Doreen Kuhlmann, Business Manager, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508, 402-471-4007, email. Must complete State of Nebraska job application. Apply to: or 301 Centennial Mall South, First Floor, P O Box 94905, Lincoln, NE 68509. EOE/AA.

A new Library Commission Training Portal helps with finding training opportunities via keyword search, a calendar view, and browsing alphabetically or by location. The portal provides information about all training sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, including online sessions. See the Nebraska Library Commission Web site and click on the “Commission Training” link in the icon row, left side of page.

The Nebraska Library Commission will accept applications for state-funded Continuing Education and Training grants to provide continuing education and training for Nebraska library personnel and supporters, ensuring that every public library in Nebraska has skilled and knowledgeable information specialists to serve the citizens’ information needs. Deadline: August 1.
Contact: or Richard Miller, Library Development Director, 402-471-3175,
800- 307-2665, email.

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 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 contact Kit Keller, Nebraska Library Commission Planning & Data Services Coordinator, 800-307-2665, 402-471-3216, email or Richard Miller (see above).

Information regarding Summer 2006 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,

Nebraska libraries are invited to apply for Libri Foundation grants, designed to help rural libraries acquire children’s books. Since 1990, the foundation has donated more than $2.8 million worth of new children’s books to more than 2,200 libraries in forty-eight states. Deadline: July 15. Contact: http://fconline. pnd/10002208/libri.

The Nebraska Book Awards, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB) 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 for the 2006 competition (bound books with a 2005 copyright) by June 30. For more information and entry forms see the Library Commission Web site,, 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.

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. Twenty-seven libraries qualified for this payment last year, and six of those went on to become accredited libraries in October 2005. For more information see Library Commission Web site,, Announcements or contact Keller (see above).

An Evening with Joseph Janes, The Internet Librarian, is now available for loan in VHS or DVD format from the Nebraska Library Commission Reference Services, 402-471-4016, 800-307-2665; fax: 402-471-6244; email or the Regional Library System offices. This presentation at the 2006 Spring Colloquium was sponsored by Eastern Library System, Southeast Library System, Omaha Public Library, Lincoln City Libraries, and University of Nebraska-Omaha, and was funded in part by state aid funding appropriated by the Nebraska Legislature and appropriated by the Nebraska Library Commission.

Dewey Decimal Classification Online Sessions, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, will be held July 26, August 2, and August 9, 10:00–11:30 A.M. CT. Designed for Nebraska library staff familiar with Abridged Dewey Decimal Classification and Relative Index, who would like to become more comfortable using this tool. For more information or to register see the Nebraska Library Commission Training Portal, on the Library Commission Web site:, click on “Commission Training.”

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 Connexion: Browser Interface for Cataloging
July 6, 1:00–4:00 P.M. CT, Lincoln
Learn to use the 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 ILL: WorldCat Resource Sharing Basics
July 11, 9:00 A.M.–NOON CT, Lincoln
September 7, 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.

Introduction to Digitization and Scanning
July 17–18, 9:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. CT, North Platte
The Nebraska Library Commission will sponsor this two-day introductory digitization and scanning training for Nebraska library staff. Introduction to Digitization (July 17) will provide a general overview of digitization project planning and execution. Topics covered will include: digitization concepts, selection, legal issues, outsourcing options, sustainability, best practices, equipment, and access. Introduction to Scanning Principles and Best Practices (July 18) will provide an overview of digital imaging. Topics covered will include: general principles, terminology, hardware, software, master images, access images, quality control, image delivery, and outsourcing. This session will not include step-by-step scanning training.

OCLC Connexion: Client Interface for Cataloging
August 17, 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.

OCLC Local Holdings Maintenance in the Connexion Browser
August 23, 9:00 A.M.–NOON, CT, Lincoln
This basic workshop on the 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 (LHRs). Audience: New and current OCLC full-cataloging users who are interested in learning about Local Holdings Maintenance in the OCLC Connexion browser and how to search, create, and maintain Local Data Records. This workshop is not appropriate for CatExpress users. Prerequisites: OCLC full cataloging institutions. Basic knowledge of performing OCLC operations on the OCLC Connexion Browser, such as logging on and off, basic searching, and record editing.

OCLC CatExpress Training
August 29, 9:00 A.M.–NOON, CT, Lincoln
This workshop provides an overview of CatExpress, the web-based, copy-cataloging interface to OCLC’s WorldCat. Topics covered include searching, choosing the proper record, setting and deleting holdings, entering information in optional data fields, and retrieving MARC records for loading into the local system. Audience: New and current CatExpress users who have questions. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the Windows environment.

Database Roadshow 2006
June 20, Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff
June 28, Sunrise Middle School, Kearney
July 25, ESU #4, Auburn
July 27, Central Community College, Columbus
August 1, Rock County High School, Bassett
August 2, Wayne State College, Wayne
August 17, Metro Community College, Elkhorn
August 25, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln
Attend the Database Roadshow 2006 to learn more about NebraskAccess, the gateway to the statewide databases funded by the Nebraska 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. For more information about about any of the above continuing education and training events or to register, see the Nebraska Library Commission Training Portal, on the Library Commission Web site,, click on “Commission Training.”

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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