Maria Medrano-Nehls was hired as the new Administrative Secretary at the Library Commission and Jacqueline Crocker was hired as the new Staff Assistant I.
Rod Wagner, Director of the Nebraska Library Commission, signed a contract giving all public and post-secondary libraries across the state unlimited access to Electric Library from March 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000. State funding approved by the 1998 Legislature supports this group purchase. The Library Commission also arranged for K-12 media specialists to participate in a trial with discounted subscription pricing. For additional information and online registration, see: http://www. nlc.state.ne.us/, search on Electric Library.
Senator LaVon Crosby received the 1999 Nebraska Library Association Library Champion Award for exemplary library support and advocacy. Her introduction of LB95 to the legislature in 1997 brought to Nebraska senators' attention the Libraries for the 21st Century campaign for improved library service throughout the state. As the lead sponsor of LB95, Senator Crosby helped instigate the appropriation of $400,000 by the legislature and the governor resulting in the availability of online resources for all types of libraries in Nebraska. The award ceremony was part of the 15th Annual Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Legislative Day. For more information about NLA see http://www.nol.org/home/NLA/.
Librarians and library supporters from across the state will come together for an advocacy workshop on March 30 and 31 at the York Public Library. Nationally recognized library advocates will join with local library advocates to begin a planning process for effective library advocacy. Terry Preston, Friends of Oakland CA Public Library Board member and "pub-adv" e-mail group moderator, and Doris Bass, consultant for publishing and Libraries for the Future, will keynote the workshop. Practical examples of strategies that have been successful across the country will be presented with a hands-on approach to local development. Participants will go home with a working plan for implementing an advocacy program to help reach local library service goals. For more information see http://www. nlc.state.ne.us/, search on Advocacy Workshop.
NEBASE is again cooperating with the Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR) to bring Nebraska libraries the opportunity to participate in a group purchase of CD-ROM products. Orders from libraries and media centers will be accepted until March 24. Print the form from http://www. nlc.state.ne.us/, search on Spring CD Order, or request it from Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell. Fax the completed form to Jeannette at 402-471-2083 or mail to Jeannette Powell, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, The Atrium, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023.
The Nebraska Library Commission, in partnership with the Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), is making six public access computers available to Nebraska public libraries. These computers make it possible for small public libraries to provide access to the wealth of information on the Internet for local citizens. The six Nebraska public libraries that can now offer these services to their customers are Arlington Public Library, Hooper Public Library, Louisville Public Library, Osceola Public Library, Oshkosh Public Library, and Yutan Public Library. For more information see http://www. nlc.state.ne.us/, search on Small Libraries.
Spring 1999 Children's Book Reviews will be taped on April 9 and 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. CST and broadcast on April 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST. Nebraska librarians and media specialists are invited to attend the taping sessions at the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission and Network, 1800 N. 33rd Street, Lincoln. Twelve Nebraska reviewers will give short reviews of the newest and best children's and young adult books, focusing on the Caldecott/Newbery medal and honor books. To tape these sessions direct from the satellite broadcast, use the NEB*SAT 102 satellite coordinates of: Spacenet 3, Channel 4. Borrow tapes with lists from your system office or from Library Commission Information/Reference Services after April 24. For more information contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665.
Planning a library event or workshop? Take a look at the Library Calendar on the Library Commission home page, http://www. nlc.state.ne.us/. Find out what's going on around the state and plan your library event for a time that doesn't conflict with other activities.
Libraries interested in copies of the NCB Quarterly (Nebraska Center for the Book newsletter), issues of volumes 1-8, can contact Maggie Harding at the Library Commission, 402-471-4870 or 800-307-2665.
The Libri Foundation, a nationwide nonprofit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries throughout the United States, is currently accepting applications for its Books For Children grants. In general, libraries should serve a population under 10,000 (usually under 5,000) in a rural area, and should have a limited operating budget and an active children's department. The Libri Foundation will match money raised by a library's local sponsor from $50 to $350 on a 2-to-1 ratio. For more information, contact Ms. Barbara J. McKillip, President, The Libri Foundation, PO Box 10246, Eugene, OR 97440, phone: 541-485-8532, fax: 541-485-9688, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or see: http://www.teleport.com/~librifdn/. Application deadlines are April 1, June 1, and August 1.
Nebraska Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service needs volunteers to ensure that high quality library services are offered to readers across the state. People to repair cassette tape players are needed now. The players, made available free to readers, need to be tested, cleaned and made ready for reuse. If you have technical expertise or aptitude and would like to learn new skills while helping people, contact Diane Wells, 402-471-4033 or 800-742-7691, e-mail: Diane Wells, or see /, search on Volunteer Opportunities.
Thanks to Ron Heezen, Director of Omaha Public Library, for sharing this information about a program available through the U S West Foundation, in conjunction with the Math and Science Teaching Center of the University of Northern Colorado. The goal of the WOW (Widening Our World) program is "Helping people communicate more effectively with each other and the world, WOW vans go to communities served by U S WEST to offer people free, hands-on classes on how to access and navigate the Internet." According to Dr. Heezen, Omaha Public Library's branches have hosted the WOW vans at their sites, and the program has been a huge success. The Lexington and Schuyler Public Libraries are current recipients of grants from the U S West WOW program for various technology projects. For more information, contact Kit Keller, Library Commission Library Technology Coordinator at 402-471-3216 or 800-307-2665, or see http://www. uswestwow.org/whatis.htm/.
If you do not have access to the Internet World Wide Web, contact Laurie Ptacek, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665 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]
Introduction to MARC Cataloging for Books FormatMarch 23, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Valentine Public Library conference room, 324 N. Main Street, Valentine.
OCLC's Interlibrary Loan MicoEnhancer for WindowsMarch 25, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, North Platte Public Library, 120 West 4th Street, North Platte.
OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows Version 1.10March 25, 1 - 4 p.m. CST, North Platte Public Library, 120 West 4th Street, North Platte.
A Dialogue with Jay Jordan Sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission Helping to Promote Libraries for the 21st CenturyApril 8, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. CST, Cornhusker Hotel, 333 South 13th Street, Lincoln.
Basic Skills/Public ServicesLincoln: April 9 and May 10, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Library Commission, Crane Room.
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