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March '99 Vol.13 No.3 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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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: librifdn@teleport.com 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.


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Introduction to MARC Cataloging for Books Format

March 23, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Valentine Public Library conference room, 324 N. Main Street, Valentine.
March 24, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Broken Bow Public Library meeting room, 626 S. D Street, Broken Bow.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

This workshop will include: definition of MARC and why it is important to libraries; how a printed catalog card compares to a MARC record; the components of a MARC record; and what do all of those numbers and letters in the MARC record really mean? Participants should come with questions and examples of cataloging problems or MARC records they have had difficulty understanding. Audience: Those who would like to understand MARC cataloging and are familiar with basic cataloging rules and principles. A minimum of six attending is needed or the class will be cancelled. Instructor: Kimberly Shelley. CE Credit=3. Cost: $10


OCLC's Interlibrary Loan MicoEnhancer for Windows

March 25, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, North Platte Public Library, 120 West 4th Street, North Platte.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

How to use the ILL ME for Windows software. Topics include: loading the software; customizing options; printing message file items; entering message file updates; using constant data; scheduling batch loads; and setting up macros. Audience: OCLC ILL users currently using or interested in using ILL ME. Prerequisites: Knowledge of the OCLC ILL system. CE Credit=3.


OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows Version 1.10

March 25, 1 - 4 p.m. CST, North Platte Public Library, 120 West 4th Street, North Platte.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell

The OCLC Cataloging Micro Enhancer for Windows software increases productivity and reduces costs by combining online searching and processing with offline editing. Topics covered in this workshop include: loading the software; customizing options; searching for bibliographic records and authority file records interactively and in batch-mode; editing offline; original cataloging; printing labels; workflow. Audience: New and current users who have questions. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the OCLC cataloging system and the Windows95 environment. What to Bring: Questions and comments on what you have found useful or not. CE Credit=3.


A Dialogue with Jay Jordan Sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission Helping to Promote Libraries for the 21st Century

April 8, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. CST, Cornhusker Hotel, 333 South 13th Street, Lincoln.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell.

The Nebraska Library Commission invites Nebraska librarians, media specialists, and other information specialists to explore and discuss issues and challenges librarians are facing as we enter the 21st Century. The $20 registration fee includes dinner. Registration is limited. Early registration is recommended. Registrations are transferrable. Register online by logging onto the Library Commission home page, http://www. nlc.state.ne.us/, search on Jordan Dialogue Registration. Four hours of Continuing Education credit for Public Librarian Certification will be offered. Please request in advance if accommodations are needed for individuals with disabilities. For more information contact Jeannette Powell (see above). Supplemental readings are available on the Library Commission home page, http://www. nlc.state.ne.us/, search on Dialogue Readings.


Basic Skills/Public Services

Lincoln: April 9 and May 10, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Library Commission, Crane Room.
Norfolk: April 14 and May 12, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Norfolk Public Library, 308 Prospect Ave.
Alliance: April 16 and May 14, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Alliance Public Library.
Grand Island: April 20 and May 18, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Edith Abbott Memorial Library, 211 North Washington.
Holdrege: April 28 and May 26, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Holdrege Public Library System, 604 East Avenue.
Papillion: April 29 and May20, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Sump Memorial Library.
Contact: Ellen Van Waart at 402-471-4004 or 800-307-2665.

This course includes the development of policies and procedures dealing with reference work, interlibrary loan, library instruction, and other customer services and programs. Public Services is one of four core classes that are part of the requirements for Public Librarian Certification, and is equivalent to 12 CE credits. We ask that all participants with Internet access complete the online questionnaire as soon as possible. This can serve as your course registration. See http://www. nlc.state.ne.us/, search on Basic Questionnaire. Payment of the $25 course fee can be sent to the Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, Attn: Ellen Van Waart.


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