The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded 2006 direct state aid to eligible public libraries. This funding augments local support for library services and is used by local public libraries to meet a wide variety of needs. To be eligible for this annual state aid payment a library must be accredited, must submit Public Library Statistical data online using Bibliostat Collect, and local income must be equal to or greater than that of the three previous years. One hundred and sixty-eight libraries met the eligibility requirements, with more than $350,000 distributed. For more information contact Kit Keller, Nebraska Library Commission Planning & Data Services Coordinator, 402- 471-3216, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Kit Keller or see nlc.nebraska.gov/Statistics/staid.html.
The Advisory Committee of the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service is seeking to fill three vacancies. The committee represents the needs of talking book and Braille borrowers and makes recommendations concerning policies, services, and programs. Membership may include customers, librarians, educators, health care providers, and other individuals who can communicate the needs of individuals with disabilities. Contact Dave Oertli, Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service Director, 402-471-4005, 800-742- 7691, e-mail: Dave Oertli with information about nominees by March 1, 2006. For more information about library resources for Nebraskans who cannot use regular print because of visual or physical limitations, see nlc.nebraska.gov/tbbs/.
Sixty-three percent of Nebraska public libraries currently meet the Accreditation Guidelines for public libraries, under the revised Guidelines for Public Library Accreditation. For more information see the Library Commission home page Announcements,
A meeting of the Nebraska Library Commission will be held on January 6, 2006, at the Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, NE. After December 29, 2005, see the Nebraska Library Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, search for "Library Commission Agenda."
The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are accepting applications for the We the People Bookshelf grants. Sets of classic books for young readers will be awarded to 1,000 public and school libraries across the country. Libraries receiving the award are required to develop and host a program on the theme, Becoming American. Guidelines and applications are available online at www.neh.gov/wtp/bookshelf/becomingamerican-guidelines.html. The deadline is January 17, 2006. For more information see www.neh.gov/wtp/bookshelf/index.html.
The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Legislative Day is set for February 14. The luncheon will be held at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. The program will emphasize library services to youth, recognizing youth for their involvement with a local public or school library. For more information on nominating a student see www.nebraskalibraries.org. Students and Nebraska legislators will be asked to pose with their favorite books for Celebrity READ posters. Register at nlc.nebraska.gov/system/sesys/legday06.pdf.
The Nebraska Library Commission partnered with Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, Nebraska Arts Council, Cooper Foundation, and Woods Charitable Fund, Inc. to develop and distribute a DVD featuring Pulitzer-prize winning, U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser and other Nebraska poets. Poetry-Capturing the Moment, with U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser & Friends (©2005 NET Foundation for Television) was distributed, along with a poster to advertise availability, to all Nebraska public libraries, academic and college libraries, and junior high, senior high, and middle school media centers. This tool for educators and group leaders includes the television program, a variety of poets reciting their own poetry, a poets' roundtable discussion, writing workshop sessions with Nebraska State Poet Bill Kloefkorn and middle school students, and resources and lesson plans for schools and libraries. Single copies of the DVD are available on loan from Reference/ Information Services at the Nebraska Library Commission, 402-471-4016, 800-307-2665, email: Ready. To borrow multiple copies of the DVD on extended loan, contact Mary Jo Ryan, Nebraska Library Commission Communications Coordinator, 402-471-3434, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Jo Ryan.
The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) provides federal funding to support statewide programs and library grant projects for technology and service projects through the Nebraska Library Commission. There is special emphasis on digital imaging projects utilizing CONTENTdm software. Applications are available at nlc.nebraska.gov/Statistics/lsta/lsta.html and are due at the Library Commission by 5:00 P.M. CT on December 29, 2005 or postmarked the same date. For more information see the Library Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov, or contact Kit Keller, see contact information above.
Nebraska Libraries are encouraged to order free posters from the Nebraska Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service. These 8.5 x 11 inch posters promote talking books for Nebraskans with disabilities and direct customers to the Nebraska Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service. For more information see the Library Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov, or contact Dave Oertli, see contact information above.
Public Library Statistical Data surveys are now available online through Bibliostat® Collect at collect.informata.com. The Nebraska Library Commission distributed a letter to each public library that contains the library's Username and Password (the same as last year's). The deadline for data submission is January 31, 2006. This online data submission is one of the requirements for state aid eligibility. Data analysis will be facilitated by the use of Bibliostat® Connect, a Web-based statistical tool that allows for simple, powerful analysis of library data. Library staff and supporters can use this program to create tables and graphs demonstrating how a library compares with others in a variety of ways. For more information contact Kit Keller, see contact information above.
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. For a list of the 2005 winners see the Library Commission home page Announcements, nlc.nebraska.gov.
On February 3, 2006, 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. In Always a River, Sometimes a Library, Rick Anderson, Director of Resource Acquisition at the University of Nevada-Reno, re-examines library practice and service. 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, see www.dupagepress.com/COD/index.php?id=984 or contact Pam Scott, Nebraska Library Commission Continuing Education Coordinator, 800- 307-2665, 402-471-2694, email: Pam Scott .
Digitization Workshops, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, will be held March 7�8, 2006, at the Cornhusker Council Outdoor Education Center in Walton. See nlc.nebraska.gov, Library Calendar.
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.
Advanced OCLC Interlibrary Loan
May 25, 1:00�4:00 P.M. CT
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.
OCLC Connexion: Browser Interface for Cataloging
January 12, 9:00 A.M.�NOON, CT
March 22, 1:00�4:00 P.M. CT
May 9, 9:00 A.M.�NOON, CT
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.
ILL: WorldCat Resource Sharing Basics
January 26, 1:00�4:00 P.M. CT
March 7, 9:00 A.M.�NOON, CT
May 17, 1:00�4:00 P.M. CT
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: Client Interface for Cataloging
February 7, 9:00 A.M.�NOON, CT
April 20, 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 this interface. Audience: OCLC full-cataloging users (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: nlc.nebraska.gov/netserv/nebase/oclcworkshops.html.
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. A feedback session on the update of the Nebraska Trustee Manual will also be included. 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: /libdev/gates/gatesrurasustaintrngspg2006.html. Contact: Pam Scott, 402-471- 2694, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Pam Scott.
Paws, Claws, Scales, and Tales
February 21, Scottsbluff Public Library, 1809 3rd Ave., Scottsbluff
February 22, McCook Public Library, 802 Norris Avenue, McCook
February 24, Keene Memorial Library, 1030 North Broad Street, Fremont
March 7, Holiday Inn Express, 920 So. 20th St., Norfolk
March 9, Seward Memorial Library, 233 South 5th St., Seward
March 10, Leadership Institute, 1609 East Hwy. 34, Aurora
These 2006 Summer Reading Program Workshops, cosponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and the Regional Library Systems, will include presentations by Patti Sinclair, Children's Librarian & Summer Reading Program Manual Editor, and Sally Snyder, Nebraska Library Commission Children and Youth Services Coordinator. To register contact: Regional Library System office in your area.
2006 One Book, One Nebraska
For more information see the Nebraska Library Calendar on the Nebraska Library Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov.
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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