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October 22, 1998

Jeannette Powell

Nebraska First to Offer Books in Print with Reviews to Libraries Statewide

Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner announced today at the 1998 Nebraska Library Association Convention in Grand Island that Books in Print with Reviews will be offered to all librarians in the state of Nebraska. "Starting November 1, Nebraska becomes the first state in the nation to offer statewide access to the most complete database of books available in print," Wagner stated. "Librarians across Nebraska will have access to 1.7 million bibliographic records and full-text reviews from leading sources, at no cost to the individual library." Unlimited access to this online resource via the Internet World Wide Web is provided for all Nebraska libraries through a subscription with the Gale Group and supported through state funding approved by Governor Ben Nelson and the 1998 Legislature for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1998.


As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. "Bringing together people and information," the mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development and coordination of library and information services. The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission Home Page. Point your World Wide Web browser to

NOTE TO LOCAL PRESS: To attend announcement event in Grand Island on October 22, 1998 at 9:10 a.m., contact Mary Jo Ryan, cellular: 402-643-0296.

Nebraska Library Commission
The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, NE 68508-2023

For more information, contact Tessa Terry.