STATE ADVISORY COUNCIL ON
Edith Abbott Memorial Library, Grand Island, Nebraska
November 16, 2007
State Advisory Council members present: Jan Boyer , Kathy Ellerton , Nancy Escamilla , Steve Fosselman , Joan Giesecke , Cindy Gitt , Pat Gross , Gretchen Healy , Theresa Jehlik , Diana Johnson , Scott Kinney , Becky Pasco , and MeMe Smith .
and Lisa Voss .
Commission Staff: Maria
Medrano-Nehls , Rod Wagner ,
Laura Johnson ,
and Shannon White .
Welcome and Introductions
Becky Pasco welcomed everyone to the Grand Island public library and thanked Steve
for the use of his library and the library tour. Becky
Pasco introduced Brenda
Ealey , Southeast Library System Administrator and Lisa Voss ,
Library Science student.
Approval of the Agenda: A motion was made by Nancy Escamilla and
seconded by Jan
Boyer to approve the agenda. Motion
Approval of Minutes (July 27, 2007): A motion was
made by Pat Gross
and seconded by Steve
Fosselman to approve the minutes.
Library Services and Technology Act and LSTA Five-Year Plan
Update - Rod Wagner reported that that Laurie Brooks ,
IMLS Senior Program Officer, recently visited the Commission office. Laurie visited with us about the program as well a
visited the Grand Island
public library, Lincoln City Libraries, Polley Music, and the Southeast Library
System Administrator ' s office. Visiting these sites allowed Laurie to see how LSTA funds are being used.
Rod stated that the five-year long range plan was submitted
and approved. We did have to make a few changes. IMLS has focused on the six
purposes of the LSTA and have questioned the use of funds used by the states.
IMLS has taken the position that among the six purposes there is nothing
specifically related to continuing education, therefore questioning the states
use of LSTA funds to fund projects that are continuing education unless they are
specifically linked to one of the six purposes. The discussion is now that when
LSTA comes up again for reauthorization it is likely that this will one of the
changes proposed. There is recognition in funding for continuing education. We
had to write a policy statement into our five-year plan about funding continuing
education projects. There other thing about the Library Commission five-year
plan is that it mixes in state funded projects.
Rod stated that the major activities this year that the
Council has helped us with is the five-year program report, and your help to the
Commission by making recommendations on how we went about collecting public
input for the long-range plan.
Rod stated that Congress has approved funding that
increased the LSTA appropriations to the level that states could receive their
base allotments that were allowed under the reauthorization process five years
ago. Unfortunately the appropriations bill was vetoed. This current year funding
has stayed at the same level as the past fiscal year.
Thinking Outside the Borders - Laura Johnson
reported that Illinois State Library approached Nebraska
to assist with this program. The project was to bring librarians from foreign
countries to develop a module that the ' Morton ' Center could take to various places and
use and to show the visiting librarians how libraries work in the U.S. and tell
them about library leadership. This was an experiment for us so our goal was to
make this a very Nebraska
experience for the visitors, allow them to interact and share experiences and
talk about library leadership in the world. The visiting librarians were from
Central and South America. We also had 10 Nebraska librarians who
participated in the program. We planned an interesting week long program that
was full but not so much that people didn ' t have time to do networking.
Southeast Library System held a nice dinner on the first night and Joan Giesecke
hosted a reception at UNL Library one day. We had speakers who presented on
leadership, leadership characteristics, and library 2.0. We also took the whole
group to Kearney
to attend the NLA/NEMA conference where the group of visiting librarians
presented a program. The group also visited ' Boys Town and Stuhr Museum.
NLC Technology Based Services and Initiatives NebraskAccess - Shannon White
distribute a handout which showed the priorities and statistics related to
NebraskAccess. One of the things the Commission has been trying to do every
couple of years on our budget cycle is to ask the Governor to increase the level
of funding to add more resources to the NebraskAccess program. We haven ' t been
able to make any changes to this program for quite awhile. We did add one
Heritage Quest database which is federal census records and other genealogy
One of the things we are thinking about even if we don ' t
have any additional funding is what can we do to improve the resources we
currently have. One of the obstacles we face is that e-Library is not offered
statewide. This database is not offered to K-8 schools; it is only available to
public and academic libraries. The program was set up this way 8-years ago
because the database was too expensive to include the schools. We still haven ' t
included the schools because our budget doesn ' t allow us to purchase the
database for schools. When we first started building this program we were able
to get pricing then we are now. We have looked at dropping another database to
help fund e-Library but even if we dropped a database it would not provide us
with enough money.
Network Service staff have had discussions with school
media specialist to see what we can do for the K-8 age group because the
resource we have now in the program aren ' t really serving the K-8 age group. We
attempted to get extra funding for online encyclopedia but that wasn ' t approved. Shannon stated she
was looking for feedback about changes that could be made. Theresa
stated that e-Library is unique in that they provide radio/TV transcripts. Becky Pasco
stated she would not call this a K-8 resource because it ' s not an age issue but
a literacy issue which is different then a grade level. It also has to do with
our constituents and their literary needs. We should not look at this as what we
can do for the schools but what can we do for the people in our community who
need information in a simplistic manner. Becky
asked if it were possible for the Commission to get some kind of a grant for
Memories - Shannon
White reported that there is over
3,000 items in the database. There are thirteen participants which are listed on
the Nebraska Memories web page. Many of the projects are collaborative projects
with a public library and a historical society. We were able to offer library
improvement grants to libraries who participated in the project.
Basically the reason we started Nebraska Memories and
housed it at the Nebraska Library Commission because we could do a lot of the
work that little libraries couldn ' t. We are available to help interested people
in participating in the program by providing training, offering grants to
purchase equipment, or to out source the project. Another way libraries can
participate in the project is by letting the Commission scan their materials or
they can come and use the scan center. Another option is to have Commission
staff go to the library and scan materials onsite.We have also worked with
Pasco to use her library students
to assist us with projects.
reported that the Commission has a new idea for a WiFi project. This project
would not take a lot of money and Michael Sauers
is interested in helping libraries add wifi as one of their services. We have
been doing training to show libraries how it works. Shannon stated the service is quite cheap
and thinks the Commission will be able to use some state monies to purchase
routers and do a simple grant to which libraries can apply for a router. We can
then pull several libraries together and provide them with training, simple
policies, and sample FAQ ' s.
2007 National Conference - Guardians of Language, Memory
and Lifeways: Tribal Archive, Libraries, and Museums - Gretchen Healy
Rod Wagner stated that this
conference was IMLS funded and another example of LSTA monies being used. Gretchen
stated this is the third such conference with this one being sponsored by the
Oklahoma State Library. Gretchen
stated that in 2005, 280 persons attended the conference, this year there were
550 persons in attendance and many people were turned away. Representatives from
many tribes in both the U.S.
were in attendance. Gretchen provided a
power point presentation of materials distributed at the conference. Some of the
programs were Native American protocols, library archive information, building
the American Native press archives, Native music, collection management,
collection development of children ' s books, depository libraries, and a poster
stated that every recipient of a grant had to present a poster presentation
about their project. Gretchen stated
her library received a grant for early child literacy so she presented on the
programs funded with the grant. Gretchen
stated that a draft of a tribal library procedures manual was distributed.
American Indians and Libraries: Understanding the Context was an excellent
session which focused on understanding that Native Americans come from an oral
tradition and that they don ' t have to give up their oral tradition, and services
and resources offered to tribal libraries by state library agencies. Gretchen stated that she felt that one of the things
the group could talk about would be how the Nebraska ' s Library Commission could
incorporate some services directly to the tribes.
Boyer reported that there were more
people at the Kearney conference this year then
any other year they ' ve held the conference in Kearney .
There were three pre-conferences which were well attended.
Thursday and Friday were packed with sessions. The Trustee ' s, Users, and Friends
group merged with the Public Library section. Bylaw changes were made at the NLA
lunch meeting, electronic voting will be permitted next year, the Young Adult
Round Table was created, and the Editorial Committee changed their name to
Visits to Vendor booths were increased due to the Scavenger
Hunt sponsored by the Paraprofessional section. Locating the " Hawaiian " themed
items in each participating booth was fun and beneficial to the vendors. It is
hoped that the Paraprofessional Section will do something similar next year. The
" Happy Trails Saloon " held on Thursday evening raised close to $300 for the
Legacy Fund. The 2008 conference will be
held in Lincoln
and 2009 conference will be held at the new convention center in La Vista.
is the new NLA President and
Bohmfalk is the
Vice-President/President-Elect. NLA will be hosting the
web site which will be beneficial to both organizations.
Educational Media Association -
Pasco reported that the conference
was not attended well by school media staff due to ASL and a national conference
occurring at the same time. Becky
stated that she heard great things about this year ' s conference. NEMA has worked to update their bylaws and they will
be voted on in the spring. NEMA has
hired a new web master and working with Scott Childers in order to have the NEMA web site hosted by the NLA server account.
The new 21st Century Teaching Learning Standards
have came out and approved at the ASL conference. There will be a group that
will present a proposal to the NEMA
meeting in January and decide how to disseminate the new standards. Due to the
changes a new Nebraska
guide will be written and published by Libraries Unlimited making it a national
Jehlik reported that the Omaha public library has
completed their Omaha READS program and this year they included a children ' s
book. OPL received a big READS grant from the National Endowment for the
Humanities and they are going to run that in conjunction with the book club that
runs in January and February. The book will be
Call of the Wild and the library will be partnering with the Omaha
Doorly Zoo. The challenge for the Omaha
libraries is the budget.
Healy reported that she survived
the transition of a new president for the college. The library is the only
department at the college who didn ' t get a budget cut.
Gitt reported that the library has
been blessed with community support. Every Friday businesses have been hosting
coffee and have a good turnout. Cindy
says that the libraries challenge is that something needs to be done with the
building because they have outgrown the space. The library board is discussing
the building situation.
Diane Johnson reported that a film maker is doing a documentary
about Doctor George
Griffin , the only African-American
buried in the Stromsburg cemetery. The library is assisting by providing a file
of information on the doctor. Dr.
George played football for the UNL
football team and during the time he was on the team,
refused to play Nebraska
because they had an African-American on their team. The people of Stromsburg
loved the doctor but past editorials from the World Herald wrote nasty things
about him. The libraries challenge is the budget.
Giesecke reported that her library
has pruned about 20 - 30 percent of their collection.
also reported that the university will be collaborating with the Chinese
government to offer
a center for Chinese language and
culture classes that will be available to the UNL and Lincoln
communities alike. The institute will feature
at least one Chinese professor sent to Lincoln courtesy of the Chinese
government. It will include language classes for UNL and the city ' s K-12
schools, lessons in culture and resources for local businesses wishing to expand
UNL will be one of twenty
universities to offer this program. In addition to the faculty member, China is giving
UNL a $100,000 grant and 3,000 language books to help get the institute off the
ground. The UNL library has reached their third millionth volume,
the book is
Walt Whitman ' s
Leaves of Grass,
which was published in 1855 and is one of fewer than 200 copies that still
reported that he was very pleased with the building effort.
Steve stated that the library is getting a lot of use by the
community; he especially likes to see the large number of families coming to use
the library. The challenge is that the library is full service but not future
service. This is something they will be working on in the near future.
reported that Northeast Library System is seeing some changes in small
reported that Southeast Library System is having a challenge keeping track of
the small, one person libraries. In order to address this challenge some of the
board members will team up with these libraries directors and provide
encouragement and assistance. Brenda said the success is that she works with a
really great board.
reported that she current works at Lincoln City Libraries and is working on her
Bachelors on Library Science and once completed will work on her Masters. She is
doing her practicum with
Ealey at the Southeast Library
System. She currently transferred from the Gere branch library to Bennett
library. Lincoln City Libraries is undergoing some changes in customer service
and using the team approach.
reported that she has sent out RFP ' s to architects. The challenge is they still
don ' t know what they are doing. MeMe stated that the
Schuyler library joined the One Consortium and found out that
they have duplicate bar codes with
public library. There is a possibility that they will have to rebar code their
reported that the Scottsbluff public library nominated their teen advisory
council for an award from the Nebraska Community Improvement. The teen advisory
group won the Nebraska Youth Development award. Nancy stated that she will be
one of the trainers for the Gates Foundation /Web Junction Latino Outreach
trainers. The program is not just for Latinos but marketing your library to
encouraged librarians and library staff to attend the training when it becomes
available in their area. The
challenge is fund raising for the building project. The fund raising effort is
not going as well as they thought it would.
reported the school put a computer lab next door to her library. She has
computers in her library and the lab has 25 computers that are to be used for
testing which frees up the library computers for research and class assignments.
stated she is responsible for four computer labs. Pat
stated the book club she started last year at her school is coming along. The
challenge is that the bond issue failed which would have helped different parts
of their building. The school is busting at the seams because they are gaining
students. The administration is going to try the bond issue again with a
reported that her library is still undergoing renovation and expect another two
years of renovation. In May, they took their bound periodicals as well as back
issues of periodicals on microform and moved them off site. They thought the
move was for a short term but learned it will at least another year before they
will be able to bring the periodicals back onsite. They will be changing the
catalogue to reflect the fact. The library purchased new products like Refwork,
ICTCR, and new resources. Also, UNO is the only university in the state teaching
Arabic and will be having an Arabic language programming. The library offers
SCOLA which allows students and staff to list to news, and programs in different
reported that he has made it through his first year at Chadron public library.
The library has moved from the essential level of accreditation to the excellent
level. They have added some new databases and will be part of the new Overdrive
cooperative purchase. Scott finished their statistical report and the gate count
showed 52,000 people came thru the library. The numbers of people using the
computers and attending programs has increased significantly. Thanks to a grant
from NLC the library has completely remodeled their Teen Space which has
increased the amount of children and young adult ' s usage of the library and has
increased circulation. The challenge is a building project. Leg work is
completed for building plans and now working with a library planner in order to
move on to the next step.
reported that the UNO Library Science Education programs received a Chancellors
Strategic Plan award for 2007. The first library class, a reference class, will
be taught at Chadron State College.
They will have students from Western Nebraska and surrounding states. UNO will add
additional library science faculty. Rod Wagner and Becky have been speaking to the LTA folks and are
going to centralize the course work. The colleges are willing to do it because
of the success at each of the individual campuses.
Becky ' s challenge is she has longer waiting list then some
people have programs.
Recommendations and Resolutions - Jan Boyer
recommended that handouts from State Advisory Council on Libraries meetings be
mailed to person who didn ' t attend and that minutes or a draft of minutes be
sent out within a month.
Healy recommended that the Nebraska
Library Commission make a study as to what other state libraries are doing for
their tribes and tribal libraries. Rod stated we could contact all state
libraries and asked Gretchen if she
could supply the Commission with her contacts from tribal colleges and
Gross recommended that the Nebraska
Library Commission continue to seek ways to get databases for literacy and
encourage the Nebraska Library Commission to seek grants to accomplish this
2008 Meeting Schedule - Rod Wagner stated that the NLC
Commission meeting will be held on March 14and that the State Advisory Council
on Libraries meeting has always been a joint meeting with the Commission
meeting. The Council agreed to have a joint meeting on March 14 in Kearney . The July meeting
will be held July 18 in Chadron at Chadron State College and the November 21
meeting will be held at the Omaha Benson branch library.
Special Recognition - Rod Wagner
stated that Nancy
Escamilla is completing her second
and final term with the State Advisory Council on Libraries. Rod presented Nancy
with a State of Nebraska Admiralship
and a certificate of Appreciation from the Nebraska Library Commission. Rod also
Pasco for serving as the Chair for
the State Advisory Council on Libraries. Marty Magee is the incoming chair. Rod
also thanked Steve
Fosselman for hosting the group at
A motion was made by Nancy
Escamilla and seconded by Jan Boyer
to adjourn the meeting. Motion approved. Chair Becky Pasco
adjourned the meeting at 1:52 p.m.