STATE ADVISORY COUNCIL
March 19 and 20, 1998
State Advisory Council Members
present: Susan Baird, Fauneil Bennett, Joan Birnie, John Dale, Stan Gardner,
Mo Khamouna, Sylvia Person, Sandra Riley, Jeanne Saathoff, Tom Schmitz,
Wally Seiler, Kathy Tooker, Richard Voeltz, Jane Wall, Sharon Wiegert,
Commission Members present:
Frances Lovell, Ron Norman, Karen Warner. Nebraska Library Commission Staff
present: Rod Wagner, Richard Miller, Sally Snyder.
Welcome and Introductions
- - Karen Warner, Chair, Nebraska Library Commission and Sandra Riley,
Chair, Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries.
The meeting was called to
order by Commission Chairperson Karen Warner at 1:05 p.m.
Introductions were given
around the table.
Richard Miller will speak on
the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants Program tomorrow
morning instead of this afternoon.
New members of the State
Advisory Council on Libraries were welcomed.
Review Joint Meeting
A brief history of the State
Advisory Council on Libraries, created in early 1970s, was given for the
Members were asked to be
thinking about some specific goals or actions SACL would like to accomplish
this year. A discussion of these goals and actions will be held on Friday.
A motion was made to approve
the agenda as amended. The motion was approved by acclamation.
Reports and Discussion
Overview of Federal and
State Legislative Issues - - Rod Wagner
Federal Issues: National Library
Legislative Day will be held in Washington D.C. in early May. Librarians
from across the country will travel to Washington to speak with Congressional
In the recent past the discussion
was about the new legislation (LSTA) and how it would be designed and funded.
Nebraska receives about $1 million per year in federal library program
funds. In past years about $200,000 were Title II funds, earmarked for
public library construction and technology projects. There is no longer
any federal funding for library construction projects. LSTA funds now are
more flexible in how they can be used and include other types of libraries.
Richard Miller will discuss LSTA more Friday morning.
Legislative issues before
Congress include: copyright and the telecommunication services discounts,
issues concerning the government printing office, and the Library of Congress.
Legislation could change the Telecommunications E-rate policies. The American
Library Association's web page on the Internet has information concerning
legislative activities in Washington.
State Legislative Issues:
LB 95 is the bill to provide funding for Libraries for 21st Century and
was introduced in 1997 by Senator LaVon Crosby. Any recommended funding
for this project will be included in the Library Commission budget.
LB 1216 provides for the
creation of library federations and was introduced by Senator Paul Hartnett.
The General Affairs Committee advanced it to general file. It is not a
priority bill, so it is remote that the bill will be discussed or acted
on this session. It is worth noting that interlocal agreements can be used
to set up a similar library service arrangement.
LB 1226 was introduced by
Senator Robak. The bill provides that counties can levy up to 5 cents per
$100 valuation. It does not provide for additional funding for counties
already at the limit, and many are. This bill did bring an issue before
the Revenue Committee, that of the number of libraries that receive funding
through townships. The Legislature was not generally aware of that before.
Townships will either have to get funding through the county or align themselves
with a municipality. Ord Township Library could have their budget cut by
50% because of limits on county funding.
LB 924 establishes the Nebraska
Information Technology Commission. The Technology Commission will develop
strategic plans and review technology projects. It is a priority bill of
Senator Hillman and strongly backed by Governor Nelson. The bill is likely
to be passed. The Nebraska Library Commission advocated for a library representative
to serve on the commission. The Nebraska Library Association advocated
to have a library representative on one of the councils of the Commission.
Jeanne Saathoff was appointed to that position.
Libraries for the 21st
Century Budget Proposal Update/Plans and Strategies - - Kathy Tooker:
Kathy Tooker distributed two
handouts on the Libraries for the 21st Century campaign.
Kathy then explained the
NebrasKard concept. She noted that Colorado and Iowa each have a similar
statewide card arrangement.
The Governorís office
asked how we would use the $500,000 this year. Rod Wagner distributed a
one-page handout indicating how the funds would be used. Lt. Governor Kim
Robak supports the concept, but that does not guarantee funding. We plan
to ask for more money next year, whether or not this year is funded.
Rod noted there is support
within the Appropriations Committee for a request next year for a higher
level of state support. In the 1999 session there will be some new senators
and perhaps some changes in the Appropriations Committee.
Discussion was held on funding
issues for 1999, 2000, 2001 and beyond considering the limits that are
being imposed. It is beginning to hit communities and libraries that this
is a serious issue with potential cuts for many communities.
The Council agreed to write
a resolution to send to the Governor and the Legislature concerning the
need for state funding for libraries in Nebraska.
John Dale reported that only
16 cents of every state tax dollar actually goes to state government. Approximately
60% goes back to the community in the form of state aid.
Reports and Discussion
Services Discount Program - - Rod Wagner
Rod Wagner reported that in
the past several months several mailings on the E-rate status have gone
out from the Library Commission to public libraries. Several workshops
have also been held. A listserv is available for communication on the Universal
Service Fund. Anyone can join the listserv if they wish to. Information
on how to subscribe is on the Library Commissionís home page. There
is also a web site for the Universal Service Fund and it has been very
active. The Schools and Libraries Corporation hotline has been available
and answered many questions. All the Governors urged Congress to continue
the USF discounts. The Council agreed to write a letter or resolution to
communicate the need to representatives in Congress.
The Nebraska Public Service
Commission, which oversees telecommunications in Nebraska, created an advisory
board for the Universal Service Fund. Rod Wagner and Alan Wibbels have
served on the task force board of the Universal Service Fund. The Nebraska
Universal Service Fund Advisory Board will replace the task force. Rod
and Alan will also serve on this board. A meeting of the Advisory Board
will be held in May. The Advisory Board relates to the whole purpose of
the Universal Service fund, not just the school and libraries discount.
Technology Commission - - Jeanne Saathoff
Jeanne Saathoff noted that three
councils were created by executive order of the Governor: 1) Education
Council 2) Government Council (state government only) and 3) Community
Council. The Community Council is composed of many different entities with
an interest in technology. The membership represents a wide range of fields.
It is headed by Chris Hoy. Two meetings have been held so far. The lieutenant
governor gave them their charge at the first meeting. The initial role
of this Council is to build awareness across the state regarding the role
of information technology now and in the future and its impact for the
state. One issue everyone recognized is the need for telecommunications
literacy or training. At the second meeting they discussed the fact that
60% of the economy in the U.S. is driven by information technology. Is
our citizenry prepared for this? How can we help them? The Government Council
has been working on local access to government information, leveraging
state power to lay fiber along the Interstate.
The Community Council will
probably have $250,000 to fund projects that work into the plan or vision
of the Council. Possible ideas were:
A clearinghouse to provide information
via a Web site, as one possibility. As a way to connect people with technical
education project: identify a lab of computers for each area and have training
provided to the public libraries, school labs, Educational Service Units,
community colleges, etc. Maybe have pilot programs for this.
Economic development is the
Nebrask@Online has a
page on the Community Council, access it for more information.
Nebraska State Records
Board - - John Dale
John Dale is serving on the
Nebraska State Records Board. The board was created by LB 590 last June
and the board members were appointed in late July. Its role concerns making
state government information available to the public, especially in electronic
format. The Boardís responsibilities include: providing for dissemination
of public records electronically, providing for fees, and reviewing reports.
The deadlines written into
the legislation were nearly impossible. It required a re-bid for providing
the electronic access to state government information. The RFP went out
early September. Only one bid was submitted, by Nebraska Interactive, Inc.
It was approved. It is an electronic window into state government. The
Board responsibilities are to deal with the vendor, track expenses, and
review reports. Most of the information does not provide any income. The
Department of Motor Vehicles information, especially driversí license
records, are a for-fee service which provides the income to support the
entire system. Car insurance companies use it frequently. The Board will
meet quarterly from now on. Next issues for the Board to address are approving
contracts with state agencies, public hearings, dealing with vendor (monthly
and quarterly reports).
Rod Wagner noted that the
Library Commission is working with Nebrask@ Online to phase out
the Library Commission sponsored state home page. It will be maintained
by Nebrask@ Online. The Library Commission continue to maintain
the "search" aspect of the page and will respond to requests for information
on the state home page.
Council Roundtable Reports:
Jeanne Saathoff, Kearney
Public Library: The library has new carpet and is presently recovering
furniture. The library is working on getting a T-1 line into the building
this year. Their Master Navigator program is a series of six sessions teaching
use of the Internet for a $25 charge. The public signs up and then are
expected to give 30 hours back to the community. Classes are full all the
time in the technology center, usage of technology center is up 75% over
Tom Schmitz: The Lincoln
Regional Center is now under the Health & Human Services Department.
The Regional Center is interested in getting Internet access in all seven
institutions in order to interconnect with each other to cut duplication
of materials. The institutions are: Beatrice State Developmental Center,
Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Geneva, Nebraska Veteransí
Home in Grand Island, Hastings Regional Center, Youth Rehabilitation and
Treatment Center in Kearney, Lincoln Regional Center, and Norfolk Regional
Center. They are working with Richard Miller to write a joint proposal
for a grant from LSTA funds. Lincoln Regional Center has the Internet.
Tom works with staff and clients to assist them in using the Internet.
There are some sites with designs that work well for the clients. The Department
of Corrections also has seven institutional libraries working together
on a similar goal.
Wally Seiler, board member
of Alliance Public Library: Alliance is constructing a new library. The
total cost of the project is $5.1 million. Part of the building is a center
for community college classes. Life-long learning was a strong concept
used to promote construction of a new library building.
Susan Baird, Gering Public
Library: The Chamber of Commerce is promoting Visions 2020: what citizens
want the community to look like in 2020. Internet is very popular at the
library. The Library recently had a hard drive crash and most information
couldn't be recovered.
Stan Gardner, Wayne State
College: The children's book examination center now has over 2,000 books.
They are sending out about 200 titles a month. Government documents are
being loaded into the database so people will know the materials are available.
The automation system was upgraded to handle the load. Another project
is adding the table of contents of the musical score collection to the
database. About 2,000 titles are entered so far. They estimate it will
take another two years to complete. The teleconference room in the library
is up and running now. The computer lab in the library is in constant use.
The average use rate is never below 90% capacity. September 18 & 19
the Nebraska Literature Festival will be held on campus.
Sandra Riley, Columbus: gave
her observation of the Nebraska Library Association Legislative Day. The
Senators are getting a very clear picture of what is happening in communities
because of the lid. It would be good if we take a positive view and talk
that the support of libraries can no longer be a local issue.
Sharon Wiegert, Sump Memorial
Library, Papillion: The library continues to be very busy. The computer
lab is always full. The library is teaching lots of classes, and has a
new $5 fee per class. "Read for Joy" was held in April. The IRS Internet
site also provides access to every state's forms. Recently 160 kindergartens
visited the library. Mo Khamouna, College of Technological Agriculture,
Curtis: Mo has been at the library for two years, and is building the collection.
Plans are being made to move the library to a bigger building. Last year
the focus was on updating the reference section. He is currently taking
two classes: network and web design.
Richard Voeltz, UNL: The
card catalog disappeared this year, 16,500 pounds of cards are gone. The
Library is all electronic now. University libraries are undergoing a self-study,
which is done every five years. All members of the staff are taking a conflict
resolution workshop. There is also a supervisory course for the supervisors.
Sylvia Person, Holdrege Middle
School: She met her goal this year: to teach research skills and the importance
of knowing where the information came from. All students have been through
the course now. In the computer lab they are teaching students to turn
a report into a hyper studio presentation. She was asked how the public
library cooperates with the school library. One answer was coordinated
reference buying, but the public library has cut purchases. Online access
to reference information is a terrific answer to this need. Concern about
potential school mergers. At this time, Holdrege Schools has a $1 million
shortfall for next year.
Jane Wall, Grand Island High
School: There is a major building and remodeling phase going on throughout
the school system. All media centers are either new or completely remodeled.
All have Internet access. The school changed to a 9-12 grade Senior High.
John Dale, Lincoln City Libraries:
The Urban Library System institute was held February 6, with 70 plus people
looking at staffing issues for the year 2000 and beyond, as well as technology
issues. It was a very useful session. Omaha Public Library is still without
a director. The Library Board has hired a consultant for locating candidates.
April 17 will be the 3rd annual staff in-service day for Lincoln City Libraries.
This year it will emphasize excellence in public service. The training
calendar will be set for the next year. Staff is encouraged to attend five
sessions during the year. Northwest and Southwest branch sites are being
investigated. A vote of people will be needed in order to build. The 1998-1999
budget will be exceedingly tight for the city due to the October snow storm
and firefighters pay resolution.
Fauneil Bennett, Wayne Middle
School: Each school has a full time librarian. Librarians have become the
technology experts, too. The Wayne Superintendent has been enthusiastic
regarding technology. Unfortunately, the Superintendent will be leaving.
School staff want to keep his vision going.
Ron Norman, Kearney: Is now
a library user, he has been retired for almost six years from library work.
Joan Birnie, Broken Bow Public
Library: A parent resource center is being developed for parents helping
their children with homework etc. Volunteers have been raising funds. Head
Start is now involved, too. Planning and budget preparation for the upcoming
year is also underway.
Karen Warner, Northeast Community
College, Norfolk: The Lifelong Learning Center was dedicated in March.
It was funded with donated money. The Center opened January 1st and has
been heavily used. A full time web master/multi-media position is being
developed. An addition is being designed, it will more than double size
of library. They are waiting for the Dean of Business & Finance to
hire a library building consultant. A timeline has been established.
The meeting recessed at 4:50
p.m. until Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.
The meeting reconvened March
20, 9:07 a.m. by Sandra Riley, Council Chair.
Council Business Meeting
Approval of December,
1997, Meeting Minutes*
Ken Oyer moved and Richard Voeltz
seconded the motion to approve the minutes of December 5, 1998. Motion
carried by acclamation.
Election of Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect*
Nominations: Jeanne Saathoff
nominated Susan Baird and Joan Birnie seconded the nomination. It was moved
by Richard Voeltz and seconded by Ken Oyer to approve the nomination of
Susan Baird. Motion carried by acclamation.
Discussion was held on the letter
supporting the USF telecommunications services discount program. Richard
Voeltz moved and Stan Gardner seconded the motion to approve the spirit
of the resolution and leave final wording to Rod Wagner. Motion carried
Discussion was held on the
letter supporting the additional state funding for public libraries. It
is to be sent to every state senator and the governor. Richard Voeltz moved
and Ken Oyer seconded the motion to approve the spirit of the resolution
and leave final wording to Rod Wagner. Motion carried by acclamation.
1998 Council Goals and
Advisory role to Commissioners
Priority: all accredited libraries
in state have Internet access
Advocacy: continue to support
Libraries for the 21st Century initiative
Cooperation: especially between
schools and public libraries: Council put together information about what
cooperation exists and the issues involved in combining libraries
Explore the mechanics for a
Issue of education of librarians,
after assessment of basic skills is complete (be informed of progress of
evaluation, and discuss report, when prepared)
Preservation of electronic records
and other archival material, (need for a "last copy" center in state)
education for council members approach to this.
Meeting Schedule for 1998
June 12: Reinert-Alumni Memorial
Library, Creighton University, Omaha
Sept 11: Nebraska Library
Dec 4 : (site to be determined)
LSTA Grants Program -
- Richard Miller
Richard Miller gave a brief
overview of the LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant packet,
distributed at the meeting. He noted the final copy will contain about
15 pages, including the application form. It is the first year for this
type of program. Much of the information in the packet was borrowed from
LSTA funding can be used
much more broadly than LSCA. Most of the LSCA funding was limited to use
for public library services. The packet will be mailed to approximately
1,100 libraries in the state. At this point, we plan to have it in the
mail by April 14. The general principles are fairly standard from past
There are two categories:
mini grants of $1,000 to $4,999 and major grants of $5,000 to $50,000.
About $100,000 is available for mini grants and about $150,000 for major
grants. The information packet also includes information on the different
types of grants available, eligibility by type of library, and a document
giving guidance on making decisions for automation. All the grants require
a 25% cash match. Public libraries applying for a grant must have a strategic
Collaborative Local Government
Activities in Nebraska - - Margy Ryan and Martha Gadbery
Presentation and Discussion
"Communities in Action: Best
Practices in Local Government Innovation and Restructuring" was distributed
to the group. It lists collaboration between and among local governments
in Nebraska. The levy limits will kick in this next fiscal year and many
communities are beginning to look for new ways to provide services to their
Margy Ryan and Martha Gadberry
described their experiences over the last couple of years, working with
communities in the state. In August of 1996 they started the project with
the Commission on Local Government Innovation and Restructuring.
1996: The St. Paul combination
public/school library was already underway prior to introduction of the
levy limits; The joint ownership/use of the mosquito sprayer also already
1997: other things began to
happen after limits passed; also people waited to see if the Legislature
would bail them out
Margy has experienced and learned
that it is much easier for cities and counties to combine funding for a
project that for either to combine with a school system.
Cities are currently looking
at basic services, they see sewers and lights, libraries are in the next
The largest number of articles
in the clipping service is about cutting budgets, what to cut. Communities
are also passing sales tax, taking over a utility as funding sources.
Stromsburg emphasized they started
working on it prior to levy limits because it seemed the right thing to
Cities and counties that will
be most severely impacted: usually one or the other in any county will
be okay, which makes successful cooperation possible. It is not a case
of pooling poverty.
A group of local leaders who
can work together, will be successful: e.g. Scottsbluff and Gering. (Get
past school team competitions, etc). Are almost 70 collaborative projects
these two communities have completed over the past 20 years.
They helped the Commission on
Local Government Innovation and Restructuring develop their four-year strategic
Main barriers (they found)
to cooperation are:
1. Turf protection
3. Legal limits
Stromsburg/Bennett (etc, 6 communities
now) issue was how to run the governance group: who has how many votes,
Rural News Bits had an article
by them about the regional governance group and how it works.
Scottsbluff & Gering
are continually discovering other things they can do together. Meet monthly
and have established trust and familiarity.
Input from SACL to them
issues we have been seeing in our areas:
legal issues: minimum wage law
township libraries situation,
a trust fund grant may be a short-term solution
school/public library combinations
(listed issues involved w/ this)
Laurel has been open for 1 month.
Previously, there was no real public library, only a couple of shelves
in the city clerkís office.
St. Paul combination public/school
library is still under construction
Wayne State College/NECC etc.
Wanted to cooperate on fiber optic network, but a lawsuit from U.S. West
The Library Commission should
get more proactive with showing communities how they can do things rather
than waiting to be asked.
The cities of Madison, Norfolk
and the Community College in Norfolk worked together to submit application
for prison. Other things may come now that they have started working together.
Good things happening now:
Trial databases, statewide contracts
reduce cost to participating libraries
Joint programming public &
LB 1216 would allow entities
to get together for collaborative purpose
Saunders County - 6 public libraries
working together, have Interlocal agreement
Institutional libraries working
together: Health & Human Services libraries working on a joint grant
application and the Department of Corrections libraries also working together
to purchase the same hardware and software for libraries.
PICKLE (Private Independent
College Key Library Executives) group has been working together for years,
joint purchasing, and other projects.
The Public Library Resource
Group also been working together for years.
ICON is a consortium of health
science libraries is the region
Regional library systems
Educational Service Units have
long history of joint purchasing for all types of materials (not just library
We are welcome to research their
clippings collection for information on any types of projects we are interested
Which libraries are being cut
& what are the attitudes about it? (they can tell us which cities and
counties are in trouble, we can surmise the libraries)
Any articles asking if levy
limits are a good policy decision
To whom are legislators responding
in imposing policy limits?
Library systems have newsletters,
could be information in them that Martha and Margy can use. Also, the newsletters
could be used to ask which libraries are being impacted in each system.
Evaluation of this session:
It is great to have access to
Views of the human dynamics
on the local level are very enlightening.
Spent a little more time on
public policy issues (background of LB 1214).
Written material was excellent,
Good job working together.
Amount of time was just right.
It was moved by Stan Gardner
and seconded by Ken Oyer to adjourn the meeting at 12:03 p.m. The motion
was approved by acclamation.