STATE ADVISORY COUNCIL
Present: Dr. E. Baker, M. Battistella,
V. Bialac, J. Birnie, P. Brunken, D. Crews, E. Epp, S. Mason, G. Mier,
P. Sheridan, C. Speicher, S. Wiegert, S. Wise.
Staff: J. Budler, J. Minges, D.
Oertli, Mary Jo Ryan, S. Snyder, A. Sternberg, E. Van Waart, R.
The meeting of the State Advisory
Council on Libraries was convened at 10:00 a.m. by Rod Wagner. Phyllis
Brunken volunteered to chair the meeting. Introductions of all present
Dr. Baker moved, and Sharon Wiegert
seconded, the agenda be approved as received. The motion carried. Carol
Speicher noted a correction for the June 10, 1994 minutes. A statement
about the Northeast Library System, on page seven, the correction is that
a much smaller number of public libraries in that System actually have
modems. Carol Speicher moved, and Pat Sheridan seconded, the minutes of
the June 10, 1994 meeting be approved as corrected. The motion
New NLC staff
Rod Wagner stated that at the last
meeting interest was expressed in meeting Library Commission staff members.
Rod introduced Annie Sternburg, Online Services Librarian, and Jo Budler,
Network Services Director, both started their positions at the Library
Commission on July 1. Joanne Corson, Desktop Publishing Designer, will
stop by the meeting later today. Jo Budler noted the Commission staff is
working on conducting a technology assessment to identify needs and current
status of all types of libraries in the state. Jo asked Council members
to talk with her if anyone had ideas about the assessment or other technology
issues. Annie Sternburg noted she is primarily working with the Internet,
training Library Commission staff at this point, and searching the Internet
for information. She invited Council members to communicate with her. Annie
will conduct Internet training for librarians after the first of the year.
She also expressed interest in visiting libraries in the state and meeting
Council Roundtable Presentations
on Information Technology
Rod Wagner stated that interest
was also expressed at the last meeting to have time on the agenda for members
to inform the Council about what is happening in their part of the state
concerning technology and other issues.
Dena Crews noted that Chadron Public
Library is involved in a massive computer conversion to the very latest
upgrade, Follet software. Unfortunately, the software has some major glitches
to be corrected. Follet is correcting the problems but it has been a headache
for Chadron. Chadron developed a community technology planning group with
the help of Chris Hoy. The town is involved in a CWEIS (Community-Wide
Education and Information Service) grant and is eager to see what will
be happening with it. The library also uses NEON, Nebraska Online,
and accesses the Internet through Western Nebraska Community
Ella Epp noted that Henderson Community
School uses a Winnebago product and it appears to be particularly suited
to the small library. They receive upgrades every year and they have always
Maureen Battistella updated Council
members on activities at Wayne State College. The library staff just completed
training 600 new freshmen to use the campus computer system. The college
also provides free community access to the Internet using telnet only.
The library's online catalog is available through the Internet. Recently
patron initiated interlibrary loan was established through the Innovative
Interfaces system. It appears to be working well. They are looking at extending
this service to include CARD libraries, as a regional outreach service.
Document delivery requests may be placed with Wayne State College via e-mail.
The Internet address is: firstname.lastname@example.org for those with Internet
access. The library staff delivers campus Internet training and has recently
offered an information literacy class and an Internet for Educators
Sharon Wiegert, Papillion Public
Library, distributed a brochure on Papillion Community Link, a multi-user
Electronic Bulletin Board System. The system contains information and schedules
from local groups, clubs, organizations, churches, schools and others.
It also has an e-mail system for local government officials, public interest
forums for discussions, and the public library's online catalog. Started
on June 17, there are now 711 people signed up, and 7,985 phone calls to
the system as of yesterday. There are four ports available for simultaneous
use. The library catalog on the system allows people to reserve books from
a distant location. The teleconference section is very popular and now
children are asking for a teleconference section set up for only children
to use. There have been very few problems so far with the system and it
was simple for staff to learn and tell others how to connect to it. There
will be Internet access in near future. A nominal fee will be charged to
Papillion residents for Internet access, and a higher fee for those outside
the city limits. Ellen Van Waart and Jo Budler visited Papillion and met
with Tim Willett, the programmer, and are very excited about the system
and what it offers the community. Tim gives presentations to groups to
let them know what is available and how to access it. The library will
soon have terminals for public to use to access the Papillion Community
Joan Birnie reported Broken Bow
Public Library has Nebraska Online and Internet. The library received
a grant from the Library Commission for a downlink satellite connection.
They hope to have it up and running in October. A student navigator on
the Internet for the summer was provided via funding from a local group
and from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED). The student
toured and visited communities in the county and showed people what the
Internet was all about. His headquarters were in the public library, which
created a great deal of good PR for the library. It was a good learning
year for the project, The town of Grant also had a student Internet navigator
for the summer. The Broken Bow student accomplished his goals and received
a positive response from communities visited.
Sharon Mason, Calvin T. Ryan Library
at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), brought some articles on
Kearney Public Library. The first article indicated their Dynix system
will be up in the beginning of 1995. A second article promoted their new
Technology Learning Center for patrons, it officially opened Tuesday with
the target group being the business community. UNK students are staffing
it for college credit or for student pay. One of the library's goals is
to provide access to the Internet in the near future. Jim Minges noted
some Library Commission staff visited the Technology Learning Center on
Tuesday. They have IBM and MacIntosh computers available, some of them
are on loan from vendors. There is also a variety of business application
software for patrons to use. A grant provides funding for a full time
for two years. Another goal is to assist those in a lower economic group
to use the technology and eventually improve their employment
Sharon Mason noted a number of
at UNK as well. Kearney has Innovative Interfaces, the same system as Wayne
State College and Chadron State College. The software has many facets.
The menu contains a gateway option which provides a connection to other
libraries via the Internet. The next software release will offer a PIN
number option to allow students to check their circulation records and
see what they have checked out. The CD-ROM magazine indexes are networked.
Upgrading CD-Rom products to offer via Gateway option, licensing will be
a consideration. The new Chancellor will be installed next week and the
Library will hold an Internet Open House as part of the celebration. The
Universities, in connection with the Library Commission, have sent in a
grant application for client/server software for students (and more) for
a type of OHIO-Link to get into each others systems. Rod Wagner noted it
is a National Science Foundation grant application, and is likely to be
funded. The project is an outgrowth of Senator Kerrey's concept of the
electronic library. The project will involve a number of libraries of various
types as it evolves, and a good deal of needs assessment. Joan Geisecke
and Nancy Busch are the principal researchers for the project. We will
soon learn whether the funding was approved. (It was funded.)
Lupe Mier stated Bellevue Public
Library is preparing for their Dynix system to go up at the end of September
or early October. Currently they have all reserves on Dynix as a starting
point to using the system. The library also has public access for Nebraska
Online, for CD-ROM computers, one for children games, and one for magazine
Dr. Elmer Baker noted that as a
Trustee his concern is about obtaining funding. York Public Library has
had funding problems recently. York has used Dynix for a year and are very
happy with it, few complaints.
Phyllis Brunken reported that all
the Educational Service Units (ESU) are up and running on the Internet.
Schools are being connected in different ways at different ESUs. Many teachers,
secretaries, media specialists, media aides, all people interested, are
being trained across the state. Public librarians have attended training,
and are welcome to attend in the future. A four year study with UNO is
underway to see what impact the Internet project has. Chris Hoy will be
visiting Columbus soon for a showcase of how information technology is
used and what is available. This August Phyllis attended a demonstration
of a CD-ROM server on Apple and there was no discernable slowing of speed
when all were running. It was much better than cd towers.
Nebraska's Community Teleliteracy
Initiative - Chris Hoy, Special Projects Director, Department of Economic
Rod Wagner introduced Chris Hoy,
Special Projects Director, Department of Economic Development. Chris Hoy
distributed a map of Nebraska which indicates the communities that are
participating in community planning for telecommunications and information
technology. He assists communities in forming information technology task
force volunteer groups to help the community know what is happening and
The task force should have a
slice of the community as members for sharing knowledge and information
and responsibility. The team should number eight to ten, and have a
from the health, local government, business, and education areas. Chris
advised to get the most influential person you can from each group, for
example: the hospital director, the mayor, and the superintendent of schools.
In addition, he always suggests the librarian, a couple of students, and
a technology wizard be members of the team.
People generally are poorly informed
about the possibilities of technology. No one has the responsibility of
teaching the average citizen about technology. The task force should first
learn about information technology and arrange to share the information
with all (or as many as possible) in the community. The results are: 1)
a demand for access to the technology, and 2) the task force is able to
identify others in the community who are interested and connect with them
in future projects, activities, etc.
For example, Chris Hoy and Mary
Jo Ryan are attending a technology fair in West Point, Ne. The purpose
of the fair is to educate the community about technology and information.
The Wall Street Journal is covering it. Bob Kerrey is planning to
attend either in person or via technology. The host institution gets good
PR for such an event. Libraries are a good choice for host institution,
it is an opportunity to redefine itself in the community as source of
The library is seen as center for information and technology.
He perceives funds will be flowing
over state borders and Nebraska will get its share if we are ready for
it. Those communities who are prepared will be more likely to receive funding
from the federal government and/or from foundations.
Plans are underway to build an
newspaper on Nebraska Online, with information for all communities
to access about the best thinking re: community technology planning. McCook
citizens asked for a single point of access of information at a meeting
with Rod Armstrong. Nebraska Online can provide it. Sections of
the newspaper will include: frequently asked questions, resources section,
and sharing of information.
The library can be seen by the community
as the place to go for technology and information. It is great PR. Chris
Hoy offered to visit communities and help get things started. Call him
and he will visit and talk with whoever is interested in setting up a task
The Council recessed for lunch at
11:40 a.m. The meeting reconvened at 1:05 p.m.
Rod Wagner updated the Council on
state legislative matters. The proposed revision of the public library
laws was held in committee during the last session of the Legislature.
Concern was expressed by some cities and the League of Municipalities about
public library districts and local governance. We have been working on
a new bill this summer. It is very similar to the last one with a few changes:
1) it will not include a limit on terms for public library board members;
2) public library districts, the transfer of library assets to the district
will be a matter of local negotiation; 3) public library districts will
have an appointed board, and local governments will have a means of
in the selection of board members; 4) the ballot to establish a library
district will include a levy amount with a lid for future revenue for the
district; and 5) includes provision to retain advisory boards in communities
that currently have an advisory board rather than a governing
Rod Wagner updated the Council on
federal legislative matters. There is an acceptance of compromise for a
program to follow the current Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA)
program. A fragile coalition is now in place. One exception is the objection
to some goals in the original proposal, some goals will be rewritten. Rod
will draft goals relating to technology. The idea is to write something
comparable, in form, to the National Education Goals. One suggestion is
to call it the "Library Services and Technology Act". In other news, the
reauthorization of the Elementary/Secondary Education Act contains funds
for libraries in schools, a specific amount has been set aside.
State Information Technology
Rod Wagner reported the Library
Commission is close to having a request for proposal for Nebraska Online
Tier II, a fee-based service beyond what is currently in Nebraska
This service will contain the type of records you now go to the county
seat and pay a fee for a record. Information such as motor vehicle records,
state court records, and UCC filings are possibilities for this
Rod also stated that of the $700,000
grant from the Small Business Administration to the Department of Economic
Development, the Library Commission has $130,000 to employ two positions
and for other expenses. One is a librarian position to work with electronic
information sources to find information and repackage it for the electronic
newspaper, as well as other aspects of Nebraska Online. The other
is a technician position to staff the help desk for Nebraska Online.
We hope both these positions will eventually be permanent. They are part
of the Library Commission's next budget request to the state.
The Community-Wide Education and
Information Service (CWEIS) project is administered from the NETV offices.
The Library Commission and several other agencies are partners in it. The
cities of Chadron, Cambridge, and Lincoln are also involved. Part of the
purpose is to pull together different online service information: Nebraska
Online and UNL information, for example. This statewide project is
still under development and is in the process of hiring a coordinator.
A companion project is to create an Omaha Freenet. Twelve grants were awarded
nationally and Nebraska received two.
Rod Wagner reported on the NTIA
(National Telecommunications and Information Administration) grant
It appears at least one grant application has a good chance of being funded.
As a statewide planning grant, it will pull together people and organizations.
It is expected the planning grant would lead to an implementation
The National Science Foundations
electronic library grant is also likely to be funded. The Library Commission
will be involved as well as other agencies and organizations in the
News Group: the Library Commission
has agreed to operate the machine. It has not been delivered yet. We are
not under a tight time table to get it. Not deliver it until is operational.
It is a news reader that allows access to the various news groups on the
Internet. There are over 6,000 different news groups available. The system
will get information closer to Nebraska and cut down on Internet travel
Nebraska Information Technology
Rod Wagner noted the charge to the
Nebraska Information Technology Commission: to develop a statewide strategy
for enhancing Nebraska's competitiveness through telecommunications and
information technology. This involves an assessment of needs and making
recommendations to the Governor and Legislature for public and private
access to information in Nebraska. The report contains a number of references
to libraries. The Commission was established for a limited time but the
question was raised in the report whether the state needs to retain such
The Council was invited to respond
to the report either individually or as a Council. Verda Bialac moved:
"A commendation to the Nebraska Information Technology Commission from
the State Advisory Council on Libraries for the work on the draft report
document, and for recognizing the role of libraries in information technology."
Dena Crews seconded the motion. The motion carried. All Council names will
be placed on the document and sent to the appropriate address for the
State Advisory Council on Libraries
-- Challenge to Libraries
Becky Baker drafted a statement
of challenge to Nebraska libraries and librarians. The draft was distributed
to Council members. Discussion was held on the purpose of the statement:
to give attention to the role of libraries as related to technology. The
statement was rephrased as follows:
The Council challenges Nebraska
libraries to link every citizen of the state with information technologies
by becoming a catalyst for community planning and aggressively obtaining
funding. Libraries are challenged to partner to accomplish the goal of
information access. Librarians are challenged to increase their knowledge
and ability to use information technologies to serve their
Dr. Elmer Baker moved to adopt the
statement as amended. Ella Epp seconded, the motion carried.
A copy of the State Advisory Council
on Libraries mission statement and goals 1994 was sent with the mailing
prior to the meeting. The Council agreed to change the order of the goals
as stated. Goal 3 is now 5, Goal 4 is now 6, Goal 5 is now 3, and a new
goal 4 has been added. It states: Communicate and promote the importance
of information technologies to the Nebraska library community. Dena Crews
moved to adopt the goals as amended. Sharon Mason seconded, the motion
Discussion was held on the best
way to share the challenge statement and the mission statement and goals
with the library community. It was suggested at the previous meeting these
items be included in the meeting packet at the NLA/NEMA conference. This
is no longer feasible due to the time frame for the packets. It was suggested
the challenge statement and the mission and goals statement be printed
on one two-sided page and distributed from the Library Commission booth
at the conference. Rod Wagner noted one of the Talk Table topics on Thursday
afternoon (4:10-5:00) is on the State Advisory Council on Libraries and
Jeanne Leader will host. Other Council members are invited to attend. In
addition, the Council could sponsor a time at the Commission hospitality
suite as a listening post, inviting librarians and media specialists to
attend and discuss the statements as well as any issues of importance to
them. Mary Jo Ryan will send a message via Nebraska Online to all Council
members giving the date and time for the session. Council members will
indicate to Mary Jo if they are able to attend and host the hospitality
Mary Jo Ryan introduced Joanne Corson,
desktop publishing designer and newest Library Commission staff
Strategies for Input to State
Advisory Council on Interests and Issues
Rod Wagner noted the activities
of the Council at the NLA/NEMA conference will provide a good opportunity
for input from the library community. In addition, Jeanne Leader is working
on a feedback sheet to be mailed with the NLCommunicator.
A draft copy of the 1995-1997 Long
Range Plan was distributed to the Council. It was suggested an interim
meeting of the Council be held via telecommunications to discuss and give
recommendations on the Long Range Plan. Written comments on the draft should
be sent to Sally by October 1. The Library Commission will check on and
schedule a video conference for discussion of the draft plan. Interested
individuals, in addition to Council members, are welcome to attend the
The next meeting of the Council
will be December 2, 1994.
There being no further business,
the meeting adjourned at 3:05 pm.