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Nebraska Library Commission - Minutes


Nebraska Library Commission

March 23, 2001



The Nebraska Library Commission held its regular meeting Friday, March 23, 2001 at 8:00 a.m., at the Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, Nebraska. Notice of the meeting was submitted to local newspapers (Lincoln Journal-Star, Omaha World Herald), and posted on the Nebraska Library Commission Homepage.


Chair Wally Seiler called the meeting to order at 8:15 a.m. Members present: Karen Warner, Richard Jussel, Kristen Rogge, Velma Sims, Wally Seiler, and Robert King. Staff present: Rod Wagner, Maria Medrano-Nehls, and Nancy Busch.

Guests present: Michael LaCroix, John Seyfarth, Kay Schmidt, John Dale and Jim Bothmer.

Approval of Agenda: A motion was made to approve the agenda with the corrections. Motion carried on roll call vote: Warner - aye; Rogge - aye; King - aye; Seiler - aye; Jussel - aye; and Sims - aye. Motion approved.

Approval of the Minutes (November 3, 2000): A motion was made to approve the January 2000 minutes. Motion carried on roll call votes: Rogge - aye; King - aye; Seiler -aye; Jussel -aye; Sims - aye; and Warner - aye. Motion approved.


Michael LaCroix distributed copies of a newsletter published by Creighton for parents of their students. The newsletter contained an article in which the Nebraska Library Commission was thanked for its services and their benefit to Creighton students and staff.


Chair Seiler reported that he had attended Nebraska Library Legislative Day and was impressed by the attendance. Alliance Public Library recently received the first given Founders Award.

Kristen Rogge stated that the Auburn Foundation Board recently met with the Nemaha County Commissioners as to extending its service area. It looks like this request will go through.

Richard Jussel reported that central Nebraska libraries are thriving. Richard also announced that he would be retiring from his position at the University of Nebraska at Kearney at the end of the school year.

Karen Warner reported she attended the Northeast Library System Board meeting recently held in Osmond. Stromsburg recently moved into their new library and received national media coverage. Karen stated that there are several Nebraska groups worth mentioning, one is the Really Good Library Group. This group is made up of librarians who meet and discuss issues in their libraries. The Madison County Library group also meets to discuss issues. Atkinson public library received a Read to Me grant, and has the high school Teen Living class delivering books to the local daycare facilities and read to the children. The Norfolk public library received a $50,000 gift from Johnny Carson.

Robert King mentioned that he found Charley Seavey, the guest speaker at the Nebraska Library Commission Centennial Celebration held the prior evening, very interesting. Charley presented information and ideas about libraries that many of us did not know.

Velma Sims reported that Fremont is celebrating its Centennial year and will have activities all year long. The library will hold their annual book sale next week. The Eastern Library System and the Southeast Library System will be hosting a Spring Fling on April 6. They will also host a Summer Reading Program workshop on March 28.



Rod Wagner reported that Cheri Longmuir has been hired as the Book Circulation Coordinator for TBBS. Jennifer Wrampe is the new Staff Assistant to Government Documents. The Network Services Director position is still under recruitment. A phone interview was recently held with an applicant and an on-site interview with that candidate will be held soon. Interviews will be held next week for the CE Coordinator Position.

Interlibrary Loan Services

Messages were sent to all Regional Library System Administrators confirming that regional library system funding for ILL services will be discontinued after June 30, 2001. The Nebraska Library Commission will take over providing back-up interlibrary loan services effective July 1, 2001. An emphasis and goal will be to equip additional libraries to perform their own interlibrary loan transactions. Stan Gardner, Wayne State College Library Director, has announced that Wayne State College will also continue to provide this service. The WSC Library will charge a fee for handling interlibrary loan support services.

LB 826

Senator Bromm introduced a bill that would authorize inclusion of Regional Library System Administrators and their assistants under the State of Nebraska Health Insurance program. This bill had a hearing and the bill was advanced to General File.

On-line Database Subscriptions

Commission Network Services staff members are currently working with vendors for handling renewals and new orders for online database subscriptions.


January and February financial reports were distributed in the Commission meeting packets


There was no unfinished business to report.


Travel Request

Rod Wagner requested permission to travel to Washington D.C., to attend the COSLA meeting on April 28-29 and the National Library Legislative Day workshop and legislative day on April 30 and May 1. Rod also asked permission to attend the Western Council of State Libraries in Seattle, Washington, May 16-18, and the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on June 16-20.

A motion was made to approve Rod Wagner's travel requests. Motion carried on roll call vote: King - aye; Seiler - aye; Jussel - aye; Sims - aye; Warner - aye; Rogge - aye. Motion approved.

Chair Seiler asked if any Commissioners were interested in attending the National Library Legislative Day in Washington D.C. Wally Seiler indicated his interest in attending Legislative Day.

A motion was made to approve Wally Seiler's travel to attend the National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. Motion carried on roll call vote: Seiler - abstain; Jussel - aye; Sims - aye; Warner -aye; Rogge - aye; and King - aye. Motion approved.

Chair Seiler asked if any Commissioners were interested in attending the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco. Kristen Rogge and Velma Sims stated they were interested in attending the conference. Motion carried on roll call vote: Jussel -aye; Sims - abstain; Warner - aye; Rogge - abstain; King - aye, and Seiler - aye. Motion approved.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 a.m. (CST).

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