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Nebraska Library Commission - Minutes

Nebraska Library Commission

March 14, 2003


The Nebraska Library Commission held its regular meeting Friday, March 14, 2003 at 9:00 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 Richard Jussel called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. Members present: Richard Jussel, Kristen Rogge, Robert King, Wally Seiler, Velma Sims-Shipley; and Karen Warner. Staff present: Rod Wagner and Maria Medrano-Nehls. Guests present: Kathy Tooker, Maggie Harding, and Theresa Jehlik.

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

Approval of the Minutes (January 10, 2003): A motion was made to approve the January 2003 meeting minutes. Motion carried on roll call vote: Sims-Shipley -aye; Rogge - aye; Jussel- aye; Seiler - aye; King; and Warner - aye. Motion approved.

Correspondence and Communication

Rod Wagner referred to a letter from Representative Doug Bereuter stating that he supported the LSTA reauthorization legislation. Rod also referred to a letter that informed the Library Commission that it will receive the 2003 Nebraska First Lady's Outstanding Community Service award in the volunteer and arts category. The Nebraska Library Commission's TBBS volunteer program will be recognized and honored at a luncheon on March 27.

Chairs Report and Commissioners' Comments

Chair Jussel reported that he has been following the budget situation. Richard noted that Lexington failed to pass a bond issue that would have contributed to financing a new public library facility. He encouraged everyone to continue speaking with legislative representatives to look favorably upon libraries.

Kristen Rogge reported on a radio show that discussed the USA Patriot Act as it relates to libraries. The moderator said "if you are using the library, then you give up all of your rights to privacy."

Velma Sims-Shipley reported that the Fremont Public Library Friends will hold its annual book sale the first week in April. High school students from both public and Catholic schools are assisting with the project.

Karen Warner reported that Colorado's budget cuts are worse then Nebraska's. Funding for the Colorado community colleges has been frozen.

Robert King reported that he visited the Lexington public library in February and was amazed at the number of children and young adults using the library. The McCook City Council wants to sell the old Carnage library building to the Historical Society.

Wally Seiler reported that he recently performed as Mark Twain for the Scottsbluff library board meeting; approximately 60-70 people attended the performance.

Velma Sims-Shipley asked Kathy Tooker to comment on other eastern area library events. Kathy reported that she is impressed with the newsletter distributed by the Keene Memorial library board, that 30 of the 35 libraries in the Eastern Library System region received state aid and were accredited. The USA Patriot Act video program is checked out constantly and is booked into May. The Nebraska legislative bill to permit bond financing for public library technology has been designated as a priority bill.

Director's Report

Panhandle Library Services Coordinator - Rod Wagner introduced Cheri Longmuir as the new Panhandle Library Services Coordinator. Cherie currently works in the NLC Talking Book and Braille Service department. Cheri provided information on her background and stated she looks forward to working with the libraries in the Panhandle.

Personnel - Mary Jackson retired at the end of February. An open house was held in recognition of Mary's career and contributions. Sally Snyder has been named the Acting Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Services. Kit Keller will assume responsibilities for LSTA program administration.

LSTA National Leadership Grant Applications - Rod Wagner reported that the Western Council of State Libraries will apply for an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant to foster cooperative efforts among the state library agencies and library schools in the western states in providing library skills education. The Nebraska Library Commission is also a partner agency in an IMLS National Leadership Grant application with the Nebraska Department of Education, the Nebraska Educational Media Association, and the Nebraska Library Association to seek funding for a school library media consultant and educational program for Nebraska school library media specialists.

Governor's Executive Order re State Contracts - In December, 2002, Governor Johanns issued an Executive Order regarding state contracts. The Executive Order sets requirements for state agencies to seek competitive bids on contract services over $25,000 a year, and requires performance evaluations for state contracts. Waivers from competitive bidding can be sought under some circumstances. A waiver request has been submitted for the Library Commission's contracts with regional library systems. The waiver was granted for a two year period. Waivers will also be sought for the Library Commission's contract with the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and for online database license agreements.

Financial Report

January and February Budget Reports - Financial reports were included in the meeting packets.

Unfinished Business

There was no unfinished business to report.

New Business

Rod Wagner requested approval for out-of-state travel to attend the COSLA Board and Committee Chairs meeting in Washington, D.C., March 18-19; Western Council of State Libraries meeting, Henderson, Nevada, May 4-6; and the COSLA meeting and National Library Legislative Day, Washington, D.C., May 10-13, 2003. Motion carried on roll call vote: Rogge - aye; Jussel - aye; Seiler - aye; King - aye; Warner - aye; and Sims-Shipley - aye. Motion approved.


Meeting was adjourned at 9:45 a.m.

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