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April '99 Vol.13 No.4 ISSN 0895-0806 phone: 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665
Timely information from the Nebraska Library Commission

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Governor Johanns appointed Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner to be the Governor's representative on the Nebraska Development Network Board of Directors. Rod also served as representative during Ben Nelson's term.

Velma Sims from Fremont has been appointed to the Nebraska Library Commission by Governor Johanns. Dr. Sims replaces Katherine Fletcher who resigned last fall. Velma is a retired Fremont elementary school principal and has been active in a variety of Fremont area community improvement activities and the Fremont Public Library friends group.

The Nebraska Library Commission received the Public Service Award from the Nebraska Development Network at their annual meeting and banquet. The award was given to the Library Commission "for its statewide promotion, development and coordination of library services. The Library Commission strives to connect people with information. Through information technology, traditional publications and caring individual interaction, the Commission has helped libraries across the state. The Commission's dedication to the state's libraries and the network has ignited flames of economic and community development and helped to make Nebraskans more connected."

The Records Management Division of the Secretary of State's office received a Government Technology Collaboration Fund Grant to develop standards for the use of electronic imaging, e-mail and Internet Web sites by state and local government agencies in Nebraska. The Library Commission and the Records Management Division arranged a meeting for Nebraska library representatives to provide standards development input on April 20, from noon - 1 p.m. CST, using the State's Video Conferencing network. Locations are: Kearney Public Library, 2020 First Avenue; Northeast Community College, MaClay Building, room 122, Norfolk; Omaha State Office Building, 1313 Farnam on the Mall, 3rd floor conference room; and The Atrium Building, Public Service Commission, 3rd floor, 1200 N St., Lincoln. For more information contact Library Commission Information/Reference Services, 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665, or see the Secretary of State's Web site at

With passage of LB 362 by the Legislature and approval by Governor Johanns, public library laws will change to permit formation of public library federations. A basic purpose of this new legislation is to provide a mechanism for independent public libraries to cooperatively form a library federation for cooperative library service arrangements. Two or more local government entities could form a federation, and would not lose their individual autonomy. The new law provides a governing structure and methods for organizing and administering a federation. Federations may be organized within a county, or may go beyond a single county. The federation model is a companion to legislation enacted in 1997 which reorganized statutes for county public library systems.

Nebraska State Government Publications 1998, the annual cumulation of publications which have been listed in the Library Commission's What's Up Doc? newsletter, is now available. Publications are listed alphabetically by title and in broad subject categories. All items are available for loan from the Library Commission. For print copies of the list contact Lori Sailors, 402-471-7741 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Lori Sailors, fax: 402-471-2083. The list will also be available on the Internet at /docs/docpubs.html.

Rod Wagner, Director of the Nebraska Library Commission, signed a contract giving all public and post-secondary libraries across the state unlimited access to Electric Library from March 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000. State funding approved by the 1998 Legislature supports this group purchase. The Library Commission also arranged for K-12 media specialists to participate in a trial with discounted subscription pricing. The deadline to order is April 26. For additional information and online registration, see /, search on Electric Library.

The Library Commission's Youth Advisory Board teleconference meeting originally scheduled for April 23 was moved to May 14, from 1- 4 p.m. CST. The development of state guidelines for children's' access to the Internet will be discussed. For comments or concerns, contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: mjackson@ or contact your area or organizational representative.

Spring 1999 Children's Book Reviews will be broadcast on April 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST. To tape these sessions direct from the satellite broadcast, use the NEB*SAT 102 satellite coordinates of: Spacenet 3, Channel 4. Borrow tapes with lists from your system office or from Library Commission Information/Reference Services after April 24. For more information contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: mjackson@

Summer Reading Themes for the years 2002 and 2003 will be chosen at the Cooperative Summer Library meeting in Salt Lake City on April 22. If you would like a list of the themes being considered and/or to offer input to the group, request Summer Reading Themes, 2002/2003 from Mary Jackson(see previous). You must get responses to Mary Jackson or one of the state representatives, Karen Drevo, Norfolk Public Library or Delores Feekin, Crete Public Library, before April 20.

Grants for Excellence in Children's and Youth Services have been awarded to: Carol Mintzmyer, Ceresco Public Library, Multicultural Awareness Program, $1,000; Pat Headley, Bess Johnson Elkhorn Public Library, Toddler Storytimes, $1,000; Joan Chesley, Fremont Public Library, Outreach to Children in Shelter, $2,300; Shawna Lindner, Kearney Public Library and Information Center, Special Events for Young Adults at Risk, $1,100; Claire McKibben, Shelton Township Library, Training for Teens, $1,200; Denise Pullen, Central City Public Library, Young Adult Golden Sower Book Discussions, $875; Pat Lunz, Graves Public Library, Wakefield, Saturday Programs for Spanish-Speaking Children, $795; Imogene Horse, Chadron Public Library, Tips for Teens Programs, $1,750; Bernice Mason, Kilgore Memorial Library, York, Service to Children and Parents in Correctional Facility, $2,900; and Carolyn Baker, Beatrice Public Library, Resource Center for Learning Disabilities, $2,000.

New Wine into Old Bottles: Challenges for the 21st Century," the Joint Spring Meeting for the Nebraska Library Association (NLA) College and University and Paraprofessional Sections will be held at the University of Nebraska-Kearney on May 14. Registration forms will be mailed one month before.

NLA Public Library Section Spring Meetings: Videocassette and Audiocassette Repair, a Hands-On Workshop, will be at the Columbus Public Library, April 29, from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., contact Bob Trautwein, 402-564-7116; at the Alliance Public Library, May 1, from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., contact Mavis McLean, 308-762-1387; and at the Omaha Public Library, Millard Branch, May 4, from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., contact Lucy Lewis, 402-444-4848. Bring several video and audio cassettes to repair and a Phillips head screwdriver. Registration is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers, including lunch and a small repair kit.

If you do not have access to the Internet World Wide Web, contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for print information about the previous announcements.

Preparation of this newsletter was supported in part by funds allocated through the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Basic Skills/Public Services

Lincoln: April 9 and May 10, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Library Commission, Crane Room.
Norfolk: April 14 and May 12, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Norfolk Public Library, 308 Prospect Ave.
Alliance: April 16 and May 14, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Alliance Public Library.
Grand Island: April 20 and May 18, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Edith Abbott Memorial Library, 211 North Washington.
Holdrege: April 28 and May 26, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Holdrege Public Library System, 604 East Avenue.
Papillion: April 29 and May 20, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Sump Memorial Library.

This course includes the development of policies and procedures dealing with reference work, interlibrary loan, library instruction, and other customer services and programs. Public Services is one of four core classes that are part of the requirements for Public Librarian Certification, and is equivalent to 12 CE credits. We ask that all participants with Internet access complete the online questionnaire as soon as possible. This can serve as your course registration. See /, search on Basic Questionnaire. Payment of the $25 course fee can be sent to the Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, Attn: Ellen Van Waart. An optional afternoon class on how to use databases will be offered for each location. See below. Registration is separate.

How to use Databases, including FirstSearch, HealthSource Plus and the Electric Library

Lincoln: May 10, 1 - 3 p.m. CST, Library Commission, Heron Room.
Norfolk: May 12, 1 - 3 p.m. CST, Northeast Community College Computer Lab.
Alliance: May 14, 1 - 3 p.m. CST, Alliance Public Library Computer Lab.
Grand Island: May 18, 1 - 3 p.m. CST, Edith Abbott Memorial Library Board Room.
Papillion: May 20, 1 - 3 p.m. CST, Sump Memorial Library Computer Lab.
Holdrege: May 26, 1 - 3 p.m. CST, Holdrege Public Library System Meeting Room.
Contact: Maria Medrano-Nehls, Library Commission, 402-471-4008 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls.

An optional two-hour session of the Public Services Basic Skills course, at locations listed above. Everyone must register separately.

Introduction to MARC Cataloging for Books Format

April 13, 9 a.m. - 12 noon MST, Oshkosh Public Library, 305 W. First Street, Oshkosh.
April 14, 9 a.m. - 12 noon MST, Bluffs Business Center, 1517 Broadway, Scottsbluff.
April 22, 9 a.m. - 12 noon CST, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N St., Lincoln.
May 6, 1 - 4 p.m. CST, Willa Cather Branch, Omaha Public Library, 44th and Center.
Contact: Jeannette Powell, 402-471-7740 or 800-307-2665, e-mail: Jeannette Powell

This workshop will include: definition of MARC and why it is important to libraries; how a printed catalog card compares to a MARC record; the components of a MARC record; and what do all of those numbers and letters in the MARC record really mean? Participants should come with questions and examples of cataloging problems or MARC records they have had difficulty understanding. Audience: Those who would like to understand MARC cataloging and are familiar with basic cataloging rules and principles. A minimum of six attending is needed or the class will be cancelled. Instructor: Kimberly Shelley. CE Credit=3. Cost: $10

Copyright Revisited

April 16, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. CST, Embassy Suites Hotel, 555 South 10th Street, Omaha.

Presented by Jennifer L. Hall, Esq. General Counsel's Office of the U.S. Copyright Office. Response Panel: Moderator: Rod Wagner, Director, Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln. Sponsored by National Library Week Committee, Omaha Area Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, University of Nebraska at Omaha University Library Friends, and ICON.

Performance Management Workshop

May 6, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST, Platte River State Park/Mallet Lodge. Contact: Brenda Ealey, 402-467-6188 or 800-288-6063, e-mail: , Southeast Library System, 5730 R St., Suite C-1, Lincoln NE 68505.

Presenter Dave Lock, Municipal Management Partners, will focus on how public sector organizations (libraries in particular) can use performance management to: attain organizational goals; conduct objective performance evaluations; enhance communication between library boards/commissions/city councils and library staff; link pay or other rewards to performance; and develop a track record of performance for review by funding agencies/authorities. The workshop will draw upon "real-life" examples where performance management has assisted libraries and other public sector organizations and departments to more effectively evaluate and compensate employees, while attaining organizational goals. Platte River State park is located about 3 miles west of Louisville. Workshop attendees will need to purchase a park permit at the park entry booth ($2.50 for 1-day permit, $14 for a yearly permit). This workshop is cosponsored by Major Urban Resource Libraries, Southeast Library System, Nebraska Library Commission, and Eastern Library System. Registration deadline: April 30. Cost: $10 (includes lunch).

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