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Episode 326: Thirteen Things You Might Not Know About National Library of Medicine Resources

Episode 327: Bethany Book Talk

Episode 328: Getting More $$ from Your Book Sales OR Is This Old Book Valuable?

Episode 329: The Little Library that Could (and did!)

Episode 330: Hack the OPAC: How to Create a Free Online Library Catalog

Episode 331: Discount Shopping with the NLC

Episode 332: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Alexa, what’s an Amazon Echo?

Episode 333: Reaching Out: Fighting back against a bad public image

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Focus on Nebraska authors: Roger Welsch

I’m not sure many of us could remember who gave our high school commencement address, but I do remember that Roger Welsch spoke at my Senior Honor Banquet. What’s more, I still remember one of the jokes he told; still use it too. I also have fond memories of living in Texas and relishing Roger’s Postcards from Nebraska on CBS Sunday Morning News. And, after working my way straight through college and graduate school with no break and no time for reading anything other than what was assigned,  I remember the first book I really enjoyed reading after graduation; It’s Not the End of the Earth, But You Can See it From Here, by Roger Welsch.

We often hear that book clubs are looking for a break from serious titles. If you’re familiar with Welsch’s style, you know that his works might be just the ticket! You can find the following Welsch titles in our book club collection: Catfish at the Pump: Humor and the Frontier, Everything I Know About Women I Learned From My Tractor, From Tinkering to Torquing: A Beginner’s Guide to Tractors and Tools, It’s Not the End of the Earth, But You Can See it From Here: Tales of the Great Plains, A Life With Dogs, and Shingling the Fog and Other Plains Lies. Please consider selecting one of these books for your book club and let us know when we can reserve them for you.

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Nebraska Memories: A Collection of Collections

Nebraska MemoriesDid you know that Nebraska Memories is a collection of Nebraska cultural heritage collections?  When you visit Nebraska Memories, instead of searching for a particular item or person, try clicking on “View Collections.”  As a result, you will find Nebraska historical collections from (almost) A-Z.  The histories of Nebraska hospitals, cities, towns, counties, public schools, colleges, libraries, musicians, authors, sports and historical events are all represented in the collections found in Nebraska Memories.

ImmanualFor example, the first collection listed is the Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center.  The rich and well documented history of Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska is shown in the images of the early buildings, people and artifacts. The archive of thousands of photos, papers and items has been maintained for over 120 years, carefully stored and currently housed at the Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center campus.

Other collections in Nebraska Memories include city and county historical societies, such as the Crawford, Fairmont/Filmore County, Hastings, Antelope County, Butler County, and Phelps County, to name a few.

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Historical materials related to the Lincoln Public Schools have been collected and saved in some form in various offices, library sites, and schools since the inception of the first school in Lancaster county.  Over the years, LPS Library Media Services has made great progress in collecting, preserving, and archiving the history of LPS for the staff and the public.

PlayhouseThere are other unique collections in Nebraska Memories as well: the Omaha Community Playhouse (pictured right), that includes digitized images of the Playhouse and some of its performances; the Lincoln Police Department, that includes digitized images of police officers from 1885-1907; the Durham Museum in Omaha, with the William Wentworth Collection that consists of 4663 negatives of images that document life in Omaha, Nebraska from 1934 through 1950; and the Bess Streeter Aldrich House and Museum in Elmwood, Nebraska (pictured below), images of which have been selected to give the viewer a deeper understanding of the influences and inspirations that Bess Streeter Aldrich drew upon when writing the 1928 novel “A Lantern in Her Hand.

QuiltVisit Nebraska Memories to search for or browse through many more historical images digitized from photographs, negatives, postcards, maps, lantern slides, books and other materials.

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in Nebraska Memories, see Introduction to Participating in Nebraska Memories for more information, or contact Beth Goble, Historical Projects Librarian, or Devra Dragos, Technology & Access Services Director.

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NCompass Live: How to Kill Your Book Club (or never be asked back again)

NCompass live smallJoin us for next week’s NCompass Live, “How to Kill Your Book Club (or never be asked back again)”, on Wednesday, April 1, 10:00-11:00 am Central Time.

On this April 1st, we take a light-hearted look at the many ways you can bring your book group to a grinding halt or never be invited again. Enjoy our tips, tricks, and techniques for book club doom! Join Vicki Wood, Library Youth Services Supervisor at Lincoln City Libraries, Ceri Daniels, former librarian at Cline Williams and Doane College, and Lisa Kelly, Nebraska Library Commission – as they present lessons learned (and wish they hadn’t learned) from leading book groups.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • April 8 – Every Hero Has A Story: Summer Reading Program 2015
  • April 15 – What We’ve Learned: Tips & Tricks for Webinars That Deliver The Goods
  • April 22 – Explore Wearable Technologies and Book Connections for Youth
  • April 29 – Tech Talk with Michael Sauers

For more information, to register for NCompass Live, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to the NCompass Live webpage.

NCompass Live is broadcast live every Wednesday from 10am – 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website. The show is presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Before you attend a session, please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Sally Reading?

A Few Web Sites on Reading Aloud …

Here are some web sites with helpful information to share with parents.

Mem Fox & her “Ten read-aloud commandments” also her talk about books and television, to name only two of the valuable things one her web page.  Her book Reading Magic is in the Commission collection for loan to librarians.

Nebraska has its own group, Read Aloud Nebraska, which offers occasional workshops by nationally known speakers, the opportunity to sign-up to be a Read Aloud Community or a Read Aloud School (sign-up will begin again on April 1), and then the chance to ask for books free to you to give to the students or children who come into your library.

Read To Them is a national organization that currently is promoting the great idea of “One School, One Book.”  Families read a chapter a night at home and students answer the trivia question(s) about it the next day.  Everyone talks about the same book!

Bahk220Juna’s Jar by Jane Bahk:  Juna and her best friend Hector take her kimchi jar to the park every day and find things to put in it.  A caterpillar, rocks or bugs.  But one day Hector and his family have moved away.  She then has a series of adventures with the different things she puts in her jar.  Her older brother bought her a fish, and Juna swims with it in the ocean that night.  The night she rides a cricket she caught, they stop at Hector’s new house, and she sees he is all right—then she is happy.  This is another good read-aloud for Story time.

(The Nebraska Library Commission receives free copies of children’s and young adult books for review from a number of publishers.  After review, the books are distributed free, via the Regional Library Systems, to Nebraska school and public libraries.)

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Friday Reads: Eat and Run

eatandrunA few years back I discovered a documentary movie called Running on the Sun, about a brutal footrace called the Badwater 135 (that’s a 135 mile run through Death Valley, CA, in mid-July, often referred to as “the world’s toughest foot race”). If you have a chance, check it out. You can watch it all online, complete with German subtitles. It is a bit dated and there are other videos out there that might also be of interest (just do a search). Let’s just say up front that I never had any desire for these kinds of things, but after watching Running on the Sun, I became moderately interested in ultramarathon runners (defined as any running event that is longer than a marathon). My own running has waxed and waned over the years, settling on moderate amounts of mileage and hit and miss unstructured workouts. My interest in these ultra-events (sans particpation in them) extended to books and documentaries, including the self-promoting “Ultramarathon Man” Dean Karnazes. I don’t know if I’d describe him as outright arrogant or a just a peacock – the term given to guys who frequent running races or triathlons and strut around with their shirts off. I heard about another ultra guy named Scott Jurek when I read Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run, which seemed much less arrogant and peacock free.

Jurek has written a book called Eat and Run. The appeal of Jurek is that he comes across as a down to earth modest guy, the antithesis of Karnazes. Jurek writes about his upbringing in Minnesota, candidly describing the care he gave to his mother during her suffering from multiple sclerosis. He also describes how he got started in the world of ultramarathon racing, and his climb to the near top, if not the top. The stories are entertaining, not just for the incredible racing feats, but because of the authenticity and humility that bleeds through in his writing. The other piece to Eat and Run is that Jurek only eats plant based foods, and some of his favorite vegan recipes are scattered throughout the book. Even if you are carnivorous and have no desire to change that fact, you might be motivated to try some of his recipes. I liked the Holy Moly Guacamole and  Hemp Milk. Like many endurance athletes, Jurek has a great philosophy of life. A couple of notables:

“Every single one of us possesses the strength to attempt something he isn’t sure he can accomplish. It can be running a mile, or a 10K race, or 100 miles. It can be changing a career, losing 5 pounds, or telling someone you love her (or him).”

And:

“We all lose sometimes. We fail to get what we want. Friends and loved ones leave. We make a decision we regret. We try our hardest and come up short. It’s not the losing that defines us. It’s how we lose. It’s what we do afterward.”

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Edible Books Contest Begins

ediblebooks2015_300Library Thing is sponsoring their 4th annual edible books contest.  If you’d like to show off your baking prowess, get a chance at winning some books, and have a lot of fun, see Library Thing’s blog.  The deadline is April 19.  The picture is of last year’s winning entry, inspired by the Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy.

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Book Fest Highlights Nebraska Authors

2015_NBF_Poster_8 5x11The 2015 Nebraska Book Festival, April 25 at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Weitz Community Engagement Center, will feature ten Nebraska authors. Public admission is free.

The festival begins at 9:30 a.m. with writing workshops:

  • Lucy Adkins: “Poetry and Inspiration: Imaginative Ways to Write Your Best”
  • Mary Avidano: “Poems by You.” Attendees are invited to bring a poem they’ve written.
  • Traci Robison: “From Draft to Digital: How to Prepare and What to Expect as a Self- Publisher”
  • Laura Wiseman: “You’re No Body Until Some Body Loves You: Writing the Body”

Workshop seating is limited and early arrival is recommended. Advance registration is not necessary.

Readings, book sales, and book signings will take place from noon to 3:30 p.m. Authors will read and discuss their work, allowing time for questions. Scheduled authors include:

  • Mark Langan, Busting Bad Guys: My True Crime Stories of Bookies, Drug Dealers and Ladies of the Night
  • Marsha Davis, One Man’s Voice
  • Sydney Olson, The Curse of the Fates
  • John Price, The Tallgrass Prairie Reader
  • Timothy Schaffert, The Swan Gondola: A Novel
  • Karen Shoemaker, The Meaning of Names

Prior to a 3:45 p.m. reception, the Nebraska Center for the Book will announce the 2015 recipient of the Mildred Bennett Award, recognizing an individual who has made significant contributions to fostering literary tradition in Nebraska.

The festival concludes, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with the NeBooks Project Student & Teacher Showcase. The NeBooks Project is a partnership between schools, state agencies, and non-profit organizations across Nebraska to provide quality instructional materials. Nebraska students and teachers developed eBooks this school year, with the goal of becoming published authors in the NeBooks Project eBook Library. Attendees will spend the evening learning from these newly published authors, along with special guests. Hear directly from Nebraska students and teachers how they created their iBooks, the struggles that they faced, and what it means to be a published author.

The Bookworm and University of Nebraska Press will offer books by Nebraska authors for sale throughout the event. The Nebraska Book Festival is presented by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, and Nebraska Library Commission. Visit http://bookfestival.nebraska.gov/2015/index.aspx for a complete schedule of free readings and workshops and other information.

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Throwback Thursday: Children’s room, Kearney Carnegie Library

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Children’s room at the Carnegie Library in Kearney, Nebraska.  Library was  built in 1905.

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The Data Dude – Public Library Survey Thank You

IMLSThe IMLS public library survey is now locked and Bibliostat will be compiling all the data from the submitted surveys. Thank you all for completing these. Our response rate was around 85%. Please send me any feedback on the survey, tweaks that can be made to next year’s report, or any suggestions about how the survey experience might be more pleasant. I also want to send an additional reminder to complete your supplemental survey if you haven’t done so already. Use your Bibliostat ID and password to access this. Actually, the supplemental survey it is more like a directory update, and it can be done at any time throughout the year. Please update it when your information changes (e.g. board members, staff members, phone numbers, etc.). This information is used to keep websites and directories up to date, and it won’t take you too much time to review this information. Shaka.

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LIS Classes at CCC Open for Registration on April 10th

Central Community College LogoCentral Community College – Registration opens on April 10, 2015 for classes in Library and Information Services (LIS).    The program is online and students may opt to pursue an Associate’s Degree in LIS or complete a certificate program.

  • Summer Class:  Reference Services
  • Fall Classes:  1) Foundations in Library and Information Services, 2) Leadership and Management in Library and Information Agencies and the 3) Library and Information Services Capstone Practicum.

For more information see: http://www.cccneb.edu/library or contact Dee Johnson at CCC, djohnson@cccneb.edu or 402-562-1418 or 877-222-0780, extension 1418.

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NCompass Live: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Alexa, what’s an Amazon Echo?

NCompass live smallJoin us for next week’s NCompass Live, “Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Alexa, what’s an Amazon Echo?”, on Wednesday, March 25, 10:00-11:00 am Central Time.

In this month’s Tech Talk Michael Sauers will be performing a live demonstration of the Amazon Echo, a voice-controlled personal assistant, radio, and information device. Michael will also use the Echo as a jumping off point for a discussion of other current and future voice-controlled technology.

In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • April 1 – How to Kill Your Book Club (or never be asked back again)
  • April 8 – Every Hero Has A Story: Summer Reading Program 2015
  • April 15 – What We’ve Learned: Tips & Tricks for Webinars That Deliver The Goods
  • April 22 – Explore Wearable Technologies and Book Connections for Youth

For more information, to register for NCompass Live, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to the NCompass Live webpage.

NCompass Live is broadcast live every Wednesday from 10am – 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website. The show is presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Before you attend a session, please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Reads : The Meaning of Names

Meaning of NamesLast year the nation recognized the centennial of the First World War. The sacrifices of men and women on the home front, as well as the violence and hatred that swept across America during World War I (WWI) are addressed in The Meaning of Names.

Stuart, Nebraska is a long way from the battlefields of Western Europe, but it is not immune to the horrors of the first Great War for Peace. Like all communities, it has lost sons and daughters to the fighting, with many more giving themselves over to the hatred only war can engender.

Set in 1918 in the farm country at the heart of America, The Meaning of Names is the story of an ordinary woman trying to raise a family during extraordinary times. Estranged from her parents because she married against their will, confronted with violence and prejudice against her people, and caught up in the midst of the worst plague the world has ever seen, Gerda Vogel, an American of German descent, must find the strength to keep her family safe from the effects of a war that threatens to consume the whole world.

The Meaning Names is the 2014/15 Omaha Reads selection.  While I am only half-way through it, I completely agree that this is a must-read about what life was like in the Midwest during World War I and the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918-1919.

Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker is a faculty mentor with the University of Nebraska’s MFA in Writing Program. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she and her husband own and operate Shoemaker’s Truck Stop and Travel Center.

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Throwback Thursday: dedicated OCLC terminal from the early 1980’s

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Dedicated OCLC terminal at NLC from the early 1980’s.

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The Data Dude – Wednesday Watch

filmreelIn order to keep up with the demands of writing something for every Wednesday, the Dude has been brainstorming ideas for filler material. Unlike Lori Sailors (Throwback Thursday), the Dude doesn’t have drawer after drawer full of interesting stuff to post. It’s quite possible that simple or complex graphs and charts… ahem, I mean data displays, could be regurgitated each week. But let’s face it; doing so would be at least unnecessarily repetitive and at best moderately boring. That’s not to say there won’t be blog posts on data displays, but the Dude needs something somewhat relevant to draw from in the case he suffers from lack of inspiration. Welcome to the Wednesday Watch. The idea here is that the Commission has somewhat regular sorts of columns, such as Throwback Thursday, Friday Reads, What’s Sally Reading, and others. Aside from Throwback Thursday, the others focus on books in library collections. Wednesday Watch will focus on video. As some may ask: What’s Sally Reading?  I’ll ask: What’s the Dude Watching? The Wednesday Watch column will likely be similar to Friday Reads, except the Dude ain’t reading it, he’s watching it. In some (but not all) cases, it’s possible he may read it and watch it. And the Dude isn’t going to apologize for the fact that he might not have read or even wanted to read it (or for the fact that he started a sentence with the word And). Please e-mail me if you’re interested in being a guest columnist in this buffoonery. The Dude could use the help.

Perhaps some of these things can be used in your collection development, or turn you or the visitors to your library on to something new. Now, before the librarian in you gets a little figety, let me clarify, the Dude still likes to read, and while he may choose not to read some evenings in favor of a video banquet, there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. So, let’s start this Wednesday Watch by listing a few movies that are generally known to be better than the books. Or, let me clarify, perhaps some of these were better than the books, perhaps others weren’t necessarily better, but they at least did the books justice. It is, however, a matter of taste, and let’s acknowledge that.

So for today, let’s just say that in some instances, the book may not always better than the movie (rule #1: There are no universals in our world). And let’s also say that sometimes the movie or TV series is in higher demand than the printed material. Deep down you know that it’s true, but for some reason the librarian gene (or the librarian learned pretentiousness in you) says it’s wrong to think so. The Dude is telling you its ok, or at least it’s ok with the Dude. On to the list:

The Godfather
Psycho
Blade Runner
Die Hard (have you ever even heard of the book? ‘Nuff said)
Jaws
Apocalypse Now
Shawshank Redemption
Requiem for a Dream
Silence of the Lambs
Stand by Me
Goodfellas

Shaka.

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What did it really look like?

It seems like every few weeks a news story about a photo of a model or celebrity being retouched makes the rounds. The topic of photo manipulation or retouching is not new but did you realize that the manipulation of images has been going on since the 1800’s? I don’t know a lot about how this early manipulation was done but they used many techniques including hand-coloring black and white photos and negatives and combining pieces of multiple pictures and negatives to create a new image.Fishing on Pibel Lake, Nebraska What I do know is that there are many great examples of postcards in Nebraska Memories that feature images that have been manipulated.

Let’s start by looking at an obvious manipulation. This postcard is captioned “Fishing on Pibel Lake, Nebraska”. Look at the size of that fish. It is almost as big as the boat. If you want to try catching a big a fish like that you can visit Pibel Lake as it is a Nebraska State Recreation Area.

Among the cattle pens, stock yards, South Omaha, Neb.Looking at this postcard captioned “Among the cattle pens, stock yards, South Omaha, Neb.” you can see that color has been added but I think they got something wrong. Have you ever seen healthy green vegetation growing in an active stockyard? Growing up I drove past these stockyards many times. I don’t remember them ever being this lush and green looking when they were filled with cattle.

Sometimes looking at a single postcard you may realize that color has been added but unless you can compare it to the original black and white image or you notice something odd you may think the coloring looks good. It would be fun if we could compare the original image to the enhanced version but unfortunately we don’t have that option. In Nebraska Memories we do however have multiple postcards of the same scenes.

There are two postcards in Nebraska Memories captioned “Partial view of stock yards, South Omaha”. One is black and white while the other one has had color added. Looking at these postcards is a great way to see how adding color changes an image.

Partial view of stock yards, South OmahaPartial view of stock yards, South Omaha

These next two postcards appear to be created from the exact same image however the manipulation that was done to them is slightly different. The postcards are captioned Stock pens, South Omaha, Neb. and Stock pens, south side, Omaha, Neb.. Some of the differences between these two postcards are obvious such as making the roofs have a reddish cast to them. Also the postcard on the top has an overcall darker feel to it. Stock pens, South Omaha, Neb. Stock pens, south side, Omaha, Neb.To see these next differences you may need use to above links to look at the actual items in Nebraska Memories where you will be able to zoom in on the postcards. Starting at the bottom left on the postcards do you see the animals in the pen? On one postcard they clearly look like pigs while on the other they look like black blobs. Moving to the right do you see the man standing behind the cattle? On the postcard with the pigs that you can see you will notice that the man is carrying some type of stick over his shoulder while on the other postcard the stick has been colored black and it blends in with the cattle. Next follow the fencing until you locate the man standing on top of the fence. Do you see that there is a tall object next to the man that has been removed from one of the postcards? The last differences I want to point out are the color of the taller fence posts next to the train cars. On one postcard the tops of the posts were left white while the train cars around them were colored. On the other card the posts were colored to match the train cars.

Bee Building, Omaha, Neb.Finally I want to highlight a selection of postcards picturing the Old City Hall and Bee Building. The Old City Hall building was located on the northeast corner 18th & Farnam Streets. The Bee Buidling stood next to it. Both buildings were torn down in 1966 to make way from the Woodmen Tower. Shown here are just a few of the postcards in Nebraska Memories that feature both of these buildings. After looking at all of these postcards I wonder what these buildings really looked like. Because these buildings were not torn down until early in 1966 I would think that there is a color photo of one or both of these buildings available someplace. If you have a color photo of either of these building stashed away or you know where I can see a color photo I would love to see them!

City Hall and Bee Building Omaha, Neb.City Hall. Bee Building County Court House.

Bee Building, City Hall and corner of Court House lawn, Omaha, Neb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit Nebraska Memories to search for or browse through many more historical images digitized from photographs, negatives, postcards, maps, lantern slides, books and other materials.

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in Nebraska Memories, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information, or contact Beth Goble, Historical Projects Librarian, or Devra Dragos, Technology & Access Services Director.

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NCompass Live: Discount Shopping with the NLC

NCompass live smallJoin us for next week’s NCompass Live, “Discount Shopping with the NLC”, on Wednesday, March 18, 10:00-11:00 am Central Time.

If you’re a Nebraska librarian and you aren’t aware of discount opportunities available through the Nebraska Library Commission, then this episode of NCompass Live is for you! Susan Knisely, Online Services Librarian at the Nebraska Library Commission, will talk about discounts on database subscriptions, books, supplies, and conferences, and clue you in on how you can not only find this information on our website, but also, in many cases, have it delivered to your inbox! If you don’t already know about these savings opportunities, this is an episode you can’t afford to miss!

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • March 25 – Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Alexa, what’s an Amazon Echo?
  • April 1 – How to Kill Your Book Club (or never be asked back again)
  • April 8 – Every Hero Has A Story: Summer Reading Program 2015
  • April 15 – What We’ve Learned: Tips & Tricks for Webinars That Deliver The Goods
  • April 22 – Explore Wearable Technologies and Book Connections for Youth

For more information, to register for NCompass Live, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to the NCompass Live webpage.

NCompass Live is broadcast live every Wednesday from 10am – 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website. The show is presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Before you attend a session, please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday reads: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin

hundred thousand kingdomsIt’s a Greek god like rollercoaster, with the politics of nations, the politics of gods (a family), and the politics of the emperor’s family and succession, and all of it interrelated and convoluted. All of it in a city created by magic in a palace that resembles a rose which towers far above the capital city. Into all of this you follow the trajectory of Yeine Darr (a forgotten, dismissed, “half breed” heir, but ruler of her own country in the heretical North), from the start, plunging into this seeming tranquil pool, to plunge through its roiling depths.
Yeine, also has her own agenda, to discover why her grandfather, the emperor killed her mother, after letting her live for 20 years in a foreign land. Not to mention why she’s now an acknowledged heir, and competitor for the throne (excuse me, stone chair.)
And of course, there’s magic and gods. But the gods are bound, and living at the palace, doing the ruling family’s every whim. No matter who gets hurt, including themselves, or entire nations.
Watching Yeine try to manage her way through all the protocols, snares, and attacks, without injuring the innocent, is worth the read. A fresh voice, and a very different world view. This is the first book of The Inheritance Trilogy.
Reviews & an excerpt:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/valerie-stiversisakova/review-nk-jemsins-the-hun_b_5585765.html
http://www.amazon.com/Hundred-Thousand-Kingdoms-Inheritance-Trilogy/dp/0316043923

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Free Unshelved Ebooks for Libraries

Unshelved+1Thanks to the generosity of our Kickstarter backers, Unshelved is allowing libraries to circulate DRM-free ebooks of its first eleven collections to their patrons absolutely free.

We’ve offered to make these books available for circulation by all library ebook vendors.

The first vendor who has taken us up on this is Mackin. Go Mackin! Information on how to access the ebooks can be found on this page. Anyone with questions about how to access the ebooks can contact Mackin directly at eservices@mackin.com or 800-245-9540.

We’ll update this page as others take us up on this offer. If your ebooks vendor isn’t listed here, please let them know you’d like them to carry the Unshelved ebooks (they can contact Gene for more information). That may be the push they need!

Meanwhile you are also welcome to circulate our ebooks to your patrons directly. Read the following license, then sign up and we’ll send you download instructions.

In addition to the free books, our cataloger Emily has made MARC records available for these titles, all ready for you to download and import into your OPAC.

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E-rate Form 471 Application Filing Window Extended to April 16

The application filing window for E-rate Form 471 has been extended until April 16, 2015!

From the USAC website:

New close date for the FY2015 filing window: April 16, 2015, at 11:59:59 PM EDT

In response to a reasonable request from our nation’s largest school districts, USAC, in consultation with the FCC, has extended the FY2015 application filing window for three additional weeks. The application filing window will now close on April 16, 2015, instead of the original date of March 26, 2015.

FCC Form 471 applications must be submitted on or before 11:59:59 PM EDT on Thursday, April 16, 2015, to be considered in-window.

For more information, see today’s Special Edition News Brief.

To help you complete your E-rate forms, training materials and resources are available on the NLC E-rate webpage.

If you have any questions or need any assistance with your E-rate forms, please contact Christa Burns, 800-307-2665, 402-471-3107.

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