Monthly Archives: November 2010

Blog Series on Grant Writing from TechSoup

TechSoup is offering a continuing education opportunity on Grant Writing–and they’re offering it via a blog. In their words, “Our new grant series, Successful Grants in One Hour a Week, will provide you with small steps that cover the entire grant process. Weekly blog posts will outline your steps for the week so you’ll be prepared to apply for a basic grant before the end of the year.” Each week, they say to plan on spending about an hour working on the project. If you participate and finish all the steps, you will earn C.E. credit in the Nebraska Librarian Certification Program.

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Privatization of Public Libraries – Good or Bad?

I’m passing along a request I received from Colorado’s Library Research Service, where they keep up on important issues for libraries by conducting quick surveys on their website.
“Recently, the New York Times published an article about the privatization of public libraries This article described the trend in some communities to turn over the management of public libraries to private organizations. In response to this article, library staff engaged in spirited online discussions about whether libraries should be privatized. Taking notice of these discussions, Library Research Service at the Colorado State Library has launched a new 60-Second Survey to get your opinions about privatization.
Do you think privatization is a good option for libraries? How would it impact library collections, services, staff, and patrons? Tell us what you think. Take the survey here:”

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IRS Webinar for 501(c)(3) Organizations

The Internal Revenue Service is offering a free 45-minute webinar for newly formed 501(c)(3) organizations (such as library Friends groups and Foundations) — and established organizations that would like a refresher — next Thursday, November 18 at 1:00 PM Central time, 12:00 noon Mountain time. Two specialists from the IRS Exempt Organizations division will explain what tax-exempts need to do (and to avoid) in order to comply with IRS rules and keep their tax status in good standing.
To register, go the following link:

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Nebraska Learns 2.0: Pimp Your Twitter

Nebraska Learns 2.0 is the Nebraska Library Commission’s ongoing online learning program. The goal of our program is to encourage participants to experiment with and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the way people, society and libraries access information and communicate with each other. Nebraska Learns 2.0 is a self-discovery program which encourages participants to take control of their own learning and to utilize their lifelong learning skills through exploration and PLAY.
Each month, we offer you an opportunity to learn a new Thing (or lesson). You have all month to complete that Thing and receive one CE credit. You may choose which Things to do based on personal interest and time availability. If the Thing of the month doesn’t interest you or if you are particularly busy that month, you can skip it.
The Thing for November is: Pimp Your Twitter.
Twitter was Thing #13 in our previous Nebraska Learns 2.0 program, back in November 2008. It’s been a couple of years, and Twitter has evolved since then, so we figured it might be a good time to revisit Twitter. Some of you may have never used Twitter before, some of you did the original Thing for Twitter, and some of you may be using Twitter on a regular basis. No problem! We have options for all levels of Twitter users.

If you are new to Nebraska Learns 2.0, your first assignment is to sign up to participate. This program is open to ALL Nebraska librarians, library staff, library friends, library board members and school media specialists.
We hope you’ll join your library colleagues in the fun as you learn about new and exciting technologies!

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School Libraries: Apply for this Grant to Enhance Your Book Collection

How would you like $6,000 to improve the book collection at your school’s library? The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries annually awards grants for school libraries to update, extend, and diversify their book collections.
West Kearney High School at the Youth Rehabilitation Training Center is a 2010 grant recipient. Sue Divan, School Librarian and G.E.D instructor at the school, shared her experience since receiving the $6,000 grant:

I have been able to buy lots of popular fiction and series books for our media center as well as complete several of our series collections. The youth have been giving me requests for more books every week. My state budget is $3960 for Ed & Recreational Supplies. This is where everything but computers and subscriptions comes out of. There is not much left for books after I purchase equipment such as the 2 LCD projectors I bought in July. The LBF grant will greatly improve our collection of fiction, series fiction and non-fiction, science, poetry, philosophy, reference and Nebraska books.

Sue had this to say about the application process:

The grant is completed and submitted online only so it was interesting to complete it. I did everything “cut and paste” over a couple of weeks and then spent an entire day going over everything and entering the grant online. It was fairly easy once I had all of my answers in MSWord to complete it.

Sounds manageable, doesn’t it? And the pay-off, well…who couldn’t use $6,000 to buy books for the kids and teens in their school? If you are interested in this grant and would like to learn more about the grant’s guidelines, visit Applications are due by December 31, 2010.
Keep in mind, only schools where a minimum of 50 percent of the student body qualifies for free or reduced-price lunches are eligible to apply for LBF regular grants. And, funds are available only for library books and magazine/serial copies and subscriptions. All LBF grants are made to individual schools rather than to school districts, county systems, private organizations, foundations, or other entities.
If you would like assistance in navigating the application, please contact me, Kathryn Brockmeier, by e-mailing me or by calling me at 402-471-4002 or 800-307-2665. Best of luck!

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What’s Sally Reading?

Searching for series?
Back in June I mentioned a web site that finds the book titles in a series for you, and I would like to mention another site now: Kent District Library’s site, “What’s Next”, found here. It would be remiss of me not to mention the Library Commission’s web pages for finding series titles, just go here. And while you are there you can try some of the other Books in Series guides recommended by the Library Commission staff (including the Kent District Library site). Hope you find what you need when you need it!
I just finished the graphic novel Calamity Jack by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale. It is the sequel to Rapunzel’s Revenge and maintains the story and art quality of the first title. Rapunzel and Jack return to the city to find it in the giant, Blunderboar’s grip. Parts of the city are in crumbles as the huge Ant People have attacked, tumbling buildings and carrying people away. Jack wants to find and rescue his mother, but that is a difficult mission. It looks like Jack, Ranpunzel and a couple of other friends will have to face Blunderboar by themselves. Action, adventure, good vs. evil, and humor are combined in this enjoyable tale.
(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 to Nebraska school and public libraries.)

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Tweets re: Libraries Broadband Build Nebraska Libraries

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Borrow Local Wonders Book Club Kit

Local Wonders by Ted Kooser has just been selected as the One Book One Nebraska. The Nebraska Library Commission has a book club kit of 15 copies that can be reserved for your book club’s use. Please contact the Reference Desk or your system office to make your reservation for this delightful and seasonal read.

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2011 ONE BOOK ONE NEBRASKA: Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps

One Book One Nebraska 2011 invites citizens across the state to read Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps (University of Nebraska Press, 2002) by Ted Kooser, of Garland, Nebraska. Kooser is one of America’s most highly regarded poets and served as the United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004 – 2006. He is the author of numerous full-length collections of poetry, including the 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning Delights and Shadows (Copper Canyon Press, 2004).
Kooser’s first book of prose, Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps (University of Nebraska Press, 2002), won the Nebraska Book Award for Nonfiction in 2003 and Third Place in the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award in Nonfiction for 2002. The book was chosen as the Best Book Written by a Midwestern Writer for 2002 by Friends of American Writers. It also won the Gold Award for Autobiography in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards. In Local Wonders, Kooser describes with exquisite detail and humor the place he calls home in the rolling hills of southeastern Nebraska—an area known as the Bohemian Alps. Nothing is too big or too small for his attention. Memories of his grandmother’s cooking are juxtaposed with reflections about the old-fashioned outhouse on his property.
After receiving nominations from across the state, the Nebraska Center for the Book board announced Local Wonders as Nebraska’s statewide reading choice at Saturday’s Celebration of Nebraska Books in Lincoln.
One Book One Nebraska 2011 is sponsored by a coalition of organizations including the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Humanities Council, Nebraska Library Association, Nebraska Library Commission, and University of Nebraska Press.
Libraries across Nebraska will join the Nebraska Center for the Book and other literary and cultural organizations in planning book discussions, activities, and events that will encourage Nebraskans to read and discuss this book.
As they are developed, support materials to assist with local reading/discussion activities will be available at Updates and activity listings will be made on the One Book One Nebraska Facebook group at!/group.php?gid=281641340948.
For more information contact Mary Jo Ryan, Nebraska Library Commission Communications Coordinator, 402-471-3434, 800-307-2665.

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What’s Sally Reading?

I was talking with Sandy Wallick (Gere Branch, Lincoln City Libraries) a few weeks back and she shared some wonderful information with me. This web page has lots of fun things for kids. There are coloring pages you can print and use; kids can learn how to draw the pigeon; games to play and more. You can also find teachers’ guides and event kits on the “Grown-up Stuff” section. And if you click on the “More Mo!” icon, it takes you to another page with Cat the Cat and her friends. If you want a craft using an empty toilet roll tube, go here. Thanks, Mo Willems! (and thanks, Sandy!)
I am reading The Body at the Tower by Y. S. Lee, Book 2 in the “Mary Quinn Mystery” series. In Victorian London, Mary is now 18 and her second assignment for the secret detective agency (all women) is to disguise herself as a boy and work at the construction site of the Houses of Parliament and the clock tower as an errand boy to try to discover any information concerning one man’s death and the perpetual delays in the construction. Gives some insight into the plight of the everyday worker of the time, especially young boys. An interesting mystery, a strong capable woman, and some romance.
(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 to Nebraska school and public libraries.)

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2010 NLA/NEMA Annual Conference Highlights – Recorded Online Session

Tune in to hear about the speakers, programs and events of the 2010 NLA/NEMA Annual Conference. Join Christy Walsh, NLA President, Scott Childers, NLA Past President, and Karen Buckley, NEMA President-Elect, as they share what the Hot Topics of the conference were and how we can address these issues in our libraries.

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Past to the Future: Meeting Technology Trends (Video)

Joe Murphy of the Yale University Science Libraries is a leading innovator and trend spotter at the forefront of designing strategies for meeting the changing technological landscape. He presents and writes regularly about technology and service trends as well as best practices for exploring and implementing emerging and mobile technologies. Joe received the Library Journal “Movers & Shakers” award in 2009; earned a MLISc from the University of Hawaii in 2006. Joe is also the author of the influential Twitter account libraryfuture, known for setting technology trends within the library and publishing communities. Joe consults with libraries, consortia, and vendors on emerging and future trends impacting libraries and techniques for meeting these changes with success.

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Technology Planning 101 (Video)

Christa Burns will take you through the ins and outs of technology planning for your library. Topics will include not only the why’s of technology planning but also the how’s; from formulating your library’s technology goals to just which technologies you should be planning for now. By the end of this session, attendees will be prepared to return to their libraries and get the process going in this world of ever-changing tech. Sponsored by ITART.

This was presented by Christa Burns, Special Projects Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission at the NLA/NEMA 2010 Annual Conference in Grand Island, NE on 14 October 2010.

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Apply for a Youth Diversity Literacy Program Grant by Nov. 29

Posted: Nov. 2, 2010
Deadline: Nov. 29, 2010
Are you planning programming for youth from diverse cultures in your community?
Beginning today, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to accept applications for mini-grants intended to expand youth literacy programs to include and celebrate a variety of cultures in public libraries. Up to 15 mini-grants will be awarded: up to eight at $4,000 each; and up to seven at $6,000 each.
Intended as an expansion of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), the mini-grants will be awarded to libraries that demonstrate a need to better address the diverse backgrounds within their communities.
The mini-grants are part of the Everyone Reads @ your library grant awarded to ALSC from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. For more information, and the application form, go to
And, please share your diversity programming experiences here, so we can help celebrate your successes.

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Summer 2010 State Publications List Available

For those wanting to add records to their catalogs for Nebraska state documents, the Summer 2010 list of Nebraska E-Docs is now available at

To see news postings about government information issues, notices of new state and federal publications received at the Library Commission, and notification of new state E-Docs lists subscribe to the What’s Up Doc blog at

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UNK Library is the FDLP November Spotlight

Congratulations to the folks at the UNK Calvin T. Ryan Library, which is the Spotlight Depository for November for the Federal Depository Library Program. Rochelle Krueger, Government Documents Librarian at UNK, says it is “quite and honor” !
Nebraska’s 3rd U.S. Congressional District is a very large district, bigger than many states in fact. What are the options available to a depository trying to respond to so large a service area? The Federal Depository Library at the University of Nebraska – Kearney’s Calvin T. Ryan Library is one of two Depositories that serve this Congressional District. In this month’s Library Spotlight GPO highlights the combination free public access, emphasis on electronic resources, and community outreach that this depository uses in response to the challenging size of its service area.
Depository libraries serve the public every day by providing free access to a wealth of U.S. Government information products. GPO highlights a different Federal depository library each month. To find out which other depositories have been Spotlights visit the Depository Library Spotlight page on the FDLP Desktop at

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Nebraska Book Award winners to attend event

Nebraska Book Award winners will read from their works at the Celebration of Nebraska Books, 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Nebraska History Museum, 131 Centennial Mall North in downtown Lincoln. The event, which is free and open to the public, also will highlight the 2010 One Book One Nebraska selection, honor winners of the 2010 Jane Geske Award and include the announcement of the 2011 One Book One Nebraska selection.
The Nebraska Book Awards honor authors and publishers with Nebraska connections who published books in 2009. The following winners or their representatives are expected to attend. Some will read from their work and sign copies of their books.
    • Joe Starita, winner for non-fiction for “I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice,” the 2010 One Book One Lincoln selection.
    • Paige Namuth for Robert Cochran, winner of the non-fiction honor for “Louise Pound: Scholar, Athlete, Feminist Pioneer.”
    • Dwaine Spieker, winner for poetry for “Garden of Stars.”
    • Bruce A. Glasrud and Charles A. Braithwaite, winners for anthology for “African Americans on the Great Plains: An Anthology.”
    • A representative of the Loren Eiseley Society, winner of the anthology honor for “The Loren Eiseley Reader.”
    • Kimberli A. Lee of Texas Tech University Press, winner for cover/design/illustration for “I Do Not Apologize for the Length of This Letter: The Mari Sandoz Letters on Native American Rights, 1940-1965.”
• Michael Forsberg, winner of the cover/design/illustration honor for “Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild.”
Representatives from Plainsongs poetry magazine and Hastings College will accept the Jane Geske Award, which recognizes a Nebraska association, organization, business, library, school, or other group for exceptional contributions to literacy, books, reading, libraries, or literature in Nebraska.
Joseph Wydeven of the Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers Bureau will discuss the writing and photography of Wright Morris’ “The Home Place,” the 2010 One Book One Nebraska selection.
The Nebraska History Museum will open at 1 p.m. for visitors to view exhibits, including “Willa Cather: A Matter of Appearances.”
The Celebration of Nebraska Books is sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Humanities Council, Nebraska Library Commission and Nebraska State Historical Society. For more information, contact Mary Jo Ryan at 402-471-3434, 800-307-2665 or visit
Schedule for 2010 Celebration of Nebraska Books:
2:30 p.m. Nebraska Center for the Book annual membership meeting
3:00 p.m. Program: 2010 One Book One Nebraska, The Home Place, by Wright Morris, with Joseph Wydeven
3:30 p.m. Presentation of 2010 Jane Geske Award and 2010 Nebraska Book Awards, with remarks and readings by winning authors
5:00 p.m. Announcement of the 2011 One Book One Nebraska book selection
5:30 p.m. Wine and cheese reception and author signings
6:30 p.m. Closing

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