Daily Archives: March 31, 2011

A Skunk in the Library: UNL Visiting Scholars Lecture

The UNL Libraries' Academic Activities Committee invites interested librarians around the state to attend the Visiting Scholar lecture on April 21st, 2011 from 9:00-10:30 in Room 202 of the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center on the University of Nebraska – Lincoln campus. Bethany Nowviskie, Director of the Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia Library, will give a talk entitled “A Skunk in the Library; the Path to Production for Scholarly R&D”. Nowviskie will use the example of the Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia to talk about a possibly rosy future for “skunkworks” operations in academic research libraries. She will discuss their relationship to scholarly R&D, the digital humanities, and the wider open source community. Her address will illuminate a host of broader issues, including the challenges to open source engagement within higher education and the age-old struggle in library IT between development and operations.

For more information contact any of the persons on the committee:

Brett Barney (bbarney2@unl.edu)
Deb Pearson (dpearson1@unl.edu)
Kay Logan-Peters (klogan-peters1@unl.edu)

Sue Ann Gardner (sgardner2@unl.edu)

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Nebraskans Invited to Celebrate School Library Month 2011

School Library Month is just around the corner!
See http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslissues/slm/schoollibrary.cfm for ideas, activities, and more!

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2011 Dollars for Data Award Letters Mailed

The Nebraska Library Commission has mailed award letters for a “Dollars for Data” payment of $250 to 46 unaccredited public libraries that submitted the 2008-2009 Public Library Statistical Survey using Bibliostat™ Collect.
Provision of public library data is an important activity for all libraries so that both the Library Commission and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (http://www.imls.gov/) have an accurate picture of public library service throughout Nebraska communities. Since this is a necessary step toward meeting the standards of service outlined in the Public Library Accreditation Guidelines http://
, these libraries are closer to achieving accredited status. In fact, four libraries that earned Dollars for Data awards in the last two years have now become accredited.
For more information about Dollars for Data, including a list of this year’s recipients, go to http://nlc.nebraska.gov/funding/dollars/.

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A Brief Introduction to CSS – Recorded Online Session

Michael Sauers, the Commission’s Technology Innovation Librarian and author of XHTML & CSS Essentials for Library Web Design, will give a brief introduction to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Michael will cover items like why CSS was developed, the benefits of using CSS in creating your Web site, and give you just enough code to get you started. Time allowing, Michael will be more than happy to take your coding questions.

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