Monthly Archives: December 2011

NCompass Live: Brave New World (Wide Web): Job hunting in the 21st Century – Recorded Online Session

Learn about the importance of effectively using LinkedIn and Twitter to connect and make job contacts, set up alerts, volunteer for projects, and other activities that just a few years ago were not part of this process. Job hunting has changed, and if you haven’t changed with it, you and your library customers are likely to miss opportunities.

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New Books Added to the Library Commission Collection

The following books have been added to the collection–please contact the Information Services Team if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

Starting from Scratch; Building a Teen Library Program, by Sarah Ludwig

Cost Control for Nonprofits in Crisis, by G. Stevenson Smith

100 Most Popular Contemporary Mystery Authors; Biographical Sketches & Bibliographies, by Bernard A. Drew

Library Management Tips That Work, edited by Carol Smallwood

Small Public Library Management, by Jane Pearlmutter & Paul Nelson

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Who likes the Facebook page you admin?

As a page admin, I noticed that after Facebook launched the Insights platform for viewing data about my page’s traffic and reach, it was a bit harder to view the list of individuals who liked the page. So, here are three steps I use to get to that list:

1. Along the left of your Page, under the tabs such as Wall and Photos, is a number with the words “like this” under it. This is the number of individuals who like your Page. Click on “like this,” which is a link that will take you to the Insights main page.

2. Along the right of the Insights page is the “See likes” link. Follow that link and a pop-up window shows the list of individuals who like your Page.

3. Scroll through the list to see who likes your page. Previous experience tells me that the listing goes in chronological order from most recent like to oldest like.

Unfortunately, I could not find one topic in the Facebook help center which described how to accomplish this task. If you have any luck, please let me know by commenting below.

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2010 Academic Survey Released

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently published the findings of the 2010 Academic Libraries Survey, a biennial study of libraries in 2 and 4-year post-secondary schools in the United States. Some highlights include:

  • At the end of fiscal year 2010, there were 227 academic libraries that held at least 1 million or more books, serial backfiles, and other paper materials including government documents.
  • Academic libraries spent approximately $152.4 million for electronic books, serial backfiles, and other materials. Expenditures for electronic current serial subscriptions totaled about $1.2 billion.
  • In FY 2010 academic libraries conducted approximately 34.6 million information services to individuals, including computer searches.
  • During fiscal year 2010, some 72 percent of academic libraries reported that they supported virtual reference services and about 32 percent of academic libraries reported that they utilized instant messaging applications.

For access to the full report and supplemental statistical tables, visit

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Do you have 23 minutes? Then join in Wednesdays @ 9am to learn about free, authoritative consumer health information resources. These sessions are conducted virtually, and are available to you at no charge. You will need a computer with internet connection and a telephone.


Wednesday – December 14, 2011 – Alternative and Complimentary Medicine

Wednesday – December 21, 2011 – Environmental Health

Wednesday – December 28, 2011 – Mental Health

Wednesday – December 7, 2011 – Medication Safety (archive @

Wednesday – November 30, 2011 – All-purpose Health Information (archive @

9:00-9:23A (MT) – no kidding! 23 minutes, that’s all!

Click on the link below a few minutes before 9am to join in

Once you log into the web meeting room, you will be prompted by the system to enter your telephone number.  If you experience problems, please use the following connection numbers:

Dial-In:  1-866-846-3997

Pass-Code: 239514

Registration is not required, but appreciated. Please visit to register for one, two, three, four or all five sessions!

If you have never attended a Connect Pro meeting before test your connection:

For more information contact Dana Abbey @

Local Contact:
Marty Magee
National Network/Libraries of Medicine
Education and Nebraska Liaison
McGoogan Library of Medicine
Univ. of Nebraska Medical Center
986706 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-6706

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Provide Practical Help for Job Hunters in Your Community

Library staff can invite job hunters in your community to come to the library and attend an upcoming NCompass Live Online Webinar. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness in your community about what a great resource the library computer center can be for job hunters. Hook up a projector to one of your computers, put on the coffee pot, and join us on December 14 for:

NCompass Live: Brave New World (Wide Web): Job hunting in the 21st Century – Online Dec. 14, 10:00 a.m. CT

Join Kit Keller to learn about the importance of effectively using LinkedIn and Twitter to connect and make job contacts, set up alerts, volunteer for projects, and other activities that just a few years ago were not part of this process. Job hunting has changed, and if you haven’t changed with it, you and your library customers are likely to miss opportunities.Register NOW for this session at: Invite community members to join you!

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Libraries Urged to Apply for Big Read Grants

Application submission deadline: February 1, 2012 (for September 2012 — June 2013 Projects)

The Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit organizations (especially libraries) to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2012 and June 2013. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement and participation. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected.

To review the Guidelines & Application Instructions visit The Big Read website

Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or e-mail:

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Friday Video: Lee Rainie Internet Librarian 2011 Keynote

Lee Rainie is the Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, a non-profit, non–partisan “fact tank” that studies the social impact of the internet.

The Project has issued more than 300 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the internet’s role in their lives. Lee is a co-author of Up for Grabs, Hopes and Fears, Ubiquity, Mobility, Security, and Challenges and Opportunities — a series of books about the future of the internet. He is also co-authoring a book for MIT Press about the social impact of technology with sociologist Barry Wellman that will be published in early 2012. The working title is Networked: The New Social Operating System.

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Celebrate National Library Week April 8-14, 2012

Brad Meltzer Named Honorary Chair of National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week April 8-14, 2012

CHICAGO – Best-selling author, television host and library advocate Brad Meltzer has been named the 2012 Honorary Chair of National Library Week. As the author of nine books and the host of the History Channel’s series, “Decoded,” Meltzer credits libraries and librarians as the reason he became a writer. As Honorary Chair, Meltzer appears in print and digital public service announcements (PSAs) promoting National Library Week. The PSAs, developed by the American Library Association’s Campaign for America’s Libraries, will be placed in magazines and online throughout the spring. ALA also offers free customization of the PSAs for libraries.

Other promotional materials include a sample op-ed, proclamation, press release and scripts for use in radio ads.  All incorporate the 2012 National Library Week theme: You belong @ your library. Tools are available at ALA Graphics products supporting National Library Week are also available, including a poster, bookmark and mini-poster, as well as downloadable Web files and high resolution art files. All Graphics products can be purchased through the ALA Store.

National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use. The Campaign for America’s Libraries ( is ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe – use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible by ALA’s Library Champions. Please visit

Megan McFarlane, Campaign Coordinator, The Campaign for America’s Libraries, 312-280-2148,,



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Filling out Form I-9

At the NLC reference desk we get chats, emails and calls fairly often from businesses looking for online copies of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

Since 1986 Congress has passed three acts relating to illegal immigration, resulting in requirements that employers  only hire individuals who may legally work in the U.S.  To comply with the law employers must verify the identity and employment authorization of everyone they hire, complete and retain a Form I-9, and refrain from discriminating against individuals on the basis of national origin or citizenship.   There are sanctions for employers who do not comply.   Needless to say this is a challenge,   and  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has created a 66-page Handbook for Employers .  The Handbook  includes detailed intructions for filling out the form  and for photocopying and retaining forms and supporting documentation.  Information on penalties for unlawful descrimination, instructions for farm labor recruiters,  and a Question & Answer section are also included.  Another section explains using  E-Verify, the web-based verification companion to Form I-9.   Employers must create a “case” in E-Verify for each new hire.

Downloadable English and Spanish versions of Form I-9 and the Handbook for Employers are available on the  USCIS website .  Print forms and Handbooks can be requested by calling 1-800-870-3676.  The Library Commission has a print copy of the Handbook available for loan by contacting us at or calling 800-307-2665 (Nebraska only) or 402-471-4016.


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NCompass Live: Gates Foundation Opportunity Online Hardware Grant Program – Recorded Online Session

In 2009, 37 Nebraska libraries began participating in the last round of hardware grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – the Opportunity Online Hardware Grant. The grant wraps up this year, and they’d like to share what they’ve learned as they went through this grant process. Come hear some of the participating libraries talk about advocacy, fundraising, promotion, and sustainability. And learn their tips and tricks for other libraries considering participating in a grant like this.


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What’s Sally Reading?

Letters About Literature due soon!

Please talk with the children or teens in your library about the possibility of one or more of them entering the Letters About Literature contest.  Your students or patrons must each choose a book that made a difference in his or her life, and think about how the book affected them.  Then they are ready to write a letter to the  author, letting him or her know about how reading it affected the child or teen.   There are three ages levels for the contest: Level I for young readers in grades 4-6, Level II for readers in grades 7-8, and Level III for readers in grades 9-12.  The deadline for submission  is January 6, 2012.  To learn more, visit the national website here
or take a look at the Nebraska website here.

 Not so long ago I read The Strange Case of Origama Yoda by Tom Angleberger, it is great fun!  It is a collection of stories about advice an origama Yoda gives to kids in the 6th grade at McQuarrie Middle School.  The stories are collected by Tommy, who is friends with the kind-of-weird kid, Dwight, who made Origama Yoda and walks around with it on his finger.  Tommy is collecting information because he wants to know if he should trust Origama Yoda with a very important question (about a girl) and he is puzzled that Origami Yoda gives such good advice when Dwight is rather clueless.  (a sequel is out now: Darth Paper Strikes Back.)

(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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Life at Camp Atlanta

Today is the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which led to the entry of the United States into World War II. Some interesting World War II-era photographs in Nebraska Memories show Camp Atlanta, a prisoner of war camp for German soldiers that was located outside of Atlanta, Nebraska, near Holdrege. Construction began on the camp in September of 1943, and it was in operation until 1946, eventually housing 3,000 German prisoners.

The images of Camp Atlanta, part of the Phelps County Historical Society collection, give  a good overview of daily life at the camp. The German POWs served as cooks and firefighters for the camp. Some even took part in theatrical productions.

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 for more information, or contact Beth Goble, Government Information Services Director, or Devra Dragos, Technology & Access Services Director.

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Lessons from Learning 2.0

Michael Stephens has recently written a great post about the Learning 2.0 program on

It’s been five years since Helene Blowers and the staff at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC, debuted Learning 2.0—a self-directed exploration of emerging technologies shared via a Creative Commons license. The program has been touted as transformational for libraries—a method of moving libraries forward into a future of 21st-century innovation. Blowers noted on her blog, librarybytes, in 2009 that close to 1000 institutions worldwide had offered some form of the program…

…Fostering a true “learning organization” is not done in just ten or 12 weeks, but the seeds planted by Learning 2.0 can prove fruitful if nurtured. Libraries that have offered Learning 2.0 are best served by continued exploration via more “things” offered monthly… [emphasis added]

Read the full article on

And then, if you haven’t already, head over to Nebraska Learns 2.0 and join your library colleagues in participating in our ongoing online learning program!

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Nebraska Learns 2.0 Thing #50: TED Videos

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 December is: TED Videos

We’ve got a lot of great things planned for Nebraska Learns 2.0 in 2012 but to end 2011, given everyone being so busy with the holidays, we figured we’d end the year with an easier thing, yet still very educational: TED videos. I’ve been watching TED videos for several years now and I rarely see one that isn’t educational, entertaining, or inspirational. Some of them are all three.

If you are new to Nebraska Learns 2.0, your first assignment is to sign up to participate at: 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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Friday Video: John Seely Brown Delivers the Internet Librarian 2011 Opening Keynote

John Seely Brown – our distinguished thought leader, author, and practitioner looks at how the forces of change, and emerging waves of interest associated with these forces, inspire and invite us to imagine a future of learning that is as powerful as it is optimistic. By exploring play, innovation, and the cultivation of the imagination as cornerstones of learning, Brown shares his vision of learning for the future that is achievable, scalable, and one that grows along with the technology that fosters it and the people who engage with it. A new form of culture in which knowledge is seen as fluid and evolving is one in which Internet Librarians can excel and support learning with content, connections and conversations.

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IMLS National Leadership Grants – Applications due 2/1/2012

Deadline: Feb. 2, 2012
Amount: Project Grants: $50,000-500,000. Planning Grants: up to $50,000. Nat. Forum Grants: up to $100,000.
Awarding institution: Institute of Museum and Library Services

National Leadership Grants support projects that address challenges faced by the museum, library, and/or archive fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields. Successful proposals will seek innovative responses to the challenge(s) identified in the proposals, and will have national impact.

The National Leadership Grant program accepts applications under four main categories:

  • Advancing Digital Resources—Support the creation, use, presentation, and preservation of significant digital resources as well as the development of tools to enhance access, use, and management of digital assets.
  • Research—Support research that investigates key questions that are important to museum, library, and archival practice.
  • Demonstration—Support projects that produce a replicable model or practice that is usable, adaptable, or scalable by other institutions for improving services and performance.
  • Library Museum Collaboration Grants— Support collaborative projects (between museums and/or libraries and other community organizations) that address the educational, economic, cultural, or social needs of a community. In 2012, a funding priority will be projects that promote early learning.

Applicants may choose to submit a Project Grant, Planning Grant, or National Forum Grant proposal in any of the above categories.

  • Project Grants support fully developed projects for which needs assessments, partnership development, feasibility analyses, prototyping, and other planning activities have been completed.
  • Planning Grants allow project teams to perform preliminary planning activities that could lead to a subsequent full project, such as needs and feasibility analyses, solidifying partnerships, developing project work plans, or developing prototypes or proofs of concept. Applications for Planning Grants must include at least one formal partner in addition to the lead applicant.
  • National Forum Grants provide the opportunity to convene qualified groups of experts and key stakeholders to consider issues or challenges that are important to libraries, museums, and/or archives across the nation. Grant-supported meetings are expected to produce widely disseminated reports with expert recommendations for action or research that address a key challenge identified in the proposal. The expert recommendations resulting from these meetings are intended to guide future proposals to the National Leadership Grant program.

Eligibility: Libraries that fulfill the general criteria for libraries may apply. See program guidelines for special conditions of eligibility for this program. Museums that fulfill the general criteria for museums may apply. Public or private nonprofit agencies, organizations, or associations that engage in activities designed to advance museums and the museum profession may also apply. In addition, institutions of higher education, including public and non¬profit universities, are eligible.

More information is available at

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Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums – Application due 2/1/2012

Deadline: Feb. 2, 2012
Amount: $10,000 – $25,000
Awarding institution: Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums are a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants program. These small grants encourage libraries, museums, and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. You may propose activities or approaches that involve risk, as long as the risk is balanced by significant potential for improvement in the ways libraries and museums serve their communities.

Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to libraries, museums, and/or archives. A proposed project should test a specific, innovative response to the identified problem and present a plan to make the findings widely and openly accessible.

To maximize the public benefit from federal investments in these grants, the Sparks Grants will fund only projects with the following characteristics:

Broad Potential Impact—You should identify a specific problem or need that is relevant to many libraries, archives, and/or museums, and propose a testable and measurable solution. Proposals must demonstrate a thorough understanding of current issues and practices in the project’s focus area and discuss its potential impact within libraries, archives, and/or museums. Proposed innovations should be widely adoptable or adaptable.

Significant Innovation—The proposed solution to the identified problem must offer strong potential for non-incremental, significant advancement in the operation of libraries, archives, and/or museums. You must explain how the proposed activity differs from current practices or takes advantage of an unexplored opportunity, and the potential benefit to be gained by this innovation.

Eligibility: Libraries that fulfill the general criteria for libraries may apply. Museums that fulfill the general criteria for museums may apply. Public or private nonprofit agencies, organizations, or associations that engage in activities designed to advance museums and the museum profession may also apply. In addition, institutions of higher education, including public and nonprofit universities, are eligible.

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