Daily Archives: January 5, 2012

Want a C.E. project for 2012? How about learning to program?

Wouldn’t you like to know how to get from “Wouldn’t it be great if…” or “Our Website could really use…” to “Here’s our new library app?”   Codecademy is offering some digital empowerment in the form of a year’s worth of lessons in computer programming–free!  When you sign up for the Code Year program, you’ll get an interactive programming lesson sent to you each week.  The first lesson will be emailed next Monday, January 9.  The developers of the program make a pretty good case that knowing how to program (digital literacy) is becoming an important skill that will make you more employable, and just better at navigating this increasingly technological world.

If you’re enrolled in the Nebraska Librarian Certification program, this would be a great way to earn C.E. credit–complete the code year and earn 15 c.e. credits–a year’s worth!   If you’d like to do this, drop me a line.  Then sign up at Code Year, do the lessons–share your progress with friends, if you like.  I’ve signed up; Michael Sauers is signed up–maybe we’ll all become programming ninjas!

Here’s an article from Slate with some more info.  There’s a time commitment involved, but acquiring digital literacy could really be worth it.

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Four-Star Accommodations

If you traveled during the holiday season this year, perhaps your home-away-from-home was a hotel. Compare your experiences to these images of hotels from Nebraska Memories.

Hotels in Nebraska have ranged from imposing structures, like the Blackstone Hotel in Omaha or the Ruwe Hotel in Fremont, to smaller establishments, like Wilcox House in Papillion or the Talbot Hotel in Brainard.

Nebraska Memories features views of the interiors of hotels as well. Take a glimpse inside some hotel lobbies, like those at the Hotel Loyal in Omaha or the Perkins Hotel in David City.  Some hotels had places to eat inside, like the Vineyard Cafe at the Rome Hotel in Omaha, or the dining room at the Zeeck Hotel in Papillion.

If motels and motor courts are more your style, check out the Lone Pine Court and Filling Station or Sunnyside Cottages, both located in Sidney.

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, Government Information Services Director, or Devra Dragos, Technology & Access Services Director.

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NCompass Live: New Opportunities to Retain Wealth in Nebraska Communities: Transfer of Wealth Study – Recorded Online Session

In 2002, the Nebraska Community Foundation published the first statewide, county-by-county Transfer of Wealth study in the nation. Now, that pioneering study has been refreshed with 2010 Census data and updated methodology. According to the new study, about $230 billion will pass from one generation to the next in rural Nebraska over the next 50 years. Retaining even a small portion of that wealth for philanthropic purposes close to home is an historic opportunity for our state and for people who care deeply about the places they call home. Jeff Yost, President and CEO of the Nebraska Community Foundation, will address the new study and the massive opportunity it presents for building strong communities across Nebraska.

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