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Call for Speakers: Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018

The Call for Speakers for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018 is now open!

This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better! We are looking for speakers from small libraries or speakers who directly work with small libraries. Small libraries of all types – public, academic, school, museum, special, etc. – are encouraged to submit a proposal. We’re looking for seven 50-minute presentations and five 10-minute “lightning round” presentations.

Do you offer a service or program at your small library that other librarians might like to hear about? Have you implemented a new (or old) technology, hosted an event, partnered with others in your community, or just done something really cool? The Big Talk From Small Libraries online conference gives you the opportunity to share what you’ve done, while learning what your colleagues in other small libraries are doing. Here are some possible topics to get you thinking:

  • Unique Libraries
  • Special Collections
  • New buildings
  • Fundraising
  • Improved Workflows
  • Staff Development
  • Advocacy Efforts
  • Community Partnerships
  • That great thing you’re doing at your library!

Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018 will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 between 8:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (CT) via the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Speakers will be able to present their programs from their own desktops. The schedule will accommodate speakers’ time-zones.

If you are interested in presenting, please submit your proposal by Friday, January 12, 2018.

Speakers from libraries serving fewer than 10,000 people will be preferred, but presentations from libraries with larger service populations will be considered.

This conference is organized and hosted by the Nebraska Library Commission and is co-sponsored by the Association for Rural & Small Libraries.

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NCompass Live: Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) to the Good Life

Join us for the next NCompass Live, ‘Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) to the Good Life’, on Wednesday, November 22, 10:00am – 11:00am CT.

Blind and visually impaired people use screen readers and other assistive technology to access computers. This presentation will focus on how free screen readers can be used in the library to help visually impaired patrons gain equal access to information. Learn how screen readers work and how to set up a computer station for the blind. The presenter will also provide an overview of how to make your websites more screen reader friendly. A virtual handout will be available with some helpful information, including resources for both librarians and patrons to learn how to operate screen readers.

Presenter: Amanda Sweet, Reader Services Advisor, Talking Book and Braille Service, Nebraska Library Commission.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • Nov. 29 – Libraries Rock! : Summer Reading Program 2018
  • Dec. 6 – Guerrilla Storytime
  • Dec. 13  How to Choose Your News: Educating College Students on Identifying Bias
  • Dec. 27 – The Next Best Thing to Having Your Own Gigabit Internet

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 Dark Tower: The Gunslinger

With the recent release of The Dark Tower movie, I decided to finally start reading the Stephen King series that the movie is based on.

So far, I’ve only read the first book in the Dark Tower Series, The Gunslinger. I really liked the feel of the book, which was a mixture of locations – western? but with magic? far into our own future after a major unknown apocalypse? alternate history? parallel universe? Unfortunately, by the end of the first book, you still don’t know exactly where or when you are.

So, of course now I’m hooked and have to continue reading to find out what’s really going on. Why is Roland, the last Gunslinger, chasing the Man in Black? Who is the Man in Black…really? What is the Dark Tower? Who is this strange boy Jake, who seems to know a lot about our reality and time, but seems to have some memory loss? Does he belong in this realm or ours?

Although it is the first book in the series, The Gunslinger was a bit disjointed in introducing the characters, location, and plot. It felt like you should already know something about this place before reading this book, but you don’t. And it has an almost annoying ‘non-ending’, in that its tale isn’t resolved, so you do have to continue with the rest of the books to get the full story. Good job on sucking us in, Stephen King!

Luckily, I was able to finish the book before I saw the movie. It was very interesting to match up the parts of the movie that came from the first book in the Dark Tower series. But, I did know that there were also parts of the movie that were pulled from other books in the series, so I kind of got some spoilers, but I don’t think any of them have ruined my desire to keep reading.

I know the movie has received some bad reviews. But, after my reading of The Gunslinger, I think there is so much to the world of the Dark Tower, that it is just too difficult to squeeze it all into one film. That’s why I’m glad that there are talks about a TV series being done. I think that will do a better job of representing the books.

I recommend reading the books and watching the movie. They are both similar and different from each other, and I enjoyed them each for what they are.

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NCompass Live: Using YA Literature to Inspire Teen Girls’ Interests in STEM

Join us for the next NCompass Live, ‘Using YA Literature to Inspire Teen Girls’ Interests in STEM’, on Wednesday, November 8, 10:00am – 11:00am CT.

If Hunger Games can inspire young women to take up the bow and arrow, then surely other young adult (YA) titles can inspire enthusiasm for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). This program will discuss the role of YA fiction in teen development and specific YA titles to encourage STEM interests with teen girls.

Presenter: Dr. Melissa Cast-Brede, Department of Teacher Education, College of Education, University of Nebraska Omaha.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • Nov. 15 – What’s Up @ the Commission?
  • Nov. 29 – Libraries Rock! : Summer Reading Program 2018
  • Dec. 6 – Guerrilla Storytime
  • Dec. 13  How to Choose Your News: Educating College Students on Identifying Bias
  • Dec. 27 – The Next Best Thing to Having Your Own Gigabit Internet

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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NCompass Live: Letters About Literature: Read. Be Inspired. Write Back.

Join us for the next NCompass Live, ‘Letters About Literature: Read. Be Inspired. Write Back.’, on Wednesday, November 1, 10:00am – 11:00am CT.

Letters About Literature is a Library of Congress national reading and writing promotion program that asks young people in grades 4 through 12 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives. This session will provide helpful hints for encouraging student writing and reading in the classroom, school library, and public library. The Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Center for the Book (Nebraska’s sponsors of the Letters About Literature competition) recently awarded grants (funded by Humanities Nebraska) to five schools and public libraries to host pilot Letter Writing Clinics for students in their area. The clinics introduced students to the Letters About Literature contest and letter writing techniques. Students got ideas for selecting books and learned how to craft letters that can be submitted to the Letters About Literature contest. We will share lessons learned from these activities at this session.

Presenters: Mary Jo Ryan – Communications Coordinator, Nebraska Library Commission; Laureen Riedesel – Director, Beatrice Public Library, and Nebraska Letters About Literature Coordinator; Christine Walsh – Assistant Library Director, Kearney Public Library, and Nebraska Center for the Book Vice President.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • Nov. 8 – Using YA Literature to Inspire Teen Girls’ Interests in STEM
  • Nov. 15 – What’s Up @ the Commission?
  • Nov. 29 – Libraries Rock! : Summer Reading Program 2018

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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‘E-rate: What’s New for 2018?’ Workshops Scheduled

‘E-rate: What’s New for 2018?’ has been scheduled in locations across the state and online.

What is E-rate? How can my library benefit from E-rate? How do I apply for E-rate?

E-rate is a federal program that provides discounts to schools and libraries on Telecommunications, Internet access, and Internal Connections costs in order to make these services more affordable. There have been some big changes to E-rate since USAC launched the E-Rate Productivity Center(EPC). This new online portal is the main point of entry for all E-rate interactions. With your organizational account you can now use EPC to file forms, track your application status, communicate with USAC, and more.

What does your library need to know to use this new E-rate portal? In this workshop, Christa Porter, Nebraska’s State E-rate Coordinator for Public Libraries, will first cover the basics of the E-rate program and then show you how to access and use your account in EPC to submit your Funding Year 2018 E-rate application.

Dates and locations:

    • November 6 – Kearney Public Library
    • November 7 – McCook Public Library
    • November 8 – Scottsbluff Public Library
    • November 14 – Plainview Public Library
    • November 20 – Blair Public Library
    • November 29 – Seward Memorial Library
    • December 5 – Online, GoToWebinar

NOTE: A location in the southeast part of the state is being finalized and will be announced soon.

To register for any of these sessions, go to the Nebraska Library Commission’s Training & Events Calendar and search for ‘e-rate 2018’.

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NCompass Live: Google Forms for Your Library

Join us for the next NCompass Live, ‘Google Forms for Your Library’, on Wednesday, October 25, 10:00am – 11:00am CT.

Learn how to use Google Forms for surveys or polls, program registrations, planning a meeting time and more. You can even collaborate on a form with others. The best part? It’s free and easy to use!

Presenter: Megan Boggs, Seward (NE) Memorial Library

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • Nov. 1 – Letters About Literature: Read. Be Inspired. Write Back.
  • Nov. 8 – Using YA Literature to Inspire Teen Girls’ Interests in STEM
  • Nov. 15 – What’s Up @ the Commission?
  • Nov. 29 – Libraries Rock! : Summer Reading Program 2018

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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NCompass Live: ALA Book Club Central with Author Stephanie Powell Watts!

Join us for the next NCompass Live, ‘ALA Book Club Central with Author Stephanie Powell Watts!’, on Wednesday, October 18, 10:00am – 11:00am CT.

We are very excited to announce that Stephanie Powell Watts, author of the inaugural Sarah Jessica Parker Book Club Central selection, No One Is Coming to Save Us, will be joining us to chat about her debut novel.

In addition, United for Libraries President Elect Skip Dye, VP, library marketing and digital sales at Penguin Random House, will discuss Sarah Jessica Parker’s most recent Book Club Central pick, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, and resources for book clubs. Jennifer Hart, SVP, Associate Publisher and Group Marketing Director of William Morrow, will also be joining us to discuss Book Club Girl and the resources available through that program.

The American Library Association (ALA) launched Book Club Central at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago this summer with the website and Honorary Chair Sarah Jessica Parker’s first selection.

Book Club Central is a place for author interviews, book recommendations and reviews, as well as discussion questions and information on how to start and moderate a book club.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • Oct. 11 – NO NCOMPASS LIVE THIS WEEK – Enjoy the 2017 NLA/NSLA Annual Conference!
  • Oct. 25 – Google Forms for Your Library
  • Nov. 8 – Using YA Literature to Inspire Teen Girls’ Interests in STEM
  • Nov. 29 – Libraries Rock! : Summer Reading Program 2018

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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Free webinar recording: “Celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week”

United for Libraries has made available a free webcast recording on “Celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week: Promoting Your Group and Library.”

Plan now for the 12th annual National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 15-21, 2017. This webinar will offer ideas on how to celebrate the week within your group, library, and community. Hear about the 2016 National Friends of Libraries Week Award winners, the Holdrege (NE) Area Friends of the Library and the Friends of the Glendale (Ariz.) Public Library. And learn about the ALA Store’s new customizable “Friend Your Library” products designed specifically for Friends.

View the webcast recording and learn more on the National Friends of Libraries Week website.

United for Libraries Friends group members are also eligible to apply for National Friends of Libraries Week Awards. All Nebraska public libraries are members of United for Libraries through the statewide membership purchased by the Nebraska Library Commission. Two groups will be awarded $250 each in honor of their celebrations during the week.

For information about the award and to submit an application for your group, visit the Awards website.

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NCompass Live: Talking Books: Helping Patrons All Over Nebraska!

Join us for the next NCompass Live, ‘Talking Books: Helping Patrons All Over Nebraska!’, on Wednesday, October 4, 10:00am – 11:00am CT.

Join Scott Scholz, Director of the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book & Braille Service, to learn about the free audiobooks, audio magazines, and braille that are available through the TBBS. Scott will also talk about the various services that come together to provide accessibility to different kinds of resources for people with reading disabilities.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • Oct. 11 – NO NCOMPASS LIVE THIS WEEK – Enjoy the 2017 NLA/NSLA Annual Conference!
  • Oct. 18 – ALA Book Club Central
  • Oct. 25 – Google Forms for Your Library
  • Nov. 8 – Using YA Literature to Inspire Teen Girls’ Interests in STEM

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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NCompass Live: Weeding Your Library Collection

Join us for the next NCompass Live, ‘Weeding Your Library Collection’, on Wednesday, September 27, 10:00am – 11:00am CT.

Learn how to keep your library collection user-friendly, increase circulation, and improve the appeal of your library with these weeding tips, tricks, and techniques. Denise Harders, Co-Director of the Central Plains Library System, will discuss the importance of weeding and how to do it successfully. We will also hear about the annual CPLS Month of Weeding project.

 

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • Oct. 11 – NO NCOMPASS LIVE THIS WEEK – Enjoy the 2017 NLA/NSLA Annual Conference! Check out the full program and register.
  • Oct. 18 – ALA Book Club Central
  • Oct. 25 – Google Forms for Your Library
  • Nov. 8 – Using YA Literature to Inspire Teen Girls’ Interests in STEM

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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Funding for Small-Town Libraries: Kreutz Bennett Donor Advised Fund Grants

There is still time to apply for grants to small-town public libraries

Grants of up to $20,000 are available for libraries in communities with populations of fewer than 3,000, thanks to the generosity of a lifelong educator, the late Shirley Kreutz Bennett of Lincoln. Each year the Kreutz Bennett Donor-Advised Fund, an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation, accepts proposals for grants for planning that leads to certification, program enhancements, and facilities improvements.

The deadline to submit the initial short application form is October 1, 2017.

Following Ms. Kreutz Bennett’s wishes, a fund advisory committee composed of her nieces and nephews recommends grants in three areas: planning grants leading to accreditation; enhancement grants to improve library services; and facilities grants for new construction or the renovation, restoration or rehabilitation of current libraries.

All grants require a one-to-one match in local funds and evidence that the project has broad community support. Approximately $70,000 to $80,000 is available each year. Grant seekers are encouraged to review the guidelines and application procedures at www.nebcommfound.org/fund/kreutz-bennett.

For more information, contact Reggi Carlson, NCF Communications Specialist, (402) 323-7338 or rcarlson@nebcommfound.org.

There are 228 libraries in Nebraska communities with populations under 3,000, which makes them eligible for a grant from the Kreutz Bennett Donor-Advised Fund. Of those, about 100 are not accredited by the Nebraska Library Commission.

“Gaining accreditation is critical to our libraries. It opens the door to other outside funding,” said Jeff Yost, Nebraska Community Foundation president and CEO. “In many small towns, the library may be the only place where some people have access to the internet. Shirley’s legacy gift shows that she had great vision and commitment to people in our small communities. We are honored to help the family of Shirley Kreutz Bennett develop a strategy to share her passion for learning, especially in places where funding continues to shrink,” said Yost.

Nebraska Community Foundation is a statewide organization using charitable giving to build prosperous communities. NCF works with volunteer leaders serving more than 200 communities by providing training, strategic development, gift planning assistance and financial management for its affiliated funds located throughout the state. In the last five years, more than 37,000 contributions have been made to NCF affiliated funds, and more than $125 million has been reinvested to benefit Nebraska communities. For more information visit www.NebraskaHometown.org.

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NCompass Live: Empowering Immigrant Community Members Through Education & Information

Join us for the next NCompass Live, ‘Empowering Immigrant Community Members Through Education & Information’, on Wednesday, September 20, 10:00am – 11:00am CT.

Libraries in the United States have a long history of providing resources and educational programming to immigrants. Today, this role is especially relevant with the increasing immigrant population in addition to increasing uncertainty regarding the new administration’s policies on immigration. Libraries have a unique opportunity and responsibility to not only welcome our immigrant community members, but also to provide information and educational opportunities to protect and empower our immigrant friends, neighbors, and patrons.

Presenter: Mindy Rush Chipman, Senior Managing Attorney, Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • Sept. 27 – Weeding Your Library Collection
  • Oct. 11 – NO NCOMPASS LIVE THIS WEEK – Enjoy the 2017 NLA/NSLA Annual Conference! Check out the full program and register.
  • Oct. 18 – ALA Book Club Central
  • Oct. 25 – Google Forms for Your Library
  • Nov. 8 – Using YA Literature to Inspire Teen Girls’ Interests in STEM

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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NCompass Live: One Book For Nebraska Kids & Teens 2017

Join us for the next NCompass Live, ‘One Book For Nebraska Kids & Teens 2017’, on Wednesday, September 13, 10:00am – 11:00am CT.

Wouldn’t it be great if kids all over Nebraska were talking about books? The Nebraska Library Commission & the Regional Library Systems have a program where kids can all read and discuss the same book. Join Sally Snyder, the NLC’s Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services, to learn all about the 2017 program: One Book For Nebraska Kids – Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson, and One Book For Nebraska Teens – The Legend of Bass Reeves by Gary Paulsen.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • Sept. 20 – Empowering Immigrant Community Members Through Education & Information
  • Sept. 27 – Weeding Your Library Collection
  • Oct. 11 – NO NCOMPASS LIVE THIS WEEK – Enjoy the 2017 NLA/NSLA Annual Conference! Check out the full program and register.
  • Oct. 18 – ALA Book Club Central
  • Oct. 24 – Google Forms for Your Library

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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NCompass Live: The New Public Library Director’s Guidebook

Join us for the next NCompass Live, ‘The New Public Library Director’s Guidebook’, on Wednesday, September 6, 10:00am – 11:00am CT.

A new library director has to handle a lot of new things. The Public Library Director’s Guidebook is a compilation of information that should help to answer questions about who’s who and what’s what. Sharon Osenga, Co-Director of the Central Plains Library System; Anneka Ramirez, Director of the Three Rivers Library System; and Holli Duggan, Continuing Education Coordinator at the Nebraska Library Commission, will show off this new resource for new and not-so-new public library directors.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • Sept. 13 – One Book For Nebraska Kids & Teens 2017
  • Oct. 11 – NO NCOMPASS LIVE THIS WEEK – Enjoy the 2017 NLA/NSLA Annual Conference! Check out the full program and register.

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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NCompass Live: The Facets of Fair Use

Join us for the next NCompass Live, ‘The Facets of Fair Use’, on Wednesday, August 30, 10:00am – 11:00am CT.

Many educational activities rely on using someone else’s intellectual property under the banner of “fair use”, but just how far can you take it? What are the limits and what are your responsibilities as a school librarian? This session will decipher some of the copyright and trademark laws and doctrines that determine what you should and shouldn’t do.

Presenter: Scott Childers, Director, Southeast Library System.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • Sept. 6 – The New Public Library Director’s Guidebook

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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NCompass Live: How to Break Up Boredom! Interactive Events for All Ages

Join us for the next NCompass Live, ‘How to Break Up Boredom! Interactive Events for All Ages’, on Wednesday, August 23, 10:00am – 11:00am CT.

Have you ever wondered how to break up boredom for your patrons, whether they are adults, teens, tweens or families…cheap? This small town Kentucky library brings out the human-size board games, life-sized Hungry Hippos and Battleship plus more!

Presenters: Aimee Newberry, Director, and Angela Smith, Outreach Coordinator, McLean County Public Library, Livermore, KY.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • Aug. 30 – The Facets of Fair Use
  • Sept. 6 – The New Public Library Director’s Guidebook

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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NCompass Live: United for Libraries – The Voice for America’s Libraries

Join us for the next NCompass Live, ‘United for Libraries – Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations: The Voice for America’s Libraries’, on Wednesday, August 16, 10:00am – 11:00am CT.

Beth Nawalinski is the Executive Director of United for Libraries, the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, a division of the American Library Association. Beth will be joined by Steve Laird, President of Infogroup and 2017-2018 President of United for Libraries, to share their ideas about United for Library’s mission and vision and how Nebraska and its libraries can benefit and fully use the resources available through this dynamic ALA division. Learn how Nebraska’s statewide membership, including the newly updated online Trustee Academy which is available free to all Nebraska public libraries, can benefit Nebraska – its libraries and people

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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NCompass Live: The 2017 Public Library Accreditation Process

Join us for the next NCompass Live, ‘The 2017 Public Library Accreditation Process’, on Wednesday, August 9, 10:00am – 11:00am CT.

Join us to hear about Nebraska Public Library Accreditation, and get a head start if your library is up for re-accreditation in 2017. If your library is not currently Accredited, you’ll want to attend this session to learn more about the process and explore the possibility of becoming an Accredited Public Library. Christa Porter, Library Development Director at the Nebraska Library Commission, will discuss the Public Library Accreditation process for 2017. She will show how the application form works, relate that process to the required strategic plan, and cover why Accreditation is important and what it can do for your library. This presentation will be of special interest to public library directors and public library board members.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • Aug. 16 – United for Libraries – Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations: The Voice for America’s Libraries
  • Aug. 23 – How to Break Up Boredom! Interactive Events for All Ages

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: Finders-Seekers

I’ve always been a scifi/fantasy fan, and The Ghatti’s Tale: Book One: Finders-Seekers, by Gayle Greeno, has a little of both. Mostly fantasy at the time of the story, but scifi in the past.

Over 200 years ago, colonists from earth came to the planet Methuen. Most of their technology has been mysteriously destroyed over the years. During their time on the planet they have developed a new ability – telepathic bonding with the native ghatti.

The ghatti are race of large cats on Methuen who can speak telepathically to humans, if they choose to bond with them. I wish I could talk to my cats, in any way at all. Would make my life so much easier!

These human-ghatti Bondmates settle disputes using their shared ability to truth-read people’s minds and emotions. However, not everyone may appreciate this involvement in their affairs. In The Ghatti’s Tale, telepathic humans and ghatti are being murdered. One pair of Bondmates, a woman Doyce, and her ghatta Khar’pern, have been chosen to find out who is doing this and why. Doyce has a special interest in the murders, as her intended fiance has become one of the victims.

I was thoroughly engrossed in this story and the characters. This is the first book in the three book Ghatti’s Tale series. Book 2 is MindSpeakers’ Call and Book 3 is Exiles’ Return. And there is a followup 2 books series that continues the story – Ghattens Gambit, made up of Sunderlies Seeking and The Farthest Seeking. So, if you’re like me, and after the first book you have to know what happens next, there’s plenty more to read!

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