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The Nebraska Library Association and the Nebraska Regional Library Systems just got word that we received a grant from Nebraska Library Commission to help with the costs of chartering a bus to ALA in Chicago this summer. So, Nebraska librarians are going on a road trip to ALA. Woo hoo! We’re excited and we’ll get promotional information together soon. In the meantime, if this sounds of interest, please let us know. As a requirement for the grant we’ll need to get at least 30 Nebraska riders – which we’re pretty confident we can accomplish. Plans are to leave on June 27th and return on July 2nd. We’re not sure at this point whether or not we’ll need to charge riders a fee – but if we do, at the most it’d be in the range of $50 to $100.
We hope to get more details out soon to begin promoting this opportunity, but wanted to get the word out now as we realize advanced notice can be helpful in making plans to attend. If you have questions – let us know and we’ll try and answer.
Denise Harders, email@example.com, Republican Valley Library System, 2727 West 2nd Street, #233, Hastings, NE 68901, 402-462-1975, 402-462-1974 (Fax), 800-569-4961 (Toll-Free), 402-705-1409 (Cell)
Lee Rainie and Maeve Duggan, of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, authored a new study, E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines showing that the population of e-book readers is growing. In the past year, the number of those who read e-books increased from 16% of all Americans ages 16 and older to 23%. At the same time, the number of those who read printed books in the previous 12 months fell from 72% of the population ages 16 and older to 67%.
Overall, the number of book readers in late 2012 was 75% of the population ages 16 and older, a small and statistically insignificant decline from 78% in late 2011. The move toward e-book reading coincides with an increase in ownership of electronic book reading devices. In all, the number of owners of either a tablet computer or e-book reading device such as a Kindle or Nook grew from 18% in late 2011 to 33% in late 2012. As of November 2012, some 25% of Americans ages 16 and older own tablet computers such as iPads or Kindle Fires, up from 10% who owned tablets in late 2011. And in late 2012 19% of Americans ages 16 and older own e-book reading devices such as Kindles and Nooks, compared with 10% who owned such devices at the same time last year.
This move toward e-books has also affected libraries. The share of recent library users who have borrowed an e-book from a library has increased from 3% last year to 5% this year.
Beyond that, there is growing public awareness that the vast majority of public libraries now lend e-books. In the entire population of those ages 16 and older, the number who are aware that libraries offer e-book loans increased from 24% last year to 31% now. At the same time, there has been a drop in the number of people who do not know whether their local library has an e-book borrowing program.
Have you seen a similar increase paired with a similar decline in your local community? Comment below to share your library’s experience.
YALSA announces 2013 Teen Tech Week™
The time has come to Check In @ your library! Registration for Teen Tech Week™, the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) annual celebration of digital literacy and technology via the library is now open at www.ala.org/teentechweek.
Teen Tech Week™ is March 10-16, 2013, with a theme of Check In @ your library, which encourages libraries to throw open their physical and virtual doors and showcase the outstanding technology they offer for teens and their families, from services such as online homework help and digital literacy-focused programs to resources like e-books, movies, music, audiobooks, databases and more.
“Teens are constantly using technology to communicate, collaborate and create, and libraries are a great place for teens to learn how to use technology safely and smartly,” said YALSA President H. Jack Martin. “Registering for Teen Tech Week helps demonstrate that libraries around the country consider technology an important part of teen lives and an important part of the programs and services offered by libraries.”
Registrant benefits include a free webinar on maker spaces with Hilary Kolos from Dreamyard and materials from TTW Partners, such as database trials, books and more. For more information and to join, please visit the Teen Tech Week website.
Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens gain the digital literacy skills they need—with the help of libraries—in order to be successful in school and prepared to participate in a 21st century workforce.
For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For more information: Contact: Jaclyn Finneke
Nebraska librarians and library supporter are encouraged to speak out in our communities across Nebraska. Everyone needs to know that libraries offer e-books and 21st century library services, but we are unable to offer all the e-reading choices our patrons need because some publishers refuse to work with us and because of funding challenges. ALA just released the e-book media toolkit, with resources to support your efforts to address this communication challenge. The toolkit includes op-ed and press release templates for library supporters interested in informing the public of the role that libraries play in building literate and knowledgeable communities. Check out these resources that you can use to support your library: http://www.districtdispatch.org/2012/11/right-now-ala-e-book-media-toolkit-available/. Do you think you can use these resources in your community? Please comment below and share examples.
Kwame Dawes, Guggenheim Fellow and winner of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, will embark on a driving tour in December 2012 to promote Prairie Schooner in public libraries across the state of Nebraska. Dawes is Editor-in-Chief of the international literary journal based out of the University of Nebraska. He will be joined by poet and managing editor, Marianne Kunkel.
This tour fulfills one of the goals that Dawes set for himself during the first few months of his tenure as editor-in-chief of Prairie Schooner. “Prairie Schooner is one of Nebraska’s greatest and most enduring gifts to the world, and it has been giving America so much for eighty-six years. I want to find as many ways to remind the people of the state about what a treasure we have and to see if we can generate even more ownership and pride in the publication.”
Since his arrival, Prairie Schooner has expanded its web presence and has even made the move, after almost a century, to online submissions. Prairie Schooner has begun to have a marked international focus. Dawes, however, sees this tour as a way to remind its core base about the journal’s roots in Nebraska and its continued interest in regional writers as well as its reliance on the support and interest of Nebraskans. “We do not want to be an impersonal journal, but one that is aware that real people read and support the journal, and many of those real people live here in Nebraska. The great perk for all of this, however, is that I get a chance to see the state more and to find out how Prairie Schooner can support the literary arts in Nebraska in town after town.”
The tour, which spans from Dec. 8 to Dec. 22, will take place in public libraries in more than twelve cities, including Alliance, Beatrice, Broken Bow, and Fremont. Each visit will feature poetry readings by Dawes and Kunkel followed by a question and answer session. Kunkel will promote the journal to attendees, offering information about submissions and selling single copies and subscriptions.
Rod Wagner, Nebraska Library Commission Communications Director, says, “This is a great opportunity for people across Nebraska to hear an internationally-known Nebraska poet read from his work and to learn more about Nebraska’s own Prairie Schooner.” For more information contact Marianne Kunkel, PrairieSchooner@unl.edu and stay tuned to Prairie Schooner’s website (prairieschooner.unl.edu/) for a complete calendar of the dates and times of the inaugural Prairie Schooner library tour.
Sign Up for ‘Money Smart Week @ your library’, April 20-27, 2013
Please join the hundreds of libraries across the country that will be providing financial literacy programming during Money Smart Week @ your library, April 20-27.
Libraries of all types can provide much needed financial education to their communities- pubic, school, academic, special. Last year over 250 libraries in 39 states participated. We are hoping to double the number of libraries this year, and have participation in each state.
ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) have partnered to make it easy for you to participate, with toolkits, great program ideas, guides, resources, downloadable logos and more. And we don’t ask you to do a lot, you can participate if you only provide one program during the week.
To learn more about ‘Money Smart Week @ your library’ and how other libraries have benefited from being part of Money Smart Week @ your library take a look at this recent archived webinar which you can view at your leisure (55 minutes).
Please feel free to pass the link to the webinar link to any colleagues who you would like to also encourage to participate.
If you and your library would like to participate we ask that should register as a ‘Library Partner’ at the Money Smart Week website – http://www.moneysmartweek.org/ala. Please register by January 2nd if possible.
And don’t forget to also sign up for the Money Smart Week @ your library discussion list, where we provide updates and you can ask questions of other participating librarians.
- Go to: http://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/mswlibrary
- Choose “Subscribe” from the left-hand column and provide your e-mail address
- First-time subscribers will be required to provide a password
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
Sincerely, Michael Dowling
Director, International and Chapter Relations Offices
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL, USA
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Nebraska libraries are encouraged to get involved with this great opportunity for programming. Are you interested? Comment below to share your ideas…thanks, mjr
November 8 –Nebraska Community Foundation to Host Statewide Annual Events in Kearney
More than 200 volunteer leaders and guests of the Nebraska Community Foundation will gather for a day of training and an evening of tribute to another successful year for NCF’s 221 affiliated funds across the state. All events will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center, 110 2nd Avenue, in Kearney.
NCF will offer nine separate training sessions for NCF affiliated fund leaders throughout the day. Topics will include “strengths-based leadership;” fundraising, leadership succession; attracting young people back to their communities; and merging traditional media with social media to inspire charitable giving. Featured speakers include John M. Fulwider, PhD, a leadership development coach and consultant; Carol Weisman, an internationally known fundraising trainer; and Matt Rezac, Director of Rural Community Partnerships with the Sherwood Foundation of Omaha. The evening reception, banquet and affiliated fund exposition is open to the public. Register online by Sunday, November 4: http://www.nebcommfound.org/news-events/event-calendar/register/2774/
The evening banquet program will open with a welcome address by Galen Hadley, Nebraska State Senator District 37. The program will include remarks from former Nebraska District 1 Congressman Doug Bereuter, who is now an NCF Board member, and leaders from affiliated funds in Keith County, Imperial, McCook and Norfolk. The Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund will be honored with the Community Legacy Award, recognizing the fund advisory committee members for each having arranged planned gifts within their estates to benefit their community.
SCHEDULE: Thursday, November 8, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Training Sessions (For NCF affiliated funds only)
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Affiliated Fund Exposition and Reception
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Banquet and Speakers
BACKGROUND: NCF is heralded as a national model for rural development philanthropy, which uses charitable giving as a tool for strengthening rural economies. NCF’s 221 affiliated funds serve 235 Nebraska communities in 79 counties; more than $97 million has been reinvested in communities over the past five years. In the past fiscal year total assets have increased by 13 percent to $79 million. More than 35,000 contributions were made through the Nebraska Community Foundation in the last five years. NCF, headquartered in Lincoln, is not a typical community foundation; all grantmaking decisions are made by local affiliated funds in communities across the state. NCF supports 1,800 volunteer leaders through training, financial management, donor education, and planning. Since its founding in 1993, NCF and its affiliated funds have reinvested more than $163 million in Nebraska. For more information go to www.nebcommfound.org.
Library staff an supporters: Please comment on this post if you plan to attend this event and whether or not you are attending as part of a larger community team.
Nebraska libraries have the opportunity to host “Write-ins” at the library during the month of November.
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.
Check out the Come Write In: Libraries page on this Website: http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/library and comment on this post regarding whether your library will be participating.
Award Winners to be Present at November 3 Celebration of Nebraska Books
An awards presentation ceremony will highlight the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Celebration of Nebraska Books on November 3, 2012 at the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P Streets, in downtown Lincoln. Winners of the 2012 Nebraska Book Awards will be honored and the celebration will include readings and signings by some of the winning authors. The authors that will be present to read from their books include:
- Sandra K. Mathews, Anthology Honor Award for Women on the North American Plains, edited by Renee Laegreid and Sandra K. Mathews. Texas Tech University Press.
- Tim Reigert, Dennis Mihelich and David Bristow, Cover/Design/Illustration Award Winner for First Telegraph Line across the Continent: Charles Brown’s 1861 Diary, edited by Dennis Mihelich and James E. Potter. Book design by Reigert Graphics. Nebraska State Historical Society Books.
- Calvin Banks and Jeff Lacey, Cover/Design/Illustration Honor Award for Flushed During Play: 51 Pet Rodent Deaths, compiled by Jeff Lacey. Artwork by Calvin Banks.
- Tom McNeal, Fiction Award Winner for To Be Sung Underwater, by Tom McNeal. Little, Brown and Company.
- Brent Spencer, Non-Fiction Biography Award Winner for Rattlesnake Daddy: A Son’s Search For His Father, by Brent Spencer. The Backwaters Press.
- Richard Schilling, Non-Fiction Nebraska as Place Award Winner for Portraits of the Prairie: The Land That Inspired Willa Cather, by Richard Schilling. University of Nebraska Press.
- Twyla Hansen, Poetry Award Winner for Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet, by Twyla M. Hansen and Linda M. Hasselstrom. The Backwaters Press.
The celebration, free and open to the public, will also feature presentation of the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Jane Geske Award to the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation for their exceptional contribution to literacy, books, reading, libraries, or literature in Nebraska. The Jane Geske Award commemorates Jane Pope Geske’s passion for books, and was established in recognition of her contributions to the well-being of the libraries of Nebraska. Jane Pope Geske was a founding member of the Nebraska Center for the Book, former director of the Nebraska Library Commission, and a long-time leader in Nebraska library and literary activities.
This year the Celebration marks the eighth year of One Book One Nebraska, selecting and promoting a title for Nebraskans to read to celebrate the literary richness of our state. “I Am a Man:” Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice is the 2012 One Book One Nebraska and Nebraska libraries and other literary and cultural organizations across the state are hosting activities and events to encourage all Nebraskans to read and discuss the same book (see http://onebook.nebraska.gov/2012/index.aspx). Author Joe Starita will speak about the book and his experience discussing his book with Nebraskans across the state through the One Book One Nebraska program.
The Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m.—just prior to the 3:30-6:30 p.m. Celebration. An Awards Reception honoring the winning authors, book signings, and announcement of the 2013 One Book One Nebraska book choice will conclude the festivities.
The Celebration of Nebraska Books is sponsored by Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Humanities Council, and Nebraska Library Commission, in partnership with the Nebraska State Historical Society, Museum of Nebraska History, and the Friends of the University of Nebraska Press. The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state’s readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book, supporting programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Nebraska Center for the Book is supported by the Nebraska Library Commission.
Basic computer classes are scheduled to be delivered free-of-charge at libraries in the Library Broadband Builds Nebraska Communities project. These sessions are offered by some of Nebraska’s Community Colleges. see the calendar on the Library Broadband Builds Nebraska Communities blog for details. Libraries are invited to consider sending library staff to these sessions, if it is nearby. The sessions are intended for library customers, but library staff could gain skills and information to help serve library patrons and answer their questions about using public computer resources. The training is made possible by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The following sessions are a sample of what will be provided by Central Community College for the library customers in their area.
|Location of Class||Name of Class||Date(s) of Class||Scheduled Times||# of Class Contact Hours|
|Albion Public Library||How to use the mouse & keyboard?||Thursday, October 11, 2012||6 – 8 pm||2|
|Albion Public Library||How/Where to save & find your files?||Thursday, October 18, 2012||6 – 8 pm||2|
|Albion Public Library||What is the Internet & how to use it?||Thursday, October 25, 2012||6 – 8 pm||2|
|Albion Public Library||Introduction to Emailing||Thursday, Nov. 1, 8 & 15, 2012||6 – 8 pm||6|
|Albion Public Library||Microsoft Excel 2010 – Basic||Thursday, Sept 27 & Oct 4, 2012||9 am – 1 pm||8|
|Central City Public Library||How to use the mouse & keyboard?||Tuesday, October 2, 2012||6 – 8 pm||2|
|Central City Public Library||How/Where to save & find your files?||Tuesday, October 9, 2012||6 – 8 pm||2|
|Central City Public Library||What is the Internet & how to use it?||Tuesday, October 16, 2012||6 – 8 pm||2|
|Central City Public Library||Introduction to eBay||Saturday, October 6, 2012||1 – 3 pm||2|
|Grand Island Public Library||Basic Excel||Tuesday Oct 2||6-8 pm||2|
|Grand Island Public Library||Tuesday Oct 4||6-8 PM||2|
|Grand Island Public Library||Basic Power Point||Tuesday Oct 9||6-8 PM||2|
|Grand Island Public Library||Wednesday Oct 10||6-8 pm||2|
|Grand Island Public Library||Thursday Oct 11||6-8 PM||2|
|Grand Island Public Library||How to Upload Pictures||Saturday Oct 13||10 AM – 12 PM||2|
|Grand Island Public Library||Basic Publisher||Tuesday Oct 16||6-8 PM||2|
|Grand Island Public Library||The Basic’s of Craig’s List||Thursday Oct 19||10 AM – 12 PM||2|
|Grand Island Public Library||Internet||Thursday10/25/2012||6-8 PM||2|
|Kearney Public Library||Basic Excel||Friday Sept 21 &28||12 pm to 4 pm||8|
|Kearney Public Library||Intermediate Excel||Friday Oct 5 &12||12 pm to 4 pm||8|
|Kearney Public Library||Advanced Excel||Friday Oct 19 &26||12 pm to 4 pm||8|
|St. Paul Public Library||Basic Computers||Monday10/15/2012||6-8 PM||2|
Health Education Sessions are scheduled to be delivered at libraries in the Library Broadband Builds Nebraska Communities project. These sessions are offered by McGoogan Library of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. See below for the schedule and see the calendar on the Library Broadband Builds Nebraska Communities blog for details:
September 18: Neligh Public Library for Neligh & Elgin communities
September 19: Plainview Carnegie Library, Ainsworth Public Library, Osmond Public Library
September 20: Lied Randolph Public Library, Randolph; John A Stahl Library, West Point;
Bloomfield Public Library
September 21: Stromsburg Public Library
September 24: Sidney Public Library, Kimball Public Library
September 25: Nancy Fawcett Memorial Library, Lodgepole
September 26: Culbertson Public Library; Holdrege Area Public Library, Holdrege
September 27: Alliance Public Library, Chadron Public Library
September 28: Rushville Public Library
October 1: Clay Center Public Library
October 4: Hruska Memorial Public Library, David City
October 5: Wahoo Public Library, Fairmont Public Library
For more information, contact:
Note: Teresa Hartman, email@example.com, comments, “Please consider sending library staff to one of these sessions, if it is nearby. The sessions are intended for consumers, but library staff could gain a lot of information on how to serve consumer health information questions as well.”
The training is made possible by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Nebraska Library Commission Webinar, August 15, 2012 at Noon Central: “Creating an Entrepreneur-Friendly Public Library”
Why is it essential that your public library support the local business community? This webinar addresses this important question and provides strategies and examples of how you can do this – no matter what the size of your library is or where it is located. As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Explain why your library should be involved in entrepreneurship support efforts
- Identify who to partner with in your community and why
- Take the next steps in developing good public-private partnerships
- Learn best practices from case studies of public libraries of all sizes
- Identify next steps you can take to make business support initiatives happen
This webinar is presented by Christine Hamilton-Pennell, president of Growing Local Economies, Inc. and nationally recognized presenter on the topic of public libraries and entrepreneurship. She has a background in both librarianship and economic development. She received her MLIS degree from UCLA, and worked for 25 years in libraries of all types before serving for several years as the economic intelligence specialist for the City of Littleton’s Economic Gardening project. She started her current business in October 2007. You can learn more at her website, www.growinglocaleconomies.com.
REGISTER at: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e66vp2u45b97ea9b&llr=merlk7cab using the blue button at the bottom of the page. This Webinar will be offered using Adobe connect Webinar software. The system can connect to 100 locations. Register Early to guarantee your spot.
Participants at this webinar will receive a complimentary downloadable copy of Christine’s e-book, “Creating an Entrepreneurship-Friendly Public Library,” which is for sale on her website.
NOTE to libraries involved with the Library Broadband Builds Nebraska Communities project—please be sure to report these training hours on your monthly reports.
Made possible by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
If you have a Facebook account, than I have a request for you!
Earlier this summer, our library entered a photo in a “The Ugly Book Return Contest.” Kingsley Library Equipment company from California will be giving away a brand new book return valued at $4500.00 to the winner. The winner’s photo doesn’t have to be the ugliest, just has to have the most likes. There are only 6 entries, thus far and wouldn’t it be great if a Nebraska Library won!
Click on this link: http://www.facebook.com/kingsleylibraryequipment/app_343443465714045?ref=ts and then log into Facebook and vote!~
If for some reason, this link does not work, all you have to do is log into your Facebook account and find the Kingsley Library Equipment Fan Page, go to their Ugly Book Return Contest and like the Hartington Public Library photo.
We have been getting votes all summer and our library was in 1st place (by 45 votes), but now as of today we are 5 votes behind. After you vote, feel to share this link/site all you Facebook Friends! Your support would be great appreciated!
106 S. Broadway, Box 458
Hartington, NE 68739
ATTRACTING YOUTH HOME TO RURAL NEBRASKA
May 24, 2012—Noon to 1:00 p.m. CT
Craig Schroeder, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
Many Nebraska community leaders are concerned about youth out-migration and would like to know what can be done to address it effectively. The exodus of young people has indeed had a significant impact on our rural communities for many years. However, recent research by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, documents that a sea change is underway, with over half of rural Nebraska youth indicating that they would prefer to live in their hometowns in the future if there are career and business opportunities available. Unfortunately, three-quarters of rural Nebraska youth surveyed also indicate that no one has asked for their input on how to make their hometown a more attractive option to stay or come back to.
On May 24, Craig Schroeder with the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship will broadcast a free one-hour webinar available to Nebraska libraries and community leaders seeking to involve youth in ways that will encourage them stay or return home in the future.
In this session, Craig will address three key topics that are vital to attracting youth:
- Creating local career and business opportunities for young people.
- Involving youth in decision-making and community service.
- Making community investments in youth and their enterprises.
Craig will also announce an exciting new youth project, utilizing local library resources, to help young people develop a richer appreciation of their community’s heritage, and thereby deepen their ownership and pride in their hometowns.
This webinar is being supported by the Nebraska Library Commission under the Library Broadband Builds Nebraska Communities initiative. Please feel free to invite a local community economic development group or youth group to view it with you in the library or outside the library.
To register for this free webinar, see: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventoeidk=a07e5v9lcta039e16b5&llr=opyrgedab
This Webinar will be offered using Adobe connect Webinar software. For library staff that would like to test their connection using this software, Craig will run a library webinar test two times on Monday, May 21, 2012–at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Central.
This is the web link for both tests: http://heartlandcenter.adobeconnect.com/pawnee/
This Webinar test link will create offer test PowerPoint slides and will test the audio connect using VOIP (the Internet connection). Libraries will need to have speakers connected to their computers to hear the VOIP audio. They will be able to interact during the webinar by typing into chat boxes when prompted for feedback. Please feel free to contact Mary Jo Ryan, 402-471-3434 questions.
NOTE TO libraries involved with the Library Broadband Builds Nebraska Communities project—please be sure to report these training hours on your monthly reports.
PHILADELPHIA — Rod Wagner, director of the Nebraska Library Commission, has been elected 2012-2013 vice president/president-elect of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).
Wagner has served as secretary/treasurer for ALTAFF and was also on the board of Friends of Libraries U.S.A.(FOLUSA). He has also served on ALA Council and on the board of the Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies. He served as president of the Nebraska Library Association, on the board of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, as president of the Western Council of State Libraries and as president of the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska. He has worked for the Nebraska Library Commission since 1972. He earned an MA in library science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
“My commitment to ALTAFF will continue to be promoting ALTAFF’s assets and directing them toward ALTAFF’s essential mission — supporting citizens who govern, promote, advocate and fundraise for all types of libraries,” Wagner said. “ALTAFF has a great track record in presenting excellent educational programs, providing a rich array of helpful information resources and advocating on behalf of America’s libraries. Building on ALTAFF’s strengths will result in better informed, capable and active library supporters, all devoted to a greater purpose of supplying the kind and quality of library services beneficial to library customers everywhere.”
Two additional ALTAFF board positions were filled during the 2012 election. Diane Sarantakos was elected to the position of trustee at large. Sarantakos is the director of development for the Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City, Okla. She has served on ALTAFF Annual Conference Committee, the ALTAFF Public Library Association (PLA) Conference Planning Committee and the ALTAFF Trustee Ethics Policy Task Force.
Deborah Doyle was elected to the position of foundation at large. Doyle is interim executive director of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. She has served on the ALTAFF Newsletter and Website Committee. She is the National Library Legislative Day coordinator for the state of California and has also been active in PLA and the Library Leadership & Management Association. She earned an MLIS from San Jose State University.
ALTAFF is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. ALTAFF brings together library Trustees, advocates, Friends, and Foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information, visit www.ala.org/altaff, or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nebraska Public Television and Radio (NET) staff, in partnership with the Nebraska Library Commission, are gathering the thoughts, perspective, and questions of the public this election year. Bill Kelly from NET visited Broken Bow to record a round table discussion with local citizens and Grand Island Public Library recently started to participate in this “NET Campaign Connection 2012: Voter Voices” project. This is a unique opportunity for library users to make use of a webcam computer to voice the important issues during this campaign season. (Seen on TheIndependent.com at http://www.theindependent.com/news/local/library-celebrating-national-library-week/article_f6f0032c-8256-11e1-9661-001a4bcf887a.html and SandhillsExpress.com http://sandhillsexpress.com/BuySell/BuySellDetails/tabid/108/ArticleId/5063/Nebraska-Public-Television-Radio-Voters-Voices.aspx..)
Citizens are invited to sit at the computer with a webcamera, state their name, and ask questions of the candidates or comment on issues important to them or to their communty. This is a great way to motivate people in your community to come into the library and use the library public computer center–participating in this exciting digital democracy project. See netNebraska.org/votervoices for more information. Libraries with public computer centers can contact Mary Jo Ryan, 800-307-2665, if you are interested in participating. Are you ready for your close-up?
You belong @ your library as libraries transform lives through technological literacy. Communities across the Nebraska are celebrating the valuable contributions of our state’s libraries during National Library Week, April 8 – 14. This year’s National Library Week theme is “You belong @ your library,” and libraries are offering programs and services that showcase technology and educational resources.
Libraries are transforming lives by providing patrons the tools and skills needed to compete and thrive in a 21st century marketplace. Libraries continue to provide traditional resources and services, but now customers will find bookshelves among computer labs and wireless environments. Nebraska libraries are becoming technology hubs that thousands turn to and depend on for technological literacy resources, including free computer and software workshops, employment databases and free access to digital media.
Libraries continue to enhance traditional services with technology resources. “As technology continues to shape commerce, education and social interaction, libraries play a key role in leveling the playing field for their users,” said American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael. “Libraries are transforming lives through education and lifelong learning, as free technology programs provide patrons with the tech skills needed to enhance economic opportunities and help communities thrive.”
For more information about how libraries use National Library Week to get the word out about library services and technology resources, see http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=10020. What are you doing in your library this week? Comment below in the box below “Leave a Reply” to share information about the activities in your library.
After a successful first year in 2011, with libraries in over 30 states participating, the American Library Association is again partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for Money Smart Week @ Your Library in 2012. Money Smart Week’s mission is to promote personal financial literacy.
Libraries of all types have participated in Money Smart Week, partnering with community groups, financial institutions, government agencies, educational organizations and other financial experts to help consumers learn to better manage their personal finances. To learn more about joining the growing number of libraries that are promoting financial literacy during April next year, see http://www.chicagofed.org/webpages/education/msw/ala.cfm. Money Smart Week @ Your Library coincides with National Financial Literacy Month.
More Nebraskans will have access to career services at local libraries thanks to a partnership between the Nebraska Department of Labor and the Nebraska Library Commission. As part of the Nebraska Library Commission’s Library Broadband Builds Nebraska Communities initiative, local libraries will be better equipped to provide customer access to resources for job hunters in the library. Library staff will be trained to assist customers in using NEworks.nebraska.gov, the NE Department of Labor self-help Website with services for Job Seekers (Find a Job, Create a Resume, etc.) and services for Employers (Find a Candidate, Post Job Openings, etc.).
Partnerships with state and local service providers are an integral component of this initiative to upgrade or install 147 computer centers in libraries across the state, which began in 2010 when the Library Commission received a $3.6 million grant through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Other partners that will provide services through the public computing centers include: Central Community College, Nebraska Department of Labor, Nebraska Court Administrator’s Office, Nebraska Community Foundation, Center for Rural Affairs, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, University of Nebraska Medical Center, McGoogan Library of Medicine, and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
See http://www.omaha.com/article/20120407/MONEY/704079922 for Omaha World Herald story by By Paige Yowell.
The April 2012 issue of the BTOP Update newsletter features Nebraska’s BTOP project, Library Broadband Builds Nebraska Communities. This newsletter BTOP Update Vol 3 Number 4 April 2012 provides recipients with links to news, resources, and other programmatic updates.