Author Archives: Mary Jo Ryan

Libraries to Celebrate Money Smart Week® April 23-30, 2016

money-smart-weekLOGO2016Nebraska libraries are invited to join libraries across the country in celebrating Money Smart Week® April 23-30, 2016. Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country. Classes, activities, events, and programming will be offered to all demographics and income levels and will cover all facets of personal finance. Resources for local events are available at http://www.moneysmartweek.org/resources.

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, recently announced that fifty public libraries will host a new traveling exhibition, Thinking Money. Two are located in Nebraska: Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City and Lincoln City Libraries. Through an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content and other fun activities, the exhibition explores themes like wants vs. needs, preparing for a rainy/sunny day and imagining your future self.

Comment below to share what your library is doing to help the people in your community  find the information they need to improve their financial decisions.

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Register Now for Summer and Fall LIS Classes

Central Community CollegeRegistration is now open for Summer and Fall online classes in Library and Information Services (LIS) at Central Community College (CCC).

Classes include:

  • Foundations of Library and Information Services
  • Reference Resources and  Services
  • Leadership and Management in Library and Information Agencies

For more information see: http://www.cccneb.edu/library, http://nowhiringatyourlibrary.nebraska.gov/LISFlyerSummerFall2016.pdf, or contact Dee Johnson at CCC, djohnson@cccneb.edu or 402-562-1418 or 877-222-0780, extension 1418.

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Nebraska Libraries Invited to Host Readathon Event on May 21

50204652016readathonSaturday, May 21 is National Readathon Day, a day dedicated to the joy of reading and giving, when readers everywhere can join together in their local library, school, bookstore, and on social media (#Readathon2016) to read and raise funds in support of literacy. Nebraska libraries are invited to partner with the American Library Association (ALA), Penguin Random House, and libraries across the country by hosting events to benefit ALA’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative, a program that supports the early literacy development of children from birth to age five in libraries across the nation. For more information see http://www.readathonday.com/

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Friday Reads: “Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health,” by B.K.S. Iyengar,

iyengaryogabookcoverIf you know me, you will not be surprised to hear that I’m obsessed with a book about yoga. The thing is, it’s not just a book about yoga; it is THE book about yoga. I’ve borrowed it from (several) libraries dozens of times, bought it for myself and others, and talked about this book to so many people that, frankly, people are starting to drift away at cocktail parties when I bring it up. But since I assume that most of the readers of this post are librarians, I’ll continue on.

If you’ve appreciated the proliferation of yoga classes in contemporary culture, you might have this author to thank for it. Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (B.K.S.) Iyengar is considered the father of modern yoga and the teacher that opened the door to yoga to the Western world. Called “Guruji” by millions of devoted followers, he was honored with a Google doodle showing him in yoga poses last year on what would have been his 97th birthday to celebrate his practicing, teaching and writing about yoga for more than seventy-five years. It has been said that B.K.S. Iyengar could hold a headstand for nearly half an hour well into his eighties. He died in 2014 at the age of 95.

This book provides concise information on the history and philosophy of yoga, but the bulk of the book is devoted to photos and text on how to practice the classic yoga postures (asanas). The book promises: “Yoga is for everyone. You do not need to be an expert or at the peak of physical fitness to practice the asanas described in this book…This book focuses on techniques, so that even a beginner will have a thorough understanding of how to practice the asanas in order to obtain the maximum benefit. By using a few simple props, students with different capabilities can gradually build up strength, confidence, and flexibility without the threat of strain or injury.” And it delivers on this promise with step-by-step instruction on each asana, featuring photos from different angles. The instruction stresses proper alignment and breathing, with variations from beginner to advanced practitioner. The section on Yoga Therapy offers specific asanas to treat specific ailments by rejuvenating the body and then addressing the cause of the ailment. I can attest to the fact that I have come to the mat with a backache and left without it, but the book stresses the importance of steady, consistent, sequential practice—no quick fixes here.

Whether you only have one book on yoga in your collection, or dozens, Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health, by B.K.S. Iyengar, is one you’ll want to review. And the best way to review it is to try it out on the mat. Namaste…mjr

PS: If you wonder why I have had to borrow it from several libraries, it’s heavy (large format, 400+ pages, 4.2 pounds) and I don’t take it with me when I travel—but I can’t seem to go more than a few sessions on the mat without referring to it. So wherever I travel, I have to have it. Thank you public libraries across the country for loaning me this great book.

 

 

 

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Try the School Library Snapshot Tool this Month

AASL_SLM2016_470sqApril is School Library Month: School Libraries Transform Learning–the perfect time to try out the new School Library Snapshot tool that you can use to tell your school library story to parents, administrators, elected officials, students, and community residents. School librarians are encouraged to use this tool to produce your own tailored infographic and create a visual representation of how your library aligns with provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), from providing information literacy instruction to working with teachers and hosting enrichment activities.  Please share them with us by commenting below and including your infographic in the comment. The tool was made available by the Office for Library Advocacy (OLA), in collaboration with American Association of School Librarians (AASL). More information is available at http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2016/03/ala-and-aasl-introduce-school-library-snapshot-tool.

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Community College LIS Courses Start Jan. 11



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Register Now for Online Library & Information Services Courses through Central Community College

Online Course Offerings: January 11, 2016 – May 5, 2016


LIBR 2150 Managing Collections in Libraries and Information Agencies,
Patty Birch, Instructor
This course will provide students with an understanding of managing collections in libraries and information agencies, including:

  • Basics of Collection Management (terminology, models)
  •  21st Century Literacies
  • Selection (All resources, for all age levels)
  • Acquisition
  • Deselection/Weeding
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Copyright

Suggested prerequisite: LIBR 1010 Foundations of Library & Information Services. For information regarding course content, contact the instructor: Patty Birch, pbirch@cccneb.edu

LIBR 2210 Cataloging and Classification, Ruth Carlock, Instructor

This course will include theories, concepts and activities for cataloging and classifying materials in the 21st Century. It includes the following topics:

  • The bibliographic record
  • Sears and Library of Congress subject headings
  • Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems
  • The MARC record
  • Resource Description and Access Instructions

Suggested prerequisite: LIBR 1010 Foundations of Library & Information Services

For information regarding this course, contact the instructor: Ruth Carlock, rcarlock@cccneb.edu

For information concerning Admissions or Registration, contact: Dee Johnson, djohnson@cccneb.edu, 402-562-1418 or 877-222-0780 ext. 1418.

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Friday Reads: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Zevin_Fikry_pbkcvr_rgb_HRThe Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin Books, 2014) What reader doesn’t love a story set in a bookstore? …especially a quirky, little independent bookshop in a purple Victorian cottage on Alice Island where the faded sign reads:

Island Books

Alice Island’s Exclusive Provider of

Fine Literary Content since 1999

No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World

Within the first ten pages of this book, the reader is transported to a place where time is trying to stand still, but of course it won’t. We are immediately introduced to a curmudgeonly bookshop proprietor (A.J Fikry), an eager young publishing representative (Amelia Loman), and a tragic set of circumstance that creates tension between the two of them from the beginning. Fikry is reeling from the loss of his beloved wife and he’s not really coping with his grief and loss. The store isn’t exactly thriving either. We meet Fikry just as his life is about to change dramatically. He suffers another devastating loss and gains a reason to live in the space of a few short weeks.

As the story unfolds, we meet more of the residents of Alice Island and the characters in this book are very well written, interesting, and endearing—with lots of juicy dialog between them. We come to care about them and their community and it goes without saying, we are rooting for Fikry to pull himself together. The writing is clever and crisp and I love a good convention in a book and this one has one—each chapter is introduced with a short book review suitable for a printed shelf-talker. Sometimes it takes until the end of the chapter to figure out what the review had to do with the action in the chapter, but that just makes it more fun. A side benefit of this setup is that I got a bunch of recommendations of books to read.

This is a great selection for a book club, makes a great gift for a reader in your life,  and I promise it’s a page-turner.

Mary Jo Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

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Apply for Internship Grants by Dec. 17

EmilyTwo weeks left for Accredited Public Libraries to submit a 2016 Nebraska Library Internship Grant application to receive up to $1,000 to fund a high school or college intern in 2016! The final deadline to submit your application is Thursday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m. Interns bring a wealth of ideas and enthusiasm  to Nebraska library services–and as you can see in the attached photo, they are often invaluable as technology mentors for library customers.

Details about the 2016 Nebraska Library Internship Grant Program are available at:  http://nowhiringatyourlibrary.nebraska.gov/Internships.asp  For more information contact: JoAnn McManus, Grants Program Manager, 402-471-4870 or 800-307-2665.

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Friday Reads: Make Your Home among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet

cover make your home_In this excellent debut novel by a newly transplanted Nebraska author, Jennine Capó Crucet demonstrates that she is a gifted writer who can create strong multi-dimensional characters. Relocating to Nebraska from Miami, she teaches English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In Make Your Home among Strangers: A Novel, Lizet leaves Miami to venture north to an Ivy League school for her first year of college. The change in climate is not the only thing she has to get used to in her new environment. Besides adjusting to a very different life—academic and social—she has to traverse some unanticipated emotional territory. Learning to live with people with very different backgrounds and expectations than she’s ever been exposed to is just one part of the adjustment process. She also has to manage her own feelings about those she left at home—and maybe left behind? (And what a great colorful crew of well-developed, interesting characters they are!) Lizet has to decide how much her sense of responsibility for family and friends at home will trump her own needs—where the past ends and her future begins. She has to deal with managing her own expectations about her ability to help and steer the ones she loves vs. her ability to do this for herself in her own life.

All of this is explored in the context of very engaging storytelling and true-to-life dialog. We come to really care about Lizet and her family. I found myself really cheering for them all by the end of the book. This story is fun to read and I really enjoyed the author’s wicked observations of human nature—portrayed with gentle humor, not malice. There’s a fascinating sub-plot about what goes on in Miami’s Little Havana while Lizet is away at school and it leaves the reader wanting more of that story about Lizet’s family and friends. I hope I get to read about what happens next for them. Welcome to Nebraska, Jennine Capó Crucet. We can’t wait to read the rest of your stories.

This would be a good book for library book clubs. They would have a great time reading this book—and talking about it. Maybe you could even persuade the author to come to your library to make a presentation. I would love to come to that program!

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Librarians Encouraged to Promote New NET Production “Yours, Willa Cather” on Radio, Television and Digital

Willa Cather wrote some of the most unforgettable fiction of the 20th century including the novels My Antonia and O Pioneers!  But the voice of the private Willa Cather tells a much more personal story. Until recently, many scholars believed that Nebraska author Willa Cather burned most of her letters before her death. Not so. In the new NET Television documentary and NET Radio series, the private person is revealed through letters that survived, hidden away in drawers, trunks and archives.

Yours Willa CatherThe NET Television premiere is 9:00 – 9:30 p.m. CT, Monday, Sept. 21. The NET Radio series begins Saturday, Sept. 5 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 27.  Nebraskans can listen Saturdays at 9:35 a.m. CT (Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26) and Sundays at 4:35 p.m. CT (Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27) on NET Radio.

Based on the 2013 book The Selected Letters of Willa Cather, co-edited by University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor Andrew Jewell and Texas scholar Janis Stout, the NET project has created original video, audio, photography, and commentary. New digital resources including a companion website and e-book will soon be launched. Visit catherletters.org later in September.

The documentary was produced by NET’s Christine Lesiak who also contributed to the 2005 American Masters production of “Willa Cather – The Road is All,” which aired nationally on PBS. The voice of Willa Cather is read by actress Marg Helgenberger of Fremont, known for her Emmy-nominated role on the commercial television series “CSI.”

“Yours, Willa Cather” is funded in part by the NET Foundation for Television, Humanities Nebraska and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Nebraska Librarians Encouraged to Promote 2015 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest

Latino American CommissionThe Nebraska Latino American Commission invites the youth of Nebraska to participate in the Ninth Annual Hispanic Heritage Month State Commemoration Essay Contest. The theme revolves around a quote from influential leader Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio, current Secretary of U.S. Housing & Urban Development. Students are asked to write about what his words and Hispanic Heritage Month mean to them.

“In the end, the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor.”

 Please note that eligibility requirements are inclusive: Students of all ethnicities currently enrolled in a Nebraska public, private, home school or magnet school (grades 6 – 12). Entries welcome in English or Spanish, and must include a signed entry form. More information at http://www.latinoac.nebraska.gov/

All essays due by Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 5 P.M. Essays and entry forms may be submitted by email to Jasel.Cantu@nebraska.gov, via fax at 402-471-4381, or mailed to:

Nebraska Latino American Commission

ATT: Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest

P.O. Box 94965

Lincoln, NE 68509-4965

CONTACT:

 Jasel Cantu

Public Information Officer

Latino American Commission

www.latinoac.nebraska.gov

Nebraska State Capitol

6th Floor, PO Box 94965

Lincoln, NE 68509-4965

Office: 402-471-2791

Fax: 402-471-4381

Email: Jasel.Cantu@Nebraska.gov

 

 

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Deadline September 25 to Apply for “Curiosity Creates” Grants

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)  announced the availability of Curiosity Creates, a new grant to help fund creativity programming in public libraries. Your library could be one of 77 lucky recipients of a $7,500 grant to encourage creativity for children ages 6-14. The grants may be used to expand existing programming and/or create new opportunities for children to explore their creativity.  

  • Applicants must be public libraries; individual branches within a library system are welcome to apply separately.
  • Publicly funded community-based local library systems and branches in the United States are eligible to apply. (Includes all 50 states and Puerto Rico)
  • Grantees may be invited to participate in the development of a best practices publication for creativity programing in libraries. Selected grantees will be expected to participate in interviews and/or site visits by a consultant who will be developing this publication.
  • Projects should be for the development and implementation of a program or series of programs to serve children ages 6 to 14.
  • Projects should focus on one or more of the following seven critical components of creativity:

1) Imagination & Originality 2) Flexibility 3) Decision- Making 4) Communication & Self-Expression 5) Collaboration 6) Motivation 7) Action & Movement

Selection Criteria Includes: 

  • Creativity components addressed
  • Program reach (including diversity, inclusion and community partnerships)
  • Project design and replicability

Grant website: http://www.ala.org/alsc/curiositycreates

Apply Now!: www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/9c4eBJTdUrq80e1e40

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): http://www.ala.org/alsc/curiositycreates_FAQs

Contact:

Angela N. Hubbard Program Officer, Projects & Partnerships Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) ahubbard@ala.org (312) 280-1398

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Free Tools for School Library Advocates Available Now

aasl_advocacypacks_200x300School library advocacy packs containing tools to spread the word about the many ways school librarians are transforming teaching and learning are now freely available through the ALA online store. Generously sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books (BTSB), these specially created packs are available while supplies last. Valued at $29.99, school library advocates pay only for shipping.

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Enroll Now for Library and Information Services Online Courses

Central Community College LogoEnrollment is now open for Central Community College online courses in Library and Information Services  (http://www.cccneb.edu/library/).

Fall 2015 courses include:

LIBR 1010 Foundations of Library and Information Services,        Marty Magee, Instructor

This course, the recommended first in the Library and Information Services curriculum, provides introductory information in multiple areas including the history of libraries, foundational principles, databases and websites, library technology use, programming and changing library roles.

LIBR 2250 Leadership & Management in Library & Information Agencies, Michael Straatmann, Instructor

This course includes the theories, concepts and activities integral to leading and managing 21st Century libraries and information agencies.

LIBR 2940 Library and Information Services Capstone Practicum,        Erica Rose, Instructor

This capstone course is the last course in the Library & Information Services program. Students will complete forty hours of service learning in a host library. The course also includes a review of the principle pieces of learning from the LIS program. Prerequisites: LIBR 1010, 2100, 2150, 2210, & 2250

For information concerning Admissions or Registration, contact Dee Johnson, djohnson@cccneb.edu, 402-562-1418 or Toll Free at 877-222-0780.

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Symposium on Education in Nebraska: July 23, 2015

NROC-main_logosAlong with Rod Wagner, Sherry Crow and Sally Snyder, I’m attending the Symposium on Education in Nebraska–and the focus is Opportunity and Access. There is a great deal of interest in how digital resources expand opportunities, and access is at the heart of this. And since libraries are all about access, we can be at the center of this movement.

Dr. Gary Lopez, presented the keynote address on the NROC project to develop and distribute digital resources for education—lessons, courses, curricula. He stressed that the project has an open access philosophy, developing digital resources for millions of students from middle school to college.

NROC http://www.thenrocproject.org ) developed specific digital resources & curriculum…Math and English for starters…to address the achievement gap in education. Addressing achievement gap by transitioning the one-size-fits-all system of education to an adaptable system…from analog to digital should mean that learning can be personalized to individuals—assuring that student feedback drives repetition to address specific gaps. Personalized learning is adjusting the pace (individualization), approach (differentiation) and connection to the student’s learning interest and experiences. Resources are available through hippocampus.org and edready.org. Comment below about your reaction to the library role in this evolving change in education and learning.

About NROC

“NROC” started as the National Repository of Online Courses. Now we are much more. The NROC Project is a national, non-profit movement impacting college & career readiness. Our project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William and Hewlett Foundation, and most importantly by NROC members across the country. Our member institutions represent more than 6 million students from middle school to college across the U.S. We are leaders who believe in open and equal access to education and the power of new media to personalize learning. Together, we’re building content and applications to impact student success and delivering them publicly at websites like HippoCampus and EdReady.

 

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TechBoomers Offers Online Technology Education for Library Customers

Logo-Tech-Boomers-ea4f4ff43dd8ea9ece2a58d88e495d3cWhat is Techboomers.com? Techboomers.com is a free educational website that teaches older adults and other inexperienced Internet users with basic computer skills about websites that can help improve their quality of life. The courses are free and many libraries and other technology education organizations are using them to teach their students.

These are the top 10 most popular courses:

1) Facebook: http://www.techboomers.com/p/facebook [1]

2) Netflix: http://www.techboomers.com/p/netflix

3) Skype: http://www.techboomers.com/p/Skype

4) Twitter: http://www.techboomers.com/p/twitter

5) Google Search: http://www.techboomers.com/p/Google-search

6) WedMD: http://www.techboomers.com/p/webmd

7) Ancestry: http://www.techboomers.com/p/ancestry

8) Google Maps (including Google Earth): http://www.techboomers.com/p/google-maps

9) Amazon: http://www.techboomers.com/p/Amazon

10) Etsy: http://www.techboomers.com/p/etsy

Check them out and comment below RE: whether you think your library customers would find these useful.

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Friday Reads: Leaving the Pink House: A Memoir, by Ladette Randolph

randolph_cvr_revFriday Reads: Leaving the Pink House: A Memoir, by Ladette Randolph

The voyeur in me loves to read a good memoir and to snoop through other people’s houses. Even though I may talk a lot about the recent Masterpiece Theatre public television offering, House Hunters is one of my secret guilty pleasures. Leaving the Pink House: A Memoir by Ladette Randolph offers both the great memoir and the opportunity to poke around in various houses that the author lived in throughout her life. And it offers a lot more. I’ve read other books by this author so I was prepared for her careful, sparse, lovely writing. I might not have been prepared for how much the story of her life grabbed me and touched me.

I devoured the sections of the book that detail the remodeling project that compelled Randolph and her husband to leave the pink house (their previous remodeling project). The realistic descriptions of the planning, decision-making, and execution required in the remaking of their country home seem to mirror the internal remaking that was going on in their family. And anyone that has undertaken a home remodel can identify with that. Not to get all “pop-psychology” here, but our images of house and home really might reflect our sense of self—as suggested by Freudian and Jungian dream analysis.

“Renovating a house requires intimacy with a building. By time you’ve stripped wallpaper, pulled up carpets, removed cabinets, washed, sanded, and painted walls and woodwork, you know the lines and features of a house as you might the body of a lover. Our level of approaching intimacy with the country house, though, was less like that of a lover than like that of a forensic scientist.” (P. 61)*

I love that the sections on the remodeling project are interspersed with chapters that inform us about the author by reflecting on her life in previous homes. On the surface, the story seems to progress through the various homes that Randolph inhabited throughout her life, but below the surface she explores the relationships those homes sheltered and the different person she was as she lived in each of those homes. I know the author—a little bit—and I confess that might make this memoir even more enticing. I only know her as a snapshot in time. The revelation of her past life in the chapters of this book really surprised me. It reminded me that we may not really know that much about our acquaintances and colleagues. It reminded me that delving into another person’s life can uncover depths of beauty, but sadness too. Learning about another person’s journey can help us examine our own. Could that be the real appeal of House Hunters?

*Leaving the Pink House: A Memoir, by Ladette Randolph, University Of Iowa Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2014)

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See You at the NLA Public Library and Trustee Section Spring Meetings!

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Nebraska Library Commission staff look forward to joining Nebraska librarians at the upcoming NE Library Association Public Library and Trustee Section Spring Meetings: April 22 in Alliance, April 23 in Kearney, and April 24 in Columbus. Presenter Valerie Gross, President and CEO of the Howard County Library System in Maryland, will help us examine the strategy of aligning our libraries with the educational mission of our communities to help us tell the story of “Who We Are, What We Do, Why It Matters: Why Nebraska Needs Libraries More than Ever!”

We’ll be staffing a table to share materials to help you reposition your library as a community education resource and your library staff as educators, including:

Books Are Just the Beginning…check out this blog that can direct any Nebraskan to your library and help illustrate the many ways libraries function as educational resources at http://booksarejustthebeginning.com/

Online Self-Directed Education…learn about Skillsoft online classes funded by the Nebraska Library Commission to help train library staff to serve as community educators (http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ce/), United for Libraries (http://www.ala.org/united/nebraska) resources funded by the Nebraska Library Commission for training Trustees/Friends/Foundations, and the Nebraska Library Commission budget request to provide self-directed education programs for all Nebraska residents through their local library (http://nlc.nebraska.gov/stats/online_selfdirected_education_2015.pdf)

Nebraska eReads…pick up materials to tell your community about downloadable eBook and audio book resources (http://nlc.nebraska.gov/stats/eReads.pdf) or print your own at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/overdrive/overdriveinfo.aspx#mm

Nebraska Memories…find out how these digitized historical and cultural resources can illustrate the role of the library in assisting a variety of learners and researchers of all ages, see http://memories.ne.gov/.

NebraskAccess…check out the posters and business cards that you can print with your library password and share with learners in your community to help reinforce the message of how integral libraries are to the community learning environment—customize and print at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskaccess/promotingdb.aspx

Nebraska Public Libraries are Equalizers…see how statistics can be used to tell the story of how your public library responds to the needs in your community and serves specific target audiences with educational resources, along with instructive and enlightening experiences, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/stats/general_2015.pdf

NCompass E-Newslist…Keep up with news from the Nebraska Library Commission to help you enhance your library’s visibility by signing up to receive our short weekly email at http://eepurl.com/HSkX

 

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Leadership Institute Set for August 10

Registration now to take part in the Nebraska Library Transitional Leadership Institute scheduled to begin on Monday, August 10, 2015. This Transitional Institute, held at the St. Benedict Retreat Center near Schuyler, will be an intensive five-day session open to previous NE Library Leadership Institute (NELLI) graduates and mentors to begin the process of envisioning what future library leadership development will look like in Nebraska while receiving additional leadership training. A non-refundable $300 fee for participants will be payable upon selection to attend.

The Institute will be facilitated by Becky Schreiber and John Shannon who have worked with the Nebraska Library Leadership Institute for the past fourteen years as well as “Snowbird” in Utah and state institutes in Alaska, California’s esteemed “Eureka!” Leadership Institute, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Australia’s “Aurora.” Schreiber and Shannon have done a great deal of consultation work with libraries, and understand the needs and challenges of the library world; and we are pleased to have them back to help in this transitional year.

Sessions at the Institute will include multi-generational issues, stages of leadership, building your personal brand and your legacy, assertiveness in critical relationships, and building Learning Libraries to encourage innovation. A tentative schedule may be found at http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/nebraskalibraries.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/NLLI/NLLI_Revised_schedule.pdf. On Thursday, August 13, in order to have as much input from those across the state as possible, the Institute will grow to 100 attendees and as we look at the past, present and future of library leadership, celebrate our successes, review current needs and invite additional information for the future vision, including actions required to transition into future leadership development for the state. If you are unable to come for the entire five day institute and would like your voice to be heard in these conversations, please register for the all day Thursday session, lunch included, $40.00 per person.

The Nebraska Library Transitional Leadership Institute is sponsored by the Nebraska Library Association.  Funding for the Institute is generously provided by the Nebraska Library Commission, the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, the University of Nebraska, Omaha, the Nebraska Library Association and other organizations that support library leadership development.

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Book Fest Highlights Nebraska Authors

2015_NBF_Poster_8 5x11The 2015 Nebraska Book Festival, April 25 at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Weitz Community Engagement Center, will feature ten Nebraska authors. Public admission is free.

The festival begins at 9:30 a.m. with writing workshops:

  • Lucy Adkins: “Poetry and Inspiration: Imaginative Ways to Write Your Best”
  • Mary Avidano: “Poems by You.” Attendees are invited to bring a poem they’ve written.
  • Traci Robison: “From Draft to Digital: How to Prepare and What to Expect as a Self- Publisher”
  • Laura Wiseman: “You’re No Body Until Some Body Loves You: Writing the Body”

Workshop seating is limited and early arrival is recommended. Advance registration is not necessary.

Readings, book sales, and book signings will take place from noon to 3:30 p.m. Authors will read and discuss their work, allowing time for questions. Scheduled authors include:

  • Mark Langan, Busting Bad Guys: My True Crime Stories of Bookies, Drug Dealers and Ladies of the Night
  • Marsha Davis, One Man’s Voice
  • Sydney Olson, The Curse of the Fates
  • John Price, The Tallgrass Prairie Reader
  • Timothy Schaffert, The Swan Gondola: A Novel
  • Karen Shoemaker, The Meaning of Names

Prior to a 3:45 p.m. reception, the Nebraska Center for the Book will announce the 2015 recipient of the Mildred Bennett Award, recognizing an individual who has made significant contributions to fostering literary tradition in Nebraska.

The festival concludes, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with the NeBooks Project Student & Teacher Showcase. The NeBooks Project is a partnership between schools, state agencies, and non-profit organizations across Nebraska to provide quality instructional materials. Nebraska students and teachers developed eBooks this school year, with the goal of becoming published authors in the NeBooks Project eBook Library. Attendees will spend the evening learning from these newly published authors, along with special guests. Hear directly from Nebraska students and teachers how they created their iBooks, the struggles that they faced, and what it means to be a published author.

The Bookworm and University of Nebraska Press will offer books by Nebraska authors for sale throughout the event. The Nebraska Book Festival is presented by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, and Nebraska Library Commission. Visit http://bookfestival.nebraska.gov/2015/index.aspx for a complete schedule of free readings and workshops and other information.

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