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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.
Nebraska Library Staff and Trustees are invited to attend the Library Journal Design Institute in Denver on May 4.
This free one-day educational seminar brings together leading architects, librarians, and vendors to address the challenges and opportunities we face in building anew, renovating, or upgrading existing buildings as we respond to changing user needs. Envision the 21st century library as it moves to a place that enables content creation at every age and spaces for collaboration, contemplation, and education.
The Design Institute gives participants the opportunity to network with vendors and colleagues as well as take part in two architect-led breakout sessions that deal with real-life design challenges submitted in advance by attendees. And for those seeking even more inspiration, our hosts will be offering a tour of local libraries on the day before the event.
The day is filled with thought-provoking and inspiring information on the future of library design that will open the door to a new world of possibilities for your library and community. For more information and a schedule of activities, see www.libraryjournal.com/designinstituteCO.
Space is limited to 100 attendees so sign up today!
The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association, is conducting a survey for Friends of the Library groups. The survey can be accessed at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J7V9QYZ and responses will be collected through March 1, 2012.
The simple 10-question survey can be completed in five minutes or less. Survey responses will help ALTAFF develop resources for members and will be published on ALTAFF’s website and in an upcoming edition of ALTAFF’s newsletter for members, The Voice. Groups that complete the survey will be entered for a chance to win one of three prizes: $250, a year of ALTAFF membership or a one-year membership renewal (a value of up to $125), or a copy of ALTAFF’s “Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends” (a $44.95 value).
Recording Now Available: New Opportunities to Retain Wealth in Nebraska Communities: Transfer of Wealth Study
There is still time to ensure that the upcoming transfer of wealth predicted for Nebraska includes the transfer of some funds to the libraries that are so vital to our Nebraska Communities. The recording of the NCompass Live session with Jeff Yost, Nebraska Community Foundation President and CEO: “New Opportunities to Retain Wealth in Nebraska Communities: Transfer of Wealth Study”, originally broadcast live on January 4, is now available at NCompass Live: New Opportunities to Retain Wealth in Nebraska Communities: Transfer of Wealth Study.
A six-page summary report that is referenced during the presentation is available at: http://www.nebcommfound.org/media/docs/2011_Transfer_of_Wealth_Summary_Report.pdf
There is no cost to view this session.
Nebraska libraries are eligible for 1 hour of CE credit per recorded session.
If you have any questions, please contact Christa Burns, 800-307-2665, or 402-471-3107.
In 2002, the Nebraska Community Foundation published the first statewide, county-by-county Transfer of Wealth study in the nation (http://www.nebcommfound.org/about-us/tow-news-room). Now, that pioneering study has been refreshed with 2010 Census data and updated methodology. According to the new study, about $230 billion will pass from one generation to the next in rural Nebraska over the next 50 years. Retaining even a small portion of that wealth for philanthropic purposes close to home is an historic opportunity for our state and for people who care deeply about the places they call home. Jeff Yost, President and CEO of the Nebraska Community Foundation, will address the new study and the massive opportunity it presents for building strong communities across Nebraska.
Join Jeff Yost on NCompass Live, the Nebraska Library Commission’s weekly webinar, at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday,January 4, 2012. Register at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgId=11042.
Join the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB) for the 2012 Nebraska Book Festival, Saturday, March 31, at nuVibe Juice and Java at 126 North 14th Street and the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Nebraska History Museum, 131 Centennial Mall North, in downtown Lincoln. This event is free and open to the public and will focus on Nebraska authors who published new works © 2011. Participating authors will answer questions from the audience, be available for book signings, and attend the concluding reception. The Nebraska Center for the Book will present the Mildred Bennett Award to an individual for significant contribution to fostering literary tradition in Nebraska. Joe Starita will discuss the 2012 One Book One Nebraska, “I Am a Man:” Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice.
The keynote presentation will be offered by novelist Ron Hansen, author of A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion. Born in Omaha, Hansen earned his B.A. in English from Creighton University, M.F.A. in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and M.A. in Spirituality from Santa Clara University in California. He is the Gerard Manley Hopkins Professor of Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara, where he teaches writing and literature.
Readings, question and answer sessions, and book signings will highlight the following Nebraska writers:
•Twyla Hansen, poet, Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet
•Neil Harrison, poet, Back in the Animal Kingdom
•Allison Hedge Coke, poet and editor, Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas
•David Philip Mullins, fiction, Greetings From Below
•Frank O’Neal, poet, Fireside Chats: A Surrealist’s View of the World
•Ferial Pearson and Omaha South High students, anthology of personal essays, In My Shoes: Teen Reflections on Hope and the Future
•Amy Plettner, poet, Undoing Orion’s Belt
•Rainbow Rowell, novelist and columnist, Attachments
•Mark Sanders, poet, Conditions of Grace
•Timothy Schaffert, novelist, The Coffins of Little Hope
•Brent Spencer, creative non-fiction, Rattlesnake Daddy: A Son’s Search for His Father
•Joe Starita, non-fiction, “I Am a Man:” Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice
•William G. Thomas, non-fiction, The Iron Way: Railroads, the Civil War, and the Making of Modern America
•William Trowbridge, poet, Ship of Fool
William Trowbridge and Lisa Knopp will lead free poetry and creative non-fiction writing workshops, with opportunities to discuss writing techniques, share experiences, and receive expert feedback. Trowbridge’s poetry explores the contemporary “Fool” with humor and reflection. Knopp’s What the River Carries includes essays about the Mississippi, Missouri and Platte rivers and contemplates how people experience landscape.
The festival will conclude with a reception at the Museum of Nebraska History and an evening of readings at nuVibe Juice and Java. Mark Sanders, co-editor for a Nebraska issue of “The Midwest Quarterly” in 2011, will arrange readings by some of the 66 Nebraska poets who were included in the issue. We invite you to join us March 31, 2012. The Nebraska Book Festival is supported by Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Humanities Council, Nebraska Library Commission, Nebraska State Historical Society, and nuVibe Juice and Java. For more information contact Matt Mason, 402-453-5711, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://bookfestival.nebraska.gov or www.facebook.com/NebraskaBookFestival.
Library staff can invite job hunters in your community to come to the library and attend an upcoming NCompass Live Online Webinar. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness in your community about what a great resource the library computer center can be for job hunters. Hook up a projector to one of your computers, put on the coffee pot, and join us on December 14 for:
NCompass Live: Brave New World (Wide Web): Job hunting in the 21st Century – Online Dec. 14, 10:00 a.m. CT
Join Kit Keller to learn about the importance of effectively using LinkedIn and Twitter to connect and make job contacts, set up alerts, volunteer for projects, and other activities that just a few years ago were not part of this process. Job hunting has changed, and if you haven’t changed with it, you and your library customers are likely to miss opportunities.Register NOW for this session at: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgId=10866. Invite community members to join you!
Application submission deadline: February 1, 2012 (for September 2012 — June 2013 Projects)
The Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit organizations (especially libraries) to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2012 and June 2013. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement and participation. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected.
To review the Guidelines & Application Instructions visit The Big Read website
Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or e-mail: TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org
Brad Meltzer Named Honorary Chair of National Library Week
Celebrate National Library Week April 8-14, 2012
CHICAGO – Best-selling author, television host and library advocate Brad Meltzer has been named the 2012 Honorary Chair of National Library Week. As the author of nine books and the host of the History Channel’s series, “Decoded,” Meltzer credits libraries and librarians as the reason he became a writer. As Honorary Chair, Meltzer appears in print and digital public service announcements (PSAs) promoting National Library Week. The PSAs, developed by the American Library Association’s Campaign for America’s Libraries, will be placed in magazines and online throughout the spring. ALA also offers free customization of the PSAs for libraries.
Other promotional materials include a sample op-ed, proclamation, press release and scripts for use in radio ads. All incorporate the 2012 National Library Week theme: You belong @ your library. Tools are available at www.ala.org/nlw. ALA Graphics products supporting National Library Week are also available, including a poster, bookmark and mini-poster, as well as downloadable Web files and high resolution art files. All Graphics products can be purchased through the ALA Store.
National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use. The Campaign for America’s Libraries (www.ala.org/@yourlibrary) is ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe – use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible by ALA’s Library Champions. Please visit www.atyourlibrary.org
The Public Access Technology Benchmarks Initiative is a new initiative that has the potential to transform the way that public access technology is delivered and sustained in public libraries. This initiative will create national guidelines that can be used as a tool by libraries— large and small—to assess the quality of computer and internet services and demonstrate their value to local leaders.
The Benchmarks Initiative was launched this spring by a national coalition of organizations that support public libraries, with support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
How will Benchmarks be used to support the continued growth of library public access technology?
Clearly, the public depends on Nebraska libraries for access to technology. To meet demand and maintain this vital service, technology access at libraries must be continuously improved. For many libraries, this is a struggle.
AND, as local leaders grapple with reduced budgets, they need to understand why investments in public access technology are critical to support citizens and achieve community goals.
Benchmarks are needed:
- To help libraries and communities assess quality
- To provide guidance on how libraries can improve services
- To help demonstrate what support libraries need to maintain quality technology services for communities
Goal of the Benchmark Initiative:
Create and foster the widespread adoption of public access technology benchmarks that the library field and local leaders can use to:
- Assess the quality of public access technology services and set goals for continuous improvement.
- Demonstrate the value of public access technology to people and communities in order to motivate the ongoing investment needed to maintain the quality services.
- Local investment
- Future funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be tied to benchmarks (in some way)
Imagine using the benchmarks to create a dialog with local opinion leaders that helps to frame the issue like this: “If we can do_________with the resources we have know, we could do ___________ with __________.”—helping them to stretch their imagination beyond the library that we have now to the library of the future.
The Benchmarks will be aspirational: they will set a high standard for quality, be motivational and encourage excellence.
Use of the Benchmarks will be voluntary.
The Benchmarks will help all libraries – regardless of size – recognize their achievements and also provide a path for continuous improvement
The Benchmarks will evolve to reflect emerging technologies, behaviors, opportunities and standards of library practice.
Benchmarks will focus on the actual uses of technology:
- Workforce development
- Access to court, health information, etc.
Use of the Benchmarks will provide clear value for library and local leaders.
Final Thoughts about Benchmarks:
- Help all libraries communicate their strengths and needs
- Gates funding (and possibly other funding) is likely to be tied to benchmarks in the future.
- Gathering input through March 2012. April 2012: Will implement strategies to encourage widespread adoption of benchmarks.
Now is the time to provide input on how benchmarks should be developed to make sure they work for Nebraska libraries. Click on comment below or contact Mary Jo Ryan (email@example.com) at the Nebraska Library Commission to share your ideas and suggestions.
Taken from a presentation at the Nebraska Library Commission’s Technology Planning Summer Camp, August 23, 2011 (#TPSC2011).
Lots of great sharing going on at the Technology Planning Summer Camp including the following links to online training resources for library customers using the public access computers (HINT: also great for library staff training):
- www.basicsbee.com/lesson1.html (Internet Basics)
Also see the newspaper article at:
http://columbustelegram.com/news/local/article_30615d66-40f1-11e0-84df-001cc4c03286.html for an idea that Columbus Public Library put into action. Even if you are not in the Central Community College district, it might be possible to work out this kind of deal with the community college system that serves your area.
Please share resources that you have found/used by clicking on comment below.
Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded 21st Century Librarian scholarships to more than thirty-three Nebraska students in undergraduate and graduate Library Science programs. Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner commented, “The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to support the education of Nebraska students engaged in pre-professional and professional library science programs. The focus on 21st century skills is essential to meeting the library service needs of Nebraska’s diverse and changing population. We have high expectations that our three-year program will equip hundreds of students with essential skills leading to higher quality library services across Nebraska.”
Students who wish to apply for scholarships for a Library and Information Services Professional Certificate (offered through Nebraska’s community colleges), an Associate of Arts or Science Degree in Library and Information Services, or a Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree with a major in Library and Information Science or Library Media should submit application materials by November 1, 2011. Master’s-level scholarship application forms will be available after March 1, 2012.
For more information about Nebraska’s Cultivating Rural Librarians’ 21st Century Skills program, see NowHiringAtYourLibrary.org. For a list of current scholarship recipients, see below.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.
As Nebraska’s state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services-“bringing together people and information.” The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission Website, http://nlc.nebraska.gov/publications/newsreleases.
2011 Scholarship Recipients
- Deborah Aden, Lincoln
- Jennifer Barnason, Lincoln
- Nathan Behlke, Benkelman
- Connie Bellingtier, Elgin
- Michaela Braun, Atkinson
- Donna Christiansen, Plainview
- Shanna Crosby-Wilson, Omaha
- Michael Elsener, Lincoln
- Susan Finkral, Leigh
- Sara Friest, Lincoln
- Willa Garay, Lincoln
- Delilah Gillming, Kearney
- Justine Goeden, West Point
- Tanya Hirsch, North Platte
- Scott Ideen, Lincoln
- Emily Kesten, Elkhorn
- Chandra Kosmicki, Boelus
- Brian Maass, Bellevue
- Marguerite Miller, Omaha
- Jennifer Misbach, Omaha
- Allison Reisig, Morrill
- Jennie Schneider, O’Neill
- Andrew Sherman, Omaha
- Lara Sok, Norfolk
- Naomi Solomon, Omaha
- Kimberley Steinbrink, Omaha
- Rebecca Terrell, Omaha
- Monica Tidyman, Stromsburg
- Rozanne Tuttle, Ogallala
- Lisa Voss, Lincoln
- Tina Walker, Kearney
- Sarah Warneke, Omaha
- David Watchorn, Ponca
Connect with your kids@ your library, ALA’s new campaign that encourages parents to spend more quality time with their children at their library, is offering the popular family guides and bookmarks to libraries. There is a limited supply available.
The concise, easy to read guide offers tips for parents and caregivers on spending quality time with their children and teens at their library. Activities are presented by such topics as “reading together,” “homework help,” “cultural heritage” and more.
Librarians can receive 200 guides and bookmarks. To obtain the materials, send a $15 check to cover shipping and handling. Send checks to ALA/ PIO, Connect with your kids, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Librarians can also forward their library’s FedEx or UPS number to firstname.lastname@example.org to cover the cost of shipping and handling.
ALA launched the new outreach campaign at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Connect with your kids @ your library strengthens families by motivating parents to spend more quality time with their children. Specifically, the campaign promotes the public and school library as a trusted place to spend quality time with children. The campaign reinforces the idea that taking children to the library is a sign of being a good parent and demonstrates the free high quality programs available at the library for parents and children.
To view the related PSA and to download the family activity guide and bookmark template at no charge, visit ALA’s public awareness website, atyourlibrary.org. Additionally, the site contains a blog with content for parents and stories from families that use the library together. For more information see http://ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pr.cfm?id=7741.
Due to the fantastic response to the Nebraska Library Commission’s Librarians for the 21st Century master’s-level scholarships, we cannot accept additional master’s-level scholarship applications until after March 1, 2012. Students who wish to apply for scholarships for a Master of Arts or Science Degree in Library and Information Science (MLS/MLIS), Master of Arts or Science Degree in Education (MEd) with a School Library Media endorsement, or Graduate-level School Library Media Endorsement should submit all application materials by June 1, 2012. Master’s-level scholarship application forms will be available after March 1, 2012.
The Nebraska Library Commission will continue to accept applications for the following scholarships:
- Library and Information Services (LIS, formerly LTA) Professional Certificate
- Associate of Arts or Science Degree in Library and Information Services (LIS, formerly LTA)
- Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree with a major in Library and Information Science or Library Media
Norfolk Public Library will host its 17th Annual Literature Festival on Saturday, July 30th, at Northeast Community College’s Lifelong Learning Center. Literature lovers of all ages are encouraged to attend. The Festival has the reputation of being a “wonderful way to spend a summer day.”
The Norfolk Library Foundation; the City of Norfolk; and the School, Children and Young People’s Section (SCYP) of the Nebraska Library Association sponsor this year’s Festival. The Festival will feature three nationally known, award-winning authors that are nominated for 2012 Nebraska Golden Sower Awards: J. Patrick Lewis (Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles), Sarah Prineas (The Magic Thief), and Jen Bryant (Kaleidoscope Eyes).
This year’s Literature Festival will also feature previews of the thirty books nominated for the 2012 Golden Sower Awards; writer’s workshops for young adults; book displays and sales by the Norfolk Library Foundation; sales of Golden Sower items; an autograph session with the authors; and door prizes.
Norfolk Public teachers can earn five Professional Growth Points for attending the Festival and the Nebraska Library Commission will award five CE hours to all Nebraska school and public librarians and public library trustees who attend the Festival.
TICKETS: Youth (18 & under): $5.00/advance & $7.50/door Adults: $25.00/advance & $30.00/door
Free admission for current SCYP members.
Advance tickets for the Festival are available at Norfolk Public Library. For more information, call Karen or Marci at 402-844-2100 or e-mail email@example.com.
Is your library the place for community conversations? The Nebraska Humanities Council (NHC) has launched a new program to promote civil discussion in our communities. The program, which offers structure and funding, is available to any nonprofit or governmental organization—with a special invitation to Nebraska’s libraries, which we know would be great hosts for community conversations. The new program has been developed in response to the call for more civility and dialogue in community life. “NebraskaConversations: A Guide for Civil Discussion” is designed to provide Nebraska communities with a structure and funding to create safe, comfortable and reflective environments for discussion of any important issue.
NHC invites nonprofit and governmental groups to apply. Eligible organizations include schools, libraries, museums, civic groups, service clubs, tribal organizations, educational institutions and local governments.
NHC will provide funding for facilitation, presenters, meeting space and materials, and refreshments.
NOTE: Organizations are strongly urged to submit a proposal form at least 60 days before the proposed meeting date.
For more details or to apply for “Nebraska Conversations,” visit the NHC website at www.nebraskahumanities.org. A descriptive brochure is available online or by contacting the NHC by mail at 215 Centennial Mall South, Ste 330, Lincoln, NE 68508, by phone at 402-474-2131, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Become your library’s strongest advocate when you register for the free online Turning the Page 2.0 advocacy training course. This six-week blended learning program is led by professional facilitators who will lead you through the creation of a customized Advocacy Work Plan for your library.
Turning the Page 2.0 is open to any interested library staff member or supporter. We encourage you to build an advocacy team including staff, trustees, Friends, and others–there is no limit to the number of attendees per library.
Registration for the upcoming summer session (July 5-Aug. 8) closes this Wednesday, June 15.
Turning the Page 2.0 will be offered four more times through 2011 and 2012 with kick-off events scheduled around the country. For a full list of session dates and kick-off locations, click here.
Click here for more details about Turning the Page 2.0. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com. Turning the Page 2.0 is developed and presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) with generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.