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$31,600 in Internship Grants Awarded to Nebraska Public Libraries

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February 16, 2016

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JoAnn McManus
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$31,600 in Internship Grants Awarded to Nebraska Public Libraries

The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded Nebraska Library Internship Grants totaling $31,600 to twenty-six Nebraska public libraries. These internship grants will support public library interns, who will contribute to the scope and value of the diverse programs and activities in Nebraska’s public libraries. Funding for the project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission, in partnership with the Nebraska Library Systems.

“The internships are a great opportunity for students to get involved in library work. Beyond earning money and gaining valuable work experience, the student is exposed to the broad range of library services and programming. Internships provide an opportunity for the student to view the library as a viable and satisfying career choice. In addition, interns bring a fresh perspective and their own unique talents to the library” said Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner.

Student interns will learn about library work as they shadow and assist with day-to-day library operations and implement special projects. Some of the activities that students will participate in include: plan and implement programs such as summer reading programs, storytime, youth book club, and teen activities; assist with events such as the annual book sale, art show, photography contest, 3-D printing workshop, entrepreneurship camp, and Lego club; organize a “do-it” center; create book displays, design bulletin boards and craft activities; assist with outreach events outside the library; update the library’s website, Facebook page, and Pinterest site; assist with circulation activities and book selection; teach technology classes; create flyers and other promotional materials, and work with youth to produce a video; upload content to digital archives and assist in the creation of a volunteer training process for digital repository project; assist with verbal and written Spanish/English translations; assist in creating the library’s technology plan; and create tutorials for library customers.

The following Nebraska public libraries were awarded internship grant funding:
• Ashland Public Library
• Atkinson Public Library
• Bassett, Rock County Public Library
• Brunswick Public Library
• Clearwater Public Library
• Columbus Public Library
• Cozad, Wilson Public Library
• Elgin Public Library
• Genoa Public Library
• Grant, Hastings Memorial Library
• Kimball Public Library
• La Vista Public Library
• Lincoln City Libraries
• Nebraska City, Morton-James Public Library
• Norfolk Public Library
• Oakland Public Library
• Omaha Public Library
• Ord Township Library
• Orleans, Cordelia B. Preston Memorial Library
• Randolph, Lied Randolph Public Library
• Red Cloud, Auld Public Library
• Schuyler Public Library
• Ulysses Township Library
• Wilber, Dvoracek Memorial Library
• York, Kilgore Memorial Library
• Yutan Public Library

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As the 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.

Nebraska’s Regional Library Systems consist of four non-profit corporations governed by boards, representative of libraries and citizens in the region. The four systems were established to provide access to improved library services through the cooperation of all types of libraries and media centers within the counties included in each System area.

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. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov/.

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The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission home page, http://nlc.nebraska.gov/, search on News Releases.

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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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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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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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Nebraska Library Commission Awards 21st Century Skills Scholarships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 12, 2014

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Mary Jo Ryan 402-471-3434 800-307-2665

Nebraska Library Commission Awards 21st Century Skills Scholarships

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 eight Nebraska students in undergraduate Library Science programs. Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner commented, “The 21st Century Librarian scholarships are helping to ensure that Nebraska libraries have educated and skilled staff to serve the thousands of Nebraskans who rely on libraries for a variety of needs each and every day. We congratulate these students for their efforts to improve their knowledge and skills and wish them the very best toward their educational and career goals.”

Spring 2014 Scholarship Recipients

Dorlissa Beyer, Hastings
Kassandra Bielenberg, Omaha
Nancy Black, Uehling
Gabrielle DeGagne, Omaha
Rachelle McPhillips, Columbus
Mary Jo Pittman, Omaha
Martha Savely, Lodgepole
Dorothy Schultz, Wood River

For more information about Nebraska’s Cultivating Rural Librarians’ 21st Century Skills program, see http://nowhiringatyourlibrary.nebraska.gov. For a list of all current scholarship recipients, see http://nowhiringatyourlibrary.nebraska.gov/Scholarshipsrecipients.asp. 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.”

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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.

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Nebraska Librarians Encouraged to help Library Customers Access Financial Aid Toolkit

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid recently launched a new website called the Financial Aid Toolkit :A One-Stop Shop for Financial Aid Resources

Who is the Financial Aid Toolkit for?

The toolkit is for

  • librarians;
  • staff or volunteers at community based organizations;
  • guidance counselors;
  • college access advisers; and
  • anyone who assists students through the process of learning about, receiving, and repaying financial aid for their higher education.

What information is in the Financial Aid Toolkit?

The toolkit consolidates financial aid resources into a searchable online library, making it easy for users to quickly access the information they need to support their students. The searchable library provides resources covering the entire financial aid lifecycle from applying for financial aid to repaying loans and includes items such as

  • “financial aid night” materials and presentations,
  • brochures,
  • videos, and
  • sample tweets and Facebook posts.

The toolkit also offers professional development information such as training opportunities and resources for self-instruction.

Where can a student find other financial aid resources?

Students should visit StudentAid.gov for financial aid information and can find a library of resources designed for them at StudentAid.gov/resources.

How can library or museum professionals spread the word to colleagues about the toolkit?

You can share information about the site by distributing the Financial Aid Toolkit fact sheet.

– See more at: http://blog.imls.gov/?p=4536#sthash.MTZZ02MR.dpuf

Please comment below to share information about whether you are seeing more students and their families seeking financial aid information in your library.

From: James Lonergan, Senior Library Program Officer, IMLS

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There’s Still Time to Apply for a 21st Century Librarian Scholarship

The Nebraska Library Commission is accepting online applications for its 21st Century Librarian Scholarship program through March 3, 2014(http://nowhiringatyourlibrary.nebraska.gov/Scholarships.asp). These scholarships are for students pursuing a degree or certificate in Library and Information Science at the Associate’s and Bachelor’s levels. Legal residents of the state of Nebraska are eligible to apply. Transcripts (as required) are due February 18, 2014; and letters of recommendation, if mailed, are due February 18, 2014. Scholarships of up to $3,500 will be awarded, depending on the degree or certificate the applicant is pursuing and the applicant’s course plan.

Scholarships may be used for tuition (for coursework contributing toward a certificate or degree, including general education classes), course-required materials, and school-assessed fees at the following levels:

  • Library and Information Science (LIS) Professional Certificate
  • Associate of Arts or Science Degree in Library and Information Science (LIS)
  • Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree/Endorsement with a major in Library and Information Science or Library Media
Monica Tidyman (r.) had the opportunity to complete her practicum at Hastings Public Library, where Dana Still (l.) works.
Scholarship students meet up: Monica Tidyman (r.) had the opportunity to complete her practicum at Hastings Public Library, where Dana Still (l.) works.

Scholarship recipients will be eligible to apply for stipends for such things as laptop or tablet computers, Nebraska Library Digital Literacy Coaching Corps, professional association dues, and regional or national conference attendance.

The scholarships, stipends, and value-added training are offered through the Nebraska Library Commission’s Cultivating Rural Librarians’ 21st Century Skills program, which is funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. For more information, contact Kathryn Brockmeier, Grant Program Manager, by e-mail or by phone, 402-471-4002 or 800-307-2665.

NOTE: Due to the significant number of applications for the Nebraska Library Commission master’s-level scholarships (funded through the Librarians for the 21st Century Program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services), as of July 1, 2012, graduate-level scholarships will no longer be available. Scholarships DO continue to be available for undergraduate Library Science studies, including LIS certificates, and Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees.

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.

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New Faces: Donna Christiansen

In this series, New Faces, the Nebraska Library Commission interviews someone from the next generation of Nebraska librarians.

Today we are speaking with Donna Christiansen, Director at the Plainview Carnegie Library in Plainview, Nebraska. Donna received her certificate in Library and Information Services program from Central Community College in December 2012. She is a 2011-2013 Nebraska Library Commission / Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian scholarship recipient.

NLC: How is it you went to library school?

DONNA CHRISTIANSEN: I started as a children’s librarian and found out about the Nebraska Library Commission and the Scholarship program to get a library certificate. I thought this would be good to get since I wanted to improve my knowledge of librarianship and of course become a Library Director someday.

NLC: Did you receive a scholarship from the Nebraska Library Commission? How did it help you with getting an education and in your career aspirations?

DONNA CHRISTIANSEN: Yes, I received a scholarship from the NLC. It helped me tremendously; without it I probably wouldn’t have been able to get my Library Certificate. Especially with the extra help of providing me a new laptop and the ability to attend a national conference. With the new laptop I was able to do my online classes and attending the national conference helped me network with other library students and librarians.

NLC: What brought you to the world of library work?

DONNA CHRISTIANSEN: I enjoyed being a library aide in high school and I love to read and help people with computer issues. I started as the Children’s Librarian at the Plainview Carnegie Library in February of 2011. Then in September 2011 the Library Director retired so I was able to apply for the Library Director position and in October I became the Director.

NLC: What’s the most useful non-library work experience you bring to a library job?

DONNA CHRISTIANSEN: For a couple of years I had my own business, so I guess my business experience of handling money, etc., is what I bring to the library job.

NLC: What do you find most rewarding in your library job?

DONNA CHRISTIANSEN: I find helping patrons very rewarding. Whether it is helping them find a book, helping them with the computer, or watching the story time children do their craft projects to see them smile and having fun is very rewarding.

NLC: What do you find most challenging in your library job?

DONNA CHRISTIANSEN: Having all the books that people want to read. But thankfully there is the Interlibrary Loan program so it is easy to locate a book for a patron if we don’t have it.

NLC: How would you like to make a difference in the lives of library users or in the community your library serves?

DONNA CHRISTIANSEN: I would like to make the library be the center of the community, where the citizens can come and relax, read a magazine, check out a book, check their e-mail and use the computer, just be there for the citizens to use.

NLC: What does the future hold for libraries?

DONNA CHRISTIANSEN: I believe that libraries are more than just books and magazines. The future will be to let everyone know that the library offers more than what they believe a library is or was. We offer programs, computers, wireless Internet, and much more that we really have to promote that the library is much more than books and magazines.

NLC: What does the future hold for librarians?

DONNA CHRISTIANSEN: I believe that librarians are going to have to embrace the new technology that is out there and to think outside of the box to keep the library in the forefront of the community it serves.

NLC: What are you reading right now? What are your hobbies?

DONNA CHRISTIANSEN: I am reading an eBook, No Return by Brett Battles. My hobbies are reading, bird watching, fishing, collecting rocks and minerals.

NLC: Who is your role model?

DONNA CHRISTIANSEN: I would say my library role model would be the former Plainview Library Director, Loydell Swan.  She gave 27 years to the library so I learned a lot working with her before she retired.

NLC: Please share a favorite quote, and why it’s your favorite.

DONNA CHRISTIANSEN: “A well-stocked, well-staffed library is like a gardener who plants books, knowledge, and dreams and grows readers, learners, and do-ers,” by Laura Purdie Salas.  I just believe that this quote says what I believe a library is.

The New Faces feature is made possible by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant to the Nebraska Library Commission from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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There’s Still Time to Apply for Internship Grants — Applications due Feb. 18, 2014

The Nebraska Library Commission’s Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program offers support for internships through grants to accredited public libraries. Application deadline is Feb. 18, 2014. In partnership with the Nebraska Library Association and funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, the internship grants increase awareness about library professions and education and the opportunities for employment in Nebraska libraries.

Internship grants range from $500 to $1,000. Library grantees will recruit, select, and hire their interns. Usually, interns are hired as contract workers and paid on a stipend rather than an hourly wage, but the terms of employment are determined by the library’s governing body. Interns provide valuable assistance with library service activities and local library programming. Library staff help introduce interns to the joys of library service careers. Partnership projects involving collaboration between a public library and another type of library will be given special consideration.

2014 intern Saresse Clay returns from school to implement the Story Walk project she designed during her summer internship.

2014 intern Saresse Clay returns from school to implement the Story Walk project she designed during her summer internship.

To the right is a Facebook post by the Rock County Public Library showcasing their 2013 intern Saresse Clay. Saresse designed a Story Walk project during the summer and implemented the project in November 2013.

Web conferencing: NLC staff are available by phone and through e-mail to discuss general issues relating to the internship grant program. We also invite you to the recorded NCompass Live webinar, Internships: Cultivating Nebraska’s Future Librarians, to learn more about the program from previous grant recipients and to listen to the questions and comments of other participants. In this session, participating libraries and intern Saresse Clay shared their experiences with the internship program, including successes and lessons learned. This session also introduced the 2014 grant opportunity for internships, including information on writing a winning proposal.

To apply: Applications are now being accepted. The deadline for applications is Feb. 18, 2014. More information is available on the Now Hiring @ your library® website, at http://nowhiringatyourlibrary.nebraska.gov/Internships.asp.

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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 Nebraska Library Association is the cornerstone of the Nebraska library community. The Association advocates for its members, enriches their professional lives, advances the lifelong learning of all Nebraskans, and promotes all library interests in Nebraska. For more information, visit http://nebraskalibraries.org.

IMLS LogoThe 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 http://www.imls.gov.

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Nebraska Library Commission Awards 21st Century Skills Scholarships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 24, 2014

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Mary Jo Ryan
402-471-3434
800-307-2665

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 sixteen Nebraska students in undergraduate Library Science programs. Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner commented, “The 21st Century Librarian scholarships contribute to a workforce equipped to provide the kind and quality of library services expected in Nebraska’s communities and schools. The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to support Nebraska students involved in library science education programs. We offer our best wishes to these students in pursuing their educational and career goals.”

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 for a Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree with a major in Library and Information Science or Library Media, should submit application materials by March 3, 2014.

December 2013 Scholarship Recipients

Dorlissa Beyer, Aurora
Kassandra Bielenberg, Omaha
Kimberly Blackburn, Broken Bow
Gabrielle DeGagne, Omaha
Justine Goeden, West Point
Araceli Hernandez, Kearney
Kelli Keyes, Columbus
Angela Krejci, Louisville
Jared Lechner, Norfolk
Maureen McCombs, Gretna
Rachelle McPhillips, Columbus
Odessa Meyer, South Sioux City
Mary Jo Pittman, Omaha
Dorothy Schultz, Wood River
Samantha Stock, Omaha
Jordan Stough, Bellevue
Tammi Thiem, Genoa
David Watchorn, Ponca
Brianna Weichel, Harbine

For more information about Nebraska’s Cultivating Rural Librarians’ 21st Century Skills program, see http://nowhiringatyourlibrary.nebraska.gov. For a list of current scholarship recipients, see http://nowhiringatyourlibrary.nebraska.gov/Scholarshipsrecipients.asp.

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.”

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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.

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New Faces: Libby Munsell

Libby Munsell

Libby Munsell, Library Assistant and Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Kilgore Memorial Library, York, NE

In this series, New Faces, the Nebraska Library Commission interviews someone from the next generation of Nebraska librarians.

Today we are speaking with Libby Munsell, Library Assistant and Interlibrary Loan Librarian at the Kilgore Memorial Library in York, Nebraska. Libby began her studies through the Library and Information Services program at Central Community College, and she received her Bachelor’s degree in General Studies with a concentration in Library Science from the University of Nebraska Omaha in December 2013. She is a 2012 and 2013 Nebraska Library Commission / Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian scholarship recipient.

NLC: How is it you went to library school?

LIBBY MUNSELL: I have always enjoyed my trips to the library, but I didn’t really consider working in a library until high school. I took a Career Education class and one of my suggested jobs was librarian. Since we were required to do volunteer hours to graduate and I decided to volunteer at the library. My job consisted of shelving DVDs and audio books and straightening the magazine collection. I had a wonderful experience—I enjoyed the organization, the peaceful atmosphere, and the staff that were so willing to help me. I researched my options for library programs across the state and decided to start with Central Community College classes to make sure that the library was the place I wanted to be. A year after I graduated high school, I got a part-time job at the Kilgore Memorial Library in York to shelve children’s books. At that time, I knew for sure that I was in the right program.

NLC: What did you learn in your coursework that surprised you the most? Complete the sentence, “I had no idea….”

LIBBY MUNSELL: …that acquiring and preparing a book for the public involved so many steps! When I learned that managing collections and cataloging involved so much thought and detail, I gained a new appreciation for the work that librarians do.

NLC: Did you receive a scholarship from the Nebraska Library Commission? How did it help you with getting an education and in your career aspirations?

LIBBY MUNSELL: I received a 21st Century Librarians Scholarship from the NLC and it has been helpful in multiple ways. First of all, it made getting my degree a more financially affordable option. The scholarship also included a stipend for association membership, conference attendance, and the purchase of a laptop computer. I was able to attend my first Nebraska Library Association Conference last year and it was a great opportunity for me to meet new people and learn from others’ library experiences. While I have not used my association membership to the fullest, I receive emails that keep me up to date on events and information that is important to me as a library assistant and as a library student. The stipend money for a laptop was helpful because it allowed me to have my own laptop that I could use to bring to classes. In addition, I can bring my laptop when I travel to work on my online classes. As a scholarship student, I have been made aware of extra training opportunities and it has encouraged me to always seek new information and build my skills to better work with the public.

NLC: What brought you to the world of library work?

LIBBY MUNSELL: I’ve always loved books—reading them, organizing them, talking about them. I also have an appreciation for technology and the way it connects people and makes information so easily accessible. I knew that I wanted to work in a library because I wanted to be a part of helping the public access the information that they want or need.

NLC: What’s the most useful non-library work experience you bring to a library job?

LIBBY MUNSELL: I worked at a fast-food restaurant for a while when I was looking for a library job. I think that, even though it wasn’t my favorite job, it helped me learn how to deal with the public. I learned that it is important to be kind and patient with everyone, even the people who are obviously in a really bad mood. In a fast-food restaurant, I was there to serve them the food they ordered. In a library, I am here to help them find the information they need.

NLC: What do you find most challenging in your library job?

LIBBY MUNSELL: As of right now, I am the “techie” of the staff. When there is a question related to computers or e-readers, I am generally the one that is asked to help or fix the problem. Most of the time, it is a simple fix such as entering a password or formatting a Word document. When I don’t know how to do something, it is challenging for me to figure out the answer. I think I utilize Google a lot more than people realize. There is almost always other people in the world who encounter the same problem and post their answers on the internet. Though it is a challenge to search for the right answers, I enjoy the challenge and feel accomplished when I can show a patron what I learned and make using technology easier for others.

NLC: Please share a story of how your library work has made a difference in the life of a library user.

LIBBY MUNSELL: I’ve had a couple one-on-one meetings with patrons who need help accessing Overdrive on the e-readers. I like to show them that I don’t always know how to do everything on every device, and if we work together we can solve the problem. I enjoy having conversations with them where I am helping them learn how to use their device and use our library at the same time. I can see that I make a difference when they tell me what they learned and leave the library with an e-reader full of books and a desire to come back. [Ed. note: Libby has shared other stories on the Nebraska Library Storybank, such as Interlibrary Loan Expands Paperback Collection and DVD Collection Expanded Through Interlibrary Loan.]

NLC: What does the future hold for libraries?

LIBBY MUNSELL: I think that libraries are still all about accessing and using information. In the future, libraries will have to follow the trend of digital and instant information to even reach the public. Libraries will be spaces for exploration and creation. I hope that the printed word doesn’t go away completely, but whether it does or not, libraries will still be relevant because librarians can provide the assistance to make finding information easier for patrons.

NLC: What does the future hold for librarians?

LIBBY MUNSELL: Librarians of the future will be flexible and eager to learn. Information and the way we access it is changing, so librarians need to be willing to change with the public so that they stay relevant in their communities. It comes down to community assessment—what are the community’s information needs and how can the library be useful?

NLC: What are you reading right now? What are your hobbies?

LIBBY MUNSELL: I’m reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth and The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller, both for pleasure. I also enjoy keeping up with food blogs, personal blogs, and library blogs. I love to read (of course!) and cook. Cooking is my way of unwinding from the day and taking a break from homework.

NLC: Please share a favorite quote, and why it’s your favorite.

LIBBY MUNSELL: “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” I just came across this quote [by Atwood H. Townsend] a couple days ago in The Book Whisperer. It’s a new favorite because it’s true to my life. I need to find the time to read because it helps me grow. I learn new things, I understand myself and others better, and I can take a break from everything that worries me.

The New Faces project is made possible by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant to the Nebraska Library Commission from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Public Libraries Invited to Apply for Internship Grants — Applications due Feb. 18, 2014

Posting date: Dec. 17, 2013
Application deadline: Feb. 18, 2014
Award amount: $500 – $1,000

The Nebraska Library Commission’s Cultivating Rural Librarians’ Technology Skills program offers support for internships through grants to accredited public libraries. In partnership with the Nebraska Library Association and funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, the internship grants increase awareness about library professions and education and the opportunities for employment in Nebraska libraries.

So, what can your library do with the internship program?

  • Share your enthusiasm for library education and the library profession
  • Expand your programming
  • Bring in fresh faces
  • Show interns what happens behind-the-scenes
  • Partner with other library types to show the variety of work settings

Internship grants range from $500 to $1,000. A library may provide one 100-hour internship during the summer months that might last eight weeks, or two 50-hour internships during the school year that might last ten weeks, depending on the needs of the library and the scheduling needs and qualifications of the internship candidates. Library grantees will recruit, select, and hire their interns. Usually, interns are hired as contract workers and paid on a stipend rather than an hourly wage, but the terms of employment are determined by the library’s governing body. Interns provide valuable assistance with library service activities and local library programming. Library staff help introduce interns to the joys of library service careers. Partnership projects involving collaboration between a public library and another type of library will be given special consideration.

Reflection from one intern:

I learned that there are a lot more duties for a librarian to perform than the general public thinks. I liked working with all of the patrons and learning how to keep the library organized and running smoothly. I haven’t decided what I would like to do for a career in the future, but after this summer I would definitely consider being a librarian.

Web conferencing: NLC staff are available by phone and through e-mail to discuss general issues relating to the internship grant program. We also invite you to participate in a webinar to learn more about the program from previous grant recipients, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants. NLC’s NCompass Live will air Internships: Cultivating Nebraska’s Future Librarians on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at 10 a.m. Central time. In this session, participating libraries will share their experiences with the internship program, including successes and lessons learned. This session will also introduce the upcoming 2014 grant opportunity for internships.

To apply: Applications are now being accepted. The deadline for applications is Feb. 18, 2014. More information is available on the Now Hiring @ your library® website, at http://nowhiringatyourlibrary.nebraska.gov/Internships.asp.

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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 Nebraska Library Association is the cornerstone of the Nebraska library community. The Association advocates for its members, enriches their professional lives, advances the lifelong learning of all Nebraskans, and promotes all library interests in Nebraska. For more information, visit http://nebraskalibraries.org.

IMLS LogoThe 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 http://www.imls.gov.

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There’s Still Time to Apply for a 21st Century Librarian Scholarship

The Nebraska Library Commission is accepting online applications for its 21st Century Librarian Scholarship program through November 1, 2013 (http://nowhiringatyourlibrary.nebraska.gov/Scholarships.asp). These scholarships are for students pursuing a degree or certificate in Library and Information Science at the Associate’s and Bachelor’s levels. Legal residents of the state of Nebraska are eligible to apply. Transcripts (as required) are due October 25, 2013; and letters of recommendation, if mailed, are due October 25, 2013. Scholarships of up to $3,500 will be awarded, depending on the degree or certificate the applicant is pursuing and the applicant’s course plan.

Scholarships may be used for tuition (for coursework contributing toward a certificate or degree, including general education classes), course-required materials, and school-assessed fees at the following levels:

  • Library and Information Science (LIS) Professional Certificate
  • Associate of Arts or Science Degree in Library and Information Science (LIS)
  • Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree/Endorsement with a major in Library and Information Science or Library Media

Scholarship recipients will be eligible to apply for stipends for such things as laptop or tablet computers, professional association dues, and regional or national conference attendance.

The scholarships, stipends, and value-added training are offered through the Nebraska Library Commission’s Cultivating Rural Librarians’ 21st Century Skills program, which is funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. For more information, contact Kathryn Brockmeier, Grant Program Manager, by e-mail or by phone, 402-471-4002 or 800-307-2665.

NOTE: Due to the significant number of applications for the Nebraska Library Commission master’s-level scholarships (funded through the Librarians for the 21st Century Program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services), as of July 1, 2012, graduate-level scholarships will no longer be available. Scholarships DO continue to be available for undergraduate Library Science studies, including LIS certificates, and Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees.

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.

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New Faces: Emily McIllece

Emily McIllece, Reference Associate and Dual Enrollment Coordinator at University of Nebraska Omaha Criss Library

Emily McIllece, Reference Associate and Dual Enrollment Coordinator at University of Nebraska Omaha Criss Library

In this series, New Faces, the Nebraska Library Commission will interview someone from the next generation of Nebraska librarians.

Today we are speaking with Emily McIllece, Reference Associate and Dual Enrollment Coordinator at the University of Nebraska Omaha Criss Library. She previously worked in her hometown library and another college library, and has worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer. Emily received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri – Columbia in May 2013. She is a 2011 and 2012 Nebraska Library Commission / Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian scholarship recipient.

NLC: What brought you to the world of library work? How is it you went to library school?

EMILY MCILLECE: In college, I’d worked at my hometown and college libraries, both jobs I absolutely loved. But after graduation, I worked for a couple years at the Council Bluffs newspaper. It wasn’t the job for me. So, I applied for library positions and was turned down because I didn’t have the degree. Finally, I decided to take a part-time library clerk position, freelance copywrite on the side, and get my MLS. It was scary—but a great decision!

NLC: What did you learn in your coursework that surprised you the most? Complete the sentence, “I had no idea….”

EMILY MCILLECE: …how far librarianship can stretch into “non-library” roles.

NLC: How would you like to make a difference in the lives of library users or in the community your library serves?

EMILY MCILLECE: Showing students they’re not alone, that we are a fantastic resource for them, and that they shouldn’t be nervous or shy about asking for help. It’s always a neat moment when you make a connection with a student and the once daunting research assignment is suddenly obtainable.

NLC: What do you find most rewarding in your library job?

EMILY MCILLECE: When a panicked patron walks away with a smile.

NLC: What are your hobbies?

EMILY MCILLECE: Writing, sailing, horseback riding.

NLC: What are you reading right now?

EMILY MCILLECE: To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis, print book.

NLC: What’s the most useful non-library work experience you bring to a library job?

EMILY MCILLECE: My time as reporter is really handy when explaining the strengths and weaknesses in using newspaper articles as a research source. I also love to create fanvids (music videos of a genre, like Star Wars or X-Men) for my own amusement, which helps if we make video tutorials.

NLC: What does the future hold for libraries?

EMILY MCILLECE: We’re branching out. More libraries are embracing libraries as community centers, and we’re starting to see that in the academic world, too. I think we’ll always be fighting for every cent of our budget, but I think in the next few years, the general population will associate us with more than books. Books are awesome, and we’re not going to “abandon” them, but I think as we get better with marketing ourselves and integrating services into the community, people will see beyond the stacks.

The New Faces project is made possible by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant to the Nebraska Library Commission from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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New Faces: Tina Walker

Tina Walker, Director of Learning Resources for Mid-Plains Community College

Tina Walker, Director of Learning Resources for Mid-Plains Community College

In this series, New Faces, the Nebraska Library Commission will interview someone from the next generation of Nebraska librarians.

Today we are speaking with Tina Walker, Director of Learning Resources for Mid-Plains Community College. She previously worked as a library assistant at the University of Nebraska Kearney Calvin T. Ryan Library. She also volunteered at the Kearney Public Library teaching basic computers, social networking, and research. Tina received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2011. She is a 2011 Nebraska Library Commission / Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian scholarship recipient.

NLC: What brought you to the world of library work? How is it you went to library school?

TINA WALKER: I began working as an assistant and fell in love with reference and working with students every day.  I learned that my unique background gave me skills others didn’t have and I could use them in this line of work. I was encouraged to get my MLIS from my supervisor.

NLC: What did you learn in your coursework that surprised you the most? Complete the sentence, “I had no idea that….”

TINA WALKER: …so many people were ready to move to electronic library resources.

NLC: How did the NLC/IMLS 21st Century Librarian scholarship help you with getting an education and in your career aspirations?

TINA WALKER: The scholarship allowed me to attend my first ever ALA conference and I learned a great deal about how libraries function and the vendors.  I also learned about networking and how useful that is in the future.

NLC: What’s the most useful non-library work experience you bring to a library job?

TINA WALKER: My conflict resolution and mediation from the Department of Corrections.  I learned in this position how to handle people and direct conflict situations.

NLC: What does the future hold for libraries?

TINA WALKER: I believe that libraries will be here in 20 years, but the intent of the library is changing.  As more research continues to go digital and more information is available for free, librarians will have to keep teaching people how to find good information.

NLC: What does the future hold for librarians?

TINA WALKER: Many hours of coursework on computers, coding, techie stuff.  Either learn to change with the times, or get left behind.

NLC: What are you reading right now?

TINA WALKER: Dean Koontz novels.  Lisa Scottoline novels.  I read Time, Readers Digest, Chronicle of Higher Education, Community College Magazine, American Libraries, and Library Journal.

NLC: Please share a favorite quote.

TINA WALKER: If I drive myself to the brink of my ability, then I don’t get stale or bored. –Dean Koontz

The New Faces project is made possible by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant to the Nebraska Library Commission from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Nebraska Library Commission Awards 21st Century Skills Scholarships

Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian scholarships to sixteen Nebraska students in undergraduate Library Science programs. Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner commented, “The 21st Century Librarian scholarships are helping to assure that Nebraska libraries have educated and skilled staff to serve the thousands of Nebraskans who rely on libraries for a variety of needs each and every day. We congratulate these students for their efforts to improve their knowledge and skills and wish them the very best toward their educational and career goals.”

 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, 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, 2013.

 Spring/Summer 2013 Scholarship Recipients

Dorlissa Beyer, Aurora
Kassandra Bielenberg, Omaha
Nancy Black, Uehling
Kimberly Blackburn, Broken Bow
Gabrielle DeGagne, Omaha
Justine Goeden, West Point
Kimberly Green-Hailey, South Sioux City
Araceli Hernandez, Kearney
Angela Krejci, Louisville
Misty McClain, North Platte
Maureen McCombs, Gretna
Margaret McGurk-Kramer, Lincoln
Julianne Moulton, Omaha
Libby Munsell, York
Mary Jo Pittman, Omaha
Allison Reisig, Morrill
Dorothy Schultz, Wood River
Sky Seery, North Platte
Samantha Stock, Omaha
Jordan Stough, Bellevue
Monica Tidyman, Stromsburg
Brianna Weichel, Harbine 

For more information about Nebraska’s Cultivating Rural Librarians’ 21st Century Skills program, see http://nowhiringatyourlibrary.nebraska.gov. For a list of current scholarship recipients, see http://nowhiringatyourlibrary.nebraska.gov/Scholarshipsrecipients.asp.

 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.”

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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.

 

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$20,250 in Internship Grants Awarded to Nebraska Public Libraries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 29, 2013

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Mary Jo Ryan
402-471-3434
800-742-7691

$20,250 in Internship Grants Awarded to Nebraska Public Libraries

The Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Library Association recently awarded 21st Century Librarian internship grants totaling $20,250 to eighteen Nebraska public libraries. These internship grants will support public library interns, who will contribute to the scope and value of the diverse programs and activities in Nebraska’s public libraries.

“The internships offer valuable work and learning experiences for the interns and helpful assistance to the participating libraries. We thank the participating libraries for their contributions to the internship program and we wish this year’s group of interns the very best for great and worthwhile experiences,” said Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner.

Funding for the project is provided through a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered through the Nebraska Library Commission. Such funding helps the Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Library Association continue to support the missions and goals of libraries across Nebraska and statewide efforts to recruit the next generation of Nebraska’s librarians.

Student interns will learn about library work as they shadow and assist with day-to-day library operations and implement special projects. Interns will lead youth summer reading program activities, conduct training sessions to teach senior citizens to use technology, facilitate book discussion activities, help develop and update library Website and Facebook pages, create young adult library programs and spaces, work on publicity materials for library programs, sort and preserve archival materials, and assist in a host of other worthwhile activities.

In 2012, interns brought their technology skills to the forefront, much to the appreciation of the library staff, library customers, and community:

  • One intern taught library users how to check out and download eBooks to their devices.
  • Another intern researched best practices for effective Website design.
  • A third intern assisted library users with utilizing computer programs to complete projects.

Said one intern: “I learned that librarians work very hard to stay abreast of changing technology, cultures, and, of course, books. I had no idea our library had so many online databases to offer.”

The following Nebraska libraries received internship grant funding in March 2013:

  • Bassett, Rock County Public Library
  • Beatrice Public Library
  • Emerson Public Library
  • Fremont, Keene Memorial Library
  • Grant, Hastings Memorial Library
  • Kimball Public Library
  • La Vista Public Library
  • Lincoln City Libraries
  • Norfolk Public Library
  • North Bend Public Library
  • Omaha Public Library
  • Ord Township Library
  • Papillion, Sump Memorial Library
  • Ponca Carnegie Library
  • Schuyler Public Library
  • South Sioux City Public Library
  • Stromsburg Public Library
  • Verdigre Public Library

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As the 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. For more information, visit http://nlc.nebraska.gov/.

The Nebraska Library Association is the cornerstone of the Nebraska library community. The Association advocates for its members, enriches their professional lives, advances the lifelong learning of all Nebraskans, and promotes all library interests in Nebraska. For more information, visit http://nebraskalibraries.org.

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 http://www.imls.gov.

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The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission website, www.nlc.nebraska.gov/publications/newsreleases.

 

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Nebraska Library Commission Awards 21st Century Skills Scholarships

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 sixteen Nebraska students in undergraduate Library Science programs. Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner commented, “Thousands of Nebraskans rely on libraries for personal, educational, and work related needs. A skilled and educated library workforce is needed to serve these needs. The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to provide 21st Century Librarian scholarships to support students involved in library science educational programs. We wish them the very best toward their educational and career goals.”

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 March 1, 2013.

For more information about Nebraska’s Cultivating Rural Librarians’ 21st Century Skills program, see NowHiringAtYourLibrary.org. For a list of current scholarship recipients, see http://nlc1.nlc.state.ne.us/nowhiring/Scholarshipsrecipients.asp.

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.

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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.

 

December 2012 Scholarship Recipients

Caroline Arellano, Bridgeport
Nancy Black, Uehling
Kimberly Blackburn, Broken Bow
Delilah Gillming, Kearney
Justine Goeden, West Point
Kimberly Green-Hailey, South Sioux City
Angela Krejci, Louisville
Jared Lechner, Norfolk
Maureen McCombs, Gretna
Julianne Moulton, Omaha
Libby Munsell, York
Allison Reisig, Morrill
Dorothy Schultz, Wood River
David Watchorn, Ponca
Andrea Wright, Omaha
Celeste Wright, Lincoln

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Public Libraries Invited to Apply for Internship Grants — Applications due Feb. 15, 2013

Posting date: Dec. 17, 2012
Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2013
Award amount: $500 – $1,000

The Nebraska Library Commission’s Cultivating Rural Librarians’ Technology Skills program offers support for internships through grants to accredited public libraries. In partnership with the Nebraska Library Association and funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, the internship grants increase awareness about library professions and education and the opportunities for employment in Nebraska libraries.

So, what can your library do with the internship program?

  • Share your enthusiasm for library education and the library profession
  • Expand your programming
  • Bring in fresh faces
  • Show interns what happens behind-the-scenes
  • Partner with other library types to show the variety of work settings

Internship grants range from $500 to $1,000. A library may provide one 100-hour internship during the summer months that might last eight weeks, or two 50-hour internships during the school year that might last ten weeks, depending on the needs of the library and the scheduling needs and qualifications of the internship candidates. Library grantees will recruit, select, and hire their interns. Usually, interns are hired as contract workers and paid on a stipend rather than an hourly wage, but the terms of employment are determined by the library’s governing body. Interns provide valuable assistance with library service activities and local library programming. Library staff help introduce interns to the joys of library service careers. Partnership projects involving collaboration between a public library and another type of library will be given special consideration.

Reflection from one intern:

I learned various things from working as a librarian. I learned that the job entails numerous activities. I didn’t previously realize how much work and preparation goes into being a librarian. Also, I learned more about how libraries operate. A lot must take place in order for libraries to be successful. It was fun to learn about different books, computers, and the OPAC system used in most libraries. Overall, throughout this internship experience, I learned that the job of a librarian is exciting, interesting, and ever-changing.

Web conferencing: NLC staff are available by phone and through e-mail to discuss general issues relating to the internship grant program. We also invite you to participate in a webinar to learn more about the program from previous grant recipients, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants. NLC’s NCompass Live will air Internships: Cultivating Nebraska’s Future Librarians on Wednesday, January 9, at 10 a.m. Central time. In this session, participating libraries will share their experiences with the internship program, including successes and lessons learned. This session will also introduce the upcoming 2013 grant opportunity for internships.

To apply: Applications are now being accepted. The deadline for applications is Feb. 15, 2013. More information is available on the Now Hiring @ your library® website, at http://nlc1.nlc.state.ne.us/nowhiring/Internships.asp.

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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 Nebraska Library Association is the cornerstone of the Nebraska library community. The Association advocates for its members, enriches their professional lives, advances the lifelong learning of all Nebraskans, and promotes all library interests in Nebraska. For more information, visit http://nebraskalibraries.org.

IMLS LogoThe 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 http://www.imls.gov.

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Nebraska Library Commission Awards 21st Century Librarian Scholarships

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 thirty-eight Nebraska students in undergraduate and graduate Library Science programs. Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner commented, “The 21st Century Librarian scholarships contribute to a workforce equipped to provide the kind and quality of library services expected in Nebraska’s communities and schools. The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to support Nebraska students involved in library science education programs. We offer our best wishes to these students in pursuing their educational and career goals.”

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, 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 http://nlc1.nlc.state.ne.us/nowhiring/Scholarshipsrecipients.asp.

NOTE: Due to the significant number of applications for the Nebraska Library Commission master’s-level scholarships (funded through the Librarians for the 21st Century Program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services), as of July 1, 2012, graduate-level scholarships will no longer be available. Scholarships DO continue to be available for undergraduate Library Science studies, including LIS certificates, and Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees.

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.

June 2012 Scholarship Recipients

Nancy Armstrong, Ogallala
Jennifer Barnason, Lincoln
Nancy Black, Uehling
Michaela Braun, Atkinson
Dixie Codner, Wood River
Shanna Crosby-Wilson, Omaha
Kelley Dible, Sidney
Karen Dittbrenner, Beatrice
Michael Elsener, Lincoln
Susan Finkral, Leigh
Justine Goeden, West Point
Emily Hilkemann, Pierce
Anne Hubbell, Lincoln
Chandra Kosmicki, Boelus
Angela Kroeger, Omaha
Jared Lechner, Norfolk
Ann Maass, Bellevue
Brian Maass, Bellevue
Misty McClain, North Platte
Cory McCune, Omaha
Emily McIllece, Elkhorn
Jennifer Misbach , Omaha
Cally O’Brien, Schuyler
Annette Parde, Lincoln
Jayme Prisbell, Omaha
Stephen Sautter, York
Dorothy Schultz, Wood River
Andrew Sherman, Omaha
Amanda Sisavanh, Bennington
Stefanie Skrdla, Gretna
Shari Spiehs-Hudson, Springfield
Jordan Stough, Bellevue
Rozanne Tuttle, Ogallala
David Watchorn, Ponca
Celeste Wright, Lincoln

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