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You can be a mentor

As a working library professional, you have a wide range of experiences to bring to a mentoring relationship. You can be a source of advice and information to someone who is interested in pursuing or furthering their library career. Being a mentor can provide you with the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life and to contribute to the library profession.
Be inspired
Recipients of 21st Century Librarian scholarships provided feedback on their experience with the mentoring program component. These comments could prove insightful for the aspiring mentor.

Sometimes all it takes to be a mentor is to be a good listener. You know you’ve done a good job when your mentee can say, “Just knowing I have someone to talk to and ask library or career related questions is reassuring to me. It is good to know there is someone interested in my education and in my job, and just having the mentor there for me if I need advice or a sounding board, is really nice.”

Mentoring a library science student can prove very beneficial to the mentee. One Bachelor’s student reported that her mentor “was willing and able to give me advice and information I needed in connection with classes I was taking at the time.”

Mentorship doesn’t have to just take place face-to-face. Another Bachelor-level student corresponded often with her mentor by email. The mentor “was a help in not only networking with others but I was still unsure of myself with schoolwork and she graciously proofread a few of my papers and offered feedback, which to a (then) timid student was very helpful!”

For one LTA student, the mentorship was “useful in other aspects as well as the classes. She was able to listen to my job complaints and give me logical advice.”

Another LTA’s mentor drove to her school and watched her work with the children, offering input to the process. The result? “I had an outstanding mentor.”

The Now Hiring at Your Library ® website offers more inspiration if you are considering becoming a mentor:
Resources
What Mentors Do: 6 Tips
Qualities of a Good Mentor: 15 Hints
Mentor Resource Center
Dial in
Have you been a mentor, formally or informally, or yourself been mentored? What were the most rewarding aspects of your experience? Please feel free to share your comments.

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What youth workers and volunteers bring to the library table

Youth ages 10 to 24 make up a little over one quarter (25.5%) of Nebraska’s population. Members of the Millennial generation (born between 1975 and 2005) are our future workforce. And it has been shown that civic engagement in youth leads to civic engagement later on in life. A strong case could be made to draw individuals to the library profession by planting the seed and recruiting them now as volunteers, interns, and part-time staff.
Case in point, the newly-available Internship Grant program is an ideal vehicle for engaging youth in library work. The Nebraska Library Association and Nebraska Library Commission will offer grants to accredited public libraries for student internships. This joint project, Cultivating Nebraska Librarians 2.0: Building 21st Century Skills, is funded through a grant from a Nebraska foundation. These internships for youth workers are a follow-up to last year’s highly successful program, which was made possible through a grant from a Nebraska foundation, and a 2008-2009 program made possible through a federal grant to the Nebraska Library Commission. Internships introduce promising high school and college students to the varied and exciting work of Nebraska libraries. The internship functions as a recruitment tool, helping the participant view the library as a viable career opportunity.
Young people can be strong advocates for library services, leading by example as staff members or volunteers. What has been your experience in working with high school or college students in the library setting?
For more information on civic learning and engagement, visit CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, at www.civicyouth.org. Learn more about the Internship Grant program in the Internship section of NowHiringAtYourLibrary.com.

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YALSA’s new mentoring program now accepting applications

Here’s an opportunity to be paired up with a mentor:
ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) offers a new mentoring program which will pair an experienced librarian with a new librarian or graduate student in a Library Science program. YALSA believes that we all have important skills and knowledge that we can share with one another and so this program encourages protégés to share their skills and know-how with their mentor.
Applications to participate in the program will open on April 5, 2010 and be accepted through June 30, 2010.
Questions about the program? Please visit their website or contact Eve Gaus at egaus@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433 ext. 5293.

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NCompass Live Taking Brief Hiatus

On Wednesday, January 7, 2009, the Nebraska Library Commission premiered our new weekly online event, NCompass Live. Since the first broadcast, more than 230 people have attended NCompass Live sessions and the recordings have been watched over 125 times.
NCompass Live will be taking a short break while the Nebraska Library Commission switches to new online meeting software, Microsoft Live Meeting. We’re not sure how long the transition will take, but we hope to be back with new NCompass Live sessions sometime in July. As soon as the new system is ready, we will announce the new schedule via our mailing lists and blog.
Until we are back live again, you can watch archived recordings of our previous NCompass Live sessions.

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Applications for Student Intern Grants Available May 15, 2009

The Nebraska Library Association and Nebraska Library Commission will offer grants to accredited public libraries for student internships. This joint project, Cultivating Nebraska Librarians 2.0: Building 21st Century Skills, is funded through a partnership of Nebraska donors and foundations. These internships for youth workers are a follow-up to last year’s highly successful program, which was made possible through federal funding (that is not currently available). Internship grants introduce promising high school and college students to the varied and exciting work of Nebraska libraries. The internship functions as a recruitment tool, helping the participant view the library as a viable career opportunity.
Previous internships yielded great responses:
“The interns provided invaluable contributions to the library system this summer… In short, the interns did a full array of library work. We sincerely hope the experience was as beneficial to the interns as it was to Lincoln City Libraries and its customers.”
—Internship supervisor, letter dated September 4, 2008
“I would love to be able to have a job that benefits the community. Libraries are so necessary to the community and I would love to be a part of that!”—2008 intern
“Not just regular checking-in-and-out routine. There’s a lot going on in Outreach Department; going to county sites, cultural centers, and many other programs.”—2008 intern
“I now possess a new understanding of how challenging working in the library can be. Additionally, the work I have performed for this internship has inspired me to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree so that I may pursue a more advanced career in the library.”
—2008 college-age intern
“I knew that librarians did many of the things I originally thought, but I have learned how much work is involved in this and how busy you can be. Our librarians do so much for our community and take on many activities and programs.”—2008 high school intern
“He (the intern) wanted to spend more time with the computers than patrons, but seemed to enjoy meeting people as he became more comfortable with his duties. He learned to prepare materials for check-out, to shelve, to work with patrons, including those attending after-school programs…I am excited about this program. I think it is a great way to get students interested in library work as a profession.”—2008 intern supervisor
Each internship grant provides a stipend of up to $1,000 for a student to work approximately 100 hours with library staff on a variety of projects and activities. Student interns provide valuable assistance with library service activities and local library programming. Library staff help introduce high school or college students to the joys of library service careers. Grant criteria and processes are currently under development.
Application forms will be available beginning May 15. For more information, see www.NowHiringAtYourLibrary.org or www.nebraskalibraries.org, or contact Mary Jo Ryan, Nebraska Library Commission Communications Coordinator, 402-471-3434 or 402-471-2665.

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NCompass Live to Premiere in January

On Wednesday, January 7, 2009, the Nebraska Library Commission will premiere a new weekly online event, NCompass Live.
NCompass Live will cover NLC activities and library topics presented by NLC staff and guests. The free one-hour sessions will be offered every Wednesday at 10:00AM (CT) and will include a mixture of presentations, interviews, book reviews, Web tours, mini training sessions, and Q & A sessions.
NCompass Live will be presented online using Centra Live eMeeting software. Centra sessions are live presentations that you access from your own computer via the Web. Audio is provided via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) using a microphone. Sessions will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time.
Check out NCompass Live for the schedule and to register for a session.

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Online Graduate Program Deadline: February 1, 2008

The University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science, Tucson, is calling for applicants for its online graduate-level certificate program in digital information management, commonly know as DigIn. The second cohort begins summer 2008, with a February 1, 2008 application deadline.
The program prepares students to build and manage digital collections in a variety of government and private settings. Students will learn to apply key concepts and technologies through case studies, applications, theory, and hands-on work with metadata, content management systems, and real-life digital collections. Students complete the certificate with a capstone course involving an individual project and electronic portfolio. Many complete the six-class, 18 credit hour online course of study in 15 months, and extended options are available. DigIn is supported with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which will be providing a generous number of scholarships.
For more information, visit the web site at, http://sir.arizona.edu/program/digin/index.html, or call 502-626-4631.

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Public Libraries Invited to Apply for Student Internship Grants

Nebraska Library Commission continues to offer grants to libraries for student internships. Each grant will provide a $1,000 student stipend, financing approximately one-hundred hours spent working with library staff on a variety of projects and activities. Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Librarians for the 21st Century initiative, the internship grants introduce promising high school and college students to the varied and exciting work of Nebraska libraries.
We are very interested in learning more about student interns in Nebraska libraries. What tasks are they assigned? How is it working for the intern, as well as for library staff and customers? If your library has received a grant and hired an intern, comment below to share your reactions.
For more information see the Internship section of the Nebraska Library Commission Now Hiring @ your library Website or contact Mary Jo Ryan, Nebraska Library Commission Communications Coordinator, 402-471-3434, 800-307-2665.

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NLC Web Sites Down Saturday January 5th

IMPORTANT NOTICE!
All Nebraska Library Commission web sites, including NebraskAccess and Nebraska Memories, will be down for 10-12 hours on Saturday, January 5th, beginning at 6am.
This power outage is due to electrical work being done in the Atrium building and affects all NLC web sites. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to your own services.
1. If your library links directly to the database resources from your own library web site, and does not go through or login via the NebraskAccess web site, the power outage will NOT affect your use of the resources.
2. Libraries that use the NebraskAccess web site to link to the databases can use direct links and passwords during the outage. If your library has IP access, you will not need the usernames and passwords from within the library.
3. For those libraries and patrons that use the NebraskAccess web site to link to and login to the databases, you may use the direct links to login to select resources during this time.
A message with the direct database links and passwords has been sent to all Nebraska Library Commission mailing lists. If you did not receive this message, please contact the Reference Desk for the information at 800-307-2665 or 402-471-4016. Please note that the Commission closes at 5:00pm tonight.

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Explore a career in libraries. “Make a Change, Make a Difference, Make it REAL.”

Check out this fabulous new addition to the Now hiring @ your library education, job, and career resources! The Library Career Resource Center includes many outstanding resources for library education and career development. Funded through an IMLS grant, the Library Career Resource Center was developed by the New York State Library and the New York State Education Department as part of the Making It Real : Recruitment, Education, And Learning Project. “The project is designed to recruit and educate professional librarians, cultivating a diverse new workforce that is well prepared to serve community needs, especially those of diverse groups and special populations.”

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Would you enjoy working on a state library reference desk?

Check out the Nebraska Library Commission Reference Staff activity on Twitter, http://twitter.com/NLC_Reference, to get an idea of the kind of questions that librarians at a state library answer every day. Twitter is a micro-blogging application that answers the question “what are you doing now?” Library Commission reference desk staff are using Twitter to post questions that are asked of the reference staff. This shows readers the depth and breadth of questions that the library answers every day. Answers are not posted (Twitter only allows for 140 characters per post).
If you’ve ever wondered if you would be interested in working on a reference team, this is a fun way to find out. Please click on comment (below) if this site is helpful in career decision-making.

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New for Fall 2007 – On-line Masters of Education Degree through UNO and Chadron State College

UNO/Chadron State College Cooperative Masters of Education in School Library Media.
With the local and regional shortage of endorsed school library media specialists, the time is right to embark on an exciting educational adventure.
Chadron State College and the University of Nebraska Omaha are proud to announce the new Masters In Education, School Library Media P-12 program that allows teaching professionals to get their school library media endorsement and a Masters degree in Education at the same time! If you are interested in adding a school library media endorsement required to direct a school library, this program is for you. OR If you already have your school library media endorsement but want to take some coursework to upgrade your skills and/or need a Masters degree to enhance your salary – this program is for you! The program is offered in a very accessible web-assisted program that combines online learning with limited weekend visits on the Chadron State College campus in Chadron, Nebraska in the beautiful Pine Ridge region in the Nebraska Panhandle.
For more information, see the UNO Library Science Education Website, the Chadron State College Office of Graduate Studies Website or contact Dr. R. J. (Becky) Pasco at UNO, 402-554-2119 or 1-800-858-8648, ext. 2119 or Mary Burke at Chadron State College, 1-308-432-6214 or 1-800-CHADRON.

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Online Library Assistant Training Program focuses on Academic and Research Libraries

Rutgers University is accepting applications for its fall 2007 program for
paraprofessionals at academic and research libraries.

The Online Library Assistant Training Program is an online, on-the-job, semester-long class designed for library assistants and associates who are relatively new to work in academic and research libraries. It offers a look at the “big picture” issues for academic and research libraries, including library values, functions, and practices; how different functions fit into the mission and processes of the library; developing excellent service skills; and some best practices. Participants can expect to spend five to seven hours per week on the class.
For details about the Online Library Assistant Training Program, go to http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/programs/pds/imls-olatp.jsp
Questions? Contact Melanie Andrich at Rutgers University.
This program was originally developed with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Reimbursement for travel costs for meetings and conferences is now available for Nebraska Library Commission 21st Century Librarian Mentors and Mentees.

Meet with your mentor or mentee at the NLA/NEMA conference in Kearney in October and have your travel costs reimbursed!
Nebraska Library Commission 21st Century Librarian mentors and mentees can request reimbursement for travel costs (mileage only) for face-to-face meetings. Travel can be for one-on-one consultation sessions or to meet and attend sessions together at a workshop or conference (e.g., NLA/NEMA Fall Conference, Gates Foundation Technology Training Sessions, NEBASE Annual Meeting, etc.). The purpose of the reimbursement is to support mentor-mentee relationship development and networking.
Consider attending the NLA/NEMA conference in Kearney in October to meet with your mentor or mentee and have the cost of your travel reimbursed. Find out more about the conference and register at http://www.2007nla-nema.info/.
For more information about how mentors and mentees can request reimbursement for travel, see the mentoring section/travel reimbursement page of the Now hiring @ your library Website.

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Congratulations! NLC 21st Century Librarian Scholarship Recipients

Nebraska Library Assocation Louise A Nixon, Duane Munson Scholarship Winners Announced
The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) scholarship committee recently announced the recipients of the Louise A. Nixon scholarships, Marcia Dority-Baker, Karen Dalziel, Rose Fredrick and Cynthia Sellhorst.
Marcia Dority-Baker is currently employed at the UNL Schmid Law Library as the circulation supervisor and is a member of NLA. Her anticipated graduation date from UM-C with a MLS is the summer of 2008.
Karen Dalziel works as a library assistant at UNL, is a student in the MLS program at UM-C, and will graduate in December of 2008.
Rose Fredrick is a library intern at the McGoogan Library of Medicine and is attending the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Her anticipated graduation date with a MLS is the spring of 2008.
Cynthia Sellhorst is currently the vocal and instrumental music instructor at the Doge Public Schools and is attending the University of Nebraska-Omaha pursuing her Maters of Science in Elementary Education and Library Media Endorsement. She will graduate in the spring of 2009.
The winner of the Duane Munson Scholarship is Haishu Zhu, a MLS student at UM-C. She is currently a library assistant at the Lincoln City Libraries.
More information about these NLA scholarships is available on the NLA Website

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Could your library use a student intern?

The Nebraska Library Commission is offering grants to libraries for student internships, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Librarians for the 21st Century initiative. These internship grants are intended to introduce promising high school and college students to the varied and exciting work of Nebraska libraries, by providing a $1,000 stipend for each student to finance approximately one-hundred hours spent working with library staff on a variety of projects and activities.
Eligible organizations can apply for internship funding in connection with their grant applications in the Youth Grants for Excellence and/or Library Improvement Grants (formerly LSTA Grants) grant cycles. Applications for internship projects can also be submitted independent of other Nebraska Library Commission grant funding. Eligible entities include:
• Accredited Nebraska public libraries
• Eligible institutional libraries
• Other library organizations in partnership with an eligible entity for purposes of submitting a grant application for a collaborative internship project.
To apply for internship funding, see the Announcement on the Library Commission Website.
Please comment below with your ideas for setting up internship opportunities in your library that will encourage young people to choose a library service career. Thanks, Mary Jo Ryan

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Fashion, Style, & Librarians?

Yes, it’s true; a story about librarians made it to the Fashion & Style section of the most recent Sunday New York Times!
A Hipper Crowd of Shushers by Kara Jesella describes the new, young librarians with “passion for pop culture, activism and technology” who are entering what has been called a “graying” profession.
Find out more about what these hip librarians are all about. Maybe you’re the right combination of nerdy, cool, and technology-savvy to find your calling as a librarian.

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“Hollywood Librarian” Film Premiers at ALA in D.C.

Check out this Washington Post article by Monica Hesse “The Modern Librarian: A Role Worth Checking Out”. The red carpet premier on Friday, June 22 at the 128th annual American Library Association conference drew an audience of 5,000 appreciative and enthusiastic librarians. Find out more about the film at the Hollywood Librarian .

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Scholarship Deadline July 1

Are you thinking about advancing your library service career by taking library science classes? Now might be the time to take action–money is available to help support your education.
Nebraska Library Commission scholarships are supported by a grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to recruit and educate the next generation of Nebraska librarians. July 1 is the next deadline for scholarship application. To apply, see Nebraska Library Commission’s Now Hiring @ your library® Website, www.NowHiringAtYourLibrary.org or click the “coffee cup” icon on the left side of the Nebraska Library Commission Home Page at www.nlc.state.ne.us. This new section of the Commission Website provides easy access to information about library education options, scholarships, job openings, library careers, mentoring, and recruiting. Please comment below on your experience with Library Commission scholarship–we are always striving to improve the scholarship process.
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Recruiting the Next Generation of Nebraska Librarians @ the movies

The Nebraska Library Commission Recruitment Public Service Announcement (PSA) has been getting some great reactions and we are excited about the prospects for launching a statewide marketing campaign this summer. Cindi Hickey reports that the “recruiting video (is) making the rounds in Kansas.” She continues, “You are getting rave reviews for the recruiting trailer in Kansas! Someone found it on YouTube (brilliant placement!) and is passing it around to everybody.”
We hope the PSA sends the message that “library careers are cool, high tech, and service-oriented – an opportunity to make a difference in our communities.” The vision is to have the PSA shown in movie theatres across Nebraska. Since Hollywood has helped to foster many of the outmoded stereotypes and images of librarians, it is appropriate to use the PSA as one of the vehicles to deliver the antidote to these stereotypes. Companion pieces to the PSA will include a movie poster for the theatre lobby, a display with information about educational opportunities, and “movie tickets” to apply for scholarships for training in library skills.
Some library staff and supporters have volunteered to contact the management of local movie theaters to ask them to donate screen time to show the PSA before movie showings and lobby space for poster and display. Ideally, the PSA would be shown in the summer before a movie that might attract a younger audience, specifically people of high school and college age. More volunteers are needed.
Please comment (link below) to let us know what you think of the PSA (see it at www.nowhiringatyourlibrary.com) and be sure to volunteer to help us get free placement of the PSA in movie theatres this summer.
Thanks, Mary Jo Ryan

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