TBBS Advisory Committee Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service will be held 9:30 a.m. to noon, on Friday, June 7, 2013, at the Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 “N” Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, Nebraska which meeting will be open to the public.  If special accommodations are needed for you to attend this meeting (including interpreters for the hearing impaired) contact Sue Biltoft (402) 471-4007 or (800) 307-2665.

An agenda for such meeting, kept continuously current, is available for public inspection at the Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 “N” Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, Nebraska and the Nebraska Library Commission Home Page, http://nlc.nebraska.gov/tbbs/agendas/.

David Oertli, Director
Talking Book and Braille Service

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NCompass Live: University of Nebraska in Your Neighborhood

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Join us for the next NCompass Live: “University of Nebraska in Your Neighborhood”, on Wednesday, May 15, 10:00-11:00 am Central Time.

Get a peek into how UNL Extension is meeting the needs of Nebraskans and people throughout the world. Learn what you can grab for clientele off the web and how you can work with your local UNL Extension office.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • May 22 – Library Planning: A Customized Program for Success
  • May 29 – Tech Talk with Michael Sauers
  • June 5 – 2013 One Book One Nebraska: O Pioneers!

For more information, to register for NCompass Live, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to the NCompass Live webpage.

NCompass Live is broadcast live every Wednesday from 10am – 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website. The show is presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Before you attend a session, please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones.

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Most Social Media Friendly State Libraries for 2013

Top46StateLibrariesThe folks over at LibraryScientist.com have ranked all 50 state libraries on their social media presence. According to them, the Nebraska Library’s Commission’s social media presence ranks 6th! So we’d like to take this opportunity to thank both the staff that help in posting such wonderful content to so many services and to all of you who follow us on platforms from Twitter to YouTube.

Read the full list and all the details @ LibraryScientist.com.

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WorldCat Reaches 2 Billion

WorldCat, the OCLC database of library holdings, has received its 2 billionth entry. The bouncing baby record was added by the University of Alberta in Edmonton last Saturday.

“Saturday’s child works hard for a living” according to the old poem, and WorldCat’s records work hard to provide information about the contents of libraries world wide. Nebraska libraries can search WorldCat through FirstSearch in NebraskAccess.

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OCLC Launches Library Spotlight

I just read about an interesting and Free service to help promote your library. OCLC has launched Library Spotlight, a service that uses data about your library from the WorldCat Registry to make it easier for people to find your location and contact information. Learn more about it at http://bit.ly/ZANX9Y.

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NCompass Live: Hastings StoryWalk: Walk, Read, Explore

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Join us for the next NCompass Live: “Hastings StoryWalk: Walk, Read, Explore”, on Wednesday, May 8, 10:00-11:00 am Central Time.

The StoryWalk(r) Project combines family fun, exercise, and literacy into one great community activity. The concept involves posting pages of a book at certain intervals along a walking path. Librarian Jake Rundle will present lessons learned by the Hastings Public Library, especially in preparing materials for Nebraska wind and weather, and participant comments.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • May 15 – University of Nebraska in Your Neighborhood
  • May 22 – Library Planning: A Customized Program for Success
  • May 29 – Tech Talk with Michael Sauers
  • June 5 – 2013 One Book One Nebraska: O Pioneers!

For more information, to register for NCompass Live, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to the NCompass Live webpage.

NCompass Live is broadcast live every Wednesday from 10am – 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website. The show is presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Before you attend a session, please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones.

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Friday Video: Triangulation 98: Brewster Kahle


Computer engineer and Internet activist, digital librarian Brewster Kahle is today’s guest on Triangulation.

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Reminder: 21st Century Librarian Scholarship Applications Due June 3, 2013

The Nebraska Library Commission announces the eighth cycle of its 21st Century Librarian Scholarship program (http://nowhiringatyourlibrary.nebraska.gov/Scholarships.asp). Legal residents of the state of Nebraska are eligible to apply. In this seventh cycle, online applications are due June 3, 2013; transcripts (as required) are due May 24, 2013; and letters of recommendation, if mailed, are due May 24, 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 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.

A former scholarship student recently said, “I finished up my certificate this last weekend and I wanted to thank the Commission for the opportunity to do this.  No matter how much you think you know you always learn something.  I would not have been able to do this without the financial support from the Commission.  Also a big thank you for buying me a laptop, which made it so much easier for me to get the assignments done, and for sending me to the NLA/MPLA conference.”

Through the associated stipends program, students have purchased laptop computers to use with their online classes, joined professional library associations, and attended regional and national conferences. For example, several scholarship students have been awarded stipends to attend the upcoming ALA annual conference in Chicago.

Current scholarship recipients are participating and reporting on trainings such as the 21st Century Skills Seminar, hands-on eBook/eReader trainings, and live and recorded webinars about the latest Internet tools. Participants are networking with Nebraska librarians on the Nebraska Librarians Learning Together Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/NebraskaLibrarians.

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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Recently on the NCompass Podcast

Have you listened the NCompass Podcast lately? Here are the episodes from April 2013. To get all of the episodes delivered to you automatically be sure to subscribe via RSS or iTunes.

[wpaudio url=”http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nlcpodcast/NCompassPodcast227.mp3″ text=”Episode 227: Dig Into Reading: Summer Reading Program 2013″]

[wpaudio url=”http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nlcpodcast/NCompassPodcast228.mp3″ text=”Episode 228: Customer Service Means Convenience”]

[wpaudio url=”http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nlcpodcast/NCompassPodcast229.mp3″ text=”Episode 229: Easing Information Anxiety: Teaching Information Literacy Strategies and Skills for College Readiness”]

[wpaudio url=”http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nlcpodcast/NCompassPodcast230.mp3″ text=”Episode 230: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Web Tools to Make You Look Cool!”]

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Nebraska Learns 2.0: Web Awards and Public Speaking

The Nebraska Learns 2.0 Thing for May is ‘And the Webby goes to….’.

For this month’s Thing, you’re going to select any site from this list of the 17th Annual Webby Awards Nominees & Winners and explore it. The Webby Awards honor excellence in interactive design, creativity, usability and functionality on the Internet in over 100 Website, Interactive Advertising & Media, Online Film & Video, Mobile & Apps, and Social categories.

Another facet of Nebraska Learns 2.0 is BookThing. Each month we pick a single title that we feel has relevance to librarianship and/or information theory. Some of the titles will be very obviously related, while others may not seem so on the surface but there is a connection. Your assignment will be to read the book and create a blog post answering some questions about the title.

The BookThing for May is: “Confessions of a Public Speaker” by Scott Berkum.

Nebraska Learns 2.0 is the Nebraska Library Commission’s ongoing online learning CarhengeCrop5program. It is a self-discovery program which encourages participants to take control of their own learning and to utilize their lifelong learning skills through exploration and PLAY.

Each month, we offer you an opportunity to learn a new Thing (or lesson). You have all month to complete that Thing and receive one CE credit. You may choose which Things to do based on personal interest and time availability If the Thing of the month doesn’t interest you or if you are particularly busy that month, you can skip it.

If you are new to Nebraska Learns 2.0, your first assignment is to sign up to participate. This program is open to ALL Nebraska librarians, library staff, library friends, library board members and school media specialists.

We hope you’ll join your library colleagues in the fun as you learn about new and exciting technologies!

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What’s Sally Reading?

Edgar Award – Best Young Adult Mystery, and Best Juvenile:

Code Name Verity was selected as the winner, other finalists were: Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak, The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George, Crusher by Niall Leonard, Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield.

The Best Juvenile title was The Quick Fix by Jack D. Ferraiolo (which I haven’t yet read).  The other finalists were: Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O’Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind by Tom Angleberger, 13 Hangmen by Art Corriveau, Spy School by Stuart Gibbs, and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.  Visit this site to see all the category winners and nominees.

Wein158Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein was published in May of 2012.  It is historical fiction, set during World War II, about two young women who find friendship while working to help the war effort in England.  Queenie is a British spy captured in France by the Germans, Maddie is the pilot who dropped her off in France.  Flashbacks show their development both in their friendship and in their expertise to help the British cause.  The tension of what will happen both to the prisoner Queenie and to Maddie, who is trapped in France temporarily, will keep readers turning the pages.

(The Nebraska Library Commission receives free copies of children’s and young adult books for review from a number of publishers.  After review, the books are distributed free, via the Regional Library Systems, to Nebraska school and public libraries.)

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Grants awarded to small-town public libraries

Seven public libraries received a helping hand recently, thanks to the generosity of a lifelong educator, the late Shirley Kreutz Bennett of Lincoln.  Each year the Kreutz Bennett Donor-Advised Fund, an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF), accepts proposals for matching grants for public libraries in communities with populations of fewer than 3,000.

Following Ms. Kreutz Bennett’s wishes, a Fund Advisory Committee composed of her nieces and nephews recommends grants in three areas: planning grants leading to accreditation; enhancement grants to improve library services; and facilities grants for new construction or the renovation, restoration or rehabilitation of current libraries.

All grants require a certain level of matching funds and evidence that the project has broad community support.  Approximately $70,000 is available each year. Grant seekers are encouraged to review the guidelines and application procedures at www.nebcommfound.org/fund/kreutzbennett.

For more information, contact Reggi Carlson, NCF Communications Director, (402) 323-7331or rcarlson@nebcommfound.org.

The following libraries received grants in April 2013:  

The City of Albion received $5,500 to extend the life of the existing library, a 1908 Carnegie building and addition.  Funding will be used to repair the library’s foundation, cracked masonry, correct nearby surface drainage and replace elements of the electrical system. 

Hildreth Friends of the Library was awarded $20,000 to help with a construction project that will double the size of the current library to 2,000 square feet and add an accessible public restroom. The additional space will allow for new acquisitions and physical space for digital technology equipment.

The Lincoln Township Library Foundation in Wausa has plans to build a new, entirely accessible facility that will be incorporated into the historic library. The $20,000 grant will bring the community very close to its $750,000 fundraising goal for this major construction project.

The Mitchell Public Library Foundation will use its $20,000 grant to help build an addition and renovate the current facility, which will nearly double the size of its library. The additional space will allow for a technology center and a new children’s area for activities and a summer reading program.

The Osmond Public Library will create digital historical files of The Osmond Republican newspaper from 1892 to the present and a Centennial Book from 1990 with its matching grant of $3,587. The searchable files will be stored on hard drives both on and off site, and will be accessible on the library’s computers and through the library’s website.

The Valley Public Library received $2,500 to participate in Nebraska Overdrive. This digital resource will allow patrons to borrow and download e-books and audio books over the Internet. The grant will also fund a series of computer classes for members of the community who would like to develop a greater degree of comfort with this technology and increase their skills.

The Walthill Public Library was awarded $2,500 to supplement an existing planning grant leading to accreditation and sustainability. Long-range goals include the possible relocation of the library into converted space across from the park.

An additional grant to the Ashland Public Library Foundation has been approved for disbursement at a later date.

There are 228 libraries in Nebraska communities with populations under 3,000, which makes them eligible for a grant from the Kreutz Bennett Donor-Advised Fund.  Of those, about 100 are not accredited by the Nebraska Library Commission.

“Gaining accreditation is critical to our libraries.  It opens the door to other outside funding,” said Jeff Yost, NCF President and CEO.  “In many small towns, the library may be the only place where some people have access to the Internet.  Shirley’s legacy gift shows that she had great vision and commitment to people in our small communities. We are honored to help the family of Shirley Kreutz Bennett develop a strategy to share her passion for learning, especially in places where funding continues to shrink,” said Yost.

Last year, donor-advised funds contributed more than $3.36 million to charitable organizations through the Nebraska Community Foundation.

NCF is a statewide organization using charitable giving to build prosperous communities. NCF works with volunteer leaders serving more than 200 communities by providing training, strategic development, gift planning assistance and financial management for its affiliated funds located throughout the state. In the last five years more than 35,000 contributions have been made to NCF affiliated funds, and more than $97 million has been reinvested to benefit Nebraska communities. For more information visit www.NebraskaHometown.org.

 

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New Government Publications Received at the Library Commission

Click here to see a list of publications received 03/16/13 – 04/19/13.

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NCompass Live: What does a successful internship look like?

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Join us for the next NCompass Live: “What does a successful internship look like?”, on Wednesday, May 1, 10:00-11:00 am Central Time.

From advertising for the position to saying goodbye, thoughtful planning of an internship will go a long way to making the experience meaningful for you and your intern. Kathryn Brockmeier, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will also discuss ways your library and your community can benefit from an internship at your library. Time for brainstorming and sharing will follow the presentation.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • May 8 – Hastings StoryWalk: Walk, Read, Explore
  • May 22 – Library Planning: A Customized Program for Success
  • May 29 – Tech Talk with Michael Sauers
  • June 5 – 2013 One Book One Nebraska: O Pioneers!

For more information, to register for NCompass Live, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to the NCompass Live webpage.

NCompass Live is broadcast live every Wednesday from 10am – 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website. The show is presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Before you attend a session, please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones.

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Open Meetings Law Workshops

TO: Nebraska Public Library Directors
FROM: Mary Jo Ryan, Nebraska Library Commission Communications Coordinator

Open Meetings Law Workshops
Facilitated by the Nebraska Association of School Boards

You (and your board members) are invited to attend workshops on Open Meetings Law!

Nebraska public library boards of trustees, foundations, and friends groups are invited to attend Open Meetings Law Workshops to learn about the intricacies of this law and have the opportunity to ask questions of the Nebraska Association of School Boards’ Legal Team. There have been changes to this law in recent years. Come to the workshop to find out how these changes may affect the way you do business. This workshop will incorporate real-life scenarios using a paperless board meetings program.

Sessions will be held:
June 19—Gering
Civic Center
June 20—Kearney
Holiday Inn
June 26—Lincoln
Cornhusker Marriott
June 27—Norfolk
Lifelong Learning Center 

6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no meal served)
COST: $150 for your entire board to attend.

Library staff and boards of trustees can earn 2.5 hours of Continuing Education Credit from the Nebraska Library Commission.

The Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB) is offering one of the most sought-after workshops in June 2013. This workshop is so popular because all political sub-divisions must abide by the Open Meetings Law. NASB Executive Director John Spatz and Legal Counsel Megan Neiles Brasch will conduct the Open Meetings Law Workshops. This legal team will provide information regarding agenda, notice, minutes, closed session, special meeting, emergency meeting, public comment and criminal liability in addition to answering questions from the attendees.

Suggested Audience
School Boards & Secretaries
School Superintendents
All Elected Officials
County Attorneys & Boards
City Councils & Clerks
Community/Civic Boards, including library boards of trustees, foundations, and friends groups!

REGISTRATION FORM
June 19, 2013—Gering Civic Center, 1050 M Street, Gering, NE
June 20, 2013—Kearney Holiday Inn, 110 South 2nd Ave., Kearney, NE
Registration Deadline for Gering and Kearney—June 14, 2013

June 26, 2013—Cornhusker Marriott, 333 South 13th St., Lincoln, NE
June 27, 2013—Lifelong Learning Center, 801 East Benjamin Ave, Norfolk, NE
Registration Deadline for Lincoln and Norfolk—June 21, 2013

Board/Organization _____________________________________________
Billing Address _________________________________________________
City _____________________ State _______
Email ____________________

Name………………..…………. Position..…………. ..…………. ..………….  Site Attending

1. _________________________________________________________
2._________________________________________________________
3._________________________________________________________
4. _________________________________________________________
5._________________________________________________________
6. _________________________________________________________
7._________________________________________________________

Mail registrations to NASB, 1311 Stockwell Street, Lincoln, NE 68502
(800) 422 – 4572 or (402) 423 – 4951

Do not send a check, you will be invoiced.

More information at http://members.nasbonline.org/Events/SiteAssets/Index.aspx

 

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Nebraska Preservation Conference June 14

The Nebraska State Historical Society is hosting its first annual conference, “Building Community – Preservation is Place-making” June 14 in Omaha.  Click on the link below to view the entire program.  The conference “Building Community…” will address how to develop a “sense of place” in Nebraska communities.

Nebraska Preservation Conference on June 14!

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NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources – applications due July 18, 2013

Posted Date: Apr 19, 2013
Closing Date for Applications: July 18, 2013
Award Amount: Varies
Awarding Institution: National Endowment for the Humanities

The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation. HCRR offers two kinds of awards: 1) for implementation and 2) for planning, assessment, and pilot efforts (HCRR Foundations grants).

Details are available at http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/humanities-collections-and-reference-resources.

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NCompass Live: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Web Tools to Make You Look Cool!

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Join us for the next NCompass Live: “Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Web Tools to Make You Look Cool!”, on Wednesday, April 24.

NOTE: This is a Special Edition of NCompass Live being held at a special time! This week’s NCompass Live will be held from 9:00am – 10:15am Central Time.

In this episode of Tech Talk, we will be live broadcasting the Opening Keynote of the Northeast Kansas Library System Technology & Innovation Day 2013:

“Web Tools to Make You Look Cool!” Cynthia Dudenhoffer, Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • May 1 – What does a successful internship look like?
  • May 8 – Hastings StoryWalk: Walk, Read, Explore
  • May 22 – Library Planning: A Customized Program for Success
  • May 29 – Tech Talk with Michael Sauers
  • June 5 – 2013 One Book One Nebraska: O Pioneers!

For more information, to register for NCompass Live, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to the NCompass Live webpage.

NCompass Live is broadcast live every Wednesday from 10am – 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website. The show is presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Before you attend a session, please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones.

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Three Carnegie Libraries

As National Library Week comes to an end I wanted to highlight a few of the sixty plus Carnegie libraries that were built across Nebraska. When talking about Carnegie libraries I’m referring to those libraries built with the help of Andrew Carnegie. According to information on the Library of Congress’s website Carnegie helped to build over 2,500 libraries worldwide. You may also recognize his name in connection with the Carnegie Hall and Carnegie Mellon University.

Chadron Public Library
Chadron Public Library

The first building I want to highlight is the Chadron Public Library. The bulding is located at 507 Bordeaux St in Chadron as is still the current home of the Chadron Public Library. The building was designed by George Berlinghof of Lincoln who received $100 for the architectural plans. The building was completed in 1911. Comparing the photo of the library in Nebraska Memories taken sometime in the 1920’s to a more recent photo taken in 2006 you can see the front of the building is relatively unchanged. The most noticeable change is the removal of the decorative windows. According to the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form these windows were removed in 1964 as part of effort to make the building more energy efficient.

Gothenburg Public Library
Gothenburg Public Library

Let’s head a bit southeast and look at the Gothenburg Public Library. The library is located at 1104 Lake Ave in Gothenburg. This Carnegie library was completed in 1916. Comparing the recent photo and the historical photo you can see that an addition was added that mimics the lines of the original building.

Fairbury Public Library

Fairbury Public Library

For our last stop let’s look at the Fairbury Public Library. The library is located at the corner of 7th and F Street. Carnegie donated $12,500 for the library which was built on a lot purchased by the city for $2,500. The building was designed by Tyler and Son of Lincoln. It opened to the public in December of 1909 and is still being used today.

As I was researching the Fairbury Carnegie building I found an article in the 1908 North Platte semi-weekly tribune that mentioned that the town of Fairbury was asking Mr. Carnegie for additional funds. The article also stated: “They Library will be practically a duplicate of the one at Kearney.”

Kearney Public Library
Kearney

Comparing the historical images of the Fairbury Public Library and the Kearney Public Library I was surprised to see how similar they looked on the outside. Unfortunately we can’t compare current photos of the Carnegie buildings because the building in Kearney was torn down in 1975. We can however see what the Adult Reading Room and the Children’s Room looked like in the Kearney Carnegie building in the 1920’s.

Visit Nebraska Memories to search for or browse through many more historical images digitized from photographs, negatives, postcards, maps, lantern slides, books and other materials.

Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Nebraska Memories is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission. If your institution is interested in participating in Nebraska Memories, see http://nlc.nebraska.gov/nebraskamemories/participation.aspx for more information, or contact Beth Goble, Historical Projects Librarian, or Devra Dragos, Technology & Access Services Director.

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Casey Strikes Out at the Commission

Hear “Casey at the Bat” read by NLC staffers—one line at a time.  Inspired by Bob Barringer’s presentation at Big Talk from Small Libraries, and because April is National Poetry Month, and this is National Library Week, and, even if the weather isn’t cooperating, it’s spring, we decided to try out a group poetry reading.  The technique could make a terrific library program—fun, funny, inexpensive, and involving lots of community members of all ages.  We uncovered some unexpected thespian talent here at the Commission.  I hope you enjoy our 4 ½ minute video.

 

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