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NLC Staff: Meet Craig Lefteroff

Craig LefteroffMeet Craig Lefteroff, who joined the Nebraska Library Commission as our Technology Innovation Librarian a year ago this month. Craig was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi and attended college at Delta State University, in Cleveland, Mississippi, graduating with a BA in English. After graduation, Craig taught English and speech for one year in a Mississippi Delta town with one store and a prison. This experience encouraged Craig to seek new employment, so he moved to Versailles (pronounced ver-say-elles), Kentucky, where he cleaned computers for Walmart. Next up was a job as an accountant for a Holiday Inn in Lexington, Kentucky. This job afforded him some flexibility so, affirming his love for books and literature, he enrolled in library school at the University of Kentucky.

Craig’s first professional library job was as a reference librarian at St. Tammany Parish Library north of Lake Pontchartrain   after Hurricane Katrina.  A tipping point occurred during this chapter of Craig’s life and it was time to try living closer if not north of the Mason-Dixon Line.  To fill a job title of Reference and Electronics Librarian, Craig moved to West Virginia to work for the Kanawha City Public Library where he lived at the top of a hill. When Craig was selected by the Nebraska Library Commission, it was a priority to be able to walk to work as this was never a possibility in Elkview.

It is typical for librarians to have eclectic interests and Craig fits this description. He surrounds himself with a variety of people and enjoys movies, music, and reading. Some of Craig’s favorite authors are Thomas Hardy, George Elliot, Herman Melville, Cormac McCarthy, and Mary Roach. A book that Craig has read at least five times is Stoner by John Williams owing to the theme of a young man growing up in the south who falls in love with literature. If money were no issue, he would spend his time reading and traveling first to Italy. When asked what other profession he would like to practice, Craig would be a writer and when I asked him to comment on his associations about his workplace, he responded: food day.

We’re grateful Craig has made the Midwest his home and is willing to share his skills and interests with those of us in Nebraska libraries.

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Nebraska Libraries on the Web

Nebraska Libraries on the Web

Imagine that a new resident has just arrived in your town. She’s eager to read the new Ruth Ware novel, but isn’t familiar with your library, so she hits the Internet to search for you. What does she find? What would you like for her to find?

Nebraska Libraries on the Web is a free service open to any public library in Nebraska. We use the WordPress platform to create robust and user-friendly library websites. Our sites are controlled by “themes” that modify the display of your site, meaning that your content will be presented in an appealing fashion automatically. You don’t have to worry about coding, just add text and images that tell the world about your library. For those who wish to alter aspects of their site’s theme, controls are available that allow you to tweak your font, colors, and more. You can even change your entire theme with one click to give your site a brand new appearance.

Because WordPress is so widely used, it’s not surprising that it works well with the biggest names on the Internet. Your site will arrive ready to connect to Facebook, Pinterest, and more. Any content that you add to your website can be automatically posted to your social networks, too. If you use Google Calendar, you can incorporate that directly into your new site, or use add-on tools called plugins to create a new calendar that displays your library’s events. Plugins also allow you to create surveys, contact forms, and forums, and host them all on your site. There’s probably a plugin for anything that you’d like to do with your site and Commission staff are available to assist you in tracking down the right tools. We also take care of software updates and security concerns, so you never have to worry about maintenance.

If this sounds like an approach that might work for your library, please contact Craig Lefteroff, or by phone at (402) 471-3106. For more information on the service or to view our current sites, please visit

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Free Advocacy Webinar Series Set to Start July 14

Library%20Campaign%20Training%20Institute%20logoUnited for Libraries co-sponsors FREE online Library Campaign Training Institute, July 14-Aug. 4

Developed and presented by Libby Post of Communication Services, the Library Campaign Training Institute will teach attendees how to create, market, and implement an effective advocacy campaign for your library.

(Note: Registration is mandatory, and “seats” in the virtual room are first-come, first serve.  All four hour sessions will be recorded and archived for future viewing; registrants will be sent a link after each session to watch the recorded webinar.  Thanks in advance for understanding!)

Part 1: Building your Base – July 14, 2016, 12:00, CST

This workshop makes the connection between program and services outreach and building a library’s base of support for advocacy.  This workshop details:

  • Using recent research as well as preparing public service return on investment calculations.
  • How to map a community.
  • Options for program development – examples used are the Recreation market and local elected officials.
  • Connection between customer service and advocacy.
  • Use of social media.
  • Managing data.
  • Using volunteer messengers.

Register here:

Part 2: The Best Defense is a Good Offense – July 21, 2016, 12:00, CST

This workshop provides participants with the knowledge needed to:

  • Create a campaign plan.
  • Recruit volunteer leadership.
  • Detail roles and responsibilities.

Register here:

Part 3: Message, Marketing, & Media – July 28th, 2016, 12:00, CST

This workshop walks participants through:

  • How to develop a campaign message using values and emotional branding.
  • Integrating that message into campaign outreach.
  • Public presentations.
  • Using the media to advance the message.

Register here:

Part 4: Connecting with YES Voters + Part 5: Get out the Vote (Immediately following Part 4):  August 4, 2016, 12:00, CST

This workshop details the nuts and bolts of a library field operation including:

  • Targeting through using enhanced voter files.
  • Phone Banking/Direct Mail/Social Media/Email/Voter Tracking

This workshop brings the previous four together with the ultimate goal of reaching out to Yes voters and getting them to the polls.

Register here:

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Strategic Planning Workshops offered in the Western Library System

If your public library is slated for re-accreditation in 2016
or in 2017, these workshops are for you!

Every three years accredited Nebraska public libraries have the opportunity to seek accreditation again for another three-year period. Libraries are accredited at one of three levels – Bronze, Silver or Gold – based on the number of points accumulated on the accreditation application form. Accreditation also requires that the library submit and have approved by the Commission, a strategic plan (learn more about Strategic Planning and Accreditation here).

Next month three Strategic Planning workshops will be offered in the Western Library System area:

• Tuesday, July 12, 2016 – Alliance Public Library (1750 Sweetwater Ave., Alliance)
• Thursday, July 14, 2016 – Lied Imperial Public Library (703 Broadway, Imperial)
• Tuesday, July 19, 2016 – Sidney Public Library (1112 12th Ave., Sidney)

Each workshop will run from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. You should have had lunch before you get to the workshop. To register for one of the workshops, go to the following link which will take you to the Commission’s Calendar on which you can register.

In case you are not sure of your accreditation status, following are the public libraries in Western Library System slated for re-accreditation in 2016, and 2017:

Bridgeport Public Library
Chadron Public Library
Chappell Memorial Library & Art Gallery
Dundy County Library (Benkelman)
Nancy Fawcett Memorial Library (Lodgepole)
Paxton Public Library
Sidney Public Library
Trenton Public Library

Crawford Public Library
Hastings Memorial Library (Grant)
Morrill Public Library
Goodall City Library (Ogallala)
Rushville Public Library

In addition the following unaccredited libraries which submitted their annual statistics this year (and received funding under the “Dollars for Data” program) are eligible to become accredited libraries:
Arthur County Library
Bayard Public Library
Sioux County Public Library (Harrison)
Hayes Center Public Library
Hemingford Public Library
Lewellen Public Library
Lyman Public Library
Minatare Public Library
Hooker County Library (Mullen)
Stratton Public Library
Wauneta Public Library

So, how about it? Come to one of the above workshops (and bring a board member or two along too) and find out what this strategic planning is all about. You might see that it is easier than you anticipate.

For questions, contact me at the Nebraska Library Commission:

Richard Miller
(800) 307-2665

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Library Improvement Grants Announced for 2016

Library Development Director Richard Miller announced today that 14 Nebraska libraries — 13 public libraries, and one state-run institutional library — would be receiving Library Improvement Grants this year.  These grants are funded with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds made available through the Institute of Museum and Library and Services and administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.. The grant review team consisted of Scott Childers (Southeast Library System), and, from the Commission, Rod Wagner, Allana Novotny, Christa Burns, and Richard Miller.

Here are the libraries,  brief descriptions of their projects, and grant amounts. For those libraries receiving grants for AWE Work Stations, the amounts of those grants are pending, to be determined following discussions with the company which sells these work stations. (Note: As with the last round of Youth Grants for Excellence, this will be the last year AWE Work Stations will be eligible grant projects under the Library Improvement Grants.)

Axtell Public Library — Outdoor Movie Night — $2,013

Beaver City Public Library — AWE Work Station — TBD

Blue Hill Public Library — Central Nebraska Digital Consortium membership; iPod Touch units — $636

Brunswick Public Library — CatExpress; two computers — in preparation for joining the Pioneer Consortium — $4,359

Fairbury Public Library — AWE Work Station — Spanish-Language — TBD

Franklin Public Library — 2 computers; Pioneer Consortium membership preparation — $4,587

Fullerton Public Library — AWE Work Station — TBD

Lincoln City Libraries — Mobile Maker Spaces — $6,721

McCook Public Library — Join Pioneer Consortium — $8,657

Norfolk Regional Center Patient Library — Creation of reading/learning nook for patients — $500

North Bend Public Library — Computer classes; author visits; storytelling; ADA Update — $3,920

Plainview Public Library — Computers; whiteboard; smart TV for new library building — $13,500

Springfield Memorial Library — Digitizing of historical photos; scanner; cart; camera kit — $2,670

Yutan Public Library — IPads; technology & social media training; Maker Space activities — $2,416

For questions concerning the Library Improvement Grants, please contact Richard Miller.


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Nebraska Library Commission Announces Accreditation for Public Libraries

December 15, 2015

Richard Miller

Nebraska Library Commission Announces Accreditation for Public Libraries

Nebraska Library Commission Library Development Director Richard Miller recently announced the accreditation of public libraries across Nebraska. Miller stated, “We are dedicated to helping Nebraska libraries meet Nebraskans’ information needs, opening up the world of information for citizens of all ages. The Library Commission continues to work in partnership with Nebraska libraries and the regional library systems, using the Public Library Accreditation program to help public libraries grow and develop.”

Public libraries in Nebraska are accredited for a three-year period, from October 1 of the first year, through September 30 of the third year. To learn more about this process, and see a complete list of all accredited Nebraska libraries, see the Nebraska Library Commission website (, search on Accreditation.

The Nebraska Library Commission congratulates the public libraries listed below as they move forward toward the realization of this vision for the future: “All Nebraskans will have improved access to enhanced library and information services, provided and facilitated by qualified library personnel, boards, and supporters with the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes necessary to provide excellent library and information services.”

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 Public Libraries Newly Accredited through September 30, 2018

Ainsworth Public Library
Alliance Public Library
Auburn Memorial Library
Aurora, Alice M Farr Library
Bassett, Rock County Public Library
Beatrice Public Library
Beaver City Public Library
Beemer, Karlen Memorial Library
Bellevue Public Library
Bennington Public Library
Bloomfield Public Library
Blue Hill Public Library
Broadwater Public Library
Broken Bow Public Library
Central City Public Library
Clarkson Public Library
Clearwater Public Library
Creighton Public Library
Crete Public Library
Culbertson Public Library
David City, Hruska Memorial Public Library
DeWitt, Bob and Wauneta Burkley Library and Resource Center
Emerson Public Library
Exeter Public Library
Fairbury Public Library
Fairmont Public Library
Friend, Gilbert Public Library
Genoa Public Library
Gering Public Library
Gibbon Public Library
Gordon City Library
Gothenburg Public Library
Grand Island Public Library
Gretna Public Library
Hartington Public Library
Hildreth Public Library
Holdrege Area Public Library
Hooper Public Library
Hyannis, Grant County Library
Lied Imperial Public Library
Kimball Public Library
La Vista Public Library
Lexington Public Library
Lincoln City Libraries
Loup City Public Library
Madison Public Library
McCook Public Library
Minden, Jensen Memorial Library
Mitchell Public Library
Nebraska City, Morton-James Public Library
Newman Grove Public Library
Norfolk Public Library
North Platte Public Library
Oakland Public Library
Omaha Public Library
O’Neill Public Library
Ord Township Library
Orleans, Cordelia B Preston Memorial Library
Oshkosh Public Library
Palisade Public Library
Papillion, Sump Memorial Library
Pilger Public Library
Plainview Carnegie Library
Plattsmouth Public Library
Schuyler Public Library
Lied Scottsbluff Public Library
Scribner Public Library
Seward Memorial Library
South Sioux City Public Library
Stanton Public Library
Stromsburg Public Library
Superior Public Library
Lied Tekamah Public Library
Raymond A Whitwer Tilden Public Library
Valentine Public Library
Wausa, Lied Lincoln Township Library
Wayne Public Library
Weeping Water Public Library
West Point, John A Stahl Library
Wilber, Dvoracek Memorial Library
Wymore Public Library
Yutan Public Library


The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission Website,

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Library Improvement Grants Now Available

The 2016 Library Improvement Grants, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) from Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant monies, are now available. Nebraska accredited public libraries and certain state-run institutional libraries are eligible to apply for these competitive grants to help facilitate growth and development of library programs and services by supplementing local funding with federal funds designated for these purposes.

In keeping with the goals of the Library Services and Technology Act, the Library Improvement Grants are intended to help libraries meet the goals of the Nebraska Library Commission’s LSTA Five-Year Plan 2013 – 2017. To be funded projects must meet one or more of specific LSTA Purposes listed at the following link. Funding to help libraries join the statewide Pioneer Consortium will receive priority consideration as grant applications are evaluated.

Other requirements include a 25% local match. At least 10% of this match must be in cash. Federal LSTA grants involve meeting certain other requirements which are outlined at the link above and in grant agreement documents for approved projects. The minimum grant amount is $500.

Libraries submitting grant applications will notice that the application form has been changed quite a bit from those used in the past. These changes meet federal reporting guidelines which will allow IMLS to present cogent and cohesive reports on the use of federal LSTA monies to Congress as part of its efforts in support of continuing this funding for library services nationwide. This link will take you directly to the grant application form.

Pertinent dates to remember:
• December 4, 2015 – Application form available
• January 28, 2016 – Applications due by 11:59 PM Central Time
• February 17, 2016 – Grant recipients announced

For questions concerning these grants contact Richard Miller 800-307-2665.

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NCompass Live: Introducing Two New Library Guides

NCompass live smallJoin us for next week’s NCompass Live, “Introducing Two New Library Guides”, on Wednesday, October 21, 10:00-11:00 am Central Time.

Take a look at the new Library Board Handbook—streamlined, updated, user-friendly, and chock full of great information. Sharon Osenga, co-director of the Central Plains Library System; Anneka Ramirez, director of the Three Rivers Library System; and Laura Johnson, Continuing Education Coordinator at the Nebraska Library Commission will show off the Handbook.

But that’s not all! A new library director has to handle a lot of new things. The Public Library Directors Guidebook is a compilation of information that should help to answer questions about who’s who and what’s what. Sharon, Anneka, and Laura will demonstrate this work-in-progress, and ask what information and features would be most useful to program attendees.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • Oct. 28 – The Golden Sower Award: Nebraska’s Children’s Choice Literary Award
  • Nov. 4 – 2016 Nebraska Library Internship Grant Program
  • Nov. 18 – Inspire Your Community with an Innovation Lab

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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FREE Recorded Webinar: Anatomy of a Successful Library Campaign

UnitedLibePowerGuideNebraska library staff and board members are encouraged to access a free recorded Webinar, Anatomy of a Successful Library Campaign: Real World Tips for Getting the Funding You Need, at United for Libraries recently recorded a webinar with Libby Post of Communication Services and Doreen Hannon, executive director of the Salem-South Lyon (Mich.) District Library, who discussed the library’s successful millage campaign.

Libraries can also access the free United for Libraries Power Guide for Successful Advocacy, which takes the mystery out of advocacy, provides you with an organized step-by-step approach, and allows you to develop a set of strategies that will motivate your community to pressure funders to support the library or in the case of a referendum or a bond issue – to vote “yes.” Check out the Webinar and other online tools developed thanks to a Neal-Schuman Foundation grant.


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Funding for Small-Town Libraries: Kreutz Bennett Donor Advised Fund Grants

The Nebraska Community Foundation has recently announced that this year’s Kreutz Bennett Donor Advised Fund Grants are now available for public libraries in communities of fewer than 3,000 residents. The three types of grants are:

  • Planning Grants (leading to public library Accreditation)
  • Enhancement Grants (for improving library services and/or programs)
  • Facilities Grants (to contribute toward new facilities, or renovation, restoration or rehabilitation of current libraries)

The process requires submitting an initial “short application” — due by October 1, 2014. This application is reviewed and used as a basis for whether or not to invite the library to send in a “long form” application which is used to determine which libraries will receive grants during this grant year.

For details on the grants, including match requirements, levels of funding available, and many more details, contact: Reggi Carlson, Nebraska Community Foundation Communications Director, (402)323-7331 or or go to the following link to review the guidelines and to see the application procedures including the short application:

Nebraska Community Foundation 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 $122 million has been reinvested to benefit Nebraska communities. For more information visit

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Join us April 22 for a Webinar Discussion on the Regional Library Systems Configuration Task Force Preliminary Report

NLClogo4PCjan03-webRod Wagner, Nebraska Library Commission Director, and Richard Miller, Nebraska Library Commission Library Development Director, will summarize the report of recent Regional Library Systems Configuration Task Force discussions and will solicit questions and comments from Nebraska library staff and board members.

State and federal budget cuts over several years and flat funding in recent years prompted discussions among regional library system directors, system board members, and Nebraska Library Commission staff to address funding constraints and regional organization. Those discussions resulted in formation of the Regional Library Systems Configuration Task Force. The Task Force recommended options for reducing the number of regional systems from the current six to five or four regions. The March 14, 2014 report of this task force can be accessed at:

Participants in this Webinar discussion will be encouraged to provide input via live chat or microphone connection. For more information contact Richard Miller, Nebraska Library Commission Library Development Director,, 800-307-2665, or 402-471-3175.

This Webinar will be broadcast live on April 22, 2014 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website or use the World Clock Time Zone Converter. In the Time Zone Converter, NCompass Live is broadcast from U.S.A – Nebraska – Lincoln.

This webinar will be presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. It will be recorded and archived. Registration is not required to view the archived recording, but GoToWebinar login instructions are sent to registered attendees after registration for the session closes on April 20, 2014. 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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Applications for Trustee Conference Grant due Jan. 15

United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2014. Nebraska library board members are invited to apply for this grant.

The United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant enables a public library Trustee to attend the ALA Annual Conference for the first time. A grant of $850 plus full conference registration is awarded annually to a public library Trustee who has demonstrated service to the library. The Conference Grant, made possible by an annual gift from Gale Cengage Learning, is administered by United for Libraries. A formal presentation to the winner is made at the ALA Annual Conference. The upcoming 2014 Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV is scheduled for June 26-July 1, 2014.

For more information and to apply, seee

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Take the new Accreditation Guidelines for a Test Drive!

A number of Nebraska public library directors have asked if they could try out the new Accreditation Guidelines even though their libraries are not up for reaccreditation this year. The answer is, yes! In particular they were interested in seeing how their libraries stack up against their “peer libraries,” that is, libraries with populations 15% lower and higher than theirs. Until recently this was not possible because we were only able to add in statistics from the peer libraries for those libraries up for accreditation in 2013. However, due to the good work of Vern Buis, Computer Services Director at the Commission, the comparative statistics are now drawn automatically from Omnibase, on which the annual data submitted via Bibliostat Collect are displayed. So, have a go at it. Please keep in mind a few things:

  • If your library did not submit statistics for the last full year — i.e., 2011 — 2012 —  there will be no comparable statistics for you to look at.
  • You should not submit the application form itself if your library is not up for re-accreditation in 2013 (or if you are an unaccredited public library that did not submit statistics for 2011 — 2012 — see the first point above).
  • These data change each year, reflecting the statistics submitted for that year. Therefore, you cannot necessarily draw conclusions from the data for this year if your library is applying for accreditation in a different year.

Please let Richard Miller ( , 800-307-2665) know if you have any questions about the Accreditation Guidelines, and happy driving!


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2013 Nebraska Public Library Accreditation

The 2013 public library accreditation process is underway, and a number of libraries have already begun to fill out the new application form — or at least have taken it out for a “test drive.” You may want to take a look at the application also (although it is interactive only for those 50 libraries due for reaccreditation in 2013, and for 40 additional unaccredited libraries that submitted their annual statistics for 2011 — 2012). To see what the application looks like go here.

Here are some of the changes in the new guidelines:

  • Some guidelines are “pre-filled” with statistics your library submitted on the annual report.
  • It is now possible to work on submitting the guidelines, then save them to return later to complete the process (any number of times up until the October 1st deadline).
  • The library must have an up-to-date strategic plan in order to apply for accreditation (and incidentally, in order to successfully complete the accreditation application).
  • There are 12 minimum qualifications a library must meet before it can begin to fill out the accreditation application. Among others these include: the legal establishment of the library; a governing or advisory library board; a certified board; a certified librarian; and an actively used e-mail address by the director.
  • The three levels of accreditation attainment are bronze, silver and gold.
  • There is a total of 275 points possible to accumulate — bronze (175 points); silver (200 points); and gold (250 points).
  • Libraries are compared with their “peer libraries” that serve populations within 15% of their service populations, for a fairer comparison with like libraries.

The development, or updating, of a strategic plan for the library is also an essential part of the accreditation process. Such a plan helps to ensure that the services the library offers are wanted and needed by its community. How long has it been since you determined the needs of your community? This planning process enables you to do that and helps to ensure that you enjoy continued support from your community. For more information on strategic planning, go to “About the Strategic Plan”  here.

For any questions about the public library accreditation process, contact Richard Miller via e-mail, or call 800-307-2665, or 402-471-3175.


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Application for Nebraska Public Library Accreditation Now on the Nebraska Library Commission’s Website

July 1, 2013 has arrived, and, as promised, the on-line application form to apply for public library accreditation is now active.  Go here to begin the application process:

Fifty Nebraska public libraries are due for reaccreditation in 2013. Forty additional public libraries (in the Dollars for Data category) that submitted their annual statistics for the Public Libraries Survey are also eligible to apply for accreditation. These two groups of libraries have received an e-mail today with details on how to initiate and go through the process.

Workshops on how to write a strategic plan — a requirement in order to apply for accreditation — are occurring or have occurred in each regional library System area. Stragegic planning templates, explanatory videos, and how-to guides are also available at the above link. Libraries may contact their System Administrator for additional information.

For questions concerning the public library accreditation process, contact Richard Miller — (800)307-2665; (402)471-3175.



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Register Now for Working Effectively with Library Trustees Webinar on April 9

Join Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director of United for Libraries, formerly Executive Director of Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA), on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 1:00 PM CDT – 2:00 PM CDT to learn
tips and strategies for working effectively with your Trustees. Topics include orientation for new Trustees, understanding roles, meetings, emergencies, and effective communication. Space is limited, so register now. For more information and to register:
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Nebraska Libraries to Attend Nebraska Community Foundation Training

November 8 –Nebraska Community Foundation to Host Statewide Annual Events in Kearney

More than 200 volunteer leaders and guests of the Nebraska Community Foundation will gather for a day of training and an evening of tribute to another successful year for NCF’s 221 affiliated funds across the state.  All events will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center, 110 2nd Avenue, in Kearney. 

NCF will offer nine separate training sessions for NCF affiliated fund leaders throughout the day.  Topics will include “strengths-based leadership;” fundraising, leadership succession; attracting young people back to their communities; and merging traditional media with social media to inspire charitable giving. Featured speakers include John M. Fulwider, PhD, a leadership development coach and consultant; Carol Weisman, an internationally known fundraising trainer; and Matt Rezac, Director of Rural Community Partnerships with the Sherwood Foundation of Omaha. The evening reception, banquet and affiliated fund exposition is open to the public.  Register online by Sunday, November 4:

The evening banquet program will open with a welcome address by Galen Hadley, Nebraska State Senator District 37.  The program will include remarks from former Nebraska District 1 Congressman Doug Bereuter, who is now an NCF Board member,  and leaders from affiliated funds in Keith County, Imperial, McCook and Norfolk. The Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund will be honored with the Community Legacy Award, recognizing the fund advisory committee members for each having arranged planned gifts within their estates to benefit their community. 

SCHEDULE:        Thursday, November 8, 2012

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.      Training Sessions (For NCF affiliated funds only)

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.                Affiliated Fund Exposition and Reception

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.                Banquet and Speakers

BACKGROUND: NCF is heralded as a national model for rural development philanthropy, which uses charitable giving as a tool for strengthening rural economies. NCF’s 221 affiliated funds serve 235 Nebraska communities in 79 counties; more than $97 million has been reinvested in communities over the past five years. In the past fiscal year total assets have increased by 13 percent to $79 million. More than 35,000 contributions were made through the Nebraska Community Foundation in the last five years. NCF, headquartered in Lincoln, is not a typical community foundation; all grantmaking decisions are made by local affiliated funds in communities across the state. NCF supports 1,800 volunteer leaders through training, financial management, donor education, and planning.  Since its founding in 1993, NCF and its affiliated funds have reinvested more than $163 million in Nebraska. For more information go to

Library staff an supporters: Please comment on this post if you plan to attend this event and whether or not you are attending as part of a larger community team.

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Kick start your National Friends of Libraries Week celebration with a webinar from ALTAFF

ALTAFF will host a webinar, “Kick Start Your National Friends of Libraries Week Celebration,” from noon to 1:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday, July 24.

This free webinar will give libraries and Friends ideas and materials so that they can promote National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 21-27, 2012) in their libraries and community. Those who cannot attend the webinar can view the recording on the ALTAFF website after July 24. All participants must register ( to participate in the live webinar. The webinar will led by ALTAFF’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Beth Nawalinski and ALTAFF’s Marketing/Public Relations Specialist, Jillian Kalonick.

ALTAFF will coordinate the seventh annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 21-27, 2012. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library. Friends groups, library Trustees and library staff can access a variety of online resources to help them celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week. Materials available on the ALTAFF website ( include promotional ideas, editable publicity materials, camera ready bookmarks, ideas from past celebrations and much more.

ALTAFF is pleased to announce a sixth year of awards in conjunction with National Friends of Libraries Week. Two awards of $250 will be given to Friends of the Library groups for activities held during National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 21-27, 2012. Application materials are available on the ALTAFF website (  Entries are due by Dec. 3, 2012.

Jillian Kalonick
Marketing/Public Relations Specialist
Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF)
American Library Association
109 S. 13th St., Suite 117B
Philadelphia, PA 19107
phone 800-545-2433, ext. 2161
fax 215-545-3821

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NCompass Live: All About ALTAFF: A conversation with Sally Gardner Reed – Recorded Online Session

Sally Gardner Reed is the Executive Director of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF). Sally will share her ideas about ALTAFF’s mission and vision and how Nebraska and its libraries can benefit and fully use the resources available through this dynamic ALA division. Learn how Nebraska’s unique statewide membership, including the online Trustee Academy which is available free to all Nebraska public libraries, can benefit Nebraska – its libraries and people.

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For more information, go to the NCompass Live webpage.

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United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA – As part of the recent American Library Association (ALA) election, the majority of voting members of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) voted to change the organization’s title to “United for Libraries: the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations.”

The name change will become official on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. In the coming months, the new “United for Libraries” name and logo will be featured on the organization’s website and materials. United for Libraries will continue to provide its members, which include friends of the library,  trustees, foundations and library advocates, with the best possible specialized resources that will empower them to support and advocate for their libraries.

The complete news release is available at the ALTAFF website which can be found at:


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