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Fern V. Heim Trustee Scholarship: Applications Open!

Apply for an individual $500 scholarship to attend either the NLA 2024 Conference in Kearney on October 9th-11th or to the ARSL 2024 Conference in Springfield, MA on September 11th-14th!

The Fern V. Heim Scholarship for Trustees was established by her friend, Mary Louise Dutcher, to honor Fern’s dedication to small public libraries and their trustees. Although Fern’s library career began in special libraries (Head of the UNL Chemistry Department Library, Serials and Circulation Departments of UNL Love Library, and then Director of the Research Library at Goodrich Tire and Rubber in Akron, Ohio), her work at the Nebraska Library Commission was devoted to public libraries. Recognizing that few small library budgets could provide support for librarians, let alone their volunteer trustees, to attend professional meetings, she encouraged them to go whenever possible (at their own expense) if only for a portion of the meeting. As her legacy, it is fitting to assist those trustees through this scholarship program.

The Fern V. Heim Scholarship Award was established to provide assistance to current public library trustees with preference to members of the Nebraska Library Association Public Library and Trustee Section (PLTS) for attendance at the Nebraska Library Association Conference or the Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference.

Applications due by August 16, 2024!

For more details and application:

Please submit all grant application forms and questions to:
Holli Duggan

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United for Libraries Virtual 2024: Statewide Registration

2024 United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees, Friends, Foundations

Tuesday July 30 – Thursday, August 1

Congratulations! The Nebraska Library Commission has purchased statewide registration! All library directors/staff, Trustees/board members, and Friends of the Library and Foundation representatives receive FREE live registration and/or on-demand viewing – a value of $149 per person. 

Registration includes live attendance and on-demand access to three full days of programming, keynote featuring author Eric Klinenberg, and the virtual Gala Author Tea. Individuals may attend any/all sessions live and/or watch on-demand.

This interactive three-day virtual event will feature expert speakers on current topics facing library Trustees, Friends, Foundations, and staff who work with them.

  • Participate in live Q&A sessions with presenters
  • Enjoy exclusive access to keynote speakers and authors
  • Receive a certificate of attendance (for live participation or on-demand viewing)

Programming runs from 10:00 am CST to approximately 3:00 pm CST daily with scheduled breaks. Registrants may participate in some or all program sessions live, and/or watch recordings on-demand.

Sessions include:

Tuesday, July 30th – Trustee Day

  • “Rising to the Challenge: The Trustee’s Role in the ‘Culture Wars'”
  • “Securing Tomorrow: Effective Succession Strategies for Library Boards”
  • “Valuing Your Library: Beyond Cost-Benefit Analysis”

Wednesday, July 31st – Foundations & Fundraising Day

  • “Donor Engagement: Acquiring and Inspiring Committed and Faithful Supporters”
  • “Enhancing the Story – Developing a Smaller-Scale Capital Projects Fundraising Campaign”
  • “Fundraising Tips and Tricks: Some Novel Ideas”
  • “Marketing is the Future: How to Build a More Sustainable Library Foundation Model by Integrating Marketing in the Organizational Culture, Strategy, and Practice”

Thursday, August 1st – Friends Day

  • “An Extravaganza of Literary Events for Your Library”
  • “Championing Library Freedom: How Friends Groups Can Fight Back When Our Library is Under Attack”
  • “Libraries are Better with Friends: How to Foster a Strong Group of Advocates”
  • “Smooth Sailing with Library Trustees and Staff”

Registration Options

Choose *one* of the following options below to register for the virtual conference:

  • ALA eLearning Website
  • Statewide Free Registration Form
  • Email United for Libraries
    • Email united@ala.org
    • Include your full name, email address, library, and primary library role
    • Allow one business day for registration
  • Bulk Registration
    • Library Directors may email united@ala.org
    • Include full names, email addresses, and primary library roles for each individual to register
    • Allow two business days for registration.

If you have any questions, please contact Holli Duggan.

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United for Libraries Virtual 2023 Conference: Free Registration!

2023 United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees, Friends, Foundations

August 1-3, 2023

The Nebraska Library Commission has purchased statewide registration! All library directors/staff, Trustees/board members, and Friends of the Library and Foundation representatives receive FREE live registration and/or on-demand viewing – a value of $139 per person. 

This interactive three-day virtual event will feature expert speakers on current topics facing library Trustees, Friends, Foundations, and staff who work with them.

  • Participate in live Q&A sessions with presenters.
  • Network with colleagues across the country.
  • Enjoy exclusive access to keynote speakers and authors.
  • View on-demand sessions for one year after the live event.
  • Receive a certificate of attendance (for live participation or on-demand viewing).

Attending the Virtual Conference

  • See list of sessions here.
  • All sessions will be presented live *and* recorded in full.
  • Attend any/all sessions live and/or watch on-demand.
  • Participate from your laptop, phone, or tablet via Zoom.
  • And/or coordinate a viewing event at your library!
  • Zoom room opens at 9:30 am CST daily with programming from 10:00 am-3:00 pm CST daily (includes scheduled breaks).

Registering to Attend the Virtual Conference

  • Choose one of the following options:
    • Click here to register for statewide access. We’ll also register you for the virtual conference.
    • Click here to register for the virtual conference. We’ll also register you for statewide access.
    • Email united@ala.org with your full name, library, and primary role on behalf of your library. We’ll register you for both the virtual conference and statewide access.
    • For library directors, board chairs, Friends presidents, Foundation board presidents – you may send a list of your board members, including their names, email addresses, library, and primary role, to united@ala.org. Staff will create logins for each person, enroll them in the statewide course and 2023 United for Libraries Virtual, and send each person their login credentials.

Invite Your Library Patrons to United’s 2023 Virtual Gala Author Tea

The Gala Author Tea, presented at 3:00 pm CST on Thursday, August 3, will be livestreamed via Facebook. More information coming soon, including a list of participating authors.

  • Invite your patrons to the watch the livestream via Facebook at https://fb.me/e/1cD58JyXD.
  • Host a viewing party at your library and livestream the event. Consider providing tea and light refreshments.

If you have any questions, please contact Holli Duggan.

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United for Libraries Virtual 2023 Conference

2023 United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees, Friends, Foundations

August 1-3, 2023

Congratulations! The Nebraska Library Commission has purchased statewide registration! All library directors/staff, Trustees/board members, and Friends of the Library and Foundation representatives receive FREE live registration and/or on-demand viewing – a value of $139 per person. 

This interactive three-day virtual event will feature expert speakers on current topics facing library Trustees, Friends, Foundations, and staff who work with them.

  • Participate in live Q&A sessions with presenters.
  • Network with colleagues across the country.
  • Enjoy exclusive access to keynote speakers and authors.
  • View on-demand sessions for one year after the live event.
  • Receive a certificate of attendance (for live participation or on-demand viewing).

Attending the Virtual Conference

  • See list of sessions here.
  • All sessions will be presented live *and* recorded in full.
  • Attend any/all sessions live and/or watch on-demand.
  • Participate from your laptop, phone, or tablet via Zoom.
  • And/or coordinate a viewing event at your library!
  • Zoom room opens at 9:30 am CST daily with programming from 10:00 am-3:00 pm CST daily (includes scheduled breaks).

Registering to Attend the Virtual Conference

  • Choose one of the following options:
    • Click here to register for statewide access. We’ll also register you for the virtual conference.
    • Click here to register for the virtual conference. We’ll also register you for statewide access.
    • Email united@ala.org with your full name, library, and primary role on behalf of your library. We’ll register you for both the virtual conference and statewide access.
    • For library directors, board chairs, Friends presidents, Foundation board presidents – you may send a list of your board members, including their names, email addresses, library, and primary role, to united@ala.org. Staff will create logins for each person, enroll them in the statewide course and 2023 United for Libraries Virtual, and send each person their login credentials.

Invite Your Library Patrons to United’s 2023 Virtual Gala Author Tea

The Gala Author Tea, presented at 3:00 pm CST on Thursday, August 3, will be livestreamed via Facebook. More information coming soon, including a list of participating authors.

  • Invite your patrons to the watch the livestream via Facebook at https://fb.me/e/1cD58JyXD.
  • Host a viewing party at your library and livestream the event. Consider providing tea and light refreshments.

If you have any questions, please contact Holli Duggan.

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Continuing Education: New ALA eLearning Portal

The American Library Association (ALA) has recently launched “a new centralized web portal that brings together the most comprehensive digital collection of professional development for library and information professionals.”

Members can find a number of ALA learning resources, including webinars, courses, and other events. Not all resources in this catalog are free, but you can filter to see only those available at no cost to ALA members and/or non-members. You may also search events by library type, subject or topic, and ALA divisions (such as PLA or YALSA).

These resources are eligible for CE credit through the Nebraska Public Librarian Certification program and for Nebraska library board members.

The original press release can be found on ALA News with additional details.

For library directors and board members, this does not change how you access the United for Libraries webinars and other resources. You will continue to use the Nebraska access page to register for a new account or to login. Membership and access to United for Libraries, is separate from the ALA eLearning catalog and has been prepaid by the Nebraska Library Commission for Nebraska library directors and trustees.

If you would like to learn more about these United for Libraries resources and the statewide membership, the NCompass Live: United for Libraries recorded session is still available. Beth Nawalinski, Executive Director, and Peter Pearson, Past-President, discuss Nebraska libraries, the United for Libraries’ mission and vision, and how to make the most of these resources.

If you have any questions, please contact Holli Duggan, Continuing Education Coordinator.

Links:

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United for Libraries Login Update

Logo: United for Libraries Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations

The United for Libraries platform has been updated!

The new system should be easier to use with some shiny new features. More details about those features will be coming soon, but for now, the login information has changed. There will no longer be one general login for libraries and library boards. Members will register for their own individual logins through the United for Libraries website. This includes the Trustee Academy courses, the Short Takes for Trustees, and other United for Libraries resources.

Access to these resources has been provided for Library Trustees and Directors by the Nebraska Library Commission.

To request a login, please submit a United for Libraries Login Request form.

If you have any questions, please contact Holli Duggan.

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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:

2016:
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

2017:
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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