Annual Meeting Handouts and Resources

Here are handouts and resources from the Annual Meeting on September 25.

40 Tech Tips and Tricks

http://www.slideshare.net/travelinlibrarian/40-tech-tips-tricks-tools

ALA Review

Nonfiction Reader’s Advisory booklist

Transforming Life after 50

Creative Aging Toolkit

Genealogy 101

Genealogy web sites

Summer Reading Smackdown

 Website

If you’d like to view the powerpoint, let Sarah know at nelsdirector@gmail.com

Regional Systems Merger Documents

Please review these documents before the special meeting of the Northeast Library System on October 9 at 4:30pm during the NLA/NSLA conference at the Marina Conference Center in South Sioux City.

You do not have to be registered for the conference to attend this meeting. For this meeting, multiple staff from each library are welcome to attend, but each library can only have one vote.

Per legal requirements, you will also be receiving a copy of these documents in the mail.

NELS members have two documents that will be voted on, the Plan of Merger and the Amended Articles of Incorporation.

The NELS board voted to bring both of these documents to a vote by the member libraries. These documents have also been reviewed by an attorney that NELS and Eastern Library System (ELS) have been working with during the reorganization process. ELS will also be conducting a vote on the plan of merger.

NELS needs to vote on the Amended Articles because of the legal process NELS and ELS have chosen to take. The boards of both systems (as well as the seven potential board directors of the new system) see this reorganization as a merger of equals. However, as a practical matter, it is easier legally for one of the Systems to merge into the other, rather than for both to shut down and start over.   This will allow the new system to continue under the Northeast System’s 501(c)(3) status without having to re-apply to the IRS for that designation.

To Clarify:

If these documents are approved, NELS and ELS will merge into one new system with a new geographical border on January 1, 2015. If the documents are not approved, the systems will continue as they are until December 31, 2014, after which they will no longer receive funding from the Nebraska Library Commission unless another plan can be worked out.

ELS will be absorbed into the NELS, and the NELS will amend its Articles of Incorporation (see above attached document) to include the new territory which will have a new name.

A new 7-member board of directors will take office on Jan 1, 2015, and will govern the Three Rivers Library System. They will establish by-laws providing for the ongoing election of board members. Annual meetings will begin in 2015.

If you have any questions before the special meeting, please email Sarah at nelsdirector@gmail.com or call the office at 402-564-1586.

NELS Grant Opportunity

NELS is offering a limited number of grants up to $750 on a first come basis. These grants can be used for anything beyond what your normal budget would cover. All you have to do is fill out the application below and send it to Judy Hagan at atkplib@gpcom.net

2014 Grant NELS

All applications must be received by October 15, 2014.

 

Register for the 2014 NELS Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2014 Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting will be slightly different from previous meetings as it is not being held in conjunction with the system ESUs. The format will be the same, but there will be 2 breakout sessions instead of 4 like last year.

2014 Annual Meeting Flyer

Register here.

Registration must be received by 5pm on September 17.

Photos from the Pilger tornado

As you have probably heard, Pilger was hit by a powerful tornado last night. Current estimates are that 50-75% of the town was heavily damaged or destroyed. It likely that the middle school that the middle school is beyond repair. The public library is standing, but the roof has significant damage.

A set of photos can be seen here. The library is in photos 11 and 12.