A lot has been said about ebooks, libraries and publishers but the situation still remains confusing for many of us. If you’re curious about these kinds of things, and especially how they relate to Nebraska public libraries and OverDrive, take a look at this article that was written recently by Matt Williams of the Kearney Public Library.
Thanks to Tami Anderson for bringing this article to my attention and to Matt Williams for the permission to post it here.
We are proud to announce this year’s NLA/NSLA/MPLA Conference scholarship winners. Each of our winners will receive $150 to go towards their attendance at the Tri-Conference October 17-19 in La Vista.
- Sherri Nielsen, Shelby-Rising City Public School
- Laura Alt, Shelby Community Library
- Heather Kavan, East Butler Schools
- Odessa Meyer, South Sioux City Public Library
In addition, Biblionix provided us with one $150 stipend to award to a public librarian to go towards her attendance at the Tri-Conference October 17-19 in La Vista. The recipient of this year’s Biblionix stipend is:
- Anne Dexter, Neligh Public Library
Congratulations to all our winners!
The Northeast Library System is pleased to announce that we will award four $150 scholarships to this year’s conference! The scholarship can help you pay for registration fees and/or travel expenses. If it’s been awhile since you’ve been to conference, I encourage you to apply! If you’ve applied for a NELS scholarship in the past and didn’t get one, please try again!
Biblionix is generously sponsoring a $150 stipend for this year’s conference! You must be a library director or staff at a small- or medium-sized public library and be a member of NLA (current or new).
The application deadline for both scholarships is September 7, but why wait? Apply today!
“A good library collection is like a good haircut. It’s not what you cut—it’s what you leave.” ~Anne Felix, Grand Prairie (Texas) Public Library System
Next week is our official Week of Weeding! I invite you to join us by agreeing to weed a section of your library. All libraries in NELS are eligible to participate!
How can you participate?
- Call the NELS Office (800-578-1014) or email me (email@example.com) to let me know you want to participate.
- If you need extra encouragement or help deciding what to weed, let me know. I’ll be visiting libraries all week to lend a helping hand.
- After you finish your weeding project, fill out the participation form.
- Those who submit their forms to the NELS office by September 14th will be entered into a drawing for a new Kindle Wi-Fi eReader!
If you are looking for additional inspiration, here are some great quotes about reading that I got from CREW: A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries.
“I know no rules for discarding that eliminate possibility of error. We all make mistakes but most of these mistakes I am convinced stand on the shelves.” ~Gladys Allison, Suggestions on Discarding (December 1938)
“…Weeding out requires more knowledge, forethought and power of discrimination than is ordinarily brought to bear in the selection of books.” ~Thomas Aldred, Book Selection and Rejection (March 1901)
“Next to emptying the outdoor bookdrop on cold and snowy days, weeding is the most undesirable job in the library. It is also one of the most important.” ~Will Manley, “The Manley Arts,” Booklist (March 1, 1996)
Have you ever wondered what your regional library system has been up to all year? Find out by reading our Annual Report!
I am currently reading Jessamyn C. West’s Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide, and I just ran across this passage:
Part of being an effective [technology] instructor is about putting technology use into perspective for people and helping them find a place for it in their own lives as something other than an insurmountable obstacle.
So true. And it does seem like an insurmountable obstacle for so many people. If you are interested in teaching, social issues or technology, this is a great – and very relevant – read. We have a copy here at the NELS office – Let us know if you’d like to borrow it!
We’ve just added 12 copies of this popular YA book to our book sets!
Divergent by Veronica Roth
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
Let us know if you’d like to reserve this set for your book club!
The 18th Annual Norfolk Public Library Literature Festival is next Saturday, July 28th! Don’t miss this opportunity to see nationally acclaimed authors Lisa Wheeler, Sharon Draper and April Henry. Public Librarians can earn 5 CE hours and current SCYP members can attend for FREE!
Inside you’ll find answers to all these questions…
- Which library is going to change its name?
- What are your options if you need to upgrade your automation system?
- Which library started delivering library books in a little red wagon?
- How can you nominate someone to serve on the NELS Board?
Plus, there are event flyers for the Norfolk Public Library’s Literature Festival, the next Librarians On TARGET meeting, August’s Youth Services Workshop, the Week of Weeding and the Fall Library Workshop!
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