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.



Register for the rescheduled winter workshop

Registration is now open for the rescheduled winter workshop.The workshop will be on April 28 at the Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk from 9:30-3:00.

2014 rescheduled winter workshop

The lunchtime speaker will be announced at a later date.

If you had registered for the original date and would like to attend in April, please re-register using the form below. If you had paid for the original date and will not be attending in April, we will give you a refund.

Register here. Registrations are due by April 18, 2014.

Smart Investing webinar opportunity.

On April 30th, there will be a NCompass Live webinar on “Smart Investing: Reference Strategies and Resources”. The resources the webinar will discuss are available to all Nebraska librarians who would like to improve their reference strategies and knowledge of financial literacy concepts and resources. These resources are being made available as part of the Nebraska Library Commission and Northeast Library System’s “Smart Investing @ your library® Builds Nebraska Communities” project.

The attached flyer contains more information about the resources that will be available and the Smart Investing project.

April 30 Webinar about Santa Clara Librarian Curriculum

NELS is excited to be part of this project and looks forward to working with the participating libraries.

Registration for the webinar can be found here.

Public Libraries Invited to Apply for Internship Grants — Applications due Feb. 18, 2014

The Nebraska Library Commission is offering internship grants, ranging from $500-$1,000, to increase the awareness about library professions and education and the opportunities for employment in Nebraska libraries. This is being funded by a grant from the Nebraska Library Association and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Through the grant, a library may offer one 100-hour internship during the summer that would last 8 weeks or two 50-hour internships during the school year that would last 10 weeks, depending on the needs of the library, scheduling, and qualifications of internship candidates.

Usually, interns are hired as contract workers and paid on a stipend rather than an hourly wage, but the terms of employment are determined by the library’s governing body. Interns provide valuable assistance with library service activities and local library programming. Library staff help introduce interns to the joys of library service careers. Partnership projects involving collaboration between a public library and another type of library will be given special consideration.

Applications are now being accepted. The deadline for applications is Feb. 18, 2014. More information is available on the Now Hiring @ your library® website, at