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


Accreditation Workshops

Two accreditation workshops will be held at the end of January. They will both be 3 1/2 hours and eligible for C.E. credits. Both library staff and board members are welcome to attend.

Attendees will:

  • Understand the importance of strategic planning in helping to ensure the future of public libraries in their communities by being responsive to identified community needs.
  • Learn the steps involved in developing a strategic plan that will help them provide needed library services to their communities.
  • Become familiar with the Public Library Accreditation Guidelines and how these can help in planning local library services.
  • Understand that the accreditation guidelines offer benchmarks to help measure their libraries.

The first workshop will be on January 22 from 1-4:30pm at the Randolph public library. Register here.

The second workshop will be on January 29 from 1-4:30 at the Columbus public library. Register here.

If you are unable to attend either of those workshops, there will also be a session at the Winter workshop on February 4 that will give an overview of the new guidelines.

November Target meeting

The next Target meeting will be on November 13 from 1-4pm at the Gardner public library in Wakefield. We will be viewing the webinar Books are just the Beginning. Mary Jo Ryan from the Library Commission will be attending to hand out some materials about it. We will also be discussing makerspaces.

Please register using the link below or call Sarah at 402-564-1586 if you plan on attending.

Best of ALA session links and resources

Below you will find the links to resources and examples that Sarah talked about during her Best of ALA 2013 presentation.

Marshmallow gun directions can be found here.

A simple cipher wheel that includes directions on the wheel itself can be found here.

For finding Barnes & Noble’s listing of books for people in their 20s and 30s, follow this path:
1. From the home page, hover over books and select fiction under subjects.
2. Under “See more in fiction & literature” on the left navigation,  click on “fiction subjects”.
3. Under “Categories”, click on “stages of life – fiction”.
4. Click on “20s & 30s – fiction” under categories.

More information about Storytubes can be found here. You may also find some videos on youtube by searching for “storytubes (year)”.

Reviews from “Under the Cover” by the Skokie, IL public library can be read here.

Bleached t-shirt directions

Connecting to the World Fall Annual Meeting/Workshop

Don’t forget to register for the Annual Meeting held on September 18th, 2013 at the Life Long Learning Center at Northeast Community College in Norfolk.  Deadline for registration is today at 5:00.  If you haven’t registered call the office at 800-578-1014 or use the link provided on the previous post titled “Register for 2013 Annual Meeting Now Available”