Library Strength Training Workshop!

LibStrengTrain Option

Session Descriptions:

Horrible, Evil, Library Books with Tammy Parrott, Tiffany Mautino, and Katie Gregory (Mid-Continent Public Library): Intellectual Freedom is a core value of library service. A publicly supported library provides free, equitable, and confidential access to information for all people in the community. We will talk with you about how Intellectual Freedom effects collection development, collection management, reference services, customer privacy, and even shelving practices. Primarily, this workshop will give you experience through guided discussion about how to practically and purposefully engage with Intellectual Freedom and how to protect the rights of library users to read, seek information and speak freely.

Communities in Poverty with Drew Pauly (inCOMMON) : Poverty is both relational and material financial. Libraries play a crucial role in their communities by providing resources otherwise not readily accessible. We will explore the role libraries can play in being an advocate and stronghold in their communities. We will look at the power of taking an Asset Based approach in strengthening our communities and addressing poverty.

CES 2016: One Librarian’s Experience with Michael Sauers (Do Space) : In this one hour presentation, Michael Sauers, Director of Technology for Do Space in Omaha, NE will share his experience and discoveries at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show last month in Las Vegas, NV. As one of the more than 170,000 attendees, Michael took in everything with a librarian’s eye, and will share the overall trends and many of the discoveries he made traversing more than 2.5 square miles of technology in just four days.

Don’t forget, it’s free to attend! To register go to the event registration at

E-Rate Form 471 deadline extended

The application filing window for libraries for E-rate Form 471 has been extended to July 21! (this extension date is not reflected in our current newsletter)

See the USAC Special Edition News Brief for details.

Find helpful information to complete E-rate forms on the NLC E-rate webpage.

Christa Burns, NLC Library Development Consultant, is available for questions and assistance. She can be reached at 800.307.2665, 402.471.3107,


Bully-Proof Your Library

Bully-proofing your library (simple)

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Session 1: Bully-Proofing Your Library presented by Pat Wagner
10:00 am – 3:00 pm (with one hour lunch)

Whether you call it bullying, harassing, intimidating, stalking, threatening, tormenting, browbeating, needling, or pushing people around, commonsense calls it bad behavior. What steps need to be taken during your library’s employment cycle and regarding the culture of your library to prevent bullying behavior? To address incidents with staff and library users, particularly young people?

Session 2: Anti-Bullying Workshop with Michael Fitzsimmons
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Music has been recognized world wide as a way to break down barriers. This workshop focuses on increasing awareness of the unique value each of us brings to a group, as well as the joy of being part of a group.  — 


Makerspace Workshop with Craig Lefteroff

Technology Programming & Makerspaces


With Craig Lefteroff, NLC Technology Innovation Librarian

Running Programs: Technology Training at Your Library: We’ll delve into technology programs, from basic computer classes to presentations on topics such as coding and virtual reality.  We’ll discuss planning, format, marketing, and follow-up, so you’ll be prepared to craft the perfect technology programs for your patrons.

Making Room for a Makerspace: In this session, we’ll examine the elements of a makerspace, discuss   possible policies and problems, and get some hands-on experience with 3D printing.

Join us on 12 April 2016 from 10:00am-3:00pm at Bancroft Public Library.

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Library Improvement Grant Winners

The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded Library Improvement Grants for 2016 totaling $58,983 to thirteen Nebraska public libraries, and a state-run institutional library. These competitive grants were funded with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) monies from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). These Library Improvement Grants help to facilitate growth and development of library programs and services by supplementing local funding with federal funds designated for these purposes.

To learn more about the Library Improvement Grant guidelines go to the NLC’s website at

Congratulations to the libraries receiving grants:

·         Axtell Public Library

·         Beaver City Public Library

·         Blue Hill Public Library

·         Brunswick Public Library – TRLS

·         Fairbury Public Library

·         Franklin Public Library

·         Fullerton Public Library – TRLS

·         Lincoln City Libraries

·         McCook Public Library

·         Norfolk Regional Center Patient Library – TRLS

·         North Bend Public Library – TRLS

·         Plainview Public Library – TRLS

·         Springfield Memorial Library – TRLS

·         Yutan Public Library

The projects and services planned include: outdoor movie nights, AWE work stations (the last year of funding allowed for this purpose), iPod Touches, mobile Maker Spaces, computer classes, author visits, digitizing of historical photos, iPads, as well as three libraries either joining the Pioneer Consortium or initiating processes in order to join the consortium in the future.

La Vista Summer Reading Workshop Reminder

La Vista Flyer

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For SRP Sharing  attendees are encouraged to bring a song, craft, story, or any other SRP idea to present to the group. Please provide 30 copies of your craft instructions/lyrics/book titles/etc., with the object being that each attendee will go home with a locally inspired summer reading activities packet. If you need help printing handouts for the SRP Sharing, e-mail Chelsea at

Register for NLA Advocacy Day 2016

NLA Advocacy Day 2016 in Lincoln is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Register online right now for this March 8 event featuring a 10 AM briefing at the State Capitol, a visit with your state senator and/or legislative aide, a nice lunch at the Cornhusker with your senator, and an educational afternoon event at UNL’s Nebraska Innovation Studio.
  2. Communicate with your state senator this week to let him/her know you will be attending, and offer to treat your senator to lunch. (That’s part of the online registration too.)
  3. Nominate one of your treasured volunteers for our annual luncheon recognition.  Please send an email to Monica Maher at by February 29. Nominations should be in the form of a short letter that tells us about the volunteer, what they do for the library, and why they are amazing!

Nebraska Library Association
Libraries are “Community-Maker” Spaces

It’s not too late!

Have you seen the new NLA advocacy tool, Engage? Through Engage you can receive updates on advocacy efforts and easily search for your elected representatives. There is also an option to join the mailing list, a great way to stay informed of advocacy issues concerning Nebraska libraries.

Looking for information about LB969? Click on the Advocacy Resources link in the top right corner of the page. There is also a petition to sign through EveryLibrary. It is not too late to voice your opinion to the Nebraska General Affairs Committee.

Serving the libraries of the Platte, Elkhorn and Missouri River valleys