Bully-Proof Your Library

Bully-proofing your library (simple)

Register at: http://goo.gl/forms/mm4oOoI50Y  

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.  —michaelfitzsimmons.com 


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.

Register at http://goo.gl/forms/sq0a3CHLJb




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 http://nlc.nebraska.gov/grants/LSTA/

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

Click the picture for event registration information!

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 trls.assistant@gmail.com.

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 mnmaher@unomaha.edu 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.


The search is on!

Map of TRaiLS four county groups

Three Rivers Library System is now officially searching for 4 member librarians to fill the role of System Peer Coordinator in four county groups. If you are interested please send a resume and cover letter to our office at 11929 Elm St. suite 18 Omaha, NE 68144.

These positions will be open until filled.

Visit the System Peer Coordinator page for a description of the System Peer Coordinator service model and position.

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