Library Improvement Grants Now Available

The 2016 Library Improvement Grants, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) from Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant monies, are now available.  Nebraska accredited public libraries and certain state-run institutional libraries are eligible to apply for these competitive grants to help facilitate growth and development of library programs and services by supplementing local funding with federal funds designated for these purposes.

In keeping with the goals of the Library Services and Technology Act, the Library Improvement Grants are intended to help libraries meet the goals of the Nebraska Library Commission’s LSTA Five-Year Plan 2013-2017. To be funded projects must meet one or more of specific LSTA Purposes listed at the following link Funding to help libraries join the statewide Pioneer Consortium ( will receive priority consideration as grant applications are evaluated.

Other requirements include a 25% local match. At least 10% of this match must be in cash. Federal LSTA grants involve meeting certain other requirements which are outlined at the link above and in grant agreement documents for approved project. The minimum grant amount is $500.

Libraries submitting grant applications will notice that the application form has been changed quite a bit from those used in the past. These changes meet federal reporting guidelines which will allow IMLS to present cogent and cohesive reports on the use of federal LSTA monies to Congress as part of its efforts in support of continuing this funding for library services nationwide. This link will take you directly to the grant application form (

Pertinent dates to remember:

  • December 4, 2015 – Application form available
  • January 28, 2016 – Applications due by 11:59 PM Central Time
  • February 17, 2016 – Grant recipients announced

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the Commission:

Richard Miller

Nebraska Library Commission

800-307-2665 or 402-471-3175


Public Libraries Able to Access Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Opinions Through Public Website

Free online access to the official published judicial opinions of the Nebraska Supreme Court and Nebraska Court of Appeals will be available to the public beginning January 1, 2016, through the Nebraska Appellate Courts Online Library at

Public libraries serve as a valuable resource for self-represented litigants in the court system by providing access to computers, the Internet, printers, and other basic information about the law. Additionally, after January 1, 2016, public libraries will be able to offer the official certified opinions of the appellate courts free of charge using the online library.

Text-searchable opinions dating back to 1871 will be available for the Nebraska Supreme Court. The full collection of opinions of the Nebraska Court of Appeals, beginning with its establishment in 1992, will also be offered.

Permanent versions of all published opinions will be provided exclusively via the online library once formal printing of the Nebraska Advance Sheets and the Decisions of the Nebraska Court of Appeals ceases in June 2016.

Access via the online library allows the appellate courts to make their judicial opinions more easily available to the public.

Link to general version of this press release:

Big Talk From Small Libraries – Call for Speakers

“The Call for Speakers for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2016 is now open! This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better. Small libraries of all types – public, academic, school, museum, special, etc. – are encouraged to submit a proposal.

If you are interested in presenting, please submit your proposal by Friday, January 8, 2016*. Speakers from libraries serving fewer than 10,000 people will be preferred, but presentations from libraries with larger service populations will be considered.”

Visit the Big Talk From Small Libraries website for more information and proposal submission forms.

*The TRaiLS newsletter Dec/Jan issue mistakenly reported the deadline for proposals as December 17.

SRP Webinar Drawing Winners!

Attendees of the TRaiLS Summer Reading Webinar on December 11th were entered in a drawing for one of four $25 Visa gift cards. The lucky winners are: Connie Manzer, Springfield Public Library; Joyce Sullivan, Elgin Public Library; Lisa Karnes, Hartington Public Library; Michele Hastreiter, Humphrey Public Library. Congratulations to the winners!

Don’t worry if you missed the webinar, an announcement will be made when the recording of the webinar is available to view online.


2016 Nebraska Library Internship Grant Reminder


Don’t forget about the 2016 Nebraska Library Internship Grant       Program! All  applications must be received no later than 5:00PM (CT) December 17, 2015.

In case you missed it, the Nebraska Library Commission will make grant funds available up to $1,000 to accredited Nebraska public         libraries for internships to fund a high school or college intern in 2016. This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act through the 2016 Nebraska Library Internship Grant Program.

Check it out at