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NLA/NSLA Pre-conference Program with Kat Kan

The Nebraska Regional Library Systems are hosting a preconference program on Wednesday, October 14, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. featuring Katherine “Kat” Kan. She will talk about the many genres, diversity in comics, resources for building and augmenting collections, programming, and classroom use. Whether you work in a public or school library, you can find help, ideas, and inspiration for using graphic novels with your teens.
A recent issue of the online newsletter, Brodart Connect, published a short article by Kat titled, “Graphic Novels in Libraries: We’ve come a long way baby!” To see that article, click here.
To register for this Preconference and the NLA/NSLA Annual Conference, click on this link:

We hope to see you there!

TRLS is now hiring for Library Services Assistant position

The Three Rivers Library System is seeking an individual to fill the Library Services Assistant position. This individual will support the fulfillment of the System’s service roles and activities through a number of tasks and responsibilities. The position is responsible to the Director and the System Board of Directors. This is a permanent, part-time position with regular office hours, 25 hours per week, twelve months a year. Under the supervision of the Director, the Library Services Assistant performs specific tasks as noted below.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Assist in the creation and distribution of the System bi-monthly newsletter
  2. Organize and maintain System records and files and update the System mailing lists
  3. Manage book set collection and loans, professional collection, and recommend acquisitions
  4. Assist in coordination of continuing education programs and special projects
  5. Manage professional magazine routing
  6. Assist Director with technology collection management
  7. Perform some record maintenance and light bookkeeping
  8. Prepare, reproduce and distribute agendas, minutes, reports and other documents for use by System Board members and other groups as may be designated by the Director or the Board.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director to assist in carrying out System activities


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

This individual must have a general knowledge of office management. The position requires a wide knowledge of clerical skills including typing, word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing software, database management programs, website software, and use of small business accounting software, photocopying, and other office equipment. The position requires an ability to work and communicate successfully, both orally and written, with a wide range of individuals. This individual must be able to handle multiple projects and work well with limited direct supervision.


Training and Experience

High school graduate with some college preferred. Some library experience preferred but not required.



$11/hour, 25 hours/week


Send resume and cover letter to

Three Rivers Library System

11929 Elm Street Ste. 18

Omaha, NE 68144


Accepting resumes until September 4, 2015.





Upcoming Annual Meeting

The Three Rivers Library Board will conduct its first Annual Meeting on June 5th at 1:00 pm in the Columbus Public Library. The board decided to hold a business meeting without a continuing education component for this initial meeting. Throughout the coming year, system staff and board members will work on an annual meeting structure to incorporate continuing education and networking opportunities for following years. Anyone wishing to is welcome to attend the meeting. If you would like to attend online, please register at Minutes will be posted on the system website the following week.

The April/May issue of the TRLS Newsletter is now available online

Three Rivers Library System, TRaiLS, Apr/May 2015

The first page of the newsletter features important information about the system office location and a system community survey now under way. The link to complete the survey is

We are hoping to have many responses by the next board meeting (May 1st, Wayne Public Library). Please let us know your thoughts 🙂

Edit: The link in the article about the Storm Chasers Hit the Books program leads to old information. They are winding down the program now but will begin contacting schools in August again. For more information about how your school can participate in the 2016 program email


Getting the Newsletter ready

I am working on putting together the newsletter for April/May and would love to have people send me photos of programs/staff/new collections/whatever you are excited about in your library and/or stories about what your library is up to. Email your contributions to with Newsletter in the subject line.


In the meantime, here are some upcoming events and useful information:

  • New Times, New Roles, New Structures – Presentation on April 7

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries invites members of the campus to attend its 2015 Visiting Scholar lecture on April 7, at 10:30 a.m., in the Georgian Room, Nebraska Union.  The lecture will be given by Trevor A. Dawes, associate university librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, and past president of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), who will discuss the new and expanded roles that librarians are assuming. In addition there will be a panel discussion from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in Love Library, Room 110.  Trevor Dawes, along with several Nebraska academic librarians, will discuss recent changes that have taken place at their libraries. Both the presentation and panel discussions are free and open to the public.

Dawes will talk about the ARL study, Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries (2013) (, which indicates changes in the role of the liaison librarian from someone who develops the collection, staffs a reference desk, and conducts instruction sessions, to a role that meets the changing needs of faculty and students in an academic environment.

As Associate University Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, Dawes is responsible for research services, scholarly communications, collections and acquisitions, and preservation. Prior appointments include Circulation Services Director at Princeton University Library and positions at Columbia University Libraries in New York City. He has authored, co-authored, or edited several books and articles on a variety of topics in connection with academic libraries. Dawes also serves as an instructor for the MSLIS program at the iSchool at Drexel University. Dawes earned his MLS from Rutgers University and has two additional Master’s Degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University.

  • Central Community CollegeRegistration opens on April 10, 2015 for classes in Library and Information Services (LIS).

The program is online and students may opt to pursue an Associate’s Degree in LIS or complete a certificate program.

– Summer Class:  Reference Services
– Fall Classes: 1) Foundations in Library and Information Services 2) Leadership and Management in Library and Information Agencies and the 3) Library and Information Services Capstone Practicum.

For more information see: or contact Dee Johnson at CCC, or 402-562-1418 or 877-222-0780, extension 1418.

  • The 2015 Nebraska Book Festival, April 25 at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Weitz Community Engagement Center, will feature ten Nebraska authors. Public admission is free.

The festival begins at 9:30 a.m. with writing workshops. Workshop seating is limited and early arrival is recommended. Advance registration is not necessary.

Readings, book sales, and book signings will take place from noon to 3:30 p.m. Authors will read and discuss their work, allowing time for questions. Scheduled authors include:
– Mark Langan, Busting Bad Guys: My True Crime Stories of Bookies, Drug Dealers and Ladies of the Night
– Marsha Davis, One Man’s Voice
– Sydney Olson, The Curse of the Fates
– John Price, The Tallgrass Prairie Reader
– Timothy Schaffert, The Swan Gondola: A Novel
– Karen Shoemaker, The Meaning of Names

Prior to a 3:45 p.m. reception, the Nebraska Center for the Book will announce the 2015 recipient of the Mildred Bennett Award, recognizing an individual who has made significant contributions to fostering literary tradition in Nebraska.

The festival concludes, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with the NeBooks Project Student & Teacher Showcase.

The Bookworm and University of Nebraska Press will offer books by Nebraska authors for sale throughout the event. The Nebraska Book Festival is presented by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, and Nebraska Library Commission. Visit for a complete schedule of free readings and workshops and other information.

  •  University of Missouri—Columbia School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT) Open House

Learn about the opportunity to earn your MLS from Missouri!
– In-state tuition
– Classes meet at UNO and online
– 39-hour program you complete on your schedule

Saturday, May 23, 2015; 1-4 pm
Three Rivers Library System Offices
(11929 Elm St., Suite 18, Omaha, NE)

Contact: Laura England-Biggs (Program Liaison, SISLT)
Phone: 402-290-3969


  •  Also, visit our Calendar for NLA meetings and events, TRLS board meeting dates, and more.