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 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6254880124643708929. Minutes will be posted on the system website the following week.

Calculate your library’s worth

Now that National Library Week is over you’ll want to build on the momentum and enthusiasm the week’s activities created. One way to stay on everyone’s radar is calculating the value of the library. Perhaps calculate the value of the library during National Library Week 2015 and post on your social media sites along with photos of the week’s events. Or, find other ways to present the total value and usage statistics to the library’s stakeholders. Try the value calculator on http://ilovelibraries.org/what-libraries-do/calculator.

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 ūüôā

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 meganb@omahastormchasers.com


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 trls.director@gmail.com with Newsletter in the subject line.


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

  • New Times, New Roles, New Structures ‚Äď Presentation on April 7

The University of Nebraska‚ÄďLincoln 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) (http://www.arl.org/publications-resources/2893-new-roles-for-new-times-transforming-liaison-roles-in-research-libraries#.VOzb9Y3wuUk), 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 College ‚Äď Registration 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.

РSummer 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: http://www.cccneb.edu/library or contact Dee Johnson at CCC, djohnson@cccneb.edu or 402-562-1418 or 877-222-0780, extension 1418.

  • The 2015 Nebraska Book Festival, April 25 at the University of Nebraska Omaha‚Äôs 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
РMarsha 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 http://bookfestival.nebraska.gov/2015/index.aspx for a complete schedule of free readings and workshops and other information.

  • ¬†University of Missouri‚ÄĒColumbia 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
E-mail: englandle@missouri.edu


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




Board Names New System Director

The Three Rivers Library System Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Anneka Ramirez to the position of TRLS system director. Anneka is currently a service center specialist at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. Prior to that, she was director of the Scribner Public Library. A 2013 graduate of the Nebraska Library Leadership Institute, she is chair-elect of the New Members Round Table (NMRT) of the Nebraska Library Association and will earn her Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Missouri in May. She will begin her system duties in mid-March and is looking forward to serving the libraries in the region.

Register Now for Workshops

Curb and Counter Appeal: A Visual Audit of Your Library

Presenter: Pat Wagner

Friday, February 6, 2015 10:00 – 2:30

North Bend Public Library

Description: You are proud of your collection, your programs, your staff, and your services. But the details of how your library looks and sounds might be what people remember. What would a stranger notice driving to the parking lot, walking up to the front door, spending time in the front lobby, the basement, or the stacks? Can you look at your library workplace with fresh eyes and find ways to make it shine?

Cost: $20 (includes lunch) 4 Continuing Education hours

Register by February 3 by contacting Gail Formanack gformanack@windstream.net

Summer Reading Program Workshop 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015 10:00 – 3:00

Lifelong Learning Center, Northeast Community College – Norfolk

Multiple presenters

Cost:  $20 (includes lunch) 4.5 Continuing Education hours

Register by February 11th by contacting Gail Formanack gformanack@windstream.net

Three Rivers Library System – Interim Staff

Gail Formanack will become the part-time interim director of Three Rivers Library System on January 1st. She will work out of the Omaha office until a new director is hired while coordinating the transition activities of TRLS and consulting with libraries as needed. Contact her at gformanack@windstream.net or 402 330-7884.

The director position remains open until filled.  First round interviews will be scheduled in January.

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