Strategic Planning Workshops

The Nebraska Library Commission will be providing strategic planning workshops in the Western Region at the following locations:

Alliance Public Library – July 12, 2016- 1-4:00 p.m.

Lied Imperial Public Library – July 14, 2016 – 1-4:00 p.m.

Sidney Public Library – July 19, 2016 – 1 4:00 p.m.

Mark your calendar!

Can register on the NLC website or calendar.



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Author of the Oregon Trail

Lied Scottsbluff Public Library and Gering Public Library Present:  New York Times Best Selling Author Rinker Buck.  Join us, Thursday, June 16, 2016 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Midwest Theater, located at 1707 Broadway in Scottsbluff, NE.  Admission is free!  Books will be available for purchase at the event for $15.  A book signing will take place immediately following the presentation.  For more information, call 308-630-6250


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Western Library System Annual Meeting

The Western Library System will be having their annual meeting on Thursday, July 21, 2016.  It will be held at the Alliance Public Library located at 1750 Sweetwater Avenue, Alliance, NE.  Registration is from 9:30 – 10:00am.  Following will be introductions and the NLC report by Rod Wagner.  Carole Matthews from Hay Springs Public Schools and Craig Lefteroff from the NLC will be showing us how to add “MakerSpaces” to our libraries.  The cost is $15 and includes registration and lunch on site.  The WLS Board Meeting will be at 1:00pm after lunch.  Come join us for a fun time!  There will be drawings and give-aways and you can earn 2 CE/Hrs.  SEE YOU THERE!                                                             (Contact Jeri at the WLS office to register – Ph: 308-632-1350)



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NLA/NSLA Proposal Submission

Don’t forget–if you have an idea for a presentation for this year’s NLA/NSLA Conference Libraries Transform–the submission deadline is approaching.  Please submit all proposals by April 30th.  Show us how you are transforming your library.

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NLA PLTS/SCYP Spring  Meeting 2016!
Register at

Registration each day at 9:30; meetings run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Lunch is on your own.  Registration fee -$30.00 per person

Tuesday, April 26 at the Alliance Public Library

Wednesday, April 27 at the Kearney Public Library

Thursday, April 28 at the Ashland Public Library
Presenter: Marketing expert Ali Schwanke, whose social media session at the 2015 Nebraska Library Association Annual Conference was standing room only and received rave reviews.
Primary Topic: The Social Librarian: Creating an Engaging and Powerful Social Media Presence
Social media is a powerful tool for connecting with customers and learning enthusiasts. However, it can be challenging to create a social media strategy while allotting the time and resources to make it worthwhile. This session will provide3 you with the plan you need to craft a strong and creative social media presence, along with the ideas, resources (many of them are free!) and software to efficiently bring it to life. We’ll audit real-life social media accounts and identify strategies for improvement. If you’d like to have your social media reviewed as part of the training, please contact Ali at
Additional Breakout Sessions:
Presenting Your Best Self When Networking and Public Speaking
Guerrilla Storytime
BookTalking with Ease
Welcome! focusing on creating a welcoming environment at the library (based on a famous restaurant’s culture in New Orleans)
Brochure and Registration Information will follow soon.
Questions? Please contact Pat Leach at

Thanks to the Nebraska Regional Library Systems for their support of spring meetings.

Pat Leach
Library Director
Lincoln City Libraries
136 S. 14th St.
Lincoln, NE 68508
fax 402-441-8586
Lincoln City Libraries
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Central Community College

 Library and Information Services – Online Course Offerings

Enrollment for Summer and Fall  opens April 8th
Summer 2016:  May 23, 2016 – July 28, 2016
all:  August 22, 2016 – December 16, 2016

Summer 2016
LIBR 2100 Reference Resources and Services – Marty Magee, Instructor

Fall 2016
LBR 1010 Foundations of Library and Information Services – Marty Magee, Instructor

LIBR 2250 Leadership and Manage in Library and Information Agencies
Michael Straatmann, Instructor

For information concerning Admissions or Registration, contact Dee Johnson    402-562-1418 or Toll Free at 877-222-0780



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School Librarians’ Day

Try this link to register for Chadron State College location


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WLS Summer Reading Workshop


When: Tuesday, March 22, 2016    9:30am – 3:30pm    

Where: Lied Imperial Public Library

               703 Broadway

               Imperial, NE 69033

 Presenters: Sally Snyder, Jody Crocker

                Please bring ideas or a craft to share

 CE Hours: 5.0   (Must stay for entire workshop)

 Lunch: Will be catered     Cost: $10.00 (please pay when you register)

 Register : pay no later than March 14, 2016

 Name :______________________________________________________



 Register with the Western Library System, Toll Free: 888-879-5303, Phone: 308-632-1350,

Fax: 308-632-3979, or email: or Jeri:


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January WLS Board meeting

January 12th – WLS Board Meeting Lied Scottsbluff Public Library in the Activities room 10-12:30   THIS IS A CLOSED MEETING 

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E-Rate Workshop – Nov 16

Nov. 16 2015  – 10am – 1pm

Location : Western Library System
115 Railway St
Phone: 308-632-1350

Big changes are coming again to E-rate, the federal program that provides discounts to assist schools and public libraries in the United States to obtain affordable Internet access and Connections. USAC has launched the E-Rate Productivity Center, EPC, for the 2016 Funding Year. This new online portal will be the main point of entry for all future E-rate interactions. With your organizational account you will use EPC to file forms, track your application status, communicate with USAC, and more.

What does your library need to know to use this new E-rate portal? In this workshop, Christa Burns, Nebraska’s State E-rate Coordinator for Libraries, will first cover the basics of the E-rate program and then show you how to access and use your account in EPC to submit your Funding Year 2016 E-rate application.

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