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Meeting Minutes

March 13 and 14, 1997

Council Present: Roger Adkins, Joan Birnie, Phyllis Brunken, Laura Cundiff, John Dale, Dreva Dragos, Susie Baird, Stan Gardner, Michael LaCroix, Ken Oyer, Sandra Riley, Jeanne Saathoff, Kathy Tooker. Richard Voeltz, Sharon Wiegert and Sally Wise. Sylvia Person attended on Friday.

Commissioners Present: Karen Warner, Ron Norman, Jean Sanders and Frances Lovell.

Staff Present: Rod Wagner, Nancy Busch, Sally Snyder, Jo Budler, Maria Medrano-Nehls and Ellen Van Waart.

Guests Present: Maggie Harding

Welcome, Introductions, Agenda Overview

The meeting was called to order by the chair, Jeanne Saathoff at 1:00 p.m. Introductions were given followed by an overview of the agenda.

The Library Services and Technology Act

Sally Snyder reported on the new Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA): LSCA, the Library Services and Construction Act, began as the Library Services Act passed on June 19, 1956. It has been changed over the years. Its most recent form included three Titles administered through state library agencies, and other titles administered directly by the U.S. Department of Education. A listing of the objectives for each of the first three Titles was distributed to the Council. The three LSCA titles included:` Title I, Public Library Services; Title II, Public Library Construction, which later also included technology enhancement; and Title III, Interlibrary Cooperation and Resource Sharing.

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), passed by Congress on September 30, 1996, has a different emphasis. A listing of the purposes of LSTA was distributed to the Council. It contains two basic priority areas: 1) information access through technology, and 2) information empowerment through special services. The rules and regulations for use of the LSTA funds are still being developed by the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS). A Preliminary Plan or a five-year Long Range Plan are due to IMLS on April 1, 1997. The Library Commission will submit a Preliminary Plan by the due date. The five year Long Range Plan will then be due on August 1, 1997.

Nancy Busch reported on the LSTA Preliminary Plan and the Long Range Plan. The Institute of Museums and Library Services (an independent federal agency) will administer the LSTA. Included in the preliminary plan are the Library Commission's current mission, roles, functions, and relationships (that are a carry over from the current plan). Public forums have been scheduled around the state. This is a planning opportunity for new goals, priorities and objectives. The web site for the Institute of Museums and Library

services is:

The Changing Role of State Advisory Council on Libraries

Nancy Busch: The new Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) does not require a State Advisory Council on Libraries. The Commissioners, at the last Library Commission meeting, reaffirmed the State Advisory Council on Libraries and issued a challenge for the Council this year of transition from LSCA to LSTA to review its role and how the Council can best function keeping in mind the possibility of more funding with the Libraries for 21st Century and changes in LSTA. How can the Council be used to advise the Library Commission on priorities and criteria for allocation of federal and state funds?

Ron Norman reported that the Commissioners agreed that the State Advisory Council fulfills a vital function and needs to be used for similar purposes in future. The Commissioners also concluded that this was a good time for the Council to look at itself and its role.

Rod Wagner: When the State Advisory Council on Libraries was first created in the 1970's there were 18 members, and 1/3 were required to be library users. Later the membership requirement was made more flexible. At the last Library Commission meeting, the Commissioners discussed whether to enlarge the Council. Does the Council have the right number of people? Is the membership representative of different types of libraries and the general public? Does the Council have good geographic dispersion to represent the state well?

Looking ahead, the Library Commission has the prospect of administrating some additional state aid moneys for Libraries of the 21st Century. Will the Council be involved more directly in helping to decide the distribution of the additional money? Should the Council's role be expanded?

Kathy Tooker: The Council membership looks good as far as geographic and type of libraries represented.

Jeanne Saathoff: Council members need to communicate with the people in their geographic area and the library group they represent.

Nancy Busch: The Council has been used in the past to have general discussions about the direction the Library Commission should be taking. The Council has had many discussions on technology, and telecommunications, and has really helped direct the Library Commission in a very general way with the exception of the time when the Council helped review the Library Systems Long Range plans. The Council may want to discuss getting involved in more detailed programs and services.

Stan Gardner: The Council should play a devil's advocate role to help the Library Commission be prepared for possible challenges in the future.

Nancy Busch: That would be helpful, to have a real sense from this group of how any programs or services that the Library Commission might be thinking about might play in various sectors in the state and what the needs are that the Library Commission may not be hearing or be aware of.

Phyllis Brunken: As a Council member I felt more productive when the Council had the specific task of reviewing system Long Range Plans and had a day and a half to review the plans. I have always looked at my role as being a representative for the patrons I am representing. It is important for the Council to establish communication with the patrons in their area and library type. The Council should also solicit information from the patrons being represented This is an especially important issue for the school/media representative due to small budgets that may prevent people from attending the Council meetings.

Rod Wagner: The state senators that the Library Commission has been working with have a lot more commitment and interest and feel some credibility towards the things the Library Commission asks for when they know there is a representative body to give input on issues. The Council has a significant role to play concerning choices and uses of Libraries for the 21st Century funds.

The Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996: Universal Service Policies

Rod Wagner: In November of 1996 the Federal/State Joint Board made recommendations to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) concerning Universal Service issues, specifically as related to schools and libraries in regard to telecommunications services and rates. Nebraska has a task force that was formed last August that has met almost monthly and will meet into this summer. The job of the Nebraska Universal Service Fund Task Force is to develop state recommendations that complement or exceed those adopted by the FCC.

The Task Force has 18 members, 5 are not from within the telecommunications industry (Alan Wibbels, Kearney, representing K-12 education; Craig Schroeder, Cambridge, representing the general public; Ted Schulz, Lincoln, a representative of the Nebraska Hospital Association; Bill Miller, Director of the State Dept. of Administrative Services, Central Data Processing and Communications Divisions, Lincoln, representing and Rod Wagner, Lincoln, representing libraries).

A main concern regarding universal service policies is that they may compromise policies already in place in Nebraska. Nebraska schools have done a really good job in telecommunications developments, and are getting favorable rates for telecommunications services. The joint board recommendations go to the FCC, which by law must make their decisions by May 8, 1997. The recommendation provides for a 20-90% discount for schools and libraries for telecommunications services. The broad terms of the discount would include: internal wiring, equipment, as well as telecommunications services (including wireless). These terms have raised some concerns if there is adoption of a policy that is more restrictive than what the schools and libraries have already been able to negotiate. The Nebraska fund should provide at least for a 50% discount. No decision will be made in Nebraska until after the FCC makes their decision in May.

The FCC can accept, reject, or modify the recommendations presented by the joint board. Another consideration is that there is proposed an annual cap of 2.25 billion dollars on the fund for schools and libraries, but there is concern that this amount will not be adequate. If that would be the case then there is a mechanism in which schools and libraries in the most economically disadvantaged areas would have first priority for those funds. The FCC could make the cap higher or lower.

There will be some type of certification process whereby schools and libraries will have to certify their eligibility, and for libraries that are eligible to participate in the Library Services and Technology Act are also eligible for Universal Service funding. It appears that all schools and libraries will need to have some type of technology plan. A description of services the school or library would have funded through the Universal Services fund. The plan does not need to be elaborate but should be a description of what services the school or library would propose funded through Universal Service, and could be anything from business lines to Internet access, video classroom technology, etc. The plans are to be filed with the fund administrator. In Nebraska there will be a designated fund administrator, probably some independent body that has been identified and arranged through the State Public Service Commission. The fund administrator is supposed to solicit bids which would then be the basis of the discounted services, to be in place by the 1997/1998 school year. Funds will be generated through revenues obtained through all telecommunications companies.

The customer is paying for universal service subsidies. The question is how much do you want to pay? The universal service fund has been in place, this is just a new approach to it. The FCC approach is to assess interstate and intrastate billings. The rough calculation in Nebraska, annual telecommunications billings are just under $1 billion dollars. In terms of the Nebraska funds, the amount on monthly customer bills would be minuscule, because it is spread out so broadly among residential and businesses.

Schools and libraries need these discounts and they have a very positive public benefit. The American Library Association and the educational groups have asked for help, so one action that could come out of the council meeting today and tomorrow would be perhaps a statement or resolution that the council as a body might send to our Nebraska Senators. Council members can contact them individually if they would like to do so. The Council can adopt a statement and send it on behalf of the Council. New Nebraska Senator Hagel should be contacted to let him know that this issue is important to Nebraskans. Senator Kerrey is very supportive of this issue, but still should be contacted to let him know that Nebraskans support this issue.

State Legislative Update (LB 95, LB 250)

Jeanne Sathoff: The Council's role in Libraries for the 21st Century is very exciting. We have had some good reception about the importance of technology, where we should go, and identify a need for the State to become partners in this process and help us along the road. The Council appointed a steering committee last year and started the process. It has been exciting to see LB 95 introduced, to have the opportunity to go and present to the legislature the testimony, to get feedback from senators and others, and to see people becoming receptive to more ideas. Key players along the road that need to be acknowledged at this time: NLA being a big part, NEMA, Sally Snyder, Mary Jo Ryan, Maggie Harding, Kathy Tooker and the Eastern Library System.

Maggie Harding: LB 95 was introduced by Senator LaVon Crosby. LB 95 is the bill that introduces the Libraries for the 21st Century vision and goals and specifies an appropriation amount. The Appropriations Committee held a hearing on LB 95 on March 4th Jeanne Saathoff, Sharon Mason, Richard Miller, Rod Wagner, Nancy Busch, Kathy Tooker and Randy Moody held a meeting to coordinate testimony presentation. At 5:45 p.m. LB 95's hearing came up. Rod Wagner gave the background information; Kathy Tooker testified for the library systems; Jeanne Saathoff spoke for the State Advisory Council on Libraries; Sharon Mason spoke for the Nebraska Library Association. Then Nancy Busch presented the Nebraska Library Commission budget request. Maggie reported that she and Kathy Tooker went back to the Capitol on Tuesday, March 11th and talked to the Senators from the Appropriation Committee, called them off the floor to give them a chance to ask questions. A couple of the senators did indicate that there will probably be some money for the LB 95, probably not the entire amount. Senator Wehrbein indicated that the money will not come as a separate amount, but will be part of the Library Commission budget. We plan to go back again when the whole chamber is considering the bill and discuss again what 27 cents will buy.

One of the areas the Council could work on in the future would be to encourage people on the need to promote libraries and library services. Also there is a blurring in peoples minds on what is the Library Commission and the Library Association, and also what the State Advisory Council on Libraries does, there is a real need to educate in this area.

Kathy Tooker: We need to keep momentum going, and continue to keep in contact with senators. The listserv is up and called Leglinks, all members of the Council should be Legislative links and should be on the listserv.

Nancy Busch: The Library Commission will send packets of campaign materials to all State Advisory Council and Commission members.

Rod Wagner: LB 95 & the appropriations bill: The Council has been extremely helpful in this process. And has really laid some groundwork, initiated some thinking and some action over the last couple of years especially, that has helped to bring us where we are. For example the Challenge Statement that the Council put together two years ago. That quote was in a publication from one of the America Library Association (ALA) divisions. The ALA is putting together a manual/workbook on strategic planning. The Council's involvement in developing a steering committee for putting together the initiative for Libraries for the 21st Century. This shows everyone cares about what we are doing and wanting to do something positive. That spirit has contributed a lot. The Appropriation Committee is feeling favorable toward what we have proposed. We can't just stop and wait for the money to happen. We have to stay involved. The key now is the Appropriation Committee. Personal contacts are important. The Legislature will look at the budget bills in May, and then the bills will go to the Governor in early June. We also need to be working with the Governor's Office so that the Governor will also support the new state aid funds.

LB 590: (Nebrask@ Online bill) LB 590 is the bill that was written that follows the recommendations made by the task force that was formed and met this past summer and fall. The Task Force looked into the area of electronic access to state records, and recommended the state continue to provide electronic access to state records through a gateway type service, a private contractor or a state agency. That it be funded utilizing user fees for some records. The heart of LB 590 is that it reconstitutes the State Records Board, which is under the office of the Secretary of State. It expands the State Records Board, so that it includes representation for banking, insurance, legal industries, libraries, and consumers. If enacted in this form, the State Records Board would have the prerogative of taking over the contract that the Nebraska Library Commission has with the Nebrask@ Online Network Manager. LB 590 is the personal priority bill of the Speaker of the Legislature, Senator Withem. The bill will probably be on the floor within the next 2 weeks.

LB 792: was introduced Senator Curt Bromm, which would require state agencies to furnish public records in whatever format they are capable of providing for those records. For example, if someone wanted to come to the Library Commission and have us supply them with a computer disk copy of a document, under the terms of this bill we would have to do that. The Commission could charge for the cost of supplying the disk. The purpose of LB 792 really is to require the Department of Motor Vehicles to again resume providing tape copies of drivers license records, which discontinued when Nebrask@ Online began providing interactive and batch processes for accessing those records.

LB 176 & 177: These bills put in statute what the legislature attempted to do through the constitutional amendment that was not enacted last November. These bills make it easier for local governments such as municipalities and counties to merge functions, such as law enforcement, and library services among others.

LB 250: Also allows for merger, it removes some discrepancies in state law where it says that if a county creates a county library or county library system that the county board of commissioners (or supervisors) becomes the county library board. The bill also allows citizens to petition to get library services on the ballot for vote by the county. LB 250 also provides some model legislation for mergers where municipal employees become county employees and then can receive county employee benefits. The city of Mayor and City Council of Omaha opposes LB 250.

Council Roundtable Discussion

Interests and Issues Among Nebraska Libraries and Communities

Karen Warner, Nebraska Library Commission member and Coordinator of Library Services at Northeast Community College, Norfolk: Northeast Community College is involved in the trials of different databases statewide, very excited about certain ones and down on certain ones. The databases are a great service, commend the Commission for taking it under their wings, Jo Budler has done a very good job. We are presently looking at a building addition. As a Commissioner I gave a report to the Northeast Library System on the last Commissioners' meeting. As a Commissioner I act as a conduit for information and concerns from constituents in the area to and back from the Library Commission.

Ron Norman, Chair of the Nebraska Library Commission and member of the Kearney Public Library Foundation: One of the things we are trying to do with the Foundation with Jeanne Saathoff's leadership is to make the Foundation pro-active. Traditionally the Foundation is something that has been there to receive whatever people want to give. Presently we are working on a mission statement. I also report to and act as a conduit for the Meridian Library System board about the Commissioners' meeting.

Jean Sanders; Nebraska Library Commission member from Lincoln: I appreciate receiving all the system newsletters. The newsletters keep us well informed, they are very well put together and your communications are very important.

Susan Baird, President of Panhandle Library System Board: The Panhandle Library System has recently hired a new Library System Administrator. At the Gering library we are working on Internet access policies. We are in the process of getting dial in access for patrons and looking at security systems.

Frances Lovell, Nebraska Library Commission member from Gering: I now go to the library as a user. And I also enjoy the system newsletters.

Sandra Riley, Columbus, former Nebraska Library Commission member and chair: Glad to be coming back to the group. One reason I am interested in serving on the State Advisory Council is the last 8 years I served as a member of Columbus City Council. I am really concerned as property tax lids continue in the state and the city and county governments are really going to be placed in a situation where they have to make some really hard decisions. It is vital that the libraries keep talking to city council members in your town, so that they are aware of the need for the money. I am very pleased to hear of the work being done on the state level to pursue some additional revenues for libraries.

Nancy Busch: Sandra Riley served two terms as a Nebraska Library Commission member and was very involved in the Nebraska's Information Partnerships Conference held in the early 90's. We are delighted to have her back.

Sally Wise, Director of Schmid Law Library, UN-L: This fall the Law college set up a web site and the law library also has a web site with extensive links to legal resources. (bring up UN-L homepage , go to academics, then to law college).

Ellen Van Waart, Continuing Education Coordinator for the Library Commission: I work with certification programs for librarians and trustees. I plan workshops including basic skills courses for librarians, Public Library Planning Process and we just finished the CLIP planning process. Hopefully at the next meeting we will have a report and evaluation on the CLIP process. Annie Sternburg and I put together a one page document in connection with the Microsoft Libraries Online Project. Annie and a lot of other people at the Commission are going to be doing training related to the Internet. Most of you know that when you look at the Internet you are also looking at acceptable use policies and if you do not have an acceptable use policy for your library then it is something you might want to consider. There are a lot of those policies out on the Internet. If you do a net search , you'll find lots of acceptable use polices for all types of libraries. I have been getting lots of questions. A lot of people have been calling me, both librarians and citizens asking me about access to electronic information, access to the Internet. Should we or should we not put filters on our public access computers? This has initiated some response at the Library Commission, and we have been talking about it and felt that there was a need to put together a statement or an interpretation. A draft was handed out to the Council and asking for their input. Please give comments on this draft interpretation to Ellen or Annie. The Library Commission would like the comments of the Council.

Richard Voeltz, Librarian, Nursing Liaison & Chemistry Library, UN-L: The UNL Libraries continue to organize itself as a learning organization, and we are gradually coming to terms. At the present time the re-organization continues. We are developing a new home page for the university libraries which will include all the library services. We are still continuing to experiment with various databases to see what will meet our needs.

Ken Oyer, Librarian, Bergan Mercy Medical Center, Omaha: We have been consolidating, to some degree, three hospitals in Omaha. It has had some impact on the information access provision. We are having the 6th annual symposium on library issues during National Library Week (April 14th -18th) in Omaha. On April 15th a luncheon will be held at the Embassy Suites and the topic of the speaker is "Censorship and the Internet".

Stan Gardner, Director, U.S. Conn Library, Wayne State College: I just started as Director in June, 1996. The collection hadn't been weeded for perhaps 50 years, so our major project is weeding the collection.. We are using the WLN conspectus and we have pretty much completed the data entry portion. Now we are getting to the analysis part. Working on a new formula for budget allocation for collection development. One note on weeding: we have the Northwest Reporter from 1886 to 1988, would like to find a home for these. We are still evaluating the electronic databases. We already have the Ebsco host but only the academic database so this gives us a chance to look at the rest of the data. We are involved in planning on how to train all of our 4,000 students on Internet usage, e-mail, and on electronic databases that we will be choosing for next fall. The library has been designated as being responsible for all of the e-mail network training for the campus. Also, we are trying to develop a plan for the college archives because there has never been a plan. The web page for Wayne State Library is HTTP:// A book on the history of Wayne State College is on the web page.

John Dale, Assistant Library Director, Lincoln City Libraries: The City of Lincoln has been given the news that the Commission on Industrial Relations has found for the Lincoln firefighters (in their wage dispute with the City). This will have an impact of millions dollars on the city budget. The result will impact the library as well as other offices. All capital improvement funds within the city within the current budget have been frozen. We are awaiting interpretations of LB 1114, whatever happens about local aid, how local subdivisions are arranged. If the school system starts looking toward larger portions of the property tax, then what is going to happen to the rest of the departments and library in Lincoln. We recently upgraded our service from global Internet. A city grant made Internet available in libraries in Lincoln. The Internet terminals in Lincoln City Libraries are actually Inter-Linc terminals rather than our own. The Mayor' s office wanted a consistent Internet policy throughout the county, but said it was agreed for the Lincoln City Libraries not to have any type of limitations to their materials, but other county sites will probably get filters. The Library has been dealing with learning organization approaches in the past year and half. We are also participating in the database tests.

Phyllis Brunken, Media/Technology Director, ESU #7, Columbus: What will LB 1114 and LB 299 cut, 60% of the funding for ESUs. Whatever happens to ESU's will impact schools. The first Midwest Institute on the Internet will be in Lincoln, August 11th and 12th, and will be geared for K-12. ESU #7's media catalog went online this last fall. All schools in our area will be wired by this fall.

Roger Adkins, Media Specialist, ESU #16, Ogallala: ESU #16 includes 9 counties and parts of 4 others, 52 school districts, 1,000 teachers and 10,0000 students. Geographically it is the largest ESU in the state, covering 12,000- square miles. We are concerned with what is happening in this Legislative session concerning media and technology services from the ESUs. Media and Technology services are one of the main areas that is tax supported. If the tax base goes down, so do the services. We have been conducting Internet related training for the past three years. LB 452 mandated that Service Units provide connectivity to their member schools and as a result of LB 860, the weatherization bill, ESUs are now in the process of providing Internet connectivity to every classroom in the state of Nebraska by the year 2000. We received a lottery grant about 2 ? years ago for $1.4 million, and with those dollars ESU's 15 and 16 established 30 distance learning sites (25 school district, 3 community colleges, and 2 ESUs) that are on a DS 3 fiber optic line which gives full motion interactively among all those sites. There are six video servers that were donated by US West to the ESUs in Nebraska. ESU #3 in Omaha has two, ESU #10 in Kearney has two, and ESU #16 in Ogallala has the other two. We hope to put a large part of our video collection into digital form and make available on the Internet.

Maggie Harding, Project Coordinator for the Libraries for the 21st Century Initiative and Southeast Library System board: The Southeast Library System is working on their long range plan for the biennium. It is interesting to see what remains viable in the new areas that we are looking at and also rewarding to go back and take a look at the plan and see that some of the things that we thought were important, we were able to accomplish. Richard Miller is the new administrator for the Southeast Library System. The attitudes of Librarians are changing, they aren't so unwilling to do things, they realize if they want things , they have to go out and work for it.

Joan Birnie, Director, Broken Bow Public Library: Broken Bow is participating in the batch load project. The city council and the administration takes an annual tour of all the city departments and buildings. The library is the only building in the city that didn't need significant roof repair, the library is only 25 years old so the council is looking at funding some "face-lift" work on the building. A new board member was appointed to the library board, and the city council noticed the library has a limit on board terms and other city offices don't, so they are discussing putting term limits on the other city boards. We have a small addition to our library, a young adult area as of February 1st . The young adult area is fiction only. There has been 400% increase in the young adult fiction material checked out. The library has also established a junior library board.

Jo Budler, Network Services Director of the Nebraska Library Commission: Libraries participating in the batch load process deserve a lot a credit. The librarians are helping each other more than any other resource. Sally Wise is a member of OCLC Special Library Advisory Committee. Sara Aden, Kearney, is our Access Services Advisory Committee Representative for NEBASE, and I am serving on the Small Library Task Force.

Michael LaCroix, Director, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library, Creighton University, Omaha: The Reinert-Alumni Library would like to thank the Library Commission and Jo Budler in particular for the lining up the database trials. At Creighton Alumni Library we have the University archives and in the basement we have run out of space for the archives, so we have had to rent outside space. The Law Library at Creighton is being doubled in size, so some of their books are being stored at the Alumni Library. Creighton has a relationship with PUCMM which is the Catholic University and Archeologist of the Dominican Republic, and we have established a Center for the study of the Dominican Republic at Creighton. Creighton now has the third largest collection on the Dominican Republic in the United States. Mike Poma will be going to the Dominican Republican for a week at the end of this month on a book buying trip. All three libraries at Creighton do a lot of Internet training. The North Central Association conducted a site visit was last Fall and the Library came out looking good. The National Council on Accreditation and Teacher Education Programs will be coming to visit Creighton next month. The Library did a retrospective conversion where we sent 80,000 of our titles off to a firm in St. Louis to be converted. We can tell when they are loaded on OCLC because ILL requests started coming in right away, and we will be barcoding them over the next several months.

Sharon Wiegert, Children's Librarian, Sump Memorial Library, Papillion: We moved into our new library in a week during December. The new library opened its doors on December 23. The first month over 1,000 new people came to the library (usually a 100 new people sign up a month) and that number has continued every month that we have been open. In January we usually check out 8,000 items, this January we checked out of 17,000 items and we did that again in February. February is usually one of our slower months. Bellevue Public Library's non-resident fees have gone down in the last couple of months due to the competition from Papillion. LaVista will be breaking ground for their new library building in September, 1997. Ralston will be building a new library also. Sump Memorial has a computer lab with 15 computers with Internet access with no screening. The meeting rooms at the new library are being booked. I am working on a Department of Commerce grant, through the Telecommunication and Infrastructure Assistance Program Task force that is going to put Internet based information dialog, education and support for foster families, families that adopt and families with children with special needs. They want to place equipment in 20 or more public or semi-public sites in and around Omaha for Internet access and a connection to this network that they are developing. I was the only librarian at the meeting. Their idea was to place them in churches and boys and girls clubs in Omaha, I recommended they visit a public library and see what it has to offer.

Laura Cundiff, Director, Clay Center Public Library: Clay Center is one of the small libraries that received a Microsoft Libraries Online grant for a new computer. The whole town is very excited, and are asking every day when it will be in and when training will start, but the library staff needs to learn first. The City of Clay Center is forming a foundation for the city to receive money from individuals. I am on that committee. We are looking forward to the Summer Reading Program "Thrill and Chills". The library always has lots of children enrolled in the Summer Reading Program.

Devra Dragos, Library Director, Beatrice Developmental Center, Beatrice: The annual Sharing Our Best Conference will be held on April 22, 23, 34. Participants come from all over the world. Over 80 sessions are held during the three day conference and the library provides all the AV equipment, etc. The focus has been changing, both in relation to staff requirements and client requirements. New clients are coming in, in a temporary placement. The new clients are at a higher functioning level, so there is a need to build the library collection to serve these new clients. With the Nebraska Partnership and other changes within state agencies, I now do research for BSDC staff and all the Developmental Disability System. The library computer has been upgraded. Beatrice Public Library now has computers with Internet access for public use.

Kathy Tooker, Director, Eastern Library System: We are working on the Eastern Library System biennium system plan. Over half of the public libraries in the Eastern Library System now have Internet access, two-thirds of the libraries have some type of automation, and most of them have full online catalogs. Sharon Wiegert and I are working on a cooperative project with the Omaha Public Library involving children's services. We are also working with the Omaha Public Schools. The library system is going to adopt the library instructional services at our adopted school. The other cooperative project that I am working on is in Saunders County, along with the Library Commission. We are meeting with all the public library directors and some board members from each library about the cooperative project they have there. They have come up with a list of priorities, they want more new books and shared online catalog. They want county wide service so that anyone in the county can go into any library, and they want better county support. The next step is to work out an inter-local agreement between these six communities on how this can be accomplished. Also I would like to thank some of the Library Commission employees for helping with Legislative Day, particularly Ellen Van Waart.

Jeanne Saathoff, Director, Kearney Public Library and Information Center: We also have been using the trial databases. The library is also working on bringing serials up. We are beginning to index the Kearney newspapers, are starting to do that on Dynix. The library is focusing on training for a couple of months now. We now have classes for the public for Windows, Internet, word processing, etc. The library staff is also training in the morning before library opens. The ESU has an interesting wireless project going on, CPEC out of Denver. We also had the opportunity to go the ESU Tech Fair. It was wonderful, many things were applicable to public libraries.

The meeting recessed at 4:31 p.m.

The meeting reconvened on March, 14 at 9:00 a.m. at the Kearney Public Library & Information Center.

Planning for Nebraska's Libraries for the 21st Century

Nancy Busch led the discussion of Libraries for the 21st Century: We would like the meeting of the Council to be a focus group to help the Commission with input on library and information needs and priorities for Libraries for the 21st Century. Two visioning sessions were held last summer, one in Lincoln and one in Alliance and a Resource Sharing Dialog was held in August. A lot has happened since last summer, we have a funding bill in the legislature and new federal legislation. When we go out to the public forums we will ask librarians to target people in their communities that haven't been a part of the process.

Survey cards are also being made up to send to each library to put out on their desks, preferably during National Library Week, so patrons can pick one up, and respond to a couple of open ended questions.

The focus of our discussion will be future services and how they relate to goals, (state and federal) priorities, and how to choose between priorities.


All libraries should have Internet access (universal access to the Internet)/electronic and other formats of information.

on-going support

on-going training of library staff

initial hook-ups

every library should have a trained, qualified librarian (including on-going training)

need universal access to information in whatever format is available

options to serve every citizen in the state

maximizing of community/library resources (all library types) resource sharing, personnel, and more

training beyond one-day workshop

empower library staff, build confidence

service from any library to any citizen in the state (at some point in the future)

resources and capability to support distance learning (e.g. Western Governors' University)

shared statewide, or regional, automation system

mandated standards for personnel

wage problems?

importance of services for children

cataloging center(s) to consolidate and save local librarians time

trustee education

leadership recruitment


alternatives for boards (fewer)

more new books

increased supplemental $ for libraries and they must to do something to improve with those funds (tiered arrangement: call it supplemental funding, or "enhanced services")

supply personnel to permit others to participate in training

helping existing consortia

better access to electronic resources


bring everyone up to a determined minimum level first.

beyond accreditation and certification

raising the standard

do we reward those who have not invested and who have not made the effort?

$ for continuous learning (skills needed to serve the information society) -- after basic

encourage partnerships

continue advocacy efforts (basic skills)

How choose priorities:

    evidence of local effort/community involvement

Technology committees, coalitions

    the "Players" (e.g. system boards)

    criteria to be considered (accredited, board certification)

    evidence of an effective planning process


    maximizing community library resources

    build/elevate sense of responsibility and commitment of board members

    use any library, anyplace, anytime

    assure a basic level of service for everyone

    accessibility of services (geographic, physical (e.g. hours open), economic) hours, distance

    possible backlash to the "electronic revolution"

    build on a tradition of services

    support for improving reading skills

    sustaining effective models

    every community plugged into a state network (access to services)

    tap expertise of education agencies

Council Business Meeting

Approval of December 6, 1996 Meeting Minutes

Michael LaCroix moved and Richard Voeltz seconded approval of the minutes, as received, with the following corrections: the date of the last meeting was December 6 and not December 8, and in the middle of page 2, the word collation should be coalition. Motion carried.

Goals and priorities for 1997

- One priority is the charge from the Commissioners to review and redesign the State Advisory Council on Libraries, including its membership and representation. A subcommittee could look at existing bylaws and organization of the Council and discuss possible changes. Volunteers for this subcommittee: Stan Gardner, Richard Voeltz, Ken Oyer, Jeanne Saathoff, and the Vice-Chair, when elected.

-- continue to support the LB 95 initiative, also the Council's advocacy role is related to that.

-- to serve as a filter for the trends and information that comes from the public forums and on-going input on various issues.

-- communication back to others the Council members represent, and bring issues to the Council from those others. Possible methods for communication include: announcements on the Commission home page, create a listserv?, attend system board meetings and report on the activities of the Council, articles in system newsletters, person-to-person discussions


dialog (one-on-one communication)

community level


-- as the Council looks at the Bylaws, the subcommittee may also want to create a procedures and expectations sheet for Council members

Phyllis Brunken moved and Kathy Tooker seconded to accept the above goals as discussed. The motion carried.

Election of Vice-Chair

Kathy Tooker moved and Phyllis Brunken seconded the motion to nominate Sandra Riley as Vice- Chair/Chair-Elect. The motion carried by acclamation.


-- Internet paper from yesterday (Ellen Van Waart)

The Lincoln City Libraries experience in relation to paragraph 3, 2nd to last sentence, was noted. The issue in Lincoln was: shouldn't electronic resource selection be consistent with the broad selection criteria for print? People need to be prepared to deal with the idea that it appears to be inconsistent and that is difficult if not impossible to do so.

Paragraph 2, last sentence: libraries do currently block people from knowledge in the sense that no library contains everything people may want and/or need. The statement may need to be revised.

Currently, libraries block people from knowledge due to economics.

Another issue is that indecency is illegal according to law.

People need to know filters only filter web sites. They do not filter chat rooms, e-mail, listservs, etc. Filters also stop some useful information.

Send some suggestions to Ellen Van Waart. Give her your comments, additions, deletions. Another draft will be brought to the next Council meeting.

-- Telecommunication Act and ramifications:

1) the Council send letters, as a group, to Senators regarding the impact on libraries of this legislation 2) as individuals send letters or contact in another way re: the above.

Stan Gardner moved and Susie Baird seconded to have group letter. Rod Wagner will draft a letter on behalf of the Council and Jeanne Saathoff will sign the letter on behalf of the Council and include the list of Council members. Motion carried.

The Nebraska State Legislative session ends June12.

1997 Meeting Schedule

The meeting schedule for 1997 for the Nebraska State Advisory Council was set up as follows:

June 13, at Wayne State College

September 19, at the Nebraska Library Commission

December 5, at Sump Memorial Library, Papillion


Thanks to Kearney Public Library and Information Center for so graciously hosting our meetings.

Ken Oyer moved and Phyllis Brunken seconded to adjourn the meeting with thanks to Kearney for their hospitality in hosting the meetings. The motion carried. There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m.

Respectively Submitted,

Maria Medrano-Nehls

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