On the Next NCompass Live: Guys Read: Men of the NLC Talk Books

ncompassLiveMed.jpgThe staff at the Nebraska Library Commission are readers. And we enjoy talking about what we’ve read. Join Michael Sauers and Sam Shaw, from the Library Commission, as they share some of their favorite books. You’ll be sure to find a few good additions for your library’s collection.

This episode will be broadcast live on 21 January 2015 at 10am CT.

Register for free @ http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=13789

NCompass Live is broadcast live on Wednesdays, from 10am – 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website or use the World Clock Time Zone Converter. In the Time Zone Converter, NCompass Live is broadcast from U.S.A – Nebraska – Lincoln.

Sessions are recorded for anyone who may want to see them again or who cannot attend them at the scheduled time. Registration is not required to view the archived recordings.

NCompass Live is presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. GoToWebinar login instructions are sent to registered attendees after registration for a session has closed. The Registration End date is listed on each session page, but usually closes on the Monday night before the date of the session. Please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones.

On the next Tech Talk episode of NCompass Live

ncompassLiveMed.jpgJoin us for the next NCompass Live: “Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Excel at Rearranging Your Library”, on Wednesday, November 27, 10:00am – 11:00am CT.

Eventually, librarians need or want to rearrange their libraries. Rearranging bits of paper is tricky. Chris Rippel, from the Central Kansas Library System, demonstrates how to use Excel to draw alternative floor plans. His free Excel spreadsheet offers principles and examples for creating layouts that will entice people to move around your library to use more of your collection and library resources. We will talk about powerpaths, signage, display placement and rolling chairs in the stacks.

In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

Dec. 4 – Best New Youth Books of 2013

Dec. 11 – Turning Your Library Around – Part 2: 4 Years Later

Dec. 18 – To Bake or Not to Bake: Library Cake Pan Collection

Dec. 26 (Thursday) – Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: SHOG.US – Share with Flare

For more information, to register for NCompass Live, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to: http://nlc.nebraska.gov/NCompassLive/

NCompass Live is broadcast live from 10am – 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website: http://time.gov/

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IMPORTANT: NCompass Live is presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Before you attend a session, please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones: http://nlc.nebraska.gov/calendar/online.aspx

On the next NCompass Live: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers – Building your own ILS from scratch

ncompassLiveMed_thumb.jpgWith the cost of purchasing an ILS completely out of reach for a library in a village of 128 people, Beth Kulacz, the Director of the Broadwater (NE) Public Library, decided she was going to build her own. Join us to learn how Beth designed and coded a system specifically for her small library and how you can get a copy of her shareware application to use for your own library.

In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.

More details & registration @ http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=12455.

Grants for Nebraska Librarians to Attend ARSL 2013 Conference

arsl_logoContinuing Education and Training Grant to attend the Association of Rural and Small Libraries Conference, September 25-28, 2013 in Omaha

Nebraska public librarians have a terrific opportunity to attend a national professional conference this fall–right in their own backyard!

Because we think this is such a great opportunity, the Nebraska Library Commission (NLC) will be targeting all of the funds available this year for Continuing Education and Training Grants toward grants to Nebraska public library staffers to attend the ARSL Conference. We hope to send about 35 to 40 Nebraska librarians to the Conference.

Full details @ NLC.Nebraska.gov.

Petition: Fund the 2013-2015 budget requests from the Nebraska Library Commission

change.org logoHelp fund ebooks and electronic databases for Nebraska residents!

There are three requests that need to be funded:

1. NEW direct state funding for ebook and eaudio for public libraries. The request is for $925,000 or $.50 per person. This means more ebooks to check out for free!

2. NebraskAccess. Help Nebraska residents find the information they need. $25,461 for database subscriptions. $141,085 for access to eLibrary or similar database for public and private schools. The internet does not always give reliable information but these databases do!

3. Regional Library Systems. $90,000 to fund these valuable institutions that help unite libraries across the state. The six systems were established to provide access to improved library services through the cooperation of all types of libraries and media centers within the counties included in each System area.

Sign the petition @ Change.org.

Call for Speakers for the 2013 Big Talk From Small Libraries online conference

Do you have a program or service in your small library that other librarians might like to hear about? Have you implemented a new (or old) technology, hosted an event, partnered with others in your community, or just done something really cool? The Big Talk From Small Libraries online conference can give you the opportunity to share what you’ve done and learn what your colleagues in other small libraries are doing. 

Big Talk From Small Libraries got such a great response last year that we’re doing it again. This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better.

For Big Talk From Small Libraries 2013, we’re looking for seven 50-minute presentations and five 10-minute “lightning round” presentations.

Big Talk From Small Libraries 2013 will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2013 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (CT) via the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Speakers will be able to present their programs from their own desktops. The schedule will accommodate speakers’ time-zones.

If you are interested in presenting, please submit your proposal via the online form at http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/bigtalk/call-for-speakers/ by Friday, January 11, 2013. Speakers from libraries serving fewer than 10,000 people will be preferred, but presentations from libraries with larger service populations will be considered.

More details about this conference can be found @ http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/bigtalk

This conference is organized and hosted by the Nebraska Library Commission (http://nlc.nebraska.gov/) and is co-sponsored by the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (http://arsl.info/).

Questions?  Contact:

Michael Sauers
Technology Innovation Librarian
Nebraska Library Commission
michael.sauers@nebraska.gov