This is just a reminder that the nomination deadline for TSRT's Sandra Herzinger Award for Technical Services Advocacy is only a few days away!

The Sandra Herzinger Award will be given to a Nebraska library worker who has been an advocate for technical services. It will be presented at the NLA/NSLA annual conference in October.

Each nominee for the TSRT Technical Services Advocacy award must:

  • be employed in a technical services position in a Nebraska library (According to the TSRT statement of purpose, technical services includes: acquisitions, collection development, cataloging and classification, preservation, serials control, interlibrary loan and document delivery.)
  • be an active and involved employee of his/her library, as well as an active and involved member of the Nebraska library community
  • have a proven record of demonstrating the value of technical services, both to colleagues within the library community and to library patrons

Nomination Process:

The letter of nomination should include contact information for the nominee (name, position title, address, email address, and telephone number), the nominee's accomplishments, particularly as they relate to the award criteria given above, and any relevant supporting documentation. The letter should also include the name, position title, address, email address, and telephone number of the person or group making the nomination.

Also required are at least two additional letters which support and endorse the nominations. Such letters may provide further information about the nominee.

Nominations and letters of support must be received by August 31 and should be sent to TSRT Chair Heather Buckwalter (HeatherBuckwalter@creighton.edu).

Information about the award can be found on the TSRT website at http://nebraskalibraries.org/tsrt/award/.

Governor Dave Heineman will sign a Proclamation declaring October as National Information Literacy Month on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

NLA members, library supporters, and literacy supporters are invited to attend.

Details of the signing ceremony will be posted on http://www.governor.nebraska.gov/proclamations/ by the Governor’s Office.

If you would like to attend the 10:30 am signing at the State Capitol on September 11, please email me at fcanfield@cityofralston.com.

Francine Canfield
NLA Advocacy Chair

We are now in the final week of voting for the NLA elections. If you have yet to cast your votes, now is the time to do so. We have a bevy of qualified and energetic nominees ready to make next year amazing for the association! Go to the bios page and read up on the nominees. After reading nominee bios, click “vote now” to log in to Memberclicks and start voting. In addition to voting on the NLA officer positions of President-Elect, Secretary, and ALA Councilor members also get to vote for positions in each round table or section in which they are members. If you have any questions about the election process, please send an email to myself or our internet site coordinator at nebraskalibraries@gmail.com.

Don’t forget to take part in this incredibly important aspect of our association! Vote today!

Thank you,

Gordon Wyant
Nominating Committee Chair

It is time to start considering a donation to the annual silent auction, benefiting the NLA Scholarship Committee, and enabling the committee to aid deserving students in their library education goals. Each year we receive fabulous items for attendees of the NLA/NSLA (formerly NEMA) Conference to bid on over the course of a day. Our most popular items tend to be Husker-related items, gift baskets, Beer/Wine items, and interesting art and jewelry pieces.
Many of our donations are handmade, so if you have a special talent that you would like to use, please consider it!

Donations will be accepted beginning mid-September before the annual conference.

Questions can be directed to the scholarship committee:

Ruth Carlock - rmcarlock@york.edu
Corinne Jacox - corinnejacox@creighton.edu
Karen Frank - kfranklibrary@hotmail.com
Mary Cassner - mcassner1@unl.edu
Sky Seery - seerys@mpcc.edu
Laureen Riedesel - lriedesel@beatrice.lib.ne.us

If you are interested in donating, please let us know.

The NLA New Members Round Table will be meeting in Omaha on the afternoon of Friday, September 19th to tour the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center. The Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center is a regional conservation facility that is part of the Nebraska State Historical Society. It offers services to private individuals, public museums and libraries, corporations, and state and federal agencies. Services include the conservation examination and treatment of objects, consulting on many collection-related topics, educational activities, public outreach programming, and assessments and surveys of collections.

The tour will begin at 2pm, and will last approximately one hour.  This meeting is free and open to all NLA members. Attending NMRT meetings is a great way to get to know other Nebraska library professionals while touring different libraries and library related facilities throughout the state. Please register by Wednesday, September 17th.

For more information on this meeting, or to sign up, please email mkovar@kearneygov.org. To keep up to date with current happenings in NMRT, please like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NMRTNebraska and follow us on Twitter under the handle @NMRT_NLA.

Nominations are now open for the PLTS Excalibur Award and the PLTS
Advocacy Award.  This is your opportunity to allow the entire Nebraska
library community know about the special people you have had the
privilege to work with over the years.

The nomination information is available at:
http://nebraskalibraries.org/plts/awards/

The deadline for submitting all materials is September 5.  The letters
of nomination and any supporting documentation you choose to attach
can be sent to:
Scott Childers
Southeast Library System
5730 R St, Suite C1
Lincoln, NE 68508

or electronically to:

scott.childers.sels@gmail.com

Scholarships are still available! Apply for yours today!

The Paraprofessional Section is offering up to three $50 scholarships to attend the 2014 NLA/NSLA Fall Conference in South Sioux City. Note that you must be a member of the Paraprofessional Section to receive this scholarship. (It will cost you only $5 to add the Para section to your membership.) Also, we encourage you to volunteer a bit of your time helping us at the Para's booth at the conference. It's a great way to network! Just submit your name, address, email, phone, library affiliation, and a brief summary of why you need/want a scholarship to Para Publicity & Citations Chair Dana Still at dstill@hastings.lib.ne.us Applications will be considered in the order they are received, so hurry!

Don't let time run out! Nominate your outstanding Para today!

Paraprofessional of the Year

The Paraprofessional Section of the Nebraska Library Association (NLA) accepts nominations for the Paraprofessional of the Year Award each year. This award is given annually to a library employee who has demonstrated outstanding service in a library setting.

The recipient will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Innovative programs that the nominee has worked with which have resulted in new or improved library services.
2. Exceptional volunteer work in library service or related field.
3. Exceptional use of library resources, local or otherwise.

The Paraprofessional of the Year may receive:
1. A one-year paid membership to NLA, in the Paraprofessional Section.
2. Stipend, to be determined by the Para Executive Board.

Nominations are due on August 31 of each calendar year. No nomination form is needed just send an email containing the nominee’s criteria from the items above to the Paraprofessional Section Publicity and Citations Committee Chair.

The Paraprofessional Executive Board will make the final decision on the Paraprofessional of the Year. Winners who are not already active in the Paraprofessional Section will be encouraged to explore and participate in the activities of the section during their free year of membership.

Send you nominations to dstill@hastings.lib.ne.us or Attn Dana Still 517 West 4th Str. Hastings Ne 68901