Today Governor Dave Heineman signed a Proclomation stating that October 2014 is Information Literacy Month in Nebraska.


Attending the Proclamation were:

From L to R: Michael LaCroix, Nebraska Library Commissioner; Chris Haeffner, Lincoln Public Schools; Scott Childers, Southeast Library System; Governor Dave Heineman; Francine Canfield, Baright Public Library ; Rod Wagner, Nebraska Library Commission, and Robin Clark, Sump Memorial Library & NLA President Photo: State of Nebraska


Greetings NLA members!

What is going on with the Nebraska Library Association? That's what the board would like to know, and who better to tell them than the membership. We need your input. Please take a few minutes - or really, much longer, should you find you have lots to say - and check out this new, hot-off-the-Monkey NLA membership survey.

Thanks for your time and consideration,

Robin Clark
NLA President

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 (

Information about the award can be found on the TSRT website at

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 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

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

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 -
Corinne Jacox -
Karen Frank -
Mary Cassner -
Sky Seery -
Laureen Riedesel -

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 To keep up to date with current happenings in NMRT, please like our Facebook page at 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:

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: