Call for Proposals – NLA/NSLA Annual Conference

Call for Proposals

2014 NLA/NSLA Conference: Motivate! Innovate! Integrate!

Program Information

The Call for Proposals for the 2014 NLA/NSLA Annual Conference is now open, and deadlines are fast approaching.  The deadline for preconference, workshop, and program proposals isWednesday, April 30 – just a month away!

The 2014 NLA/NSLA Annual Conference will be held at the Marina Conference Center in South Sioux City, Nebraska, October 8 - 10, 2014.  The Nebraska Library Association and Nebraska School Librarians Association invite all library and information professionals to submit proposals.

Conference Theme

The 2014 conference theme is “Libraries: Motivate! Innovate! Integrate!  Seize the opportunity to share what you or your libraries are doing to bring your community together. What innovative programming/services do you provide?  How do you motivate your staff, your trustees, your city, state and county leadership?  What challenges does your school library or profession hold and what innovative resolutions have been successful?  How do you integrate your library with the community, maybe even the country or the world? Almost all you do motivates, innovates or integrates your library with your library users and your profession.  Share your story!

Submission Deadlines:

•         Preconferences, Programs, and Workshops: May 10, 2014.

Preconference Presenters must be available:

•         Wednesday, October 8, 2014

All other presenters must be available to present on either day of the conference:

•         Thursday, October 9, 2014, and
Friday, October 10, 2014


  1. Leadership & Staff Development - Explore leadership, management, and organizational/career development issues, trends, and best practices.
  2. Children & Young Adults - Share exciting, practical, and theoretical ideas and information about serving children and young adults.
  3. Information Literacy & Teaching – Focus on instruction techniques, theory, information literacy, and classroom trends and topics.
  4. Services - Explore collection development topics, new trends in designing user spaces, and improving public services.  Explore ideas and information about digital library issues, metadata standards, and hot new technology trends.
  5. Trustees, Library Outreach, Marketing and Advocacy - Teach others how to create partnerships, be aware of legislative issues, advocate for libraries, and utilize new marketing techniques and ideas. Discuss Trustee roles, responsibilities and

For more information, or to submit your proposal online, visit the NLA/NSLA Conference website at  Proposals are accepted without sponsorship.


Meritorious Service and Sandoz Award Nominations Sought

The NLA Scholarship and Awards Committee invites nominations for the 2014 Meritorious Service Award and the Mari Sandoz Award.

The Meritorious Service Award is given annually to a person, corporation or organization which has contributed to the improvement of library service in a local community, region, state agency, or in library legislation. It may be given to an individual or a group.

The Mari Sandoz Award recognizes significant, enduring contribution to the Nebraska book world through writing, film production or related activity.

Nomination Procedures:

  1. The original letter of nomination should include the nominee’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, accomplishments, and any relevant supporting documentation. The letter should include the name, title, address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the person or group making the nomination.
  2. At least four additional letters that support and endorse the nomination are required. Such letters may provide further information about the nomination.
  3. More information and lists of previous recipients may be found on the NLA web page.
  4. Nominations not selected are carried over to the following year, and additional letters of support are welcome for those nominations.
  5. Nominations and letters of support must be received by May 30, 2014.
  6. Nominations may be submitted by e-mail to or mailed to:

Sky Seery
North Platte Community College
601 West State Farm Road
North Platte, NE  69101


Regional Library Systems Configuration Task Force Preliminary Report

Webinar Discussion: Regional Library Systems Configuration Task Force Preliminary Report – Online

Rod Wagner, Nebraska Library Commission Director, and Richard Miller, Nebraska Library Commission Library Development Director, will summarize the report of recent Regional Library Systems Configuration Task Force discussions and will solicit questions and comments from Nebraska library staff and board members. State and federal budget cuts over several years and flat funding in recent years prompted discussions among regional library system directors, system board members, and Nebraska Library Commission staff to address funding constraints and regional organization. Those discussions resulted in formation of the Regional Library Systems Configuration Task Force. The Task Force recommended options for reducing the number of regional systems from the current six to five or four regions. The March 14, 2014 report of this task force can be accessed at: Participants in this Webinar discussion will be encouraged to provide input via live chat or microphone connection. For more information contact Richard Miller, Nebraska Library Commission Library Development Director, richard.miller@nebraska.gov800-307-2665, or 402-471-3175.

Register for the webinar at the Nebraska Library Commission’s Library Training and Events Calendar. A link to register may also be found on the NLC Systems/About page.


NLA board meeting

The Nebraska Library Association board will meet April 11, 2014 from
10-2 at the Columbus Public Library.

The agenda is here: NLA Board Meeting Agenda 4.11.2014

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Robin Clark
NLA President


House Budget Proposal to Eliminate IMLS

In a new budget released today from Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House Budget Committee Chairman denounces the critical role that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) plays in supporting civic engagement, literacy and lifelong learning in more than 123,000 libraries nationwide. Rep. Ryan recommends that the federal government not have a role in libraries and that Congress shift the federal agency’s responsibilities to the private sector in his 2015 fiscal year budget resolution.

House Budget Proposal to Eliminate IMLS {}


Nebraska Library Association Scholarship Opportunities Reminder

Reminder — Deadline is April 15th

Nebraska Library Association Scholarship Opportunities

Would you like to attend graduate classes or training to increase your library skills? Here’s your opportunity to apply for financial assistance.

These links include information on the Louise A. Nixon Scholarship ($1,000.00) and the Duane Munson Scholarship ($250.00). The application deadline is April 15th of the current year.

Louise A. Nixon Scholarship

Louise A. Nixon (1897-1989) worked constantly to enlighten the legislature about Nebraska’s libraries’ needs. She served as Assistant Director of the Nebraska Legislative Reference Bureau and as Legislative Council Librarian. Louise Nixon was head of the Nebraska Library Commission from 1950 to 1969. When federal funds were made available, she initiated bookmobile demonstration projects; public library construction; extension services; services to institutional residents and the physically challenged; and an inter-library communication network. Our lives have been enriched by her open-minded, conscientious dedication to building library service in this state.

When Nixon reflected on her life for the Lincoln Journal, the paper wrote, “There is no single figure of greater 20th century significance in developing Nebraska’s contemporary system of community libraries – facilities, collections, trained personnel, cooperative networking.”

This scholarship was established to help each recipient reach for Nixon’s goals of dedication and vision.

The application deadline is April 15th of the current year. Scholarship recipients will be announced in May.

Duane Munson Scholarship

Duane Munson, a well-known bookseller from Columbus, has been a long-time leader and solid supporter of library and educational activity in Nebraska.  He desires to share his good fortune jointly with the NLA and NSLA communities.  Munson has personally sponsored this scholarship since 1991.

The application deadline is April 15th of the current year. Scholarship recipients will be announced in May.

For more information, please contact:
Corinne Jacox
Chair, Scholarship & Awards Committee


Snapshot Day is Coming!

Capture one day of your library’s activities during National Library Week and be a part of NLA’s Snapshot Day 2014!

Details are at the 2014 Snapshot day page.
The NLA Advocacy Committee wants to see more libraries participate this year.

Bonus for one lucky 2014 Snapshot Day participant!

All participating libraries will have a chance to win one 2014 NLA conference registration.
That’s a free registration for one person from your library to attend this fall’s NLA conference! Share one day at your library and someone from your library could attend the conference free! Upload your photos and data and be automatically included in the drawing.

Will your library be the lucky winner in the drawing?

NLA Advocacy Committee
Francine Canfield, Chair


PLTS & Eastern Library System workshop

Jamie LaRue presents…
Issues in Digital Collection Development: Quality, Demand, and Cost

It’s not just about another format anymore; the whole publishing environment is changing. What is a responsible librarian to do in order to balance thoughtful stewardship of public funds with whole new supply chains and pricing models?

April 29, 2014 at La Vista Public Library

Registration information


ITART Spring Meeting Online-Call for Presenters

UPDATE! The date for the meeting has been moved to May 22. The deadline to submit session proposals remains April 15.

ITART needs you! On Thursday, April 24 May 22, we will host the “ITART Spring Meeting Online”, our first-ever online conference. Our theme is “Tech Topics in a Flash”, and we are calling for presenters.

We’re looking for presenters to give short, tech-themed talks – 10-20 minutes would be ideal. We’ll have presenters join us remotely on April 24 May 22, from 10am to 2pm to share their expertise with online attendees.

We’d love to have YOU as a presenter. Here are some ideas for topics:

  • effective technology training methods for staff and customers
  • work-arounds and shortcuts for popular software and gadgets
  • tips and tricks for optimizing hardware and software usage
  • tools and methods you are using to solve a tech problem in your library

Please consider being a presenter at our first-ever ITART Spring Meeting Online. If you are interested, contact Lisa Voss at with a short synopsis and working title. Our deadline is April 15, and we hope to hear lots ideas that make accessing information and technology easier.


Declaration for the Right to Libraries

Just a reminder of the opportunity for library communities of all sizes and types to participate in Declaration for the Right to Libraries activities.  It is a national effort to demonstrate to elected officials the value of libraries and to “declare and affirm our right to quality libraries…”  As a part of this effort, the American Library Association (ALA) and state representatives will be delivering signature pages from library communities across the United States to our elected officials during National Library Legislative Day on May 5th & 6th.  If you’d like your community represented and to be a part of this national project simply hold a signing event at your library or in your community.  You can find the tools and ideas for putting a signing event together at the ALA website: or links on the Nebraska Library Association page:

ALA would prefer originals of signature pages and would like to have them by mid-April.  As Nebraska Library Association ALA Councilor I will be sending in signature pages from the NLA Conference, NLA Legislative Day, and a Lincoln event on April 15th.  If you’d like me to include signature pages you’ve gathered through your community – I’d be glad to package them as part of one mailing.  If you can get them to me by April 15th I’ll take care of the mailing.  Otherwise you can certainly mail on your own or be a part of a virtual signing at:  If you have time and interest in letting me know of your signing event and the number of signatures – that’s great.  I am making an attempt to track the numbers sent from Nebraska.

If you have questions about the Declaration for the Right to Libraries – I’d be happy to try and help.  It’s a fun project to be a part of with 10 tenets that outline so well what libraries of all types provide for the individuals they serve.  Thanks!

Brenda Ealey, NLA ALA Councilor