The Intellectual Freedom executive board recently decided to start acting as a clearinghouse of information regarding intellectual freedom issues in Nebraska. If you know of an issue, or are experiencing a challenge in some form, please let us know. Not only might we be able to help, such reports will help us and the members of the Nebraska Library Association be aware of current issues and trends within the state.
On that note, read about how the issue of privacy and patron records was handled in Omaha.
Choose Privacy Week is May 1-7 every year. Naturally, it can be celebrated at a different time as well. This year Billie Cotterman is introducing Choose Privacy Week at the Hastings College Library. You can see the slides from her presentation at the NLA 2014 fall conference, entitled Somebody’s Watching Me, and glean ideas both from it and chooseprivacyweek.org.
Our next issue will be in February 2015, with submissions (for any potential authors) being January 1st, 2015. We will be focusing on a theme of programming so if you have some interesting programming knowledge you'd like to share with our readership please don't hesitate to contact me with your ideas!
This year’s Excalibur Award winner, Brenda Ealey, is someone many in the Public Library and Trustee Section know and have worked with. She’s been very active in NLA and ALA for some time, and in her previous role as Administrator of the Southeast Library Association she was an advocate, counselor, mentor and friend to many public library directors across her service area and throughout the state.
Recently she returned to world of public librarianship by returning to Lincoln City Libraries as the manager of Gere branch. Brenda is noted for her dedication, passion, and commitment to intellectual freedom for all.
This year’s recipient of the NLA PLTS Advocacy Award is Delma Brester of Howells. Delma has been involved with the Howells Public Library for many years in many different roles. As a board member and foundation member, as a volunteer for summer reading, and even getting into the mud and muck when the library flooded in 1991.
She’s always willing to go to bat for the library with the village board and the county commissioners. Delma was called in one of her glowing recommendation letters, “the heart
of our organization”.
The Nebraska and Kansas College and University Sections announce a joint 2015 Spring Meeting, scheduled for Friday, May 29, 2015 at Doane College (Crete, NE). The Keynote Speaker will be Karen Williams, 2014-15 ACRL President.
Our thanks go out to Jon Ritterbush for his service as chair for the College and University Section. Jon agreed to start his term year early, beginning in May, 2013 after then Chair Sally Gibson relocated out of state. We have benefited from his leadership and direction during the past year and a half and look forward to working with him in his new role as Immediate Past Chair. In the photo, Joyce Neujahr is presenting Jon Ritterbush with a plaque noting his service as Chair of C&U.
Joyce Neujahr - Chair, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Julie Pinnell - Vice Chair/Chair Elect, Doane College
Ruth Carlock, Director of Levitt Library at York College, recieved the College and University Section's 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Ruth has worked for the library at York College for a total of 25 years, serving as Assistant Director for 11 years and Director for the past two years. Her campus activities have included the York College Grievance Committee, Web Committee, Social Club sponsor, Faculty Forum secretary, information literacy instructor as well as sewing costumes for college plays for six years. Ruth has taught Children's Literature at York College and teaches a cataloging class for Central Community College.
Ruth serves on the Southeast Library System's Board, has supported NLA with past participation on the NLA Grants and Award Committee, the NLA Publications Committee, and is currently on the NLA Scholarship and Awards Committee. She is the sitting chair of C&U's Nominating Committee.
From her nomination letter, 'Frankly the amount of work that Ruth accomplishes is quite amazing.' Her peers recognize her hard work and service to the profession.