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Episode 339: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Wreck the Library: How to Host a Tech Take Apart

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:05:13 GMT

System in South Florida, will share a recent program called "Wreck the Library" where teens were invited to take apart computers, VCRs, modems, and more. Leanne will discuss the planning and implementation of this program, as well as information about the Martin County's digital media center: the idea lab.

Leanne earned her MLS from Indiana University and currently works as the Digital Literacy Librarian for the Martin County Library System. Her background is in media production and she is passionate about using technology to bring ideas to life.

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Episode 338: Explore Wearable Technologies and Book Connections for Youth

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:59:14 GMT

In 2015 the hottest accessory for young and old is wearable technology and e-textiles. Wearable technology refers to devices that can be worn by users, taking the form of an accessory such as jewelry, sunglasses, a backpack, or even actual items of clothing like shoes or a jacket. A benefit of wearable technology is that it can conveniently integrate tools, devices, power needs, and connectivity within a user’s everyday life and movements.

This NCompass Live focuses on "wearable tech" projects and e-textile projects for youth in your library. Dagen Valentine, Graduate Research Assistant, and Brad Barker, Science & Technology Specialist, from Nebraska 4-H will be presenting wearable/e-textiles tech youth project ideas for libraries. He's selected a fiction and a non-fiction book for each of these age-groups, grades K-5, middle school and high school. He'll suggest wearable tech projects that can be done with each book. Dagen will share information on where to purchase the hardware for the wearable tech projects he highlights in today’s webinar.

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Episode 337: What We've Learned: Tips & Tricks for Webinars That Deliver The Goods

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:26:16 GMT

Staff of the Nebraska Library Commission have either attended, produced, or delivered more than 500 webinars in the past decade and they'd like to encourage others to try out this communications platform. In this episode, NLC staff Christa Burns, Laura Johnson, and Michael Sauers will share many of the lessons they've learned over the years about how to produce, host, and deliver successful webinars.

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Episode 336: Every Hero Has A Story: Summer Reading Program 2015

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:28:38 GMT

Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services at the Nebraska Library Commission, will give brief book talks of new titles pertaining to the 2015 Summer Reading Program themes: Every Hero Has A Story (children's theme) and Unmask! (teen theme).

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Episode 335: Passports from your Library

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 13:14:19 GMT

Since 2009 we have been accepting US Passport Applications at our library. Would share what is involved to start and the demands on staff time. Also the rewards, both monetary and in publicity and community building.

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Episode 334: How to Kill Your Book Club (or never be asked back again)

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 13:34:51 GMT

On this April 1st, we take a light-hearted look at the many ways you can bring your book group to a grinding halt or never be invited again. Enjoy our tips, tricks, and techniques for book club doom! Join Vicki Wood, Library Youth Services Supervisor at Lincoln City Libraries, Ceri Daniels, former librarian at Cline Williams and Doane College, and Lisa Kelly, Nebraska Library Commission - as they present lessons learned (and wish they hadn't learned) from leading book groups.

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Episode 333: Reaching Out: Fighting back against a bad public image

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:54:31 GMT

Join me as I talk you through some of the ways that we have begun to fight back and work hard to bring the community back to a library it once loved through programs, interactive library board meetings, welcome packets and even a community garden with a club and classes.

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Episode 332: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Alexa, what’s an Amazon Echo?

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:38:34 GMT

In this month’s Tech Talk Michael Sauers, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, will be performing a live demonstration of the Amazon Echo, a voice-controlled personal assistant, radio, and information device. Michael will also use the Echo as a jumping off point for a discussion of other current and future voice-controlled technology.

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Episode 331: Discount Shopping with the NLC

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:42:34 GMT

If you're a Nebraska librarian and you aren't aware of discount opportunities available through the Nebraska Library Commission, then this episode of NCompass Live is for you! Susan Knisely, Online Services Librarian at the Nebraska Library Commission, will talk about discounts on database subscriptions, books, supplies, and conferences, and clue you in on how you can not only find this information on our website, but also, in many cases, have it delivered to your inbox! If you don't already know about these savings opportunities, this is an episode you can't afford to miss!

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Episode 330: Hack the OPAC: How to Create a Free Online Library Catalog

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:59:08 GMT

Library cataloging software generally comes in two categories: affordable but quirky or robust but expensive. Finding a good library catalog is essential to efficient cataloging and user accessibility. This workshop presents a ‘hack’ or shortcut to creating a free online public access catalog (OPAC) using Google Drive and Google Sites. With moderate technical knowledge, librarians can catalog books in an online spreadsheet and make their holdings searchable to the public.

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Episode 329: The Little Library that Could (and did!)

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:45:00 GMT

What does it mean when we say libraries are the cornerstone of democracy? Can we claim that without being fully engaged in the communities we serve? Find out what happened when one small library looked beyond the boundaries of space and mission to forge partnerships in order to act as a central agent of change.

Red Hook Public Library redefined its goals as a small rural library by seeking partnerships in the community – including the one it forged with Bard College. Learn how the experience changed both organizations, the people involved and pointed the way to the future for both institutions and the community.

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Episode 328: Getting More $$ from Your Book Sales OR Is This Old Book Valuable?

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:14:16 GMT

Cecelia Lawrence, Director of the North Platte Public Library, will show and discuss how libraries can generate additional funds for their book sales through finding rare and valuable books in their donations, even their withdrawn items. We will explore the impact of scarcity, author, edition (how to know if you have a first edition), condition, age, aesthetics, and association on these older books. Once we have this information, she will then show you how to best utilize online resources like to provide a value to the book in hand. And finally, she will discuss pricing of the item, as well as discuss Betterworld Books as an option for additional streams of Book Sale revenues.

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Episode 237: Bethany Book Talk

Mon, 09 Mar 2015 13:15:53 GMT

Bethany BooksTalks welcomes everyone for a morning of good books. For the past six years, speakers have presented a group of books, sometimes with a theme and sometimes not. These informal presentations allow for good conversation as well. The Bethany BooksTalk group meets every Friday morning, beginning at 10:30 A.M., unless otherwise noted. Approximately 10-20 regular attendees.

This Book Talk features Commission staff Michael and Mary Sauers.

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Episode 326: Thirteen Things You Might Not Know About National Library of Medicine Resources

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:35:13 GMT

Where are you going to look? The answer should be the National Library of Medicine...for topics such as human anatomy, animal disease, health organizations, doctors, drugs, low-cost care and medicine, diagnostic tests and more. Marty Magee, from the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s McGoogan Library of Medicine, looks at reference and consumer resources beyond, that are freely accessible for patrons and libraries everywhere.

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Episode 325: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Adding True SMS Service to an Integrated Library System (ILS)

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:13:26 GMT

Many Libraries use SMS service to allow patrons to send call numbers from the Library’s integrated library system (ILS) to their mobile phones. The problem is that libraries use email to SMS gateways. Patrons are required to enter their carrier, which is cumbersome. Some carriers may not be listed. A better implementation would be to have patrons just enter their mobile number. This session will show librarians how to implement a true SMS gateway using Google Voice or any other SMS service that has an API. The integrated library system (ILS) that will be demonstrated is Aleph.

Presenter: Juan Denzer, Library Systems Specialist, Binghamton University Libraries, Binghamton, NY.

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.

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Episode 324: Anatomy of an Ad Campaign

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:21:18 GMT

Heather Imhoff, Head of Public Information Services at Des Plaines (IL) Public Library, will share how the library used state per capita grant funds to plan and launch a multi-channel consumer advertising campaign promoting the eResources available for free with a library card. Includes the who, what, when, where and why as well as real costs, examples of the campaign, and tips for launching a campaign of your own.

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Episode 323: Fun with Friends: Integrating Programming for Adults with Special Needs Into Your Library

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:22:30 GMT

This presentation will highlight what we have learned from our experiences planning and implementing a monthly educational and social program for adults with special needs at Sump Memorial Library. This includes finding sources for additional funding; forming relationships with organizations currently serving these adults; the development of our program; and suggestions of other innovative program ideas to meet the needs of our patron base.

Presenters: Amy Wenzl, Omaha (NE) Public Library; and Wanda Butts, Sump Memorial Library, Papillion, NE.

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Episode 322: Strategic Planning in a Nutshell

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 21:40:45 GMT

Do you have a plan? The new Nebraska Guidelines for Public Library Accreditation require that a library have an up-to-date strategic plan in place. The new guidelines are community-based, so libraries need to know what their communities’ needs are in order to provide appropriate library services that meet those unique needs. That’s where planning comes in. Richard Miller, NLC’s Library Development Director, will guide you through Strategic Planning for your library. Public Library Directors, Staff and Library Board Members are encouraged to attend.

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Episode 321: Youth Coding Resources - Programs and Resources for Youth in Your Community

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:51:08 GMT

Currently Youth Coding and S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs are highlighted in schools and communities all across the country. Did you know that there are already a number of these types of programs based in Nebraska and available to be hosted in your community library? Today’s webinar will be a coding example based on the Walt Disney movie Frozen using modules that you can complete during the demonstration. The webinar will also highlight current coding opportunities for Nebraska youth that are offered through UNL Extension 4-H related to Robotics and Consumer Wearables. Several Nebraska public libraries will share their success stories hosting coding programs.

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Episode 320: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: CES & Libraries 2015

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:18:03 GMT

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the largest technology trade shows of its kind, featuring new product releases, updates, and a chance to experience the latest and greatest technologies from companies big and small. Join Brian Pichman of the Evolve Project who attends the show to spread the word about libraries to the exhibitors at CES, securing partnerships on behalf of libraries so that libraries may have more opportunities to innovate and bring new technology in for their patrons. Brian will share his experiences at the Consumer Electronic Show, sharing the top trends at CES, cool tech to watch for, and how this plays a role in libraries.

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.

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Episode 319: Guys Read: Men of the NLC Talk Books

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:26:07 GMT

The 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.

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Episode 318: The Accidental Cataloger: Tips & Tools to Help You Use the Rules

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:11:26 GMT

Have you found yourself responsible for cataloging with no previous experience? Is "cataloger" only one of many hats you wear at your library? Attend this session to learn about free tools to innovate your cataloging process, make your life easier, and get your library's materials cataloged and in the hands of your patrons.

Presenter: Emily Nimsakont, Cataloging Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission.

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Episode 317: Extreme Customer Service @ Your Library

Wed, 07 Jan 2015 19:58:49 GMT

While providing innovative services and programming helps draw new library patrons, excellence in customer service is what keeps them coming back. Kearney Public Library has recently embraced a more patron-focused approach to library policies, which has included changing many policies to create a more positive experience for patrons. Staff members will discuss their new "Extreme Customer Service" model, and how it has changed many of their library practices over the past year. This session will include tips on how libraries of all sizes and budgets can make small and large-scale changes to improve the level of customer service they offer to their patrons.

Presenters: Matthew Williams, Director; Christine Walsh, Assistant Director; Sarah Haack, Circulation Coordinator; Kearney (NE) Public Library.

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Episode 316: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: WordPress and SEO/SMO

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:50:17 GMT

JD Thomas, a white-hat SEO and WordPress consultant, will discuss how to improve the appearance of WordPress posts and pages in search engine results and when shared on social media. He will be focusing on the features built into Yoast's WordPress SEO and the metadata that it adds to your website that lets you control exactly how your content looks when shared on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

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Episode 315: Installing and Using the OverDrive App: A Day-Before-Christmas Refresher!

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 21:43:52 GMT

'Tis the day before Christmas and all through the land, librarians brace for the upcoming influx of patrons with new tablets wanting to know how to access OverDrive....

Sound familiar or prescient? If so, join us for this December 24 edition of NCompass Live for a refresher/review of how to install the OverDrive app on a tablet and start checking out and downloading eBooks and audiobooks from your library. (We'll be using an iPad, but the app works similarly on Android devices .) We'll also show you where to find device-specific "Getting Started" articles and videos within OverDrive's online Help.

Presenter: Susan Knisely, Online Services Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission.

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Episode 314: Nebraska Memories

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:20:41 GMT

Join Beth Goble, Allana Novotny and Devra Dragos to see what is happening with Nebraska Memories, our cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials. Nebraska Memories has a new interface, several newer collections, and a new policy on the donation of materials from individuals.

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Episode 313: Best New Youth Books of 2014

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:53:29 GMT

Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services at the NLC, will give brief book talks of new titles that could be good additions to your library’s collection. Titles for preschool through older teens will be highlighted.

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Episode 312: Addressing the Legal Information Needs of Immigrants and Non Native Speakers

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 22:38:16 GMT

Northlake (IL) Public Library District has seen a dramatic demographic shift over the last twenty years. More than half of the service community speaks Spanish at home and as many as one third are foreign born. To address the changing needs of their community, Northlake Public Library District has hired bilingual staff and added many bilingual programs. One pressing issue that directly affects this community is the U.S. immigration policy and getting accurate information on these policies. This session will focus on how Northlake Public Library District has incorporated legal information on temporary driver's licenses, Deferred Action, and citizenship into its library programming.

Presenter: Kathy Ladell, Bilingual Outreach Librarian, Northlake (IL) Public Library District.

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Episode 311: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Using the Arduino to Develop Coding Literacy in Libraries

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:06:59 GMT

In this talk, John LeMasney will discuss the trials, tribulations, and successes of creating and teaching classes on Arduino as programming at several New Jersey libraries across the state. Arduino is an open source hardware platform for learning about and making electronics prototypes to scratch your own itch.

It is a well-supported, low-threshold-of-entry approach of inviting those new to electronics to create their own working circuits at a low monetary cost and little existing knowledge. I'll demonstrate what Arduino is in the larger sense, and why it's fun and easy to get started with Arduino.

Presenter: John LeMasney, Owner, LeMasney Consulting, is a technologist, consultant, and open source advocate working in New Jersey and beyond. He often works with schools, businesses and libraries to develop technology-oriented training, programming and solutions for all kinds of people.

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.

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Episode 310: Books and Water Don't Mix or How We Survived the Water Disaster

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:15:18 GMT

Are you prepared for a disaster in your library? If you think it can't happen to you or if you think 'My library is only a few years old - it's in good shape'--think again. Denise Lawver at the Wahoo (NE) Public Library will share her experiences after a 3" water pipe burst in the ceiling of the meeting room--in a library only 7 years old!

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Episode 309: Cool Tools for You and Your Library

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:37:20 GMT

New internet tools, technologies and websites appear every day that you can integrate into your personal and professional life. Librarians can harness the full potential of these tools to provide innovative library services and programming, stay organized, be creative and improve productivity. Christa Burns, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will introduce you to new and emerging online tools that will motivate you to accomplish great things at your library.

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Episode 308: STEM Programs for All Ages

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:26:05 GMT

Join Amanda Roberson, Youth Coordinator - Children and Teen Services at Harford County (MD) Library, to learn about Harford County's innovative STEM programs for early learners and school age learners:

  • LEAP: Science is Fun! Program that was launched in 2007 by Harford County Library, targeted toward third to eighth grade children.
  • Little Leapers, pre- and early-literacy kits that focus on fostering and developing pre- and early literacy skills through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) topics. Targeted for children ages birth to 5 years.
  • Little Leapers 3.5 is geared to children ages 3 to 5 using iPad minis and apps to engage young minds in STREAM topics, and to familiarize children with digital devices before they enter school.
  • Video (YouTube)
  • Links (Delicious)

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Episode 307: 2014 One Book One Nebraska: Once Upon a Town

Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:49:53 GMT

In this tenth year of One Book One Nebraska, Nebraska libraries and other literary and cultural organizations continue to plan activities and events to encourage all Nebraskans to read and discuss the same book. Join us to hear more about this statewide reading promotion activity, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Center for the Book.Our special guest, Rosalie Lippincott, will also share memories of her time volunteering at the North Platte Canteen.

Join Mary Jo Ryan, Nebraska Library Commission Communications Coordinator; Rod Wagner, Nebraska Library Commission Director; Molly Fisher, Nebraska Center for the Book; and Nancy Johnson, Nebraska Center for the Book to:

  • Learn about how to create a successful local reading promotion using Nebraska’s year-long, statewide celebration featuring Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen, by Bob Greene.
  • Brainstorm strategies to read and discuss Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen, a nonfiction story that bestselling author and award-winning journalist Bob Greene discovered while searching for "…the best America there ever was." He finds it in a small Nebraska town few people pass through today—North Platte, Nebraska, a town where Greene discovers the echoes of a love story between a country and its sons.
  • Find tools to help engage your community in local activities to encourage them to come together through literature to explore this classic work in community-wide reading programs.
  • Learn about the Celebration of Nebraska Books, set for Nov. 8, which will celebrate this book, along with the winners of the 2014 Nebraska Book Awards.
  • Video (YouTube)
  • Presentation (SlideShare)
  • Links (Delicious)

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Episode 306: Teen Theater Groups: Creating Communities of Empowered Teens

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:18:02 GMT

Learn how theater group participation can bring diverse groups of teens together to express themselves creatively, gain leadership and collaborative skills, and engage with the larger community. A wide range of programs will be discussed - including year-round clubs, summer programs, readers' theater and murder mysteries - for all levels of experience, sizes of libraries, and budgets. Take away tips and resources to kickstart your own production.

Presenters: Jennifer Cottrill, Midlothian (IL) Public Library; Donna Block, Niles (IL) Public Library District; and Joe Marcantonio, Plainfield (IL) Public Library.

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Episode 305: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Windows 10 Technical Preview

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:55:31 GMT

The first technical preview of Windows 10 (yes, they’re skipping Windows 9) has been released and Michael has been testing it. Join us for a tour of Windows 10 with a look at the new features and the differences you’ll need to be aware of whether you’re currently using Windows Vista, 7, or 8.1.

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Episode 304: How to Lead a Book Group With No Discussion Questions Provided

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:37:49 GMT

Many times your book club members select a title that doesn’t come with discussion questions or someone selects a book that you anticipate will be challenging or difficult to discuss. How can you prepare and what are some tips and tricks for making the group run smoothly and the discussion meaningful? Join Vicki Wood, Youth Services Supervisor at Lincoln City Libraries and Lisa Kelly – Nebraska Library Commission - as they present lessons learned from leading book groups.

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Episode 303: Mobile Beacon

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:38:55 GMT

In this month’s Tech Talk, Michael will be speaking with Laura Marlane, the Executive Director of the Providence (RI) Community Library, and Katherine Messier, the Managing Director of Mobile Beacon, about how libraries can provide mobile WiFi hotspots to their patrons.

Laura Marlane is the Executive Director of Providence Community Library, a non-profit organization that was formed in 2009 to save the nine former branches of the PPL. Laura has 28 years of experience working in academic, research and public libraries. She received her B.A. in English from Rhode Island College in 1994, and her MLIS from the University of Rhode Island in 1998. She has worked as the Technical Services Librarian and an Associate Director for the Rhode Island Historical Society Library; the Technology Coordinator/Systems Administrator for the West Warwick Public Library; the Director of the Central Falls Public Library; and the Assistant Director for PCL prior to being hired as the Executive Director there. Laura has also served as President of the Rhode Island Library Association and President of the Ocean State Libraries, Rhode Island’s public library consortium.

Katherine Messier, Managing Director, Mobile Beacon: Katherine is responsible for the strategic planning, partnership, business development and operations initiatives for Mobile Beacon. She also serves as the director of NACEPF, one of the largest national educational broadband service (EBS) licensees in the country. Katherine is an active advocate for using EBS spectrum to advance the availability and use of broadband for schools and libraries. She was a contributing author of the FCC’s 2010 Digital Textbook Playbook, a guide to help educators implement 21st century digital learning strategies, and a sponsor of SETDA’s 2012 whitepaper, The Broadband Imperative. Katherine received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Merrimack College and a Masters of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications from Emerson College.

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.

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Episode 302: Broadband and Mobile Broadband Coverage in Nebraska

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:26:30 GMT

As part of a federal grant, the Nebraska Public Service Commission has been working over the last 4 years to determine where broadband has been deployed throughout the state. Through bi-annual data submissions by providers, the PSC has developed a website targeted to consumers to determine where broadband has been deployed in Nebraska. The website has several functions to allow users to investigate broadband anywhere in the state. The PSC has also been working to verify mobile broadband coverage information using a phone app called Mobile Pulse. This free app allows anyone who downloads it to assist in this effort.

Presenter: Cullen Robbins, Nebraska Public Service Commission.

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Episode 301: een Tech Time: Remix Fun with Mozilla Webmaker Tools!

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:05:37 GMT

In this session, Melissa Techman, School Librarian, Broadus Wood Elem School, Earlysville, VA, shares her easy-to-duplicate public library events, in which teens explore coding, writing, and remixing. Starting with 2 templates made with Mozilla’s Thimble, a free online html edit-and-create, participants can tinker and customize according to their interests. In the process, they learn a little coding and explore connected and creative learning and writing.

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Episode 300: Resource Description and What? RDA for Non-Catalogers

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 20:37:22 GMT

Have you heard the catalogers in your library mumbling about RDA, FRBR, and other mysterious acronyms? Would you like to find how recent cataloging changes could affect you? Resource Description & Access (RDA) is the new cataloging code that replaced AACR2 early in 2013, and in this session, Emily Nimsakont, the NLC’s Cataloging Librarian, will provide a translation of "cataloger-ese" to explain what RDA is. She will also discuss how the new cataloging rules will affect libraries’ OPACs, non-cataloging library staff, and library patrons.

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Episode 299: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: RFID, Checkout Kiosks, Security Gates, and … a New Way to Check Out

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:56:25 GMT

In May 2014, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library went through an RFID conversion process. In one week. While closed. But we didn’t stop there. We also installed self-check kiosks, replaced our security gates, retrofitted our automated materials handler, and gutted the circulation lobby at the same time. David explains what his library did to prepare for this, and how they pulled it off.

David Lee King is the Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, where he plans, implements, and experiments with emerging technology trends. He speaks internationally about emerging trends, website management, digital experience, and social media, and has been published in many library-related journals. David was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for 2008. His newest book is Face2Face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections. David blogs at

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.

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Episode 298: What You Need to Know to Apply for a Youth Grant

Fri, 21 Aug 2014 15:10:28 GMT

Are you planning to apply for the Youth Excellence Grant this year? Attend this webinar to make sure your application rises to the top! Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services, and Devra Dragos, Technology & Access Services Director, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will talk about how to answer the application questions to best present your youth project. Many of the items they will talk about will also be useful when applying for other grants as well.

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Episode 297: Harlequin Take Me Away: the NLC Booktalks Romance

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:21:33 GMT

Is a life spent reading a life well-spent? Devra Dragos and Laura Johnson, from the Nebraska Library Commission, think so. They'd like to share some of the great Romances they've read lately and to hear about the Romances you and your library users are reading. Join us for our second look at what the folks from the Nebraska Library Commission are reading and suggesting to others. Everyone can benefit from a happy ending!

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Episode 296: #SVYALit Project: Using Young Adult Literature to Talk with Teens About Sexual Violence and Consent

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:32:38 GMT

NLA YART presents Karen Jensen from Teen Librarian Toolbox and her guest, YA author Christa Desir, to discuss using young adult literature to talk with teens about sexual violence and consent.

Project goals:

  • To discuss sexual violence in the lives of teens and in ya literature on an ongoing basis;
  • To raise awareness of the issues and titles that can be used to discuss the topics with teens;
  • To give librarians, educators and parents the tools to evaluate and discuss these topics in the lives of teens;
  • To promote teen reading and literature.

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Episode 295: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Branding Your School with Twitter

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:06:26 GMT

Make the power of social media work for your district to tell your story, celebrate your students, and create transparency for stakeholders, as well as create professional development resources for staff and learning networks. Presenter: Cynthia Stogdill: School Librarian at Bellfield/Milliken Park Elementary at Fremont (NE) Public Schools. Tech Nerd, Cat Lover, and Massive Reader. Passionate about teaching research and authentic learning.

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.

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Episode 294: Opportunity - Collaboration - Engagement: UNL Extension's Community Vitality Initiative

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:59:16 GMT

The future is before us! The opportunity exists for innovative collaborations to help Nebraska communities expand their capacity to be vibrant, prosperous places where people want to live and raise their families. A new University initiative, Community Vitality Initiative (CVI), brings partners together throughout the state. CVI engages organizations and communities in three areas:

  • Creating 21st Century Communities
  • Developing and/or Growing Business
  • Engaging Youth and Young Adult

The presentation will provide an opportunity to discuss local and statewide collaboration, engagement and involvement!

The University of Nebraska is a land grant institution committed to serving Nebraskans through research, education and engagement (or Extension).

Presenters: Connie Hancock, Connie Reimers-Hild, and Kim Bearnes; UNL Extension

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Episode 293: Engaging Writers with a Community Novel Project

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:05:08 GMT

Libraries are well positioned to encourage customers and community in fiction writing and content creation. The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library's Community Novel Project is an opportunity for the Topeka community to work together to conceptualize, write, edit, narrate, and publish a complete novel. Each successive year we experiment and expand our annual project to model the evolving skill set necessary for writers wishing to self-publish their own work in digital, print on demand or audiobook formats. Engage with your community of writers and readers and establish the library as a trusted resource for 21st century writers!

Presenters: Lissa Staley and Miranda Ericsson, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library.

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Episode 292: Is It Copyrighted? Can I Use It?

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:49:22 GMT

Copyright! Complicated, confusing, and not clear-cut. What does a librarian need to know? Michael Sauers and Laura Johnson, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will present scenarios to discuss, as we all shine a light on the subject and try to figure out what a librarian needs to do.

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Episode 291: The 2014 Public Library Accreditation Process: What Do I Need to Know?

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:06:58 GMT

Richard Miller, Library Development Director at the Nebraska Library Commission, will discuss the public library Accreditation process for 2014. He will show how the application form works, relate that process to the required strategic plan, and describe a few changes made since 2013.

Join us to hear about Accreditation, and get a head start if your library is up for re-accreditation in 2014. If your library is not currently Accredited, you'll want to participate also to explore the possibility of becoming Accredited. This presentation will be of special interest to public library directors and public library board members.

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Episode 290: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Enter the Mozillarian: Weaving the Mozilla and Library Communities

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:12:05 GMT

More and more librarians and library-lovers are realizing that they have a lot in common with Mozilla. While some people think Mozilla is just a tech company that makes Firefox, these savvy "Mozillarians" know that they’re more than that: Mozilla is a global community of people who believe that openness, innovation, and opportunity are key to the continued health of the Internet.

Mozilla creates initiatives like Webmaker and drives the Hive Learning Networks — both focused on advancing web literacy, connected learning, and digital skills. These programs spark creativity and innovation, as well as build tools, curricula, and a community of people dedicated to helping others. Initiatives that enable citizens to develop 21st-century skills, become creators and shapers of the web, explore interests and opportunities, and develop themselves and their communities. Which kinda sounds like, well, what librarians do :)

In this session we’ll highlight some Webmaker tools and resources, showcase some emerging Mozillarians, and give you some easy ways to get started by throwing a Webmaker Party.

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.

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Episode 289: EDGE: Connecting Technology and Community

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:19:54 GMT

After two years in development, the Edge Initiative launched earlier this year and library leaders are already sharing how Edge has helped them connect with their local government officials, build community partnerships and align their strategic goals with community priorities. Join us to learn how using Edge will help you make strategic decisions about technology services and connect more closely with your community.

Edge, a professional management and leadership tool, gives libraries a look into their local data, from operations to partnerships and programming. It guides library leaders in assessing how their community is using technology and how to align future growth and services with community goals. It also provides useful resources to package and showcase the data to community leaders.

Presenters: Lourdes Aceves, Senior Program Manager, Edge Initiative and Dr. Molly Kinney, Mifflin County Library, Lewistown, PA.

Lourdes Aceves is the new Senior Program Manager for the Edge Initiative at the Urban Libraries Council. She managed the development of a robust online toolkit that helps library staff use the Edge benchmarks in strategic and technology planning, as well as in strengthening partnerships with local leaders. She leads her organization's engagement efforts with the library field through manning the Edge Support Center and leading other engagement efforts. Lourdes' background in project management spans the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors, including helping launch the Illinois' Hardest Hit Fund Program (HHF), a federal foreclosure prevention program for the development of locally-tailored programs to assist struggling homeowners, serving for the U.S. State Department in Serbia, and working on the corporate security team for United Airlines post-9/11.

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Episode 288: Broadband + Libraries = Community Growth

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:52:13 GMT

Broadband is a foundation for economic opportunity, job creation, global competitiveness, attraction and retention of residents plus a better way of life for individuals, small businesses. As a result, small businesses, workers, and communities must have the broadband infrastructure, training tools to participate and compete in a changing economy. Libraries are and can play in key role in helping communities move forward.

The presentation will highlight relevant points from recent household and business surveys focused on broadband as well as resources available through the Nebraska Broadband Initiative. The Nebraska Broadband Initiative is funded through a grant to the Nebraska Public Service Commission. The Nebraska Information Technology Commission Community Council (NITC), University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL), Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) and the AIM Institute are cooperatively leading the effort to address the broadband planning needs of Nebraska’s communities.

Presenters: Connie Hancock, UNL Extension Educator and Charlotte Narjes, Special Projects Manager, UNL CARI - Center for Applied Rural Innovation.

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Episode 287: 20 Cool Tools for You and Your Library

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:12:18 GMT

New internet tools, technologies and websites are appearing every day, and you can make use of them in your personal and professional life. Librarians can harness the full potential of these tools to provide innovative library services and programming, stay organized, be creative and improve productivity. Christa Burns, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will introduce you to 20 new and emerging online tools to empower you to accomplish great things at your library.

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Episode 286: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Adventures in GAFE

Wed, 28 May 2014 18:58:13 GMT

Introducing Google Apps for Education to Elementary Students.

This presentation will share the lessons learned in introducing the GAFE (Google Apps for Education) products to fourth grade students earlier this spring. Presenter: Cynthia Stogdill: School Librarian at Bellfield/Milliken Park Elementary at Fremont (NE) Public Schools. Tech Nerd, Cat Lover, and Massive Reader. Passionate about teaching research and authentic learning.

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.

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Episode 285: Doing Smart "Social" Media

Thu, 22 May 2014 13:12:48 GMT

Have a Twitter/Google Plus/Facebook account and don't know what to do with them? Do you want to effectively incorporate social media into your library's online presence? This hour will cover the how and why of your library's media presence and how to effectively incorporate newer promotion outlets into your library's marketing plan. Also tips on how to make your library stand out via these new media outlets.

Maurice Coleman, host of T is for Training, member of the ALA Learning Round Table and 2010 Library Journal Mover and Shaker will show you practical tips and tricks of managing and designing your new media presence.

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Episode 284: A Conversation with Nebraska’s New State Poet, Twyla Hansen

Thu, 15 May 2014 13:23:51 GMT

Rod Wagner and Mary Jo Ryan, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will chat with Twyla M. Hansen, Nebraska's new State Poet. Join us to discuss how the Nebraska State Poet can work with libraries and schools to promote and encourage appreciation of poetry and literary life in Nebraska. For more information see:

  • "Poetry Connections", L Magazine, 12/23/13. Feature story on Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen by Mark Schwaninger.
  • "New Nebraska State Poet Not Afraid To Get Dirty", NET News, 12/5/13. NET's Mike Tobias created this online story and video about Twyla Hansen.
  • Nebraska State Poet Guidelines (2013) For Reference Only: These guidelines explain the nomination and selection process for the Nebraska State Poet. The next State Poet application period will begin in 2017.

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Episode 283: The Internship: A Win-Win Situation

Thu, 08 May 2014 15:18:15 GMT

From advertising for the position to saying goodbye, thoughtful planning of an internship will go a long way to making the experience meaningful for you and your intern. Kathryn Brockmeier and Laura Johnson, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will also discuss ways your library and your community can benefit from an internship at your library. Time for brainstorming and sharing will follow the presentation.

The internship program is made possible by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Nebraska Library Commission, in partnership with the Nebraska Library Association.

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Episode 282: Smart Investing: Reference Strategies and Resources

Mon, 05 May 2014 15:09:54 GMT

Learn how librarians can take advantage of "Smart Investing: Reference Strategies and Resources," a self-paced course to promote confidence and competence in responding to library customers’ questions on personal finance and investments. Presenters: Mary Jo Ryan, JoAnn McManus and Kathy Prochaska Que.

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Episode 281: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Playful Pedagogy: Using Game Components to Change the Student Experience

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:53:21 GMT

Research on games and learning have shown us that games can be powerful tools for learning--providing players with the opportunity to learn from and even celebrate failures as part of the natural learning process in a challenging environment. How can universities take advantage of the power of games and game mechanics? It's not as simple as dropping in badges and leaderboards. Professor Liz Lawley, who teaches in the Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Interactive Games & Media as well as directing RIT's Lab for Social Computing, will talk about Just Press Play, a game layer for undergraduate engagement that she and her colleagues have designed to enrich the learning environment for undergraduate students. After three years of iterative development and testing, her group will be releasing the software underlying Just Press Play under an open source license at the end of this academic year.

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.

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Episode 280: Killing Dewey

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:06:36 GMT

Browsing bookstores is so easy, and so much fun. What if we did this in our libraries? How would a library make the changes? What would it look like in our catalog? How would the staff react? What impacts would such a change make to cataloging and purchasing? How would users react? Libraries are moving to different classification styles; attend this session to learn how one Idaho public library killed Dewey, and liked it!

Presenter: Jezmynne Dene, Director, Portneuf District Library, Chubbuck, Idaho.

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Episode 279: Paws to Read at Kearney Public Library

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:34:43 GMT

Once a month our library goes to the dogs all in the name of literacy. Paws to Read is a cooperative reading program between Kearney Public Library and local therapy dogs. This program helps children improve their literacy skills with the assistance of certified pet therapy dogs in a fun, non-judgmental and relaxed environment. Children involved in Paws programs nationwide have shown improved reading skills, a sense of pride in their accomplishments, a willingness to become involved in other positive activities, and have learned respect and kindness in their interactions with animals. Presenters will share their experiences with this great project.

Presenters: Christine Walsh, Kearney Public Library; Kimberly Williams, Therapy Dogs, Inc., Kearney, NE.

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Episode 278: Fizz, Boom, Read! : Summer Reading Program 2014

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:13:35 GMT

Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services at the Nebraska Library Commission, will give brief book talks of new titles pertaining to the 2014 Summer Reading Program themes: Fizz, Boom, Read! (children's theme) and Spark a Reaction! (teen theme).

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Episode 277: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: How Big is Your Digital Footprint? How to Manage Your Online Presence

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:22:08 GMT

Did you know that your online presence works for you 24/7? You’re "on" even if you aren’t online. The power of online presence is amazing: it can land you a job, promote your brand, or provide a channel to demonstrate one’s skills OR it can be an embarrassing reminder of what not to do. This presentation will discuss how to best manage online presence by creating a professional digital image as well as building boundaries between personal and professional profiles.

Presenter: Marcia Dority Baker: Assistant Professor of Law Library, Access Services Librarian; University of Nebraska College of Law; Schmid Law 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.

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Episode 276: Book Club Kit Reviews

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:23:43 GMT

Beth Goble, Devra Dragos, and Lisa Kelly, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will review and discuss titles to consider selecting for your book group. These titles are all available as book club kits for check out from the Nebraska Library Commission - now with over 700 titles to choose from!

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Episode 275: Password Management & Security

Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:49:52 GMT

How many passwords do you have to remember for your library? How many are for your own library accounts? How many are for the library’s databases or materials accounts? For social networking? Are these passwords secure? Safe? How many of those passwords must be shared with your coworkers? Libraries everywhere struggle with passwords every day, and security is always a concern. Attend this session to learn how to ensure your passwords are safe, secure, and easily managed.

Presenter: Jezmynne Dene, Director, Portneuf District Library, Chubbuck, Idaho.

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Episode 274: Migrating To A New ILS

Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:48:40 GMT

Your library's out-of-date ILS is running on an old server that needs to be retired. You need to upgrade the ILS, but you don't know where to start. Let me show you how to plan and execute this migration successfully based on how my library did it and the assistance I have provided to numerous other small libraries during their ILS migrations. I will cover the Selection, Preparation, Migration and Follow-up that has proven to be successful for my library and many others when migrating to a new ILS.

Presenter: Andrew Sherman, IT Coordinator, Sump Memorial Library, Papillion, NE."

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Episode 273: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: The Quantified Self

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:57:45 GMT

In this episode, Michael talks with Gary Wolf, founder of the Quantified Self, who will discuss how new self-tracking and personal data systems may change our ideas about "public knowledge."

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Episode 272: Hastings Public Library Kicking Technology in the #glass

Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:48:12 GMT

Spend the morning with Librarian Jake Rundle, from Hastings (NE) Public Library, as he talks about debuting a brand new technology onto an unsuspecting city. Learn about what Google Glass is capable of doing, see some of the videos and pictures the Library has already captured, and perhaps experience a LIVE Google+ hangout in the process.

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Episode 271: Succession Planning with Jamie LaRue: A Board and Staff Responsibility

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:05:53 GMT

Succession planning is NOT anointing the heir apparent, and taking action only when the director retires. It starts long before that. This talk focuses on a new way to think about board planning, administrative goals, and who to hire at all levels of the organization.

Presenter: James LaRue, CEO, LaRue and Associates Consulting.

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Episode 270: Where in the world...? Nebraska's Polley Music Library and the World of Music Librarianship

Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:13:43 GMT

Carolyn Dow, Polley Music Library Manager, Lincoln City Libraries, will discuss the statewide resource that is the Polley Music Library, along with her involvement in the International Association of Music Libraries, of which she is currently Public Libraries Branch chair.

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Episode 269: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: CES & Libraries

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:35:46 GMT

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the largest technology trade shows of its kind, featuring new product releases, updates, and a chance to experience the latest and greatest technologies from companies big and small. Brian Pichman, of the Evolve Project, attended this event talking to these companies about libraries and how they are using more and more technology. Through this webinar, Brian will discuss the hot topics at CES, if there was any big game changers, and how all this plays a role within our libraries.

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Episode 268: Passive Programming for Tweens and Teens

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:10:54 GMT

Engage young patrons who hang out at your library with programs that run themselves. Rachelle McPhillips, from Columbus Public Library, shares several ideas libraries can adapt to year-round programming. These passive programs are great for libraries that have a thriving young adult program as well as those that are looking to reach out to tweens and teens but have limited time and money.

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Episode 267: Hot Titles for a Cold Month

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:07:08 GMT

Devra Dragos, Michael Sauers, and Laura Johnson, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will give brief book talks about new titles that could be good additions to your library’s collection. It's a mixed bag of popular fiction and non-fiction alike.

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Episode 266: Internships: Cultivating Nebraska's Future Librarians

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:47:06 GMT

The 21st Century Librarian internship grant program, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Association and Nebraska Library Commission, awarded grants totaling $20,250 to eighteen Nebraska public libraries in 2013. Students have been learning about library work as they shadow and assist with day-to-day operations and implement special projects.

In this session, participating libraries will share their experiences with the internship program, including successes and lessons learned. This session will also introduce the upcoming 2014 grant opportunity for internships, offered by the Nebraska Library Commission and made possible through a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Presenters: Kathryn Brockmeier, Grant Program Manager, 21st Century Librarian Program, Nebraska Library Commission; Evelyn Ost and Saresse Clay, Rock County Public Library; MeMe Smith, Schuyler Public Library; Rose Barcal, La Vista Public Library.

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Episode 265: Beyond MARC: BIBFRAME and the Future of Bibliographic Data

Thu, 02 Jan 2014 21:25:49 GMT

The Bibliographic Framework Initiative, or BIBFRAME, is intended to provide a replacement to the MARC format as an encoding standard for library catalogs. Its aim is to move library data into a Linked Data format, allowing it to interact with other data on the Web. In this session, Emily Nimsakont, the NLC’s Cataloging Librarian, will cover the basics of BIBFRAME, describe what it can provide for users of library catalogs that MARC can’t, and outline what librarians should be aware of regarding this change in the cataloging landscape.

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Episode 264: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: SHOG.US -Share with Flare

Thu, 02 Jan 2014 15:40:30 GMT

JD Thomas, a white-hat SEO and WordPress consultant, will discuss SHOG.US, an easy to use web application that provides non-coders with the tools needed to craft engaging and social media friendly URLs for sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or LinkedIn. This is especially useful when sharing non-webpage resources such as event calendars, PDFs, or database portals.

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.

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Episode 263: To Bake or Not to Bake: A Library Cake Pan Collection

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:10:16 GMT

North Liberty (IA) Community Library has a collection of over 250 designer cakes pans that they check out. Join Library Director Dee Crowner as she discusses the pros and cons of having an "unusual" collection. This is one of their most popular collections and has attracted many new patrons to the library. There are other types of collections that can be easy to establish and maintain, too.

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Episode 262: Turning Your Library Around - Part 2: 4 Years Later

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:37:59 GMT

When we did our first NCompass Live presentation two years ago we told about the changes that we had accomplished in the first two years. Tune in to see what we have accomplished and learned in the next two years. This presentation will tell what we are continuing to do to turn the program around. Presenters: David Mixdorf, Dan Nieman, Odessa Meyer: South Sioux City Public Library.

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Episode 261: Best New Youth Books of 2013

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:55:34 GMT

Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services at the NLC, will give brief book talks of new titles that could be good additions to your library’s collection. Titles for preschool through older teens will be highlighted.

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Episode 260: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Excel at Rearranging Your Library

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:06:34 GMT

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.

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Episode 259: New to Talking Book & Braille Service: Downloads and Apps!

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:09:58 GMT

There are a few new ways to read talking books. For borrowers who use computers, the National Library Service BARD website allows for downloadable books that can be used with our digital players, and for borrowers with iPhones or iPads, a new app makes reading on mobile devices a breeze! Scott Scholz and David Oertli, from the NLC's Talking Book and Braille Service, will demo these new options for TBBS users.

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Episode 258: Seeing Dots @ Wilson Public Library

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:05:17 GMT

Planning for a celebration of International Dot Day (September 15ish) Wilson Public Library (Cozad, NE) started with a nugget of an idea in January 2013. Library Director Laurie Yocom will take you through the planning, both financial and creative, that led to a month long, community-wide, collaborative celebration that was truly international, as well as what they would've done differently!

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Episode 257: Lincoln City Libraries InService Day: Bridges Out of Poverty

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 19:09:53 GMT

Pat Leach and Julee Hector, Lincoln City Libraries Director and Assistant Director, will share their experiences with the library's staff InService Day, Bridges Out of Poverty. Lincoln City Libraries was awarded a Continuing Education and Training Grant from the Nebraska Library Commission to provide the training.

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Episode 256: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Tinkers, Printers & Makers, A Makerspace in the Library

Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:43:16 GMT

Interested in creating a Makerspace in your library? This program will discuss what a Makerspace is, how libraries of all types create and share Makerspaces with library customers and the community and feedback from users. Libraries are a much needed and often used third space, which are ideal for community Makerspaces to collaborate and encourage creativity among all users. There will be gadgets, hands-on demos and group discussion on the nuts & bolts necessary for Makerspace in the library as well as what products should be found in successful Makerspaces. Gordon Wyant will share how his library successfully wrote a grant for a 3D printer, and Michael Sauers will demo a range of new gadgets including a Raspberry Pi and LibraryBox.

Presenters: Marcia Dority Baker, University of Nebraska College of Law Library, Lincoln; Michael Sauers, Nebraska Library Commission; Gordon Wyant, Bellevue Public Library.

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Episode 255: Little Library with a Big Heart: Southern Area Public Library, WV: Best Small Library in America 2013

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:11:54 GMT

With the enthusiasm and leadership of director Mary Beth Stenger, Southern Area Public Library, in Lost Creek, WV, has been transformed from a good, traditional public library into a modern, bustling center of community activity, information, and learning. This transformation convinced the judges to name it the Best Small Library in America 2013, cosponsored by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mary will share how the library has developed creative programming and innovative services to serve their community of 498, with the help of just one other library staff member, a team of volunteers and a small Board of Trustees.

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Episode 254: Reflections on ARSL 2013

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:46:31 GMT

Each year, the Nebraska Library Commission awards Continuing Education and Training Grants to Nebraska libraries to provide funding for staff to attend conferences and training sessions. In 2013, all of the grants were used to send Nebraska library staff to the Association for Rural & Small Libraries conference in Omaha - 43 grants were awarded! Attend this session to learn more about the grants and to hear these librarians talk about their experiences at ARSL. Speakers: Abby Yellman, Lied Scottsbluff Public Library; Cindee Wagner, Culbertson Public Library; Kirsten Wood, Plattsmouth Public Library; Lauran Lofgren, Wayne Public Library; Dave Mixdorf, South Sioux City Public Library.

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Episode 253: Get the word out with

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:08:32 GMT

Research shows that library customers want their community libraries to provide them with books—and so much more! Building on this reality, the Nebraska Library Commission is providing a tool kit and resources to help Nebraska librarians get the word out: In Nebraska Libraries: Books Are Just the Beginning!

This edition of NCompass Live will focus on welcoming members of your community to your library and using specific marketing tools to send the Books Are Just the Beginning message to specific segments of your target audience. Join Mary Jo Ryan, Communications Coordinator at the Nebraska Library Commission, to share ideas and explore the best ways to make use of the campaign.

This campaign was made possible by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Episode 252: Genealogy Resources for Librarians

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:27:09 GMT

Join Cindy Cochran and Judi Cook, from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society, as they guide you through the many historical resources available for librarians assisting anyone with an interest in genealogy and family history.

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Episode 251: Libraries in Search Engines: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Libraries

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:32:41 GMT

Being found in commercial search engines, like Google, and writing indexable content have largely been on the periphery of library web development practice. In this session, we will explore the mechanics and principles of white hat SEO, identify components that contribute to successful harvesting of library web sites and microsites, and discuss the need to make library content findable in broader online settings. Come learn why SEO is not just "snake oil" and can be an integral part of library marketing and outreach initiatives.

Presented by Jason Clark: Jason is the Head of Digital Access and Web Services at Montana State University Library, where he builds library web applications and sets digital content strategies. You can find him online at or on Twitter @jaclark.

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Episode 250: Scholarship Student Reflections on the 2013 ALA Annual Conference

Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:14:36 GMT

As part of its IMLS 21st Century Librarian program, the Nebraska Library Commission awards stipends to scholarship students to attend national and regional conferences. Attend this session to hear the students talk about their learning and networking experiences attending the 2013 ALA conference. Speakers: Sky Seery, Mid-Plains Community College - North Platte; Dave Mixdorf, Kim Green-Hailey, and Odessa Meyer of South Sioux City Public Library.

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Episode 249: Affordable Care Act Resources for Libraries

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:16:12 GMT

Health Care Insurance Open Enrollment, the next phase of the Affordable Care Act, is fast approaching: October 1st! In this segment about the Affordable Care Act, Mary Sauers, Government Information Services Librarian at the Nebraska Library Commission, will provide updates to new ACA information websites, organizations, and materials to help you, your library, and your patrons continue to prepare for this event.

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Episode 248: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Building your own ILS from scratch

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:45:57 GMT

With 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.

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Episode 247: Libraries Lending eReaders

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:58:14 GMT

Lots of libraries lend eBooks, but did you know that some are also lending eReaders? As eBooks become more popular, patrons want to know more about the various devices they can use to access them. Join our panel of librarians as they share their experiences circulating eReaders at their libraries. Speakers: Karen Stuart, Columbus Public Library; Megan Boggs, Seward Memorial Library; Sara Lee, Central City Public Library; Susan Knisely, Nebraska Library Commission.

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Episode 246: EveryoneOn @your library®

Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:18:54 GMT is a national three-year media campaign—currently underway—to raise awareness of the importance of digital literacy. The campaign’s mission is to promote the personal relevance of computer and high-speed Internet use among non-users, and to connect them with free digital literacy training. It is likely that, in many cases, this training will be provided through school and public libraries. In Year One, the National Ad Council campaign will focus on the call to action: Find free training near you! It will direct customers to call, text, or visit a Website with a directory of sites where they can receive one-on-one instruction and/or classes.

Many Nebraska libraries have been pre-filled into this directory.

This edition of NCompass Live will:

  • Explore the EveryoneOn campaign tools.
  • Demonstrate how to ensure that your directory entry is correct.
  • Help identify resources so that Nebraska libraries can be the Go-to-Place for digital literacy training in their community.

Presenters: Mary Jo Ryan, Communications Coordinator and Allana Novotny, Technology & Access Services Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission.

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Episode 245: Boopsie-Daisy, Easy-Peasy! One librarian's experience with Boopsie mobile app development

Wed, 07 Aug 2013 19:08:28 GMT

Louise Alcorn, Reference Technology Librarian for the West Des Moines (Iowa) Public Library, will recount her experiences earlier this year working with Boopsie, Inc. to create a library mobile app: why her library chose to go with a private developer instead of "DIY mobile app", pros and cons of this decision, costs (money and time), their experience with the process, and why they're glad they "went mobile".

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Episode 244: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Ancient ones and Ender fun: Going beyond standard Young Adult events

Fri, 02 Aug 2013 13:11:33 GMT

Lindsey Tomsu (LaVista Public Library) and Gordon Wyant (Bellevue Public Library) discuss their experiences throwing large scale events for teens. Lindsey will discuss the Lovecraftian Life Sized Arkham Horror program, in which teens cosplayed as characters and worked together to make props to immerse themselves in the world of H.P. Lovecraft. Gordon will discuss the Minecraft-a-thon, an all-day event that took over the YA area in the middle of summer with crafts, a gigantic Minecraft papercraft world, a library hosted Minecraft server, and integration of the library's new 3d printers. These programs dwarfed their normal teen events and came with their own joys and challenges. Their successes and failures will be laid bare to encourage and arm you with the knowledge to blow your programming audience away.

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Episode 243: The Digital Public Library of America: A New Resource for Our Communities

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:01:48 GMT

The Digital Public Library of America is a newly launched resource that is a portal, a platform, and an advocate for the free and open access to the cultural heritage of America. The site brings together a diversity of resources, including images, words, sounds, and more from libraries, archives, and museums across the nation. Learn about what the DPLA offers for libraries and their communities from Jamie Hollier, DPLA board member.

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Episode 242: Libraries and the New Health Insurance Marketplace

Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:33:53 GMT

Library staff across Nebraska are accustomed to helping customers figure out how to use computers to access government information, but it’s always challenging to get everyone up and ready for something new. In the coming months, materials and training will be developed to prepare librarians for helping the library customers who will need assistance enrolling in the Health Insurance options made available by the Affordable Care Act. In this session, you will learn about resources that are currently available from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for professionals helping people apply and the new online toolkit and training webinars that are being created specifically for librarians by WebJunction. Speakers: Mary Sauers, Government Information Services Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission and Kendra Morgan, Senior Program Manager, OCLC WebJunction.

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Episode 241: Learning in the Learning Commons: How UNK Moved Out of the Silos and into a Dance Hall

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:50:52 GMT

The University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK) Learning Commons opened softly the Fall of 2010 with the goal of coordinating multiple academics student services in one convenient place. Now, nearly three years later, the UNKLC has become a hot spot for campus partnerships that contribute to the students’ academic success. Learn out why it started, how far it’s come, and where it’s going next. Speakers: Keri Pearson, Interim Assistant Director, UNK Learning Commons; Dr. Ron Wirtz, Assistant Director of the Learning Commons for the Library.

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Episode 240: What You Should Be 'Subjecting' Your Teens To: The Nonfiction Switch

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 21:01:56 GMT

There has been a lot of debate recently over "weeding" out the Dewey Decimal System in exchange for a more patron- and browsing-friendly Subject Classification System. Can this really work? What are the pros and cons of such a dramatic change? Join us to discover how the Teen Advisory Board of the La Vista Public Library implemented such a change in their teen department. This session will be presented by Lindsey Tomsu, the YA librarian, and Sarah Kreber, a member of the La Vista Public Library Teen Advisory Board, who played a huge part in making this project successful.

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