Monday, February 28, 2011

Legislative Day wrap-up

The drive to Lincoln for Legislative Day started out uneventfully.  We didn't encounter any snow on the roads until we reached Waverly, although the roads were fine.  It was fun to meet up with various library people whom I had met at various NLA functions or CE programs.  Ken Winston, our lobbyist, spoke about various LB, as well as Paul Hammel, Omaha World Herald Lincoln Bureau Chief, who brought the Hooper public library story to the attention of the Nebraska public.  He wanted to bring to light the benefits of the library and of Karla's work with the immigrants.  In Paul's estimation, immigration is a highly emotional issue, and he was concerned that there might be a backlash.  He was saddened by how things turned out in Hooper.

At lunchtime, seven volunteers were recognized.  Among them was the volunteer from OPL-Millard Branch.  Rich Pahls, the senator from the Millard District, made some wonderful remarks and presented her with a certificate.  Afterwards, we had a tour of the State Library.  If you haven't been there, it will be a pleasant surprise with the history, hidden doors, and the stacks with back staircases.  We had a superb guide who gave us a tour of the capitol building.  

Finally we headed back to Omaha.  The snow was coming down and we inched our way to Waverly.  It took 1 1/2 hours from downtown Lincoln to get to Waverly.  Apparently there had been an accident at Waverly due to the slick conditions.  It made me think of the pack horse librarians of Kentucky who braved all weather elements, and wonderful to be in a warm car.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Legislative Day Scholarship Winner

The Paras awarded two scholarships to para section members for registration to the 2011 Library Legislative Day to allow them to brave the snow today along with other librarians of Nebraska. Gayle Roberts was our second scholarship recipient.  Gayle wrote the following in her application: 
 I am currently the Library Director at the Blair Public Library in Blair, Nebraska.  I was promoted from Children’s Librarian a mere year and two months ago, and we are currently busy increasing our presence in the community.  I feel that Legislative Day is an important time to connect with our state government, and I appreciate the opportunity to apply for this scholarship. 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Paraprofessional and S&I 2011 Spring Meeting

The Paraprofessional and S&I Spring Meeting is scheduled for Thursday March 24, 2011. Click here for more information and registration.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

re: Para scholarship for Legislative Day

I’m Marguerite Miller and a library specialist at Omaha Public Library – Millard Branch. Answering reference questions from ‘fate in Romeo and Juliet’ or ‘what is the average age of death of a person if he/she retires early compared to if he/she retires at age 66’ is a big part of my job.  Mending children’s books and creating displays (organizing, which focused on time management and decluttering had a lot of interest) are two other components of my job.  Over the last six and a half years, I have worked at six of the OPL branches (as a page, clerk, or library specialist), which is a great way to meet new coworkers and to see the various faces of our system.  

Thank you for providing the scholarship to attend Legislative Day.