Volume 48 http://www.schoollibrariesrock.org Summer 2010
President’s Message NEMA Election Results
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are neede d to see this picture. Congratulations to the following members who were
recently elected to Board positions:
As we approach the end of the school year and the end
of my term as NEMA President, I thought I would
share with you some of the things I have learned this
First of all, PLN’s are priceless. PLN: personal or
professional learning network. I use Twitter. I know
that it is blocked in some schools. It was initially Karen Buckley Sara Churchill
blocked in our school this year. We succeeded in Lincoln Piux X School Blair Public Schools
unblocking it, and the result for me has been a whole
new group of avid learners that I am learning from. Board Member-At-Large:
There are days when I do not feel like I have anything
of value to contribute. Thankfully I do not have to
contribute to gain from the stream of knowledge
passing by every hour. New websites to try, things to
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Kathy Terrell Dr. Sherry Crow
INSIDE THIS ISSUE… Morrill Public Schools UNK
2 Conference News A special thanks to our outgoing Board members
and officers for their years of service and
4 Sound Off for Media, Calendar dedication to NEMA:
5 Literature Festival, Student Liaison
Robin Schrack- Past President
6 AASL News Jeanne Bergsten - Board Member-At-Large
Anne Kalkowski-Scholarship & Awards Committee
7 AASL, AFCON Susan Hubbard-Student Liaison
Karen Buckley-AFCON Liaison
9 NEMA Board Members and Liaisons Nancy Larimer-Talking Books and Braille Liaison
10 NEMA Membership Form
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read, book recommendations. There is no single
publication that would give me what I have gained
from following people like Buffy Hamilton, Joyce
Valenza and Tony Vincent. They all help me stay
abreast of current trends and issues.
I also learned the importance of dedicated people who
are committed to our profession. I shouldn’t say I just Submitted by Betty Meyer
learned it, because I have always known how
important this is. People like Susan Hubbard, Anne This year’s conference, Nebraska Libraries:
Kalkowski, Jeanne Bergsten and Robin Schrack. Susan Celebrating the Past, Creating the Future, is going to
has served as our student liaison and Anne has been be held in Grand Island on October 13-15, 2010. The
the chair of our Scholarships and Awards committee. conference will be located at the Midtown Holiday Inn
Jeanne is an outgoing board member-at-large, while and at the Howard Johnson Riverside Hotels. Trans-
Robin is our outgoing Past President. It is difficult to portation will be available between the conference
find people that are willing to serve in these positions, sites. We have received numerous proposals for the
because of the commitment. We are all so incredibly sessions. With all of the great session topics available
grateful to each of these people for the time they have we hope that you can attend both days of the
unselfishly given to NEMA. conference.
Our board has some new and returning people that NLA/NEMA will be hosting a pre-conference
have made a commitment to NEMA for upcoming workshop featuring Warren Graham, Black Belt
terms. Sherry Crow of UNK is a new board member- Librarians on October 13, 2010 at the Midtown
at-large. Kathy Terrell is continuing in her position as Holiday Inn in Grand Island. The pre-conference
board member-at-large, and Sara Churchill is workshop will run from 9:00-4:00 with a cost of
continuing as NEMA secretary. Our President Elect is $20.00 (includes lunch). Mr. Graham will discuss:
Karen Buckley. We have some new liaisons as well. handling difficult customers, security staff training,
Sara Mitchell from Loveland Elementary in Omaha, analyzing existing procedures and recommendations
will be our new Talking Books and Braille liaison and for improvements, training for specific needs, and self-
Sharon Axthelm, North Platte Public Schools, will be defense tactics for front line staff. You can register
our student liaison for the next two years. Lora for the precession workshop at the NLANEMA
Leibrandt, of Lewis and Clark Middle School, will be conference website
our new AFCON liaison, and Stacy Johnson of http://www.nebraskalibraries.org/conference/2010.
Hillside Elementary is taking over as chair of the
Scholarships and Awards Committee.
Gering Teen Wins Logo Contest
We are fortunate at our school, but I have learned from Submitted by Robin Schrack
others that not every administration will be supportive
or understand what we do. It is up to us show them
how we teach students to evaluate the abundance of
information they are presented with on a daily basis.
Demonstrate how the use of technology tools you use
and teach in the classroom, actually open up a world of
In Nebraska, we have a wonderful group of school
librarians, teacher librarians and media specialists. I
have learned that no matter what moniker you choose, Congratulations to Kayley Cooper from Gering High
we are a community of people dedicated to our School for her winning logo design! Kayley has
students and our profession. Thank you for allowing received an iPod Touch for her logo. The new NEMA
me the opportunity to serve as your NEMA President logo will be unveiled at the NLA/NEMA Conference
for the past year. I have learned a lot! Carrie in Grand Island on October 13-15, 2010.
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WANTED: Exploratorium 2009-2010 GOLDEN SOWER
Presenters WINNERS ANNOUNCED
for Fall Conference!
The winners and honor books for the annual Golden
Submitted by Bev Gustafson Sower Award have been selected by a record-breaking
70,009 student readers across the great state of
REWARD: Good Vibes from Colleagues + Nebraska!
If you’re looking for a great feeling of personal The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the
satisfaction, sign on to present a tabletop display for the School by Judy Sierra; illustrated by Stephen
Exploratorium at the NLA/NEMA Fall Conference! Gammell
Exploratorium is one of the most anticipated sessions at
the conference, because you get to pick up great, practical Primary Honor Books
ideas from fellow librarians. Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski; illustrated by Lee
You can prepare a display about anything you have going Dogku by Andrew Clements; illustrated by Tim
on in your library-- Bowers
a student research project
a reading club success story Intermediate Winner
a successful collaborative project Deep and Dark and Dangerous: A Ghost Story by
tips for a library youth advisory council Mary Downing Hahn
a fundraising project that helped out your budget
Golden Sower ideas Intermediate Honor Books
etc., etc., etc.! The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee
Stewart; illustrated by Carson Ellis
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
Young Adult Winner
To get those good vibes from colleagues Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia
contact Bev Gustafson Kadohata
(firstname.lastname@example.org) for an
Exploratorium presenter form. Young Adult Honor Books
The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
Peak by Roland Smith
The winners have been posted on the Golden Sower
Membership Report web page: http://www.goldensower.org
Submitted by Jean Hellwege Click on the ipod to go to the information about the
winners. (Note: If the ipod is not red, refresh the
Jan 26, May 25, Type of Membership
2010 2010 Thank you to all of you for your help in promoting the
Golden Sower Award with the students of Nebraska!
280 291 1-3 Years
Chair, Golden Sower Award Committee
24 24 DSA/Life
1 2 Commercial/Institution
14 14 Retired
33 36 Student
352* 367 Total Active
*correction from Spring NEMA News
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Submitted by Anne Kalkowski, Scholarships & Awards Chair
Do you know an outstanding school librarian that deserves recognition? (Come on, we all do!)
Have you implemented a program that you are proud of? (I bet you have!)
Do you want to be an advocate for school librarians? (Of course you do!)
I encourage you to take the time to nominate a school librarian (you can even self-nominate) for the
annual NEMA Sound Off for Media Award by August 15. The application and more information can be
found on the NEMA web site at http://www.schoollibrariesrock.org/awardsofma.html
Let’s all sound off for school library media programs!
Sound Off for Media Award image created at: http://www.wordle.net/
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
NEMA Board Meetings
Thursday, July 15, 2010 9:30 AM Lincoln, Scott Middle School
State NLA/NEMA Conference
October 13-15, 2010 Grand Island, Midtown Holiday Inn and
Howard Johnson’s Residence Inn
Other State Events
June 14-15, 2010 Heartland School Librarian’s Conference, UNO, Omaha
July 31, 2010 Norfolk Public Library’s Literature Festival, Norfolk
RAN News submitted by Joie Taylor
June 24-30, 2010 ALA Conference, Washington, DC
June here! 2010 Read Aloud Nebraska. CO
The time is27-30, Time to renew or joinISTE Conference, Denver,Enrollment is from May 1 to November 1. Go to
the RAN web site www.readaloudnebraska.org to join. It’s painless and costs zero dollars. In return you have
access to ideas for getting children to read and, after your second continuous year of membership, can apply for a
Submission deadlines February school. 15, July 21,
grant for a reading activity in your 15, MayJOIN now. and November 15.
Mailing/Posting dates March 15, June 15, August 15, and December 10.
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NORFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY’S 16TH
ANNUAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL NEMA Student Liaison:
Saturday, July 31--9:00 a.m.. - 4:00 p.m. My Final Thoughts
Submitted by Susan Hubbard
LIFELONG LEARNING CENTER
NORTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE
801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE
Funded by the Norfolk Library Foundation, SCYP, and the
City of Norfolk
Youth (18 & under): $5.00/advance & $7.50/door
Adults: $20.00/advance & $25.00/door
Free admission for current SCYP members!
Advance tickets are available at Norfolk Public Library or
by mail order. To order tickets by mail, send a stamped,
I have enjoyed my two years as the Student Liaison for NEMA.
self-addressed envelope with full payment (make checks
As I pondered about what to write in this article, the following
payable to “Norfolk Library Foundation--Literature
words kept popping into my head.
Networking: Through my participation in NEMA I have met
many energetic and dedicated school library media specialists
Norfolk Public Library
from around the state. It has been a terrific journey,
308 W. Prospect Avenue
interviewing other students in our wonderful profession.
Norfolk, NE 68701
NEMA is a marvelous organization to establish friendships with
others who share that same passion for our profession as we do.
For more information, contact Karen Drevo at NPL by
By attending the conference held each fall, you can come away
phone (402/844-2108) or e-mail email@example.com
with many ideas and useful information to use in your library,
and also meet new friends!
Collaboration: It is essential, as a school librarian, that we
have the ability to work well with many people, to insure the
NEMA Listserv INFORMATION best education for our students. We need to reach out to our
teachers in our buildings and let them know that we are
Submitted by Jean Hellwege, Executive Secretary
available to help their students research topics related to the
curriculum they are teaching. We also want to pass on all the
The NEMA listerv sends announcements and reminders
wonderful ideas we are learning about in our classes,
from NEMA to your mailbox. It is another way to
conferences, and workshops that we attend.
collaborate and share with our colleagues, such as the
Nebraska Library Commission’s Books in Series:
Advocacy: This is a huge undertaking. It is very important that
we promote our libraries to our administrators and our parents in
our schools. Sometimes this is not an easy task, but it is an
To subscribe or unsubscribe to the NEMA listserv, go to
important one. Take your ideas to your principals and to your
parent meetings. If we don’t express our needs and ideas, they
probably will never come into fruition. This holds true for our
and follow the instructions found at this site.
government officials as well. We need to let them know who
we are and what we do and can do!
To post messages to the listserv, email your message to
Service: Finding joy in serving others goes hand in hand with
our job. Making students, teachers, and parents feel welcome in
Please follow these guidelines when posting messages:
our libraries should bring us great joy. Keeping up with new
**Posts should be relevant to librarianship/library issues.
technology ideas and passing that information on to others in
** Please do not send or forward to the list virus
our buildings is important. We can never stop learning. But
warnings, recipes, chain letters, etc.
most of all, love what you do, and that joy will be very evident
** Please respect copyright, trademarks, logos, etc.
to others. It might even be contagious!
**Political activity, such as campaigning or endorsing a
candidate, is not permitted
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Submitted by Nancy Larimer
AASL Fall Forum 2010
It isn’t too early to start planning to attend the AASL Fall Forum 2010. "In Focus: The Essentials for 21st-Century Learning," will
be held November 5-6, 2010 in Portland, Oregon. The Fall Forum 2010 will bring together some of the greatest minds in the
library field--Gail Dickinson, Leslie Maniotes and Ross Todd--to help school librarians understand how to guide 21st-century
students toward meaningful learning. Keynote speaker Paige Johnson, global manager of K-12 education for Intel's Corporate
Affairs Group, will discuss the challenge of 21st-century reform from the perspective of the workforce and students. She will help
attendees understand why corporations are interested in 21st-century education. She will also encourage school librarians to make
learning more personalized to include students that may become overwhelmed by the more rigorous standards.
The Fall Forum occurs in the years that AASL does not host a National Conference. For more information about the 2010 Fall
Forum and to register, visit the AASL Web site at www.ala.org/aasl/fallforum. Attendees will receive a price break for registering
before Oct. 4. If you are not an AASL member, this would be a great time to join so you can attend.
New AASL President Elected
Carl A. Harvey III, school librarian for North Elementary School, Noblesville, Ind., has been elected president-elect of the
American Association of School Librarians (AASL).
For his election platform, Harvey stated, "I believe the future for our profession lies with involvement. School librarians are
leaders in teaching 21st Century skills; yet, due to budget shortfalls positions are being cut. Being involved is convincing decision
makers that library programs are a good use of scarce dollars. These are unsettling times, but being involved and working together
we can fulfill a vision where school libraries are a necessity in every district and every school."
Harvey is currently a member of AASL's Board of Directors. He served as a chair of AASL's Affiliate Assembly in 2007, and has
served on many other AASL committees. Outside of AASL, he serves as a board member for the Indiana Library Federation and
has authored three publications, including the 2010 release "The 21st Century Elementary Library Media Program."
Harvey's school library program at North Elementary was the recipient of the AASL National School Library Program of the Year
award (NSLPY), previously NSLMPY, in 2007. Of winning NSLPY Harvey says, "To me, my major accomplishment wasn't
really mine at all, but rather a team effort of our entire school. It truly was an example of the hard work of our entire school --
library staff, teachers, administrators, students and parents." His exemplary work as a school librarian has won him numerous
other awards and accolades.
Harvey will serve as president-elect during 2010-2011 under Nancy Everhart, AASL's current president-elect.
What is AASL?
The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the
American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of
library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total
education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop
leaders in the school library field.
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AASL Announces Summer Online Courses
AASL is offering two online summer courses for school librarians. During the classes librarians will identify problem areas in
their current school library program and develop the techniques and endurance to bring the program into the 21st century. The
Monday, May 31 - Friday, June 25-Making a Place, Making a Case for Read-Alouds: A Powerful Teaching Tool for
Literacy K-6. Trainers: Christina Dorr and Liz Deskins
In this 4-week e-course, participants will learn how to infuse literacy skills while continuing to share the passion and
power of a great read-aloud. The culminating project will be a collaborative lesson plan that incorporates nonfiction read
alouds with critical thinking strategies into a content area while also including indicators from AASL’s Standards for the
Monday, July 12 - Friday, August 6: The Path to Collaboration: Making it Happen
This four-week class is designed to help media specialists identify and analyze the factors that contribute to successful
collaboration with teachers. Topics covered include: the culture of the school, the role of the media specialist, qualities of
successful leaders, and the various facets of the collaboration process. Media specialists will learn what to bring to the
collaboration table and how to develop and initiate an action plan to encourage teachers to join them.
AFCON Plans Annual Meeting,
Updates on Student Expression Bill
Submitted by Karen Buckley
The student expression bill, LB 898, did not move forward this session of the Unicameral. However, Senator Haar has introduced
an interim study, LR 433, to examine the status of student expression in Nebraska. This study was viewed as a positive action,
amid assurances that the bill would be reintroduced in the next legislative session. Supporters of the bill were pleased by the
number of persons who attended the public hearing on the bill to testify for the bill. While this bill is known as the student
expression bill, the bill is designed to provide support also for teachers and administrators supporting student expression.
President-elect Rod Wagner recommended to the board that Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center,
be invited to be the featured speaker at the AFCON annual meeting November 6 at Beacon Hill Restaurant in Lincoln. The board
accepted Wagner’s recommendation. The annual membership meeting is open to the public; AFCON board and executive board
meetings are also open to the public.
The AFCON board revised its meeting schedule, with board officers meeting alternating months between full board attendance
and just the executive board. Full membership meets annually.
NEMA is seeking a new representative on the AFCON board. The NEMA liaison is a voting member of the board. In addition to
advocating for academic freedom issues, AFCON also sponsors educational activities, including cosponsoring observances of
Banned Books Week. Since the meetings are open to the public, any NEMA member is welcome to attend aboard meetings. If you
are interested in serving as NEMA’s liaison to AFCON or just learning more about AFCON activities, consider attending a board
member as a guest.
Learn more from the AFCON website: www.nebafcon.org
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Meet UNO Student Denise Ebeler
Submitted by Susan Hubbard, NEMA student liaison
Denise Ebeler is the Library Media Specialist at Prescott Elementary School in her hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, She is a UNO
graduate student working on her library media endorsement. While getting her undergraduate degree from UNL, Denise was able
to spend one of her junior-year semesters studying in Erlangen, Germany. Her endorsements from UNL are in early childhood,
elementary education, and German education.
Denise taught second grade in San Bernardino, California for three years and second and third grade at Clinton Elementary School
in Lincoln before getting her present job as a media specialist for LPS. She has been at her present position for two years.
I asked Denise about the importance of collaboration in her school. She replied, “Our job is about supporting staff and students
with their informational and media needs. We have to communicate with them to know what those needs are. I am fortunate to
work with teachers that are willing to meet during plan days and before or after school as needed.” Denise tells me she has been
working with fourth graders doing research on Nebraska related topics such as state symbols, famous people, and landmarks.
When I asked Denise about her coursework at UNO, she mentioned that she appreciated that each class she took included the
AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner. She says, “I feel like I know what my objectives are because of the emphasis and
expectation that we incorporate these into our lessons.” She also mentioned the use of technology and how she is planning to have
her students blog about the Golden Sower nominees next year.
What qualities should a 21st Century School Librarian possess? Denise told me, “It has been a surprise to find out how many hats
a school librarian must wear. I think the first priority is to be a great teacher of information literacy skills.” She mentioned
organizational, communication, and research skills, as well as having the best digital information available for our students, as
being important. Denise said, “One of the most fun aspects of my job is planning special events such as Read Across America
Day, our used book exchange, a Book Character Parade, summer library, and author visits.”
When I asked Denise about her advice for those interested in becoming library media specialists, she mentioned, “If you love
working with children and reading, this is the career for you.”
Retiring? Be sure to contact NEMA with your new e-mail or mailing address AND keep in
mind that the membership rate for retired library media specialists is a bargain at $10!
Changing schools or moving into a new home? Be sure to contact NEMA with your new
contact information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to
Jean Hellwege, NEMA Executive Secretary
2925 Drawbridge Ct.
Lincoln, NE 68516
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The NEMA News is the official newsletter of the Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA). NEMA News is
published four times a year: August, January, March, and June, with news and advertising deadlines of July 21,
December 15, February 15, and May 15. Advertising rates for camera-ready copy are as follows: quarter-page, $25.00;
one-half, $50.00; full-page, $100.00. Non-profit organizations or individuals may quote from or reproduce the articles
herein for noncommercial purposes, provided full acknowledgement is given. Articles may be submitted via email at
Carrie Turner Board Members: Liaisons: Turner, President
Westside High School Jeanne Bergsten
8701 Pacific St. (2008-2010) Glenda Willnerd Rod Wagner
Omaha, NE 68114 Windy Hills Elem. School State Advisory Council NLC Liaison
(W) 402-343-2715 4211 20th Ave. on Libraries NE Library Commission
(H) 402-238-3315 Kearney, NE 68845 Lincoln Public Schools 1200 N St., Suite 120
email@example.com (W) 308-698-8220 5901 O Street Lincoln, NE 68508-2023
jeanne.bergsten@ Lincoln, NE 68510 (W) (402) 471-4001
Betty Meyer, President-Elect kearneypublic.org (W) 402-436-1832 FAX: (402) 471-2083
Thayer Central firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Hebron, NE 68370 Stacy Lickteig Christine Walsh Joie Taylor
(W) 402-768-6117 (2009-2011) NLA Liaison Read Aloud NE Liaison
firstname.lastname@example.org Bryan High School-OPS 2020 First Avenue 2301 31st St.
4700 Giles Road Kearney, NE 68847 Columbus, NE 68601
Robin Schrack, Past-President Omaha, NE 68157 (W) 308-233-3291 (H) 402-564-1781
31154 W. 169th Terr. (W) 402-557-3116 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Gardner, KS 66030 email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org Kelly Melson Karen Buckley
Laura Pietsch (2009-2011) NLC Youth Advisory Board AFCON Liaison
Sara Churchill Bellevue East Kearney Public Schools Pius X High School
Secretary and Webmaster 1401 High School Dr. 910 East 34th 6000 A Street
Arbor Park Middle School Bellevue, NE 68005 Kearney, NE 68847 Lincoln, NE 68510
PO Box 288 (W) 293-4190 (W) 308-698-8232 (W) 402-488-0931
Blair, NE 68008 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org Kathy Terrell Susan Hubbard
(2008-2010) Student Membership Mary Reiman
Lynne Wragge, Treasurer Morrill Public Schools Liaison NDE Liaison
Kennedy Elementary-OPS P.O. Box 486 Cathedral of the Risen Lincoln Public Schools
2906 N. 30th St. Morrill, NE 69358 Christ School 5901 O Street
Omaha, NE 68111 (HS) 308-247-2149 3245 S. 37 St. Lincoln, NE 68510
(W) 402-457-5520 (EL) 308-247-2176 Lincoln, NE 68506 (W) 402-436-1627
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org (W) 402-489-9621 email@example.com
Ex-Officio Members: ncoln.org
Jean Hellwege, Anne Kalkowski Nancy Larimer Judy Henning
Executive Secretary Awards & Scholarships Talking Book & Braille Learning4Life
Scott Middle School Bell Elementary School Liaison Kearney Public Schools
2200 Pine Lake Rd 7909 Reed Street Lincoln Public Schools 3610 Sixth Ave
Lincoln, NE 68512 Papillion, NE 68046 5901 O St. Kearney, NE 68854
Mail to: 2925 Drawbridge Ct. (W) 402-537-9998 Lincoln, NE 68510 (W)308-698-8072
Lincoln, NE 68516 firstname.lastname@example.org (W) 402-436-1842 email@example.com
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