Nominations open for Sandra Herzinger Award!

Nominations are now being accepted for the Sandra Herzinger Award (Technical Services Round Table’s Distinguished Service Award)!

Technical services employees often feel like the unsung heroes of the library world, working in back rooms while patrons (and even some colleagues) have little idea of how their contributions affect the library. The Sandra Herzinger Award will be given to a Nebraska library worker who has demonstrated exceptional work in the profession and/or has been an advocate for technical services.

Each nominee for the TSRT Technical Services Distinguished Service award must:

  • be employed in, or formerly employed in, a technical services position in a Nebraska library (According to the TSRT website, technical services includes: acquisitions, collection development, cataloging and classification, preservation, serials control, interlibrary loan and document delivery.)
  • be an active and involved employee of his/her library, as well as an active and involved member of the Nebraska library community
  • have a proven record of demonstrating the value of technical services, both to colleagues within the library community and to library patrons
  • It is not necessary for the nominee to be a member of TSRT.

Nomination Process:

Please fill out this form to nominate a colleague you think is deserving of this award.

If desired, you may also submit up to two letters which support and endorse your nomination. Such letters may provide further information about the nominee.

Nominations and letters of support must be received by August 31, 2017. If you are unable to use the form or would prefer email, please submit your nomination to the TSRT Chair, Melanie Feyerherm Schultz.




WANTED: TSRT Officer Nominations!

NLA’s Technical Services Round Table is seeking candidates for the open position of Vice Chair / Chair Elect. This position is a three-year commitment, as the elected candidate will serve as Vice Chair, then Chair, then Past Chair. The duties of each of these positions can be found in the TSRT Bylaws.

If you are interested in running for this position, please contact Emily Dust Nimsakont, TSRT Past Chair by Wednesday, May 31.

TSRT 2017 Spring Business Meeting

The TSRT business meeting will take place during lunch at the 2017 All Round Tables Spring Meeting. Lunch is served in the lower level, so please find the table with TSRT sign or people. Please see below for links to (1) agenda, (2) minutes of previous meeting, and (3) financial report.

Location: Lower Level, Seward Memorial Library, Seward Nebraska
Time & Date: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, April 7.

Agenda for April 7 TSRT business meeting

Minutes from October 21 2016 TSRT business meeting

2017 TSRT Financial Report from NLA Treasurer

Register for 2017 All Round Tables Spring Meeting!

It’s time to register for the Spring Meeting!

Location: Seward Memorial Library, Seward Nebraska
Time & Date: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 7.

Registration Rates (lunch included!):
ITART, IFRT, TSRT or NMRT member — $20
Non-member — $25
Current library science student — $15

Register online by midnight March 31.

Are you ready for an all around great spring meeting? Then sign up for the all round table event happening April 7!

For questions, please contact Scott Childers.

Submit proposals for 2017 Spring Meeting!

We are accepting presentation proposals for this year’s NLA Round Tables Spring Meeting. The meeting will be held at Seward Memorial Library on April 7

The deadline for presentation proposals is March 10. 

If you have something to say in the areas of intellectual freedom, technical services, library technology, or have advice for new librarians – we want to hear it!

We’re hoping to offer multiple 50-minute sessions, as well as a lightning round of short presentations.

Now is your chance to share your great ideas with your colleagues! You don’t have to be a member of any of the round tables to present or attend!

To submit a proposal, use this online proposal form. For questions on submitting proposals, please contact Scott Childers.

Proposed changes to TSRT bylaws

Posting  on behalf of Angela Kroeger. An agenda for the upcoming fall meeting will be sent out soon.

TSRT Members,

Here is the draft document including three proposed changes to TSRT’s bylaws.

If you use the Google doc preview, the changes display in red, and you may also download the file to be able to use Word’s “track changes” feature to view the details.

In summary, the three changes are:

1) Adjusting the language for amendments to the by-laws, to specify that changes are proposed at one general meeting, written up and presented to the membership electronically between meetings, and then voted on at the next general meeting, to allow by-laws changes to be completed with the passage of two general meetings, rather than three as has sometimes happened.

2) Change Standing Committees to Appointed Positions, to better reflect actual practice, where “committees” have consisted of a single person each, and are expected to continue thus.

3) A simple typo fix (correcting “a officer” to “an officer”).

These three changes will be voted upon at the TRST fall general meeting, during the NSLA/NSLA annual conference, Friday, October 21, at 3:30 pm.

Thank you!

Angela Kroeger

2016 IFRT/NMRT/TSRT Spring Meeting

Hello TSRT members!

If you are attending the Spring Meeting tomorrow (Friday April 15, 2016), here are a few things of interest:

Print copies of the schedule will be available on site, but here’s an electronic copy if you want one.

TSRT will meet during the lunch hour. Here’s the agenda.

The draft minutes from the previous TSRT meeting (at the NLA/NSLA fall conference) are available for review.

Best wishes for a great Spring Meeting!


Registration now open! 2016 TSRT/IFRT/NMRT Spring Meeting

What: NLA Technical Services Round Table/Intellectual Freedom Round Table/New Members Round Table Spring Meeting

Theme: “It’s a Dirty Job, but Somebody’s Gotta Do It”

When: Friday, April 15, 2016 9:30am-3:30pm

Where: Seward Memorial Library, 233 S 5th Street, Seward, NE 68464

Registration Deadline: April 8, 2016

Registration form:


Please join us for the 2016 spring meeting of the Nebraska Library Association’s Technical Services Round Table, Intellectual Freedom Round Table, and New Members Round Table.

We will be meeting on Friday, April 15, at Seward Memorial Library. Our theme is “It’s A Dirty Job, But Somebody’s Gotta Do It”, and our programming encompasses a number of variations on the theme – from intellectual freedom issues, to metadata manipulation, to physically cleaning up after an unexpected disaster.


Schedule for the Day:

9:30-10:00 Registration
10:00-10:50 Defending Intellectual Freedom in Nebraska Libraries: Not Always a Dirty Job, but You’ve Gotta Do It Regardless

David Moshman

UNL Professor of Education

Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON) Board Member


Our keynote presentation features David Moshman, who will speak on the session topic and how AFCON supports NLA and individual librarians. Linda Parker, President of AFCON, will also be present to discuss AFCON’s work in protecting intellectual freedom.


11:00-11:50 Concurrent Sessions Finger in the Dike: Managing Demand-Driven Ebooks

James Shaw



When Criss Library at UNO launched its demand driven ebook program with ProQuest’s EBL, we decided not to profile a collection but rather flooded the catalog with records from the entire EBL database. We offered a rapidly growing collection of over 300,000 ebooks, and various adventures ensued as we tried to offer the broadest and deepest collection possible while staying within budget. Our example may or may not be salutary depending on your tolerance for risk. In any event, we have managed so far, but as the old line goes, recent returns are not guarantees of future results.

Neverending Cleanup

Susan Mueller



This session will present information about the process used to manage the cleanup after a storm caused damage to over 6500 books at UNK. This session will show how the process saved two thirds of those damaged and what was done to replace the other third.


Lunch and Business Meetings


1:30-2:20 Concurrent Sessions How I Used my Ninja MarcEdit Training to Clean Up!

Heather Buckwalter

Creighton University


Having attended the Marcedit Ninja pre-conference last Fall, Heather will show how she used the knowledge to cleanup bibliographic data. The 3 Creighton Libraries are in the process of migrating to a new ILS and need to do some data cleaning!

Intellectual Freedom and Library Service

Adam Prochaska

O’Neill, Heinrich, Damkroger, Bergmeyer & Shultz, P.C., L.L.O


Adam Prochaska is an attorney with the Lincoln firm of O’Neill, Heinrich, Damkroger, Bergmeyer & Shultz. He’s participated in the ALA program Lawyers for Libraries and served on the board for Southeast Library System. “It’s a Dirty Job But Somebody’s Gotta Do It” fits well with multiple aspects of Intellectual Freedom and library service – access, confidentiality, free speech, and protections against censorship. We’ll hear Adam’s thoughts as an attorney, parent and frequent library user on those issues.

2:30-3:20 Lightning Round

Down & Dirty Weeding – Janene Hill, Jensen Memorial Library – Minden

Keeping Board Games in the Box – Becky Sims and MaLinda McEntire, Sump Memorial Library – Papillion

MeSH Mess! – Euem C. Osmera, McGoogan Library of Medicine, UNMC

Multiple Directions for Metadata – Mary Ellen Ducey, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



Lunch will be provided, and registration rates are as follows:

IFRT, TSRT or NMRT member (Before April 8th) — $20
Non-member (Before April 8th) — $25
Current library science student (Before April 8th) — $15

On-site registration (lunch not included) — $30

Here is the online registration form.

Any questions about the meeting can be directed to Emily Dust Nimsakont, TSRT Chair.

Call for Presentation Proposals – TSRT/IFRT/NMRT 2016 Spring Meeting

What: NLA Technical Services Round Table/Intellectual Freedom Round Table/New Members Round Table Spring Meeting

Theme: “It’s a Dirty Job, but Somebody’s Gotta Do It”

When: Friday, April 15, 2016

Where: Seward Memorial Library

Who: You!


We’re looking for presentations centered on the theme “It’s a Dirty Job, but Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” We’re hoping to offer multiple 50-minute sessions, as well as a lightning round of short presentations.

We are open to all interpretations of the theme; tell us about the “dirty jobs” you’re doing at your library! Are you involved with cleaning up metadata for digital projects, or tidying your MARC records in anticipation of an ILS migration? Do you have tips to offer about disaster planning and emergency management in libraries, for cleaning up (or preventing) those physical messes? Have you developed ingenious ways of dealing with project management, book challenges by patrons, reference desk scheduling, or any other messy situations in your library? Now is your chance to share your great ideas with your colleagues!

To submit a proposal, use the online proposal form.

The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2016. Any questions about submitting a proposal can be directed to Emily Dust Nimsakont, TSRT Chair.

We’re looking forward to seeing your great ideas!