Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 1, 2008
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Nebraska Library Commission, Crane Room

  1. Review of Nebraska Library Commission's "NebraskAccess." [Allana Novotny, Nebraska Library Commission]

    NebraskAccess ( offers FREE online access to current magazines, journals, newspapers, genealogy and business information to all Nebraska residents. Allana demonstrated how easy these databases are to use, and provided a glimpse the broad spectrum of useful information and services provided by NebraskAccess. One of the featured databases is "Nebraska Memories," a collection of digitalized historical and cultural heritage materials from across Nebraska donated by public institutions.

    The Nebraska Library Commission provides these resources with funding from the State of Nebraska (currently about $489,000 a year). For Nebraska citizens to purchase these subscriptions individually it would cost them millions of dollars, so collecting these subscriptions in one place and making them available for everyone to use is a real bargain for Nebraska taxpayers.

    The current password used to access all databases in NebraskaAccess is "lookout8" (please note that the password is regularly changed on April 1 and October 1 of each year). If you have questions about NebraskaAccess, please call Allana at 402-471-6681.

  2. Discuss ideas for Second Annual Partner Event. [Abby Anderson & Brent Hoffman,]

    Abby and Brent discussed possible event structure and topic/speaker ideas for the Second Annual Partner Event with the group. is considering a half-day (9 to noon) event in March 2009. They tentatively plan to bring in a nationally recognized keynote speaker followed by break-out sessions.

    Possible topics may include: Green Technology, Accessibility, Web 2.0 Technologies, Web 2.0 and Government, Virtualization, Next Generation Workforce, Teleworking and Remote Access, Identifying, Preserving and Protecting Essential Records, Facing the Financial Challenge, Innovation in e-Government, Agency Over the Counter Credit Card Payments, Online Transactions- Credit Cards and ACH, How to get your customers "out of line" and "online".

    If you haven't done so already, please complete the 2009 Partner Event Questionnaire

  3. Discuss forming a work group to address the use of social networking services by State of Nebraska entities. [Group]

    Group discussion resulted in the formation of a new committee/work group. A Social Networking Tools & Services Committee web page has been developed that describes the purpose of the committee, some of the issues for consideration, a few examples, articles and other resources, and current committee members. Please contact us if you would like to become a committee member.

  4. Miscellaneous. [Group]

    Pat Engelhard, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), suggested that upcoming meetings be scheduled at different locations/agencies and possibly with greater frequency than the currently scheduled six meetings per year (every other month). She also suggested that the group offer to perform beta-testing for new state government web sites as they are rolled into production.

    Pat Saldana, Department of Banking & Finance, suggested that the group look into issues and best practices regarding online payments and fees.

    Nancy Coffman, Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired, mentioned that the Cornhusker Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) is looking for speakers and new members.

  5. Adjourn.

Next Meeting

Wednesday, December 3, 2008
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Nebraska Library Commission
1200 N Street, Suite 120
Crane Room (Lower Level, enter building on first floor, South side)