Introduction/Content:

Welcome to the seventh thing in 12 Things SWKLS 2018.  I know most of you are in the middle of Summer Reading or just finished Summer Reading, so I am going to try to take it easy on you again.  This month we’re going to talk about the databases available through the State Library of Kansas.  The second part of this topic involves a survey that’s only available until July 18.  If you don’t get this completed before July 18, it’s ok.  You can still earn 1 credit hour. If you get it completed, you can earn 2 credit hours.  If you already completed this survey last month, you can still get credit just let us know in the comment section below.

The activities for this lesson are due July 31 at 11:59 pm central time and are worth 1 or 2 credit hours.  Estimated work time:  1-2 hours.

If you would rather complete an alternate topic, please go to the alternate topic page and pick one from the list.  You are also welcome to choose past topics or topics from the first round of Things.

If you get stuck and need help, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Exercises:  (Due July 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm CDT)

Tools you will need:

  • A computer with a browser or a tablet, smart phone, or other device.
  • An Internet connection.

Activity 1: (1 hour)

  1.  Watch the State Library of Kansas Database Overview archive.

Activity 2: (15 min – 1 hour)

  1.  The mission of the State Library of Kansas states (in part) that it will deliver 21st Century library services and resources to all Kansans and help all Kansans be successful in a global market.
    It will also provide lifelong educational services. (https://kslib.info)To accomplish the mission, subscriptions to databases and other online resources are negotiated for a specific number of years. Many of the SLK resources have contracts expiring in August, 2019, so it is now time to review what we have and decide if these are the best resources for all Kansans.The State Library of Kansas is asking for your help by telling a little bit about yourself and also completing the survey below.
  2. If you haven’t already, complete the State Library of Kansas Database Survey by  clicking on the post below.

3.  Share the survey on your library’s Facebook page, your personal Facebook page, on your website, or with a patron/community member to take.  Link to original post from State Library of Kansas.

 

Activity 3:  (5-15 min)

  1.  Comment below with the following:
    1. Your favorite database (or which one you plan to use a lot in the future.)
    2. How you shared the survey (if applicable).
    3. Whether you did Activity 1 and 2 or just 1.
    4. What you learned.

30 thoughts on “12 Things SWKLS: 2018 Thing 7

  • July 3, 2018 at 5:06 pm
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    1. My favorite database is Mango Languages because of the variety of languages that you can learn and that it saves your progress! Now if only I had more time to use it! I also plan on using the kid’s research databases, like Explora and Britanica as my kids get older and into school. I think a lot of people don’t realize that there are these great resources free for them to use through their state library.
    2. I shared the survey through our library facebook page, Scott County Library.
    3. I did both activity 1 and 2.
    4. I have not had to help patrons with any databases yet, but I think that is mainly because they aren’t aware of these resources? A goal of mine is to highlight a database on our facebook page monthly or find another way to bring more attention to them. This was a good refresher video for me to see the databases and an overview on how to use them.

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  • July 5, 2018 at 11:21 am
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    I did activities 1, 2, and 3. I shared the survey on our Library FaceBook page. I, of course, love the Kids page!!!! What did I learn…..had no idea about permalinks and why you should use them instead of just copying the URL! and about Text alerts in Journal Finder. There is so much information right at our fingertips and it’s all FREE!!!

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  • July 9, 2018 at 10:50 am
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    I did it all! I am a big fan of auto repair database. Not only a good resource for patrons, but I have personally used it many times. You can’t just change a simple headlight anymore. Also a fan of RecordBooks offerings. The e-book and audiobook offerings are much better than they used to be when they first started offering NetLibrary(?) Back in 2005(?)

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    • July 10, 2018 at 4:26 pm
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      I think you are right Royce. The auto repair database is a great tool. Glad that we can help point people in the direction of this great database.

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  • July 10, 2018 at 4:23 pm
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    I think I will be checking out the Learning Express database. It has so many things that our patrons could use. Not to mention I could really brush up on my Excel. I think another great one is the auto repair database. I will be sharing that with some of my family/friends that works on cars. I filled out the survey and shared it on my personal facebook page. I did activity 1 & 2. What did I learn? Wow, there is so much to learn with these databases I am always amazed at the offering for free. I didn’t know about the Universal Class. I have a patron that would like to homeschool but isn’t sure how to go about it. I just found out how to help her. Thanks, Janelle!!

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  • July 11, 2018 at 4:54 pm
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    Wow, so much information in one video!!
    1. The database I think I will be using the most is Mango Languages, I’ve been trying to learn some Spanish to better help or Latino patrons and the “Spanish for Librarians” will be perfect!
    2. I shared the survey through our library facebook page.
    3. I did both activities.
    4. As I haven’t been in the library world for very long, I haven’t spent much time on the state library website, so most of the information in the video was new to me. We have had several patrons ask about medical dictionaries/encyclopedias, I will be informing them of the different online databases on health on the website. Thanks!

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    • July 12, 2018 at 11:10 am
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      I need to brush on my Spanish, too. I know a few words, but not enough to help in most instances. I didn’t realize there was a Spanish for Librarians lesson. I will have to look for it!

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  • July 11, 2018 at 5:16 pm
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    1. Universal Class holds great interest in for me, There are several people I know in my community who would greatly benefit from the CE options this database presents.
    2. I shared the survey on my personal Facebook.
    3. I did Activity 1 and 2.
    4. Being a new librarian, I found all of the information very useful in becoming more aware of the resources available to me in helping patrons find the information they are looking for.

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  • July 12, 2018 at 7:44 pm
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    1. My interest was piqued by Mango languages (especially Spanish for librarians) and the Universal Class. There’s only so many conversations you can throw in the words “enchilada” and “taco” with an only spanish-speaking patron!!
    2. I shared the survey through our Library page.
    3. I completed both activities! Thanks for taking it easy on us!! Although sometimes it’s hard even just to sit down and watch without interruptions!!
    4. I learned more in depth of what the Explora and Britannica databases do. I felt like you could really tell what the speaker’s favorite area of the state website was!! Haha! It seems they’ve really updated the Kansas State Library Page since I’ve last been on and just made it more user-friendly and navigable!!!

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  • July 13, 2018 at 3:40 pm
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    I have used Heritage Quest a lot in the last several years pre-Ancestry account! Have also shown patrons the Auto repair database if one of the books we still have doesn’t have what they are looking for. I learned some more about the Explora and Britannica databases; the Universal Class sounds interesting, I may have to research on that some more. This was a good overview of what the State Library offers. I had taken the survey before this and I think I shared it on my husband’s Facebook. When I checked I saw it once and then not again!

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  • July 16, 2018 at 3:37 pm
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    I am guilty of not utilizing the databases as much as I should, but we spend time each school year training our teachers and students on the databases, specifically Explora and Brittanica school editions. This past year, we have helped a number of patrons sign into Mango languages, which I believe is excellent.

    I shared the survey on our library’s Facebook page and also personally took the survey (Activity 1 and 2 complete).

    I now have a better understanding of Journal Finder, though I have never had a patron ask for this information. And as one of the few USPS proctoring sites, I found it interesting there was a practice exam!

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  • July 17, 2018 at 5:00 pm
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    1.My favorite database that was showed during the refresher webinar, after Journal Finder, is probably Britannica. It is a very good place for information. I have used it to check facts for trivia.
    2.I shared the survey to my Facebook page.
    3. 1 and 2
    4. I learned about Journal Finder! being able to search for and access different kinds of magazines is really cool. Its kind of like having Zinio,…I was able to share this with a friend who gets a magazine called Military History. Now he can search for and read all the articles he missed.

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  • July 18, 2018 at 1:01 pm
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    1. This was my first experience delving into the online databases. I was excited about many resources available especially Mango, Universal Class and Heritage Quest. I plan to use all three databases and signed up for Mango and Universal Class for now.
    2. On our Facebook Page.
    3. 1 & 2
    4. I learned there is a wealth of information out there and it is very easy to access. Looking back I see how these resources could have helped several of our patrons, but I didn’t know what resources were available. So now that I am informed, I’ll be better able to assist our patrons.

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  • July 18, 2018 at 2:28 pm
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    1. My favorite database was Mango Language, because of all the different languages you can learn and it saves what you have already done. Also liked that there is an app for this database so you can do it from a smartphone with the app.
    2. I haven’t yet shared the database.
    3.I did both Activity 1 & 2.
    4. I haven’t been around the library quiet often, but I learned more ways to help our patrons out whenever they have a question about something on the Kansas State Library Page.

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  • July 18, 2018 at 4:27 pm
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    I really needed a refresher on the State Databases, this helped me tune in to what’s available. Each staff member at our library is taking Thing 7 and then will follow by picking a database, learning about it, creating an account if needed, and then presenting a short informational workshop about it to the rest of the staff. This way, we will each have some expertise on most of the databases offered, and be able to promote them in our library.

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    • July 19, 2018 at 7:49 am
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      Holly,

      I love that everyone on staff is getting on board and I also love the idea of sharing about the databases! Great idea!

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  • July 19, 2018 at 10:47 am
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    1. I have used the State Database some and glad to learn about some much more than is offered. There are many great helpful links. I liked that there was online courses and universal classes in all areas of study. Practice tests, ACT practice tests, and even the GED help is offered there. Help to build resumes. Also a great place for research and genealogy study. I am going to refer the State Library Database to the high school students I know. I shared this on my Facebook page. And I did all the activities. Thank you for another great lesson!

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  • July 19, 2018 at 11:48 am
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    We have patrons using the Mango database and also the Auto repair manual, they think is very friendly to use. I am planning on getting more familiar with the databases that the system is offering.

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  • July 20, 2018 at 11:44 am
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    I did activity 1 but was too late to do activity 2. There is so much available on the State Library site it’s almost overwhelming. I decided I need to spend more time going through & familiarizing myself with all that’s available a little at a time. I intend to put short informative posts on our Facebook as I find things I think our patrons will find interesting & helpful. That’s my goal anyway!

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    • July 20, 2018 at 12:55 pm
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      I love that they have so many resources, but I agree it can get a bit overwhelming. I like the idea of learning a bit at a time and sharing a bit on your Facebook page at a time. That sounds like a great goal!

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  • July 22, 2018 at 9:33 pm
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    My favorite databases and the ones that I have used the most to help patrons are Heritage Quest and Auto Repair. But after taking the class there are many other databases that I would like to get familiar with such as Journal Finder. I was to late to take the survey so I only did activity 1. The databases are something I never think of so I think I need to take the time to really check them out. I did learn about permalinks which could be very helpful when helping a patron. I hope to share these databases on our Facebook page. It is always great to have a review about what the State Library offers.

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  • July 23, 2018 at 3:44 pm
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    1. I love the Mango Languages and really hope to get to use it in the future.
    2. I shared on our Facebook page.
    3. I did activity 1 and 2.
    4. I have become more aware of what all is at our fingertips and for FREE! I can’t wait to show patrons what I have learned and what all they can use through the State Library of Kansas.

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    • July 31, 2018 at 2:52 pm
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      Mango is one of my favs, too! I just need to be better about using it. I really need to brush up on my Spanish.

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  • July 30, 2018 at 12:45 pm
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    I completed activity 1 and took the state survey and had planned on having a patron do the survey before I completed my “Thing”, but now the month is all but gone and so is the survey! There is so much information on the State Library site it is mind-boggling. I especially liked the Mango Language, the Explora and Britannica databases and the kids page. However, I need to spend a lot more time getting comfortable with the site before I can help anyone else use it. I did help one patron sign up for a state library card so she could use the periodicals/journals but I don’t know if she was able to access what she wanted. Haven’t heard that if wasn’t successful so I hope it worked.

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  • July 31, 2018 at 11:51 am
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    We recommend the Mango Languages a lot, I need to take some lessons as well! We have a lot of street traffic come in asking for the court house! (google maps has us and the court house addresses switched). I did activities 1 & 2, and shared the survey on our Libraries Facebook page. I always learn when I visit the State’s website! I’m hoping I remember to use the practice tests when my son gets older!

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  • July 31, 2018 at 4:18 pm
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    My favorite database is Heritage Quest. I have used it for myself and have also helped patrons use it. Universal Class sounds very interesting.
    I did activity 1 and 2.

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  • July 31, 2018 at 4:39 pm
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    I recently had the pleasure of helping a nurse look up information on the ProQuest database and she was so excited! This is what I love about being a librarian, helping people find what they are looking for; whether it is a series that they love or information to help them finish classes, or get someone on the internet for a job search or to download their grandkid’s photo/latest acchievement, it is so great to be able to help others.

    I really need to utilize Mango, my Spanish is super limited. I can order enchiladas, but helping with basic questions is not happening.

    I did activity 1 and 2. I had taken the survey when it first came out, but I hadn’t shared it, so I was able to do that super easy.

    I am always astonished when I watch any of the State Library tutorials about how much information is right in one place. It is like finding something new every time I log in.

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  • July 31, 2018 at 4:55 pm
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    1.) My favorite database is Heritage Quest, because it it the one I have used the most. I have done a lot of genealogy research for patrons.

    2.) I tried to do the survey, but it said the survey is currently closed. I did not share it on our FB or web page bacuse of that reason.

    3.) So, I couldn’t do activity 2. But, I did activity 1 & 3.

    4.) I hadn’t realized how much is actually available. I need to do spend some time looking at the State Library sight and seeing what new things I can encourage our patrons to check out.

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  • August 1, 2018 at 11:56 am
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    ALL the information available thru the databases is news to me. I am continually surprised to find out what is available through the state library! A few that stood out to me as something to keep in mind for pointing our patrons to were the Heritage Quest, Mango Languages, and I think many of our homeschool families would find the research for kids options like Explora useful. I was not able to do or link the survey.

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