12 Things SWKLS: Thing 6

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Welcome to the sixth thing in 12 Things SWKLS.  This month we will be learning about Digital Book eLending through the State Library.  This lesson will give an overview of the various digital book options available through the State Library of Kansas.  Through these services, you and your patrons can check out and listen to audiobooks or read eBooks on smartphones, handheld devices, and computers.

The activities for this lesson are due October 31, 2016 at 11:59 pm central time and are worth 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.

All of the patron resources for the digital book platforms can be found at:  http://kslib.info/digitalbooks.  The State Library has a Librarians Resources section which can be found by going to:  http://kslib.info/101/Librarians.

What you’ll learn in this lesson:

  1. Basic information about the digital book services available through the State Library.
  2. How to find which services are compatible with certain devices.
  3. Updates to the services.
  4. How to find instructions.
  5. How to find promotional material.

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


The State Library has facilitated a cooperative arrangement which allows all libraries and the patrons that they serve to access a collection of digital ebooks and audiobooks. Materials purchased for the shared collection by any Kansas library are available to users throughout the state.  Most require a Kansas Library eCard for use.

Exercises:  (Due October 31, 2016 at 11:59 pm CDT)

Tools you will need:

  • A computer or Internet enabled device.
  • An Internet connection
  • Your Kansas Library eCard
  • A printer
  • An email address (may not be needed for all)

Activity 1:  (45 min)

  1.  Watch the State Library of Kansas Digital Book eLending Overview Webinar.

Activity 2:  (10 – 15 min)

  1. You may have already done this in the last lesson.  If you did already, and still have it you can skip the next steps.
  2. Print out the Digital Book eLending Pamphlet (directions on where to find it are below):
    1. Note:  This document is designed to be printed two sided.
    2. Go to the State Library of Kansas Website.
    3. Find the Librarians Tab and hover your mouse over it.
    4. Click on Promotional Materials under the Statewide Services section.
      promotional materials
    5. Click on the link or the Digital Book eLending pamphlet and print it out.
      digital book eLending
  3. Go to the Librarian Training Page and find the Librarian FAQ Sheet.  (This can be found under the Digital Book eLending Section.)   This is a great resource to study and keep at the front desk or your desk for any questions you may receive.

Activity 3: (30 min)

  1.  Go to the Digital Book eLending Page, http://kslib.info/128/Digital-Book-eLending
  2. Click on the Instructions & Devices Page link.


3.Find a service you have never tried before or would like to learn more about that will work with a device you or your library has.
4.  Print out the directions.
5.  Follow the instructions for this service to check out or view a book.

Activity 4:  (10 – 15 min)

  1.  Go to the State Library of Kansas Page.
  2. Hover over the Librarians tab with your mouse and click on Statistics under the Digital Book eLending Section.
  3.  Once the Statistics page opens, view and open the Freading Circulation Stats for 2016.

Activity 5:  (10-15 min)

  1.  Go to the Promotional Materials Page under the Librarians Tab on the State Library of Kansas site.
    1.  (Hover on Librarians tab, and click on Promotional Materials under Statewide Services).
  2.  View the materials that are available and print out any you may want to feature in your library.
    1. Printing isn’t required, we just want you to know what’s available.

Activity 6:  (10-15 min)

  1. Take this quick quiz.  I promise it’s shorter than the others!
  2. Answer the following by posting a comment down below:
    1. Which service did you try out?
      1. What did you think?
      2. Do you have patrons who would use this service?
    2. What did you learn?
    3.  How many patrons are using Freading in your area?
    4. Were you surprised by this number?
    5. Respond to at least one comment down below.


  • Tell someone about the service
  • Help a patron or coworker checkout a book