Weekly Wrap-U.P.! April 1, 2021

Future Dates & Training Opportunities

All times are in Central Standard Time (CST).

April 2, 2021 – SWKLS Office will be closed.

April 4 – 10, 2021 is National Library Week, ALA information link

April 6, 2021 at 9:30 AM – New Directors’ “Meet & Greet” with SWKLS Staff. Zoom link is coming soon.

April 6, 2021 at 2:00 PM – Train UP!: Library Maintenance Checklist Zoom Link

April 7, 2021 at 2:00 PM – Bitmoji Set Up/ Registration Link

April 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM – Google Slides- Basics/ Registration Link

April 16, 2021 at 10:00 am – Full Board Meeting /Registration Link
Since the Full Board Meeting is Hybrid the registration form is in a different format.

April 20, 2021 at 10:00 am – Library Maintenance Checklist, Part 2 (Zoom Link to Follow)

April 21, 2021 at 2:00 PM – Make Your Own Virtual Library/Registration Link

April 28 – 29, 2021 – Mountain Plains Library Association Virtual Conference

April 28th at 2:00 PM – Make a splash with your VERSO splash! Training with AG’s Splash Page Master, Jessi Curley. This session will be recorded. Registration link.

April 29th at 2:00 PM – Flipgrip Training- Empower Every Voice/ Registration Link

May 13, 2021 at 10:00 am – Library Maintenance Checklist, Part 3 (Zoom Link to Follow)


National Library Week – April 4 – 10

The theme for National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021), “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs.

  • Monday, April 5: State of America’s Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2020.
  • Tuesday, April 6: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
  • Wednesday, April 7: National Library Outreach Day, a day to celebrate library outreach and the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are.
  • Thursday, April 8: Take Action for Libraries Daya day to rally advocates to support libraries.

ALA’s Day-to-Day Guide to Celebrating National Library Week 2021 Link

Free Tools to Celebrate

Proclamation (Word doc) | Proclamation in Spanish (Word doc)

Sample Press Release (Word doc) | Sample Press release in Spanish (Word doc)

Sample Social Media Posts (Word doc) | Sample Social Media Posts in Spanish (Word doc)

PSA Scripts (Word doc) | Sample PSA Scripts in Spanish (Word doc)

10, 15, 20, and 30 second Broadcast Quality Audio PSAs

Activity Pages

National Library Week Word Search Activity Page (PDF)

Word Search Answers (PDF)

National Library Week Coloring Page (PDF)

National Library Week Coloring Page in Spanish (PDF)

Many thanks to the American Library Association for the content that is provided to our libraries in Kansas and the rest of the U.S.

New Accreditation Form Walk-Through Link

Thank you to everyone that attended the New Accreditation Form Walk-Through. For those that were unable to attend you can view the video of the workshop at this workshop link. When you finish watching the workshop remember to send Richard an email so he can update your CE File with the credits.

Train UP!: Library Maintenance Checklist Walk-Through, Part 1

The next Train UP! will be a walk through of a library maintenance checklist, Part 1. Upon preparing for this next Train UP! I realized that to do the whole library maintenance checklist it would take around 3 to 4 hours. With this in mind I am breaking the library maintenance checklist Walk-Through into 3 parts. Part 1 will be the Train UP! on April 6 and the following 2 sessions will be on: Part 2 – Tuesday April 20th at 10:00 am and Thursday May 13th at 10:00 am.

Again Part 1 of the Library Maintenance Checklist will be The Train UP! session on Tuesday April 6, at 2:00 pm Central Time. Anyone is welcome to attend. To be part of this workshop you can attend with this Zoom Link.

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MPLA Virtual Conference

The FREE Virtual Conference will be April 28 and 29, with Lightning Talks on April 28 plus the Membership Meeting and Awards Presentations on April 29.  Find information at MPLA – MPLA Virtual Conference 2021. The registration link has not been posted at this time.

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Train UP! Videos Ready to View

If you happened to have missed the first two Train UP! training sessions the System Office now has them available through our Wiki. The direct links are also listed below for your convenience. Remember if you watch the videos please contact Richard so he can update your Continuing Education File. Many Thanks to Bernardo for getting these prepped and linked in the Wiki:

Train UP!: Bonding Through Board Games

Train UP!: Zoom into Super Children’s Programming

Cataloging, Collection Development, and ILL

Are you an Excel expert?

Several of our members have expressed a desire to obtain training in Microsoft Excel. If you are willing and able to conduct a training session or two, I would love to hear from you! Your fellow librarians, myself included, would benefit greatly from you sharing your expertise. Thank you for your consideration!

In Other News…

The proposed SWKLS Unity Project calendar has been updated on the Wiki. Thanks, Bernardo! / Link

Now available on the Wiki: ILL (SHAREit) Procedures for New Staff / Link

The recording and notes from “SWKLS U.P.! in Large Print” on March 31st is will be available next week. Email Kelly if you would like a copy of the Google Slides/PowerPoint presentation. Thank you Lori and Laurie P.!

Coming next week! Demystifying brief/zzz bibliographic records (a.k.a brief bibs).


Technology Training

Learn how to setup you own Bitmoji. Regstration Link
Learn the basics of Google Slides so you can share presentations or have a Virtual Library. Registration Link

Make Your Own Virtual Library for the Summer Reading Program.
Registration Link
Learn how to connect with children through video and one on one interactions. Registration Link