Weekly Wrap-U.P.! April 1, 2022

Future Dates & Training Opportunities

All times are in Central Standard Time (CST)

April 6, 2022 – Workshop: Becoming Agents for Change in DEI (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion – See below.)

April 12, 2022 – 2PM Train U.P.! – Topic Two Tuesday! How to use VERSO to print item barcodes; SWKLS can now print our own patron library cards./Registration Link

April 19, 2022 – 10 am – WordPress Updates/Registration Link

May 12, 2022 – 9am – 11 am, Recipe for Success in the School Library Zoom Workshop/Registration Link

June 9, 2022 – After Lunch Course “Intellectual Freedom”

September 8, 2022 – After Lunch Course “Cultural Humility”

September 14 -17, 2022 – ARSL Conference in Chattanooga, TN

October 26-28, 2022 – KLA Conference in Wichita

November 4, 2022 – Tentative date for our 3rd annual “Crafting Your Collection” – This cataloging workshop will be 100% online.

December 8, 2022 – After Lunch Course “Lead From Where You Are”

System Spotlight

If you would like to highlight your library, we’d like to hear from you. Whether it’s about your activities, programs, or anything else that is going on that you’re proud of we can hold a spotlight on your library here in the Weekly Wrap UP if you email Jody at jhattrup@swkls.org

Mark your calendars for next Tuesday the Kinsley Public Library will celebrate its 95th birthday with cupcakes and coffee. While you’re waiting, we invite you to enjoy the story of our library in this week’s Sentinel and on the library blog


Southwest Kansas Library System has 4 Library Journal Star Libraries

This year’s America’s Star Libraries – Library Journal Index of Public Library Service of 2021 has 12 libraries from the state of Kansas on the Index. The Southwest Kansas Library System has four in our region. We want to congratulate the following libraries that are on the Star Index for their level of budget: Cimarron City Library with 5 Stars; Hamilton County Library with 4 Stars; Greeley County Library with 3 Stars; and Lane County Library with 3 Stars!

We are proud to have these libraries represent the Southwest Kansas Library System on Library Journals Star Library Index!

National Library Week is Here!

If you haven’t already planned some activities for next week, make sure you do. National Library Week is here again! We’d love to hear what your library did to celebrate for 2022.

One recommendation from the Kansas Library Association is to “share stories and photos on your library’s social media pages. Tag your elected officials” so they can see that the library is an active place. It’s not all about books anymore, but people talking and attending programs within your community.

Reader Zone Application is not Offered this Year

For the past two years the State Library of Kansas through one of the Pandemic grants purchased Reader Zone for the State’s libraries to use. This grant has expired. The State Regional System Youth Library consultants are using this current year to look at the different companies type of library reading applications that might be included in future year’s. So for all of our libraries that used Reader Zone the past two years it is back to the old with recording books read for the Summer Library Program.

Recipe for Success in the School Library Workshop

We don’t have many school librarians that are on the System’s ListServs. If you, as librarians in your local communities, can pass this workshop along to your school librarians it would be appreciated.

Northwest Kansas Library System is having a Zoom Workshop “Recipe for Success in the School Library” presented by Amy Brownlee. “Amy will discuss the ingredients needed for a successful library program with a buffet of resources and strategies to appeal to every palate.” The workshop will be May 12, 2022 through Zoom. If you register for the workshop you will also receive a link to the recorded session so you can go back and review for things you might have missed during the live Zoom session.

If you are interested it will be May 12, 2022, starting at 9:00 am and last through 11:00 am. To register follow this link.

Cataloging, Collection Development, and ILL

United Wireless Conference Center in Dodge City, 9:30 – 3:30.
Registration and details here.

This workshop will be held exclusively in-person.

We are unable to provide recordings, due to nature of this workshop.

NEW: SWKLS Office Kansas Collection!

Announcing a new collection of including locally published cookbooks, travel guides, and westerns. Available for ILL for you and your patrons! To view this entire collection, use this phrase as a subject search in VERSO or SHAREit: “SWKLS Kansas Collection”. Here are examples of these rare titles:

Bronc Rider
Stu Campbell

Large print

Cowboy Turned Sheepherder Stu Campbell

Large print

North to Cheyenne
Rosie Bosse

We have the whole series!

Think Outside
(Outdoor cooking)
Flippin’ Good
(Outdoor cooking)
Cast Iron Recipes (Outdoor cooking)


Train U.P! April 12, 2022, at 2 pm

Learn how to save money by printing your own barcodes with Kelly Easton. Jody Hattrup will follow up with how to order cards if interested in doing a library card, punch card, or bingo card for your members. Click here to register.

WordPress Updates

Do you need a refresher on WordPress? On Tuesday, April 19, 2022, Jody will present on WordPress the basic plus the new update that has happened in the last three months. Learn more about these updates in this session and how it is easier to layout a page. Click here to register.

Good News From Google

Do you want to hear some good news? Google has pushed back when they will start charging for Google Workspace Business Starter. September 16, 2022, is now the date they have announced when the charges will begin. To add to the good news the charge is half the price for the first year. From September 16, 2022, to September 16, 2023, the fee will be $3.00 for each user. Remember to add one more user to your total count for SWKLS admin. Google continues to state that on September 16, 2023, the fee will be $6.00 per user.

Photo credit goes to Hamor

Osmo Kit is Available with Amazon Fire and IPad Now

Are you thinking about purchasing an Osmo Starter Kit? Try out SWKLS Osmo Kits first then decide if the IPad Osmo Kits is what you need or the Amazon Fire Osmo Kit will be sufficient. SWKLS purchased the Osmo Starter Kit and Osmo Monster for an IPad. We have just got in the Osmo Starter Kit for Amazon fire. Any library that wants to test out before purchasing is welcome to use these kits. If you are on a tight budget SWKLS has a solution to making these kits affordable. Maybe you just want to do something different and new in your library for kids. These kits are perfect for small groups and kids between the ages of 8-10 years of age. If interested in borrowing the Osmo kits, please contact Jody at SWKLS and she will deliver and do a short training with you on the Osmo kits.