Weekly Wrap-U.P.! April 9, 2021

Future Dates & Training Opportunities

All times are in Central Standard Time (CST).

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 /Registratoin LinkZoom Link

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 /Registration LinkZoom Link


Senate Bill 13

The System Directors still have several questions concerning Senate Bill 13. Eric Norris, State Librarian, was unavailable for our last meeting but Gail Santy, Director of Central Kansas Library System, will be advancing our questions to Eric for clarification. The main question is when does the bill actually begin. The State Legislature has indicated that it will not start until the 2023 budget cycle to give county clerks 2022 to prepare for the new budget filing process.

For the first two years, it is understood or deciphered, that the State will pick up any costs that the county’s might have for expenses of notification. Then after those two years the county will pay the cost of notification and if the county deems it will pass cost down to the government entity (System). The cost that can be passed down to the System can be postage and printing costs. Before when the bill was discussed it was only postage.

The 2022 year will be the year that the government entities will set their “Revenue Neutral Rate”. It is understood that once this is set when the System, through it’s budgetary means (levy and dollar amount), increases it’s budget amount then constituents will be notified. For the System this would be rural Clark, Edwards, Ford, Hodgeman, Meade, Ness, and Seward county residents through the appropriate county clerk.

American Rescue Plan Act 2021

There has yet to be any information concerning how the American Rescue Plan Act 2021 funds will be distributed and what the funds can be used for purchase. Once Eric Norris, State Librarian, informs the System directors of the guidelines we will pass it along to member libraries.

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

The Library Maintenance Checklist, Part 1 video is now available for watching. If you happened to miss it here is the workshop video link.

Remember I am breaking the library maintenance checklist Walk-Through into 3 parts. Part 2 – Tuesday April 20th at 10:00 am and Thursday May 13th at 10:00 am.

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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.

Cataloging, Collection Development, and ILL

Congratulations to Dodge City Public Library–
now a FINE FREE library!

Prepare for summer with these titles (and more!) from the SWKLS Professional Collection…Use a blank ILL request to order, please.



A “branch” of the SWKLS Unity Project is ILL, and it includes a goal to increase hard-to-find item requests through OCLC. I am very proud to announce that we met that goal last month with 34 successful borrowing requests. In March 2020, we made 45 successful requests, and those were pre-COVID days, so…Well done, ILL Staffers!

Planning to hang a StoryWalk(R) in your community?

Try one of these semi-permanent options available on Amazon.

Thanks to Whitney at Fowler for teaching us about these!

Now available on our Wiki:

  • General: VERSO vs. SHAREit — document / Link
  • Brief bibliographic records: VERSO vs. SHAREit — document / Link
  • **Demystify brief bibs with the above document.**
  • SWKLS U.P.! in Large Print — recording and document / Link
  • CAT Express Quarterly Report (all libraries) — document / Link


Technology Training

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