Future Dates & Training Opportunities
All times are in Central Standard Time (CST).
September 1 at Haskell Township Library – Very Merry VERSO Launch
– Next volunteers: Ransom (ongoing), Meadowlark (October), Fowler (November), Kismet (December – February, with a pause for the State Report), Bucklin (March), Ness City (April), and Plains (May/June) *To add your library to this list, contact Kelly.
September 6, 2021 – SWKLS Office will be closed in observance of Labor Day Holiday
September 7, 2021, 2PM – Train U.P.! Cybersecurity/Website Checklist with Steve & Jody/ Registration Link
September 9, 2021, 1:30 pm – After-Lunch Course “Library Ethics”/Registration Link
September 24 at Gray County Fairgrounds – Tech Day+ 2021/Registration Link
October 1 2021 Tech Day+ 2021 Virtual on Zoom/Registration Link
October 5, 2021, 2PM – Train U.P.! (topic TBD)
October 20-23, 2021 Association for Rural & Small Libraries / Registration Link
November 2, 2021, 2PM – Train U.P.! (topic TBD)
December 10, 2021 – 2nd Annual Crafting Your Collection 2021 at the G.C. Zoo
Summer Library Program (Reading) Survey Aug. 30 Deadline
As I mentioned at the Full Board Meeting last Friday the dates for the Summer Library Program Survey that was relayed to the consultants had a misprint in the email. The office will need to have your Survey’s completed by August 30, 2021. This will give us time to compile the results and get it into the LSTA Grant final report. For those that have already filled out the Survey thank you. For those that haven’t yet I apologize for the error and appreciate you adjusting your schedule to meet the new deadline.
Kansas Library Association 2021 Conference
The Kansas Library Association has posted the link to reserve your hotel for the upcoming 2021 conference in Wichita, October 27-29. This is the reservation link so you can get your room booked ahead of time. At this time the registration has not opened, but we it becomes available we will inform you of that link.
The Registration link for this year’s KLA Conference has been added to their website. This link will take you to the Conference Registration Link
Talking Books Sample Drive
This past week you should have received a blue case with a new talking books sample. This new drive is to be placed with your library’s sample Talking Books Reader machine. Both are to be used when a patron comes in and wants to work with the reader and drive to become familiar with the machine before they receive theirs from Talking Books.
Talking Books sent you a new drive because it has changed on how books are delivered. It used to be that one drive held only one book. Now one drive can hold three books or more dependent on size of audio files.
Preview of Summer Library Program Artwork for 2022 & Facebook Page
Here is the link to the Collaborative Summer Library Program Facebook Page. If you haven’t liked the page yet please do and share the new images.
The next Zoom After-Lunch Course is September 9 at 1:30 pm CT. The topic is “Library Ethics” presented by Pat Wagner. Registration is now open if you are interested in attending. You can use the link here or above to register.
Cataloging, Collection Development, and ILL
In May, every SWKLS staff member received gifts: a bookmark with a seed packet. For those who have planted the seed packet, and growing seedlings, send us your pictures for a display coming soon!
New to the SWKLS Professional Collection:
(Available to all library staff for ILL.)
SWKLS Equipment Collection – NEW!
(Available to all libraries for ILL.)
Announcing Genres Added to Thorndike/Gale’s Large Print Collection:
Train U.P. ! Cybersecurity/Website Checklist
The month of October is Cybersecurity Month join us for Train U.P. on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 with Steve and Jody. Steve will present on how you can be prepared for Cybersecurity Month. Steve will inform you how to become a Cybersecurity Champion. Learn about all the free resources you have at your fingertips such as social media content. This knowledge will help you and your patrons to stay safe online. Jody will continue with the Website Checklist. This presentation will be a little reminder of what information needs to be on the library’s website as well as good practices and recommendations for layouts.
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 email@example.com
Cimarron City Library New Scanner
IQ Flex Large Format Scanner
The Cimarron City Library is now the proud owner of a large format scanner. This opportunity came to us when Gray County transferred USDA aerial maps dating from 1938-39, 1952 and 1976 to the Library. These maps are an incredible documentation of how the county changed throughout the years. The USDA began this program in 1935 after the depression and drought. The maps are approximately 2’ x 2’ and much too large for the scanner we were currently using.
Because we wanted to provide access to the maps through our online archives, the Library had planned to write a grant for a large format scanner. However, life has a funny way of happening. The opportunity to scan the 1967 maps ‘came out of nowhere’ – with a catch. We would only have a limited amount of time to scan them before they had to be returned to the owner. With that information in hand, we were able to find local donors interested in preserving the county’s history.
This scanner will not only come in handy for this current project, but for all larger format items.