Future Dates & Training Opportunities
All times are in Central Standard Time (CST).
February 17, 2021 – Website Maintenance Training at 2:00 pm, Registration Link
February 18, 2021 – Library Advocacy Session at 2:00 pm, Zoom Link
February 19 by EOD – Submit item barcode orders to Kelly via email.
March 2, 2021 – The Train U.P.! (formerly the Directors Forum) Zoom! Into Super Children’s Programing at 2:00 pm
March 11, 2021 – After Lunch Course, Advocacy at 1:30 pm Registration Link
March 31 at 11:00 AM – SWKLS U.P.! in LARGE PRINT: an inside look at large print subscription options from Thorndike, Center Point, Doubleday, and more. This will be a recorded Zoom training session hosted by Laurie P. (Ness City), Lori (DCPL), and Kelly (SWKLS) – Registration Link coming soon.
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The Train U.P.! – March 2, 2021, at 2:00 pm CT:
For March’s Train U.P.! we are pleased to announce that Maribel Sandoval with be conducting “Zoom into Super Children’s Programming” workshop. For the little one’s she will be sharing her Story Hour Plus program, fun intro activities and songs, Mr. Bear’s Weather, fun learning games on Canva, songs and dances they do as a group and Bookflix videos. For older children (3-5 Grades) shell will share with us how she does her virtual Girl Power and Lego Club.
The Directors Forum is being rebranded to The Train U.P.! to coincide with the SWKLS Unity Project. The main feature will be Continuing Education presentation and then at the end of the session the SWKLS Departments will relay any news that needs to be mentioned.
Additional Continuing Education Opportunities:
Remember to email Richard at the System Office if you attend or watch a workshop so the Office can update your CE File. In the email let us know the title and duration of the workshop.
Two free webinars-on-demand! These webinars can be viewed for free until March 31st. No registration required; just click on the title below to start viewing:
- Playing the Long Game: The Resiliency of Ordinary People Like You and Me with presenter Pat Wagner
- How to Write for the Library Press (and Make Editors Love You) with presenter Kathy Dempsey
Brief Bib Tips:
- You may have seen this week’s release notes from Ted Koppel at Auto-Graphics (above). In the brief bib report, a library is now able to run the report for itself, instead of all of SWKLS. (Hint: Check your inbox for Ted’s email on Monday, Feb. 8th.)
- Here is an easy way to check your brief bibs, instead of running a report:
- From the quick search bar or advanced search, enter “ZZZbriefbib” as a subject search in your library. Voila!
- NOTE: Checking your library’s brief bibs monthly is considered a best practice. Reminders have been included in the SWKLS U.P.! Calendar. / Link
Auto-Graphics Training Sessions for New Directors –
Now Available on the SWKLS Wiki / Link
Session #1 (Jan. 20th): VERSO/Circ Admin
Session #2 (Jan. 26th): VERSO/Support Tab, VERSO/Circ Reports, VERSO/Miscellaneous
Session #3 (Jan. 28th): SHAREit/ILL Admin, SHAREit/PAC Admin, SHAREit/Blank ILL Requests
Government Affairs Committee and Advocacy Session:
Gail Santy is the Regional Systems Government Affairs Committee representative and she is sharing the video and chat for the session. There will be another session on February 18, 2021, at 2:00 pm CT. Here is the Advocacy Zoom Link for the 18th’s Session
Below are the two links to assist with COVID-19 Vaccine information. Find my vaccine is a webpage to assist with information on where within your area vaccines are being distributed. The KDHE’s YouTube channel is the second link for vaccine information. If you watch the session please remember to let Richard know so it can be updated in the Continuing Education files.
Unemployment 1099-G forms
If you or a staff member receive a 1099-G form of unemployment funds being distributed to them you will want to give them this information. They can call the Department of Labor at 785-575- 1461. The number will be staffed during regular business hours from Monday through Friday 8 a.m. CST to 4 p.m. CST, extended hours Monday through Friday 4 p.m. CST to 8 p.m. CST and Saturday 8 a.m. CST to 2 p.m. CST.
If you do not wish to keep calling the Department of Labor telephone number the site does have an “Unsworn Declaration of Payments not Received/Identity Theft” form that Tandy located last night, after the site became live again. This form has an address that you can send the form directly.
Here is the link to the form:https://www.dol.ks.gov/docs/default-source/ui-benefits-forms/1099-g-forms/k-frd-100.pdf
How do I report fraud if I received a 1099-G form for a fraudulent claim in my name?
If you received a 1099-G form for a claim that you did not receive payment for due to identity theft, you can fill out a request on the KDOL Self-Service Portal under “1099 Protest/Dispute”, making sure to check the box for “I want to dispute my 1099” and upload an Unsworn Declaration to declare you did not receive the benefits that were stated on your 1099-G form issued from the Kansas Department of Labor.
You can also send a written dispute with your full name and last 4 digits of your social security number to the Kansas Department of Labor at the following address:
Fraudulent 1099 Inquiry
Kansas Department of Labor
401 SW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66603-3182
Make sure to include the reason of identity theft in your written dispute and a copy of a completed Unsworn Declaration form.
Additionally, if you have not so already, go to www.dol.ks.gov/fraud to submit a report to our Fraud Investigation team. For more information on reporting fraud, see the Unemployment Fraud FAQ page.
Another Scam for you to be aware of. Tandy received this from KPERS so have your staff be mindful and when talking with KPERS go through their official channels.
|Heads-UpOutside Retirement Email to Members
Recently we’ve been told that a company called Fed Resource, also known as Gov Resource, has been sending emails to KPERS members and offering a “no-cost, retirement planning review.”
KPERS Does Not Offer Personal Financial Advice
KPERS does not have an agreement with Fed Resource or Gov Resource, and we do not endorse any services they provide.Financial advisors who buy marketing or sales services from Fed Resource or Gov Resource do not work for KPERS. We don’t employ or contract with any personal financial advisors or planners.Here are some tips for choosing a financial planner.
(from the Aug 2019 KPERS retiree newsletter)
KPERS Retirement Resources
When employees need KPERS retirement info, please tell them to get started by going to the Retirement Info Center on kpers.org. A good place for the basics all the way down to the fine details.Every quarter, KPERS also hosts Pre-Retirement Webinars. We answer the tough questions and personally walk employees down the path to retirement.And of course, we’re always just a phone call away. We also offer in-person and virtual counseling sessions. We’d love to help!Questions?Email firstname.lastname@example.orgToll-free 1-888-275-5737In Topeka 296-6166
The new form is available on the System’s website it directors would like to start working on the accreditation application. The application is due October 31, 2021 (Accreditation Main Page on the System’s website).
Throughout 2021, the Kansas Regional Library Systems are offering four free continuing education workshops on Zoom, for a series we are calling “after-lunch course”. Registration announcements will be posted to Kan-Lib, and to the regional system’s website: systems.mykansaslibrary.org.
The registration Links for After-Lunch Courses
Registration for Advocacy with Jamie LaRue – March 11 at 1:30 pm CT
ARSL Leadership Institute Applications Are Now Open!
Good afternoon, ARSL members!
We are excited to announce that applications for ARSL’s pilot leadership institute, Outstanding In Their Field, are officially open! We are looking for 30 outstanding people who are currently working in rural and small libraries to join us for this special professional development opportunity.
Applications will be accepted through February 24th, 2021.
Participants, a.k.a. “Outfielders,” will undertake 18 months of online and in-person interactive sessions.
It’s a BIG commitment, and rewarding! Participants will gain:
- skills and confidence as leaders
- a network of colleagues throughout the country
- experiences at two ARSL conferences
Need to order more item barcodes?
Email your order to Kelly by February 19th. Include your library’s name, the starting barcode number, and the quantity you would like to order in increments of 1,000.
1,000 barcodes = $24 + shipping. The order will arrive at the SWKLS Office approximately 10 business days after the order is placed. Then, the barcodes will be dispersed via the courier.