Weekly Wrap-U.P.! February 18, 2022

Future Dates & Training Opportunities

All times are in Central Standard Time (CST)

February 22, 2022 by the end of the day – Submit your item barcode order to Kelly

February 24, 2022, 4:00 pm – “Freedom to Read Roundtable”

February 25, 2022 – Last Day to register for Summer (Reading) Library Program Workshop/Registration Link

March 1, 2022- Train U.P.!-WANTED-Cover Art!/Registration Link

March 4, 2022 – Summer (Reading) Library Program Workshop/Registration Link

March 4, 2022 – Virtual Town Hall, Facing the Challenge: Intellectual Freedom in Libraries/Registration Link

March 10, 2022 – After Lunch Course “Policy Writing & Review”

March 18, 2022 – 10:00 am Full Board Meeting Registration Link
Zoom Link

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

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

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

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

New Look for Haskell Township Library Website

Anna Klassen the head librarian at Haskell Township Library put in many hours on their website to give it a facelift. Her hard work paid off they now have an aesthetically pleasing website that is also very user-friendly. Great Job Anna!! Click here to check it out.


Full Board Meeting March 18

The next Full Board meeting is March 18. This meeting is an on-line meeting and will begin at 10:00 am that morning. To register for the meeting here is the Registration Link and the join the Zoom room you will need this Zoom Link

C.E. Certificates

I mentioned during the January Board Meeting that Tandy and I would begin working on the Continuing Education Certificates. We have deactivated staff members from our member libraries that we knew no longer were at their respective libraries. Tandy or I will be getting with some of the member libraries to make sure we have the correct staff listed for your specific library if we have any specific staffing questions.

During the April 22, Full Board hybrid meeting we will handout benchmark certificates for these levels:

LV 1 – 100 hours; LV 2 – 250 hours, LV3 – 400 hours; LV4 – 550 hours; LV5 – 700; LV6 850 hours; and LV7 – 1000 hours.

Virtual Town Hall: Facing the Challenge

For any of our member librarians that will not be able to make the Summer Library Program workshop on March 4, there is another virtual town hall that you might like to attend. Censorship and Intellectual Freedom are being discussed in several different sessions this year. Another opportunity to take part in the discussion will be March 4, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. The Town Hall will be hosted by PLA and is entitled “Facing the Challenge: Intellectual Freedom in Libraries”. If you are interested here is the registration link for this free session.

The panelists will be: Deb Sica, Deputy County Librarian at Alameda County Library (Freemont, CA); Cindy Hohl, Director of Branch Operations at the Kansas City Public Library (Kansas City, MO); Kathy Carroll, newly elected member of the ALA Executive Board and immediate past president of American Association of School Librarians (Blythewood, SC); and Melanie Huggins, PLA President and Executive Director of Richland Library (Columbia, SC).

Important Details About Summer Library Program Workshop

The Summer Library Program Workshop is fast approaching and I hope everyone is getting excited about the workshop. Just a little reminder to bring your laptop. We are doing a training in the afternoon on a program called Scratch. This program teaches kids the basics of coding. If you like to get a small description of the Scratch program the following link is a recording from a Train U.P. Session. Click here for the recording. If you do not have a laptop we will have extras that you can use for the afternoon. 

We have included a map of First Church of God parking options. If these locations are filled which we are not anticipating there is parking at the Farmers’ Market grocery store. The Farmers’ Market is just a short distance from the church. If you prefer to be chauffeured, feel free to call Richard’s cell phone at 620-474-3321. The Farmers’ Market address is 1800 Central Ave Dodge City, Ks 67801 please park on the east side of the parking lot. An email will follow closer to the event.

Cataloging, Collection Development, and ILL

Location TBD in Dodge City.

We will welcome another guest speaker to the schedule: Erica Young. Ms. Young is a lawyer based in KCKS, and she specializes in DEI. She will discuss awareness in such areas as DEI vernacular, Human Resources, title challenges, etc., with a particular emphasis on small rural libraries. Truly, she is an impressive lady, and we’re so lucky to have her with us. Learn more / Link

You may remember that we will also host Dr. Marché Fleming-Randle, the first African American Female Vice President for Military and Veterans Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at Wichita State University. Learn more / Link

Item Barcode Orders Are Due on 2/22.

I will submit our next barcode order at the end of the day on Tuesday. If you need barcodes, email me with the desired amount in increments of 1,000, the exact name of the library, and the starting number. The cost is $29/1,000 + shipping.
Please and thank you!



SWKLS tech team is happy to announce we have all the Papercut servers installed and everyone in the system has access to mobile printing!! The graphic to the left has Facebook dimensions for a post. Everyone is welcome to use this graphic and add their own logo to it for social media purposes. Feel free to simply share on the SWKLS Facebook page. Click here for SWKLS’s Facebook page for the graphic.

The infographic will be distributed to members the day of the Summer Library Program Workshop. If you do not plan on attending the workshop please contact Tandy and she can make arrangements.