Weekly Wrap-U.P.! June 4, 2021

Future Dates & Training Opportunities

All times are in Central Standard Time (CST).

June 8, 2021 at 8:00 PST – Talks with Ted/Registration Link & Submit Questions Link

June 10, 2021 at 1:30 pm – After-Lunch Course “Customer Service” with Pat Wagner/ Registration Link

June 18, 2021 at 10:00 am – Online only Full Board Meeting/Registration Link

September 1 at Haskell Township Library – Very Merry VERSO Launch

September 24 at Gray County Fairgrounds – Tech Day+ 2021


Full System Board Meeting

The next Full System Board Meeting is fast approaching. The meeting will be held June 18 at 10:00 am. This meeting will be an online only meeting. Registration is open and the link is above in the calendar section.

Senate Bill 13 and House Bill 2104 Update

After setting in on the Kansas Department of Administration Municipal Services Budget Workshop, it is clear that several people still have questions about the new budget process for governmental entities. The main thing they emphasized is for department heads (which includes librarians) to get to know your county clerk and/or city clerk so you can work within the time frame and valuations they need you to work within.

The SB 13 and HB 2104 is in effect for the 2022 budget cycle and your county and/or city may have to have a Revenue Neutral Rate (RNR) Hearing this year between the dates of August 20 – September 20 depending on if they exceed the RNR.

The System Office is working on getting a workshop for our members through Kennedy, McKee & Co to explain the nuances of these two bills.

First Friday with Friends

June 4 is the “First Friday with Friends” session. It will begin at 9:00 am and last approximately an hour. During this session the discussion topic is “Making Memberships Meaningful”. The Zoom link is above in the Calendar Section and if you were unable to attend May’s session the recorded link is here: “May’s First Friday with Friends”

Talks With Ted through AutoGrahpics

The next “Talks with Ted” is on June 8 at 10:00 am CT. This is where you can ask Ted questions directly or you can send in your questions ahead of time on the System’s Verso ILS. The registration link and submit questions link are above in the Calendar Section.


Technology Plans

We have begun receiving and reviewing technology plans for the 2022-2023 cycle. Please remember that technology plans are now tied to the accreditation cycle and no longer on a three year cycle. You would submit your plan this year and it will be valid for Jan 1st 2022 to Dec 31st 2023. For more information on technology planning, please visit our wiki page here: https://wiki.swkls.org/index.php/Category:Technology_Planning

System Spotlight

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

Plains Community Library’s Reading Nook

Cataloging, Collection Development, and ILL

Scoping Problem in VERSO = Solved!

Last night’s release addressed this problem. If you wish, you can now search for results in your library’s catalog only. Let Kelly know if this is not the case.

Barcodes & VERSO

  1. In the quick search bar and advanced search, scanning one barcode yielded more than one result in one library’s catalog.
    This is due to an internal problem invisible to VERSO users. While searching, VERSO is confusing the barcode with another number. We have been assured that this problem will be resolved in a future enhancement. For now, this barcode confusion will NOT affect circulation. However, it is a best practice to always double-check the screen with the item in hand to ensure accuracy.
  2. Cover art could not be added by scanning the barcode (CAT Admin – Add local cover)
    This feature needs improvement and will not be available for a few weeks. If you need to add cover art, use the ISBN, title, or author. Give Kelly a call if you have difficulty.

40 New Titles in Spanish

Andy at the State Library has recently purchased 40 self-help titles in Spanish to add to Cloud Library. Thank you, Andy! If you would like a copy of this list, email Kelly. Spread this good news to your patrons!

A New Look for…

When a bibliographic record is being viewed, NoveList provides additional information after the sections “More About This Title” and the Goodreads reviews. (See image below.) NoveList will change its look and improve its functionality at the end of June. You will notice a difference in how Novelist looks.

CAT Express

The most recent SWKLS Quarterly CAT Express Usage Report is now available on the Wiki, and all libraries have been included. This is the last report for 2021, and our contract renews on July 1 for 2022. / Link