Weekly Wrap-U.P.! May 20, 2022

Future Dates & Training Opportunities

May 20, 2022 – Catalogers: CatExpress subscription changes due by the end of today.

May 23, 2022 – Directors: Complete two-question survey by May 27th regarding purchasing Mitinet’s one-time catalog clean-up/enhancement software (BestMARC) *See below.

May 23, 2022 – Kelly will submit new subscription changes to CatExpress.

May 27, 2022, 11:00 am CT – Trauma In the Library Webinar/Registration Link

July 7th, 2022, 2:00 pm CT – Engaging Adults with Low Literacy Levels Webinar/Registration Link

June 9, 2022, 1:30 pm – After Lunch Course “Intellectual Freedom: Fighting the Good Fight”/Registration Link

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

September 14 -17, 2022 – ARSL Conference in Chattanooga, TN

October 26-28, 2022 – KLA Conference in Wichita

November 4, 2022 – Tentative date for our 3rd annual “Crafting Your Collection” – This cataloging workshop will be 100% online.

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

Fun in the Sun at Kearny County Library

Kearny County Library is ready for “Oceans of Possibilities”. All of the artwork was created by Cesilia Enriquez the Assistant Director of Kearny County Library. She does a beautiful job creating backdrops for every season, event, or program. The library decorates its children’s area as well as its adult area for the season.

Dudley Township Library Summer Events

Dudley Township Library has a lot of fun upcoming events.

Join the Stevens County Library on Friday June 3, at 7 pm, for Beginning Bird Watching with Jackie Augustine, the executive Director for Audubon of Kansas.  The Audubon of Kansas will be giving the library a birding backpack, which will come equipped with binoculars and field guides, so patrons can explore our feathered friends out in nature.  Jackie will be sharing tips on beginning bird watching from identifying birds by sight and location and using field guides.  Mark your calendar now to join us for this fun evening.  Refreshments will be served.


Talking Books

Talking Books is here for any Kansas resident that falls into the medical category to qualify (blind and/or physically handicapped). If one of your patrons needs this service you can print the application form from the State Library of Kansas website here or you can call 1-800-362-0699 to have an application mailed to the patron. The patron will take the application to file out and return to your library. The director of the library can be an authorizing signature when the handicap is evident. If the handicap isn’t evident then the patron will need a physicians signature.

When the application is turned in to the library and all signatures are signed then you will need to send it to the System Office to Richard Brookman. From there he will make a copy of the application and forward the original application to Talking Books, headquartered at Emporia State University. The turn around for a machine and the starting titles should be approximately 2 weeks.

With mail service being slow at times it could be up to 1 month. If for any reason between that 2 week to 1 month period the patron has not received their machine and beginning titles have them report it to the library. From that point the library will need to contact Richard Brookman to follow-up on what is taking so long for the Talking Book product to reach the patron.

Also the System will come to your community to do a talk about Talking Books for your patrons if you wish. This program is state funded and is part of the System’s services. If you have any interest in having the System come out and do a Talking Books presentation please contact Richard Brookman at rbrookman@swkls.org.

Engaging Adults with Low Literacy Levels

On July 7, 2022, WebJunction will be hosting “Engaging Adults with Low Literacy Levels” webinar. It will begin at 2:00 pm CT with Katharine Ware, Writing and Education Consultant, presenting.

“In the U.S., there are 43 million adults–nearly one in five–who read below a third-grade level, and over half of all adults read below a sixth-grade level (National Action Plan for Adult Literacy, 2021). Low levels in literacy can impact many aspects of daily life including the ability to find and maintain employment, navigate health care needs, and complete government forms. This webinar will explore the characteristics of adults with low literacy levels and how they differ from those of adults with learning disabilities, including how and why each of these groups approaches reading. Learn about the importance and value of developing literacy skills, as well as strategies for library staff on how to identify when someone may need literacy support, how to broach the subject with a patron, and ways to suggest materials and resources to reluctant adults who may be struggling with literacy.”  

If you are interested in this WebJuction webinar follow this link to register.

Cataloging, Collection Development, and ILL

Just Added!

  • eBooks:
    • (Kids) “The Bad Guys” series by Aaron Blabley – All 14 titles are available now, and #15 and #16 are coming soon!
    • (Kids) “Touching Spirit Bear” by Ben Mikaelsen
    • (Adults) “Out of the Corner” by Jennifer Grey
    • (Adults) “Mean Baby” by Selma Blair
  • eAudio
    • (Kids) “The Doll People” series by Ann Martin – All 4 titles are available now.
    • (Kids) “Touching Spirit Bear” by Ben Mikaelsen
    • (Kids) “Petey” by Ben Mikaelsen
    • (Adults) “Out of the Corner” by Jennifer Grey
    • (Adults) “Mean Baby” by Selma Blair
  • Sincerest gratitude to Amy Brucker at Hamilton County Library for these purchases!

Attention: Directors!

  1. If you were not present during Mitinet’s Zoom with SWKLS on May 13th, please contact us for a link to the recording.
  2. On Monday, May 23rd, we will distribute a two-question survey in order to obtain your thoughts on purchasing BestMARC’s one-time catalog clean-up/enhancement. The results will be compiled and prepared for our next Board meeting on June 17th.
  3. This week, Kelly began experimenting with BestMARC’s original cataloging option, and it’s going well. Final decision TBD soon.