Weekly Wrap-U.P.! November 11, 2022

Future Dates & Training Opportunities

November 14, 2022 – Registration for CSLP’s Virtual Summer Symposium/Informational Link

November 14, 2022 – Registration for Cultivating Affirmation & Belonging for LGBTQIA+ Youth/Informational Link

November 22, 2022, 1:00 pm CT – Cultivating Affirmation & Belonging for LGBTQIA+ Youth

December 8, 2022, 10:00 am – CSLP’s Virtual Summer Symposium

December 8, 2022 – After Lunch Course “Lead From Where You Are”

December 9, 2022, 10:00 am – State Library of Kansas Board Meeting

December 16, 2022, 10:00 am – SWKLS Board Meeting (Online Only)


By Richard Brookman

Grants for Small & Rural Libraries

The American Library Association has opened it’s Libraries Transforming Communities grant for small and rural libraries. Selected libraries will receive: $10,000 to $20,000 to support costs related to a community engagement project; virtual training in developing their community engagement; facilitation & disability service skills; a suite of online resources to support local programs; and project support through ALA Public Programs office during the grant term.

The grant is open to libraries that serve small and rural libraries in the U.S. and U.S. territories. Small and rural libraries are defined for this grant as a library located in an area that is more than, or equal to, five miles from an urbanized area and with a population of 25,000 or less.

Libraries can apply online now until February 28, 2023 at this link. Up to 300 libraries will be awarded in this application period. Additional information and guidelines of the grant can be found at this link.

CSLP’s Virtual Summer Symposium

The Collaborative Summer Library Program Symposium is being held virtually December 8, 2022. It will begin at 10:00 am CT and last until 3:30 pm CT. The day will include: a keynote from Tracie D. Hall, Executive Director of ALA, addressing “The Library as a Civic Bridge and Community Learning Hub”; “Summer Library Outreach to Underserved Children and Caregivers”; “All Together Now with Intergenerational Summer Programming”; and “Decorating Together”.

If anyone is interested registration will open Monday, November, 14, 2022. Even though registration isn’t open yet you can find additional information at the following link.

Cultivating Affirmation & Belonging Seminar

Also on Monday November 14, registration will be opening for the “Cultivating Affirmation & Belonging for LGBTQIA+ Youth” seminar, registration link will be sent out went it goes live. Information can be found at the same link as the CSLP’s Virtual Summer Program Symposium link.

This seminar is presented by the Kaleidoscope Youth Center’s Director of Education and Outreach, Amanda Erickson, brought to you by CSLP’s Inclusion Committee. “Participants will learn about implicit bias, the complexity and depth of gender, and explanation of acronyms. The participants will be given strategies to create a welcoming environment in their library and their library’s summer reading program for LGBTQIA+ youth.”

The seminar itself will be on November 22, 2022, at 1:00 pm CT.

Cataloging, Collection Development, and ILL

By Sara Wilson

Adult Fiction:

Children’s & YA Fiction:

In literary news, this week . . .

Chris Farley’s Brother Working on a Graphic Novel

Kevin Farley, brother of the late comedian, Chris Farley, is working to bring to us a graphic novel memoir about growing up in Wisconsin, in the Farley family. His memoir, entitled Growing Up Farley: A Chris Farley Story is set to be published in the fall of 2023 (Schaub, 2022). Many of remember Chris for his work on Saturday Night Live and his roles in comedy movies such as Tommy Boy and Black Sheep. This graphic novel is sure to be one that fans will enjoy. For more detailed information, see this link.

Training and Education

Free seminar! Suicide Prevention for Veterans, Service Members, Families, and Communities. From Webjunction: “Libraries are well positioned to provide information and referral services to connect Veterans and members of military communities with Veterans Health Administration programs and initiatives that address risks and protective factors for suicidal behaviors. Join us for this webinar with presenters from the Veterans Health Administration Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, who will provide an introduction to military culture and share how libraries can help raise awareness of the resources available to Veterans, their families, and other members of military communities.” This seminar is available November 15th.

SWKLS takes recommendations for our Professional Collection. If we don’t have something you want, or if there’s something that you think we should add, please reach out and let us know and we will do our best to get that resource added to our professional collection. The professional collection is for you and we want you to have the tools available that you need for success.

To request an item to be added, please call our office or email Sara at swilson@swkls.org.

How Dewey Know Where to Put This?

It would be great if every non-fiction book that we purchased had the Dewey number on the title page verso, but some just don’t! Sometimes, we have to decide which Dewey number to assign and it’s not always an easy task.

OCLC has a great tool called Classify that can help you find the Dewey number you’re looking for. It’s an experimental program, so it’s only current through June 2022, but it allows you to look up the book you’re trying to classify to see how others have classified it, to get an idea of proper placement in your library.

Another tool that I recommend is Library Thing’s MDS. This has the Dewey decimal system broken down into subjects by hundreds and then you can click on the broad subject that applies and narrow it down to subcategories until you have the best-fitting classification for your book.