Weekly Wrap-U.P.! September 17, 2021

Future Dates & Training Opportunities

All times are in Central Standard Time (CST).

September 18, 2021, 9 am – 4 pm, Kansas Book Festival/Information Link

September 23, 2021, 10 am Learning Express Overview/ Zoom Link

September 24 at Gray County Fairgrounds – Tech Day+ 2021/Registration Link

October 1 2021 Tech Day+ 2021 Virtual on Zoom/Registration Link
Also: Community Foundation of SW Kansas grant application due / Video recording and notes on the Wiki from Aug. 3’s Train U.P.! Link

October 13 2021 – New Leaf pick-up locations = DCPL, Haskell Township, and Ness City

October 5, 2021, 2PM – Train U.P.! (topic TBD)

October 20 2021 – New Leaf pick-up locations = Ashland, Plains, and Protection

October 20-23, 2021 Association for Rural & Small Libraries / Registration Link

October 27-29, 2021 – Kansas Library Association Conference (Wichita) / Information Page / Registration Page Link / Hyatt Hotel Reservation Link

November 1, 2021 – Western Kansas Community Foundation grant applications are due / Video recording and notes on the Wiki from Aug. 3’s Train U.P.! Link

November 2, 2021, 2PM – Train U.P.! (topic TBD)

December 10, 2021 – 2nd Annual Crafting Your Collection 2021 at the G.C. Zoo


2021 Kansas Library Conference

This coming Thursday, September 23, is the last day to register for the Kansas Library Conference at the early bird pricing. Here is the link so you can register to get the $30 discount.

During the Conference they also award the Kansas Best Small Library Award. If you would like to nominate a library or even your own library be sure to do so using this link. Submissions are due by October 8, 2021.

Learning Express Overview Webinar

The State Library has scheduled a LearningExpress Library Overview. The overview will be one September 23, 2021, at 10:00 am CT. There is no registration all you will need to do is use the link above or here to join the session.

LearningExpress LIbrary is an interactive, online-learning platform that provides the most comprehensive collection of resources for basic skills mastery, academic success, job preparation, and career advancement. The session will review the user interface and key platform features to include: interactive practice tests; robust tutorials; educational eBooks; and flashcards.

There will also be sessions for educators, job and careers and college resources. These dates and links are:

Back-to-School with Learning Express Library – September 28, 2021, at 10:00 am (Zoom Link for Session);

Job & Career Accelerator Overview – October 5, 2021, at 10:00 am (Zoom Link for Session); and

LearningExpress Library’s College Resources – October 12, 2021, at 10:00 am (Zoom Link for Session).

Kansas Notable Books Grant

Don’t forget that September 30, 2021, is the deadline to submit your application for the Kansas Notable Books Grant.

The State Library of Kansas is committed to promoting literacy, lifelong learning, and access to library materials throughout the state.  To that end, the State Library of Kansas, funded through an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant, is announcing a non-competitive grant opportunity for libraries in Kansas to purchase books from the 2021 Kansas Notable Books list.

2021 KS Notable Book list- Each participating Kansas library will be reimbursed for the purchase of a single copy, in any format, of any or all of the books on the 2021 Kansas Notable Books list. Only the actual cost of the book will be reimbursed with grant funds. Any shipping costs, sales tax and/or protective book covers are the responsibility of individual recipient library. Grant information for 2021, including the application and checklist, is available at www.kslib.info/2021knb. All Kansas Notable Book lists can be found at http://kslib.info/notablebooks.

Cataloging, Collection Development, and ILL

What is CatExpress?

For our new catalogers, I wanted to write a little explanation here. CatExpress is a copy-cataloging program created by OCLC. If you cannot find a bibliographic record in VERSO, you can check CatExpress for a record. This is a service we pay for, and all our members are welcome to use it! During Tech Day, we will offer a class to show you how to use this cataloging option. For more information, please visit the SWKLS Wiki. / Link

If you have not already done so, please respond to me email from 9/13 in which I inquired about updating each library’s information in CatExpress.

New Leaf is coming! Bring your weeded items to:

  • Call the directors at each library prior to drop off, please!
  • October 13th
    • Dodge City
    • Haskell Township (in Sublette)
    • Ness City
  • October 20th
    • Ashland
    • Plains
    • Protection


Tech Day+ Virtual

Virtual Tech Day+ closes September 23, 2021 click here for the Virtual Tech Day + registration. The schedule will be very similar to the in-person Tech Day +.

Photo by Anna Tarazevich from Pexels


Please contact SWKLS Staff if you would like an area for the poster session on Tech Day+. We would love to see your hobbies, your activities, and your pictures. Show us what you have in your library such as crafts, programming, and/or technology. We want to see it.

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

Welcome Rhonda Sieck as Scott City New Director

SWKLS would like to welcome Rhonda to the system. Thank you Rhonda for sending in little a introduction so we can get to know you a little better. We are so happy to have you on board.

Rhonda Sieck

My spouse is Tony Sieck and we have been married 28 years. In my lifetime I have owned a shoe store and was Liberian for our grade school and middle school for several years. I then worked nine years in the newspaper business. I am so proud of my old boss. She has written a book which I will host a book signing for in November of this year.

I have two boys Patrick, who lives in Wichita and he has two boys Carson (21) and Jackson (13). Andrew and his wife Amanda live in Goodland. They have three children, Brooke (20), Blake (18) and Cameron (9 mos).

I moved from Goodland to Scott  City about 15 years ago. While in Goodland I was the Director of Actives as well as Resident advisor in our retirement home/center.  Since moving down to Scott City I have worked for an attorney for 13 years. I then went back into the medical field and worked for a chiropractor before leaving to become Director of the library.

We have 2 fur babies. Both are brindle Whippets, Dakota and Bella.

I so enjoy our small community and have been involved in many activities. My favorite is volunteering at my church. I enjoy quilting, reading books ( I belong to several book clubs) and working in my flower beds, but most of all my grandchildren. I also enjoy fishing, boating and hiking with my older grandchildren. I am looking forward to the youngest one getting older so I might do these things with him.