Weekly Wrap-Up! – February 2, 2024

Future Dates & Training Opportunities

February 2, 2024 – 2 pm – 3 pm CST – Library QuickBooks Users Discussion: Transition from Desktop to Online/Registration Link

February 5, 2024 – State Reports DUE

February 7, 2024 – 10 am CST – SEKLS Summer Library Program 2024 Adult Idea Share (on Zoom)/Registration Link

February 13, 2024 – 2 pm – 3 pm CST – Twosday Takeaway: Benfits of Children’s Pictureless Books/Registration Link

Feburary 13, 2024 – 9 am – 3 pm CST – SWKLS In-Office Clinic/Registration Link

February 22, 2024 – 4 pm – 5 pm CST – Switching it Up! Creating a Video Game Collection for Your Library Webinar/Registration Link

February 23, 2024 – 10 am – 3 pm CST – Summer Reading Workshop Featuring Will Stuck/Registration Link

February 28, 2024 – 1 pm – 2 pm CST – Best Picture Books Published in 2023 for Ages 1-6 Webinar/Registration Link

Feburary 29, 2024 – NON-Public Library ILL Survey is DUE


By Sara Wilson

February’s Twosday Takeaway

Picture This: Benefits of Pictureless Children’s Books

Join SWKLS Consultant/Program Coordinator Sara Wilson as she shares with you the many benefits of providing pictureless books and services to the blind and vision impaired in your community. SWKLS Director Richard Brookman will also be sharing Talking Books resources for the blind and vision impaired that are available to your library. This presentation is in affiliation with the SWKLS DEI Taskforce. Register Here!

State Reports

Whew! It’s been a whirlwind of a month, getting those state reports done but you DID IT!! 😀 Congratulations and high fives to all of you!! If you missed my email, please remember YOU CAN NOW SUBMIT YOUR REPORTS! Please don’t forget to go in and verify and submit your state survey. If you have any trouble at all, give me a call or email me at swilson@swkls.org and I’ll be happy to help you out.

Image from: https://www.pinatafarm.com/memegenerator/eb0f5db5-5ba3-4848-bab7-cdec0f2c0b58

Thank you again to the directors who volunteered their space for our state reports workdays! Teamwork makes the dream work!

Summer Library Program

Just a reminder that your CSLP summer reading merchandise is shipping out on the courier today! If you have any discrepencies with your order or you need more of anything, please give us a call and we’ll help get you squared away. The Summer Library Program Workshop is going to be held on the 2nd floor of the USD 443 Administration Building here in Dodge City on Friday, February 23rd, from 10 AM – 3 PM with registration beginning at 9:30 AM. Our guest speaker is the fabulous and funny Mr. Will Stuck, we are having pizza for lunch, and there will be tons of programming ideas shared and of course, prizes!! What’s not to love?! Register here and join us for the adventure! You won’t want to miss it.

Speaking of programming ideas, Swank has compiled a list of programming ideas especially for both the CSLP “Adventure Begins at Your Library” AND the iREAD “Read, Renew, Repeat” themes along with movie recommendations! To see their ideas, click here!

If you’re wondering how to make a fun, simple camping-themed decoration for your summer library program, see the video below:

Cataloging, Collection Development, and ILL

By Sara Wilson

Collection Development Inspiration

Adult Fiction

Children’s & YA Fiction


For ILLers:

NON-Public Library ILL Survey

From State Library of Kansas Resource Sharing Librarian Nikki Hansen:

Just a reminder that the NON-Public library ILL survey is due February 29, 2024 and can be filled out at the link below. Submitting ILL statistics is one of the requirements of KICNET membership, so please let me know if you need any assistance or think you won’t be able to make the deadline.


Sharing About SHAREit

From SHAREit Product Manger Deborah Hensler:

The next Sharing about SHAREit Q&A is scheduled for Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET.

Please let your libraries know that registration is open at: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/7785756620978537476

As usual, there’s space on the registration form to ask questions in advance, and we try to answer as many as possible that are asked during the session.

Additional Sharing about SHAREit webinars are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, March 20
  • Wednesday, April 24

The link to register for each session will be sent about a month in advance.

Call for Issues to Bring to KILT

We are having a KILT meeting on February 15th. I am putting out a call for you to reach out to me with any issues or concerns that you would like me to bring up at the KILT meeting as your representative. This is an opportunity for you to communicate your issues directly with the state ILL hub, so please take advantage of this opportunity if you have issues that need addressing. Thank you!

For All VERSO Users: Versed in VERSO

From VERSO Product Manager Rae Schneider:

The next Versed in VERSO will be on Tuesday,  February 13, 2024.

The webinar’s theme will be “Reports and Statistics.”

If you or someone at your library has reporting needs, we’d like to go over your questions and feedback about VERSO’s current reporting and statistics capabilities.

The goals are to 1) provide strategies for getting at the data you need, 2) get insight into how we can improve our current functionality, and 3) share tips and tricks with each other.

If you have any “how do I …?” questions or “I wish I could…” comments related to reports and stats, please send an email to  ras@auto-graphics.com and sls@auto-graphics.com.

If you have any other questions, please ask via the question for as usual, and we will be happy to answer VERSO questions as time permits: https://forms.office.com/r/K9BkzqFWUs

To register for the webinar, go here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8982272663106539356


by Christopher Dressler

SWKLS In-office Tech Clinic and Business Workday

February 13th and April 9th

Our staff will also provide mini-training sessions and technology demonstrations on various topics throughout the day. Our office capacity is limited to 6 individuals each day. Start and end times will be 9am to 3pm, and attendees may come and leave at their discretion. Lunch breaks will be tentatively 11:30am and 12:30pm on your own or bring lunch with you.

Thank you.