Weekly Wrap-Up! – January 12, 2024

System Spotlight

By Staff

Joan Weaver

of the Kinsley Public Library


Future Dates & Training Opportunities

Jan 12, 2024 – KCAIC Grant Applications Open

Jan 15, 2024 – System Office Closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 16, 2024 – 10 am – 3 pm CT, State Reports Workday at Meade Public Library in Meade/Registration Link

Jan 18, 2024 – 9 am – 10 am CT, DEI Taskforce Meeting/Zoom Link

Jan 19, 2024 – 10:00 am – Full SWKLS Library Board Meeting (Online Only)/Registration Link, Zoom Link

Jan 23, 2024 – 10 am – 3 pm CT, State Reports Workday at Protection Township Library in Protection/Registration Link

Jan 23, 2024 – 2 pm – 3 pm CT, Twosday Takeaway – Netizen 101: Teaching Patrons Internet Safety w/Steve Andrews/Registration Link

Jan 24, 2024 – 1 pm – 2 pm CT, A Model for Spanish Language Services PCI Webinar/Registration Link

Jan 29, 2024 – 10 am – 3 pm CT, State Reports Workday at SWKLS Office in Dodge City/Registration Link

Jan 31, 2024 – 10 am – 3 pm CT, State Reports Workday at Scott County Library in Scott City/Registration Link

February 5, 2024 – State Reports DUE

February 23, 2024 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Summer Reading Workshop Featuring Will Stuck/Registration TBD


By Sara Wilson

January’s Twosday Takeaway


The snow may have slowed us down, but it didn’t stop us! You won’t want to miss this rescheduled Twosday Takeaway with SWKLS Technology Supervisor Steve Andrews! If you’ve already registered, you don’t have to do it again, but if you did not register yet, here is the new link to register!

Grant Opportunities from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission

State Librarian Ray Walling forwarded the following from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC):

All prospective applicants and those interested are encouraged to attend one of the following How-To Apply webinars.

Information presented will include:

·         Available Grant Opportunities

·         Changes in Grant Programs from Prior Years

·         How to Apply for KCAIC Grants

·         Deadlines & Application Process Timeline

·         How Grant Applications will be Evaluated

·         Technical Support and Assistance

Register now for informational sessions about KCAIC grants:

Thursday, January 11 – 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, January 17 – 2:00 p.m.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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January 2024 SWKLS Library Board Meeting – Richard Brookman

January 19, 2024, is the first SWKLS Library Board Meeting of the New Year. This meeting is an on-line meeting only. We will begin at 10:00 am CT. Please register for attending the board meeting at this link. This will allow the office to monitor quorum needs. Here is the Zoom Link for next Friday’s System Board Meeting.

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System Office Closure Next Monday – Richard Brookman

The System Office will be closed next Monday, January 15, 2024, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. We will be open on Tuesday, January 16, for normal business hours.

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To Our Members – Thank You – Richard Brookman

I wanted to take a moment and say thank you to all of our System Board and Member Libraries for their understanding this week. The weather in Southwest Kansas decided to not be cooperative Monday through Wednesday. I know that it can be an inconvenience when the office is closed. However, I and the staff appreciate that the board works with the staff and shows that they are concerned for our safety. Thank you to the directors that reached out to me through emails to encourage us to stay safe.

We hope everyone at our Member Libraries was able to stay safe and warm through the first part of this week as well.

Cataloging, Collection Development, and ILL

By Sara Wilson

Collection Development Inspiration

Adult Fiction

Children’s & YA Fiction

For ILLers: Sharing About SHAREit

From SHAREit Product Manger Deborah Hensler:

Registration is open for the next Sharing about SHAREit Q&A on January 24, 2024 at 11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET. The registration URL is: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/4322155354930999040

The next Sharing about SHAREit Q&As are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2024
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2024

NON-Public Library ILL Statistics

If you are a NON-public library, please see this message from State Library of Kansas Resource Sharing Librarian Nicole Hansen. Please let me know if you need the below email forwarded to you w/attachments:

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year, statistics time! NON-PUBLIC libraries, please submit your 2023 ILL statistics to me no later than 02/29/2024 using the following link https://forms.gle/WSqEodxPhkPio8Hm7. Debbie Hensler from Auto-Graphics presented about statistics in the April ’23 episode of Sharing About SHAREit (#15). I’ve attached the slides she shared if anyone needs a refresher on how to access statistics within SHAREit. You can find the recording of this webinar as well as the rest of the Sharing About SHAREit episodes by going to the Staff Dashboard>Support>SHAREit and looking at the top of the menu for more recent episodes or at the bottom of the menu for the older ones. As always if you have any questions or need support, please contact me at 785-296-5110 or Nicole.hansen@ks.gov. I can also schedule individual virtual meetings if that is preferable. Submitting ILL statistics is one of the requirements for KICNET membership. Extensions of the due date will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you think you won’t be able to submit your stats by the 02/29/2024 deadline PLEASE contact me directly.

For All VERSO Users: VERSO Update January 9th

VERSO was updated on Tuesday, January 9th. From VERSO Product Manager Julie Cavender, here were the issues that the update addressed:


AG-2781 CS-77712When a library uses a dark color theme and a facet is selected to narrow the search results, the “x” to remove the facet could be invisible or nearly invisible because the “x” was hard coded to display as black.This has been changed so the “x” will be visible when the facet displays on a dark button.Old:                                                           New:  


AG-2843 & AG-2854 The Reports (beta) module has been enhanced with a new feature. Users can now choose their favorite reports which will be highlighted and displayed in the navigation tree and feature section for quick and easy access.  Favorite selections are specific to the users’ login.





by Christopher Dressler

SWKLS Website Updates

Our new website is now live. Please take a moment to visit and reorientate yourself. The menu has changed a bit.

If you have any questions or comments. Please feel free to email cdressler@swkls.org or give us a call at the office.