Weekly Wrap-Up! – June 28, 2024

System Spotlight

By Staff

Grant Co. – “The Taste of Tuscanny.”

The library offered an International Cooking class for adults “The Taste of Tuscanny.” The Grant County Extension agent presented the class and shared what she learned while visiting Italy. The class was an hour and a half, for adults, and part of the Summer Reading Program. The food was delizioso

Lane Co. Hatched Chicks

We have 7 chickens!!! They are so cute… Very very very smelly, but so much fun! If you get a chance to do it in your library I would highly suggest it!

I have named one of them. His name is Sargent Fluffy Butt. and no I don’t know if it is really a boy or not. LOL – Director – Savanah

Kearny County’s Sweet Summer Library Decorations

Summer never looked so sweet! Check out these creative, awesome decorations by the ladies at Kearny County Library!

Future Dates & Training Opportunities (All Times in CST)

June 27th – July 2nd – ALA Conference in San Diego, CA

July 2nd, 10 AM – 10:30 AM – Help! We’re in the Middle of a Strategic Plan But We Were Thrown Off Track: Tips & Tricks to Plan Your Strategic Plan/Register Here

July 4th – SWKLS office closed in observance of Independence Day

July 5th, 11 AM – 11:30 AM – How to Talk About Tik Tok (Webinar)/Register Here

July 8th, 12 PM – 1 PM – Amazing STEM Experiments Made Easy (Webinar)/Register Here

July 10th, 2 PM – 3 PM – Why Do We Fall for Misinformation? (Webinar)/Register Here

July 11th, 3 PM – 4 PM – DEI Taskforce Meeting Online/Zoom Link

July 17th, 2 PM – 3 PM – Cultural Humility in Library Work (Webinar)/Register Here

July 23rd, 9 AM – 9:45 AM – Koha eCard Admin Training/Zoom Link


By Sara Wilson

Summer Library Program Evaluation

For many of you, the Summer Library Program is coming to a close. Congratulations on another awesome year! 🥳 Please take the time to fill out the Summer Library Program Evaluation Form, now available on Google Forms. All Summer Library Program Evaluation forms must be turned in by the end of August. Thank you!

Reminder: SWKLS Retreat Coming in September

This is a reminder that we have our retreat coming up on September 26th and 27th in Syracuse, KS. We have a speaker lined up and it’s going to be a fun, relaxing experience! Come get to know your area colleagues, share stories, laugh, learn, and get away from it all.

Cataloging, Collection Development, and ILL

By Sara Wilson

Collection Development Inspiration

Adult Fiction

Children’s & YA Fiction

For All VERSO Users:
Versed in VERSO

From VERSO Product Manager Julie Cavendar:

Dear VERSO users,

Registration is open for the next Versed in VERSO: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7945533257032555095.

Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at 11:00 AM Eastern / 8:00 AM Pacific


by Christopher Dressler

Stay Secure! Use MFA.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), also known as Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), is a security mechanism that requires users to provide two or more different types of authentication factors to verify their identity before gaining access to a system or account. These factors fall into three categories:

  1. Something you know: This is typically a password or a PIN.
  2. Something you have: This can be a physical device like a smartphone, security token, or a smart card.
  3. Something you are: This refers to biometric traits like fingerprints, facial recognition, or retinal scans.

By combining these factors, MFA adds an extra layer of security beyond just a password, making it significantly harder for unauthorized individuals to access an account even if they manage to obtain the password. It’s an effective way to protect sensitive information and prevent unauthorized access.

Continuing our journey through cyber security and I want to talk about one of many resources I use. CISA.gov is a government funded agency that “to defend against today’s threats and collaborate to build a more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future.” “CISA is the operational lead for federal cybersecurity and the national coordinator for critical infrastructure security and resilience. We are designed for collaboration and partnership. Learn about our layered mission to reduce risk to the nation’s cyber and physical infrastructure.” You can read more about MFA by clicking here. Please call the office if there is a topic that piques your interest that you would like to know more about. I bet many of us would benefit from your suggestions.