Weekly Wrap-Up! – March 28, 2024

System Spotlight

By Staff

Future Dates & Training Opportunities (All Times in CST)

April 5, 2024 – 10 am – 3 pm CST – #TrendyLibrarian Workshop/Register Here

April 7 – 13 – National Library Week

April 9, 2024 – 2 pm – 3 pm CST – Twosday Takeaway: Doing a Diversity Audit on Your Collection with SCCC Director Casandra Norin/Registration coming soon!

April 9, 2024 – 9 am – 3 pm CST – SWKLS In-Office Clinic/Registration coming soon!

April 9, 2024 – National Library Workers’ Day

April 19, 2024 – 10 am – SWKLS Hybrid Board Meeting at Liberal Memorial Library/Registration coming soon!

April 19, 2024 – 1 pm – ALICE Training (Classroom only) with Capt. Jeff Wade of the Liberal Police Department


By Sara Wilson

#TrendyLibrarian is Almost Here! Register Today!

It’s that time of year again and we have a great workshop lined up for you! #TrendyLibrarian (REGISTER HERE) will be held on Friday, April 5, 2024 at the Dodge City USD 443 administration building, from 10 AM to 3 PM (Registration begins at 9:30 AM). The workshop will be seminar style and will be catered by El Charro. We have the following speakers lined up for you:

Michael Lynch is a User Experience Research and Strategy consultant based in Ohio. He holds a doctoral degree in rural sociology.  Formerly a sociology professor at Dodge City Community College, Michael now works directly with librarians and library patrons to enhance the usability of digital research tools and databases. 

Michael’s presentation is titled “The Sociopolitics of the Rural Library in the Age of AI.” For the latest on artificial intelligence in libraries, you won’t want to miss this dynamic presentation! An expert on rural community needs, Dr. Lynch will address the importance of digital literacy and how technology can empower rural communities and help bridge the gap between small towns and their urban counterparts.

He will also discuss future opportunities for rural libraries to implement AI and what that might look like as well as pointing to some open-access resources. Invigorating and innovative, this presentation will have you ready and excited to face the digital future of your library!

Did you know? Gen Z watches more anime than any other generation before! Japanese entertainment culture is sweeping the nation, right now, with teens and adults alike reading manga, watching anime, and listening to vocaloids and J-Pop.

But, how do you know you’re buying the right thing? What’s the difference between Seinen and Shonen? What do they even mean?!?! CKLS General Consultant Liz Dukelow and SWKLS Director Richard Brookman are here to answer all these questions and more so that you can grow your Gen Z patron base with confidence!

Books are being rated – and not just on Amazon and Goodreads! SWKLS Consultant/Program Coordinator Sara Wilson will tell you about new proposed legislation that would have our Kansas school library books given content ratings by a taskforce and would compel our schools to abide by the ratings system. Are public libraries next?

Some organizations already provide their own content ratings for books and some authors have even started doing so, as well. What are the effects and how can you help your patrons find the content they’re looking for in your library? We’ll explore these questions and more and then, we hope you’ve brushed up on your movie, TV, and video game ratings because we have a fun trivia game lined up for you! You’ll have a chance to win an extra prize and bragging rights at next year’s #TrendyLibrarian workshop!

“Everything requires an app, these days!” How many times do we hear that (or say that) on a daily basis? App culture is taking over, so learn how to use it to your advantage! SWKLS Technology Trainer Chris Dressler has the latest and greatest apps for library professionals to help make your job a little easier. Come with curiosity, leave with a list of helpful tools!

We will have door prizes, drawing prizes, giveaways, and plenty of things to see, sample, and learn about. Come join us for a day of fun and relaxation and get those CE credits while having a great time! 🙂 Catered by El Charro. Entry fee is $10/member; $75 for non-members. Register now! 🙂

April’s Twosday Takeaway: Doing a Diversity Audit on Your Collection

Join us on April 9th as SCCC Director Casandra Norin shows us ways that we can evaluate our collections to ensure that they are inclusive of the many different viewpoints, cultures, and lifestyles that exist in our communities and in our world.

This presentation is in affiliation with the SWKLS DEI Taskforce.

Would you like to see the SWKLS team in action? We are inviting you to our office on April 9th, from 9 AM to 3 PM (come and go) to spend some time with us, play with some of our technology, and get your questions answered. We drop in on you all the time – now you’re being invited to drop in on us! 🙂

Space is limited, so be sure to get your registration in before it fills up!

Cataloging, Collection Development, and ILL

By Sara Wilson

Collection Development Inspiration

Adult Fiction

Children’s & YA Fiction

WorldShare Record Manager Pop-Up Trainings

This is for users of Cat Express only
: The time has come to start training on WorldShare Record Manager! I have scheduled the following pop-up trainings for the near future. I hope you will be able to attend in person, but if you can’t, I will also be recording a video and am always available for one-on-one training. As a reminder, Cat Express will no longer be available after April 30th. 

Here are the dates and times for the pop-ups:

April 2nd, from 10 AM – 12 PM at Meade Public Library – Register Here

April 8th, from 1 PM – 3 PM at Scott County Library – Register Here

April 11th, from 10 AM – 12 PM at Morton County Library – Register Here

April 15th, from 10 AM – 12 PM at Dodge City Public Library – Register Here

✨If you plan to attend, please register, bring your laptop, and please also have your personal URL and login for OCLC WorldShare Record Manager. I can’t get that for you – you have to contact OCLC – and it will be much easier to train on if you can see what we’re looking at. If you need OCLC contact info, please let me know and I’ll get that to you. We will be doing a brief copy cataloging refresher, as well, so it will be beneficial info to new and experienced catalogers alike. Please also bring any questions you have about the platform, if you’ve already started poking around in it. Thank you!✨

A huge thank you to all the libraries who are allowing us to use their space for these trainings!


by Christopher Dressler

Tech Clinics 4-9-24

Have questions? Need answers? Then join us here at the SWKLS for a day of answers and fixes. Bring any and all your questions. UBMe (ubmeevents.com)

Have questions about:

  • 3D Resin Printer
  • Excel
  • Quickbooks
  • Canva
  • WordPress
  • Yodeck