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Continuing Education (CE) Roundup- June

May 30th, 2013

The Continuing Education Roundup is now available at the State Library of Kansas website on the Training for Librarians Calendar page.

Also on this page:

Archives to past SLK webinars (right sidebar)

Submit an event form (left sidebar)

CE Roundup- May

April 30th, 2013

The Continuing Education Roundup is now available at the State Library of Kansas website on the Training for Librarians Calendar page.


Also on this page:

Archives to past SLK webinars (right sidebar)

Submit an event form (left sidebar)


CE Roundup- April

March 27th, 2013

The Continuing Education Roundup is now available at the State Library of Kansas website on the Training for Librarians Calendar page.


Also on this page:

Archives to past SLK webinars (right sidebar)

Submit an event form (left sidebar)


ELMeR events are listed to increase awareness of these programs which are open to all ELMeR enabled locations. For your library to be added as a location, contact the meeting organizer listed within the event details.

First Lady Brownback Announces Winners of Kansas Book Festival Grants

March 20th, 2013

Topeka – Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback announced the winners of the 2013 Kansas Book Festival Grants during a news conference today at the Statehouse in Topeka.

“The Kansas Book Festival works year round to promote literacy and encourage a life-long love of reading,” First Lady Brownback said.  “These grants will help preserve and improve local and school libraries across the state.”

The 16 public and school libraries will share in receiving a portion of the $12,555 in grants.

2013 Technology Grants
Rossville Community Library
Rossville $1,050  
Blue Rapids Public Library Blue Rapids $1,030  
Lebo School Library Waverly $1,600  
Payne Elementary School Library Wichita $1,200  
Jackson Heights Middle/High School Library Holton $1,000  

2013 Book Grants

Central Elementary Library



Lawrence Gardner High School Library Topeka $500  
Garfield Early Childhood Library Garden City $500  
Tipton Community Grade School Library Tipton $500  
Grainfield City Library Grainfield $1,000  
Florence Public Library Florence $400  
Clifton-Clyde Grade School Library Clifton $500  
Norcatur Public Library Norcatur $1,000  
St. Joseph School Library Ellinwood $500  
Washington High School Library Kansas City $1,000  
Central Heights Elementary School Library Richmond $275  

Representatives from the Blue Rapids Public Library, Rossville Community Library, Lawrence Gardner High School Library, Central Heights Elementary School Library, Lebo School Library and Tipton Community Grade School Library joined the First Lady for the announcement.

“These grants will help libraries to purchase new technology like computers, iPads and eBooks as well as a wide range of reading materials for a wide range of reading levels,” Mrs. Brownback said.

Kansas Book Festival Fund is a 501c3 organization through the Topeka Community Foundation. The grants themselves are funded through corporate sponsors and monies raised at the annual book festival.

The 2013 Kansas Book Festival will be held September 7th at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka.  All age groups are invited to attend the free, day-long event.  To learn more, visit

MayDay 2013: Protect Your Collections!

March 6th, 2013

Join other cultural heritage institutions across Kansas and the nation by participating in MayDay2013, a national effort to prepare for disasters. MayDay encourages cultural heritage organizations to take one simple step during the month of May to protect the art, artifacts, records, and historic sites they hold in trust.

KCHERN board is sponsoring a drawing for  5 Heritage Preservation Disaster Wheels.   Your institution will receive one ticket for submitting a brief summary or photo of an emergency in 2012 to our Facebook page ( 2012 Kansas Disaster Stories/ Images OR submit a story/image to the KCHERN email (  Emailed images/stores will be reposted to our Kansas Images/Stories page. (

You may also receive two tickets for submitting a disaster plan to the KCHERN email (   All disaster plans will remain confidential. Please include institution name, email and contact name.  Submissions may start Feb. 1, 2013.  The drawing will be held on May 1, 2013.  All winners will be notified via email and posted on the KCHERN website.   If you have any questions about the drawing, contact Kathryn Talbot ( or 785-532-6965)

We can all agree that emergency preparedness is an important topic. However, frustration and difficulty can arise when considering how to get started, move forward or stay on track.   Here are some MAYDAY suggestions!

Get Started

Move Forward

  • If you have a disaster plan, dust it off and bring it up to date.
  • Eliminate hazards such as boxes and furniture in hallways, blocked fire exits, or improper storage of paints and solvents.
  • Identify the three biggest risks to your collection or building (such as a leaking water pipe, heavy snow, or power failure) and outline steps to mitigate them.

Stay on Track

  • Join forces with nearby institutions and develop a protocol for helping each other in case of a disaster.  Add your network to KCHERN’s regional page.
  • Get to know your local firefighters and police. Invite them to tour your institution and give you pointers on safety and preparedness.

Toll free legislative hotline available to Kansas residents

February 19th, 2013

Powered by the State Library of Kansas 

Topeka, KS, — Kansas residents can access information on state government, legislation, public policy issues and more by calling 1-800-432-3924. Calls are answered by experienced reference/research librarians at the State Library of Kansas and kept confidential. Lines are open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Callers can also leave brief messages to be delivered to legislators as well as request copies of bills, calendars, journals, committee agendas, voting records, and other legislative documents.

In addition to calling the hotline, residents can also text questions to 785-256-0733 (standard text message rates may apply), instant message at, or visit the State Library. The State Library is located in the north wing, on the third floor of the Kansas Capitol Building.

Discussions on this year’s Kansas Reads book selection are under way

February 12th, 2013

Statewide reading project running now through March 20th

Topeka, KS, — The State Library of Kansas is encouraging residents to participate in this year’s one book/one state reading and discussion project, Kansas Reads: Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris.

The 2013 title, Then We Came to the End, reflects a special collaboration with the Kansas Humanities Council’s statewide “The Way We Worked in Kansas” initiative. While the traveling exhibit explores how we worked YESTERDAY, the novel looks at how we work TODAY. The book is a comedy about the American workplace, told in the first-person plural. It takes place in a fictitious Chicago ad agency that is experiencing a downturn at the end of the ’90s Internet boom. The titular “End” is the closing of the business, which everyone in the novel expects but no one is really prepared for. This book captures the feeling of being the last man standing, the one who will be left to turn off the lights.

Kansas libraries began discussing the book, Then We Came to the End, on January 15 and will continue hosting events through March 20, 2013. Mary Cotton Library (Sabetha, KS) and Newton Public Library (Newton, KS) were part of the State Library’s six scholar-led discussions sponsored by a Kansas Humanities Grant.  Additional scholar-led discussions of the book will be hosted by the following public libraries:

Feb. 17, 1:30 pm, Dorothy Bramlage Library, Junction City, KS
March 4, 7:00 pm, Pioneer Memorial Library, Colby, KS
March 11, 2:00 pm, Hays Public Library, Hays, KS
March 12, 7:00 pm, Independence Public Library, Independence, KS

When asked the significance of the statewide Kansas Reads program, State Librarian Jo Budler replied “I would encourage all Kansans to join a reading group in 2013; it’s a great way to engage in a book and get to know your neighbor. Kansas librarians are great at inspiring interest and discussions and everyone can add something different to the program.”  Visit for more information on the statewide program.

“KHC Humanities Grants support projects that connect people with ideas and engage audiences with the humanities,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council.  “Then We Came to the End book discussions invite community members to explore themes related to work and the workplace through a good book. It’s a wonderful companion program to KHC’s ‘The Way We Worked in Kansas’ initiative.”

Kansas Reads: Then We Came to the End is supported by the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to promoting humanities across Kansas. More information is available at


The Kansas Library Card is getting a facelift!

February 8th, 2013

On Friday, February 15, card users and library administrators will see a new login page and a new “landing page” after you log in.

Go to to see a screenshot – click the preview link next to it for a closer look.

Why did we do this?

We have such a growing list of resources that we wanted to make all of our database access pages more uniform. The design of this page is based on the Explore Our Resources page. Students and researchers familiar with one way of access will not have to hunt for the link to a favorite database.

The login process is the same as always – just  enter your card number and date of birth, click submit, and you’re ready to go!

E-RATE: Technology Plan requirement

January 25th, 2013

Just a reminder if your library plans to apply for E-rate discounts on telecommunications/internet access for the year beginning July 1, 2013:

Starting with Funding Year (FY) 2011, schools and libraries applying for Priority 2 services (Internal Connections and Basic Maintenance) must prepare a technology plan. Before FY2011, technology plans were required for all eligible services other than basic telephone service.

What are priority 2 services?

Unless you intend to acquire connections that will reside internally within your facility, in general, most library applications are entirely priority 1 service, and no Technology Plan is required.