The Kansas Periodical Index is going digital

January 18th, 2013 by Candace

The Kansas Periodical Index is going digital
State Library providing a worldwide subscription to Kansas articles—online

Topeka, KS, — The wealth of material available in Kansas periodicals is now available at www.libris.ca/kpi, through a subscription purchased by the State Library of Kansas.

The Kansas Periodical Index is a reference source that lists articles from Kansas related periodicals and other material. Magazines currently being published which are indexed include Kansas!, Kansas History, Kansas Government Journal, Kansas Wildlife & Parks, Southeast Kansas Living, The Territorial, and Topeka Magazine.  Other magazines indexed, although no longer published, include Kanhistique, Kansas Heritage, Kansas Traveler, Kansas Sports and many others.

The online Kansas Periodical Index is searchable by keywords—if users have a subject in mind, they can now use this online tool to help find articles. Print versions have been available in approximately 100 Kansas libraries since 1984 but many have discontinued their subscription due to budget cuts.

“Users from all over are now able to find Kansas related articles easier by searching for indexes online—they can then access those articles through their local library.” State Librarian Jo Budler said.

“The periodicals indexed were selected on the basis of their having substantive articles of potential usefulness or interest to many Kansans: middle and high school students, college students, and the general public. Only periodicals which carried mainly nonfiction articles were selected,” said Roger Carswell, creator of the Kansas Periodical Index and Director of the Southeast Kansas Library System and Iola Public Library.

Current coverage in the Kansas Periodical Index is from 2002 to 2012 (2006 and 2012 are partially completed to date). Indexing of 2013 issues should begin by spring. This is an index only (no abstracts or full text). The print edition has been discontinued. Users can also access the Kansas Periodical Index by visiting the State Library’s Collection & Resource page at www.kslib.info/collections-and-resources.html.

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Kansas’ State Librarian Jo Budler: 2013 Librarian of the Year

January 8th, 2013 by Candace

Kansas’ State Librarian Jo Budler: 2013 Librarian of the Year

 Topeka, KS, — State Librarian Jo Budler is Library Journal’s choice for 2013 Librarian of the Year.  Effective library leadership and significant local contributions in the state of Kansas made Budler a clear selection for this honor.

Shortly after Budler moved in as Kansas’ State Librarian in 2010, the state’s ebook collection was in jeopardy. Kansas’ ebook platform, OverDrive, presented Budler with a renewal proposal increasing administration costs by some 700 percent and losing access to ebooks for the users of Kansas. Budler quickly rejected more than one proposal from OverDrive and won the right to transfer titles to a new platform. This dispute set off a long (and public) national examination of library service agreements.

“We’re so happy Jo was able to preserve our electronic formats so that Kansans would not lose their collection,” said First Lady Mary Brownback. “Jo remains dedicated to providing high-quality statewide services, making certain that every Kansas resident has access to valuable resources.”

Governor Brownback and his wife, Mary, continue to show their commitment to developing life-long learners and the importance of reading, through collaborations with the State Library in building healthy learning communities. “Governor Brownback is very supportive. He understands the value of reading, and having Kansas children reading at the age-appropriate levels is one of his goals,” says Budler. “Our first lady, Mary Brownback, developed a book festival last year and will do another next year (September 7) at the Capitol.”

“I am proud to know that Jo is taking a stand for Kansans and making sure we are good stewards of state dollars,” said Governor Brownback, who reappointed Budler in 2011 as State Librarian. “Mrs. Brownback and I are especially happy that Jo and her staff work so closely with libraries to provide excellent library services to all our state’s residents.”

Mary Boller from Northwest Kansas Library System said, “This is ABSOLUTELY fantastic. I am so glad that she will be recognized for all of her hard work on behalf of libraries, patrons and of all of us here in Kansas!”

Library Journal’s 2013 Librarian of the Year Award will be presented to Budler at a special awards dinner during the American Library Association’s Midwinter meeting in Seattle in January. Library Journal is one of the oldest and most respected publications covering the library field.

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/01/people/joanne-jo-budler-2013-librarian-of-the-year/

SLK Websites & Services Outage, Friday January 4

January 3rd, 2013 by Jeff

From 7:00 to approximately 7:30 a.m. on Friday, January 4, 2013, the State Library website, all sites and pages hosted on Blue Skyways, and web applications Kansas Library Card (KsLC) and Kansas Library Directory (KLD) will be unavailable while they are moved to a new load balancer by our host, University of Kansas Medical Center.

This outage is not expected to affect access to existing OneClickDigital or 3M Cloud Library accounts. The KsLC link for creating new OneClick accounts will be unavailable. Access to online content and databases via local web links should continue to work. Kansas Library Catalog and KICNET ILL will be unaffected.

We will post an announcement to KANLIB-L when work is completed, and updates if a delay is anticipated.

Online CE Roundup – January 2013

January 2nd, 2013 by Megan Schulz

PROGRAM ABSTRACTS & LOGIN INFORMATION:
NOTE: All times are Central Standard

January 8, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Burnout: Avoiding the flames (Washington State Library)

Library staff trying to keep up with changes in technology, demographics, & services may feel somewhat at sea. In this interactive session, Debra Westwood, Library Cluster Manager, King County Library System will look at how libraries are changing. Debra will help attendees learn about individual and group responses to change and devise specific strategies that individuals and work groups can use to remain buoyant in these difficult seas.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/firsttuesdays/default.aspx

January 8, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Better than Bullet Points (Insync Training)

Effective e-learning involves much more than just putting PowerPoint shows on the Web. In this session we’ll explore solid ideas for transforming bullet-based content into compelling, engaging, interactive online learning programs. See the possibilities for putting simple PowerPoint based e-learning to a level on par with programs created with long-learning-curve higher-end products, custom art, and approaches dependent on programming expertise. Audience: Trainers and instructional designers.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://us.insynctraining.com/bozarth-programs/

January 8, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Keeping Your Library Safe: Black Belt Librarians (Infopeople)

Are your attempts to control your library’s environment successful? Does your staff feel confident with implementing security policy? Are you really in charge of your library, or are the patrons in charge of you? These questions and more will be answered during Warren’s frank and direct session on the essential elements you need to make your security program effective. During this hour, Warren will take the academic theory of security and show you how to actually apply it in the real world.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

January 9, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
An Introduction to Facilitating Groups (Nonprofit Webinars)

At some point, even experienced trainers, facilitators and managers find themselves standing before groups whose dynamics are all over the board. Everyone is expressing an opinion, ideas are flying at warp speed, emotions are high, disagreement is rampant, and some people are shutting down while others are rebelling against the process. Wouldn’t it be great to have the tools that allow you to regain control and confidently lead the group to effective results every time? Join us and learn practical facilitation techniques to elevate your group handling skills and help you achieve amazing organizational results. Whether you facilitate focus groups, executive sessions, community gatherings or task forces doing activities such as strategy development, issue resolution, requirements analysis, process improvement, or action planning, this webinar will give you a comprehensive approach you can apply immediately.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://nonprofitwebinars.com/webinars/

January 9, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Data Privacy Month: Are You Smarter Than Your Phone? (EDUCAUSE)

Nearly everyone on a college campus today has a mobile phone, capable of accomplishing amazing tasks while on the go. But, how SHOULD you make use of your smartphone? You are smarter than your phone if you know that you need to make careful choices about using your geo-location feature. You might post a picture to Facebook while on your European trip if there are other people still living at your address back home. But, if your house is empty while you travel, you would be smarter to wait to post until you get home. Do you really want everyone to know you are out alone at midnight by “checking in” at your local donut shop? You are smarter than your phone if you use sound judgment about revealing your location. You’re smarter than your phone if you know you need to think critically about the sensitivity of the data you put on or access through your phone. Do you use your phone for banking, without password protecting the device? Your phone is happy to do it. But you are smarter than your phone if you protect it with a password. If you’re not thinking critically about what you do with your phone, we’ll help you think again!
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.educause.edu/conferences-events/educause-live-webinars

January 9, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Louder, Faster, Funnier: Humor & Learning (Adobe)

Funny is Money! At least that’s the perspective of many in the entertainment industry, but is comedy a viable tool in educational content, specifically within eLearning? What issues are introduced when eLearning modules depend on humor and what kinds of humor are most and least effective? Join Dr. Allen Partridge for a tongue in cheek examination of laughter and learning. We’ll explore the latest ideas & research on humor in learning and look for special applications and exceptions that apply to online learning. You’ll probably laugh, and you might even learn something.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=list&type=eseminar&loc=en_us

January 9, 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Culture: Communications, Collaboration, and Creating Core Values (Colorado State Library)

Yes, we held snakes & spiders. Yes, we ran through an inflatable obstacle course and climbed a rock wall. And yes, duct tape was involved. How have we taken these experiences and come back to our work places? How can the core values of libraries guide our communications and workplace culture? Let’s talk about the risk taking, collaboration and the core values of libraries featuring ideas inspired by the Culture experience of R-Squared.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

January 9, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Strengthen the Influence of Your Leadership: Prepare for Success (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Align with the future you want to create by setting your intention for outcomes, crafting a vision and setting goals. Using traditional and non-traditional methods, ‘think forward’ into the new year; ‘pull back’ the vision and make vision a reality. Objectives: Make way for ‘new’ by clearing the old, Acknowledge the positive past, Clarify purpose and vision, Learn how to create your vision using a fun visualization process, and Move from dream to reality through setting goals and objectives.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html

January 10, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Landing Your Ideal Library Job (American Libraries Live)

For our next episode of AL Live, we’re going to switch gears and move away from the Tech stuff. This episode, Landing Your Ideal Library Job, is going to focus on the library job market and the challenges that librarians at all points in their careers are facing in navigating it. Our host for this episode is going to be David Connolly, who manages the ALA Joblist site, a resource any job seeker should know. David and I had a short chat about how he’s planning to facilitate next month’s discussion on this topic. Our panel for this episode is also going to include Bohyun Kim, Digital Access Librarian at Florida International University Medical Library and Jill Klees, a Career Liaison who works with the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://americanlibrarieslive.org/

January 10, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Transforming Communities Through Apps: Part II (TechSoup)

Interested in discovering more about developing apps to transform your community? This webinar is the second part of a series on apps, as part of the App It Up project: Transforming Communities. We’ll feature guests from nonprofits and libraries who will share their hands-on experience with you.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events

January 14, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
To Evaluation and Beyond: The Evolving Role of the Embedded Librarian (University of North Carolina)

Higher education administrators and faculty are increasingly attuned to the importance of information literacy and the role of academic librarians in teaching it. With this new engagement come new challenges, including the need to balance cost and quality, helping to shape instructional strategy, and especially developing meaningful evaluation of students’ information literacy learning. Also on the horizon are embedded data curation and new roles beyond instruction. This webinar will explore key trends in embedded librarianship today.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://sils.unc.edu/events

January 15, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Broadband Basics for Public Libraries (TechSoup)

Wish you knew more about the basics of broadband, but you don’t know who to ask? This beginner level webinar will introduce you to terms, tools, and concepts that will help increase your understanding. We will be joined by special guest, library consultant Kieran Hixon.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events

January 15, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
New Resources for the Common Core (Booklist)

Seeking terrific titles to link to the Common Core State Standards? You’ll hear about new fiction and informational books for youth that will help teachers and librarians implement the standards across subjects and grade levels in this free, hour-long presentation sponsored by Holiday House, Rosen/Gareth, Enslow Publishers, and DK Publishing. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Editorial Director, Gillian Engberg.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

January 15, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
The Impact of an Ice Cream Sundae (WebJunction)

What does an ice cream sundae have to do with library partnerships? Let’s pretend that your community organizations (school, academic, public and special libraries, and other local organizations) are your favorite kind of ice cream. Now let’s ladle your favorite toppings over the ice cream to represent the organizations’ resources, programs, personnel and funding. How can the ice cream “mix” with the toppings to be the most luscious dessert possible for the most people? When community organizations collaborate to share their resources with one another, they make the biggest possible impact on the most lives. Learn easy, understandable and powerful strategies that will give you renewed energy to create bold and imaginative collaborations among all types of community organizations.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html

January 16, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Real Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In (American Management Association)

Based on the presenters’ decades of experience and extensive interviews with high-level influencers—people in business, government, nonprofits, sports, the arts, and more — Goulston and Ullmen share what they’ve learned about the remarkable power of real influence and offer insights for tapping into it, including: The simple four-step model that will help you connect with people you thought were unreachable, How to get past the “blind spot” in our brains that makes connecting and influencing impossible, How to avoid bad influence habits that can disconnect you from your team, your clients, your family, and others, How listening with a real motive to learn and understand will change a relationship instantly, Ways to repair a reputation damaged by trying to influence via manipulation, and Why one of the biggest factors in becoming a power influencer is gratitude.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx

January 16, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Strengthen the Influence of Your Leadership: Leverage Your Knowledge of Communication Styles to Positively Influence Work and Personal Relationships (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Objectives: Inventory your strengths and opportunities for growth, Adapt your communication styles so your message can be heard by others, Understand intrinsic and extrinsic motivators, and Learn strategies to empower and encourage.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html

January 17, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
QR Codes: Bridging the print-to-digital divide (Infopeople)

QR codes (quick response codes) have been around for almost two decades now and libraries are beginning to use them to reach out and provide information and services. They are an excellent and inexpensive way for libraries to move their content and services out into busy public spaces, such as transportation hubs, mass transit vehicles and other local cultural and social institutions. During this webinar we will explore current and potential uses of QR codes in libraries of all types while using the real-world experiences at the Contra Costa County Library as the primary examples and case studies.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

January 22, 7:00 – 8:00 AM and 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Basics of Information Literacy Assessment (Libraries Thriving)

Speakers: Lauren Pressley, Wake Forest University; Amanda Click, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.librariesthriving.org/workshops/upcomingseminars

January 22, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Rockin’ the Virtual Classroom (Insync Training)

Virtual classroom technology (ILinc, Adobe Connect, WebEx, Elluminate, etc.) provides a wonderful live, real-time bridge between the traditional classroom and the learner. But it isn’t “just like” the traditional classroom, and in the wrong hands can be deadly dull. In this session we’ll learn to read virtual “body language”, look at ways to increase interactivity and engagement, utilize games and activities, and create visuals that support learning.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://us.insynctraining.com/bozarth-programs/

January 22, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Show Me the Money: Fundraising That Taps into The 90% of All Wealth That Is Not Cash (Nonprofit Webinars)

Want some great reasons for your charity to take any and all non-cash donations? Wonder why other charities seem to increase their fundraising in good years and bad years, quickly build up their endowments, have the resources they need? Well, find out in the webinar.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://nonprofitwebinars.com/webinars/

January 23, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Reenergize Your Best Employees Before They Leave You (American Management Association)

Some organizations have been taken over by a culture of negativity, and in others employees are feeling the years of recession and becoming less motivated and engaged in their work. When the recession initially hit a few years ago, there was an outburst of energy with high-potential employees. Not only were organizations trying to keep things going with reduced staff, those passionate about their work and their organizations were trying to keep the vision and in some cases the organization itself, alive. But the recession lasted longer than expected, and many of these workers feel tired, disheartened, and tempted to new positions elsewhere as the economy improves. Attend this webcast and discover tips and tactics for reengaging your employees using time-tested tools and techniques from the best of AMA.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx

January 23, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Creating a Culture of Innovation in your Library and Community (WebJunction)

We hear about libraries that are leaders in innovation, implementing ideas that keep the library growing and vital. Perhaps you have watched from the sidelines and wished you could kickstart some innovation at your library, but you’re not sure where to start. Come to this webinar for an active and lively discussion on how to find innovative ideas, how to connect with the people to help make them happen, and how to get buy-in and support for your ideas. There is a lot to be learned from other libraries’ examples and experiences.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html

January 23, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Listening Skills For Leaders: How To Conduct A One On One Conversation To Motivate Others (Nonprofit Webinars)

We often hear about the need to motivate staff, members and volunteers in non-profit organizations. We often hear about the importance of listening. But how do we listen skillfully to motivate staff and members of our organizations? This webinar will focus on how to conduct a one on one conversation with members or potential members of your organization in a way that allows you to understand and tap into the power of another’s personal purpose, history and values.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://nonprofitwebinars.com/webinars/

January 23, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Strengthen the Influence of Your Leadership: Build Rapport and Motivate with The Language of Influence (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Word choices and accompanying non verbal communication sends a message. What messages are you sending? How often do you question why people take your message differently than you intended? Explore words and gestures that are accountable and engage collaboration. Objectives: Use empathetic and accountable language to empower and engage others, and Explore body language that sends a message of accessibility.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html

January 29, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)

A successful nonprofit organization has diversified funding streams. If your organization has never developed a fundraising plan or calendar, this session is for you. It provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the components of a fundraising plan. You’ll learn how to: Conduct an assets inventory, Develop a case statement, Identify funding partners, and Prepare a fundraising plan and calendar.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://grantspace.org/Classroom/Training-Calendar/Live-Webinars/

January 30, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Managing Team Conflict Effectively (Nonprofit Webinars)

Are unresolved conflicts affecting team functioning? Would you like to make conflict a source of growth for your team? Would like a road map to get there? Managing team conflict effectively is the art of fostering trust, resolving conflicts as they arise and facilitating productive communication. Highly functioning teams can debate challenging topics, make tough decisions, and hold each other accountable for results.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://nonprofitwebinars.com/webinars/

January 30, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Developing an Epic Facebook Strategy for Your Nonprofit (Nonprofit Webinars)

This session will walk participants set-by-step through creating an effective Facebook marketing strategy. We will discuss defining your audience, developing a content strategy, engaging with fans, and measuring results. Takeaways: A solid understanding of how to create an effective presence on Facebook, Strategies and tactics for acquiring fans and increasing engagement, and A framework for integrating Facebook into other marketing channels.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://nonprofitwebinars.com/webinar/1302013-developing-an-epic-facebook-strategy-for-your-nonprofit/

January 30, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Strengthen the Influence of Your Leadership: So, What Do You Do? Talk Up Your Value in 30 to 60 Seconds (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

We are often asked to share what we do and often we lose out on an opportunity to insert impact and influence by shooting from the hip and using too many words, too few or not the right words for the right audience. The key to a memorable and interesting response comes in preparation and the selection of the “right” details based on your “audience.” Objectives: Learn the who, what, why and how method you can apply to your personal value statement and that of your library, Add pizzazz with story and talking points, and Explore delivery tips.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html

January 31, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Your Board and Fundraising (GrantSpace)

This class helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising. What we will cover: The role of your board, Why board members may be reluctant to fundraise and how to overcome these concerns, Ways the board can participate in fundraising activities, and Tips for strengthening your fundraising board.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://grantspace.org/Classroom/Training-Calendar/Live-Webinars/

Doctors prescribe reading to kids and soon, a trip to the library

December 18th, 2012 by Candace

Doctors prescribe reading to kids and soon, a trip to the library
State Library of Kansas launches pilot program, “Checkup and Check Out: For Kansas Kids”

Topeka, KS, — The State Library of Kansas awarded four Kansas libraries grants to support the implementation of the “Checkup and Check Out” pilot program in well-child checkups, sending families home with an age-appropriate book (through the Kansas Pediatric Foundation’s current program, Turn a Page, Touch a Mind) and encouraging parents to take an extra trip to the public library to receive another free book. Grants were awarded to Chanute Public Library ($2,100; Ashley Clinic), Manhattan Public Library ($8,750; Pediatric Associates), Newton Public Library ($3,500; Cottonwood Pediatrics) and Smith Center Public Library ($350; Smith County Family Practice).

For years, many Kansas doctors have been prescribing reading to children as part of their well-child checkups, and giving families age-appropriate books to encourage them to follow that advice. Now through the support of the State Library of Kansas, four public libraries will work with a group of those physicians to increase library attendance by offering families an additional free book when they come to their libraries to learn about 6 by 6 (the six skills children need by age six to be ready to learn to read).  “We believe that reading and good health go hand and hand,” said State Librarian Jo Budler. “What better way to ensure this than to instill a love of reading — and books — when our youngest residents visit their doctors?”

“This is an amazing way to get out information about the importance of reading to your child and to encourage parents to foster their child’s early literacy skills,” said Jennifer Adams, Children’s Services Manager of Manhattan Public Library. When asked about the impact this grant could have on families, Adams replied, “For some of them, this might be their first visit to their local library where they can discover all the books and other materials they can check out free, plus storytimes and fun programs their kids can attend.  This grant will create awareness about the many services local libraries offer.”

The pilot project will run for six months, beginning January 2013. The State Library worked with Regional Library Systems and Mel Hudelson of the Kansas Pediatric Foundation to identify libraries and clinics throughout the state willing to promote 6 by 6 and local library attendance. Amounts of each grant vary based on the number of books the partner clinic gives out in a six-month period at a total of $3.50 per book. This pilot project is funded by the State Library, through the Children’s Initiatives Fund as part of the Governor’s Reading Roadmap. If this project is found to impact public library attendance, the State Library of Kansas will seek further funding to expand it to other public libraries.

“We are very excited to be a part of this program, said Chanute Library Director Susan Willis, “It provides us with another avenue to introduce the library and all of its services to families – giving us the chance to be a part of children’s lives from an early age.”

 

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2012 Kansas Public Library Standards released

December 12th, 2012 by Candace

2012 Kansas Public Library Standards released
The newest version of the State Standards helps libraries improve service,
collections, and information access

Topeka, KS, — The State Library of Kansas, working in cooperation with the seven Regional Library Systems, has announced the release of the 2012 Kansas Public Library Standards. The Standards contain goals for libraries that reflect challenging, but attainable, levels of library service while recognizing the contributions that public libraries currently make to the lives of Kansas residents and to the vitality of Kansas communities.

The last Public Library Standards document was published in 2006, and was the latest revision of 1988′s Measurements of Quality: Public Library Standards for Kansas.  Public Library Standards are reviewed periodically, in the public interest, to insure the quality of the state’s public libraries.

The Kansas Public Library Standards identify library service levels corresponding to service populations. Standards are defined for the structure and governance of libraries, planning, marketing and community outreach, funding and budget, library services and resources, automation and technology, and facilities. Recommendations relating to library staffing, including salaries and education levels, are part of the Standards.

Kansas has a long tradition of library service. Public Library Standards have been used to measure, guide and nurture exemplary library service in our state for many years. This newest version of the Kansas Public Library Standards will help libraries measure their current level of library service, and serve as a planning tool for future growth and development

The complete 2012 Kansas Public Library Standards can be found on the Kansas Regional Library Systems website.

E-RATE: FY2013 Filing Window for Form 471 Opens Today

December 12th, 2012 by Jeff

The FY2013 application filing window for the FCC Form 471 opens at 11:00 am CST on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, and will close at 10:59 pm CDT on Thursday, March 14, 2013. The window will be open for 93 days.

FY2013 Begins July 1, 2013 and Ends June 30, 2014

If you are just starting the application process, you should first review the FCC Form 470 and Instructions and the FCC Form 471 and Instructions. You can find these forms and instructions on the Forms page of the USAC website. You should also review the FY2013 Eligible Services List to verify that the services you want to request are eligible for discounts.


For helpful tips, reminders, and more information, read the full Special Edition News Brief.

Online CE Roundup – December 2012

December 3rd, 2012 by Shannon

This is the Online CE Roundup for December.

PROGRAM ABSTRACTS & LOGIN INFORMATION:
NOTE: All times are Central Standard

December 3, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service (American Library Association)

Learn what makerspaces are and how they work from librarians who are on the cutting edge of this movement by attending our upcoming series of free webinars. Each webinar will feature a panel of staff, administration, and patrons from one of the libraries that have implemented a makerspace. They’ll talk about how their makerspace concept began, how it was designed and how it was implemented. You’ll learn about the maker movement in general, the role libraries are playing specifically, and get ideas about how you can get involved and start a makerspace in your library!

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://goo.gl/oZYUR

December 3, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Open Mic Night with Dr. Joyce Valenza! (Teacher-Librarian Virtual Cafe)

This year, we’re bustin & branching out beyond the library walls to include ALL of the EdTech world in our rip-roaring fast-paced Smackdown Open Mic Night with Dr. Joyce Valenza hosting & with Gwyneth Jones & Librarian Tiff moderating. We’re planning to get ready by creating a rich crowd-souced presentation/book.  Please feel free to take a slide (or several) and be ready to grab the mic on the night of the event and share your faves. We’ll leave the evening with our own on-going dynamic resource book.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tlvirtualcafe.wikispaces.com/home

December 4, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Tech-Savvy Staff: Better Service for Library Users (TechSoup)

Would you like to help staff gain the tech skills they need in order to effectively assist patrons?  Join our webinar on Tuesday, December 4th at 11 a.m. Pacific time to find out how one library succeeded with this challenging staff development goal.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events

December 4, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Create a Story and Tell it Too: Engaging Supporters with Online Video (Nonprofit Webinars)

Video is the most powerful media tool for telling your organization’s story online. Your moving narrative and your complex issue can be communicated more clearly and with more impact using sight, sound and motion. The experts in fundraising and advocacy understand this, but how can any sized nonprofit benefit from these insights? This session combines a little art & science: namely the art of video storytelling with the science of using your org’s assets and existing channels to push your video stories to those who need to see them. Expect to see some great examples of nonprofit video, learn the fundamentals of translating your story to video, and review great new (and some old) tools for online video distribution.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://nonprofitwebinars.com/webinars/

December 4, 2:00 -3:00 PM

Reading is a Superpower! Comic Books, Graphic Novels, & Literacy (School Library Journal)

This webcast will feature a report on the 10-school pilot program ABDO led with elementary students and staff in a California district, using their Marvel Age comic books and graphic novels, eBooks, and teachers guides in a weeks-long “comic con” with the kids creating their own superheroes and stories based on the books.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.slj.com/category/webcasts/

December 5, 11:00 – 12:00

Applying the 70:20:10 Enterprise Learning Model (American Management Association)

The 70:20:10 model assumes that 70% of learning comes from on-the-job experiences, 20% from learning from others, and 10% from formal training courses. Join this webcast to explore how to integrate this model with both formal and informal learning for improved enterprise-wide performance. Using a variety of structured e-learning and social collaboration tools, you’ll see how various types of learning activities are applied to deploy blended enterprise learning programs that unlock value for each individual learner, transform talent to higher levels of contribution, and boost overall organizational capability.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx

December 5, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Branding yourself and your library career on LinkedIn (Colorado Library Consortium)

Are you using LinkedIn? Over 4.2 billion people searches were conducted in LinkedIn in 2011. Recruiters and HR departments are increasingly using LinkedIn to connect with potential employees directly. Whether you’re just starting with LinkedIn or want to make your profile stand out more, this webinar will discuss what branding is, and outline approaches for branding yourself using LinkedIn. We’ll cover basic and subscription features to make yourself stand out, and how to use your LinkedIn network to build your visibility as an information professional. No matter what type of librarian you are – school, public, academic, or otherwise – you will come away with tips for making LinkedIn profile improvements right now, and an approach for keeping your profile looking smart.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.clicweb.org/learning-on-your-schedule/lunch-lessons

December 5, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Trustees: Relationships, the Law, and Finance (Montana State Library)

This Webinar will explore how board members are bridges between the library and the community.  It will also look at laws (library or otherwise) that board members should know about, and finally will touch briefly on the financial responsibilities of the library board.  Note: more in depth Webinars about law and finance are planned for the spring.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://student.gototraining.com/r/6928346368276538112

December 5, 1:30 - 2:30 PM

It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore: Adult Summer Reading Programs (Colorado State Library)

In this lively, interactive session, we’ll explore the benefits of offering adult summer reading programs, discuss how to implement a simple and inexpensive program, and brainstorm ideas for more elaborate programs; we’ll also touch on multi-generational reading programs and how to evaluate adult reading programs. Whether you’ve provided an adult summer reading program in the past, plan to offer one in 2013, or are just considering it for the future, this session will generate great ideas and spark interest. And please join us if you’re offering or considering an adult reading program at a different time of year, too!

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

December 6, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Create Your Own Knowledge Base (iLibrarian)

Setting up a centralized knowledge base for your library can be a great way to collaboratively brainstorm ideas, gather specialized knowledge, organize instructional resources, and even replace intranets. Creating a private, personal knowledge base will keep you organized, store your files, and provide an online space for brainstorming, reading lists, project ideas, to-do lists, and even travel plans. Learn how to create your own personal and organizational repositories of information and knowledge with no technical skills required!

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/2012/create-your-own-knowledge-base-free-webinar/

December 6, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Outreach Programs in Rural Communities: Simple Steps for Surprising Results (WebJunction)

The PEARL (Promoting and Enhancing the Advancement of Rural Libraries) Project has been successful in helping Texas rural librarians reach out to groups and organizations in their communities and to raise visibility of and appreciation for their libraries. Community outreach plans, designed to identify and fill a need in the community, are at the heart of this unique model. The process is supported by an actionable template which leads participants from community assessment, through strategic planning, to implementation, and concludes with evaluating outcomes.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html

December 6, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Lerner Publishing Group Spring 2013 Librarian Preview Webinar (School Library Journal)

Get the inside scoop and sneak peek at Lerner’s nonfiction, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K-12 coming this January. Plus, learn about new digital offerings, as well as supports for Common Core State Standards, and free teaching guides, reader’s discussion guides, classroom activities, and websites that make lesson planning easy.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.slj.com/category/webcasts/

December 7, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Evernote (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It’s really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html

December 7, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Accessibility Handbook: Making 508-Compliant Websites (O’Reilly)

Several audiences have difficulty using today’s complex websites, including people with blindness, hearing loss, physical disabilities, and cognitive disorders. In this webcast, Katie Cunningham, author of the “Accessibility Handbook: Making 508 Compliant Websites” talks about the world of accessibility and assistive technologies.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://oreilly.com/webcasts/

December 10, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Nuts and Bolts of Social Media (Insync Training)

This session will cover basics of creating and sustaining community via social media tools. Rather than theory, participants will walk away with an understanding of how to implement and utilize these applications. Briefly, we will look at several popular social media tools, such as blogs, wikis, Facebook and Twitter, then basics of using these tools for 1) Creating Community & Community Management; 2) Fostering Communities of Practice; 3) Knowledge Transfer and Management.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://us.insynctraining.com/bozarth-programs/

December 11, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Better Together: Tech Trainers Sharing Expertise (TechSoup)

Virtually every library provides technology training in one form or another. How can we work together to share resources and ideas with one another? Join our webinar on Tuesday, December 11 at 11 a.m. Pacific time to hear out about existing resources that allow libraries and nonprofts to share their technology training expertise with one another.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events

December 11, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program (VolunteerMatch)

What do you volunteers need to know to be successful? This webinar will start with the basics and help you understand how to determine what information you should be sharing with your volunteers, and how that can be used to create a curriculum. We’ll then discuss how to present this information in a variety of ways using different delivery methods that appeal to adult learners. Assessing what your volunteers have learned, and creating ongoing training and professional development training for your volunteers will also be covered.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics

December 11, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Mobile Accessibility – The Status of Accessibility in Mobile Devices (Accessible Technology Coalition)

David Dzumba, Chair of the Accessibility Working Group of the Mobile Manufacturer’s Forum will take the lead in providing an insight into and perspective on the status of accessibility in mobile devices. David currently serves as the FCC Emergency Access Advisory Committee co-chair and is senior manager of Accessibility at Nokia.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://atcoalition.org/trainings

December 12, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

What Would Walt Do? Quality Customer Service for Libraries (WebJunction)

Looking for some magic to improve customer service in your library? The Disney Institute on Quality Service has set high standards for creating a quality customer experience and their ideas can be applied at your library. Our panel of Colorado librarians attended the Disney Institute Quality Service preconference sponsored by ALA’s LearnRT at the annual conference in Anaheim in 2012. Since then, they’ve been waving their magic wands to improve customer service in Colorado libraries and they’d like to share their discoveries with you. Learn how to define quality service, set a common purpose for all library staff, and better understand your customers. You’ll walk away with ideas to make your library’s customer service sparkle.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction.html

December 12, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Basic Graphic Design for Library Staff: Quick and Easy Solutions (Infopeople)

For the past 20 years personal computers have allowed us to create publications of all kinds easily without requiring a basic understanding of graphic design. While the results have sometimes been less than successful, there are some quick and simple solutions to making them more attractive and effective. During this webinar, attendees will learn how use shapes, manipulate images, and work with text and fonts to enhance their basic desktop publishing efforts. We’ll also work together on redesigning examples of library signs to make each more customer friendly.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

December 12, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Perfect Phrases for Fundraising (Nonprofit Webinars)

In this webinar, Dr. Beverly A. Browning, author of Perfect Phrases for Fundraising will discuss how to use THE RIGHT PHRASE FOR EVERY SITUATION . . . EVERY TIME. Using precise language in a fundraising campaign is an absolute must. The words you choose can make the difference between having your appeal read . . . or tossed. Learn how to craft a message that recipients will read and respond to. The author will share her time-saving tips, message-crafting strategies and ready-to-use phrases for getting results in any campaign.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://nonprofitwebinars.com/webinars/

December 13, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Making the Choice: Mobile Solutions for Your Library (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

The first step for any library wanting to have a mobile presence is to determine the best approach for its customers and community.  This training will explore the different mobile strategies for libraries, cover the pros and cons of each approach, and outline the considerations for deciding on a strategy such as cost, implementation time, staffing resources, and community characteristics. Information on subsidies for Texas libraries to implement mobile services may also be presented.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html

The State Library Is “Bookin’ It” Back Into the Capitol

November 30th, 2012 by Candace

The State Library Is “Bookin’ It” Back Into the Capitol
The State Library’s 202,000 book collection is moving into the newly restored State Library.

Topeka, KS, — The State Library of Kansas will soon be back in the Kansas Statehouse after more than two years’ worth of restorations and special planning. Movers began relocating the collection earlier this week and will be complete in 8 to 10 days.

The 202,000 book collection contains publications over 200 years old and a move of this magnitude requires precise attention to detail and meticulous handling. “It’s really quite remarkable to see a collection of this size and importance in motion,” said State Librarian Jo Budler. “Some of these books have been part of our collection since the 1800s. It feels great to get them back home.” The State Library’s collection has been housed off-site since December 2010.

Once the prominent collection is back in place, the State Library staff will follow, migrating from the eight mobile units located outside the Capitol. “I can’t tell you how excited we are to get back in the Statehouse before the 2013 legislative session,” Budler said. When asked how long the State Library services will be unavailable during the transition, Budler replied, “Some requests may take us a little longer but the State Library will remain open and continue to serve the needs of state agencies, legislators, libraries and the public.”

The State Library will be located in the north wing of the Statehouse in room 312-N beginning December 10th. Library hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. For information on the State Library services, visit kslib.info or call (785) 296-3296.

E-RATE: FY2013 Window Dates Announced

November 13th, 2012 by Jeff

The following news item has been released by the Universal Service Administrative Corporation, which manages the E-Rate program of telecommunications and Internet discounts for public libraries and K-12 schools:


FY2013 Window Dates Announced

The FY2013 application filing window for the FCC Form 471 will open at noon EST on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 and close at 11:59 pm EDT on Thursday, March 14, 2013. The window will be open for 93 days.

FY2013 Begins July 1, 2013 and Ends June 30, 2014

If you are just starting the application process, you should first review the FCC Form 470 and Instructions and the FCC Form 471 and Instructions. You can find these forms and instructions on the Forms page of the USAC website. You should also review the FY2013 Eligible Services List to verify that the services you want to request are eligible for discounts.


For helpful tips, reminders, and more information, read the full Special Edition News Brief.