Assembly 2018 Recap

Assembly 2018 Recap

On August 9, more than 100 people from the NEKLS region gathered to conduct the 2018 Annual Meeting and Assembly. Here are a few photos of the day.


2018 State of the System

Laura’s Presentation


Annual Business Meeting

During the business meeting, 69 representatives voted. The 2019 System Budget was approved. Here is a copy of the 2019 System Plan and Budget Estimate.


Six people were elected (or re-elected) to serve on the Executive Board. They are:

  • Kathleen Flanagan, Atchison County Representative
  • Robert Miller, Johnson County Representative
  • Carolyn Little, Shawnee County Representative
  • Dr. Alan Bearman, At-Large Academic Representative
  • Nancy Keith, At-Large Representative
  • Kimberlie Pelsma, At-Large Schools Representative


Also during the business meeting, the following officers were announced:

  • Sean Bird, President
  • Brandy Robben, Vice-President
  • Emily Burgdorf, Secretary
  • Sarah Walker-Hitt, Treasurer


Retiring Executive Board members were recognized and thanked.  They included; Thad Hartman, Shawnee County and Carol Levers-President, Wyandotte County.


Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

Each year, we take time to honor some outstanding volunteers who share their time with NEKLS libraries, and with their communities. This year the selection committee chose to honor six volunteers from five libraries. Nominating libraries received a small grant to thank them for fostering excellent volunteerism in their communities.

Super Volunteers included:

  •   George and JoAnn Kautz, Atchison Public Library
  •   Patricia Welicky, Bonner Springs City Library
  •   Jill Strahm, Mary Cotton Public Library, Sabetha
  •   Lynn Drake, Overbrook Public Library
  •   Carol Wills, Pomona Community Library


The NEKLS staff and executive board recognizes and appreciates the contributions of hundreds of volunteers at public, school and academic libraries throughout our region.



Continuing Education Assembly

Assembly featured a presentation and discussion Exploring Free Speech in an Information-Overloaded World. The thought-provoking session was facilitated by Dr. James Walther, Assistant Professor at Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management (SLIM).

Here are some resources from Dr. Walther.

The next Annual Assembly will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2019, location to be determined.

Get Ready: NEKLS 2018 Annual Meeting and Assembly Is Fast Approaching

Get Ready: NEKLS 2018 Annual Meeting and Assembly Is Fast Approaching

Thursday, August 9th; 9am-3pm

Maceli’s Banquet Hall, Downtown Lawrence

The Annual Assembly is a gathering of all NEKLS member libraries to approve the budget, elect system board members, and discuss system business. Libraries need to have their System Representative present at the Annual Assembly in order to vote. Please make plans to attend!

Here is a draft agenda for the day.

The cost is $15 per person, which includes breakfast and lunch. To pay in advance, mail a check to the NEKLS office, or call the office to charge to a credit card. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted the day of the event.

Click here to register; registrations are due by Monday, July 30.

Trustee Training 2018: Policies for Results

Trustee Training 2018: Policies for Results

On three recent days, Library Board Members and Directors from throughout the NEKLS region participated in training sessions, “Policies for Results”, presented by Bonnie McKewon, consultant and trainer from the State Library of Iowa.

This training was offered as one way for Trustees to complete the continuing education (CE) requirement of the NEKLS Accreditation Standards.

Here are some resources from the day:

links to:


Presentation slides for “Policies for Results”

NEKLS Policy Statement Topics (Accreditation Standard 7)

NEKLS Sample Policy Review Schedule

If you attended the training

Thank you for taking the time to further your learning as a library Trustee! Your attendance has been registered to count towards your library’s CE requirement.

If you did not attend training

Your board can use “Policies for Results” to satisfy its 2018 CE requirement by watching a video recording of Bonnie’s presentation. The video is currently being edited. When it is available, we will send information to public library directors.

Boards may also choose an alternate form of training. For more information on completing the education requirement, see the NEKLS Trustee Information web page.

Best Practices for Data Privacy

Best Practices for Data Privacy

In an environment where data breaches have become the norm, how can we keep our data and our library users’ data secure? Robin Hastings and Marshall Breeding had a conversation on May 21 about data privacy that focused on best practices and what we can do to make sure our data is secure and protected.  Topics ranged from the Facebook data issues that recently surfaced to how to secure hardware in your library.

AL Live: Best Practices for Data Privacy

Feel free to contact Robin if you have questions, or concerns.

Required Labor Law Posters

Required Labor Law Posters

Many of you may be receiving advertisements for ready-made labor law posters. Remember that libraries do not need to purchase labor law posters to meet state and federal requirements. You can print them out for free! You do not need to keep old, or outdated posters. As long as you have the current posters displayed, you are meeting the requirements.

Here is the link to the State of Kansas required posters:

Here is the link to the Federally required posters:

Printing the posters on standard-sized printing paper is perfectly acceptable. Just be sure to display the posters where your employees can easily view them.

If you would like to have NEKLS print the posters for you, email