Professional Collection

NEKLS Professional Collection

Professional Collection:

The NEKLS Professional Collection is fully cataloged and accessible through the
NExpress Shared Catalog
, including our:

To borrow an issue or request a copy of an article, call the office, email Teri Nelson or Place a Hold on the item using your NExpress library card or your Member Library NExpress card.

List of Periodical Titles (these are added to NExpress as they are requested):

  • American Libraries
  • Computers in Libraries
  • General Ledger
  • Governing
  • Government Finance Review
  • Internet @ Schools
  • Kansas Government Journal
  • Knowledge Quest
  • Library Administrator’s Digest
  • Library Journal
  • LibrarySparks
  • Make:
  • Marketing Library Services
  • Public Libraries
  • School Library Journal
  • Teacher Librarian
  • Voya
  • Wired

Lendable Items

Bi-Folkal Kits

A variety of Bi-Folkal Kits, themed activity sets for seniors, may be borrowed by member libraries for their own programs, or for use by care homes or senior centers. These kits are designed to inspire memories of days gone by, and normally include a carousel of slides, a videotape, program manual with instructions and discussion questions, booklets for participants to use, an audiotape, picture sets, and a variety of objects with textures or scents that are reminiscent of the topic of the kit. All of these items come packed in a kit bag for storage. Contact Teri Nelson at the NEKLS office or email her at to borrow a kit.

The Bi-Folkal Kits available from NEKLS include:

  • African-American Lives
  • Aprons
  • The Joys and Surprises of Telling Your Life Story
  • A Laugh and a Half: A Collection of Short Skits for Older Adults Who Will Do Almost Anything for a Laugh
  • More Writes and Visits: 41 Topics to Remember
  • Remembering Automobiles
  • Remembering Birthdays
  • Remembering County Fairs
  • Remembering the Depression
  • Remembering Fall
  • Remembering the Fashion
  • Remembering Friends
  • Remembering the Fifties
  • Remembering Fun and Games
  • Remembering Home
  • Remembering the Home Front
  • Remembering Music
  • Remembering 1924
  • Remembering Pets
  • Remembering the Sixties
  • Remembering School Days
  • Remembering Spring
  • Remembering Summertime
  • Roy Bird’s Touring Historic Kansas
  • Remembering Train Rides
  • Remembering Work Life

Ellison (letter and shape-cutting) Machine
Ellison and Accucut Dies

A hand-operated die cut machine is available for use by system members. It can cut paper and other lightweight materials to make cutouts for bulletin boards and displays, craft and scrapbooking projects, bookmarks, nametags, tickets, stationary, picture frames, etc.

The Ellison machine can be used at the NEKLS office, at various workshops throughout the year, or can be borrowed by individual libraries or a group of libraries in one area.

NEKLS owns over 200 dies – the forms used to cut shapes – for libraries to borrow or to use on our premises. The dies are compatible with most cutting systems, including Accucut and Ellison. New dies are added each year to support the CSLP summer reading program theme. Our current collection includes:

To arrange to borrow the machine and/or dies, contact Teri Nelson at the NEKLS office, or by email:

Other Lendable Items

NEKLS loans other items to libraries in order to extend their technological and programming capabilities. These items include:

  • RHYTHM INSTRUMENTS (for up to 40)

Contact Teri Nelson at the NEKLS office or email her at to arrange to borrow any of these items.

NOTE: Items marked with an asterix (*) can NOT be sent through the Kansas Library Express courier system because of their size and fragility. Borrowing libraries are responsible for arranging to pick up and return this equipment.

About the Author

Robin Hastings Robin Hastings is the Director of Technology Services at NEKLS. You can reach her by email (rhastings (at), phone, or on several social media platforms (look Robin up by her email address or by Webgoddess). Visit the Staff page to learn more about how to contact Robin.