NEKLS 2019 Annual Assembly

NEKLS 2019 Annual Assembly

Thursday, August 15th 2019

9am-2pm (Registration begins at 8:30am)

Maceli’s Banquet Hall, Downtown Lawrence, KS

Parking Information


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.

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.

Our guest speaker for this year is Lee Rainie, Director of Internet and Technology Research at Pew Research Center.

Under Lee’s leadership, the Center has issued more than 650 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the Internet’s role in their lives. The American Sociological Association gave Rainie its award for “excellence in the reporting on social issues” in 2014 and described his work as the “most authoritative source of reliable data on the use and impact of the internet and mobile connectivity.”

Learn more about Lee at:

If you still need to register for the event, please fill out this form:

The registration deadline is Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Feel free to email Jessi if you have any questions, or concerns.

Trustee Training 2019 Video Now Available

Trustee Training 2019 Video Now Available

The video recording of the recent Trustee Training event, Meeting with a Purpose, is now available. If you would like to use it to meet your Trustee Training Accreditation requirement, follow these steps:

  • Have (print or digital) copies of handouts available for all viewers. You can find all of the handouts at the Trustee Training 2019 Wrap Up page.
  • Watch the video, Meeting with a Purpose.
  • Discuss with colleagues and/or your library’s director.
  • Fill out this short form to verify your attendance: must complete this form for your library to receive credit for your attendance.

NEKLS has a limited number of printed handout packets available. If you would like to have some sent to your library, let Jessi or Anna know.

To access the video online, use either link: password: TT2019

If you prefer to watch on DVD, request a copy through Next Search Catalog.

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

To comply with the Accreditation Standards, each board must have at least a quorum of its members complete approved training by September 15, 2019. NEKLS staff will notify directors when their boards have satisfied the requirement. In the meantime, we welcome your questions.

Trustee Training 2019 – Wrap Up

Trustee Training 2019 – Wrap Up

Thank you to the 111 trustees who attended this year’s training! It was wonderful to see so many of you taking steps to become even better board members!

If you were unable to attend, we recorded the Saturday session and will make an announcement when the video is ready.

Either way, here are the resources from the day.


Presentation Slides

Kansas Public Library Trustee Manual

Kansas Public Library Handbook

KOMA/KORA brochure

Roberts Rule of Order cheat sheet

Public Library Board Members – Job Description

Board and Director Roles

Five Leadership Roles for Library Trustees (Article from Urban Libraries Council)

New Board Member Orientation: A Checklist for Directors

Loyalty Oath/ Affirmation & Statement of Substantial Interest

Sample Meeting Agenda – Board

Sample Meeting Agenda – Public

Public Library Boards – The Essentials from NEKLS

Model Board meeting documents:

The Best of the Best Diversity Resources

The Best of the Best Diversity Resources

Hi, All! Anna here—on Friday, I attended Welcoming Library Spaces Where All Means All at Lawrence Public Library. The Mid-America Library Alliance (MALA) event featured Dr. Jaime Campbell Naidoo, a professor at the University of Alabama and ALSC president.

The day was jam packed with great conversation and useful resources, so I thought I’d share some with you.

Here is a selection of the great resources that Dr. Naidoo shared:

If you are interested in seeing the complete list of resources, including a section on available grants, drop me a note and I’ll scan and send it to you.

Huge thanks to NEKLS library staff members Karen Allen (Lawrence Public) and Kim Patton (Kansas City, Kansas Public) for making this event awesome! It was nice to see many of you there.


~ Anna

Beyond Book Sales & Budgets

Beyond Book Sales & Budgets

May 15, 2019

9am to 3pm

Overbrook Public Library, Community Room, 317 Maple St, Overbrook, KS 66524


It’s time to dream big. As a library director, leader or trustee, ask:

  • What does my community need to be successful at home, at school, at work?
  • What can my library do to facilitate that success?
  • How much will that cost and where will we find funding?

Taxes and tuition pay for the basics (hopefully!). But to make your community’s dreams come true, you’re going to need to get some intentional gifts from supportive constituents. Additional funds mean you can do more, which is better service for your community.

In this interactive session, nonprofit fundraising consultants Judy Keller and Mary Loftus will help you to:

  • identify your purpose and goals for fundraising.
  • create a draft of a fundraising case statement that suits your short-term goals.
  • identify next steps, including how to use your case statement to raise funds.

For more information on Judy and Mary, see As Judy says, “Fundraising is for anyone who has a goal—not just for the big guys!”

At the end of the session, you will leave with a draft of a case statement—a written piece explaining who you are, what the library needs and why funders should support the library. You will also leave with a plan to put the statement into action.

In order to get the most out of this session, bring copies of your library’s strategic plan, mission/vision statement(s) and a wish list with estimated costs.

There is no charge for this event; and you do get a free lunch! Register at: by Monday, May 6.